MAXEY SPECTATOR AREA
The Gorman Ridge Rally offers some excellent spectating, but we operate with limited manpower and a small budget. The cliff-side nature of most of our rally roads and the extremely limited access to some stages makes safe spectating difficult. For these reasons, we provide only a single spectator area inside the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).
Spectators are welcome at the “Maxey” Stage, which is located approximately 3.8 miles south of the main entrance to the park, just off Gold Hill Road. (This is known as the Maxey Ranch/Old Cottonwood Trail area of the park). The rally will pass this spectator location 4 times at regular intervals between the hours of 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM as the rally runs stages 2, 4, 6, and 8.
Spectators may view the stage course from several vantage points, including several hill-side locations and a clearing near the course finish line. Some of the higher vantage points (accessible via a 5-10 min hike up moderately hilly terrain) provide views of the entire 4 mile loop course, which includes fast straightaways, technical hill sections, and several jumps.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WEAR: Comfortable shoes (hiking shoes are suggested) and cool clothing. Sun protection is highly recommended.
BRING: A comfortable chair, shade, and plenty of nonalcoholic liquid refreshments. Binoculars are also recommended, as it is possible to see the far side of this stage.
DIRT: You will be walking on and spectating from ATV trails. There will be dust – those who choose to spectate near the stage road will literally taste some of the action!
Spectating at the event is FREE but there is a small fee charged ($5/vehicle) by the State Park to enter Hungry Valley SVRA.
All spectators entering the spectator area are required to sign the NASA RallySport waiver. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
If you do not wish to sign the waiver, you will not be allowed into the spectator area. Waivers will be available at the entrance to the spectator area at no charge.
PARKING / DIRECTIONS
The parking area is accessible to regular street cars, so long as you are comfortable driving on a groomed dirt road.
Directions to Hungry Valley Spectator Area
From the Host Hotel (Holiday Inn Express, Lebec) travel South on Peace Valley Road 1.86 miles, then turn Right into the main North Entrance of Hungry Valley SVRA.
1. Enter and pay park admission fee at the kiosk.
2. Travel south on Gold Hill Road approximately 4.5 miles. (Gold Hill Road is paved).
3. Just past the Lower Scrub Oak Campground, turn Right and head west on Maxey Road. (Maxey Road is dirt).
Please keep speeds on Maxey Road low (under 15mph) and BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR MOTORCYCLES AND ATVs. Several trails converge on this area and non rally-related traffic (other park patrons) may not be paying attention to you. Sometimes, younger children on quads pop out from the bushes.
4. Travel for approximately ¼ mile, where you will reach an Event Marshall who will direct you to park in one of the wide areas just off the road.
You will be traveling on the same road the rally cars will be using for transit. Do not be surprised by the competitors, but it is important that you please DO NOT BLOCK OR IMPEDE the rally cars so that they can continue on to the special stage. This section of Maxey Road is NOT TIMED and only used for TRANSITS. The rally cars will OBEY ALL SPEED LIMITS.
5. After parking your car, walk up the road to an Event Marshall, who will direct you to one of several vantage points that make up the spectator area (this may be up to ¼ mile).
All other stages of this rally are OFF LIMITS TO SPECTATORS! You will not be allowed to walk into the stage from these areas. If you fail to follow the instructions of the Safety Marshals, the Park Rangers will be called on the radio to come and remove you. Spectators in unauthorized areas will result in the cancellation of the stage.
Hungry Valley SVRA has instituted a no-drone policy.
Spectators who have signed a waiver are welcome in the centralized Service Area, located at the Honey Valley Group Campground on Gold Hill Road, approximately midway (2 miles) between the Maxey Stage and the park entrance. This area presents opportunities to meet competition crews and see the vehicles up close and personal. This is also where scoring will be located.
Vault toilet facilities (no running water) are available in the Service Area, numerous campgrounds including the nearby Lower and Upper Scrub Oaks Campgrounds, and at the parking lot adjacent to the entrance of the park. These facilities are handicap-accessible.
LIVE SCORING & TEXT UPDATES (Virtual Spectating)
Gorman utilizes a fantastic team of volunteers who have a sophisticated scoring system at their fingertips, despite their remote locations. Cell service varies through Hungry Valley, but spectators may wish to keep abreast of the competition by following the event scores via RallyData.com on their mobile devices:
(These links will not be live until the event begins)
EMERGENCIES / HOSPITAL
The rally maintains emergency medical staff and communications. If an emergency arises, immediately notify a marshal, who will activate an emergency response.
Nearby Hospital with Emergency Room Facilities
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
23845 McBean Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Take I-5 South to Valencia, Exit McBean Parkway and turn left.
Friday, August 19
6:00 – 9:00 PM – Registration – Holiday Inn Express
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Tech Inspection – Holiday Inn Express
Saturday, August 20
9:30 – 10:30 AM – Parc Exposé (cars on display) – Hungry Valley Service Area (Honey Valley Group Camp)
11:00 AM – First Car starts rally – Hungry Valley Service Area (Honey Valley Group Camp)
11:30 AM to 4:00 PM – Cars pass Spectator Area in Hungry Valley
Above all, HAVE FUN and enjoy the rally!