[V8] Downeast Ramble?

diemarthadie at aol.com diemarthadie at aol.com
Thu Sep 17 20:35:33 PDT 2009

So you're going to make me buy my V8 back from Scott in order to 
participate?!  Argh.

Could I just put four rings on the hood of the Miata and see if anyone 
noticed?  I can make it drip Pentosin...


-----Original Message-----

From: Roger Woodbury <rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com>

To: Etdmail at cs.com; v8 at audifans.com

Sent: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 3:14 pm

Subject: Re: [V8] Downeast  Ramble?

A surprising amount of positive response to the idea of a Downeast 

both from on this list and elsewhere.  Several things appear very clear 

this point.

First of all, the tentative dates for running this even will be October 

15 and 16, 2011.  That's two years away, and should provide ample time 

settle all of the route and logistical questions.  It will also mean 

the rally is well planned out to provide a terrific fall tour, whether 
it be

5, 6, 7 or more hundred miles.

The format that will be followed will probably be self timing.  Each car

will arrive and depart from each checkpoint in their own time.  The only

timing for actual points and penalties will be done at the end of each

stage, I think.  Each team will turn in their own times for each leg, 

the times turned in will be compared against official times.  The 
timing car

will log in each vehicle at the end of each stage, and total times will 

compared to the official stage time.  Points will be accumulated for 

time over or under logged for each checkpoint and for the entire stage.

One big drawback to this formula is that there will not be any cutsey 

that get cars coming through checkpoints headed in the wrong direction,

which is something that my rallys used to specialize in in the "old 

back along the dawn of time.  If there is enough support, there might 
be a

chase car, too, but I dunno about that yet... waaaaaay too soon.

Yes, it will be difficult and interesting at the same time to see how 

vintage car drivers really want to (a) drive up to Maine, and then (b) 

on Maine in October, in a rain or shine 1000 mile or so, rally.  This 

be a legal speed event only, of course...more a tour than a real, time 

distance event, and the emphasis will be on enjoying the moment rather 

be "first" across the line.

So far, I do have some interest from a guy in Texas who thinks that a 

of his fellows in a vintage sports car club might convoy up to Maine to 

part.  There is a similar event in North Carolina the first weekend in

October, so such events do take place and having one in Maine just might

bring out enough crazies to make setting it up a reasonable venture.

Still to be considered will be the entrance fees and whether or not they

will include lodging and banquet (as has been suggested), or not.

Certainly the stages will need to end where there is sufficient lodging 

accommodate all of the entrants. I think I have that part figured out


There will definitely be two classes.  There will be one class for

automobiles built prior to 1976. This is the main class.  There will 
also be

a "special" class for Audi V8 Quattro's only.  In the main class, any

vehicle will be allowed, so long as it is street legal, properly 

and insured, and was built for model year 1975 and prior.

This sounds like such a yummy party that I have already spent an hour 
or so

looking through the pre-1976 auctions on eBay....but just don't tell my 

because I haven't built her kitchen,  yet.


P.S.  The first thing to do is to launch a website, and that should get 

before the end of the year, hopefully.

-----Original Message-----

From: Etdmail at cs.com [mailto:Etdmail at cs.com]

Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:17 PM

To: v8 at audifans.com

Cc: rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com

Subject: [V8] Downeast Ramble?


Sounds like another ambitious undertaking!

Even with lots of help, I would think this would be

a logistically difficult considering all the people who

descend into Maine in fall for foliage tours .. Land

barges, bow to stern, in the high season.

A thousand mile ramble, might be out at least three

days, I would think .. When was the last time you

have run 300 + miles in a day, in a vintage, MG (B),

Triumph, or the like?... I think some post 1975 flat

beds might be advisable ! ,,, ;-)




Roger writes:

>  Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:26:54 -0400

>  From: "Roger Woodbury" <rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com>

>  Subject:  [V8] Downeast Ramble?

>  To: <v8 at audifans.com>


>  Well, it is more or less official. My wife has approved so we are


>  something new....I think.  It's called "The Downeast Ramble", and I 

>  that we will run it in October 2010, but 2011 might be necessary 
since I

>  dunno whether or not, there will be any help or support.


>  What it is.  Well, simply put, it is an old time touring car event 


>  budget conscious.  I have been reading about the California Melee 


>  ended. That event was 750 miles of touring through the California 

>  country, ending near San Francisco.  A very low budget affair, the 


>  requirement was that all cars had to be older than 1975.  This will 


>  case for the "Downeast Ramble", as it is tentatively called.


>  I am guessing here as it is very early, but this rally will include 

>  interesting mix of town and country such as is only found in Maine:  

>  Generica need apply!


>  This will be a three day event and will be a strictly low budget 

>  with no high end resort stops or gourmet dining.  In fact, the 


>  dining part will be very tricky as the area isn't overdeveloped at 


>  might end up being a thousand miles in total, but I haven't even 

at a

>  map yet, nor driven one inch to test out the theory.


>  Since I have a certain vested interest, I am thinking about one 

>  class" for Audi V8's, but I kinda think the only V8 that will 


>  up will be the event organizers.  But the class might be there 


>  I am interested in input from this list.  It will be an entertaining


>  days, running vintage Triumph's, MG's and perhaps the errant Audi 


>  some such for a thousand miles through rural Maine, enjoying the 


>  foliage and wandering moose.  What do you think?


>  Roger


>  --------------------------


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