Welcome Back Gravel – Rally in the 100 Acre Wood Preview

The extended wait is finally over. After nearly two months the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood is finally here and it’s looking to be a fantastic event. Rally regulars, off-road specialists, and tarmac professionals will be competing against each other on the Missouri stage roads this weekend. In total, nearly 70 entries are slated to do their best Christopher Robin impressions, a great turnout for the second Rally America national event of the year. Why such a long time between rallies this year? After two of the last three runnings of the…

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Episode 291 RallyCast – OpenPaddock.net

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe have a massive show this week starting off with two special guests, Tino Fortunato of the All Fours Rally Team and Nick Roberts of the Nick Roberts Global Rally Team!  Then we move on to a preview of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, followed by a special review of the rejuvenated British Rally Championship from our good friend Tom Firth in the UK.  Then we finish it off with a bit of WRC Mexico. It’s a long show and I hope you…

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The View From the Right Seat by Niall Burns – Episode 4 – Blind Rallying

The adventures of world travelling co-driver Niall Burns never cease to amaze!  In this episode he takes us on a fascinating journey into a blind rally.   Episode 4 – The React Blind Rally by Niall Burns I am currently in South Africa preparing for the upcoming SA Championship series opener here at the Goldfields Rally. Today I took some time away from my preparations to take part in quite a unique event, The React Blind Rally. This event is for blind navigators, who use instructions given to them in braille to…

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Episode 290 RallyCast – OpenPaddock.net

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this week’s RallyCast we kick things off with special guest Anders Green of NASA Rally Sport!  NRS is known for their focus on grassroots rallying, but what you may not know is that they are also technical innovators when it comes to rally timing, scoring, registration, and organization.  Anders gives us the lowdown on all their new tech goodness as well as a preview of the upcoming Sandblast Rally which is only 8 days away!  Also in the program, Mike and Matt review WRC Sweden and…

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The View From the Right (err..Left?) Seat by Niall Burns – Part 3

In his latest in his series of “The View From The Right Seat” , our Irish co-driver friend Niall Burns tells us what it’s like back home where tarmac rallying on narrow roads at insane speeds is king!  Sit down, strap in, and enjoy the read!   The View From the Right Seat – Part 3 A couple weeks ago I was asked, “Hey Niall, I want to hear what it’s like rallying down those famous Irish tarmac lanes!”  This question is actually from Mike Shaw himself so I guess I better answer…

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The View From the Right Seat by Niall Burns – Part 2

Rally Co Driving Since my last article for Open Paddock I received a question via email asking, “Niall what’s it feel like in the car travelling down those forest roads flat out?”   Well let me try and answer that one.   Rally Co Drivers are sometimes the unsung heros in the car, the following is a statement I read before from Ian Harden, “the driver is only a show case for awesome navigating talent”, I remind myself of this statement sometimes at the end of events where I have…

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Episode 288 – OpenPaddock.net Rally Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA little bit of a change up as we split off the rally podcast into it’s own episode.  Our sportscar and open-wheel podcast will be recorded later in the week.  This week hosts Mike and John are joined by “The Professor” Doug Patterson, and a special guest and friend of the show from across the pond Tom Firth.  In this episode we wrap up our views on the Dakar Rally and Robby’s DNF.  We have a lot from WRC Monte Carlo, give a quick preview Sno*Drift,…

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PR – Travis Nease and Krista Skucas at Portland International Auto Show

Portland, OR (25 January, 2016) – The #81 Open Class Stage Rally car of Travis Nease and Krista Skucas will be joining the Oregon Rally Group/Subaru booth at the Portland International Auto Show this weekend, January 28-31st with driver and co-driver in attendance.   Travis Nease and Krista Skucas will be contending all eight rounds of the 2016 Cascadia International Rally Championship in their 2004 Open Class Subaru WRX STi.   Krista brought her five years of co-driving experience when she joined the team on Travis’ sixth event of his…

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Chris Greenhouse Impresses at Rallye de Charlevoix, takes the win in 2WD

Our good friend Chris Greenhouse just sent us this press release from one of Canada’s signature rallies, the Rallye de Charlevoix.  Racing against many more experienced local drivers, Chris and co-driver Ryan Scott not only won the 2wd class, but also finished 3rd overall.  It’s great to see Chris do so well after his unfortunately disappointing result at the Yorkshire Rally in the UK a month ago.  It’s also great to see his SRT Neon running as fast and reliable as it is now too.  Congrats Chris and Scott!  If you…

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Episode 284 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode Mike and John discuss the dramatic finish to World Rally Championship round in Spain along with other rally news. In our UMMM section John gives us a fans percpective from his trip to the hurricane soaked US Grand Prix in Austin, which turned out to be one of the greatest F1 races in a long time. We finish up with IndyCar’s 2016 schedule, and show our support for #Shirts4Sage.   In case you missed it, here’s a link to the IndyCar #Shirts4Sage Josef Newgarden…

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