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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…
For Sale: 1988 Celica Alltrac Turbo GT4

For Sale: 1988 Celica Alltrac Turbo GT4

The Celica GT4 is pretty special. Sure its built on an average chassis from over 20 years ago, but the GT4 is radically different from the base model sold in dealerships. Mostly because it was designed to compete in the World Rally Championship at the time when the manufacturers had…
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…
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.…
For the Love of Ford!

For the Love of Ford!

The Ford Escort might be the coolest of all the old school rear wheel drive rally cars. It was so light and so fast and so fun to drive that even today they are being converted into rally cars and fitted with crazy expensive race motors designed for open wheel…
For Sale: E30 Turbo “Rally” Car

For Sale: E30 Turbo “Rally” Car

It’s hard to say exactly what this is. It doesnt have a full cage for rally racing. And it has “rally spec rims w/ dirt tires, a roll bar (welded).  It’s more like an awesome rallycross BMW. The guy built it on a 1989 bmw 318 so its running the m10…
Car #34: I Brought a Trailer, Again (part 2)

Car #34: I Brought a Trailer, Again (part 2)

The story of RX-7 version 1.0 can be found here. This is the story of rally car version 1.5. We left off with a disabled car in the middle of the desert rally cross course. Once again, I had to take the car home on a trailer. A rally car with a…
Car #34: I Brought a Trailer (part 1)

Car #34: I Brought a Trailer (part 1)

This car lived a few lives with me. I have dubbed them Version 1.0 and Version 1.5 to clarify. This is the story of rally car ver. 1.0. This car was featured on Bring a Trailer in 2010, right as I was looking to get something together to rally. Technically,…
Brakim Racing: Sandblast 2015 – Stage 2

Brakim Racing: Sandblast 2015 – Stage 2

This in-car video is interesting for so many reasons. First off, Matt Brandenburg, the man behind Brakim Racing, is a madman. He’s building a Lamborghini rally car for example… But this video comes from The Sandblast Rally last weekend where Matt entered is E36 M3 with a fully built VAC motor fitted…
1978 Ferrari 308 GTB Group B

1978 Ferrari 308 GTB Group B

280 bhp, 2,927 cc DOHC 16-valve transversely mounted V-8 engine with Weber carburettors, five-speed close-ratio manual transmission, double wishbone independent front and rear suspension with adjustable dampers, and four-wheel AP Lockheed ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,340 mm. Converted to Group B specifications Raced by 1980 European Rally Champion and nine-time…
Rally For The First Time

Rally For The First Time

The automotive community draws people in for many different reasons, some like the challenge of building cars to be faster or more capable others like the thrill of competition whether in rally, road racing, autocross or even winning a local car show. For me its been more of finding a…
Build, Race, Sleep in a Small Tent

Build, Race, Sleep in a Small Tent

The SCCA San Francisco region driver’s school is a yearly event to earn the novice competition license for road racing. Being only once a year, we of course procrastinated about 11 of those 12 months before getting Lina’s car ready for the event. The car? Her 1971 BMW 2002. A Rally America…
Rally in the 100 Acre Wood 2015

Rally in the 100 Acre Wood 2015

Congratulations to David Higgins & Craig Drew for winning the 2015 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.  David and Craig dominated at this weekend’s snowy rally. With ice covering 50% of the roads on day 1 and steady snow on day 2 with 6+” of accumulation, this was a true snow…
Open Light Rally Car Wins Stage 12 Overall

Open Light Rally Car Wins Stage 12 Overall

Something has to be wrong with David Higgins Open Class Subaru because his time on Stage 12 was 4th overall. Even stranger is that an Open Light classed car took first over all on Stage 12! Justin Pritchard and Ryan Scott must be hustling their little Subaru. Here is a…
From Grassroots to Goodwood Part 2

