RallyCast Episode 92 – Dirtfish Media’s Colin Clark

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we chat with one of our favorite WRC reporters, Colin Clark.  Colin gives us his thoughts on the upcoming Monte Carlo Rally, what it’s like to ride in one of the newest generation Hyundai i20 WRC’s at speed, and the upcoming 2022 regulations.  Be sure to also stick around for the end where we introduce a new segment we’re calling “The View From the Right Seat” where this time we have a short chat with Alex Gelsomino about his years of…

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RallyCast Episode 91 – Our Annual Chat with Co-Driver Alex Kihurani

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHappy New Year listeners!  In this episode Co-Driver Alex Kihurani chats with us about the challenges of their condensed 2020 WRC3 season, working with the FIA’s new Rally Star young driver program and how sim racing plays a part, getting used to the speeds of Rally2 machinery, and the exciting plans Sean and Alex have for the 2021 season which starts in just a few weeks.  We also have a brief chat with Scott Alderson of Scott Alderson Art who’s seeking a little bit…

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RallyCast Episode 90 – Alex and Rhianon Gelsomino Return

In this show Alex and Rhianon discuss their pandemic shortened 2020 season and how what started out as quite the blow to their business and livelihood, suddenly opened a new opportunity when Rhianon got the call to ride with Travis in the #199 Subaru. We also talk about how American rally rules encourage good sportsmanship vs. other places in the world, and how Alex and Ken used that to their advantage in their early years competing in an Olsbergs Fiesta. We also chat about the crazy contraption Subaru came up…

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RallyCast Episode 89 – Olympus 2020 Part 2

In Part 2 of our Olympus review show, we conclude our interview with Regional overall winner Dave Clark, and then provide some thoughts and insight from our commentary crew which includes our host Mike Shaw, rally photographer Tedrick Mealy, and recently announced 2020 Eastern Regional Open 2WD champion co-driver, Kelsey Stephens of Cooper Autoworks.  

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RallyCast Episode 88 – Olympus 2020 Part 1 with Regional Overall Winner Dave Clark

In this episode we welcome a man who’s smile we didn’t think could get any bigger, but then he won the overall regional in his BMW E36 M3. It isn’t often a 2WD car can make it to an overall podium, let alone an all out win, especially in the dumping rain and slippery conditions that Olympus 2020 had on offer. Mike Shaw and guests hosts Kelsey Stephens and Tedrick Mealy find out how he was able to pull if off and how he got started doing this crazy little…

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RallyCast Episode 87 – ARA’s New Series Competition Director Preston Osborn and Ojibwe Forests Rally Review

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we welcome back friend of the RallyCast Preston Osborn. After toasting to his new role as ARA’s new Series Competition Director, we chat about what interested him in taking up the new position, areas he plans on focusing first, and what his recent skills as a team manager and competitor at O.D.D. Racing can bring to the sanctioning body’s management team. From there  we delve deep into a review of the Ojibwe Forests Rally and learn why everyone should keep an…

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Are Hyundai and US Rallying a Match Made in Heaven?

By Jon Scoltock Hyundai have been on my mind a lot recently. That sentence would have been unimaginable 10 years ago, but the South Korean manufacturer has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. In fact, I think I would go as far as to say that they are probably one of the most exciting car makers in the world right now. I know that might seem like a far-fetched idea, but hear me out. When I was a kid, Hyundai made fairly dependable, but pretty crappy family cars.…

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Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) Elects New Chairmen and Host City

Open Paddock has learned that the Lake Superior Performance Rally has elected Steve Gingras and Eric Carlson as their new co-chairmen. Steve told Open Paddock “It’s going to be a big challenge but we want to build an event that is going to be strong for several years.” This is yet another ‘changing of the guard’ we’ve been seeing over the past several years as a younger generation begins to run events. “Only somewhat younger” as Steve jokingly put it. This is quite the change for the former Production GT…

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Horses for Courses

McKenna's Skoda R5

Horses for Courses Another view from across pond by Jon Scoltock No, I haven’t written a column about four-legged transport instead of the four-wheeled kind, but I have been thinking about how different machines work for different events; something that has been well illustrated in recent weeks. We’ve just enjoyed the spectacle of a brand-new WRC event, Rally Estonia, which delivered plenty of drama. It was obviously really cool to see WRC cars in action again, but it also made me think about how unique rallying is, or perhaps was?…

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2020 Ojibwe Forests Rally – Battle Royale Edition

2020 Ojibwe Forests Rally Review By Mike Shaw  and David Cosseboom Minnesota, the home to 10,000 lakes, mosquitoes as big as your head, enough poison ivy to make you itch just thinking about it and the third round of the 2020 American Rally Association National Championship series.  The Ojibwe Forests Rally is typically one of the later events in the schedule, but with the Covid shortened season of 2020, it became just the second two day rally of the year and with only two events remaining it’s importance had never been…

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