Recollections of a Titan of US Rallying

Recollections of a Titan of US Rallying By Jon Scoltock The ARA series is a different place in 2020. Getting back underway at the Southern Ohio Forest Rally was awesome and it’s great to see the series growing, but it still feels like a very different championship without David Higgins. David is a force that has dominated US rallying for many years, racking up 10 titles since 2002 so, while he is absent from the series this year, it still seemed a good enough excuse to use my second article…

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RallyCast Episode 85 – The Pub Chat

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe didn’t have any special guests this week, although we think we’re all a little bit special in our own way.  In this episode Mike, Ian, Kelsey, and Calvin chat about numerous subjects including socially distanced rallying, dealing with high temps, and what we think of one day rallies for national championship rounds. We also chat about the rest of the world starting to rally again, WRC cars running in national events, schedule changes, whether we’d like to see tarmac rallying as part of…

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Southern Ohio Heat Took its Toll on More than Just the Cars

The Southern Ohio Forest Rally had a lot of attrition, and most of it was the same we see at every rally.  New car builds with technical problems for instance, or a small off breaking a component and there is no spare.  It’s rally, and these things happen.  What was different this year though was the amount of retirements due to illness, specifically heat exhaustion, that affected drivers and co-drivers alike.

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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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Why This Brit is Jealous of Rallying in North America

Why This Brit is Jealous of Rallying in North America by Jon Scoltock Yes, that’s right, a guy from one of the biggest rallying countries in the world is jealous of the rally scene in the USA. I know exactly what some of you are going to be thinking as you read that statement, but I would ask you to hear me out before you assume that I’ve gone mad from being in lock-down.   I consider myself very lucky to live in the UK. It’s obviously a pretty nice,…

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RallyCast Episode 82 – Jamie Beliveau of Beliveau Boys Racing

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode of the Rallycast presented by OZ Rally Pro, we welcomed fan of the show and competitor Jamie Beliveau of Beliveau Boys Racing. We talked about how rallying is a family affair that went from TSDs with his dad to Rallycross and on into stage rally. We also learned that rallying a Nissan Frontier is your best bet for learning Scandinavian flicks, Team O’Neil is apparently a household name at gas stations in North Carolina, and the solution for rally entry bloat is that we just need…

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RallyCast Episode 81 – Oregon Trail Rally Reflections

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode of the Open Paddock RallyCast presented by Oz Rally Pro we reflect on Oregon Trail Rally’s past with Chairman Doug Heredos, Clerk of the Course Rebecca Ruston, Volunteer and competitor Dylan Hooker, and driver of the zero car from Team Fugawi? Lee Sorenson.  

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