One common inquiry I get often is from people new to Colorado asking how to get involved in rallying here.
Rallying in Colorado is making a comeback. There are a few resources you need to know about.
CHCA – Colorado Hill Climb Association – chcaracing.com
These guys put on a five event gravel hill climb series that is awesome. The Temple Canyon, Buena Vista, and Lands End events are three to NOT miss. The CORE events are super fun too with usually a little party atmosphere if everyone decides to camp, easy spectating with a great diverse course.
Which leads me to:
CORE – Colorado Offroad Extreme
Open March – November on weekends this is a 800-1000 acre offroad park. Has a dedicated 2 mile rally sprint course, two rallycross areas, and about 15-20 miles of rallyable tracks around the facility.
They held two 30-40 mile stage rally type events there in 2016 as well and are tentatively planning to do it again this year. Season passes are $200 individual, $400 family and for sale now and allow you to go drive there anytime there aren’t events going on.
ColoradoRallycross.org or their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ColoradoRallyCross/
10-11 event rallycross season, mostly at CORE and a facility in Colorado Springs called the US Truck Driving School. They open their season with a rally school and competition weekend in early March at CORE. Great group of people and fun laid back dirt rally style racing at lower speeds that you can do in any car.
Rally Colorado – https://www.facebook.com/RallyColorado2017/
For actual stage rally there is an effort by Rally America to add two events to their national calendar, Rally Colorado in July and Rally Wyoming in August. Not much info is known about the Wyoming event yet but the Colorado event is progressing and they post updates to their facebook page as stuff moves along. Most of the rally guys around here tend to stick with a few events, 100 Acre Woods rally in Missouri is well timed with our local seasons and we’ve been going most years for over a decade. Rally Idaho is also usually easy to fit into a schedule with some excellent roads with easy transits and while still a full day length, a relatively easy tow to the event. Some travel to SW events such as Prescott or midwest events like Ojibwe but not as regularly as the closer two. There is a desire to add a few shorter rallysprint type events to the region but that is still in the works.
We are up to 25-35 regular rally competitors, mostly based on the Front Range at this point and growing fast as new cars get built and veterans get back into it now that there is some competition. We made a big effort in the past few years to affordably build more cars and provide affordable parts and help for building cars and it seems to have paid off.
We, Rally.Build started three years ago officially though we’d been doing stuff like building cages and selling parts for 12 years, we just became more formal and got a shop location that you wasn’t hidden in a random industrial area of North Denver. We are there every Tuesday night and Saturday day. Tuesday nights are often mostly alot of talking about rally and drinking beer so is always a good time to meet people and absorb info. Saturday we try to get work done in the shop and is our busier retail day so not as many people hanging around chatting about rally like Tuesday nights are.
Welcome to Colorado! Hope to see you out at a few events.