Most of us know Robbie as co-driver to one of the best known talents in American rallying, but he's had another life across the pond as well. Growing up in one of the world's motorsports hubs made racing seem like a normal path to take in life. He's worked with F1 teams, helped restore historics, and even gets behind the wheel himself from time to time. Motorsports has always been simply second nature. So kick back and grab a pint (or a coffee), as we get to know Subaru Motorsports USA's Robbie Durant.
In this episode recorded Tuesday April 21st 2020 we invited two guests to the show by request. Dmitri “Name Dropper” Alpinsky has been rallying in the US and Canada since the late 1990s and AJ Hakala has been co-driving mostly in the western US since 2004. It’s 2 hours of reflections and stories with a pair of competitors from opposite ends of the continent that became close friends through motorsport.
In this episode with chatted with Alex and Rhianon Gelsomino of the Oz Rally Pro driver and co-driver training school. The Coronavirus lock-down has forced them to innovate and by doing so have created some new online courses that provide a great value for experienced and new competitors alike. True to their dedication, they even talk about continuing their training even in the middle of a recent earthquake. Alex and Rhianon also give our listeners some training tips that could be hugely valuable at sharpening your skills while cooped up at home.
As is typical with our podcast, we go off the rails and delve into many other subjects including Irish tarmac rallying, Rhianon's test with Subaru Motorsports USA, FIA's 2022 technical regulations, electrification, the value of rally radio, and reflections on heroes like Colin McRae and Sir Stirling Moss. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we do talking!
It's a bit late, but back on April 1st Mike and Ian invited a whole cadre of Open Paddock's friends to a Skype call to see how they are coping with the current Coronavirus lock down. You'll hear Ian mention Goodwood yet again, and the rally truck is apparently available for Birthday parties. Kelsey and Calvin of Cooper Autoworks have serious issues with procrastination, yet still find a way to add more to their to do list. Adam Bachi of Limitless Studios has seemingly limitless file storage for his videos in contrast to Tedrick Mealy who has a love/hate relationship with his Mac and could really use a job. David Cosseboom of iHeartFast eats too much chili and likes playing with toys in the backyard while Mike talks sim racing (much to the annoyance of Ian) and his cat makes an audible appearance. Finally Jonny Sage (yes, that's a stage name) needs motivation to edit video from Sandblast which just might have been the last race of the year. We hope he's wrong about that.
RallyCast Episode 75 - New Events with Dave Matheson of Bristol Forests Rally and Denise McMahon of Rally Nevada
In this episode we talk about new rallies! Yes, the growth of rallying in North America has brought about new events, so we chatted with organizers Dave Matheson of the new Bristol Forests Rally in Tennessee and Denise McMahon of the new Rally Nevada based out of Tonopah. New events in new places and they tell us why you should come check them out!
Follow the Bristol Forests Rally at these links:
Rally Website: https://www.bristolforestsrally.com
Volunteer Info: https://www.bristolforestsrally.com/volunteers
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In 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 Team O’Neil Rally School. As always we encourage you to join the conversation. Please leave us a comment or ask a question.
You can follow Downey Dirty Racing and all their e30 goodness at the following social media links:
Facebook : DowneyDirtyRacing
YouTube: Downey Dirty Racing
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RallyCast Episode 73 - Rally 2020 with Mike and Ian Followed by an Interview with ARA’s Jeremy Meyer
It’s been a couple weeks so in this episode Mike and Ian catch up on several topics, including expanding Open Paddock’s media presence, the excitement of Colin Clark and Dirtfish joining forces, and other bits of rally news. Then at about the 1hr mark we have an interview we had a couple of weeks ago with ARA’s head of marketing Jeremy Meyer about the 2020 season. So grab a cold one from the fridge and join us at the virtual rally pub we call the RallyCast podcast. As always, thanks for the downloads!
This is a double episode where we start off talking with Sam Albert about VR gaming and how it relates to the real world as well as connecting to a new audience of rallyists via Twitch. Then we talk to Scott Alderson about how he’s combined his rally passion and art skills to make some amazing rally coloring books for kids (and lets face it, we adults are all just big kids)! We finish with a short discussion of Dakar and make horrible Monte Carlo predictions.
Follow Sam Albert at these links
Follow Scott Alderson and his art at these links below
In this first episode of the new decade we chat with a newcomer to the rally scene, Mitch Meadows. He and his company Mele Design Firm have suddenly popped up everywhere with connections to DirtFish Rally School, O.D.D. Racing, and many other rally teams big and small. We talk with Mitch about taking a childhood fantasy to reality, as he now co-drives for Karen Jankowski, as well as using his company and brand to help promote rallying across the continent.
You can follow Mitch and all their Mele rallying goodness at the links below!
YouTube: MeLe Design Firm
Facebook : MeLe Design Firm
In this episode we talk with what we've concluded as America's most internationally experienced co-driver, Alex Kihurani. We get a little bit of background on the young man once known to many as "Rally Brat" who now takes on the world's most epic stages. Alex gives us a comparison of rallying overseas vs here in the states as well as how he teamed up with another American in Europe, Sean Johnston. This year the two took on both the Junior WRC and ERC achieving something that hasn't been done by an American since John Buffum, a WRC class podium. The future is the brightest it's been for Americans in the WRC for a long time, as Sean and Alex continue their journey with a move up to the WRC3 class for 2020.
You can follow Sean and Alex as they take on the WRC at the following links:
Alex also wrote an amazing series about his discovery that he had a rare form of leukemia while heading to the Oregon Trail Rally, and how living in the UK probably saved his life.