The route book I hold in my hands is plainly laid out with diagrams of upcoming intersections and mileage callouts to ensure we’re on the right path. It’s a simple and easy way to show a hundred cars worth of enthusiasts the fun way to get to our next stop. My only problem; the odometer in our 400,000-mile Porsche 944 Turbo stopped working a long time ago, when both myself and the car were celebrating our tenth birthdays. We’re traipsing across Northern California on the Driving While Awesome! Coastal Range Rally North, my iPhone reads “No Service”, and the car offers no driver aids. We’re running all analog. “Follow that guy in the Alfa,” I shouted from the navigator seat. “If we get lost, at least we’re lost together.” It’s been referred to as “Summer Camp for Car Folks” or “The Anti-Douchebag Rally” for good reason, it feels very much like both of those things. This is the fourth Coastal Range Rally hosted by my friends at DWA!, and the third such rally I’ve attended. CRR North is the first of these to have taken place to the north of San Francisco, as the other three have run south from SF to LA. This time we’ve stabbed northward into the Free State of Jefferson and would like to avoid running afoul of vigilante locals. Through desolate forests, across wide open plains, up and down volcanic mountains, and finally spit out into the coastal redwoods, the rally route is an incredible… [Read full story]
Jalopnik is a news and opinion website about cars, the automotive industry, racing, transportation, airplanes, technology, motorcycles and much more. We aim to cover these things with an honesty, transparency and cheerful belligerence that can’t be found anywhere else.