Rally Appalachia makes Galax a 'secret' checkpoint

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Racers in the 2011 Rally Appalachia will make a stop in Galax on July 20.
They will drive their sports cars, muscle cars and other unique rides 1,300 miles on some of the most scenic roads in the country, searching for secret checkpoints at incredible places.
One of those checkpoints is the historic Rex Theater in downtown Galax, where racers will arrive on July 20.
The event, sponsored by Rally North America, features 80 teams of two or more people, 37 stops at historical or scenic locations and three stops at racing venues, two police-escorted parades and one great big party at the finish line in Charleston, S.C.
“Each team will be given historical or scenic check points that they need to place themselves and or their vehicle in front of and snap a photo prior to moving on to the next check point,” explained Tony Intrieri, operations manager for the rally. “In other words, it is a scavenger hunt on wheels.”
Established in 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 is for a cause. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has been chosen as this year’s charity benefactor. To learn more, visit www.fallenheroesfund.org.
Racers will depart from Winchester on July 19, ending the day in Natural Bridge. July 20, they will travel through Radford to Galax, arriving in the late morning. (The race does not release the exact times until the morning of the race, but the cars and drivers should be in town around lunchtime.)
After leaving Galax, they’ll travel to Chimney Rock Park in North Carolina and to that day’s finish line in Spartanburg, S.C.

• Visit www.RallyNorthAmerica.com for more information.