After many months of planning, stressing, panicking, a lot of driving, and far too little sleep, Oregon Trail Rally has now come and gone. The roads were great, and time spent with the rally family even better. It was quite the exciting weekend full of challenges and surprises. The WRX handled the tough roads superbly, and the new 4 pots and EBC Bluestuff pads were exceptional. We did run into a small issue that wasn’t discovered until Sunday night where the front brake hoses had been damaged by making contact with the rim of the gravel wheels, but the lines have been replaced, and we have some pretty good ideas of how to prevent it in the future *cough* custom stainless lines…
While I enjoy being part of the organizing committee for OTR and Mt. Hood, and driving Advance/000 for several events each year, I’ve been itching to get out and compete again. I’m happy to say, that time has come! As of now, LOCRacing is registered for the 2013 Idaho Rally, and we’re working on plans to compete in the Nameless Rally and possibly the Mendocino and Big White Winter Rallies later this year.
None of this would be possible without the support we’ve received from our friends at Nameless Performance and the Tabor Rally Team.
The guys over at Nameless Performance are top-notch engineers and fabricators, and staunch supporters of rally in the NW. They have built some rock-solid parts for our course opening WRX and their products are quickly finding their way onto many other rally cars. Not only have we partnered with them to build some pretty trick parts, but we’re also excited to have them joining on as members of the team!
Also want to give a big thank you to the Tabor Rally Team. Not only are they purveyors of some fantastic rally tires, extremely active rally supporters and organizers, and great friends, but they were also my introduction to rally beyond the spectator area. Almost 10 years ago, I stepped away from the yellow banner tape and into their service area, and my life has never been the same. I used to have an interest in rally, now rally is my life. I’d especially like to thank them for the use of their ’88 Mazda 323 GTX, without which, I wouldn’t be competing any time soon.
Stay tuned for more details as we close in on the 2013 Idaho Rally!
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