My first Rally experience: 100 Acre Woods, Missouri
Who doesn't love rally? I remember at a much younger age watching WEC on Speedvision and being amazed at the skill involved in piloting a car through the woods at high speed. Ever since I always wanted to go watch a professional rally event but the unfortunate circumstance of the closest one being six or more hours away made that something that was glossed over year after year.
This season things went differently and I marked my calendar for Rally America's stop in Missouri: Rally in the 100 acre woods. This fit well in my schedule and the event was moved to later in the year so the weather would be more favorable. I packed my gear without knowing much about what I was to experience at my first rally event. I expected some hiking would be involved but the logistics are even more challenging than that!
I arrived on Saturday just as the first stage was about to begin. Looking at the map I had printed out I turned off the highway onto a single lane road. From there it was to a red dirt road that connected to the first stage. As I got closer I found a line of cars all parked along one side of the narrow lane halfway in the ditch. This is the standard procedure for spectator parking to allow safety vehicles through. Depending on how late you are to the party you may be walking over a mile just to get to the main spectator area! This is a theme repeated throughout the day as the circus moves through the countryside to various stages. Needless to say, arrive early and be prepared to walk!
Safety is a concern just like any event so they usually keep the spectators quite a ways back and in a confined area. Also not every stage has official spectator areas. However if you ask around you'll find there are plenty of hidden trails accessing some of the stages in places not listed on the official map. Being my first rally I stuck to the marked areas and even that was a challenge on occasion. A few of the stages run back-to-back which prevents you from being in both places at once. As you can imagine this is a nightmare for a photographer. I only had one shot to capture the cars as they went by, so trying out composure ideas and tricky panning shots nets you a lot of missed photos and before you know it the field is gone and already halfway through the next stage. With all the spectators coming and going on narrow roads you can't possible see all the action throughout the day. Some compromises had to be made but I still managed to visit every spectator area and see most of the cars whiz by in close proximity.
By the end of the day my legs were sore and every inch of my equipment and self was covered in a thin layer of dirt. All in all it was a great experience and the rally fans are unlike any other motorsport crowd I've seen. They really have some dedication when a front row seat also comes with a complementary pelting from rocks and debris as cars blast by inches away from where you're standing.
From a photographing standpoint I think it was one of the most challenging events I've been to. You only have seconds to snap a quick photo before being forced to turn away and shield your lens as you're covered in dust, dirt and rocks. When I miss a photo at the racetrack I just wait around for the next lap and the cars pass by again. In rally there is only one chance to snap a photo and the opportunity is gone forever. So if you miss focus or don't pan the shot correctly you end up with nothing more than the grainy taste of dust in your mouth.
After experiencing my first taste of rally I now have a new appreciation for the photographers and some of the amazing photos they pull off. You don't get many opportunities so being prepared and envisioning the shot before the car appears in frame is a critical skill when capturing the art of rally.
I think next year I'll give it another go and hopefully what I've learned will translate into my normal photography and help produce better images as I keep moving forward.
100AW Rally: Fast Forest Roads
Rally Racing has always eluded me in my quest for new photography adventures, but not this year. I made the jump to photograph two rallies this year. The first being the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood in Missouri.
The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood had a record 80 entries and covered 125 stage miles that brought together rally teams from all across the country and several foreign countries on the gravel roads of Missouri. It is set in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, and contains some of the most scenic and technical rally roads on the ARA calendar.
I took the seven hour drive from Wisconsin to Missouri and arrived on Thursday evening and took to a few of the stage roads to scout some photo locations. While driving to the stages I wanted to check out, I enjoyed the amazing roads in the area. I was pleasantly surprised how great the roads were winding through the foothills, simply some of the best driving roads I have been on.
I went to check out Stage 2, which would be the first stage after Fridays Super Special in Potosi, and my first taste of photographing stage rally. I plotted points for start, finish and marked some photo locations I wanted to try to get to on Friday. I was marking locations using my overland/offgrid GPS app which I will make a post about in the future. I did explore some roads that I called dashed and dotted lines which seemed to lead back to major roads. I wanted to see if any of those were passible in my Subaru Impreza. When I got to the dotted line roads, they were too much for me as there were several large trees across the path that had been traversed by ATV’s or Jeeps, but not passible for me. I returned to the dashed line roads, which were rough, but still good for my AWD Subaru. After finding my way through the never ending forests into the night, I went to the hotel to prep for Friday’s rally.
