For Sale: Yellowstone Snow Cat Van

For Sale: Yellowstone Snow Cat Van

I’ve always wanted a snow cat van. Now I just hope someone buys this and takes me skiing! I’m not entirely clear on how it works. There is a traditional steering wheel and it looks like it turns the front skis. I always assumed my snow cat van would have…
Nurburgring On Two Wheels!

Nurburgring On Two Wheels!

You read that correctly. Someone actually drove the Nurburgring on two wheels. Chinese stunt driver Han Yue set the slowest world record ever recorded at the ring. It seems pretty stupid in a lot of ways. Until you see the Mini come around the corner in two wheels. Its not right. Its…
1997 WRC Season Review

1997 WRC Season Review

1997 saw a lot of changes for the World Rally Championship. A new top specification called World Rally Cars were introduced and manufacturers could choose between the existing Group A rules or the new World Rally Car rules which no longer required road going versions of the race car. Only…
Steve McQueen in Le Mans: new graphic novel

Steve McQueen in Le Mans: new graphic novel

Are you or someone you know a fan of Steve McQueen? Still needing that last-minute gift for your favorite car person for the Holidays? A group out of Switzerland, Garbo Studios, has announced a new graphic novel, Steve McQueen in Le Mans, celebrating McQueen and the cult classic movie, Le Mans.…
Dajiban: Racing Dodge Vans!

Dajiban: Racing Dodge Vans!

Racers will always be racers and will race anything they can get their hands on. Even if it means they are racing Dodge vans! Which is  exactly what happened when a bunch of motorcycle racers in Japan started arguing about who’s tow van was the fastest. Naturally they decided to race…
Drift vs. Track Mode on the Focus RS

Drift vs. Track Mode on the Focus RS

 I’ve been waiting for this video since I first tried out the Ford Focus RS for Road & Track last winter. We spent an afternoon at a moto GP circuit in Valencia and the drift mode felt good but not all that different at high speed on a racetrack. But…
Helmet skirt and intercom kit DIY installation

Helmet skirt and intercom kit DIY installation

Due to the low availability of my new helmet, I was not able to wait to get it wired professionally before heading out to California ahead of the Baja 1000. At the same time, I needed to install a helmet skirt to keep the elements out. This article covers the…
Lotus Exige Sport 380

Lotus Exige Sport 380

The Lotus Exige is one of the coolest, most unique sports cars on the market. Things have changed since it was first introduced in 2000, and companies like Alfa Romeo launched direct competitors, but the Lotus Exige continues to evolve. The latest is the Sport 380 which runs from 0-60mph in…
Volkswagen WRC. Where to now?

Volkswagen WRC. Where to now?

Earlier on in the year Volkswagen shocked the motorsport world by pulling the plug on two very big projects. And whereas Audi’s departure, while premature, was very expected, the decision to end the VW WRC team was a shock to everyone. Seemingly overnight three of the most prominent drivers expected…
Motorsport Manager Review

Motorsport Manager Review

I think it’s fair to say that most people understand that racing is a far more complex than just having a fast driver in a fast car. After all, racing is a team sport, and every element in the team has to work perfectly in order to stay competitive, yet…
2017 Ford Raptor: Baja 1000 Stock Full Class

2017 Ford Raptor: Baja 1000 Stock Full Class

Ford announced their return to the 2016 Baja 1000 with the newest and baddest-ass F150: the 2017 Raptor. The best part about this announcement? They are running in the Stock Full class, which is intended to limit what can be done to the truck. And, because rules are rules, they did…
BMW at SEMA: “racing-inspired” driving dynamics

BMW at SEMA: “racing-inspired” driving dynamics

BMW has done it again. By combining fast cars with aerodynamic add-ons and new exhaust sounds, they have brought the race track to the street at SEMA. To quote the press release (my emphasis in bold): “The [spoiler] is made completely from carbon fibre (wing, side sections, bases) and brings…
This Offroad 2002 is the original BMW X2!

This Offroad 2002 is the original BMW X2!

