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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RallyCast Episode 74 – Dan Downey of Downey Dirty Racing

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this episode Mike and Ian had Dan Downey of Downey Dirty Racing join them at the#RallyCast virtual rally pub. Many of you may remember Dan from the pictures of his BMW e30 that flew through the New England Forest Rally’s Concord Pond stage with a Domino’s Pizza delivery sign strapped to the top. We chat about that, why he chose to go “rad wheel drive”, how his first stage rally event  got a little hot, and what it’s like being an instructor at…

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Made Mike’s Musings – Thirty-Three Co-Drivers!

After a few years spent drag racing and bombing around Ohio Buckeye backroads in the late 1960s it took a benefit gimmick rally in San Angelo, Texas to launch my life-long rallysport affliction. After tiring of quarter-mile long straight runs on tarmac and dodging harmless rubber cones in a parking lot, the prospect of doing a speed competition on an open unpaved road with a teammate to help you go fast was impossible to pass up! Your cockpit compatriot in performance rally wasn’t a simple navigator, oh no! He/she was…

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Mad Mike’s Musings – Speed Meets the Snowbank

Welcome to our new series “Mad Mike’s Musings” by Mike Halley.  For those of you that have been involved in North American rallying for a long while, you’ll recognize the name. Mike has been involved in rallying in one form or another since 1972 and can still be found at events today.  With all those years of experience, Mike has many stories to tell and opinions to share.   This Installment:  Speed Meets the Snowbank   With Sno*Drift soon to launch the 2020 season of the ARA National Championship it seems…

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RallyCast Episode 56 – Oregon Trail Rally Review Part 1 with Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is Part 1 of our 2019 DirtFish Oregon Trail Rally review with guests Karen Jankowski and Preston Osborn.  Both are championship class winning co-drivers, but at the Oregon Trail Rally they competed for the first time as drivers. We chatted about what their experience was like from preparation to driving the stages from the other side of the car.     You can follow Karen Jankowski of Jankowski Motorsports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter You can follow Preston Osborn of O.D.D. Racing on…

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Central UP Rally This Weekend

The annual Central UP Rally, a NASA Rally Sport series event, runs this weekend near Powers, Michigan. Comprised of 8 stages over 90 miles, this event features fast and wide, hard packed dirt roads, and often very wet conditions. Open Paddock’s own Ian Holmes will be co-driving for Scott Parrot in a Chevy S-10 rally truck. For more information, check out their website and NASA Rally Sport’s event page.

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