What is most needed in a run of this sort is a cool head and plenty of nerve.
It was the reckless riders who came to griefthe men who, instead of taking the affair calmly, rushed madly along the course, hoping to gain time for repairs between one control and another, if any were needed." Riders who arrived ahead of time at a control had committed as much of an offense as finishing behind time and were penalized accordingly.
The term Gypsy was used because the riders would travel long distances, and often sleep in tents around a campfire along the way, much like the Hollywood stereotype.
In 1952, the award - a glass ashtray - was simply given away to anyone who registered at the AMA booth at any Gypsy Tour and showed their AMA membership card.
On the run they are subjected to a hill-climbing test and also to a secret brake test.
There is a score of 1000 points, from which various deductions are made.
Quite a few contestants succeeded in fulfilling all of the conditions of this test, although some of them failed because they had but one idea and that was to get to the next checkpoint as soon as possible......after a time some of the country boys got wise to the situation, and in the goodness of their hearts backed down the road a bit and notifed each approaching rider that there was danger ahead in the person of the official and his green flag..result was that the official had to give it up at this point and try the secret brake test elsewhere.."Typically, the "survivors", those who were able to complete the endurance run, received bronze medals; riders with high, but not perfect scores, received silver medals; while the riders achieving perfect scores received gold medals.
The rider with not only a perfect score but also the "most consistent riding" and/or "neatest appearance" would receive the coveted diamond award.
The great honor, of course, is to make a perfect score (1000 points).