Outer Drive Hero Drivers Club annually presents the
Heroes' Hectic Holiday Hangover Hassle
And what is this you may ask. . .
A good question came from Bob Ward, winner of the 2013 event, and producing the 2014 event.
As this years winner, we're working on the general instructions for the
upcomming event. Just what number is it? The girls from last year
thought theirs was 58 but they're not sure. Thanks
A valid question. Here is our response:
Such an easy question, but I'm sorry there isn't a perfectly clear answer.
- We checked carefully, and early records indicate the first HHHHH was the 1955 event. We do have a set of instructions from the 1956 event, labeled as ODHDC HHHHH #2.
After that point, things begin to disagree. Below is a picture of the dash plaque from 1/1/1958, clearly stating it was HHHHH 3.
- We were given a copy of "The Big End Journal" from February of 1960, describing the event and using the journal centerfold for a picture bonanza. The text of the article discusses the event as HHHHH V in the trophy section. In the middle of the pictures, the event is clearly listed as "H.H.H.H. IV." I would have calculated, with 1956 having HHHHH II, that the 1960 event was actually number 6. I did ask Frank Opalka some years ago, as Frank was more than active in Midwest Sports Car Club, and he assured me that an event was presented each and every year, with no years without an event.
The 1965 rally was printed as ODHDC #10 (although it looks like it should have been 11) (That would have made ODHDC #1 in 1956, but it was obviously #2)
ODHDC #42 was in 1998. (That would have meant that the first rally was in 1957, but we don't think that is accurate.)
I thought the girls were working on a rally that they thought was #57, but I would have thought it was #58 (as you seem to feel) and based on the idea that #1 was in 1955, THAT would indicate that 2014 will be the 60th. Ah, what a curious mess. Actually, the numbering is fairly meaningless, and we just think it ads to the character of the event. It does look like the second oldest, continually run rally in the US. (FWIW, likely also meaningless)
So the real answer is . . .
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