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Airdate: Thursday - August 5, 1965

Last Update: 01-21-2012

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The Ninth Annual Village Voice Rally, started off with a hearty laugh inspired by Jean Shepherd and was practically a feast of good cars, good people, good cops, and great fun. It was a success in the size of the field and the size of the audience. Jean Shepherd, who has emceed the Village Voice rallyes for the past eight years, left last year's contest mumbling "never again after a pitiful handful of unresponsive onlookers greeted his efforts with sporadic attention and the cars with little enthusiasm. The picture In Washington Square last Sunday was entirely different A sizeable crowd had gathered by the time the rally crews arrived. Registration opened at 11a.m. and more than 60 cars entered. Among the registrants were a 1964 Ferrari Berlinetta, a 1963 Maserati coupe, a spanking new amphibious Amphi-car made in West Germany, new Corvairs, Corvette Sting-Rays, and several Ford-made Mustangs. Shepherd arrived in a new Rover 2000 sedan which had been seen before only at the International Auto Show and proceeded to warm up the crowd from the top of a 1964 Pontiac station wagon that belonged to the Ryan for Mayor campaign. It still had its slogans painted on rooftop signs and they became for Shepherd material to break the ice with the audience. The cars then lined up in numerical order around much of Washington Square Park to reduce congestion on Washington Square East. Origins Described As each car left the starting grid, to wend It. Way around nearly 13 miles of New York City real estate Shepherd remarked its country of origin and the probable luck the driver would have to finishing. This year's Voice rallye, although shorter in overall distance than previous courses, was scheduled for completion in 79 minutes. Tabulations at the end of the rallye indicated that 20 rallyists came within five minutes of that figure. 10 came within three minutes, and the seven places listed in the winners box all arrived within two minutes of 79. It was the closest near-tie since the Voice rallyes were inaugurated in 1956. The winner of the rallye, Tim Archdeacon, driving an 1961 Triumph TR-3 sports car, came in at 79 minutes exactly. He also made the test scheduled trip from the last checkpoint in 11 minutes which illustrates either tremendous luck or great skill In navigating an unfamiliar course. The Voice route which seems familiar to many rallyists, is so only insofar as we have been reusing certain sections of the city for their marvelous little lanes, illegible street signs, and indistinct street markings. The Voice rally requires an alert navigator since some directions are posted on buildings, some on lamp posts. Disqualified Self One rallyist passing a checkpoint in the West Village disqualified himself, saying, "It's too much, I'm hopelessly lost and tired of the man in front of me." The man In front of him (he was number 43) was number 54, so he was trailing in actuality 10 other cars. Second prize in The Voice Rallye goes to Alan Lapidus who, navigating with his wife Rochelle In a new MG Sedan, came in a close second, only 20 seconds behind the winner. Third award went to C.K. Barry Pollak and navigator Donna Becker who brought their 1960 Austin Healey into the winners circle one minute behind the winner. As the cars came into the finish line at the Limelight they were dispatched to the park nearby, and occupants to come into the caf to drink and discuss their adventures on the route.
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