Founding Member, Stephen Chapple, stages cars by
class on Lake Street prior to the start of the Rally.
The HRC 60th Anniversary Kettle
Call Rally was run on Saturday morning with a scheduled start time of 9:30
AM. Rally teams competed in three classes. The Historic Class for pre 1953
sports cars included several cars that had actually raced in the original
1950-52 Open Road races. The Vintage Class included cars from 1953 thru
1975 and the Modern Class included cars from 1976 and newer.
The morning of the Rally brought
gray skies and pouring down rain. Despite the weather, forty five entries
showed up for the 8:00 AM check in and Continental Breakfast in the
Siebkens main dining room.
As the start time neared and the
rain began to let up, rally officials were notified that a power line was
down near the start of the rally route and there was no way around it. In
response, the start time was moved to 10:00 AM. By then the downed lines
had been cleared and the rally cars were belatedly launched onto the
Rally teams wait patiently in Siebkens main
dining room for the delayed start of the Rally.
Rally Master, Bill Hall, gives final instruction
to Tod and Wendy Willson at the start of the Rally.
The main dining room at Siebkens where members
and guests enjoyed another great meal.
Bill Hall provides instruction for the restart of
the Rally at the Black Dog Bistro.
The 1949 Healey Silverstone entered by Robert
Seymour followed by Jim Fuchs in his 1953 Ferrari 166MM approaching
Briggs Bend on the Historic Race Circuits..
The 1950 Jaguar XK120 of Roger Morrison
previously owned by Brooks Stevens and raced in the 1950 Novice
Jim Fuchs and daughter Charlene driving a Ferrari
The last car had barely crossed the starting line when
word came that one of the roads at the eleven mile mark had been closed
due to a propane tank leak. Rally officials raced to the site and began
rerouting cars, bi-passing the blocked road and restarting on the other
It soon became apparent that a number of cars had gotten
through the stoppage before the road was closed so it was decided that all
cars would be stopped at the Black Dog Bistro in Rhine Center, the midway
point of the rally.
The result was a "party" unlike anything the Black Dog
Bistro had ever seen before. Nearly 100 rally participants jammed into a
space meant for half that number and everybody enjoying the moment. Owner
Cindy Becker passed out her homemade cookies (they disappeared in a flash)
and refreshments were enjoyed by all.
Rally Master, Bill Hall, soon had matters well in hand,
tachometers were zeroed and the Rally was restarted. With no further
interruptions the balance of the Rally came off without a hitch. Despite
the weather and the interruptions, everyone seemed to have had a grand
time; A tribute to the indomitable spirit of automotive enthusiasts and
their love for the sport.
The Rally concluded with a sumptuous buffet luncheon at
the Osthoff Resort overlooking the front lawn where the Car Show was being
staged. While Rally teams dined, Rally officials tallied the results to
determine the winners by class; no small task given the delays and
The Awards Ceremony was held at 4:00 pm on the Osthoff
lawn where elegantly crafted high quality lead crystal trophies were
The Trophy for the best score in the Historic Class went
to Roger Morrison and navigator Alice Preston in the ex Brooks
Stevens Jaguar XK120. The Vintage Class Trophy went to Tom and Pam
Heinrich in a 1967 Jaguar XKE. The Modern Class trophy went to Jeff
and Mary Goelzer driving a 2008 Corvette.
Two Special Recognition trophies were also awarded
to teams that had not finished first in any class.
The Kettle Call Spirit Award given to the
rally team that seemed to exemplify the true spirit of the Kettle Call
Rally was awarded to Tod and navigator Wendy Willson driving a
pristine Jaguar XK120M, a top down rain or shine British car in what
seemed like typical British weather.
The HRC Heritage Award given to the owner
of the car that seemed to best capture the heritage of the original
Elkhart Lake open road races went to Jim Fuchs and daughter Charlene
driving a Ferrari 166MM.
Perhaps the most unusual entry was the Korean era U.S.
Army Jeep of HRC Director Clyde Morter with Charlie Brumder celebrating
his birthday as navigator. Unfortunately they failed to sign and identify
their car in their route instructions and received "no score. Could they
have actually won? Would they have actually won? We will never know!
A very special thank you to our Rally
Courtesy of Walter Vollrath
Rautmann/Schills Real Estate. Inc.
Carolyn Leynse, Realtor
The Black Dog Bistro
"The Friendliest Place in Town"