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2017 Sonora Rally

Discussion in 'Rally Raid' started by DarrenSkilton, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. DarrenSkilton

    DarrenSkilton Well-Known Member

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    Third edition of the Sonora Rally Set to take place March 21-24, 2017

    Building on the success of the first two editions of the Sonora Rally, organizers Scott Whitney and Darren Skilton have announced the dates for the 2017 edition. Registration will take place on March 20th in the resort town of Puerto Penasco, Sonora, MX. The rally is set to get underway, with an all-new stage, on the morning of Tuesday, March 21.

    Continuing the Sonora Rally theme of introducing new and uncharted terrain in the state of Sonora, the all new stage will be an incredible treat for rally racers and will finish at a beach front bivouac. The equally impressive Stage 2 will see the rally return to Puerto Penasco for the night.

    The last two stages will be run over the spectacular dunes that the Sonora Rally has now become famous for. Stage 3 will finish at our traditional Altar Desert bivouac, with our local chefs preparing our renowned dinner under the stars. Stage 4 will be the final test and give competitors the chance to experience one of the great dune stages that exists in rally raid today.

    Awards ceremony and closing party are scheduled for the evening of Friday, March 24th in San Luis Rio Colorado, with all of our friends who have helped make the first editions of the rally so special.

    The Sonora Rally is open to UTV’s, motorcycles and cars (2wd and 4wd). More details will follow in the coming weeks. Entries will open Oct. 1st at www.sonorarally.com.

    Schedule of Events

    March 20th
    · Registration and Tech Inspections in Puerto Penasco
    · Rally School
    · Rider/Drivers Briefing

    March 21st
    · Stage 1 Puerto Penasco to Bivouac Beach

    March 22nd
    · Stage 2 Bivouac Beach to Puerto Penasco

    March 23rd
    · Stage 3 Puerto Penasco to San Luis Rio Colorado

    March 24th
    · Stage 4 San Luis Rio Colorado to San Luis Rio Colorado
    · Awards Ceremony and closing party in San Luis Rio Colorado
     
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  2. Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry Well-Known Member

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    After checking Crandon off my bucket list this past weekend I am definitely putting the Sonora Rally on my calendar. I heard nothing but good things about the 2016 edition of the rally.
     
  3. SuperRanger

    SuperRanger Well-Known Member

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    I need some help finding technical rules and determining what kind of vehicle fits into what class.
     
  4. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild Well-Known Member

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    Here is the "Rules" page from last year:
    Rules
    I took it off the website menu because we haven't settled those details for the 2017 race, but most should stay the same as listed there now.
     
  5. SuperRanger

    SuperRanger Well-Known Member

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    Thanks - so basically if a vehicle is compliant with BITD, SCORE, or Rally America then it would fit into a National category.
     
  6. DarrenSkilton

    DarrenSkilton Well-Known Member

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    Yes that is correct, also NORRA vehicles are accepted. We have a 2wd and 4wd National category and the same for FIA cars.
     
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  7. DarrenSkilton

    DarrenSkilton Well-Known Member

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    2017 Sonora Rally Entries Set to Open Oct. 1st

    For those of you thinking of entering the rally here is some more entry information. Due to the logistics of this 4 day cross country rally the Sonora Rally will be limited to 50 total entries. We will be offering a discounted entry fee for the first 20 competitors during the month of October. Regular entry fees start Nov. 1st.

    Discounted Entry period: Oct. 1st-31st for first 20 entries
    · Bikes/Quads: $2,175
    · Cars/UTV: $2,475
    Regular Entry period: Nov. 1-Jan 31st
    · Bikes/Quads: $2,475
    · Cars/UTV: $2,775
    Late Entry period: Feb. 1st March 20th
    · Bikes:/Quads $2,675
    · Cars/UTV: $2,975

    Entry fees include:
    · Event insurance ($550)
    · Land Use Fees ($100)
    · Road Books
    · Satellite Tracking unit
    · Live Timing and Scoring
    · 2 nights in Bivouac

    Refund schedule:
    Oct 1st-December 31st: Entry fee refunded minus $400 admin fee
    Jan 1st –Feb. 28th: 50% refund
    No refunds after March 1st

    Bivouac Meals: $140 per person
    · 3 breakfasts and 4 dinners including awards Dinner (awards $40 if purchased separately)

    Like last year there will be a volunteer sign up page that we encourage anyone who wishes to be a part of the rally to fill out. We need sweep crews and vehicles, checkpoint workers and road crossing crews.

