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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…
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…
Karting is awesome, but 5:00am is always hard.

Karting is awesome, but 5:00am is always hard.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YYMA4NdB9M&w=854&h=480] Competition karting is some of the purest form of racing that I’ve experienced. Nothing will provide you with a more immersive experience with a race track than a kart. Nothing at all. You’re sitting as one with the machine, as the entire chassis is flexing around you. You feel…
SKUSA Streets of Lancaster GP!!!

SKUSA Streets of Lancaster GP!!!

10 race classes and nearly 150 drivers took to the streets of downtown Lancaster, Ca to fight it out on the fastest kart street race on the west coast, the SKUSA Streets of Lancaster GP!  The event was put on by Tom Kutcher and Super Karts USA, and was the…
Rolex Monterey Reunion 2015

Rolex Monterey Reunion 2015

For a little over a week, the entire Monterey-Carmel area becomes the focal point of car enthusiasm. Monterey Car Week is really several events, including the Concours d’Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Reunion, and other fancy things. I didn’t realize the extent of the car-related shenanigans until the pictures flooded the…
The Allure of Car TV Shows

The Allure of Car TV Shows

I almost avoided writing about this. Every single automotive blog, website, forum, news agency, etc has written about Top Gear’s demise. I’m sure even some Old Order Mennonites found the news disturbing. But why would so many people defend someone who did something clearly in the wrong? Its because we loved that…
NCM Motorsports Park – A great track?

NCM Motorsports Park – A great track?

Maybe you’ve heard. Late last year (2014), the National Corvette Museum (NCM) opened its own race track: a nearly 3.2 mile road course in its longest configuration in the Corvette’s hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. And, it’s pretty awesome. With some 20 turns in its Grand Full course lay-out it…
SUNDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

SUNDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

The 22nd Goodwood Festival of Speed drew to a close this evening, with the winner of the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend, Nico Rosberg, having thrilled the assembled crowds in his MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04 V8 Formula One car. Having harmed tyres on the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill, Nico Rosberg…
SATURDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

SATURDAY AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED: PICTURE GALLERY

The new Mercedes-AMG A 45 made its public debut today on the Goodwood Hill, with the Chairman of AMG, Tobias Moers, behind the wheel – marking the very first time the 381 hp machine had been seen in action, just hours after it was unveiled. Glorious sunshine prevailed, and Saturday…
The learning curve welcomes Collete Davis to Daytona for GRC Rd 2/3

The learning curve welcomes Collete Davis to Daytona for GRC Rd 2/3

Racing at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend was surreal for Collete Davis.  Davis, who attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University near Daytona International Speedway for an engineering degree, also spent time racing formula cars at the historic track. Unfortunately, this trip to Daytona International Speedway was rougher than those of the past as mechanical…
16th Annual Championship Cup Series

16th Annual Championship Cup Series

(Foreword: Let me just get this out of the way; I know nothing about motorcycles, how they work or how to ride them. So if your expecting in-depth, knowledgeable coverage of this event, I’m sorry. I do know how to take pretty cool pictures of some crazy riders who were…
#GRIDLIFE2015 – What is GRIDLIFE?

#GRIDLIFE2015 – What is GRIDLIFE?

With the inaugural GRIDLIFE being last year, I was all too excited to get the opportunity to cover it this year as it happens to be the first year of their new ‘Track Battle” time attack series. What started just over 15 years ago as some Honda enthusiasts who decided to set…
PLAY RED BULL GRC CHALLENGE GAME & EARN UNIQUE REWARDS

PLAY RED BULL GRC CHALLENGE GAME & EARN UNIQUE REWARDS

Have you ever wanted to get on the track and race Red Bull Global Rallycross? Of course you have. Well, want no more, as we present the official Red Bull Global Rallycross Challenge game. No longer does it take other-worldly ability behind the wheel like Joni Wiman to be a GRC champion. Just register…
RED BULL GRC SEASON PREVIEW: STEVE ARPIN

RED BULL GRC SEASON PREVIEW: STEVE ARPIN

Vitals: Born: December 16, 1983 // Hometown: Fort Frances, ON 2015 Team: #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST 2014 Results: Arpin’s second Red Bull GRC season saw him take his first podium finish in the season-opening Top Gear Festival Barbados. He actually spent much of the year in the…
BMW Loses at the Nurburgring…Again!

BMW Loses at the Nurburgring…Again!

To quote a racing legend, “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” BMW qualified on Pole of the 2015 24hrs of the Nurburgring and finished 2nd last weekend so I guess I should be happy they are on the podium. But they lost to an Audi. “So what?” you probably say?…
RED BULL GRC SEASON PREVIEW: PATRIK SANDELL

RED BULL GRC SEASON PREVIEW: PATRIK SANDELL

Vitals: Born: April 21, 1982 // Hometown: Ostersund, SWE 2015 Team: #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST 2014 Results: Sandell broke through for his first race victory in Washington DC in June, and on the whole was slightly more consistent, missing only one final as opposed to three the…
GRC LITES SEASON PREVIEW: TANNER WHITTEN

GRC LITES SEASON PREVIEW: TANNER WHITTEN

Vitals: Born: October 15, 1992 // Hometown: Rochester, IL 2015 Team: #15 DirtFish Motorsports GRC Lites 2014 Results: Whitten attended multiple Red Bull GRC events in 2014, but none of them as a driver. His competition debut will come in Fort Lauderdale on May 30-31. What’s New in 2015: DirtFish…
KNOCKOUT QUALIFYING TO SHAKE UP FIRST-DAY RED BULL GRC ACTION

