Rally – OpenPaddock On-Site at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood

Today kicks off round 2 of the Rally America Championship at the storied Rally in the 100 Acre Wood.  Based in the foothills of the Ozarks around Salem, Missouri the roads here are very fast and wide consisting mostly of hard packed dirt.  In previous years open class drivers have been so fast that they eclipsed the maximum allowed average speed for a stage.  That won’t be happening this year as the conditions are going to be very slippery with the a couple of inches of snow that fell overnight and temperatures…

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HELP WANTED! – 100 Acre Wood Rally in Need of Volunteers

With the addition of big names to the 2nd round of the Rally America National Championship at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, organizers are now in desperate need of more volunteers.  Ken Block alone can draw in considerably more fans and add to that a likely close battle with David Higgins and a 60 car field and the event will be packed.  All this means there is a need for more marshals to help keep the rally safe and fun for everyone. I’ve been volunteering at rally events for years and I…

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Up close and personal: Experiencing my first rally

Having been a rally fan for some time, I always felt a slight sense of inauthenticity when I told people rally is my favorite motorsport. Although I’d followed Rally America, WRC and other series from the comfort of home, and attended and photographed rallycross events (GRC and SCCA), I had never been to a stage rally. Last year, I was planning on going to the 2013 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, but got snowed in, here in Kansas City. I had been looking forward to the event for months…

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Rally America – Leg 1 Complete at 100AW

It was finally time to see cars on stage and driving in anger for the Rally in the 100 Acre Woods. There were at least five cars on hand with a chance to win the event overall. All eyes were on three drivers however. Ken Block, David Higgins, and Antoine L’Estage were the leaders for their respected manufacturers. When the first car went live at 2:01pm, all gloves were off and the battle dubbed “Clash of the Titans” was under way. Ken Block and his HFHV would take the first…

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Rally America – Thursday Notes From 100 Acre Wood Rally

The OpenPaddock.net crew has finally landed in Salem, MO for the 100 Acre Wood Rally! While action does not start until tomorrow at 2:01 pm central time, the cars were out and about today for tech inspection. This weekend’s event boasts a large number of cars and some unbelievable driving talents which is sure to make the event one to remember! Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta had already passed through tech this morning before we were able to get on scene for photos, but Antoine L’Estage and David Higgins entries along…

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Rally – Rally America 2011 National Championship Schedule

This morning, RallyCar announced their schedule for the six-round 2011 Rally America National Championship. While there are no surprises, it is nice to have the confirmed dates for those needing to make travel plans. We really missed not being with the Last Ditch Racing crew at the New England Forest Rally last year, and we plan on remedying that problem for 2011. Event Date Location Sno*Drift Rally January 28-29, 2011 Atlanta & Lewiston, MI 100 Acre Wood Rally February 25-26, 2011 Salem, MO Olympus Rally April 30-May 1, 2011 Ocean…

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Op-Ed – Through The Viewfinder: A Different Way Of Enjoying Rally Racing

Shaun and Mike will share with you all of the events and details of last weekend’s 100 Acre Wood Rally, the 2nd stop for the Rally America National Championship, throughout the coming week. What I’d like to do is try to convince you why the sport of rallying is so incredible from a spectator’s point-of-view, and why you should NEVER forget to bring a camera even if its just the camera on your cell phone. You don’t always need the $8k camera with the yard long lens to come back…

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Episode 28 – Open Paddock Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSJoin the crew from Open Paddock this week as we discuss the 100 Acre Wood Rally in detail. No shortage on discussion with points of view from the photographer, a returning fan, and a first time rally attendee. Here from Travis Pastrana on what went wrong for his event as well as a number of interviews from John Cassidy on his adventure through the stages. We also get into the IndyCar silly season as things begin to accelerate…

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