I studied my GPS app and cross referenced the schedule and timing of stages to determine how many I could get to on Friday and Saturday. My friend Eric had suggested trying to hit every other stage during the day and possibly a service, so that’s what I planned to do.
Friday I got up early because I wanted to scout a few of the other stages that I did not get to on Thursday. I pre-ran Stage 13 & 14 to check out the water crossings and elevation changes it offered for photos. I found the condition of the roads to be very poor considering the heavy storms had passed through recently. They were rough, muddy and rutted, but they were still fun; reminding me of how my girlfriend Taylor and I enjoy off-roading our trusty Subaru’s back in Wisconsin (when we pretend to be rally drivers ourselves).
After prerunning those stages I plotted a course to Potosi to catch the Parc Expose and check out the rally cars and crowd that was in attendance. I had never seen a rally car up close before, so this was a great opportunity to check them out in all of their glory.
After Parc Expose, I went out to Stage 2 and found a nice spot to shoot from and met a friendly course marshal that let me park there. This was great for shooting the beginning, but once you are on the stage, you can’t leave until after the last car and the sweep vehicles go through. I shot from there and tried to get a few different angles.
After shooting stage 2, I journeyed over to the Super Special and service to meet up with Art in Motion – a local rally team from Wisconsin. I shot a few photos of them on the Super Special Stage and then went over to their service area. I just offered a quick introduction because they were obviously busy getting their car prepped for the rest of the day. Be sure to check them out here. After checking in with them, I took a few shots throughout the service area and watched teams change tires, fix broken parts and refuel for the rest of the day.
Friday ended at Stage 10 at night with some amazing speed in the pitch black Missouri forest. I arrived pretty early, having left service to make sure I got a good spot. I was a little disapointed how far they kept people back from this stage, but I made the best of it. Imagine you are standing there, surrounded by hundereds of people in the pitch black darkness, and you can only hear voices and movements near you until you see the bright white light of a rally car lightbar piercing the darkness. As the light shines brightly you are slightly blinded as you look through the viewfinder until the camera focuses and you can squeeze off a few shots before they continue on and you are plunged back into darkness once again. A lot of spectators were leaving early, but I wanted to try and get a few different angles, so I moved through the woods near the tight hairpin before I also retired for the night.
This was a long road into the stage, and in the darkness it made for an adventurous drive into the woods and through a water crossing until you reached pavement. After escaping the woods to the comfort of my hotel, I dumped all of my images onto my laptop and charged up the batteries for the next day. I went through the images to select some for social media publishing on Saturday. I also double checked my plan and map for Saturday as it was a full day of shooting, from 8AM until Podium sometime after 7PM.
Day 2 began early with a long drive to Stage 12 to catch the cattle guard jump, an iconic spot that is not an official spectator area, but a local land owner graciously lets people park in his field (and even serves food). It is great people like this that keep the sport alive in tough times. The cattle guard jump is the spot where in 2016 Petior Fetela crashed spectacularly. I worked my way around to different vantage points while the cars passed and tried a few different angles.
After most of the cars went by, I jumped in my car to wait in line to be one of the first allowed out of the stage after the sweep car came through. I then booked it to the next spot I wanted to shoot, which was the water crossing at Stage 14 that I scouted on Friday morning. Arriving early I found that it was a well known location with lots of spectators and media present already. I worked my way through the crowd and down the road a little bit until I found a quiet spot to shoot from. Soon I was inundated with more spectators and media, and my spot was no longer quiet, but still good enough to catch the leaders splashing their way down course. Again, I worked my way to different areas to create a variety of images before the end of the stage.
