Not many or you will believe I what a sizable, crowd turned out in the heat to watch the start of the Seventh Annual Village Voice Automobile Rallye last Sunday at 'Washington Square' Park East. The temperature was over 95, the entries numbered 50, and the only casualty was a 1918 Buick touring car driven to the Village from the wilds of Staten Island.
An MG-A roadster driven by Chuck LIffman of Brooklyn and navigated by George Marks won first prize, with only 2-1/2 penalty points after completing the 13-mile-plus, 66-1/2 minute course through Greenwich Village and the financial district. Second prize went to Irwin Gooen and Phil Goldberg in a 1961 Sunbeam Alpine with only three points penalty; third was captured by George Gramas and Frank Stehlik pedaling a 1960 Volkswagen sedan (four points). This year we extended the prizes to filth place. Fourth award was picked up by the 1961 Volkswagen piloted by Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Haferkamp of Bellerose, Long Island, while the filth went to another MG-A, this a 1961 model operated by Neal Hitzig and Dave Lahn of Long Island city.
The redoubtable rallye gang from Christopher Street scared off by the temperatures, didn't run their purple people gang, nor was Team Fazool officially represented. However, one black Jaguar with a suspicious-looking pair, collars turned up, dark glasses and one cigar, mumbled something about "Mafiamobile," grabbed their rallye sheet, and gunned off down the side of Washington Square Park. They careened around West 4th Street on hard Firestones and streaked into the course with hard eyed intent. Crime obviously doesn't pay, since they didn't even place.
The greatest amount of suffering was done by the checkpoint personnel, who weathered the heat on open intersections to time the contestants on various legs of their journey over the course. Our registrants - Lee Johnson, Jean Shepherd's girl Friday, and Karen Tonkonogy of West 55th Street - handled the paper work admirably, while Gabe Orechkoff of West 10th Street (a classic Packard owner) started the cars at the park and checked them In at the Limelight Cafe finish. Along the route were Snooks Hargrove of Thompson Street hiding on Cornelia, Stockton Doughty of West 70th Street In the cool canyons near Trinity Church at Broadway and Wall, and Margaret Meigs completely incinerated at 11th and University Place in front of a freshly shuttered bar called Dillon's, not a drink in sight.
Contest of Skill
The Village Voice RaIlye, now an annual summer exercise in Metering exactitude, was originally established to fill up the July dog days with a scene for local sports car buffs. It has since grown In stature, and now draws motorists from all over the city. The Voice rallye is a relatively simple contest of skill, requiring attention to the clock and a long, detailed instruction sheet. The driver and navigator who arrive at the finish line closest to the time limit calculated by the rallye-master are the winners.
To achieve a perfect score in this year's Voice rallye, it was necessary to average 13 miles per hour through many complicated streets, signals, and switchback lanes in a period of exactly 66 minutes. The winning team completed the course in a trifle over 65 minutes, and the final stragglers finished 101 minutes after they had begun.
Winning drivers received engraved trophies provided by The Voice; navigators were given sports car recordings by Riverside Records. Jean Shepherd, who has emceed the Voice rallyes since 1957, finally received some token of our esteem with the presentation at the end of the prize-giving of Automobile Quarterly's magazine's framed gift: a strike proof of Peter Helck's painting of Barny Oldfield coming 'round the bend In 1910. The Quarterly also furnished fifth prize, the latest issue of Its hard-cover self.
The team prize went to the Volkswagens of the Long Island Volkswagen Club: a remarkable ashtray from Lesney's Matchbox Toys Models of Yesteryear, made by silvering one of their tiny antique cars. We also gave one of these as fourth prize, and the whole mess of little cars given us by Lesney's representative, the Fred Bronner Corporation, will be distributed to the rallye workers. We are mailing a small wrecker to Dr. A. L. Ackerman of Elizabeth. New Jersey, who, with 99 points, finished absolutely dead last In his 1954 Kaiser-Darrin roadster.
We will notify you who gets the special awards from Race and Rallye, the accessory store on Bank Street, and from the 540 Hudson Street service station, which specializes In sports car tuneups and sells the cheapest gas around. Wait till next year. |
|Leigh Brown is referred to as "Jean Shepherd's girl Friday"||
|Not Determined yet|
|Engineer and others in Booth