COM Gold Cup Rally
The COM Gold Cup was a TSD (Time/Speed/Distance) rally put on by the club for many years (early 1960's to mid-1990's, I think). A driver/navigator team would attempt to stay on a course following Route Instructions and things called "Main Road Priorities", and arrive at unknown check point locations at the exact arrival times, based on a "CAST" (Change Average Speed To--the exact average speed to be maintained over that segment of road). Entrants were penalized for being early or late (generally 1 point, either per second or .01 minute). Traditionally, the team that won the Gold Cup often was expected to put on, or at least serve as event chairperson, for the event the next year. The "Traveling Trophy" was held by the winners until the following year.
Back in the day, the TSD Rally concept was popular in many clubs in the Met Council including the U of M Sports Car Club, COM, Twin City Rally Club, Minnesota Opel Drivers (which merged with the BMC Club to become Minnesota Autosports Club (MAC), and Land O' Lakes Region of SCCA. Many of the top National Level TSD teams at one time were based in the Twin Cities, along with many of those who wrote the SCCA national rally rules. Over the years, most of the rallies have shifted to Chance or Gimmick events such as COM puts on, or simple cruises, perhaps with some games for scoring, or in some cases more high-speed performance rallies on closed courses.. I think TCRC and SCCA still have active TSD rally programs.