Open Paddock RallyCast Ep. 32 – Ian and Mike Catch Up

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSAs is usual for this busy time of year, we’re playing a bit of catch-up!  So no special guests this week as Ian and Mike cram in news from the WRC including Kris Meeke’s sudden departure from Citroen, recaps from the Oregon Trail Rally and Olympus, and ARA being on a major network TV show.   As always, let us know what you think of the show in the comments, give us a rating on iTunes, and a…

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In The Paddock – Episode 12 with Mike Nagle and Rich Olmstead

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s show we feature two guests that have been part of rallying in the Pacific Northwest since the early days. Mike Nagle, is a former Rally Master of the Oregon Trail Rally and Rich Olmstead is a former competitor and Oregon Trail Rally Chief of Controls.  If you like stories from rallying in the ’70s and ’80s vs. today, then you’ll love this episode!  We talk about the character of early rallies, the Olympus WRC years,…

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OpenPaddock RallyCast Episode 17.2

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSRallyCast Episode 17.2 from Monday, May 1st 2017.  As stated in our previous episode, we haven’t been on the air in quite a while and talked so much we found it fit to split the podcast in two.  In this episode Mike, Ian, and Matt review that latest USA rallies with a heavy focus and Mike’s admittedly biased review of the Oregon Trail Rally.    ARA App Links: Apple / Google Play ARA Oregon Trail Rally Facebook Video…

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American Rally Association Expands to 6 Rounds with Canadian Winter Opener

In today’s press release from the American Rally Association, they have announced their full 2017 championship schedule along with a new 6th round to begin the season with a winter event in Canada.   Full press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SIX EVENTS INCLUDING A ROUND IN CANADA FILL OUT 2017 ARA SEASON American Rally Association Formally Announces Events in 2017 National Championship Series   Plymouth, New Hampshire (October 16, 2016) – The American Rally Association announced today that they will collaborate with the Canadian Rally Association for Round 1 of…

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Op-Ed: American Rally Championships Expected to be a 5 to 4 Split for 2017

After yesterday’s announcement that the Oregon Trail Rally will switch to the newly formed American Rally Association, there was a quick response from the organizers of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood that they would remain under the existing Rally America sanctioning. We would like to announce that Rally in the 100 Acre Wood will be March 17-18, 2017 and will be Round 2 of the Rally America Championship. The 100AW group is starting its planning now and hopes the sanction has little bearing on who can come to…

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Final Stage Decided Multiple Classes at the 2016 Oregon Trail Rally

The Oregon Trail Rally continued the dramatic final stage excitement we’ve been seeing all year in Rally America.  It isn’t often stage rally can say that not one, not two, but three events in a row came down to the final stage to decide the overall victor.  It was a battle down to the wire, in one of the most picturesque settings on the national championship calendar.   This year’s Oregon Trail Rally first started with some short fan friendly stages at Portland International Raceway, and then trekked out east to…

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Bryan Bouffier and the Mitsubishi RS – The Threat to Subaru is Real!

In our previous post about WRC driver Bryan Bouffier and his experienced co-driver Xavier Panseri coming to the Oregon Trail Rally, I must admit I wasn’t sure if the car would really be ready to challenge at the top yet.  Those concerns vanished when I witnessed first hand the awesomeness of a world class rally driver in capable machinery from the right seat during the Press Stage at Portland International Raceway.   As the team began to setup I saw the car roll out from the back of the big…

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French Ace Bryan Bouffier to Compete at Oregon Trail Rally

We all know Subaru Rally Team USA has been a dominant force in Rally America for a long time.  However a late entrant to the Oregon Trail Rally may mix things up a bit.  Many Rally America fans will recognize Polish native Art Gruszka’s big Green APU truck in the service park and his Mitsubishi RS he debuted last year.  The unusual little car looks a lot like the current WRC or R5 spec machines, but is a private development project.  Unfortunately Art had a series of mechanical DNFs last…

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Road & Track Editor Jason Harper to Drive at Oregon Trail Rally

Road & Track should be changing its name to Road & Rally next weekend when Contributing Editor Jason Harper hits the stages of the Oregon Trail Rally. Harper, an automotive journalist with over twenty years experience, will be filling the shoes of 2015 Super Production Champion Lauchlin O’Sullivan in Dufur. A tall order for someone with a limited rally background, but don’t think that Harper is going it alone. Scott Putnam will be in his usual seat, guiding Harper throughout the weekend. Harper has a long history in the automobile…

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2016 NW RallySprint Season Kicks Off at DirtFish Rally School

Last Sunday was the opener for the brand new SCCA Northwest RallySprint season.  As Kito Brielmaier of the NW Rally Association told us in our RallyCast Podcast last week, this is the first RallySprint event of at least 3 in Washington with others in Oregon soon to be announced to create a regional championship.  Results from round 1 can be found on their web site here and we have a few of our favorite photos from the event below with a full gallery coming soon.   Located again at the DirtFish…

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