Little did we know, when we agreed to come back to design the 40th OTR, that we would still be serving in that capacity seven years later. Our history as rallymasters goes back a ways. We assisted Ken and Marsha Frausel, who designed the very first Old Timers Rally on the Cape to serve as an alternative to the Cape Codders Courageous TSD event on the occasion of the latter’s 25th anniversary. We then served as rallymasters for the next 10, for the 20th, and for the last seven. Of course, this last one felt like three since we had everything printed up when we were forced to cancel two weeks before the scheduled event in March of 2020. We then rewrote the rally to address changes that took place between March 2020 and March 2021. This turned out to be another false start because of COVID uncertainties in Massachusetts. (We actually came to the Cape on the weekend of April 10 and found a ghost town where the Cape had been.) While things abated sufficiently to permit the rally to be held in calendar year 2021, a third rewrite was required to address changes that occurred between March and September. As a result, of the 17 locations on this event, only 12 survived from our original design of March, 2020. Rewrites weren’t the biggest downside to this year’s event, however. The continuing uncertainties surrounding COVID, even as late as August, when decisions had to be made with respect to hotels and dinner arrangements, coupled with high season pricing at the types of venues to which we had become accustomed, compelled us to forego the traditional post-rally social gathering. For that, we are truly sorry.
Despite the setbacks of the last 18 months, our experience as rallymasters for this third trip around the block has been great fun. In particular, we have enjoyed the opportunity to renew acquaintances and friendships that go back to the mid-1970s and to continue to follow the lives of the children and grandchildren of those who participated in the OTR event during its first decade. We cannot think of a better group of people with whom Gerry could have celebrated his 70th birthday back in 2018!
In conclusion, we thank Jon Lamkins, who patiently kept us on the straight and narrow in running an SCCA event. We also thank AAA of Southern New England for the maps which helped or hindered your quest for a high finishing position. But, most of all, we thank you all for supporting this event and for encouraging us with your boundless enthusiasm. If anyone needs a picture of a location they were unable to find, please drop us an email and we’ll send it over. In the meantime, let’s all hope April of 2022 looks a lot like April of 2019 and you can all usher in Spring in the customary way once again.