Totally Recalled – 1991 Some gimmicks included reporting ETs to checkpoint workers (there was a factory named E. T. S. across the street from a checkpoint) and adjusting for Mars gravity by dividing the weight of your vehicle (predefined as 10,000 pounds) by 4/5. The mathematically challenged went down a street marked with a weight limit of 12,000 pounds.
Lords of the Ring Road, or This Could Get to be a Hobbit – 1992 I buried a gimmick in the tiebreaker quiz, something that became a staple on my rallyes. Through a torturous set of instructions I made Brackett (as in Leigh Brackett, one of the answers on the quiz) equivalent to both “brackets” and to a street named Cooper. Since the general instructions prohibited “using anything in brackets,” rallyists who spotted a certain sign along Cooper were off course.
Debbie Does Rallyes: An X-Rated Road Rallye – 1993 (with Ted Zelman) This one was loaded with great
gimmicks! Rallyists were warned that, since it was an X-rated rallye, they
were to report to a rallyemaster if anyone in their car was “under 14.” (At
first we were going to specify 21, but we had some regular rallyists as young
as 15 – naturally that night we had a driver show up for his first rallye
with three very young kids in tow!) We put a checkpoint inside of a tent on the
Lorena and Tonya Do Road Rallyes – 1994 (with Ted Zelman) Not much of a title, but as I recall it wasn’t much of a rallye. Ted has the documentation. I’ll have to twist his arm (all that was left after Lorena and Tonya got through with him) to get a copy.
Pulp Rallye – 1995 Ted
retired from writing for a few years, so I was back on my own. This was one
of my favorites. There were 28 gimmicks, and I tried to craft 7 for each
level of rallyist. One of the gimmicks was the left at “L.” You would expect
turns to be forced at L-shaped intersections, but I found a way to make the
road BEHIND the rallyists disappear. Another was a very nasty version of
Aristotle. The Aristotle rule, when in force, prohibits using the same
intersection on consecutive instructions. I found two intersections of
Hicks/Lincoln at opposite ends of
It’s a Far Kai – 1997 The first of three oriental themed rallyes. I used my nastiest
Aristotle ever, when I equated
Slow Rallye Car to
Orient Express – 1999 Another of my personal favorites. A common gimmick is the old “u-turns
are permitted only in cul-de-sacs” combined with an optional lettered
instruction “U Turn.” The idea of course is that you should not execute
Debbie Does the Millennium – 2000 My tenth and last rallye to date. I learned once again that you just can’t put fifty hard gimmicks into a three hour rallye! Most cars were running so late they never got to the checkpoint in the Winnebago along Penny, where “Mister Stanley G. Erdanger” was not quite “Mister Stranger Danger” He would, however, if you remembered to ask for it, open his raincoat and show you an addendum posted in an unusual place.