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Oregon Trail Rally scheduled for April 21-23

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Over 50 teams are scheduled to compete with vehicles ranging from highly modified modern four-wheel-drive cars to rally classics dating back to the 70s and 80s.

COURTESY OREGON TRAIL RALLY - Exciting off-road race cars will participate in the Oregon Trail Rally coming back to the region in early April.The Oregon Trail Rally returns to the Portland area from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23.

The second round of the American Rally Association National Championship kicks off Friday with four Super Special Stages at Portland International Raceway. It then moves east into the Columbia Gorge on Saturday and Sunday in and around the towns of Dufur, Oregon, and Goldendale, Washington.

Rally vehicles are production-based cars and trucks equipped with mandatory safety features that race at full speed on logging roads and other rudimentary routes far away from cities. Each vehicle carries a driver and a navigator who keeps it on course and warns of any hazards ahead.

Over 50 teams are scheduled to compete with vehicles ranging from highly modified modern four-wheel-drive cars to rally classics dating back to the 70s and 80s. Top national, regional and local competitors expected to participate include factory Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew, last year's national two-wheel drive champion Cameron Steely in his Fiesta ST and against seasoned veteran George Plsek in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo.

Based in Portland, the Oregon Rally Group is a non-profit organization that organizes and promotes all forms of Rallyevents in Oregon and beyond. For more information, visit http://oregontrailrally.com.