Sugar Valley Rally begins Friday

Even though the critical tech inspection was Thursday night, the 25th annual Sugar Valley Rally officially begins today (Friday) with the mandatory Rally School at 10 a.m. at the Harms Center. 66 antique and classic cars are expected to participate in this year's historic rally, which is a timing competition from location to location not a race.

Media coordinator Dan Dickinson says the rally school, which is mandatory for drivers and especially navigators, informs participants of detours due to road construction, safety concerns including who to call if your antique car breaks down, and it provides additional information on any new instructions specific to this rally.

Dickinson says it also provides time for socialization that many times aids the newer drivers when they get acquainted with the Rally veterans and the pros.

The practice rally then begins at 1 p.m. with a pit stop at the Kimball Museum. The finish Friday is at the Main Street Market from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

State 1 of the Rally begins at Fremont Motors Saturday with the ceremonial start at 8 a.m. Morrill will host the morning pit stop and Bayard the afternoon pit stop, with participants actually returning to Gering for lunch in between at the Civic Center. The finish will be back at Fremont Motors.

Stage 2 of the Rally Sunday begins at the Knights of Columbus building in Scottsbluff, with breakfast at 6 a.m. and the cars leaving at 8 a.m. The morning pit stop is at the Legacy of the Plains Museum and the finish line Sunday is once again at Cozad's Garage in Gering.

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