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 56 – Oregon Trail Rally Review Part 1 with Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is Part 1 of our 2019 DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally review with guests Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn.  Both are championship class winning co-drivers, but at the Oregon Trail Rally they competed for the first time as drivers. We chatted about what their experience was like from preparation to driving the stages from the other side of the car.     You can follow Karen Jankowski of Jankowski Motorsports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter You can follow Preston Osborn of O.D.D. Racing on…

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Central UP Rally This Weekend

The annual Central UP Rally, a NASA Rally Sport series event, runs this weekend near Powers, Michigan. Comprised of 8 stages over 90 miles, this event features fast and wide, hard packed dirt roads, and often very wet conditions. Open Paddock’s own Ian Holmes will be co-driving for Scott Parrot in a Chevy S-10 rally truck. For more information, check out their website and NASA Rally Sport’s event page.

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This Weekend in Rally

This weekend in rally we have several major events we’ll be following:   The big one in the US is Oregon Trail Rally, one of our favorites. Held every year around Dufur, Oregon, this years rally will feature top battles between Subaru drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana, with Barry McKenna and Piotr Fetela looking to upset them with their Open class Fiestas. You can track the cars and see times as they come by following along at http://live.americanrallyassociation.org/live.html as well as following Oregon Trail Rally on Facebook. Another big…

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Sandblast Rally 2018 Recap

Sandblast never fails to disappoint fans with drama, plenty of DNFs, and surprise winners. 2018 would be no different. The one day event on the sandy roads around Cheraw, South Carolina saw 36 cars start the race but only 22 finish. Unfortunately, an expected entry from Amanda Skelly in her rebuilt car named “Stitch” failed to materialize as last minute engine issues prevented the car from being ready in time. A last-minute entry from Barry McKenna in a Ford Escort MK2 energized a list of strong compeitors going for the…

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In The Paddock – Episode 2 Featuring Erick Nelson of the ARA

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode Mike Shaw chats with Erick Nelson the Competition Director of the American Rally Association.  Erick tells us about his background, how the inaugural season is going so far, and goes into detail about the recently announced Junior Championship set to start in 2018.   Official ARA Junior Championship Press Release    

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Press Release – Rally New Zealand Invests in Local Talent with Co-Driver Academy

Rally New Zealand Co-Driver Academy set to develop Kiwi talent To continue the strong growth of New Zealand rallying, Rally of New Zealand is pleased to announce an investment in the development of local co-driving talent. The Rally New Zealand Co-Drivers Academy will be held from 1st-3rd August and is aimed at developing Kiwi co-driving talent to compete at the top level of the sport. Six places will be available on the three day Academy Program.   Rally New Zealand have enlisted professional rally co-drivers Alex and Rhianon Gelsomino to…

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