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November 1, 2009

Images from the Monte Shelton NW Classic Rally

Filed under: 09 Monte Shelton,Monte Shelton Rally — chuck goolsbee @ 6:57 pm

John “Mad Dog” Morrow alerted me to this video produced by the rally organizers. The 65E replete with “Confusion Tape” plays a starring role! Enjpy.

September 7, 2009

2009 Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally: Day Two

Filed under: 09 Monte Shelton — chuck goolsbee @ 6:19 pm

Remember when I pulled the yellow tape off the top of the Jaguar and stuck it to the nose of the car? All night at dinner I had people asking me “What’s that yellow tape on your car for?” At first I answered truthfully, but as it involves a long explanation after the third time I just started making things up:
“It is holding the headlights on.”
“Oh, that is to increase visibility.”
“Without it the engine falls out.”
“I put it on to confuse people. It is Confusion Tape. It is working!”

I have to admit, this was enjoyable. It became something of a mental exercise to come up with good ones all day today.


September 3, 2009

2009 Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally: Day One

Filed under: 09 Monte Shelton — chuck goolsbee @ 2:43 am

My father and I have been Vintage TSD (Time, Speed, Distance) Rallying now for eleven years and three months, and you would think we’d have it figured out by now. Our first rally together was in May of 1998, and I flew back to the USA from England, where I was working at the time, to join him in his newly restored “retirement project” E-type Jaguar. We won our class and had a great time driving all over Maine in this amazing car. Since then we’ve rallied all over the country, and once even all the way across it. We’ve done stately tours, and insane regularity rallies where we’ve fallen into almost every trap. The one thing I’ve learned in that time is that when we’re on, we’re on. But… when we’re off, we’re REALLY OFF!


August 11, 2009

2009 Monte Shelton Northwest Classic: Photo Sneak Peek

Filed under: 09 Monte Shelton — chuck goolsbee @ 3:09 pm

2009 Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally from chuck goolsbee on Vimeo.

Here’s a YouTube-ification (transmogrification?) of my photos from last weekend’s TSD Rally. I promise I’ll fill in the story as soon as I can. Meanwhile, enjoy the images.

OK… that didn’t work. YouTube barfed on that file. Check back soon, as I’m trying an alternative.

Trying Vimeo now… let me know if it doesn’t work… I’m off to wrestle with Interstate 5.

August 6, 2009

It’s that time again: The Monte Shelton NW Classic Rally.

Filed under: 09 Monte Shelton — chuck goolsbee @ 11:29 pm

My Dad & I are in Vancouver, WA, just across the river from Portland, where the Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally will begin early tomorrow morning. Now you know why I was in such a hurry to fix the Jaguar after the Father-Son road trip finished a bit over a week ago!

We drove down this afternoon, accompanied along for part of the journey by John Morrow aka “Mad Dog” right here on this website, and his daughter Olivia. They’re driving his freshly restored 66 E-type Coupe. I’ll have more pictures soon, provided I can get and stay online. The Internet access at this Hilton in Vancouver is awful, and we’ll be in Central Oregon tomorrow night and I have no idea if I’ll be able to get online.

Wish us luck, and yes, we’ll try to stay on course!

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