Sno*Drift PRO Rally 1982



GRAYLING, Michigan -- The only thing missing at this year's edition of the Sports Car Club of America's Sno*Drift PRO Rally was snow. Temperatures in the 50's and 60's made this the mildest even in the 17 year history of the event, Once again, John Buffum and his phenomenal Audi Quattro ran away and hid from the 50 car field in this 225 mile PRO Rally event. Buffum and co-driver Tom Grimshaw won 16 of the rally's 18 stages and were never out of the lead. Second, as he has been six times this year, was the New Zealander Rod Millen in his Mazda RX-7. Millen was second on nearly every stage and won the two that Buffum didn't.

Third, in the best finish of his short driving career was Buffum's regular co-driver, Doug Shepherd, who consistently ran his Dodge Colt in the top three on most of the stages Motorweek Illustrated's Jim Roller handled co-driving chores for Shepherd and has now finished third in both of the PRO Rallies he has entered. Jon Woodner and Ginny Reese took fourth, a minute behind, in their Peugeot 504 Coupe assuring them of a third place finish in the overall standings this season.

As usual in 1982, the real PRO Rally battle continues to be in the Production Class with so many good cars and drivers that neither of the top points leaders in the standings even figured in the top running at Sno*Drift. Guy Light moved his Oldsmobile Omega into first place in the class on the first stage and never lost his advantage It wasn't as easy as all that, however, as Gene Henderson and his AMC Eagle used the car's 4wd to good advantage and chipped away at Light's lead after the rains started early Sunday morning. The rally ended, however, before Henderson could pull it off and Light finished 24 seconds in front. It was his first Production win of the season. Erik Zenz was third in the class in his Saab 99 -- his best finish since a second at the 100 Acre Wood last March.

Other top ten finishers included Larry Schmidt (fifth) in his Dodge Colt, Niall Leslie (sixth) in another Colt, and local driver Mike Purzycki in his Jeep CJ-8. It was Purzycki's second top ten finish in a month as he finished 8th at Press On Regardless in November.

Current leaders in the Production Standings Steve Nowicki and Sandy Liversidge did not fare too well. Nowicki went off early and hit a tree with his Plymouth Arrow doing serious damage to the car and raising questions as to whether he can have it ready in time for Reno, December 11-12. Sandy Liversidge said that he "just couldn't get going" and eventually ended up with a 4th in class and 11th overall.

Canadian Ace Randy Black fought it out with the leaders for most of the rally placing in the top three on most stages until his Datsun 200-SX blew a headgasket three stages from the end of the rally.

There is no rest for the PRO Rally circuit with only four days to get to Reno for the final event of the season. The Reno International PRO Rally which will feature drivers from all over the world and an entry that is fast approaching 100 cars and should provide a spectacular finale to the season.

SCCA CONTACT: Tim Cline (203) 453-1742, T. Michael Moreland (303) 770-1044


EVENT: Sno*Drift                        			EVENT CONDUCTED BY: Detroit Region, SCCA
LOCATION: Grayling, Michigan            			LENGTH: 225 miles, 18 stages
OAWL: December 3-4, 1982                			WEATHER: Rain and cool
ENTRANTS: 50 FINISHERS: 31            				TERRAIN: Forest, all unpaved

FIN.                                             					CHAMP. MPG.
 1.   	John Bufffum, S. Burlington, Vt.   	Audi Quattro   		100.63   	20    	20
     	Tom Grimshaw, Aubrey, Tx.                                  			20

 2.   	Rod Millen, Costa Mesa, Calif. 		Mazda RX-7     		106.09   	15    	15
     	John Bellefleur, Downsview, Ontario                         			15

 3.   	Doug Shepherd, Livonia, Mich.     	Dodge Colt     		111.25   	12    	12
     	Jim Roller, Atlanta, Ga.                                    			12

 4.   	Jon Woodnor, Washington, D.C.     	Peugeot 504    		112.30   	10    	10
     	Ginny Reese, Chelsea, Mich.          	Coupe                 			10

 5.   	Larry Schmidt, Rochester, Mich.   	Dodge Colt     		115.61    	 8
      	Tom Wreesinan, Troy, Mich.                                   			 8

 6.   	Niall Leslie, Toronto, Ontario    	Dodge Colt     		116.02   	 5
     	Pete Gladysz, Poyal Oak, Mich.                              			 5

 7.(lP)	Guy Light, Midland, Mich.         	Oldsmobile     		117.75   	 4 
     	Jim Brandt, Lake Odessa, Mich.       	Omega                 			 4        

 8.(2P)	Gene Henderson, Piockney, Mich.   	AMC Eagle      		118.14   	 3
     	Jim Kloosternrnn, Ypsilanti, Mich.   	SX/4                   			 3           

 9.   	Mike Purzycki, Fenton, Mich.      	Jeep CJ-8      		119.64   	 2
     	Ken Middleton, Holly, Mich.                                 			 2

10.(3P)	Erik Zenz, West Allis, Wis.       	Saab 99        		123.49   	 1  
     	Lawson Smith, Fayetteville, N.Y.                            			 1           

                                 PRODUCTION CLASS WINNERS

 1.   	Guy Light, Midland, Mich.         	Oldsmobile     		117.75   	20    	20
     	Jim Brandt, Lake Odessa, Mich.       	Omega                 			20

 2.   	Gene Henderson, Piockney, Mich.   	AMC Eagle      		118.14   	15    	15
     	Jim Kloosternian, Ypsilanti, Mich.   	SX/4                   			15

 3.    	Erik Zenz, West Allis, Wis.       	Saab 99        		123.49   	12    	12
     	Lawson Smith, Fayetteville, N.Y.                            			12

DRIVER (Current Car)                       		PRODUCTION DRIVER (Current Car)
1. John Buffum, Audi         120         		1. Steve Nowicki, Plymouth      112
2. Rod Millen, Mazda         105         		2. Sandy Liversidge, Saab       102
3. Jon Woodner, Peugeot       73         		3. Gene Henderson, AMC           87

CO-DRIVER                                  		PRODUCTION CO-DRIVER
1. Doug Shepherd             120         		1. Linda Wilcox                 102
2. R. Dale Kraushaar         105         		2. Jim Kloosterman               87
3. Ginny Reese                64         		3. Brian Berg                    85

MANUFACTURER                               		PRODUCTION MANUFACTURER
1. Audi                      180         		1. Plymouth                     150
2. Mazda                     165         		2. Saab                         149
3. Peugeot                   104         		3. AMC                           10

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