The Tabor Rally Team has been a Pacific Northwest rally fixture both as competitors and as volunteers for the past 20 years. It’s common for this family of rally addicts to routinely enter 4 cars in local events, or volunteer after crashing out as traffic control in the service area, helping out with timing controls, or helping set-up various events.
It all began back in the 60s, with rally parents Bruce and Jan competing in local time-speed-distance road rally events back in the Washington DC area. After marrying and moving out West, and having four kids, they fell out of the rally habit—but only until the kids were old enough to participate on their own. The family found its way back to rallying in 1997 by entering two MGB-GTs in the Raindrop Rally in Washington state. Needless to say, the hook was set.
Tabor Rally Team started out as volunteers—road marshals at first, then timing controls. It quickly escalated to helping organize the first resurgent Oregon Trail in 1998, as well as entering two cars, a 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R the team built from scratch, and a 1985 Toyota Corolla GT-S purchased already built. Half the family worked, the other half rallied.
By 1999, the team stable included a 1988 Mazda 323 GTX, one of several built and competed in the local regional series. At one point, two identical red Sentra SE-Rs and an Acura RSX-S, as well as a 1989 Mazda 323GTX were all racing.
The team drivers at the beginning consisted of patriarch Bruce, eldest son Matt, middle son Mark and youngest son Jon. Daughter Kristen co-drove, while mom Jan ran service. In 2001, the line up changed with Jon retiring from rally and Kristen stepping into the driver’s seat—with Jan as co-driver!
With lead driver Mark, the team has won a National SCCA Pro-Rally championship in Production class in 2004. All team drivers have, at some point in their careers, carried the banner for the team as regional champion in their class of choice.
2017 sees the team’s 20th year, four cars strong and still going. Expect to see Bruce, Mark, Kristen, and Matt all in the drivers’ seats of their cars for the Olympus Rally.