In the A-point
Republic Renault Club rally was realised at the weekend September
28-30, 2001 at the Mělník camping site in Mělník.
A little bit
untraditionally this time. For all of You is the beginning of the
rally mostly on the eve of the festive opening. For us organisers
starts all some months in advance by negotiations, preparations,
writing out of lists of items that are not to be forgotten, what
is to be done, holding discussions how do things better which -
as it seems to us - could be better done, evaluating last opinion
polls to find out, what could probably entertain You, looking for
prices, programs preparing and - last not least - marking out the
orienteering race, which gains more and more popularity from rally
to rally and became the competition highlight at all.
Weeks and weeks before the rally we jumped on one afternoon
into our vehicles and went in the surroundings of Mělník and the
Kokořín area to go on to reconnaissance the terrain. With another
words we needed to hatch up which ways are interesting and where
You not had been yet. There were several consequences, one of them
I'm going to describe yet and an other one later on. The point is
that we got to figure out something new each time in order that
we can amuse ourselves too. This time we figured out the point A.
You can trust us that even in that very moment as we hatched it
up we imagined how You will look on it ? The perception of Your
looking at caused soon our being amused. The same effect had the
hatching of the question : "What for is the object on Your
right hand ?". But we've got no answer from some of the crews
which didn't discover the object. The perception, You will be looking
at the cemetery after name the of the lady mayor with a pocket torch
did amused us as bit. Such amusing opportunities we've got a lot.
But back to the rally. After the festive
beginning and the programme announcing most of the contestants started
their preparation for the first ability drive. Dispersion of best
and worst time was 2:25 min, although the best one was 1:22 and
is certainly a reason for meditation and a good reason for amusement
of contestants too. But ability drives, whether complicated and
technically difficult as the first one or speedy quite as the second
one, the motoristic, are for regular contestants nothing new. This
year's novelty was a ability drive on a motorless, low-flying piloted
machine. For those of You who were not present on the last rally
I ought to betray that it was not a Rogallo. This could appear on
the next rally. It was a two-wheel equipment, in the last time very
trendy - a mini-scooter.
Contestants in the concurrent slaloms made their utmost with great
enthusiasm and so the extreme load and by summoning up all strength
of the pilots after one of the well-meant powerslides one scooters
didn't hold out and just to spite took off the rear wheel.
It doesn't tend to be that contestants
often crash on the ability competition. This was an extemption.
Some contestants crashed cheerfully even several times. Looking
at this contest I was grateful to natural human laziness for the
fact that motorists do move on roads mostly on four wheels. Nevertheless
even the reality that only a few of the adults tried it on a scooter
until this meeting contributed to a huge spectators' interest. In
this event started even children. It is necessary to remark that
they are behind a handlebar markedly reliabler drivers.
This year policemen the first time provided assistance
during the Gracious Ride on the crossings. Thanks to them the Gracious
Ride got off without a hitch. On every crossing was one policeman
or policewoman and they didn't release in our motorcade of 63 Renault-cars
When all ability drives were finished there was
after discussion and a knowledge test started the Night Orienteering
Race. It's length was 75 km and the drive time determined equal
to 115 minutes. One would say that it might be a fun when the average
speed was considered as 39km/h.
The opposite happened to be true. Hardly nobody could come in time.
By way of introduction I would like to mention the A-point, what
was the place which many people will not forget for a long time.
The passage through this point was determined by the itinerary,
but by means of a map-detail supplied by further map details which
had to confuse utmost the navigators. But nevertheless by means
of logic it was possible to pass the point without problems. We
thought that things will get hot for the crews until they have to
resolve the A-point. But good many of them probably got troubles
when looking after this point. One of the jokes prepared by us for
the crews was an incorrect contest task, consisting of an incorrect
transit checkpoint, based on the degrading doing of knee bends.
So it happened that crews coming in the correct direction, obtused
observated those of them, who arrived incorrect and driven to the
incorrect task, very honestly fulfilled it. It happened too that
a human being, improving its physical condition by floor exercises,
confused enough those of them who came from the correct direction,
so that that they finally went to do the "incorrect" knee
bends too. That all together to amuse themselves, ourselves and
the vice-chairman of the Vysoká parish council too, which treated
us, the organisers, by a night-coffee.
As a gratification for their performances the best ones took away
a Master-Renault-Cup, a new Renault-car lent for a weekend or some
of further best-prices from the corporations Renault ČR a.s. and