After the water crossing, I made it out of the forest fairly quickly. I soon realized that I could have made it to another stage before the podium, but I stopped for lunch in Salem to pass the time instead. Timing is everything with shooting rally I learned, because if you are shooting for the top drivers, they are at the next stage before you can even exit the last stage. It would take at least 2 photographers to cover each stage with any efficiency. After lunch, I ended up at Podium very early and was able to watch all of the cars roll in and receive a well earned round of applause.
By the time they began it was after dark, and after shooting a few images from the bleachers, I grabbed a spot up close for the celebratory champagne spray. There were a lot of media, crew, and family in the podium area and it was great to see the joy and camaraderie between all of the teams as they accepted their awards. Special attention was made for Oliver Solberg, who at only 17 placed second and was supplied with sparkling cider instead of champange, which drew loud cheers and laughs from the crowd.
Saturday ended the same as Friday for me, I stopped for a bite to eat and dumped my photos for the day and began to edit and sift through them to find my favorites. I packed up my gear and suitcase for an early morning departure back to Wisconsin, and back to reality.
As I reflected on the drive home, I definitely want to photograph more rally racing. I have several great ideas on how to improve my images at the next one, which will be either New England Forest Rally in July, or Ojibwe Forest Rally in August. I definitely need to make variety and moving between locations a priority because I see lots of photographers stay in the same spot all day which is something I try not to do. Also in the future I may try to park outside of the stages and hike in to get a better variety and to help the timing of transiting stages more efficient for me.
I hope you enjoyied this post about the 100 Acre Wood Rally and I look forward to sharing more stories with you in the future. If you enjoyed this post, please leave me a comment below.
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Pooh's original Hundred-Acre Wood map sells for auction record
By Reuters Staff
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LONDON (Reuters) - The original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by artist E.H. Shepard was bought for a record-breaking 430,000 pounds ($570,137) on Tuesday, auctioneers Sotheby’s said.
The map for A.A. Milne’s children’s classic, completed in 1926, broke the record for the amount offered for any book illustration at auction, it added.
Unseen for nearly half a century, the map easily surpassed its pre-sale estimate of 100,000 to 150,000 pounds.
Featuring on the opening end-papers of the original book, the map introduces readers to the imagination of Christopher Robin and his woodland friends Eeyore and Roo.
Forty years later, it played a starring role in the Disney film “Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree” where it was brought to life as an animation in the film’s opening sequence.
Four other original Pooh illustrations were sold alongside the map, with the five fetching a combined total of 917,500 pounds compared with a 310,000 to 440,000-pound estimate.
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Getting to Salem
Coming from the north, its easiest to try and get to Rolla, MO before going to Salem. From Kansas City, take I-70 east until you get to Columbia, MO. Turn onto Hwy 63 south at Exit #128 and take it all the way down past Jefferson City (wave at the capitol) and on to Rolla. From St. Louis, simply take I-44 straight to Rolla; no turns. Once in Rolla, take Hwy 72 south to Salem. If you’re coming from the south, well, check out Google Maps. That’s all I can tell you. The roads and highways in the Ozarks of southern Missouri are convoluted at best. There are some nice maps and links at the 100 Acre Wood website on their “Travel Information” page. Be prepared for the fact that arriving in Salem will only be the beginning of your driving.
Start/Finish and Other Key Locations
Friday’s location for the Parc Exposé changes from year to year, but on Saturday morning, Salem is the traditional location and Main St. is lined with rally cars! Fantastic sight, and its not too far from a great breakfast joint that I’ll talk about later.
The Finish Line and final celebrations are also in Salem, nearby where the Saturday Parc Exposé is held. This will take place late Saturday night, typically around 9:30pm. Watching the victors spray the champagne is always a treat, and especially at a rally where you can get a lot closer to the victory celebration than viewing on a Jumbotron! If you’re not careful, you just might find yourself spritzed with the bubbly.
Although the Service Park locations, like the Parc Exposé locations, can also change from year to year, the Viburnum school parking lot has been the traditional location. Just as I’d recommended the Parc Exposé as a great opportunity to talk with the drivers and co-drivers, the service park area gives you the opportunity to watch the mechanics and crew of the rally teams do their magic. The cars come off the stages in a wide assortment of disrepair, and its the crew’s job to get the car patched up and ready to take on the next batch of rally stages. It really is amazing to watch the teams work.
