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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
100AW: Sweet Baby Craig Drew

100AW: Sweet Baby Craig Drew

During our testing for 100 Acre Wood, we found something interesting.  On our third or fourth time down the test stage, we suddenly lost all power.  Notably, when this happened, the temperature gauge suddenly spiked.  We re-started the car, but it was still in limp mode.  So we putted on…
Launch Control S3.14 – Colin McRae Tribute

Launch Control S3.14 – Colin McRae Tribute

The latest episode of Launch Control is up and it’s one of the better episodes. David Higgins and Craig Drew head over to Wales Rally GB to compete in the Group N class with a WRX STI featuring Colin McRae’s historic Subaru livery. Subaru Team USA’s Rally America rally car…
Insane Rally Crash: Mineshaft!

Insane Rally Crash: Mineshaft!

Rally crashes are pretty ridiculous, but mineshaft produces some of the most insane rally crashes in pro rally. There’s something about the way the road drops off down under. The drivers have to know what’s coming. There are a ton of signs. There were cautions in the notes. The driver must…
Pure Sound: Historic Rally Cars

Pure Sound: Historic Rally Cars

I love watching the WRC, but the older cars are somehow cooler. They sound better. They shoot fire! It looks like you have to manhandle them to get them through tight corners. Basically everything from the Group B era is awesome. This is the Riviera Rally for historic rally cars…
90 Minutes of E30 M3 Rally Racing!

90 Minutes of E30 M3 Rally Racing!

The E30 M3 is one of the best homologated race cars ever made. Meaning BMW built a street car to sell to customers just so it could qualify an awesome car for motorsport. This meant wins all over the world in touring car and even a few in rally despite…
Flying Porsches And Rally Spectators

Flying Porsches And Rally Spectators

I found this on Jalopnik just now and blown away. First by the flying Porsche. It’s setup for a tarmac rally meaning slammed suspension which provides very little suspension travel. Yet the driver sends it over the crest anyway. The little Porsche flies pretty good. Then I notice the spectators.…
Ryan Symancek Is Back With The Rallyist Blog!

Ryan Symancek Is Back With The Rallyist Blog!

Ryan Symancek is back with a video series called the The Rallyist Blog. I just watched the first episode(below) and it’s awesome. It follows him to a two day rallycross with a handful of different Subaru’s but Ryan tells it better himself: “Hi everyone! Welcome to The Rallyist Blog. Over the past…
Which Rally Car Is Fastest?

Which Rally Car Is Fastest?

I know the GT3 cars are fast but I had no idea how fast they really are. The R5 is a quick little car. Not WRC spec but pretty close. I guess I expected the Porsche to be faster but didn’t realize the R4 Evo X would be faster as…
6 Spectators Dead At The A Coruña rally

6 Spectators Dead At The A Coruña rally

Six rally spectators were killed and several others injured when a rally car spun out of control at the A Coruña rally in the north-western Spanish region of Galicia, according to the Spanish police. Four were women and one was pregnant making the situation even more unfortunate. A civil guard…
ERC: Circuit of Ireland 2015

ERC: Circuit of Ireland 2015

Irish Tarmac rally is awesome. Mostly because the roads are incredible. Super narrow, crazy fast, with blind jumps. The Irish drivers are even more insane. This event is part of the European Rally Championship(ERC) so its got some Euro guys in there but they allow competitors from the Irish Tarmac and…
Group B At The Monte Carlo Rally

Group B At The Monte Carlo Rally

Group B cars are awesome. It might be the best era of the World Rally Championship because the rules were so unrestrictive. Cars were making over 500hp by the end and AWD was taking over – the Lancia 037 was still being used but at events like the Monte Carlo…
How To Podium At Rally America

How To Podium At Rally America

The answer is pretty easy. Simply enter the National Rally by paying the higher entry fee(that’s all that’s required) and simply finish. Seriously that’s all you have to do. Enter the rally and drive casually to the finish and you podium, spray champagne, and a get a National trophy. Take a…
Ojibwe Forest 2015 – Day 1

Ojibwe Forest 2015 – Day 1

The 34th running of the Ojibwe Forests Rally (August 28-29) features approximately 147 stage miles over two days which makes it one of the longer rallies of the year. There are also two regional events(Paul Bunyan’s Ride and 10,000 Lakes Rally regional rally) which are basically the exact same thing…
Too Fast For The WRC – The Kelsey MC2

Too Fast For The WRC – The Kelsey MC2

Matt Farah and the Smoking Tire traveled to New Zealand to check out one of the coolest home built rally cars of all time. Its built by Alex Kelsey and is called the “MadCreations2” and its one the fastest, coolest rally cars in modern times. Even wilder is that he…
Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 2)

Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 2)