  This video could be a lot better but its all we have. It’s really just a slide show of Sin City’s offroad 2002 during the build process, but it’s pretty cool. For example did you know this 2002 is actually a BMW 325ix? Check out the video. They cut the roof…
New Seat From Racetech – RT4119W

New Seat From Racetech – RT4119W

I love when good companies release new products. Racetech makes incredible seats with a bunch of cool features. Seat that bolt to the cage, airflow channels through the back that you can pump cold air into, and ergonomically shaped memory foam seat cushions. There next innovation actually removes a feature…
Try to Follow Rally Pace Notes!

Try to Follow Rally Pace Notes!

Want to see if you can follow pace notes? Here’s you chance(video below). You can clearly see the road and the notes are easy to hear. The number after the Left or Right is the degree of the corner. It sounds like they’re using a 1-10 scale (normal Jemba notes…
For Sale: Two Forwards, No Reverse

For Sale: Two Forwards, No Reverse

Two forwards no reverse! You simply get out and jump in the other seat. Which of course is facing its own way with its own separate set of steering and pedals connected to a separate engine! The guy took two Yugo’s and welded them together. Well technically the guy bought…
For Sale: Nissan March Super Turbo Hotness!

For Sale: Nissan March Super Turbo Hotness!

Someone buy this! It’s so awesome. It has a tiny little engine but its both super charged and turbo charged. It only makes 110hp but also weighs less than 2000 lbs and he wants $8,500 for it! What is it? It’s a NISSAN MARCH SUPER TURBO! Rather than try to explain…
Lone Star Drift, Round 1, 2016

Lone Star Drift, Round 1, 2016

I’ve never run a drift event but this makes me want to sign up. The video covers the first round of the Lone Star Drift series down in Texas and it looks like a great time. Cool cars, good people, a fast course and you get to drift by a…
Ojibwe: Blink

Ojibwe: Blink

Ojibwe happened really fast.  Normally, I remember a lot about each rally, but that is not the case. A quick test on Wednesday, 2 pass recce on Thursday, rally Friday and Saturday. The test was fine.  The road wasn’t super indicative of the stages that we would be racing on, even…
Yay or Nay: Omni-Freeze ZERO

Yay or Nay: Omni-Freeze ZERO

I was really excited after Oregon Trail Rally. At the airport, we were having a chat with the guys at Columbia Sportswear and one associate ran off to get something.  Upon returning, he had a sleeve…. And it was magic. The fabric sample was for their patent-pending Omni-Freeze ZERO.  Its…
Porsche Quits IMSA For Remainder of 2016

Porsche Quits IMSA For Remainder of 2016

I first heard about this situation from a post on Cooper McNeil’s Facebook Page and assumed it was one team that was tired of losing and decided to quit. Which is sort of what it is. The team made the following statement about their withdrawal. “The decision to stop racing…
Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

The relatively stock car held together at Ojibwe and they finished 3rd in class, 13th overall in the one regional and 6th in class, 18th in the other. (Regional events are simply the National two day rally broken into a separate event for each day.) The team is made up entire…
Bryce Menzies 2016 Baja 500 On-Board Video!

Bryce Menzies 2016 Baja 500 On-Board Video!

This two part video from Bryce Menzies at the 2016 Baja 1000 is incredible. Not only is clear and easy to see the road, but it’s also a solid 40 minutes of driving so you get a feel what the course looked liked from drivers seat. The initial section is surprisingly…
For Sale: Off Road Mini Cooper!

For Sale: Off Road Mini Cooper!

I’m not sure entirely why I like this build but it certainly is interesting. Maybe not for $6500, but it looks like a lot of fun! It’s a 2008 Mini Cooper fitted to a Suzuki Samurai frame. It’s titled, passed smog, and is ready to rock. Minus the fuel gauge…
DIY BAJA: Giving Chase

DIY BAJA: Giving Chase

When we crossed the Mexican border, I had slept less than 15 hours in the past 5 days. Sitting in the back of a newly rented 15-passenger van I had little clue what was ahead of us. And, as any Bill Caswell-related adventure goes, it would entail a lot. I tried…
Ari Vatanen’s Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak

Ari Vatanen’s Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak

Over 600 horsepower and under 900 kilos. That’s 1,984 lbs for everyone using the new method. Less than a 3:1 power to weight ratio. But it doesn’t stop there. Rear steering. Huge wings. This car was built for one purpose, to win the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Even cooler is…
Limrick Hillclimb 2016

