RallyCast Episode 73 – Rally 2020 with Mike and Ian Followed by an Interview with ARA’s Jeremy Meyer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we discuss several topics, including expanding Open Paddock’s media presence, our thoughts on Colin Clark and Dirtfish joining forces, and other bits of rally news. Then at about the 1hr mark we have an interview we did a couple weeks ago with American Rally Associations head of marketing Jeremy Meyer about the 2020 season. So grab a cold one from the fridge and join us at the virtual rally pub we call the RallyCast podcast. As always, thanks for the downloads!…

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Made Mike’s Musings – Thirty-Three Co-Drivers!

After a few years spent drag racing and bombing around Ohio Buckeye backroads in the late 1960s it took a benefit gimmick rally in San Angelo, Texas to launch my life-long rallysport affliction. After tiring of quarter-mile long straight runs on tarmac and dodging harmless rubber cones in a parking lot, the prospect of doing a speed competition on an open unpaved road with a teammate to help you go fast was impossible to pass up! Your cockpit compatriot in performance rally wasn’t a simple navigator, oh no! He/she was…

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Mad Mike’s Musings – Speed Meets the Snowbank

Welcome to our new series “Mad Mike’s Musings” by Mike Halley.  For those of you that have been involved in North American rallying for a long while, you’ll recognize the name. Mike has been involved in rallying in one form or another since 1972 and can still be found at events today.  With all those years of experience, Mike has many stories to tell and opinions to share.   This Installment:  Speed Meets the Snowbank   With Sno*Drift soon to launch the 2020 season of the ARA National Championship it seems…

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RallyCast Episode 72 – Sam Albert on VR Gaming and Scott Alderson Art’s Rally Coloring Book

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is a double episode where we start off talking with Sam Albert about VR gaming and how it relates to the real world as well as connecting to a new audience of rallyists via Twitch. Then we talk to Scott Alderson about how he’s combined his rally passion and art skills to make some amazing rally coloring books for kids (and lets face it, we adults are all just big kids)! We finish with a short discussion of Dakar and make horrible Monte…

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RallyCast Episode 71 – Mitch Meadows of Mele Design Firm

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this first episode of the new decade we chat with a newcomer to the rally scene, Mitch Meadows. He and his company Mele Design Firm have suddenly popped up everywhere with connections to DirtFish Rally School, O.D.D. Racing, and many other rally teams big and small. We talk with Mitch about taking a childhood fantasy to reality, as he now co-drives for Karen Jankowski, as well as using his company and brand to help promote rallying across the continent.      You can…

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RallyCast Episode 70 – Taking on the World’s Stages with American Co-driver Alex Kihurani

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we talk with what we’ve concluded as America’s most internationally experienced co-driver, Alex Kihurani. We get a little bit of background on the young man once known to many as “Rally Brat” who now takes on the world’s most epic stages. Alex gives us a comparison of rallying overseas vs here in the states as well as how he teamed up with another American in Europe, Sean Johnston. This year the two took on both the Junior WRC and ERC achieving…

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RallyCast Episode 69 – RAC Historic Rally Review with 1st in Class Co-Driver Martin Brady

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode host Mike Shaw reviews the Roger Albert Clark historic rally with co-driver Martin Brady.  Martin and USA driver Seamus Burke finished an impressive 1st in the FIA class and 17th overall in their period correct Ford Escort MK2 over 5 days, 32 stages, and over 1200 total miles of rallying. It’s a bit of old meets new as Martin tells us what it takes to prepare for and run a proper endurance stage rally, which was not without its challenges.   …

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RallyCast Episode 68 – Rally of the Tall Pines Live Coverage Preview

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we talk with Formula Photgraphic’s Warwick Patterson, Bowes Media’s Chris Bowes, and the voice of the Canadian Rally Championship Dean Campbell about their special live coverage event for this weekend’s Rally of the Tall Pines.  They give us the ins and outs of what we hope to be the dawn of a new era of rally coverage in North America.   Be sure to tune in this Saturday at 8AM Eastern at http://live.crcrally.com   

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RallyCast Episode 67 – 2019 Lake Superior Performance Rally Review with Al Dantes Jr.

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we grabbed our favorite Yooper, Al Dantes Jr. of Tower City Race Team to help us review the final round of the American Rally Association National Championship.     Check out our final stage end team portraits with driver quotes here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/OpenPaddock/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157070814113995   You can follow Al Dantes Jr. and his Tower City Race Team at the following social media links: Facebook Instagram Twitter

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RallyCast Episode 66 – #AmericanInvasion Review of Wales Rally GB with Keanna Erickson-Chang and Ryan Booth

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this show we look back on last week’s Wales Rally GB where there was an American invasion of sorts competing in the Junior WRC.  We called up Keanna Erickson-Chang and Ryan Booth just after they got home to find out more about what it’s like to complete one of the world’s most challenging rallies.     In this episode we mentioned several stage-end interviews you may not have heard on WRC All Live. Here’s a link to all the interviews conducted by the…

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