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Safety Biggest Concern At Lake Superior Performance Rally

LSPR 2016 LogoThe Lake Superior Performance Rally takes place this weekend in the Copper Country.

There will be lots of opportunities for spectators to get up close and personal with the cars and their drivers.

Roughly 80 entries will be on display at the Country Inn & Suites in Houghton on Friday starting at noon.

The first car leaves at 1:20pm, with cars leaving at one-minute intervals, as they head to the 1st stage at the Houghton County Fairgrounds–another great opportunity to view the race.

The place to be Saturday morning is the L’Anse Waterfront where spectators can again get a close-up look beginning at 9:30am.

The final stage of the Rally takes place Saturday afternoon in Downtown Houghton.

A half mile street stage runs along Lakeshore Drive with plenty of places along the south side of the street and on the parking deck to get a great view.

Safety is the most important concern and barriers will be set up to keep people from heading out across the track.

Houghton City Manager Eric Waara warns that if a race marshal throws a flag because a spectator crosses that barrier, that’s the end of the race.

Here is the full press release from the LSPR and the 2016 LSPR Overview Map and Spectator Maps:

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The Lake Superior Region of SCCA in conjunction with Rally America proudly presents the Lake Superior Performance Rally in Houghton, Michigan October 14 – 15, 2016.

This year’s LSPR is Round #8 of the Rally America National Championship and includes two Regional Rallies. The Daily Mining Gazette Ottawa Rally on Friday, October 14th and the Exedy Clutch Lac Vieux Desert Rally on Saturday, October 15th.

This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Lake Superior Performance Rally. The Lake Superior Region of SCCA officially assumed production of this event in 1994.

Spectators are invited to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and co-drivers on Friday October 14th beginning at Noon as nearly Eighty (80) Entries will be on Display during the Parc Expose at the Country Inn and Suites on Razor Back Drive in Houghton. First car out will be at 1:20pm with cars leaving at one minute intervals as they head to the 1st stage at the Houghton County Fair Grounds for a short but exciting .25 mile stage that includes a special spectator area. Upon completing the 1st stage the vehicles head to the Sidnaw and Kenton area to tackle the forest roads for several more night stages in the Ottawa National Forest.

On Saturday October 15th, Spectators once again have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars, drivers and co-drivers During the Parc Expose along the L’Anse Waterfront Park beginning at 9:30am. First car out from L’Anse is at 10:40am leaving to tackle several forest stages in Baraga County before heading back to Houghton for the Subaru Downtown Stage, the Final Stage of the Day and final stage of the 2016 LSPR.

The Subaru Downtown Stage is New this year to LSPR and the Ottawa Rally and consists of a .5 mile street stage running along Lake Shore Drive in Downtown Houghton with first car out at 5:10pm. The Subaru Downtown Stage is being set up with spectator area for public viewing. Spectators are advised to get there early and enjoy Downtown Houghton while awaiting the arrival of the first car.

Visit www.lsprorally.com for Spectator Location Maps and Instructions or pick-up a Daily Mining Gazette 2016 LSPR Spectator Guide. Spectators are asked to follow the LSPR and Rally America Spectator Rules and always use caution and care while viewing rally events.

But better yet, volunteer, get involved and be next to the racing. The Lake Superior Performance Rally is put on by a group of volunteers and we are always looking for volunteer workers to help with a variety of jobs. Medical, Marshals, and Control workers are just a few of the positions needed. See our web site for volunteer opportunities.

The Lake Superior Performance Rally Organizers would like to Thank All the individuals and groups involved this year helping to make the 2016 LSPR a successful event. A Special Thank You to The Cities of Houghton and Hancock, The Houghton County Fair Board, Baraga County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Village of L’Anse, L’Anse High School, Ottawa National Forest, and the County Road Commissions of Baraga, Houghton and Iron Counties.

And we wish to thank our sponsors, Exedy Clutch, the Daily Mining Gazette, Subaru USA, Midway Rentals, Country Inn & Suites, The Michigan Technological University Keweenaw Research Center, Copper Country ISD Career Tech, The Continental Fire Company and many others. Without their help, we could not present this event to our competitors and our spectators.

www.LSPRORALLY.com   www.Rally-America.com

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