First run in 1973, the High Desert Trails Rally has been a yearly event since 2008. On dirt roads Southwest of Ridgecrest and North of the Jawbone Canyon Station, the rally takes competitors through fast and flowing valleys and tight and twisty forest sections in the beautiful high desert on county roads. For this year’s event, more stages have been added, and the competitors will tackle over 100 miles of racing flat out.
The High Desert Trails Rally is a performance time trial event. Rally Racing is a motorsport where a driver and navigator (co-driver) race down closed dirt roads, one car at a time, as fast as they can. The cars race against the clock, and not head-to-head. The racing sections are called Special Stages and closed to all non-rally traffic. The vehicles stay on the road and do NOT go “off-road” into the desert. When not racing on the closed stages, the cars transit with normal traffic.
The cars are specially equipped production based models (Example: Volkswagen Golf, Dodge Neon, Subaru Impreza) and not buggies or tube chassis vehicles. They are all licensed, registered, and insured to drive on public roads. They have roll cages and safety features added along with heavy duty suspension and tires. We invite you to check them out on Friday night between 6:30PM – 7:30PM May 2nd at Jim Charlon Ford, 269 South China Lake Boulevard. Spectator info here!
The rally utilizes hundreds of volunteers to help with communications, timing, and controls. Working a rally is a rewarding challenge that’s a lot of fun! This is the best way to see the event up close and get to interact with the drivers and co-drivers. Plan to spend a day outside, and plan to drive your vehicle over smooth dirt roads. We like to provide our workers with goodies like T-Shirts, lunch, waters, and giveaways. Your help is always appreciated by the competitors. Sign up available here.
Thirty teams will take the challenge of the High Desert Trails this year. This event kicks off the 2014 California Rally Series Championship. Supporting rally events all over the Southwest, the CRS is celebrating its 40th season! More info – California Rally Series
Join us for some fun on the roads of the high desert!