From Grassroots to Goodwood Part 2

From Grassroots to Goodwood (Part 2) by Dave Vardy A Change in Career As 2011 arrived, the first task was to work on getting both Skoda and the AMT back to Goodwood. Everything was put in place with Skoda UK Motorsport once again and Goodwood were well receptive of our…
For Sale: Datsun 260z Rally Car

For Sale: Datsun 260z Rally Car

Vintage rally cars are special. They’ve been through so much and the history gets embedded into the car over time. And some of the coolest vintage rally cars are from the East African Safari Rally. They usually had special body work or bumpers and maybe a second spare tire on…
BRP Rally Week: 20% Off Team Oneil Rally School

BRP Rally Week: 20% Off Team Oneil Rally School

Want to get better at driving? Want to drive rally cars? Drink beers at night with other car guys? Share ridiculous stories about stupid things you did with cars(I have a lot of these)? Then come join me at Team ONeil Rally School on February 14th. It’s 20% off for our…
RALLY LEGEND MARCUS GRÖNHOLM TESTS THE VOLKSWAGEN POLO R WRC

RALLY LEGEND MARCUS GRÖNHOLM TESTS THE VOLKSWAGEN POLO R WRC

Volkswagen Motorsport has secured the services of former World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm: the 46-year-old Finn, winner of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2000 and 2002, will support the works team at test sessions with the Polo R WRC. Grönholm boasts a vast wealth of experience acquired from…
HyperFest 2014

HyperFest 2014

I went down to Summit Point Raceway this past weekend for National Auto Sport Association(NASA)’s Hyper Fest.  In particular, I went down for the Rally Sprint NASA Rally Sport(NRS) was running on Sunday.  That didn’t stop me, however, from heading down first thing Saturday to get the full Hyper Fest experience.…
Tragedy strikes the 2014 Jim Clark Rally

Tragedy strikes the 2014 Jim Clark Rally

Three people have been killed and several more seriously injured after two incidents where cars collided with spectators at the Jim Clark rally in Scotland on Saturday afternoon. In the most serious accident one of the cars competing reportedly lost control and swerved off the road near Kelso into at least four…
Subaru Launch Control – Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Cold Start”

Subaru Launch Control – Season 2, Episode 1 – “A Cold Start”

You only truly know how to accomplish something once you have actually done it. Turning points and opportunities are only fully recognized with hindsight. So, for a team as experienced as Subaru Rally Team USA, reverse engineering a championship title should be straight forward. Except it never is. Thousands of…
1969 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Rallye ‘Jolly Club’

1969 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Rallye ‘Jolly Club’

The Fulvia Coupé represented Lancia’s initial push into the rally world that it would soon dominate. Owing to its 65 percent front-biased weight distribution, the Fulvia benefitted from Lancia’s trademark compact V-4 engine. The engine was modified for 1968, growing to 1.6 litres and gaining a ZF five-speed manual gearbox…
Flying BMWs

Flying BMWs

BMWs were not meant to fly. But there are a few of us that cant stop sending them over jumps. My friend Colin Rogers found this first video and said the little E30 and can fit 27″ tires and jump like this all day long.  Its supposedly constructed using various…
Camera Man Hit By Rally Driver!

Camera Man Hit By Rally Driver!

You see the guys lining the roads in European rallies, but rarely in the United States. Normally you pretty much have the stage to yourself. Occasionally you’ll come upon a triangle(hopefully) and then a few hundred feet later, a crashed rally car. But that’s about it.  It’s why I’m amazed…
Engine Mounts for Rally – I keep breaking them

Engine Mounts for Rally – I keep breaking them

I have a really hard time keeping my engine attached to my rally car. I finally got mounts that were strong enough from AKG Motorsport, but then I started snapping the aluminum engine arms that hold the rubber mounts. So I made a jig from an aluminum one so I…
Stirling Moss and Racing Movies…

Stirling Moss and Racing Movies…

What would you say to Stirling Moss if you got the chance?  To the winner of the 1955 Mille Miglia? I told him it was one the most amazing drives I’ve ever read about. But I could tell he was tired of telling the stories over and over again so…