In the second installment of building an RX-7 into a rally car, I’ll discuss building a four link. (Part One is found HERE) The reason I wanted the four link is I wanted my car not to be a twitchy mess. I learned quickly on RX-7 Rally Car v1.0 that…
Brakim Racing Tests For Ojibwe Forest 2015

Brakim Racing Tests For Ojibwe Forest 2015

If you don’t know Brakim Racing you probably haven’t been following rally. Brakim is the rally racing team of Matt Brandenburg. Elliot Sherwood usually co-drives and Dan Thorton helps build the madness that Matt creates, including their current rally Lamborghini project. Yes, Brakim is building a Gallardo for rally racing.…
Understanding Rally Pacenotes

Understanding Rally Pacenotes

I’ve written a few articles on undestanding rally pacenotes for Jalopnik, but Hyundai WRC drivers Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are much more qualified to cover this subject. The cover the system they use, how they make the notes and why they are so effective. The numbers on the wheel are…
For Sale: 2005 BMW 325xi Rally Car

For Sale: 2005 BMW 325xi Rally Car

This is seriously cool. I’ve always wanted to build a 325ix from an E46 chassis and here’s one for sale in Phoenix, AZ for $20,000. I do have some questions though as I thought all cars for rally in the US required mig welded cages, not tig, but the seller…
Rally Utah Canceled – WTF

Rally Utah Canceled – WTF

I’m still not clear on exactly what happened at Rally Utah that caused the event to be canceled the day before the rally started. The official press release says that there were no permits(for road closure) but implies the city was to blame for not issuing them. “Due to governmental…
Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 1)

Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 1)

One year from now, I will be strapped in the seat of my car. The timer will be counting down to null and I will be away in a fury of dust, gravel, and misplaced optimism. Or at least that is how I picture it. To be clear, it won’t be…
Mendocino Rally 2015

Mendocino Rally 2015

A rally is often more than just the days of the event. Truth be told, rallying starts days before a car sets down the road, so that’s where I’ll start. 15 Days Before When any motorsport event nears, one always finds themselves less prepared than they hoped. We certainly didn’t…
Grassroots to Goodwood Part 5 – Pre event nerves

Grassroots to Goodwood Part 5 – Pre event nerves

Two weeks have passed now since we made our triumphant return to Goodwood Festival of Speed and I still have a sweet taste in my mouth of burnt tyre rubber and Verve Cliquet champagne. It’s a strange combination but one I am happy to get used to as we now…
2015 Club Loose’s East Coast Bash

2015 Club Loose’s East Coast Bash

Once again Club Loose does not disappoint, putting together such a huge event takes a whole lot of skill, and the guys at Club Loose do it phenomenally. If you’re unfamiliar with drifting, what it is and how the competitive side of things works, well, you may want to take…
RED BULL GRC SEASON PREVIEW: KEN BLOCK

RED BULL GRC SEASON PREVIEW: KEN BLOCK

Vitals: Born: November 21, 1967 // Hometown: Park City, UT 2015 Team: #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST 2014 Results: The season started with a spectacular rollover in Barbados and elimination in the X Games semifinals, but Block earned six podiums in the final eight races to establish himself…
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…
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…
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…
Ford Fiesta ST Goes Rallying

Ford Fiesta ST Goes Rallying

If you follow rally in the US you know that Andrew Comrie-Pickard won the 2wd National Championship in a Ford Fiesta ST rally car. But you probably also know that the car was far from stock. It was fitted with Reiger suspension, a Sadev Sequential gearbox, and made a lot…
Indiana Rallycross 1st Event of 2015!

Indiana Rallycross 1st Event of 2015!

Indiana Rallycross kicked off their 2015 season last Saturday with a great event. The weather was a perfect 60 degrees and sunny, the course was fast and flowing 1.3 miles of soft dirt, and 27 competitors showed up in all sorts of cars from Open Light class stage rally cars…
Idaho Rally 2010

Idaho Rally 2010

  I have wanted to rally for a very long time. When I was younger, I used to watch the WRC coverage on TV every chance I could. I even went so far as considering building a car in 2004 When I knew crap about cars. Instead I slowly rose…
DIY Tech: How To Rebuild a BMW E30 Differential

DIY Tech: How To Rebuild a BMW E30 Differential

My name is Dan. I race a 1987 BMW 325is in rallyx, hillclimbs, and other random events. But mostly Rallyx and hopefully stage rally in time. Past few events I had some people telling me that one of my drive wheels was doing nothing while I was trying to keep…
For Sale: 1982 Eagle Rally Car

For Sale: 1982 Eagle Rally Car

This is the original AWD, high horsepower monster, for all you 18 year old GTR fans. It was the year of the Commodore 64, the end of Checker Cars(the Taxicabs), and the beginning of the Toyota Camry. It was also before Subaru so the fast guys rallied Eagles. This one was…