To give you a sense of what a Spook Rally is and how much fun the event is, please keep reading:
“What’s A Spook Rally?” you ask.
The ARR Spook Rally is a weekend of 4-wheelin’ fun in the desert, including a nighttime 4-wheel drive event in which the driver and co-driver(s) attempt to duplicate a specific course by following cryptic clue sheets. Each clue sheet brings you (hopefully) to a checkpoint, where (if you survive) you will receive another clue sheet to get you to the next checkpoint. How many checkpoints are there? Well that would ruin some of the surprise now, wouldn’t it? The Spook Rally is NOT a speed event, nor is it a night run through the desert following ribbons. The object (beyond merely surviving it) is to match the official odometer mileage clocked by our official mileage clocker. (You’ll notice it doesn’t say “accurate”, just “official”.)
When the sun goes down the witches, goblins, and ghoulies come out! It’s a costume party around the campfire for kids and adults. Dress up in your best Halloween duds and enjoy socializing with your fellow victims. Don’t forget to dress up your vehicle. Awards for the best dressed vehicle will be handed out on Sunday morning. There’s DJ music, and dancing if you’re so inclined, and trick-or-treating for the young ones, so bring some goodies (enough for the big young ones, too). There are prizes awarded to the best adult and best kid’s costumes!
4-wheel drive games to test your driving skills and sense of humor. There are also games for the kids. Hot dogs and soft drinks are always available during the games.
Driver’s meeting to update everyone on any last minute changes, then at sunset, the first vehicle moves out into the darkening desert. Only registered vehicles are allowed at checkpoints. For everyone’s safety, ATVs, Golf Carts, Rhinos (side by sides), etc., are not be permitted in the Rally, or in the event areas.
Most everyone are back in camp, and the Arizona Rough Riders put on their legendary morning-after breakfast of coffee, juice, eggs, bacon, sausage, and light and fluffy pancakes! Shoot, some people come from out of state just to have breakfast!!! Breakfast is complimentary for all participants. (Participant is defined as each individual that has submitted a waiver) Immediately following breakfast cleanup, trophies are presented, and then we raffle off more prizes than most people can fit in their vehicles!
Where is all this fun?
We need the great southwestern desert for this much fun! We’ll run the rally out by Lake Pleasant just off the Carefree Highway, about half way to Wickenburg. An accurate map will be included in your registration packet when registration time is here. A large camping area surrounds our base camp. There’s plenty of room for tents, campers, and motor homes. Remember we Tread Lightly. All campers are required to take their trash with them when they leave (any this includes you!). There is no trash removal service in the great southwestern desert.
You’re probably wondering what a splendid weekend of fun in the sun (and under the moon) like this will cost you. For the 2014 rally, the cost was just $100.00, that includes, a complimentary breakfast on Sunday morning for those brave enough to eat the Rough Rider’s cooking, 2 raffle tickets, a dash plaque, dancing, trick-or-treating, entry into the games, and help carrying your raffle loot to your vehicle! If you are not affiliated with a registered Club in the ASA4WDC, an additional $10.00 is required for temporary membership to ASA4WDC.
Since we have to limit the number of vehicles that can go on the Spook Rally to 100, we use a lottery system to select the participants and their vehicle position. We accept entries during the defined registration time for the year. Then one specified Saturday in September, the lottery is held. Participants need to remember to include all the new requirements (proof of insurance, driver’s license and waivers). The lottery is held at the South end of Desert Breeze Park, 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226. Due to the vast number of entries received each year and to ensure everyone gets a fair and equal chance, each registration is entered in the lottery separately. There is no grouping of vehicles. (Please, no whining.) The order in which the entries are drawn is the order in which the vehicles start the run. Forms received after the lottery are tagged onto the far end of the line, on a first in, first out basis. Entrants are welcome to attend the lottery, but everyone is informed by mail of their position and time-out. Cancellation by a pre-specified cancelation allowed date will result in a full refund. After that date the cost of breakfasts are subtracted from the refund.
Each vehicle MUST pass a safety inspection prior to leaving on the run. Each vehicle must be Insured. Proof of insurance must be submitted with your registration form and will be verified at Registration and Vehicle Inspection. Mandatory equipment includes: A 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roll bar, roll cage, or permanent hard top; a working CB radio; seatbelts for each vehicle occupant; headlights; and a working odometer. Highly recommended equipment includes a flashlight; a watch; a pen or pencil; and a sense of humor.