Episode 263 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWe have a heck of a show this week with multiple special guests!  To kick things off we have FY Racing’s Brenten Kelly and his Irish co-driver Niall Burns to talk Rally America and help us preview the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood that takes place this weekend in Salem, Missouri.  We also have our good friend and favorite astrophysicist Doug Patterson on the line, who’s been off doing other endeavors but has come back to OpenPaddock to satisfy his…

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100 Acre Wood Rally Gets Boost With Last Minute Entries

  I’ve been watching the entry list for the 100 Acre Wood Rally pretty closely, especially after the low car count that came to Sno*Drift last weekend.  Although as I said in my review of that event here, Sno*Drift is a unique rally and isn’t probably the best test of what the season will look like going forward.  Sno*Drift had only 36 entries of which 13 were national entries.  As of this writing 100 Acre Wood has almost double at 60 cars on their entry list and 19 of those are…

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RALLY – David Higgins Wins Sno*Drift in New 2015 WRX STi

Round one of the Rally America National Championship kicked off this last weekend with the iconic Sno*Drift Rally in Atlanta, Michigan.  The snow covered and icy roads of Montmorency County played host to both national and regional competitors with just 36 entries this year.  Although a little light in car count vs. some of the past seasons, this is an event that seems to have an ebb and flow of entrants from year to year.  What makes Sno*Drift so unique isn’t just that it is a winter rally, but that it is…

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Rally – David Sterckx Rallysport Moves Up to Open Class for Ojibwe

CONFIRMED! – David Sterckx & Karen Jankowski are moving up to Open Class for the Ojibwe Forests Rallly! If you listened to this week’s podcast we recorded on Tuesday evening, I assumed wrongly that Sterckx’s entry showing as open class must have been in error.  In reality while David & Karen missed the STPR & NEFR rounds of the Rally America National Championship, they were upgrading the car from Super Production to the Open Class specification.  Unfortunately no details have yet emerged of the upgrades to Sterckx Always Evolving 2011 WRX STi, but David…

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Rally – Oregon Trail 2014 Preview

Round three of the Rally America National Championship gets underway this week with the Oregon Trail Rally.  The only event on the calendar in the western United States, Oregon Trail is also the longest event spanning 3 days.   The Weather: Over the last week the Pacific Northwest has had some fairly heavy rain, however drying conditions are in the forecast with temperatures in the 70’s for Friday and Saturday with only a slight possibility of a few scattered showers on Sunday.  Their could be some dusty conditions on Saturday…

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