A Fathers and Sons Rally Story

One of the special stories from this year’s Southern Ohio Forest Rally was that of Go SPEED Racing’s two entries, one made up of fathers and the other made up of their sons, and it happened almost by accident. The fathers were Robert Sanders and Boyd Smith running in the Limited 4WD Subaru WRX STI. While the sons were Ryan Sanders and Oliver Smith running in Rob’s previous car, a Limited 2WD Ford Fiesta.   Robert normally has Karen Jankowski calling the notes, but she was ill and not able…

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2020 ARA Southern Ohio Forest Rally Part 2 – The Regionals

  Photos courtesy Ben Newburn Once again, in collaboration with iHeartFast we bring you more of our Southern Ohio Forest Rally coverage!     Part 2: Regional Competition Rally is back! After months without rally due to the Covid pandemic, the American Rally Association Southern Ohio Forest Rally was the first national event since Sno*Drift way back in January. Well we’ve talked about the National competition over in part 1, so let’s jump right into the Regional competition which featured a healthy field of 29 entries. It would be a…

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2020 ARA Southern Ohio Forest Rally

In collaboration with iHeartFast, we bring you Part 1 of our 2020 Southern Ohio Forest Rally Review       Part 1: National Competition     Hello and welcome back! It’s been awhile and we’ve missed you all. Rally is back and what a welcome back it was at the American Rally Association Southern Ohio Forest Rally. Initially set to run in early June, the event was postponed until this last weekend, the middle of July, right as the heat and humidity of the midwestern summer hit its peak. With…

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This Weekend in Rally

This weekend in rally we have several major events we’ll be following:   The big one in the US is Oregon Trail Rally, one of our favorites. Held every year around Dufur, Oregon, this years rally will feature top battles between Subaru drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana, with Barry McKenna and Piotr Fetela looking to upset them with their Open class Fiestas. You can track the cars and see times as they come by following along at http://live.americanrallyassociation.org/live.html as well as following Oregon Trail Rally on Facebook. Another big…

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In The Paddock – Episode 2 Featuring Erick Nelson of the ARA

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode Mike Shaw chats with Erick Nelson the Competition Director of the American Rally Association.  Erick tells us about his background, how the inaugural season is going so far, and goes into detail about the recently announced Junior Championship set to start in 2018.   Official ARA Junior Championship Press Release    

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Subaru of America Partners with ARA for 2017 Championship Season

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Rally Association, Inc.   NATIONAL LEVEL SPONSOR ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2017 AMERICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Subaru of America to Sponsor American Rally Association 2017 Championship Season     Plymouth, NH– The American Rally Association (ARA) is excited to announce Subaru of America as the first national level sponsor for the 2017 ARA National Championship. As the inaugural year for ARA, the support and sponsorship of automotive industry icon Subaru of America is a key development for the new series. ARA, an organization of experienced volunteers, is…

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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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BREAKING NEWS: Oregon Trail Rally joins American Rally Association for 2017

Another domino falls in the USA rallying sanctioning body saga as the Oregon Trail Rally announced this morning that they are switching from Rally America to the newly formed American Rally Association for 2017.  Rallying in the USA has had peaks and valleys over the years, but recently has been gaining popularity.  The new sanctioning offers a number of potential opportunities for continued growth, and we at Open Paddock are excited to see how it develops.   Full press release below.         Oregon Trail Rally Announce 2017…

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