Rim at a Glance
The Subaru Rim of the World Rally
is Round 2 of the US Rally Championship (USRC). Rim also runs
as one coefficient 2 (Friday) event and one coefficient 3
(Saturday) event that both count toward the
California Rally Series Rally Championship. The Saturday CRS event
is also a points event for the Western States Rally Championship
(WSRC). RIM is sanctioned by the United States Auto Club (USAC)
and National Auto Sport Association (NASA).
Rim 2005 will consist of ten stages
in the Angeles National Forest that are from five to eleven
miles in length and four spectator stages. Competitors will
run four stages on Friday night and ten stages on Saturday.
Roads are used by permit from the Forest Supervisor. Stages
add up to a total length of 95 miles; 333 total miles with
transits. Rim's roads are notorious for their tight, twisty,
undulating character and the fact that they run along cliffy
ridgetop roads. "Waterbars" - dips and rises built into the
roads to divert water across into culverts, test a car's suspension
severely and demand a precise line ... but then, so do the
Rim was first organized in 1976 and
'77 by Ray Hocker. It returned in 1984, organized by Mike
and Paula Gibeault, first as a divisional, then combined national
and divisional event. This is year Rim will once again be
organized by Ray and Donna Hocker. It has grown from a 17-car
rally in 1984 to one attracting 80 cars!
As a US Rally Championship event,
Rim enjoys coverage in national automotive publications and
on national television networks such as Speed Channel. In
the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities, Adelphia's
Channel 3 provides news coverage of the event each year.