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A second major road rally is coming to Galax this summer.
Teams with Rally Appalachia 2011 will arrive July 20 at the historic Rex Theater downtown, just a month after the annual Great Race event comes to the city on June 12.
More than 80 two-person teams from 29 states and Canada will be driving rally cars more than 1,100 miles in three days. The rally starts July 19 in Winchester and ends July 21 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.”
Rally Appalachia takes drivers along some of the most scenic roads in the country in sports cars, muscle cars and other unique rides, searching for secret check points, like the Rex Theater.
Intrieri said the event involves three racing venues (Shenandoah Speedway, Motor Mile Dragway, and Darlington Speedway), includes 37 stops in historical or scenic locations, two police escorted parades and one end-of-rally party in Charleston.
Established in 2009, Rally North America Charities is a non-for-profit organization, aimed at bringing automotive enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada together.
While other large rallies require high costs to enter and participate, Rally North America's events are fun and affordable for everyone.
Each rally emphasizes one key idea: driving for a cause.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund has been chosen as this year’s Rally North America charity benefactor.
The fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided more than $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.
The fund most recently opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence to support the research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury.