Saturday November 29th, marked the day that the Eurotopia group was over taken by The Run Rally for a day. In the spirit of other Run Rallies there was a story-line presented to the group before the road rally commenced. Here’s the scoop:
“Eurotopian is an underground union of sorts, comprised of the most skilled drivers for hire in Los Angeles county. James Collin, a Eurotopian legendary driver is on assignment delivering a briefcase of important documents to a client in the San Fernando Valley. He has notified the group’s leader that his cover has been compromised and that he is being tailed. In this situation it is protocol for the driver to hand his package off to the next best driver in the area. You have all answered the call this morning and James must choose one of you. …there is a catch; one of you is an undercover government agent here to take hold of the briefcase and use the information inside to dismantle Eurotopia for good. Can Eurotopian’s deliver the briefcase and keep it out of the agent’s hands?”
This was the task at hand and it was our job to assemble with all of the Eurotopian and Run Rally drivers at Vibe Motorsports in Sun Valley. Here, drivers and navigators were given a packet containing their official mission, directions to their end destination and checkpoints, a Run Rally vinyl sticker and a CD with a personal selection of theme music for the drive.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; one of the best elements about the Run Rally’s is the selection of cars that attend. Malcolm (president of the Run Rally) said that he wanted to create a rally series that was open to exotic supercars and economy enthusiast cars alike. He ultimately wants to draw those who just love to drive their car.
“The Takeover” was no different with roughly 75 cars in attendance including everything from my Honda S2000 to a McLaren MP4-12C.
Once all the drivers arrived, The Run Rally team held a drivers meeting, reviewing the details of the mission at hand and separating drivers into 4 groups to begin the rally.
At the close of the meeting, Malcolm handed off the Run Rally Briefcase to one of his trusted Eurotopian drivers to begin the rally. All of the cars lined up by group in front of Vibe Motorsports awaiting the signal to depart.
And…we were off!!!
We ran with group 4 which wasn’t the “slow” group by any means. In fact, we were lucky enough to run with 3 GTR’s, an M6, a Factory Five GTM, Several M3’s and more. Needless to say, I had to keep the revvs up near 9,000 to keep up with the group.
After some spirited driving, we arrived at the first checkpoint, somewhere deep within Tujunga Canyon where drivers were given a short period to rest and the Run Rally briefcase was then passed on to another skilled driver. (Transaction not shown)
We snapped some shots, let our brakes cool and then it was back on the road starting with group 1 and ending with our group (group 4).
We snapped a quick shot of Run Rally model and car enthusiast Karina and a Vibe Motorsports rep. taking a breather before heading back to their cars.
We found a 2 lane stretch to snap some rollers of the GTM. (Props to Jay on his new project.)
After more high speed sweeping turns, long straightaways and an enthusiasts favorite “A TUNNEL” we arrived at the second checkpoint. (Stay tuned for more Go Pro footage on our YouTube Channel)
Fast cars x canyon roads = smiles
The briefcase changed hands yet again at this checkpoint to miss Karina.
Wasting no time, Malcolm ordered everyone back to their cars to lineup and head out to the third checkpoint.
At last at the bottom of the hill was our final checkpoint before the caravan to SP Engineering to deliver the Run Rally Briefcase. At this point we managed to lose a couple of drivers due to some casualties of running hard in the canyons… Luckily everyone was o.k.
Before setting out for SP Engineering, we had to pass along the briefcase once more. Karina reluctantly handed the briefcase to a fellow driver who she believes is a Eurotopian member but wasn’t sure…
From this point, it was all highway and side streets headed to SP Engineering, which meant perfect opportunities for some highway rolling shots. WRONG! What started out as a plan to have everyone cruise in a unified fashion on the freeway turned into racewars, where everyone attempted to multiply the speed limit x 2 to be the first to arrive at SP Engineering. I managed to get a few shots of those who were willing to follow instructions. (NEXT TIME WAIT FOR ME TO GET PICTURES BEFORE YOU SPEED!)
Finally, we arrived at SP Engineering, home of the GTR. We arrived to find a DJ spinning some tunes and stacks of pizza boxes for lunch. (Perfect timing for many because driving can really work up an appetite)
Miss Karina jumped out of her rally outfit and into something more appropriate before posing for the camera. We snapped a few pics while everyone finished up their lunch.
Just minutes after people finished their food, Malcolm assembled everyone at the front of the building to witness the last hand off of the briefcase.
To everyone’s surprise, James Collins is forced to give up the briefcase at gunpoint. The Ambush! The two villains make off with the briefcase, and the drivers are tipped off that they are headed to Santa Barbara. This scenario sets up the Grapes and Wrath Rally perfectly, as drivers will be tasked to follow these villains to Santa Barbara to retrieve the briefcase.
A very upset James Collins seeks revenge against the villains that stole the briefcase. Make sure you register for Grapes & Wrath ASAP as spaces are filling up.
After the ambush scene was over, Karina stuck around to pose for a few more pictures.
It’s only right that we had her pose in front of her own modified Mini Cooper. It’s also appropriate that we post 5 pictures. lolAll in all, we had a great time. We can’t wait for Grapes & Wrath in January and hope to see all of you there.
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