Rally, from the Old French ralier
, meaning to unite or ally, possesses numerous meanings as both a verb and a noun. Toss on that "e" at the end, however, and it only seems to be used in reference to organized events wherein a number of automobile motorists go tearing along winding roadways in an effort to see who winds up in a tree or ditch, or tumbling down a mountainside last. While this BB&S straight Billiard doesn't sport any obvious clues that it was intended to be enjoyed while sliding sideways through the corners of an unpaved country backroad in a 1963 Saab 96 at speeds usually reserved (by saner people) for the Autobahn, its classic form, smooth lines, and streamlined stem suggest to me that it is as well suited to the task as any other briar could be.
- Eric N. Squires