KNOCKOUT QUALIFYING TO SHAKE UP FIRST-DAY RED BULL GRC ACTION

Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers will have one more step to conquer when chasing down coveted lane choice in the 2015 season: a second round of qualifying. Knockout qualifying isn’t an unfamiliar format in motorsports—every major racing series from stock cars to Formula 1 has a multiple-round procedure to determine…
The Cost of Online Racing

The Cost of Online Racing

Let’s be honest here. I’m broke, I’m in my early 20’s and I live with my parents for the reason I just mentioned. However. All of my life I wanted to be a racing driver, and while my driving skill is not atrocious, it’s not enough for me to actually…
Acid Test for New Audi R8 LMS at NÜRBURGRING

Acid Test for New Audi R8 LMS at NÜRBURGRING

The 24-hour race at the Nürburgring is regarded as a particularly challenging event. The 25.378-kilometre combination of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nordschleife that was opened in 1927 is the world’s longest race track. Especially the legendary Nordschleife, also known as the ‘Green Hell,’ featuring 73 corners, inclines of…
The 2015 Woodstock Women’s Cycling Grand Prix

The 2015 Woodstock Women’s Cycling Grand Prix

Stage rally is the most exciting and intense form of racing for me. I love the sounds, the smells, the dust, rain, mud. The drive home in the middle of the night to make it back to work the following morning. Driving down remote dirt roads, on the edges of…
Empire Hill Climb Revival

Empire Hill Climb Revival

The Empire Hill Climb Revival will be one of the highlights of this summers racing calendar – May 30th. Especially if you live in the midwest. There are longer hill climbs and more popular hill climbs, but this one is special. It’s a recreation of an old hill climb that ran…
HyperFest 2015: Weekend Recap

HyperFest 2015: Weekend Recap

     HyperFest, billed as the automotive amusement park, celebrated its first year being held at VIRigina International Raceway. The event takes place over three days and features big names such as Formula Drift’s Vaughn Gittin Jr, Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck. The event also featured plenty of grassroots drivers who…
Who is Tyler Witte?

Who is Tyler Witte?

Currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tyler Witte has made a name for himself as a stunt performer and fabricator at the young age of 27. I met Tyler a few years back (2011), as he took to the rally stages in southern Missouri for the Perryville Farm and Forest Rally.…
BMW: The End Of An Era

BMW: The End Of An Era

Three years ago I wrote the article titled “The Death of BMW’s M Brand”saying that the BMW M cars had become the Ultimate Poser Machine. But I didn’t realize how right I was until last Saturday when I went to a Chicago Region SCCA Autocross. There were two BMWs there and…
HyperFest Test and Tune

HyperFest Test and Tune

Despite on and off  periods of rain Friday, the test and tune day of Hyperfest saw a number of teams running the road course at VIRingia International Raceway. The mix of wet and dry track conditions made for a challenge to the drivers, with a number of cars spinning off…
Why No WRC In The USA?

Why No WRC In The USA?

It’s been 28 years since we last saw the World Rally Championships on stages in the USA. The Olympus Rally, outside of Seattle, was the last time we saw the top level cars in the United States and that was back in 1988. Could you imagine F1 taking a 30 year…
For Sale: Vintage NASCAR ’66 Galaxie 

For Sale: Vintage NASCAR ’66 Galaxie 

This is a pretty cool “For Sale” post because of the car’s history. We love race cars, but old race cars are special. This one is a vintage nascar 1966 Galaxie needing a complete restoration. The seller claims that it is fully documented with pictures, and video footage from the 1960s and…
New Rally Game by CodeMasters

New Rally Game by CodeMasters

This is one of the greatest video game announcements in years! I love rally. I also love rally video games and have been waiting for years for someone to build a new game. The Dirt franchise has been amazing but Richard Burns Rally is where it’s at for most of…
For Sale: Group B Ferrari 308

For Sale: Group B Ferrari 308

The group B era of rally is the best. Not just because of the speed of the cars and the nature of the drivers but because of the bizarre machines built by a wide variety of manufacturers. Everyone stepped up. Not just the usual suspects like Ford, Lancia, and Audi…
Help Bobby Kennedy get Back on the Track!

Help Bobby Kennedy get Back on the Track!

Those that follow sports car racing in the south east likely have seen and appreciated the talent of young Daytona Beach racer Bobby Kennedy. Last year, the Kennedy family invested heavily to build a Trans Am Series racer for the fast growing TA2 class. A new Mustang was constructed by…
Chuckwalla Raceparty

Chuckwalla Raceparty

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015The BuildupLike most of our coordinated amateur race weekends, the instigator of our group, Duke Stachington, got the tires spinning with a simple email: Hey guys, Letting you know that Manstache O’Toole, [pointless name 1], [pointless name 2] and myself are going to be doing the track…
Living Life Solo

Living Life Solo

Why I live my life solo. When I say I live my life solo I actually mean the exact opposite. I have hundreds maybe a thousand friends across the country that are ready to support me on a whim. Okay, so what does it mean to live my life Solo?…
[BROKAGAIN] – The Cost to Autocross – Livery

[BROKAGAIN] – The Cost to Autocross – Livery

Thanks for following along with me on my 2015 autocross (and more) season. This post is a completely optional step when getting into racing, but I thought it may be something people are interested in learning about. In this series I’m going to discuss working to get sponsorship for your…