Rally North America,
Established in the winter of 2009, Rally North America Charities is a not-for-profit organization, aimed at bringing automotive enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada, together for the purpose of Auto rallying. Each rally organized by Rally North America carries a common idea, driving for a cause. RNA believes that by combining the love of the automotive lifestyle and a worthy charity organization, it is possible to do something “good” through the automotive hobby.
A lot of you may have wondered or have asked how Rally North America became what we are today, well here is our story:
When a group of like minded individuals gets together, good things can happen and when it does it's no accident.
July 10th 2009
A group of us gear heads, as Mike likes to call us, decided to participate in a "Fan" Cruise in support of large road rally. We had a strong representation of teams:
- Bullitt - Jeff & Gail Rushing
- Team Pontiac -Trevor Walmer
- Team Hellrot - Dan Carpenter & Matt Bercik
- Team VW Jetta - Andrew Preston
- Team SuperCoupe - Chris Landis
- Team Danger - Tony Intrieri & Aaron Johnson
- Team RX8 - Mike Schlee & Little Matthew
- TeamGTO Scott Spielman & Team Die Hard's wives (We'll never tell)
Tony did his part setting up the route and lodging arrangements for the entire group. The rally was on, we departed New York City and headed south through New Jersey on our way to the Beach in Ocean City Maryland. We had a few stops setup along the way, but ended up on the beach a few hours later. Once we got to the condo the party started. The question came up.. why couldn't we do our own rally?? Why not? Right...??? The next morning we departed ways and the thought of our own rally fresh in the minds of all of us... and a few months later RNA started to fall in place. In the mean time Tony and Aaron made it into reality tv show history participating in an epic journey in its own right. The foundation was paved for RNA. We all kept in touch and eventually we came up with a plan.
Mike Schlee decided to branch out and start a website for us "gear heads" and ended up creating not just a website but a community for us all to hang out in... and a place to showcase non profit road rallies.
Go Big or Go Home, Rally 66 2010
Jan 02, 2010
Registration opens for Rally 66. This was no ordinary road rally though. This was our first rally, and the first rally of its kind. Route 66 runs from heart of Downtown Chicago all the way to the Santa Monica Pier in Southern California. We initially thought about running the entire route but, we decided that the time and distance that it would require would be to much in our first year. The solution... two starting lines! We basically organized two road rallies with one common destination, The Big Texan, in Amarillo Texas. We set up the routes, check points and hotels for both versions of the rally. We had 30 teams running out of Chicago and 25 teams heading out of Los Angeles. After three days of road rallying we met for the first time in Texas. This was a first in the history of road rallies in America!
Sponsors of the Event were:
- CJ's Pony
Rallying for a Cause
Our initial run, through the heartland of America, we chose The Stefanie Spielman fund for breast cancer research at the Ohio State University. We decided on this charity because 100 percent of the proceeds goes directly to research, and just prior to Thanksgiving 2009 Stefanie Spielman passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Overall we donated all of our proceeds and our sponsors combined to donate over $7,000.00 to the charity.
With the lessons learned from our first run we decided to keep it on the central east coast, and up the teams to 80.
Rally Appalachia 2011
This time with one rally under our belt we knew exactly what to expect, some of the best people on the planet participating in one common goal, to have fun and help raise money for charity. For Rally Appalachia our benefactor was The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, we raised over $14,000.00. The proceeds went directly to giving wounded war vets world class 5 star medical care in a state of the art medical facilities.
It all kicked off in Winchester VA, with some tricky checkpoints along Skyline Drive and a trip around Shenandoah Speedway. Our destination for day 1 was Natural Bridge VA. The second day took us drag racing down Blue Ridge and a epic view from atop of the Chimney Rock. Day 3 was a little less intense, with about 10 laps around Darlington to our final Beachfront resort in Historic Downtown Charleston South Carolina. Our very first field of 80 teams was sold out in a record 52 days from opening registration.
Sponsors of Rally Appalachia were:
- CJ Pony Parts - Prime Sponsor with a sizable donation
- Hagerty Auto Insurance
- Penn Tech Deployments
- CNC Engine Dynamics
Rally Dixie 2012
Rally Dixie was a challenging drive through the heart of the deep south where a RNA record 83 cars participated in the three day 1500 mile journey. The rally kicked off in the city center of Noblesville Indiana, and we proceeded to rally to the Indy Speedrome and then through the back roads of Brown County witnessing the oldest covered bridges in the country not to mention some world class roads. Day one concluded at the Smokey Bones establishment in Bowling Green Kentucky. The top finishers for the day was hometown favorites Kyle and Michaela Watson in thier 2008 BMW 335 twin turbo BMW.
Day two kicked off from the National Corvette Museum and we headed to the Clarksville Drags and on through Nashville and into the Goodyear plant in Gadsden Alabama. Day three was the final day and brought us to the ever impressive Talladega SuperSpeedway... The rally ended in Ft. Walton Beach Florida. The charity for this years rally was The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. We raised over $64,000 that was donated directly to ACP. We would love to thank Robert McBurney and Karen Krumback for being so willing to help us along the way.
Rally North America isn't about crossing the finish line with a land speed world record. We are about having a great time, making new friends and helping those in need with our passion... our cars and trucks. Nothing better than the open road with some of the nicest and most generous people you will ever meet. Guaranteed!
Rally North America Staff:
Webmaster: Stimpygato Webdesign, Noel Sufrin, Mike Schlee
Forum Admin: Jerimiah Stiable, Kevin Robbins
Resident Bloggers: Jerimiah Stiable, Robby DeGraff
Rally North America Charities LLC
Rally Sponsorships: Brian Shannon
Rally Organizers: Tony Intrieri, Scott Spielman
Rally Customer Relations: Mike Schlee, Dale Clough
Video Productions By: The Mob Theory & TJ Fry