The United States held its first Rally Championship in 1973, and the Olympus International Rally was a part of this historical moment. Sponsored by Toyota, it later became an important stage during the World Rally Championships from 1985 to 1988 and was again included in the United States Rally Championship in 2006. From 2007 it was added to the Rally America National Championship and it has many legendary rally drivers associated with it.
One of America’s well known rally racing champions, John Buffum, has raced at the Olympus International Rally many times, taking home four wins. Another driver who also has four Olympus wins to his name is the New Zealand Rally Champion, Rod Millen and in 1985, Hannu Mikkola won the World Rally Prototype here. Other famous rally drivers include Juha Kankkunen, Miki Biasion, John Nagel, Markku Alen, Alex Fiorio, Ilkka Kivimaki and Arne Hertz.
This year the Olympus International Rally will form part of the Rally America National Championship, and takes place between the 18th of April 2008 and the 20th of April 2008. Here, drivers will be putting their navigational and driving skills to the ultimate test, as racing at Olympus is known to be a challenging event. The rugged rally terrain of this course in the Washington State will not only see drivers battle against each other but they will be tested on every turn by unpredictable weather conditions and the vast variety of road surfaces they will have to face.
It is a course that provides excitement and thrilling racing for the participants and the spectators, as every bump or turn in the road can have an overwhelming effect on the race. The Olympus International Rally is a serious race for teams, as it is a fight for points and a place at the X Games 13. Spectators will be able to see eleven great vehicle manufactures represented at the rally, including Ford, Subaru, Volkswagen, Dodge and Mitsubishi.
For rally racing at its best, and to catch a glimpse of favorite teams and drivers, supporters and racing enthusiasts should ensure that they don’t miss out on the action and exhilaration of this rough rally spectacular. The Olympus International Rally is an event worth supporting.