2007 Elkhart Lake Historic Rallye

On October 5th and 6th, the SCCA in conjunction with Historic Race Circuits of Elkhart Lake staged the inaugural Elkhart Lake Historic Rallye in and around the Village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The event celebrated the 55th anniversary of the SCCA sponsored Monte Carlo style rallies held in 1951 and 1952 in conjunction with the Elkhart Lake open road sports car races.

1951-52 Rallye History

The 1951 and 1952 Monte Carlo styled rallies were modeled after the famous European Monte Carlo rallies. Rally teams began the rally at any of sixty-five cities spread all across the United States. Teams were allowed to select their own average speed with the objective of reaching Elkhart Lake on the Saturday of the race weekend. Each team was awarded “starting points” based on their distance from Elkhart Lake. As the teams progressed from check point to check point, points were deducted based on early or late arrival times. Thus teams traveling the greatest distance had more leeway for error than teams traveling shorter distances.

Check points along the route were major cities within each SCCA Region. As the rally teams progressed across the Country, more and more teams came together at each check point were the local Region hosted receptions. The result was one of the largest moving parties in rally history.

The 2007 Historic Rallye

The 2007 rally featured the time-speed-distance format but the emphasis was on the pure joy of owning, displaying and driving sports cars. Teams came from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota as well as Wisconsin. Fall colors were near peak and the weather was unseasonably warm for October making conditions nearly perfect for the event.

Participants and workers arrived in Elkhart Lake on Friday the 5th and had the option of participating in the Drive America “Touring” session on the Road America race circuit. Drive America is a benefit for the March of Dimes sponsored by the SCCA Milwaukee Region. Rally participants were given access to the world famous closed circuit track for a forty-five minute touring session.

Historic Rallye participants lined up in the marshalling lane ready to enter the track
The 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena of Loren Ziglin and Kyle Rohde follow the 1950 Saab 92 of Marty Adams and Tim Winkler over the Kohler Bridge

Following the track event rally participants adjourned to the historic race bar at Siebkens Resort (The Last Open Bar) for registration and check-in. Capping off the evening the rally teams joined the Drive America participants for a buffet dinner in the Siebkens Resort dinning room. The dinner was hosted by the Milwaukee Region.

Saturday morning at 8 a.m. the SCCA offered an optional thirty minute “Rally School” covering the basics of the TSD rally format. Since the majority of the rally teams had limited or no rally experience, the school was filled to overflowing and questions seemed to come from every direction. Tim Craft, SCCA National Rally Coordinator who conducted the school, did an outstanding job and participants left with rising confidence.

At 8:30 a.m. the teams lined up on the Lake Street portion of the Historic Race Circuits between the Victorian Village and Siebkens resorts for distribution of route instructions and the ceremonial start. With route instructions in hand for the first time, rally teams stopped admiring cars and settled into deciphering the instruction. Then promptly at 9:00 a.m. the first car was called to the starting line and released onto the rally route to begin the rally.

Rallye teams lined up for the ceremonial start on the Lake Street portion of the Historic Race Circuit just north of The Hard Left historical marker
The David and Sue Kettler in their immaculate 1960 Triumph TR3 take the green starters flag at the ceremonial start

After leaving the starting line, teams toured the Historic Elkhart Lake Open Road Race Circuits to warm up their tires and calibrate odometers. From there the teams headed north thru rolling farm lands and past lakes and rivers, in the process passing three check points. Only one team failed to hit all the morning session check points and segment scores were amazingly close to target times.

At the end of the morning session, rally teams and worker were treated to a New York Style Deli Buffet on the lake patio at the Osthoff Resort overlooking Elkhart Lake. It was warm, the view was stunning and the food was first class.

Rally participants enjoy the New York Deli Buffet on the Lake Patio at the Osthoff Resort
The view from the Lake Patio looking west over Elkhart Lake

Having warmed up in the morning session, rally teams did some serious rallying in the longer afternoon session returning to the finish on Lake Street in Elkhart Lake shortly after 5 pm. While scoring coordinator Brian Berg totaled the rally scores and determined class winners, rally teams and workers adjourned to the Back Porch Bistro at the Victorian Village Resort for refreshments, to compare notes and to swap rally stories. As the sun set over Elkhart Lake, the gala “Wisconsin Beer and Brat” dinner was rolled out featuring traditional Wisconsin bratwurst with all the trimmings.

The much anticipated award celebration began immediately after the dinner. Teams competed in three SCCA classes Equipped, Limited and Stock plus a special class for Vintage Cars from 1960 and prior.

The trophy for the best time in the Equipped Class and first overall went to experienced rally competitors Mike Thompson and Fred Rosevear. The trophy is presented by Tim Craft National Rally Coordinator for the SCCA and Spencer Chapple Chairman of Historic Race Circuits
The Limited Class trophy went to Derrick Carpenter and Rich Bireta who came all the way from Kansas to compete. The trophy is presented by sponsors Walter and Mary Jo Vollrath on behalf of Polarware Company
In the by far largest Stock Class, the first place trophy went to Holly and Tim Kemmis new SCCA members in their first SCCA rally. The trophy is presented by Tim Craft National Rally Coordinator for the SCCA and Spencer Chapple Chairman of Historic Race Circuits
The coveted Vintage Trophy went to Marty Adams and Tim Winker who rallied in a 1950 Saab 92 that had participated in the original Elkhart Lake Monte Carlo Rallies of 1951 and 1952 and still wore the dash board plaque presented at those events. The trophy is presented by sponsors Walter and Mary Jo Vollrath on behalf of Godspeed Racing and Armsup Motorsports

All of the rally teams appeared to be having a great time but special recognition went to the team of Kevin Rogers and David Johnson driving Kevin’s ground up restored 1960 Austin Healey 3000 MKI as the team who seemed to have the most fun.

Kevin Rogers and Dave Johnson got away from the starting line a little to fast for our ace photographer

The SCCA, the rally participants and the many workers who made the event function so smoothly all agreed that the rally had been a huge success and participants committed to return for future events and to bring their friends as well.

Sponsorship for the inaugural Elkhart Lake Historic Rallye was provided by the Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission and local businesses; Sargento Foods, Polarware Company, Armsup Motorsports, Godspeed Racing and Badger Mutual Insurance.

AWARD Sponsors

Armsup Motorsports
Godspeed Racing

P.O. Box 312
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020

Sponsors of

The HRC Vintage Trophy

Sargento Foods, Inc.

1 Persnickety Place

Plymouth, WI 53073


Sponsor of
The Great Race Trophy

Badger Mutual Insurance Co

1635 West National Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53204



Sponsor of

The SCCA Unlimited Trophy


Polarware Company

2806 N. 15th Street

Sheboygan, WI 53083



Sponsor of

The SCCA Limited Trophy



Promotional funding provided by the Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission.