Comment from a past winner
- Satch Carlson (Nov 1999)
But it really has to do with the event and the
competition. My favorite rallies do not
require much work from the navigator because the
driver is bustin' butt trying to get back on time:
Drivex, according to the Canadians.
in which the navvy is the hero and the driver
is bored shitless are called Navex. On very rare
events, such as the Thunderbird Rally, both skills
are vital---as long as you're running against
other skilled players.
Last year Peter Hill beat us at T-Bird---but
I am always pleased to finish within a reasonable
distance from Peter! A couple of years ago I was
on the wrong side of the
car, navigating for Sergeant Sideways, aka Peter
Linde, and we had to come from behind to edge
John Fouse and Dennis Wende in Tbird---which was
only possible because we kept tweaking our factor
even in the last legs of the rally, trying trying
trying to match whatever the rallymaster had for
Real Mileage (kilometrage?) by correcting---to
the thousandth!---at every given reference. Sgt.
Sideways is a drivin' foo', of course, which made
the real difference, but if we had relaxed and
said, "Close enough," we would have had to cheer
for the winners.