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Hoonigans Wanted (Found)

Hoonigans Wanted (Found)

Hoonigan Wanted Found If you’ve been sleeping, or just not subscribed to The Hoonigans on youtube you probably didn’t know they’ve been doing a driver’s challenge to find a Female Hoonigan Driver to pilot their all new Fiat 124 Rally Car. Click HERE , or scroll to watch episode one to…
Car #44: The Best Mercedes is a Cheap Diesel Mercedes.

Car #44: The Best Mercedes is a Cheap Diesel Mercedes.

There is a saying that the most expensive Mercedes is a cheap Mercedes. Honestly, why shouldn’t I believe that? If Volkswagen, the least expensive car of the German bunch, can have parts that make my wallet cringe, then logically the luxury brand Mercedes must bring outright fear. But so far its been…
Endurance racing: more fun, harder than expected

Endurance racing: more fun, harder than expected

My friends and I recently competed in our first endurance race with AER (American Endurance Racing) at Watkins Glen International. It was incredible. And, a lot harder on equipment than I imagined.   We started with my well-maintained 1989 BMW 325is that I previously used for racing in NASA’s Spec E30 series.…
Oregon Trail Rally 2017

Oregon Trail Rally 2017

Welcome to Build Race Party’s Coverage of Oregon Trail. We are not there, so maybe this is “fake” news but we wanted an easier way to track all the updates from the rally. So throughout the weekend we’ll update the post with things we’ve learned but the cool part is…
Hilux Expedition V1: The Ultimate Camper Truck

Hilux Expedition V1: The Ultimate Camper Truck

I love expedition vehicles. I don’t really care about a house. I love cars. Unless the house is strapped to the back of a truck! So when I’m bored I spend my time digging through the Expedition Portal or searching for 4×4 Fuso’s like Earthcruiser uses for their vehicles. Then…
The greatest tow vehicle, ever?

The greatest tow vehicle, ever?

I currently tow my race car with a 2011 Ford F150 crew cab. It’s great. I rarely find an issue with it when towing to races. But, it’s not perfect. There are occasions where having a topper for the bed would be beneficial, but I can’t justify the cost and lost…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
#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 was some time since I co-drive at a rally. The last time ended with a rather quick DNF in a Porsche before we even reached the start of the first stage. At any rate, my friend AJ asked me to co-drive a few months back for the Idaho Rally, and having…
Why Top Gear After Clarkson Is Horrible

Why Top Gear After Clarkson Is Horrible

TGAC(Top Gear After Clarkson) is horrible. It has nothing to do with the hosts although the Screaming Guy does suck pretty bad. It’s more the producing and writing. I bet you could take an old script and run the Joey and Screaming Guy through it and it would be a…
[BROKAGAIN] – Cone Carnage at Event 2

[BROKAGAIN] – Cone Carnage at Event 2

This past weekend was Event 2 for the Chicago Region SCCA. It was the first event with the new upgrades to setup (alignment, brakes, wheels & tires). Let’s just say, it was amazingly different. The car was a million times more responsive on all fronts, and with the loss in…
Toyota Returns to Desert Racing with BJ Baldwin!

Toyota Returns to Desert Racing with BJ Baldwin!

Toyota recently announced that they will be returning to desert racing! If you don’t know why this is such a big deal, do you remember Ivan, Ironman, Stewart? Maybe you remember his video game Super Off-Road? You have to remember this truck? Toyota signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with two-time Baja 1000 champion…
[BROKAGAIN] – Stop Fast, Turn Fast, Go Fast

[BROKAGAIN] – Stop Fast, Turn Fast, Go Fast

With the rust (see also: lack of talent) shaken off, and a couple events under my belt for this season I’m looking ahead to a planned track-day on May 27th at Autobahn Country Club. Huzzah! I wanted to also start exploring more types of events like road rallies, lapping days,…
Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

If Oregon Trail was anything, it embodied two of rally’s favorite sayings: “hurry up and wait” and “press on regardless.” You get there, you do recce, you spend all day Friday anxiously awaiting 7pm.  OTR begins on Friday night with ten miles of super specials at Portland International Raceway. Humour ensued…
UPDATE: Corvette too loud for NCM Corvette track?

UPDATE: Corvette too loud for NCM Corvette track?

Some of you may recall last year how we gave high ranking to the the National Corvette Museum’s (NCM) Motorsports Park for a U.S. track. It’s long and technical, has easy access from the highway and convenient to most things many tracks aren’t (such as cheap fuel, food and hotels). Unfortunately,…
The Michelin Man… isn’t?

The Michelin Man… isn’t?

In the hunt to confirm the Michelin Man’s, aka Bibendum’s, true identity, we have found the truth. There is not a Presta or Schrader valve to be found… only tread. Rest easy knowing this is “A Better Way Forward.”
Is There Going To Be An American In F1?

Is There Going To Be An American In F1?

Haas F1 Racing team has signed a deal with Santino Ferrucci as a development driver. Ferrucci, from Woodbury, Connecticut, got his start in karting at age 5. He went on to compete in Skip Barber’s open wheel series and is a member of the Lime Rock Driver’s Club. He has been…
Dempsey Quits Racing!

Dempsey Quits Racing!

Car Snoops reported today that Patrick Dempsey quit racing to spend more time with his family. Apparently he got back together with his wife, Jillian Fink, and racing Porsches around the world isn’t the best for a lot of relationships. Too bad he couldn’t have a found a girl that…
Did They Destroy Ferrari’s for LeMans?

Did They Destroy Ferrari’s for LeMans?

I watching LeMans the other day and was blown away by the beautiful cars from 1971. Then the carnage started. This Ferrari 512s is flying in the wet and comes across another wreck sending the Ferrari off course and over an embankment.  It looks like a real 512 but maybe…
[BROKAGAIN] – Season 1 Recap

[BROKAGAIN] – Season 1 Recap

Wow! I’m without words. I’ve gotten some really positive feedback from y’all on the last post in the series, and all I can say is thanks for all the kind words. This series will be back for the 2016 season / foreseeable future so if you would like to see…
Circle Bridge Why?

Circle Bridge Why?

The internet says this bridge in Garzón, Uruguay was designed renowned Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly to reduced speeds. This is pretty smart as most bridges aren’t set up for traffic stops or speed cameras making them a free zone for acceleration tests. Ever heard of Magnus Walker and his 6th street LA bridge?…
SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge Rd 1

SKUSA Pro Kart Challenge Rd 1

Round one of the California Pro Kart challenge saw the largest field in competitive karting… in the country!  over 200 drivers made their way to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to hash it out on the black top.  My run group was a combination of Pro and Semi Pro, seeing 11 entry’s…