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The purpose of notifying the police, is in case they get calls of "suspicious" behavior that could be mistaken by home owners or bystanders as "casing the neighborhood". Repeatedly traveling the same blocks is often considered suspicious, but is common during a rallye.

The purpose of sending it the day before (i.e., almost at the last minute) is to make it more difficult for the police to try to talk us out of it? I would try sending it a week early until some bad outcome occurs.


Mountain View 


Here is a sample E-mail. Of course, dates and names (people, cities, and streets) and dates must be changed.

TO:      police@mountainview.gov
SUBJECT: Gimmick Car Rallye Saturday evening in Mountain View
There will be a public Gimmick Car Rallye this Saturday evening (Oct.
6, 5 to 10 PM) in Mountain View, as a benefit for cancer research.

A gimmick rallye is nothing like road racing.  It is similar to a
scavenger hunt using street signs. There will be a couple dozen cars
driving through the neighborhoods I'm using.  The basic route is:
(from 101 and Mathilda): Almanor Ave, Mary Ave, Maude Ave, Clyde Ave,
Fairchild Ave, Tyrella Ave, Flynn Ave, Whisman Rd., Ellis St.,
Middlefield Rd., Whisman, E Dana St., Calderon Ave, Church, View St.,
W Dana St., to Castro.  There will be a "checkpoint" on Easy Street
along Whisman Park from 7:30 to about 9:00 PM Saturday, where cars
will stop along the curb for a few minutes.

You might get a report that "suspicious" cars are driving slowly or
parking with interior lights on [to read instructions], reading street
signs, and then starting off again, perhaps making U-turns or
circling around the block to "try again".

I'm sending you this email so that you will know what we're doing and
may reassure any callers near this route.

More rallye info is available at http://www.therallyeclub.org/what.htm

-- George Bush, Rallymaster, oct06@TheRallyeClub.org  Phone: (650)555-1234


Mountain View

Mountain View map and Mountain View neighborhoods and Mountain View crime statistics might help you find neighborhood names to use in your E-mail.


Please add similar info for additional cities.

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