ABERDEEN, Wash. - The 22nd annual Doo Wop Rally brings the top West Coast rally teams to southwest Washington for a weekend of racing Saturday and Sunday.

Starting from Aberdeen, the rally runs in the Grays Harbor area Saturday and shifts to Pacific County Sunday.

There are no grand stands or concessions, and no admission charge. Rally takes place rain or shine and there's no stopping for potholes.

There's no track. Rally racing takes place on "special stages" (usually unpaved forest roads) that have been closed to traffic. This year spectators can watch the action on stages near Cosmopolis, Montesano, Brooklyn and South Bend. Visit the Doo Wop Web site for spectator directions and more information: (http://www.doowoprally.com)

The cars are street-legal Subarus, Toyotas, Hondas, Volkswagens and small sedans. They've all been specially prepared for safety. Take a look inside a rally car and you'll find a web of steel tubes that make the car stronger and protect the crew.

Between the racing stages in the woods the cars make service stops. These offer a great chance to see the cars up close and meet the crews. You might also see some furious action as crews race the clock, change tires and make repairs. Saturday service is just off highway 12 near Montesano and Sunday's service stops will be in downtown South Bend.

Proceeds will benefit southwest Washington food banks.


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