Rally Radiator Support and Frame Rail Reinforcement

"Damn, didn't see that coming." These words ran through my head as I nosedived at NJ's Raceway Park Rallysprint back in April. This event is half dirt, half tarmac, and I expected it to be good practice for me. The dirt section was modified to be used as a rallysprint course since it's normally used for motocross. Rain from the days prior made many sections slippery, but that wasn't what ruined the day for me. Some of the motocross jumps were kept in the course design to be used for the rallysprint. I ended up taking one of them a...

Subaru Steering Quickener Installation

Today, I will walk you through my steering quickener installation for my Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Rally Car. I have been contemplating this installation in the past, but after the BMR Rallycross I felt that it was necessary. Before, my mindset was, if you need that much constant steering effort, you are not driving efficiently. Even though I believe this is mostly true, I think it would be very beneficial for odd understeer and emergency situations. A better response rate is just an advantage right? As far as the driving experience goes, I believe it will improve my driving quality...

Sandblast Rally 2017

I always envisioned this rally to be my first full stage rally, and I'm glad it was. Sandblast is a very safe rally in my opinion. There are barely any dangerous spots, and the deep sand does a great job at stopping the car when it goes sideways. There was no recce, though, so I had no idea what to expect. The only help I had was through word of mouth and YouTube. Just like Waste Management Winter Rally tire choice was a big decision for us. I brought medium compound gravels and non-rally snow tires to the event. Since...

Waste Management Winter Rally 2017

Ever since last year, I've been waiting to do this event myself as a driver. Derek and I put down some competitive times last year in the 2 wheel drive class, and I felt that my co-driving experience from last year would carry over to this year. This year the event was even slushier than last year. The car was put back together the night before the event because I was painting the interior. Since it was my first time using an HVLP gun, it took much longer than I'd planned, but I'm glad it was finished just in time....

First Vinyl Wrap Experience

Today, I will share with all of you my first vinyl wrapping experience. I knew it would be difficult before I even bought the vinyl, but I knew that a few little mistakes would make the car look hundreds of times better than without it. A wrinkle here and there would not bother me. I brought the car to Jack's house since he wrapped some sections of his STI. We started with the hood. Roughly cut it out, peel back the paper while laying it flat, and squeegee carefully while pulling up the vinyl. Sounds easy and looks easy when...

Dealing With A Lack Of Motivation

We've all been there before, I'm sure. You have a big project that you're working on, one that you've been waiting for so long to complete, but then progress becomes slow. It gets more and more difficult to follow your dreams. Why is that? Why does this happen even when doing something you really want? It partially has to do with expectations. I am in this lack of motivation state right now as I am writing, so I will use it as an example. Right now, I am getting the interior of my car prepared for paint. I originally expected...

5 Reasons Co-Driving Is Better Than Driving

Everyone wants to be a race car driver, but co-drivers have it made. Here are some reasons why co-driving is better than driving in stage rally. 1. You Don't Need A Race Car Think about it, building a race car is a lot of time and money. Hours upon hours of work goes in to building a rally car. If you can't dedicate time to building a car and don't have the cash to have someone build it for you, then driving in a rally may not be an option. Even if you do, think about all of the maintenance...

Breaking Things Is Good (Sometimes)

Building a car for motorsport events is a costly endeavor, and the last thing you want happening is a part failing during your next event. Extensively testing your build after every modification is crucial to a successful event. So how to you make sure that your car lasts and has consistent performance? Driving it. (Duh) Abusing it. (Yes!) Every time something breaks on my car, I am actually very happy (very happy will turn into unhappy for expensive events). Why? Because I know that I found a weak point, and I can fix it and make it even stronger or...

5 Things I Like About SCCA RallyCross

Here are five things I really like about SCCA RallyCross. I say these things time after time to people I know in person, so I would like to share them here as well. 1. Anyone Can Race Bring your Grandparents, your kookie Mom, or even your 12 year old. Just about anyone can race in an SCCA RallyCross. You don't have to buy any special licenses ( except maybe the $10 SCCA weekend pass if you are not a member) or pass any sort of performance driving tests. Absolutely no experience is required. You can even share your car with your...

Waste Management Winter Rally 2017 Preparation

I signed up for Waste Management Winter Rally (WMWR) this year. Last year, I was a co-driver for Derek James for this event, I even made a video! I am very excited to run this event since I have two co-driving experiences with the Waste Management stages. The car and I are ready to give it our all for this event. Until then, I have a few things to do. To Do List: Finish vinyl wrap Paint interior Install 1.5:1 steering quickener Install battery/ignition/starter switch panel Align steering wheel The car is mostly ready for the...