Get a taste of Pikes Peak, sans the 19-hour drive to Colorado Springs and altitude sickness. On its fifth year, the Maryhill Loops Rally is one of the most exciting driving events the BMW CCA Oregon Chapter organizes. Event fills up fast! Sign up now! See www.bmworegoncca.com/calendar for details.
This 2-mile stretch of blacktop in the middle of nowhere* has 25 curves, at least four of them hairpins, and an average grade of 5%. This year, the BMW CCA Oregon Chapter is renting the private road for BOTH Saturday and Sunday to allow more members to experience the thrill of hillclimb driving. We are limiting participation to 20 cars per day, for a total of 40 cars.
Cars are divided into groups of ten (two groups per day). Each car goes uphill only after the previous car passes the halfway mark. All cars drive downhill in a slow convoy. Special arrangements may be made for photo/video chase vehicles, but only after participants have had their fun.
Participants can register for Saturday or Sunday. We also have plenty of opportunities to volunteer for this event, including staffing checkpoints along the road, helping with lunch, preparing the course, and cleaning up at the end of the event.
The rally starts each morning (July 26th and 27th) with a photo session at the Stonehenge War Memorial at 7:30 AM.
Maryhill Loops Road is located in a desolate, wind-swept area with no restaurants, no facilities (porta-potty available), and few shade trees. Bring shade tents, sunblock, and lots of food and water. Or your RV. The club will host a Subway 4-foot Giant Sub (or equivalent), chips, cookies, and some beverages, but please be prepared with your own snacks as well.
We have secured a discounted room rate with Celilo Inn, 20 miles West in The Dalles, OR. Celilo Inn is ranked #1 hotel in The Dalles, and is probably the top hotel in the Columbia Gorge! Go to http://www.celiloinn.com
or call 541-769-0001
. Mention "BMW Oregon CCA" to avail of rooms for $115/night (Queen, no view) or $130/night (King, river view). These must be booked by June 20th and are non-refundable. Inquire with Celilo Inn for more details.
Lastly, the club will organize a no-host dinner on Saturday night. Participants and guests are welcome to attend. Last year we occupied a large table at the Clock Tower Brew House in The Dalles, but a surprising number of options are available in town!
Mary Hill Loops Road
Goldendale, WA, 98620
Time: 7:30 AM at Stonehenge War Memorial
*- Actually, 8 miles south of Goldendale WA