SPECTATOR AREA INFORMATION/DIRECTIONS
Starting ceremony…rated “easy”.
The easy way to see the cars and meet the drivers and co-drivers is 9AM at City Park in Eminence…there will be a starting ceremony and even a short bit of racing before the cars head up to Northern Shannon County.
Official Spectator area on course … rated “not so easy-difficult (depending on weather and water)”…. All-Wheel drive recommended.
An easier way to get to this Spectator point would be to enter CR 250 from just South of Echo Bluff State Park before 8:30 AM and drive East for about 6 miles to the intersection of CR 265. If you do this is MUST be before the road closes for officials to manage, and you will NOT be able to get back out using CR 250 until about 5PM. You could get back out via the route described below.
From the Intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy A (19 miles North of Eminence and 24 miles South of Salem) go East on Hwy A and turn Right on Hwy CC (about a half mile). Stay LEFT at the fork where the pavement ends and go about 6¼ miles…please be respectful of the homes we are driving by….turn RIGHT (at a “T” intersection) on CR 263 (or FR 2220 as it is designated) and go about 2 ¾ miles further to cross a BIG LOW WATER BRIDGE. Turn RIGHT immediately after this Big Creek Crossing…(road could be very wet and very rough through here) for about 2 ¾ more miles to the parking area for the Missouri Ozark Rally Spectator Area. This will be a congested area as parking will only be along the road. You may have to walk a bit. Rally Cars will be racing by here (on CR 250) from about 10:30 going West to East twice and from about 1:30 going East to West twice. You will most likely encounter our competing cars as you travel these roads as you share quite a bit of their official route between Hwy 19 and the racing road. There will be Porta Potty convenience stations, but no food, so you might want to come prepared for the day. No exit will be allowed on CR 250 as it is unsafe while the cars are competing. But you can always exit the same route you came in from the North.
After the last car has finished the afternoon sections, CR 250 will open to public traffic when the spectator marshals are told it is safe to do so. That will NOT BE PERMITTED until everything is accounted for and the course closing GREEN LIGHT car has made it’s final pass. So if you’re willing to wait ‘til all the racing has concluded you’re welcome to follow our officials back out to Hwy 19 via CR 250 (and see what they’ve been racing on!).
Service at Echo Bluff State Park … rated “easy”.
At Echo Bluff State Park in the “Loop” parking lot, the service crews for each of our competitors set up the “Pit Stop” where the cars will come in starting around 12:15 and get worked on, parts fixed, drivers relaxed…maybe fed before they go back out on the course in reverse about 1:30PM. This is another good time to meet and interact with the teams. Please park in another parking lot and walk to the “Loop” so as not to cause traffic issues. Thanks.