It will never run Indy out of business, but a combination road race and rally came off in grand, if somewhat sneaky, style in California last weekend. Thirty-eight drivers competed in the 118-mile dash from Santa Monica to Balboa, which included a tortuous leg through the Hollywood Hills. There were an estimated 50 police speed traps en route, and, according to the rules, anyone who got a speeding ticket was out.
The rally winner was Bob Estes, 70, a sponsor of off-road racing vehicles, who made all six checkpoints and clocked 3:27.42 in his Porsche Turbo-Carrera. Curt Lohmeyer (Carrera) and Matt Ettinger (Chevy pickup) were co-winners of the race, both finishing in 2:18.20. Not one entrant got a ticket, but then, the event was sponsored by a manufacturer of a radar-detection device who thoughtfully equipped all cars.