GERING — It was a beautiful weekend as 49 rally teams drove their classic vehicles around Kimball, Hemingford, Alliance and Mitchell during the 31st annual Sugar Valley Rally. The rally concluded Sunday after three days of rallying around the Panhandle.
During Friday’s practice run, participants went to Kimball before returning to Gering. Along the way, cars in the unlimited class toured Harrisburg and drove around roundabouts to allow the cars in the limited class that run at slower speeds to catch up.
Saturday’s trip sent rally drivers and navigators north out of Mitchell and into Hemingford before stopping in Alliance for lunch. Then they made their way to Bayard where rally participants visited Chimney Rock Villa. The day ended in Gering at Fresh Foods.
Several teams faced challenges throughout the rally, which fellow rally member Ralene Suchor said is sad to see.
“It’s just for fun,” Suchor said. “It’s a priceless car and when something goes wrong, it’s just sad. You put so much time and effort into the cars, they’re like your baby.”
Drivers and navigators made their way around Melbeta and Morrill Sunday before pulling across the finish line at Cozad’s Garage in Gering. As the cars continued to arrive, the public and rally participants enjoyed looking at the cars and decor in Cozad’s Garage.
“I hope everybody had a good time today,” Troy Unzicker, chair of the Sugar Valley Rally Committee, said. “The weather held out beautifully for us.”
After participants and the public enjoyed a sloppy joe and potato salad lunch provided by the Gering Merchants, Unzicker announced the winners of the limited, unlimited, limited pro, unlimited pro and touring classes.