RallyCast Episode 49 with Michael Hooper of River City Rally

This Episode we chat with Michael Hooper of River City Rally out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He tells us how he got started in rallying and why he decided to choose a Lexus as his vehicle of choice. Hoop also took first place at the inaugural Missouri Ozarks Regional Rally a couple weeks ago where he did a charity raffle for the Fanconi Research Foundation with the winner being rewarded to co-drive.     Photo by MTJ Photography Follow River City Rally at the following social media links: YouTube Facebook Instagram River…

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RallyCast Episode 43 with Antoine L’Estage

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlmost can’t believe we are posting this!  This week we had the opportunity to chat with on of North America’s legends, none other than 10 times Canadian Rally Champion Antoine L’Estage!  We discussed what it’s like being considered a rally legend and how he was shocked by the late decision by Subaru Canada to pull their factory team.  We also got details on how his latest adventures working gravel crew in the WRC came about, his experience driving a Proto Fiesta in Latvia, and what…

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RallyCast Episode 42 with Al Dantes Jr. and Michael Hooper

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom Tuesday October 30th 2018.  In this show we had our Lake Superior Performance Rally review with Al Dantes Jr. of Tower City Race Team and Michael Hooper the 2WD winner of LSPR and now the Rally America 2WD overall champion!  We chatted about the event and the crazy changing conditions, something called the Sisu Challenge, and other bits of rally news.   

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RallyCast Episode 41 with 2018 ARA Open 2WD Co-Driver Champion Martin Brady

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Presenter Ian Holmes returns and we welcome special guest and recently crowned American Rally Association Open 2WD co-driver champion Martin Brady of JRD Rallysport.  We chat with Martin about how he got started in rallying in Ireland, the championship run this year, what it’s like rallying in the US vs. abroad, and Ian and Mike finish the show with comments regarding recent rally news.  The show was recorded Tuesday October 16th, so some of our speculations from the news has been confirmed, others have…

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

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs 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 follow on Facebook, Instagram, etc.  Thanks…

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RallyCast Ep. 31 – Oregon Trail Rally Rookies

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode Ian and Mike talk Oregon Trail Rally rookies.  We have not one, but two guests this week of which Oregon Trail was their first stage rally. We start with 18 year old first timer Chase Hovinga who had what most would probably agree as the “Press on Regardless” story of the rally weekend in the “Fickle Bitch” Volvo 242.  And then later we talk with Eric Bailey, a former professional motocross racer who competed in the #529 Ford Focus. These two…

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RallyCast Ep. 30 with Co-Driver “Iron Lady” Leanne Junnila

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis week  we have special guest Leanne Junnila, Team O’Neil co-driver to “Savage” Dave Rally who join’s us to chat about WRC Mexico, stepping up to the R5, how Dave’s recovery is going after their roll, and we find out where she got the nickname “Iron Lady.”  Ian and Mike then discuss M-Sport’s work on an electric stage rally car and other bits of rally related news, and we finish the show with a review of the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood with onsite…

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OpenPaddock RallyCast Episode 25 with Jason Anthony

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAfter a bit of time off for the holidays, we’re back! In this show Mike has a special guest for the RallyCast, Jason Anthony who is a contributing writer to World Rally Blog.  Jason gives some great insight from a fan’s perspective of rallying in the US and abroad. We discuss how the 2017 seasons in the WRC and the USA will be remembered, and what we would like to see in 2018. Apologies for the background noise as we did our first “on…

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