2012-04-12 / Outdoors

After long hiatus, rally racing returns to eastern Upper Peninsula in Newberry


The Magnum Opus Rally begins with Parc Expose at the Luce County Fairgrounds where fans can view the rally cars. (submitted photo) The Magnum Opus Rally begins with Parc Expose at the Luce County Fairgrounds where fans can view the rally cars. (submitted photo) After a long hiatus, rally racing returns to Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula. The Magnum Opus Rally, first run in Marquette, is now headquartered in Newberry, Mich. and run entirely within Luce County. Magnum Opus is a one-day regional performance stage rally where high-powered rally cars will race on narrow forest roads. Over 25 teams are currently entered. The April 21 event is sanctioned by Rally America. The Magnum Opus Rally begins with Parc Expose at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Luce County Fairgrounds where fans will have a chance to view the rally cars on display. Racing begins at 12:30 p.m. with a fan-friendly Super Special Stage at the fairgrounds. From there, the rally cars will follow a route throughout Luce County including 12 Special Stages – public roads temporarily closed for racing. Included will be a Special Stage last run in 1974 as part of the World Rally Championship Press On Regardless Rally. Designated spectator viewing areas will be provided. The rally is expected to conclude at midnight. For more information regarding spectator viewing areas, volunteer opportunities, and sponsorship opportunities, visit the official website at MagnumOpusRally.com

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