RallyCast Episode 101 – Rally in the 100 Acre Wood Part 3 with Ryan and Rachel Rethy, Katie Gingras, and Arek Bialobrzeski

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 3 of the 100 Acre Wood review, it’s all about NA4WD. We kick it off with regional overall winners Ryan and Rachel Rethy who had a fabulous run with some extremely close competition. Then it’s Co-Driver Katie Gingras who with driver Chuck Surdyke was battling the Rethy’s until they got a little over ambitious into a fast left hander. And finally it’s a chat with Arek Bialobrzeski about his killer H6 swapped 2011 Subaru WRX hatchback that was so fast that it was…

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RallyCast Episode 100 – Rally in the 100 Acre Wood Part 2 with Barry McKenna, Martin Brady, and Cameron Carr

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s our 100th episode! We start our chat with current ARA champion Barry McKenna who gives us all the details on his World Rally Car and all the changes they did to have it meet ARA regulations. It’s always a treat to be joined by Martin Brady. 100 Acre Wood didn’t go so well for he and Seamus, but their speed was remarkable. Then it’s co-driver Cameron Carr with some stories about recce and what it’s like to compete in an R5 for the…

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RallyCast Episode 99 – 100 Acre Wood Review Part 1

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this show we chatted with a bevy of 2WD competitors including National 2WD winners Michael Hooper and Kevin Allen, 2nd in National Limited 2WD Ryan Sanders, 2nd overall Regional and 2WD class winner Steve Olona, and 3rd overall Regional 2nd in 2WD Al Dantes Jr.  Be sure to follow these competitors at their social media links below: River City Rally TeamTower City Race TeamVerve RacingGoSPEED Racing

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RallyCast Episode 98 – The Rally Race Book Project

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we chatted with Dr. “Koz” – Michele Kozimor, Dr. Barbara Prince, and Emalie Rell about a study they’re doing about the culture of rally racing in North America. A long time Subaru fan, Michele had never been to a rally until a friend called about a bunch of Subarus running around Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.  That visit to STPR and her interaction with teams, fans, and volunteers inspired the project now in it’s 3rd year of research. Follow the Rally Race Book project…

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The Revolution Has Started, but is it Good or Bad?

In my very first column for OpenPaddock.net, I talked about how much of the magic in US rallying is created by the unique variety of cars and the “can-do” attitude of crews. While I would love to see a US round of the WRC, I would never want the US rally scene to lose the care-free approach that makes it so special. With eight R5 cars on the entry list for the upcoming 100 Acre Wood Rally, it’s fair to say that momentum is increasing when it comes to the…

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RallyCast Episode 92 – Dirtfish Media’s Colin Clark

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we chat with one of our favorite WRC reporters, Colin Clark.  Colin gives us his thoughts on the upcoming Monte Carlo Rally, what it’s like to ride in one of the newest generation Hyundai i20 WRC’s at speed, and the upcoming 2022 regulations.  Be sure to also stick around for the end where we introduce a new segment we’re calling “The View From the Right Seat” where this time we have a short chat with Alex Gelsomino about his years of…

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RallyCast Episode 89 – Olympus 2020 Part 2

In Part 2 of our Olympus review show, we conclude our interview with Regional overall winner Dave Clark, and then provide some thoughts and insight from our commentary crew which includes our host Mike Shaw, rally photographer Tedrick Mealy, and recently announced 2020 Eastern Regional Open 2WD champion co-driver, Kelsey Stephens of Cooper Autoworks.  

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RallyCast Episode 87 – ARA’s New Series Competition Director Preston Osborn and Ojibwe Forests Rally Review

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode we welcome back friend of the RallyCast Preston Osborn. After toasting to his new role as ARA’s new Series Competition Director, we chat about what interested him in taking up the new position, areas he plans on focusing first, and what his recent skills as a team manager and competitor at O.D.D. Racing can bring to the sanctioning body’s management team. From there  we delve deep into a review of the Ojibwe Forests Rally and learn why everyone should keep an…

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Are Hyundai and US Rallying a Match Made in Heaven?

By Jon Scoltock Hyundai have been on my mind a lot recently. That sentence would have been unimaginable 10 years ago, but the South Korean manufacturer has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. In fact, I think I would go as far as to say that they are probably one of the most exciting car makers in the world right now. I know that might seem like a far-fetched idea, but hear me out. When I was a kid, Hyundai made fairly dependable, but pretty crappy family cars.…

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