Category: Announcements

Gettin’ Serious

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!

OTR 2013 ADV

Photo Credit: Neil McDaid/

Fresh Starts

Now that 2013 has arrived, it was time for a fresh start both the team, and our website. We hope you’ll come along with us for the ride!

While I myself had big plans for the team circa 2008, alas the economy did not. Despite my best efforts, financial hurdles and limited free time prevented much in the way of forward progress. For the last few years, the Corolla and MR2 have sat in storage in various states of disrepair and dis-assembly, waiting for me to find the time and money to restore them to something resembling a working race vehicle. There were so many roadblocks that, for a while at least, I was sure that I might never finish them, and even had the Corolla up for sale for a few months.

I’ve focused instead on the organizational side of motorsports, which I’d thought had further limited my opportunities to get out and compete again. I put my desires on the back burner in favor of insuring that others are able to come out have safe and fun events that are run in a professional manner. This experience has however been very enlightening and has given me an exceptional amount of respect for the organizers, crews, and especially the volunteers who pour so much of their time into making rally happen. What I’d originally thought a consolation to competing has turned out to unquestionably be the basis of my return. I can’t thank all of them enough.

I’m happy to announce progress is once again being made. We are in the process of building some exciting new partnerships, as well as reinforcing and expanding some old ones. We have developed short and long term plans, and are seeing them becoming realities faster than we ever expected. If you notice, I say ‘we’ as the team has added some new faces who are as passionate about motorsports as I am. With our combined enthusiasm, skill, experience, and resources, we are closer than ever to achieving what we’d set out to do in 2007.

Stay tuned for upcoming team bios, sponsor announcements, and *fingers crossed* posts and videos about upcoming events!