|Rally driver enjoys the camaraderie|
|May 26, 2011 Jerry Purvis|
For some drivers in the Sugar Valley Rally (SVR), itís the open road and love of antique cars, not the prize money, thatís most important to them.
One of those drivers is Perry Meyers of Minatare, who is also an SRV board member. This year, heís driving a 1961 Studebaker Hawk Coupe in the Touring Class. His wife, Jackie, will be in the passenger seat as navigator for the event. In the back seat will be Corina, their 7-year-old daughter.
ďFor a long time, our daughter thought every old car was a Studebaker because I worked on them,Ē Meyers said. ďBut sheís getting more familiar with all the different kinds.Ē
Meyers said he entered in the Touring Class this year, which means he wonít be in competition for prize money. But thatís fine with him, as he enjoys the cars and the people who love them.
The Touring Class was organized three years ago by officials for people who wanted to see what the Rally was about, but didnít necessarily have that vintage of car. Some participants in that class have gone on to buy their own classic or antique car and took part in the regular rally.
The Touring Class runs at the same speed as the Unlimited Class and under the same regulations and timing.
Rally media coordinator Darrell Bentley said the Touring Class was established to get more people interested.
ďA lot of people will watch the Rally but not have much of an understanding of everything that goes on after the start. This is a good starting point to get some new blood involved.Ē
Meyers said heís been interested in old cars since the time he could drive. And he particularly liked Studebakers. Heís restored four of them, which heís driven in the Rally over the years.
This yearís rally starts on Thursday, June 2 with a technical inspection. Fridayís schedule has drivers traveling around the Scottsbluff-Gering area. On Saturday, drivers head west to Wyoming with stops in both Guernsey and Wheatland. And Sundayís route takes drivers east to the Chimney Rock area before the finish at Cozadís antique Ford garage in Gering.