Limrick Hillclimb 2016

I wish we had more events like this in the United States. This is the 2016 Limrick Sprint Hillclimb put on by the Irish Hillclimb Association and the Limerick Motor Club. It’s like a brief tarmac rally stage in super unlimited cars. Check out the Toyota above for example. The little hatch…
Incredible RWB Video

Incredible RWB Video

I’m still not sure how I feel about the bolt on fender revolution but I do like the RWB Porsches and love this RWB video. I love even more that the the RWB Porsches are hand built by one guy with basic hand tools for fitting the body parts. Akira…
NEFR: 3000 Miles

NEFR: 3000 Miles

It’s been a hell of a season so far. After DNF’ing LSPR last fall, Sno*Drift was a “warm up” and the only intent was to have a clean rally.  It would turn out that we would walk away from Sno* with the highest speed factor we’d see for a while,…
STPR: The Late Recap; Into The Circus

STPR: The Late Recap; Into The Circus

STPR had four B-Spec entries, but Matt Hoffman in the Sonic was just getting out of the co-driver’s seat and opted to run just the regional events.  In national, that left the usual suspects, myself and the Maxxis/HRD entry with Jordan Guitar and Billy Jang.  The last entry was Nitro…
NASA Rally Sport Expands With New Canadian Series

NASA Rally Sport Expands With New Canadian Series

Nasa Rally Sport is sanctioning five rallies in Canada next year which together are called the Extreme Elite Series. This means your Nasa Rally license will work at all five of these events: Rallye la Ville Tuque, Rallye Sanair, Rallye Saguenay, Rallye Mekinac, and Rallye Portneuf. Those rallies will also run under the…
Audi Widebody Racecar For Sale

Audi Widebody Racecar For Sale

Wide bodied German race cars are rare. Wide bodies Audi 4000 Quattro’s? Very rare and very cool. This one raced back in the day and now is for sale! We should point out that a friend is selling this car. We haven’t seen it. We know nothing about it other than…
Goodwood FOS 2016 Timed Runs Video

Goodwood FOS 2016 Timed Runs Video

The Goodwood Festival of Speed(FOS) is an annual historic hill climb held on the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England. Hundreds of thousands of people travel from around the world to watch the festival which includes this hillclimb. Attendance is now capped at 150,000 per day and I’ve heard the 2017 is already sold out. The…
The Grand Tour Started!

The Grand Tour Started!

Clarkson, Hammond, and May started filming the studio scenes for The Grand Tour on Amazon. The show won’t air until this fall on Amazon (no date has been set yet), but we finally get to see the tent studio they’ll drag around from city to city. There was a contest on Amazon to win…
24hrs of LeMans 2016 Video with No Commentary!

24hrs of LeMans 2016 Video with No Commentary!

The 24hrs of LeMans is the most prestigious endurance race in the world. Its also the oldest endurance race dating back to 1923. LeMans is the top of the racing career for drivers and also where the car manufacturer’s compete for bragging rights. There’s nothing like it in the world. The problem is…
[BROKAGAIN] – Mid-Season SitRep

[BROKAGAIN] – Mid-Season SitRep

Situation Report: I suck, but I think I’m getting better. I have had 3 events with 3 different clubs since we last spoke. The first event was on May 29th at Lake County Fairgrounds with TSSCC, the next was June 18th at Route 66 Raceway with Chicago SCCA, and the…
Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge!

Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge!

Pikes Peak is the premier Hill Climb in North America, but after nearly 100 years of racing up the dirt road, the Sierra Club forced the course to be fully paved and changed the race forever. Now there is an alternative hill climb that is 31km long and completely dirt, The Mike’s…
#GRIDLIFE2016

#GRIDLIFE2016

Where to start… This past weekend was even crazier than last year. Gridlife 2015 was rather nuts, and I would say the amount of precipitation that weekend could be defined as torrential. This weekend was dry; albeit a bit hot, and 10x crazier. We arrived (I carpooled with a friend)…
Idaho Rally 2016

Idaho Rally 2016

It had been some time since I was able to co-drive at a rally. The last time ending in a rather quick DNF in a Porsche before we  reached the start of the first stage. When my friend AJ asked me to co-drive a few months back for the Idaho Rally,…