OREGON TRAIL RALLY PARTICIPATES IN PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

@   PORTLAND, OREGON (January 26, 2016) – Billed as the premier Auto Show of the Pacific Northwest, the Portland International Auto Show will again this year include a display from the Oregon Trail Rally.   The Oregon Trail Rally, round 3 of the 2016 Rally America National Championship calendar, will present an Open Class Subaru WRX competition vehicle as part of the Subaru display at the Auto Show. On the main floor of the Oregon Convention Center, fans will have the opportunity to view the finely prepared competition Subaru…

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Episode 268 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSFor Tuesday April 28th, 2015 (sorry for the late posting)… in our rally coverage, Mike Shaw got up close and personal at the Oregon Trail Rally and we review all the rally goodness from out in the woods.  The WRC was in the mountains of Argentina and we discuss what happened to the normally dominant Volkswagen team.  And finally our good friend Mike Whitesell was at Barber Motorsports Park watching the full enchilada of IndyCar, MRTI, and the Pirelli…

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2015 Oregon Trail Rally – Part One

One week since the Oregon Trail Rally and the rally hangover is starting to set in.  So exactly what happened last weekend?  Well, there was plenty of national competitor results that you probably already know, but what were the stories of Oregon Trail 2015?  This is part one.   I was working the PA system for one of the spectator grandstands near the hairpin on SS2/SS4, so I don’t have a lot of my own pictures to share.   Thankfully local rally photog Greggar Helgeland was around snapping awesome pics from the service…

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Rally – Jeff Seehorn… in His Own Words

Without a doubt Jeff Seehorn was the star driver of Oregon Trail Rally 2015.  Seemingly coming out of nowhere in his 6th ever stage rally he startled everyone by finishing what would have been 3rd overall behind David Higgins and Adam Yeoman if he was registered nationally.  I know I said before that we should keep an eye on this guy, but I certainly wasn’t expecting stage times like we saw last weekend.  Congrats on such an awesome Oregon Trail Rally Jeff, and we look forward to seeing you at Olympus!  …

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Rally – Regional Voices from SS6 Oregon Trail Rally

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | Google Podcasts | RSSWe hear a lot about the national entrants and I’ve got some clips from them as well that I’ll be posting later, but for now I wanted to shine the spotlight on the regional rally racers.  These teams make up the bulk of the entrants to every rally and drive just as hard as the national guys.  These clips are from the end of Special Stage 6, the first running of Big Boyd.  Big Boyd is the longest stage of the…

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PR – OREGON TRAIL RALLY PARTICIPATES IN PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

PORTLAND, OREGON (February 2, 2015) – Billed as the premier Auto Show of the Pacific Northwest, the Portland International Auto Show will this year include a display from the Oregon Trail Rally.   The Oregon Trail Rally, round 3 of the 2015 Rally America National Championship calendar, will present two competition vehicles as part of the Subaru display at the Auto Show. On the main floor of the Oregon Convention Center, fans will have the opportunity to view these finely prepared rally racing vehicles. Event officials and drivers will be available…

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RallySafe Testing at Lake Superior Performance Rally

If you follow international rally racing, you may have heard of RallySafe.  The RallySafe system is an on-board electronic device that can instantly alert safety crews and oncoming cars of emergencies.  In addition to the safety aspect, this system also provides live timing, including split times and GPS location information.  Here’s a description of the RallySafe system from their web site: The RallySafe unit is a small electronic module fitted to a vehicle for use by the navigator and driver. It incorporates a full colour display, key pad, accelerometers, a…

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Rally – Oregon Trail on NBC Sports This Weekend!

PORTLAND, OREGON (May 28, 2014) – The spectacular scenery of The Columbia River George, Mt.Hood and surrounding areas will be on display this weekend as The Oregon Trail Rally, held May 2-4, airs on NBC Sports Network this Sunday, June 1 at 3 pm PT.   Round 3 of the Rally America National Championship will feature rally racing from Portland International Raceway (PIR) and on the challenging gravel roads of Dufur and Hood River.   The one-hour show is jointly produced by Rally America and Rage Productions (Bend, OR) and will…

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Rally – Cascadia IRC Launches at Oregon Trail

First of all, I must admit that I’m not the best at following the local/regional rally competitors here in the Pacific Northwest.  That will change this year though with the new Cascadia International Rally Championship having their first event at the Oregon Trail Rally.  As Dave Henderson of Suspect Motorsports told us in our interview a few weeks ago in podcast Episode 226  , the Cascadia IRC is a new “Championship within Championships” designed for regional teams in the Pacific Northwest to compete beyond just single events.  This means some…

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WRC coming to the USA? … Well, Kind of

Okay, so we aren’t getting a WRC round anytime soon.  But on the plus side we are getting a special visitor to USA rallying.  The world renowned “Voice of Rally”, Colin Clark of WRC Live Radio, is making his first visit to a rally in the United States next week for the Oregon Trail Rally.  The event is thankfully a somewhat convenient stop on his way to the next WRC round in Argentina, and we Oregonians are honored to have him as our special guest!  If you don’t already know Colin…

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