What if I told you that you could take your Mustang across some of the coolest roads the south has to offer over a four-day span that included stops on a couple of the coolest racetracks in the south, all while doing it with 75 or so of your new closest friends?
Packing your bags yet? Because it gets better! Throw in tons of organization, checkpoints, dinners, and most of all, you are going to raise a truckload of money for charity along the way! Ready? Lets go!
That is exactly what the participants of Rally Appalachia 2, and event ran by Rally North America got to do this past week. While we were not able to tag along for the entire event, we were lucky enough to head out to Waynesville, North Carolina, and catch the starting-line activities for day two!
The city rolled out the red carpet for the event with roads blocked off and a nice speech from the mayor to get the event under way! The ending checkpoint would take the participants to Rome, Georgia, but not without a ton of adventure in between. The legendary Tail of the Dragon and Cherohala Skyway were both on the driving menu, as well as a trip through the Cherokee Indian Reservation, where participants would be able to hunt for scavenger points by taking photos of Elk, Bear, and other surroundings. There are high-speed hijinks as well. On day one, the group had visited Virginia International Raceway and on day four they would take to the high banks of Talladega Super Speedway.
Even though this is a high-horsepower driving event, the promoters are quick to make it clear that this is not a race. Any tickets from a law-enforcement officer or video evidence of a team speeding or driving in a reckless manner will quickly get participants disqualified. This rally is all about enjoying the cars, the roads, and the good company in a safe manner.
While the event is open to most any car or truck, there were tons of Ford Mustangs participating in the rally. Of about 75 teams, 20 teams brought Ford Mustangs to the party as well as a pair of Fiesta STs, a Focus ST, and a Taurus SHO. Making roughly one third of the field was Ford-powered, which is not too shabby. While all participants had to run all the Rally North America decals along with all the sponsor decals, some participants went the extra mile with special paint schemes and wraps honoring our men and women in the military!
Several special awards are given each day including, Best Costume, Spirit Of The Rally, Best Dressed Car, and Media Magnet. It adds a bit of fun and extra competitiveness to the event! We are not sure which one of these teams won out, but they both certainly had some interesting costumes on!
If you are interested in participating in a future Rally North America event, check them out online here! Even if you cannot participate, come out and support them if they are coming through a town near you.