Outer Drive Hero Drivers Club annually presents the

Heroes' Hectic Holiday Hangover Hassle

Event Numbering

And what is this you may ask. . .

A good question came from Bob Ward, winner of the 2013 event, and producing the 2014 event.

As this years winner, we're working on the general instructions for the upcomming event. Just what number is it? The girls from last year thought theirs was 58 but they're not sure. Thanks Bob Ward

A valid question. Here is our response:

Such an easy question, but I'm sorry there isn't a perfectly clear answer.
  1. 1955 was #1 !

    We checked carefully, and early records indicate the first HHHHH was the 1955 event. We do have a set of instructions from the 1956 event, labeled as ODHDC HHHHH #2.

  2. 1958 may have been #3 ?

    After that point, things begin to disagree. Below is a picture of the dash plaque from 1/1/1958, clearly stating it was HHHHH 3.

    The above picture came to us from Marty Courtois, who noted that his dad was President of ODHDC in the late 1950's. He has promised pictures of his mom and dad in in a Mk. V Jaguar at the 1958 HHHHH.
  3. 1960 was either #5 or #4

    We were given a copy of "The Big End Journal" from February of 1960, describing the event and using the journal centerfold for a picture bonanza. The text of the article discusses the event as HHHHH V in the trophy section. In the middle of the pictures, the event is clearly listed as "H.H.H.H. IV." I would have calculated, with 1956 having HHHHH II, that the 1960 event was actually number 6. I did ask Frank Opalka some years ago, as Frank was more than active in Midwest Sports Car Club, and he assured me that an event was presented each and every year, with no years without an event.

  4. 1962 was #7

    Ron Ferner of Middletown, DE was the second place winner in 1962, and the trophy is clearly marked ODHDC VII.

  5. 1965 was #10

    The 1965 rally was printed as ODHDC #10 (although it looks like it should have been 11) (That would have made ODHDC #1 in 1956, but it was obviously #2) (the 1956 instructions clearly state it is e ent #2)

  6. But, 1998 was listed as #42 ?

    ODHDC #42 was in 1998. (That would have meant that the first rally was in 1957, but we don't think that is accurate.)

Our answer to the question from Bob Ward was that after significant research,we're not perfectly sure. Based on the idea that #1 was in 1955, THAT would indicate that 2019 will be the 65th. Ah, what a curious mess. Actually, the numbering is fairly meaningless, and we just think it ads to the character of the event. It does look like HHHHH is the second oldest, continually run rally in the US. (FWIW, likely also meaningless)

So the real answer is . . .


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