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Magnum Opus Rally Announces New Summer Date

Newberry, MI March 21 2013

Magnum Opus is excited to announce a new, warmer summer date for the historic rally in the Upper Peninsula. June 22 will be replacing the April 20 date as the new day for rally cars to roar through the woods in Newberry Michigan. The roads selected for the event are currently impassible, and when the snow depth is measured in the center of the road it rates an amazing five feet, with twenty new inches falling in just the last several days.

"The weather has been amazingly good, if you ride snowmobiles." said Tim Maskus, the event chairman. "The quantity of snow is just huge, with drifts eight to ten feet deep. We're now just a month away from the old date, and there's still more snow in the forecast. I would love to have a snow rally, but what's stopping us is the actually ability to open these roads at all, for any sort of traffic, with any equipment."

The new calendar has already opened up new doors for the rally. WNBY has come on board as the official radio station of the rally. The radio station will be broadcasting live coverage of the superspecial stages to the entire area as well as interviewing the racers. The rally is also expanding the planned spectator areas to provide greater access for all the fans to see the amazing racing. The additional planning time is also allowing a limited number of exclusive VIP packages to be put together.

"I've been very impressed with the organizing group so far." said Anders Green of NASA Rally Sport. "They're really building on the team cohesion they developed last year. I have to admire the determination they have to put on a rally that tops last year's excellent event. It's always tough to reschedule a rally, but they are driven to put on a great rally so they made that tough call. As much as I'm disappointed to delay my official introduction to the U.P. pasties, I can admit that I'm looking forward to having that culinary experience in the summer."

NASA Rally Sport, the grassroots rally sanctioning body in the US, focuses on competitor fun and providing support for rally organizers. Providing tools, technology, and systems to the organizers, racers, and fans to increase their enjoyment of rally is a core mission of NASA Rally Sport. Making sure that rally remains a sustainable and affordable passion for the drivers and organizers while building the family of racers and volunteers that make rally happen goes hand in hand with that mission.


Media Contact: Anders Green

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