Sweet mother of god.... i have been looking around for a map/logbook of the sunriser/tulip route for quite some time.
I think it would be really fun to take the route on a daytrip either by myself or as a group. Just for fun, at acceptable speeds.
Does the entire route still exist? Roads closed etc...
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The Sunriser/Tulip routes changed virtually every year. Changes in ranger staff and who was making decisions in local government made course design a real crap-shoot. Even the state forests that were used sometimes changed year-to-year. In some cases, a given stage might be lengthened or shortened - or even given a different name - depending on road availability and the reactions of property owners along the route. So, there's no one all-encompassing route book.
And yes, some roads have been closed and many others have been paved. The one BIG reservation that all of us in the Ohio rally community have is that creating a route like this might encourage people to drive the roads 'at speed'. While we're all enthusiasts at heart, this is the one thing that could kill the event's ongoing status quicker than anything else. Sunriser was always criticized by the sanctioning bodies as being too fast and too dangerous. There were a couple of deaths, quite a few injuries and too many close calls to count. And that was with on-course accident support and a trained medical sweep staff!
To get the use of the forests, we have to keep the speeds really low. We work with both the rangers and the local police so that they know when and where the event is running. And, we all need to remember that, just like the police, the rangers have radar in their vehicles and carry guns at ALL times. They can also arrest people, just like police - and they're more protective of their roads than you might think!
We still don't have a firm date for the rally, but CORC has indicated that they would like for it to be later in the year.