Rally Chairman, Gary J. Hamilton, is hosting a Hybrid rally incorporating a “Tour” with a Regularity Rally (aka Time Speed Distance) and is seeking more drivers!
The event follows parts of the routes from the original rally events of the 50’s.
The GAMRR covers approximately 400 miles of incredible Vermont and NY roads over 3 days.
Our host inn will be The Trapp Family Lodge in beautiful Stowe Vermont.
History of the Original Great American Mountain Rallye 1953-1957
The flag dropped on the very first GAMR on Thanksgiving Day of 1953 and the rally continued every November through 1957. Described in the April 1956 issue of Auto Age as “America’s longest, toughest, and coldest rallye,” the races attracted driving teams from across America, Europe and Scandinavia. Conducted the weekend of American Thanksgiving, the rally typically featured challenging snowy weather through New York’s Adirondack, New Hampshire’s White, and Vermont’s Green Mountains. Tire chains were an absolute must!
In its day, the Great American Mountain Rallye attracted top teams from around the world. The Rootes team entered Sheila van Damm in 1953 and 1954. The late great Stirling Moss also competed in this rally in 1954. The great Maurice Gastonides, the 1953 Monte Carlo Rally winner, was a competitor as well. One year, multi-time world driving champion, Juan Manual Fangio was the official starter.
GAMRR is a Hybrid rally incorporating a “Tour” with a Regularity Rally. There will be a course to follow through northern Vermont and parts of New York utilizing a Tulip style of instructions and a short map reading section. The event follows parts of the routes from the original events of the 50’s. The Rally will include approximately 400 miles of incredible Vermont and NY roads over 3 days. This event will allow you to interact with other entrants during the day’s competition and afterwards to share stories at the bar.
We want to maintain the flavor of the original rally and thus we will be limiting the rally technology that can be used by contestants. In theory if the technology did not exist in the 1950’s or early 1960’s it is not allowed (with a few exceptions).
We are dedicated to keeping this event in the spirit of the original events of the 50’s with just a touch of modern-day conveniences.
We hope you can join us for three fantastic days of rallying in beautiful Stowe Vermont at our host inn The Trapp Family Lodge.
Early Registration Fee (per vehicle): $1,250 prior to July 24th (mail in entries must be postmarked by July 24th).
After July 24th Registration Fee will be $1,500
No registrations will be accepted after August 15th.
Event includes Monday Cocktail Reception, Tues + Weds breakfasts, Tues bagged lunch, Weds dinner – Award Ceremony, route instructions, rally plates, GAMRR Rally attire, door stickers, rally school, and awards. Hagerty will be providing a free weekend of towing for entrants.
Block of hotel rooms will only be available until July 26th (rooms are on your own)
More Info to Register and contacts:
Some past pictures of the events (click to see full size):
Please send all inquiries regarding the GAMRR to Gary J. Hamilton, Rally Chairman, [email protected]