Episode 258 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSOne of the most fun OpenPaddock episodes in recent history!  In our first hour and headlining the show are our special guests, NASA Rally Sport’s East and West directors Anders Green and Kristopher Marciniak.  NASA is the place for grassroots affordable rally racing, and it has a number of advantages beyond the cost savings.  Anders and Kris tell us all the details of the NASA rally series and how NASAhas the the flexibility to experiment with new technologies like Android tablets…

Read More

SCCA – RallyCross Event 2: The Dust Up in Paola

kcrscca-rallyx-2_16_jdp

On a pretty crowded weekend for the SCCA’s Midwest Division, the second rallycross event of the year for the Kansas City Region still had a good turnout with representation from many of the neighboring regions. The weather early in the morning was brilliant, and we were optimistic for a gorgeous and comfortable day. Those hopes were dashed, however, as the Sun continued to climb. Temperatures soon reached the 90’s while the humidity between 50 and 60%, and the wind struggled to be much more than a slight stirring. It was…

Read More

SCCA – KCRSCCA Halloweenie Event

kcrscca_event-11_001

The Kansas City Region of the Sports Car Club of America held its final Solo event of the season this past weekend at the Metropolitan Community College Precision Driving Center. This final event was in part solo race, part masquerade ball, and all charity event. All of the profits from the event were donated to the club’s various charities as was the money raised from donations from the club’s various sponsors and partners including Patterson Prints. Attendees earned raffle tickets by bringing non-perishable food items that were donated to the…

Read More

Rally – Regional Rallies Are Just as Fun

For the truly devoted rally fan, it isn’t always about the Rally America National Championship. Sure the Rally America rounds are exciting and always draw a crowd, but they only come by once a year. Regional rallies on the other hand are the bedrock of the sport. This is where teams get a chance to test new setups or parts on their cars. Where both drivers and co-drivers can hone their skills without the pressures of being on the national stage. Regional events are especially important for inexperienced crews to…

Read More

SCCA – Learning to DRIVE: A Look at the Kansas City Region SCCA Fall Solo Racing School

2012-kcrscca_09-16-2012_004

Twice every year, the Kansas City Region of the SCCA holds a Solo School in which thirty student drivers, mostly drivers with little or no experience in racing competitively, are paired with instructors to provide them with one-on-one instruction on the sport of Solo racing, or autocross, vehicle dynamics, racing lines, and the art of walking and learning a course. We followed rookie autocrosser Tim Steger through his second solo school experience. Tim attended the Spring solo school earlier in the year and competed in his Miata occasionally through the…

Read More

SCCA – First Experiences and Experienced Insights at a Solo Event

kcrscca_031_event-2

While I’ve been to the SCCA RunOffs before, I had never attended a solo event until this past Sunday. Wow! Simply, wow! I’m not sure exactly what I had expected from my first solo event (aka autocross), but I wasn’t expecting something as interesting, fun, and exciting as what I saw this past Sunday. In many respects, it reminded me of the vibe and feel of a rally. There was a mix of highly-prepped, purpose-built racing machines brought on trailers with support vehicles, parts, and personnel, and machines that were…

Read More