What Is The Overcrest Rally?

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The Overcrest Rally is Overcrest Productions’ annual organized drive by a few of the greatest backroads the USA has to supply. Beforehand run within the states of Idaho and Utah, this yr it minimize by Oregon.

In easy phrases, the Overcrest Rally is strictly what you’d anticipate it to be: a highway rally, with some filth and gravel choices for anybody a bit braver. Nevertheless it’s not simply a drive – the expertise itself is a lot extra.


The genesis of the Overcrest Rally is, in their very own phrases, “The sum of each highway we now have ever pushed.”

“Most are uninspiring. Identical to you, we commute, we errand… For those who like to drive, discover, and sacrifice to find roads, locations, and relationships that dwell in us for the remainder of our lives, we’ve created the Overcrest Rally. We scout, toiling for hundreds of miles to curate the very best of the very best roads and surroundings in locations that almost all have by no means been.”


The Overcrest Rally is if you Take the Automobile — as the organizers additionally say — and use it as meant. Over 100 automobiles have been taken this yr. However nonetheless, what is it actually?


The Overcrest Rally is masking 2,000-plus miles with your pals, sharing sketchy lodge rooms in the midst of nowhere, and praying your decades-old automobiles don’t go away you stranded on a mountain move with nothing greater than a pretty-looking route ebook. Learn: no reception.


The Overcrest Rally is exploring the unknown — however this contains discovering greater than the landscapes, roads, curves, or your automobile.


The Overcrest Rally is 5 days again to again, with roughly seven hours of driving every day (with another members masking even better distances to make it to the start line and again dwelling once more). Alone in a automobile for this lengthy you’ve got loads of time to let your thoughts wander, and also you may even discover some elements of your self alongside the way in which.

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The Overcrest Rally is when the throttle in your ’60s machine decides to stay vast open, and you find yourself discovering some un-belonging {hardware} caught within the carburetor throttle plates. Who is aware of how lengthy it had been there earlier than this close to disaster, nevertheless it was nothing a screwdriver couldn’t repair. I believe Vince’s BMW 2002 is the one automobile I’ve seen cowl a distance like this and run notably higher when it arrived dwelling.


Truly, Venture 345 was additionally miraculously improved a bit of bit alongside the way in which, with some annoying squeaks silenced and nil mechanical issues for your entire distance. However with many mission updates from the final yr within the queue to put in writing about, these notes are for a special day.

I’ll additionally observe up on this story with the 4 rolls of 35mm movie I shot on the rally, however for now…


The Overcrest Rally is discovering a damaged alternator bracket in a small Oregon city, and asking the sort locals which of their buddies has a welder within the storage and a little bit of time to spare. Twenty {dollars} and half an hour later, Cam was again gripping the outdated picket steering wheel in his Volvo with a renewed confidence to go the gap, holding that stable axle in line.

The Overcrest Rally just isn’t giving up on your self, and never giving up on anybody else, both. But additionally figuring out the high quality line between protected and silly – one thing I might in all probability use a lesson or two in. (And who might have imagined that an E36 might ever be a help car for something?!)


The Overcrest Rally is driving from Southern California to the Northeast nook of Oregon in a Porsche 911 RS America – one in every of solely 701 examples produced – and having F*CK YEAH pinstriped throughout your door on the end line, courtesy of Carry a Trailer.


Talking of BaT, the Overcrest Rally is chasing down your outdated boss in his homologation particular on the very best of backroads. Hanging off the Renault 5 Turbo 2’s rear bumper or seeing it in my mirrors was a particular expertise in itself, transporting me to a bygone period I by no means skilled but really feel a curiously sturdy sense of nostalgia for.


On that notice, the Overcrest Rally just isn’t giving a rattling when your glass Euro headlights you shipped out of Germany get chipped, damaged and crushed from stones flung up by the meaty rear tires of mentioned French rally homologation automobile. To not point out my windshield, which was changed on Tuesday and had break up in half once more by Friday.


However greater than all of this, the Overcrest Rally is returning to your roots. A rediscovery of the enjoyment of driving and why we do it. It may also be a rediscovery of self, in case you let it’s. Hopefully you discover you’ve come a great distance.

Returning to the road in Portland the place I first parked Venture 345 after buying it out of Montana, I’m not solely pleased with the place the automobile is, however the place I’m. Generally by the most troublesome conditions we truly discover ourselves higher for it down the highway.


The 2023 Overcrest Rally wasn’t straightforward, however I wouldn’t have it some other approach. So, right here’s to two upcoming Overcrest occasions in 2024, and to the numerous miles of undiscovered roads forward.

Trevor Ryan
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