Poker & Fun Car Rallye to benefit Justin’s Beach House

When the Poker & Fun Car Rallye V cruises out of the parking lot at Hooked Up in Millville on Saturday, March 4, drivers and their co-pilots will be armed with directions and a list of questions — and the knowledge that their trek is for a really good cause.

Event organizer Bob Lueckel, a member of the Beachcombers Corvette Club of Southern Delaware, said the club has run the car rallies for five years and that it benefits a different charity each year. This year, the club has chosen Justin’s Beach House, which offers families dealing with cancer vacation housing in Bethany Beach for up to a week

The event is open to anyone with a “street-legal” vehicle, Lueckel said. The entrance fee is $30 per car. Lueckel said organizers ask that each driver have a co-pilot who is old enough to read the directions, as well as help to answer the 15 questions that are part of the event.

Before the rallye, a “driver’s meeting” will be held for organizers “to go over the rules and how it’s going to flow,” Lueckel said. “We encourage everyone to follow the speed limits and to follow the rules of the road,” he said, adding that the only time constraint on drivers is that they need to finish the 40-mile course in about two hours and 15 minutes.

Just before they hit the road, the drivers will each pick two playing cards. At each of two of the stopping points along the course, they will pick two more cards, and then one more card at the finish line, for a total of seven. From those, each driver will choose his or her best poker hand and will submit that to the organizers, along with the answers to the 15 questions.

Lueckel offered this piece of advice to those filling out the question sheets: “Spelling, grammar and punctuation count. My wife is a retired teacher,” he noted of his wife, Nancy, who will be collecting and evaluating the question sheets. His job will be “ranking” each poker hand.

Points will be given for answers to the questions, as well as the poker hands, and points will then be added together. Five prizes will be given out, featuring gift cards to area businesses, including Hooked Up, Bethany Diner, Ocean View Restaurant and Drifting Grounds coffee shop.

He added that drivers and co-pilots do not necessarily need to get out of the car to answer each question, and that the answers will be found “between each direction.” He said the directions are very specific and clear, and the intent is not to get the drivers lost.

“We’ve never lost a driver… Well, wait, there was that one time…” Lueckel said.

Registration for the Poker & Fun Car Rallye begins at 10 a.m. at Hooked Up Ale House & Raw Bar, in the Millville Town Center in Millville. Cars will be released onto the route beginning around 11:15 a.m.