The Parade Gimmick Rally



2 Person Team

Greater than 2 Person Team

“Rally for the Roses”

The 2015 Gimmick Rally will be held on Thursday, June 25th, beginning and ending at the French Lick/West Baden Resort.  This year’s route will take us to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby Museum, on a “Rally for the Roses”. You will visit the Derby Museum to answer some of this year’s “scavenger hunt” questions, where you will learn a few things about Derby horses, jockeys, silks, hats and roses! Reserved parking and entrance to the museum are included in your rally entry fee.  While there, you can also tour Churchill Downs and enjoy some of the unique horse racing-themed activities.  Upon your return to French Lick, you will turn in your answer sheets in the Silver Room at the 1875 Restaurant.  While pondering the tie-breakers and waiting for scoring, you can socialize on the patio or at the bar with a mint julep or rally-special Derby-themed drinks (Derby hats optional!).… Will you Win, Place or Show?  Even if you don’t, you will enjoy a day with another type of “horsepower”!  (Trophies will be awarded at the Friday night banquet.)

This year’s gimmick was inspired by the 1875 Steakhouse Restaurant at French Lick, which features a Kentucky Derby theme, and where every lady receives a red rose at dinner… Don’t forget, you are able to drive the Gimmick Rally in a Porsche OR any car or truck, rental, tow vehicle, etc.  This event is excellent for families and friends.  I hope to see you there, and if you have questions, please contact me at

Throwback Thursdays - Gimmick Rallies from the past….

Looking back, the first Parade Gimmick Rally was held 10 years ago at the 50th Porsche Parade in Hershey, PA.  It was a new event, inspired by the success of fun, low-key gimmick rallies on the regional level across PCA.  That first route traveled through the Lancaster Amish countryside with multiple-choice questions to answer.  From 2006 to 2009, local regions hosted the Gimmick Rallies, with a variety of styles, themes and scenic countryside – from coastal San Diego to the rarefied air of Colorado. 

The Gimmick Rallies since 2010 have been designed with a consistent approach; an average driving time of 3 hours, with an eye to highlighting the local history, unique attractions, scenic drives and overall flavor of each Parade location – including suggested stops along the way for something that you might not otherwise see or experience anywhere else.  The “gimmicks” have generally been suggested by something about the route and its possibilities that “inspires” the rallymaster…. and that changes every year.


2010 St. Charles rally followed the Lincoln Highway through Illinois using a Jeopardy-themed Q and A.  Savannah’s 2011 route traveled through the unique lowcountry and southern charm of South Carolina, with an eye for the signs.  2012’s Salt Lake gimmick was all about the numbers - speed limit, caution and grade signs – adding and subtracting your way through the gorgeous mountain passes.  2013 saw Porsches going forwards or backwards around Michigan’s Mission Peninsula, passing each other every which way, with a unique selection of photos to identify along the way.  2014’s Monterey scenery was incredible – both inland and along the coast, and rallyists had the choice of driving either one of the routes, or both, for the overall trophy. 

Ellen Beck
Parade Gimmick Rallymaster