Cars. Speed. Adrenaline.
Saturday mornings should involve all 3 of the above, in any order. But, they are the most effective when all 3 are involved, having one missing, especially the cars, is crucial.
I had the opportunity to co-pilot with my brother, who owns a modified Subaru BRZ, on a Poker Run rally through northern Utah, and it was nothing but an amazing adventure from start to finish. The lineup ranged from Nissan’s to Audi’s, and Volkswagen’s to Ferrari’s, with some of the coolest, most down to earth car fanatics we’ve ever met. Everyone who brought their investments had their vehicle looking in tip-top shape. Specks of dust were nowhere to be seen inside Luxe Auto Spa in Salt Lake City, Utah. They pampered all the attendees with breakfast, coffee, and gift bags for the rally, home run on their part. The facility was incredibly maintained, and the staff were beyond caring and courteous, even valeting the participants vehicles when they arrived for the event. If you ever have dreamed about car heaven, the mental images I am left with, I’m guessing are relatively similar to it.
The rally started from Luxe Auto Spa, and the first checkpoint was Rockwell Time in Woods Cross, where they held a 50yd sprint contest, and the winner would receive a free Rockwell watch. Each checkpoint you arrived to, you would pull a card from a deck, and the staff would mark inside your pamphlet your card selection. At the end of the rally, the attendee with the best poker hand, ultimately would win the rally. The concept is fascinating, giving everyone an equal chance to win, even if their car isn’t the fastest to the next checkpoint. I think everyone’s mindset going into the rally was, “I’m not going to exceed the speed limit today, I’m just going to roll with the squad.” Well, the thing about that is, is the squad had differ…..nope, we all did the speed limit.
From Rockwell Time, we made our way out to the Ogden Canyon, with a little pit stop at the bottom of Trappers Loop for some photo ops. After getting some shots, and time to stretch the legs, we continued on to Five Guys in Park City. The drive through the canyon was on point. The views were spectacular on the day we were blessed with, and the cars enhanced the scenery in the best sort of ways. Synchronized and packed together, the rally provided random travelers a glimpse of automotive enthusiasts out enjoying their worldly passion with others who share the same interests.
After grabbing some lunch, the next checkpoint took us to Saratoga Springs, where it gave everyone the opportunity for a few more photos, recharge with fluids, and filling up their thirsty vehicles.
My brother and I had left a little bit earlier than the rest of the group to head to the last and final checkpoint @ the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele. We were somewhat obeying the traffic laws, when a random mishap caused a 6-7 inch piece of my brothers front lip of his car to completely remove itself from the vehicle. We pulled the car over and removed what we could from the front bumper so there wouldn’t be any further pieces removing themselves from the car going forward.
The last and final checkpoint was reached, and the crew finished the day with some go-karting at the campus. Best karting around, as it’s on an actual tarmac track, so you’re actually gripping the corners without slipping around on the floors of those indoor tracks. Unless you like feeling like you’re on the cast of Tokyo Drift? You want top shelf karting? Put this on your bucket list.
My brother ended up pulling together a flush on his card pulls, awarding him a very top notch trophy and an amazing set of gold foil cards encased in a hand carved box, with insane detail and craftsmanship.
The rally director and staff did an amazing job with this event, leaving everyone with lasting memories and a smile I’m surely stayed locked in for the remainder of the day, at least. If you’re in the northern Utah area, and are looking for a road rally that is guaranteed to not disappoint, look no further. Head over to their Facebook page Drive Road Rally and thank me later.
Well done Drive Road Rally, we hope to see you again soon.
More photos below from the Drive Road Rally: