Topic: Should I bring my kid?

I'm thinking of running the Rust Belt Ramble in 22.  I have an 86 Pontiac Parisienne that my uncle kept in his garage forever.  I told my wife about the rally, and she's in.  Our kid is 4, and he seems excited about it too.  Obviously we're not going to buy him any beers or let him drive.  Is this event kid friendly or at least kid tolerant?  Have other people brought kids and had an ok experience?  It'll be our first rally.

Re: Should I bring my kid?

As long as the long car rides don't bother him, go for it. Not the first kid to go on a rally.

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roggesound wrote:

I'm thinking of running the Rust Belt Ramble in 22.  I have an 86 Pontiac Parisienne that my uncle kept in his garage forever.  I told my wife about the rally, and she's in.  Our kid is 4, and he seems excited about it too.  Obviously we're not going to buy him any beers or let him drive.  Is this event kid friendly or at least kid tolerant?  Have other people brought kids and had an ok experience?  It'll be our first rally.

We've had a lot of people bring kids; it generally seems to go pretty well, I think?

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therood wrote:
roggesound wrote:

I'm thinking of running the Rust Belt Ramble in 22.  I have an 86 Pontiac Parisienne that my uncle kept in his garage forever.  I told my wife about the rally, and she's in.  Our kid is 4, and he seems excited about it too.  Obviously we're not going to buy him any beers or let him drive.  Is this event kid friendly or at least kid tolerant?  Have other people brought kids and had an ok experience?  It'll be our first rally.

We've had a lot of people bring kids; it generally seems to go pretty well, I think?

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Re: Should I bring my kid?

Brilliant!

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OMFW!!! You could have at least warned us about what we were going to see... :lol

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Thanks for the replies!  Seems like we'll give it a go with the boy.

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There was a family of four in an LTD wagon that did Rust Belt Ramble, and those kids were fairly young.  I think one of them was around 4.  They had a great time.  I'm bringing my girl friend's 11-year-old with me on RFM to help handle navigation duties.  He'll be my hands and eyes while I'm driving.  I'll be telling him exactly what to look up and what to plug into google maps.  Basically, he'll be a human voice-nav system.   But it'll be fun to have him along.

Re: Should I bring my kid?

roggesound wrote:

Thanks for the replies!  Seems like we'll give it a go with the boy.


Check the rally rules, though.  Rule #2.2 has a link to a minor waiver form that must be printed, filled out, signed, and turned in along with all other paperwork at registration.  It is also advisable to add kids as non-driving team members on your registration page.  That way there's a record of them being along should anything happen.

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My daughter, that did RBR '21 with me, and other daughter are considering branching out and doing RBR '22 on their own. "Other daughter" has a toddler that will be 1.75 years old in July.
As someone else stated, if the kid is a good car rider, go for it. I would suggest many stops along the way. Because, once that tantrum train comes off the tracks, it's tough to get back on.

Start 'em young. Instill that wanderlust early.