What Is The Overcrest Rally?

Take The Automobile

The Overcrest Rally is Overcrest Productions’ annual organized drive by way of among the finest backroads the US has to supply. Beforehand run within the states of Idaho and Utah, this yr it reduce by way of Oregon.

In easy phrases, the Overcrest Rally is precisely what you’d anticipate it to be: a highway rally, with some dust 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’ve ever pushed.”

“Most are uninspiring. Similar to you, we commute, we errand… For those who like to drive, discover, and sacrifice to find roads, locations, and relationships that stay in us for the remainder of our lives, we’ve created the Overcrest Rally. We scout, toiling for 1000’s of miles to curate one of the best of one of the best roads and surroundings in locations that almost all have by no means been.”


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


The Overcrest Rally is masking 2,000-plus miles with your folks, sharing sketchy lodge rooms in the midst of nowhere, and praying your decades-old automobiles don’t go away you stranded on a mountain cross with nothing greater than a pretty-looking route e book. 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 contributors masking even better distances to make it to the start line and again residence once more). Alone in a automobile for this lengthy you could have loads of time to let your thoughts wander, and also you would possibly even discover some elements of your self alongside the best way.

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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, however 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 residence.


Really, Challenge 345 was additionally miraculously improved a little bit bit alongside the best way, with some annoying squeaks silenced and 0 mechanical issues for the whole 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 comply with 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 associates 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 wood steering wheel in his Volvo with a renewed confidence to go the gap, conserving 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 in addition realizing the advantageous line between protected and silly – one thing I may in all probability use a lesson or two in. (And who may have imagined that an E36 may ever be a assist car for something?!)


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


Talking of BaT, the Overcrest Rally is chasing down your outdated boss in his homologation particular on one of the 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 be aware, 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 stated 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 will also be a rediscovery of self, in the event you let it’s. Hopefully you discover you’ve come a great distance.

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


The 2023 Overcrest Rally wasn’t simple, however I wouldn’t have it some other means. 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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