    We will have a media sign up form as well. As the course is secret you have to register in order for us to provide detailed maps to the best photo points on each stage.

    All competitors will need to carry a sat phone during competition. All numbers must be provided to the organizers at registration.

    We will have the latest state of art tracking system from Europe this year. Stella 3 by Anube. This proven system will be in use at several other events in Mexico in the coming year and will be the new standard. This one unit will allow you to compete in the rally with no other accessories and is included as part of the event (we strongly encourage the use of an additional dedicated odometer like ICO, RallyComp,Terratrip etc.).
    Features include:
    · Live Tracking
    · Odometer with distance and speed
    · LED screen to give warning messages to riders and drivers on the fly
    · Audible alarm
    · Push to pass
    · Stopped bike or vehicle alert
    · SOS alert
    · Live Timing and Scoring
    · Live Waypoint/VCP verification
    · Speed Zone alert and verification
    · Competitors must purchase mounting bracket, antenna and wiring package. Details to follow

    Look forward to seeing you at Expo this weekend if you have any questions!
     
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  8. Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry Well-Known Member

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    Darren will you have a booth at Expo or just be attending?


    Sent from the RDC Mobile App. Get it for your IOS device today
     
  9. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild Well-Known Member

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  10. GelandeVentures

    GelandeVentures Well-Known Member

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    We're in again! Signed up at 1am! Wait til you see the Schildkrote "tortoise" this year...it's being re-christened to "feuerspeiende schildkrote aus der holle - fire breathing tortoise from hell"!

    That is being made possible by our latest team member from Norway - yes, it's true - drumroll ... We have Dieselmeken on board!

    The beach bivouac sounds awesome! Racing the tide again make me nervous, again...

    This is gonna be fun.

    William
     
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  11. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild Well-Known Member

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    We have been scouting a whole new area to expand the terrain you'll see. We found some more super cool roads, including some stuff that it seems time has forgotten. When we ran this section of road, it looked like nobody had driven it in years. Sonora offers a whole new off-road experience!
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  12. GelandeVentures

    GelandeVentures Well-Known Member

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    You handed our #%\$& to us in a basket last year, imploded half the vehicles, nearly destroyed the rest, and gave the best food, scenery and parties one could imagine... And I have no doubt that you guys will deliver again...

    For the rest of the guys who were there last year; you gonna be there?
     
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  13. TJERGENSEN

    TJERGENSEN Well-Known Member

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    We are signed up, and the truck has some upgrades, and it's own pullpal and winch.
     
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  14. DarrenSkilton

    DarrenSkilton Well-Known Member

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    Congrats to James Opel for being the first to enter the 2017 Sonora Rally. Really glad you guys are coming back along with the Jergensen family. I think Dave Sykes was angling to be the first entry but had problems trying to register while in Europe, at least that is what the test at 3am said. Thanks for that Dave :). The car field is already looking healthy!
     
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  15. GelandeVentures

    GelandeVentures Well-Known Member

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    Fantastic! I'm sure we'll all be a little better prepped this year. Looking forward to racing with you guys again.

     
  16. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild Well-Known Member

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    Yum yum, can't wait for the next round at the rally. As long as you can navigate your way to our bivouac food, you'll be happy!

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  17. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild Well-Known Member

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    Sonora has some amazing isolated beaches. This is Quinn Cody and Ivan Ramirez leading Stage 4 this year. The stage had 40 miles of Beach Bliss, going far beyond where the eye can see!
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  18. nohandslance

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  19. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild Well-Known Member

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    We will have an online form to fill out for anyone wanting to volunteer to help with the rally. Keep an eye on this thread, and we'll announce when the form goes live. We need all kinds of help for all sorts of things, so volunteers are super appreciated!
     
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  20. Hog Wild

    Hog Wild Well-Known Member

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    At the end of Stage 3 we had a gourmet dinner and drinks setup just a few feet from the beach and crashing waves. The location and festivities were a big hit with competitors and crew. So, in an all new somewhat more remote location over a hundred miles away we're planning another awesome beach-side bivouac for the 2017 Sonora Rally.

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