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Tribute to Rally Racing – Part 2

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The best part about Rally Racing is the unpredictable and varying terrains that these incredible drivers must maneuver at speeds that an average person would not even be able to handle on pavement. Rally Races do not stop for tarmac, mud, snow, rain, hail, or any other thing that nature can throw at them.

Check out a couple videos of some amazing driving by Finnish driver Marcus_Grönholm.  Marcus has won the World Rally Championship two times, and came second, only within a few points of the title two other times.

Marcus racing up the 12.42 mile, 156 turn and 14,110 ft above sea level Pikes Peak climb in Colorado!

More amature stunning footage of the Pikes Peak Rally!

More Rally stuff each day this week so check back often!

Neil

Tribute to Rally Racing – Part 1

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One of the best rally video !

In¬†lieu of this weekend’s¬†Rally America 100 Acre Wood Rally in Salem, MO I thought it would be apropriate to share a movie that highlights some of the Rally Racing greats over the years. This is a great video for someone new to Rally to get a quick glimpse of the roots of Rally Racing as well as the nature of the sport. ¬†I will be trying to post an interesting and hopefully exciting Rally video each day this week!

Rally Racing is truly one of the most hardcore of the automotive racing sports.  Wikipedia has a nice overview of exactly WHAT Rally Racing is:

There are two main forms: stage rallies and road rallies. Since the 1960s, stage rallies have been the professional branch of the sport. They are based on straightforward speed over stretches of road closed to other traffic. These may vary from asphalt mountain passes to rough forest tracks, from ice and snow to desert sand, each chosen to provide an enjoyable challenge for the crew and a test of the car’s performance and reliability.
The entertaining and unpredictable nature of the stages, and the fact that the vehicles are in some cases closely related to road cars, means that the bigger events draw massive spectator interest, especially in Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Check out our video of the 100 Acre Wood rally we went to last year. This year we will be doing a lot more coverage of the event and will have a full post for you all to enjoy.

Neil

Ken Block moves to Ford!

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Since Subaru has pulled out of the 2010 WRC (World Rally Championship), looks like Ken Block is going to race for Ford! If you dont know who Ken Block is… well… meet him here, here, and here

This is great and I hope it brings more awareness to how many great models of Ford cars that Europe gets but America never sees. Like the new Ford Fiesta! <– video!

Check out the article at RallyBuzz!

And a little teaser video.

2009 Rally America 100 Acre Wood Rally

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It was AMAAAAZING! For the newbs…

What is Rally?
Performance Rallying is one of the world’s most challenging and popular motor sports. Unlike any other type of car racing, rally teams must face a “track” which is unknown to them, and which consists of rugged unpaved roads across terrain ranging from deserts to mountains, including sand, gravel, mud, or snow.

At the start of a Performance Rally, the co-driver (navigator) is handed route instructions with exact mileages and simple course following directions.

For a day and a night, or several days, the team’s task is to drive as fast as possible on every “racing” section with only the “transit” sections in between to repair their vehicles or relax a moment. Racing full speed on unknown dirt roads requires courage, teamwork, an incredibly tough vehicle, and a sideways-through-the-corners driving style that is thrilling to watch.

Rally cars, all street licensed and registered, are usually compact sport sedans, with the fastest being turbo-charged for extra power and all wheel drive for traction. At the national level there are five classes; two for production -based cars and trucks, and three for highly modified vehicles.

From local rally-sprints to four-day international events, rallies share the same attraction: Real cars on real roads, but driven at speeds which are difficult to believe!

{Event’s website: http://www.100aw.org and http://www.rally-america.com}

How was it you ask?

This national rally event happens every year in Salem, MO. I heard about it in years past but never was able to make it. I am glad I did this year. The event is free if you are a spectator, and you are handed guides that tell you how to get to each “Spectator Area” and approximately what time the cars will be arriving.

We got there Friday evening with another couple and decided to stay in Friday night. We hit the local bar called “The Roadhouse” because the hotel told us it was the ONLY place you could get a beer with your food. Somehow I doubt that being that in order to live in Salem you would have to get drunk as often as possible to keep yourself entertained.

Anyhow… The place turned out to be pretty darn good. The steak was awesome and probably local beef, and a live band turned out doing covers and was pretty good as well. I was pleasantly surprised.

Saturday morning we shower up and hit the lobby and most of the drivers are there taking in the free breakfast. It was pretty cool to chit chat with some national drivers. We take off to the car show and check out the cars that will be competing.

You have drivers like Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, Tanner Faust, and national teams like Subaru Team, Monster Team, NOS Team, Exedy Clutches, DC Shoes, Rockstar and even teams from Poland and other places in Europe.
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From there we head out to the first spectator point. I have google maps up and we end up on some really remote back roads. A bit lost we try to backtrack and head in the correct direction according to our GPS. We are headed down some gnarly looking back roads and all of a sudden in my rear view I see rally cars hauling butt towards me! I nearly soil my pants and pull to the side quickly and let them pass. We find out that we are on the roads that is the route the rally cars are taking. We end up meeting the officials at the end of the road and they tell use to leave because we shouldnt be here. LOL

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We turn around and eventually make it to the next spectator point where I get some good video and Jes got some good photos.. Jes is going to work some photoshop on them to get rid of some blur because it was so cold we were shaking, and submit a few to a contest for the best spectator photos. Photos were taken with my nikon d50 with the standard oe lens.

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VIDEO HERE

Whole photo album here:

http://s58.photobucket.com/albums/g259/nkohler/100aw%20rally%202009/

password: skidcity

Next year we may try to go down and camp because they allow camping and it seems like that would be a lot better of an avenue as far as being out near the spectator points and we can have a bon fire and etc.

If anyone is interested for next year let me know! Even if you arent a big rally fan, or car fan, its still pretty sweet to see this event. Plus its free.