Things to Do
Bring a map AND a GPS
Spectating a rally is nothing like spectating any other race. You won’t be at any one spot, but rather you’ll be moving from location to location throughout the day as the competitors move through the stages. In fact, it will almost be as much of a rally for you as it will be for the racers. In the weeks before the race, the rally organizers will post the spectator locations and the stage schedule on the rally website, http://www.100aw.org/. They will not only provide a maps, (which you should print out) they will also provide the latitude and longitude of the various locations. I highly recommend programming these coordinates into your GPS prior to attending the rally. The quicker and more efficiently you’re able to follow the competitors around the rally, more more time you’ll have to actually spectate.
Wear good shoes
Since the stages are run on public roads, there aren’t giant parking lots available at the various spectator locations. You’ll be parking along the side of some gravel road and walking down to the spectator area from there. Depending upon when you arrive, you may end up walking quite a ways, so bring very comfortable walking shoes. Also keep in mind that this is a February rally and the weather is likely to be rather variable. It could be warm and dry, but it could just as easily be cold and wet. Good weatherproof hiking boots would be my recommendation for footwear.
Pay heed to the marshals
While at the spectator areas, always pay attention to the safety marshals. They aren’t there to be jerks, they’re there to help keep you as safe as possible while you’re spectating the rally. If they tell you to move, then move. Very likely, you’re in a location that’s been designated as a runoff area in case a driver loses control or loses his brakes. Even when you’re where you’re supposed to be, never turn your back toward the oncoming racers. Like any form of racing, unexpected things happen at unexpected times. You’ll want to keep your eyes open and your wits about you in case a driver gets into trouble. Its also a good idea to have in mind an egress path in case you need to get out of the way quickly. Trees are you best friend in these cases.
Bring a camera
From the spectator areas, there is an opportunity to see some great action, and usually you’ll be at a point where the cars are sliding around a slower corner. This means that you’ll have great opportunity to take some really great photos, even if all you have is a cell phone camera. At the Parc Expose and Service Park areas, you will be able to get right up next to the rally cars and meet many of the drivers. If you have a camera handy, you can very likely get a picture of you and your favorite driver.
Things to Avoid
Dehydration and/or Hypothermia
Bring lots of bottled water with you. Even if its cold out, you’ll be doing a lot of walking and its easy to get dehydrated. Speaking of it being cold, it likely will be. This is in February, so temperatures can be highly variable. I’ve been when its been 50+ degrees, and I’ve been when its been snowing. Dress in layers! Even if you think its warm during the day, when the Sun goes down for the night stages, the cold air can really settle in fast in the hills of the Ozarks. Be prepared.
Getting run over
Probably the most important thing to avoid is getting ran over by a rally car. At the spectator areas, the marshals will help you stay clear of any runoff areas and typical danger zones, but keep your eye on the racers. Never turn your back to traffic! Things in a rally can turn sketchy really fast, and you want to be ready to move if you need to. Always have an escape route in mind, preferably one that puts a few trees between you and the road.
Needless to say, with so many speed freaks in town for the rally, all of the area law enforcement officials will be extra vigilant. If you get pulled over, don’t expect for an instant that you’re going to get a warning. Just be polite, take your ticket, and move on. There will be a lot of traffic, more than what the roads of the area are typically used to having.
Food, Lodging, and Entertainment
On the 100 Acre Wood site, there are listing of various restaurants in Salem, and although I’ve certainly not tried them all out, I can highly recommend “My Place” for some of the best breakfast around. The biscuits and gravy are simply amazing! The other place I’d highly recommend is the BBQ joint in Caledonia! Magnificent BBQ!! Don’t worry about trying to find it. Caledonia isn’t that big, and the restaurant is right on the highway.
If you’re looking for other sites, check out the Motels and Restaurants sections under “General Information” on the 100 Acre Wood website. More than any other event I’ve been to, the promoters of the 100 Acre Wood Rally have done the best job at compiling all of the information a fan really needs to come and enjoy a motorsports event. If you have recommendations, additions, or corrections to my guide here, please forward them to me at [email protected]
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