Shakedown

Shakedown day at Sonoma Raceway

Fixed oil leak, lean throttle tip in condition, and found out the car desperately wants a limited slip diff to go with all the new-found power.

 

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Turbo Dyno Day

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Secret Weapon

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Idaho Rally 2013 – Grimes Pass South – SS5

Idaho Rally had some fantastic roads! We’re steadily improving our performance in each rally. Here’s our 16:25 run on Stage 5, finishing the stage ahead of 9 other competitors.

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Waiting for a stage to start at the Idaho Rally

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Cutting a 36-1 Wheel

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JVAB Suspension

John Vanlandingham sent pics of the shocks I had him do some work on for this weird little car. Based on some Golf Bilstein shocks with really stiff valving and springs. Maybe too stiff.

They’re beautiful, and he had super fast turnaround on these! Can’t wait to drive them over stuff.

JVAB Front Suspension

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2013 Season Racing Schedule

California Rally Series recently published the race schedule for the 2013 season. Here are the events we’re planning on racing in:

Rally Location Date Coefficients
High Desert Trails Rally Ridgecrest, CA May 4 3
Idaho Rally Boise, ID June 8-9 3, 2
Mendocino Rally Ukiah, CA July 20-21 3, 2
Prescott Rally Prescott, AZ Oct 4-5 2, 3
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Prescott Rally Wrapup

We wrapped up our season with a bittersweet ending. A solid finish on Friday gave us enough points to secure a pair of 3rd place trophies for the season in California Rally Series Production Stock class, but a mechanical failure leading to a crash knocked us out of the race on Saturday.

The team was disappointed to experience a lost lower strut bolt, which caused steering failure and a collision with a large rock and small tree. The radiator was punctured, and the car left high-centered on the rock. Our crew was instrumental in a successful extraction, and was glad to break the boredom of sitting in service at the gas station.

The car will be back next year, with some yet to be revealed modifications, ready to challenge the California Rally Series CRS-2 class.

Prescott Rally SS6 (crash is at about 7:35)

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Prescott Rally Coming Up!

Our next race will be the Prescott Rally, in Prescott, AZ, September 28 and 29th. Another new locale, and our first night rally.

According to the standings, we’re in contention for 3rd for the year in the California Rally Series in Performance Stock, so we’re quite excited for this upcoming race.

We’ll definitely have video and pictures for you all to enjoy after it’s all over.

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