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Old 02-05-2008, 02:45 AM   #1
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How did they do this?

I have always wondered if there is anyone out there who helped lay out the parking pattern for one of the old "wagon wheel" rallys that we see photos of. How was it done on such a large scale?
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:50 AM   #2
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Great inquiry! I would love to know that too.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:50 AM   #3
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The same way they made crop circles?
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Good question. It seems to me that simple surveying methods aer all that is needed. That is how they lay out Burning Man for the most part. One guy with a scope and transit and a flagger who walks around and marks locations.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:54 AM   #5
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I have always wondered if there is anyone out there who helped lay out the parking pattern for one of the old "wagon wheel" rallys that we see photos of. How was it done on such a large scale?
I am reading a book on Burning Man and the use the same configuration but in a semi circle. Burning Man has an advance crew which lays out the streets. I would have to assume they did the same. Either a surveyor or the old string compass. If Pee Wee reads this thread he may have the real answer.

Of course it could also be the forerunner of crop circles. They may have had some assistance form aliens.

I swear I did not read post 3 and 4 before I entered this, I am now convinced it is aliens.
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Another Burning Man pic -- it certainly has wider parking areas than Int'l rallies use. Survey? How about a center pivot and a long rope? You could even use this technique to make the oblong pattern with just a little more thinking.
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Which International is that and where was it? It may be a fair site and not set up for the International and as such the parking was already cut in. The roads look very permanent. I am sure I have the same picture in one of my books I will have to review it.

I found it. Auburn Washington 1962
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Which International is that and where was it? It may be a fair site and not set up for the International and as such the parking was already cut in. The roads look very permanent. I am sure I have the same picture in one of my books I will have to review it.
My guess is that it is the 1964 Int'l Rally in Princeton New Jersey.Attendance 1,969 trailers.
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Geez, my trailer could be in that picture. My buddy's as well given they were found so close to Auburn, WA and are the right age (old).

Interesting. One wonders what something like that would look like from the Space Shuttle/Space Station. I'll bet it does look like a chrome crop circle.

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How about a rope attached to a stake in the middle of the campground. At least thats how I seen it done, on a small (30 trailers) scale. Once the inner ring is in place, only a few trailers, the rest is easy.
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it ain't round

I thought about the string/compass method, but the shape is oval, not round. I suppose one could make two semi-circles, which would be the ends, separated by about 50 yards, then fill in the space between. Not all rallys were setup the same... looks like they had to adapt to the space available.
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Ho boy, what a job that must of been to set all that up, deal with all the stuff that a small mobile city requires for a week, and then fold it all up again and make it look like it did before, or better, when everyone was gone.

No wonder WBCCI was such a presence back then - can you imagine what it was like when the sun came out?

You can't even say those were the golden years - silver maybe

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Ovals are made using two sticks as anchor points with a string making a larger loop around them. You could do the same with rope I suppose.
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