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RallyCast Episode 72 - Sam Albert on VR Gaming and Scott Alderson Art’s Rally Coloring Book

RallyCast Episode 72 - Sam Albert on VR Gaming and Scott Alderson Art’s Rally Coloring Book

January 18, 2020

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

www.samalbertrally.com

Twitch

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

 

Follow Scott Alderson and his art at these links below

http://www.scottaldersonart.com/

Facebook

Instagram

RallyCast Episode 71 -  Mitch Meadows of Mele Design Firm

RallyCast Episode 71 - Mitch Meadows of Mele Design Firm

January 11, 2020

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!

 

Instagram: @meledesignfirm

YouTube: MeLe Design Firm

Facebook : MeLe Design Firm

Website: www.meledesignfirm.com

RallyCast Episode 70 - Taking on the World’s Stages with American Co-driver Alex Kihurani

RallyCast Episode 70 - Taking on the World’s Stages with American Co-driver Alex Kihurani

December 27, 2019

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:

Sean Johnston

Instagram - Facebook - Twitter

 

Alex Kihurani

Instagram - Linked-In

 

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.

Part 1 - Setting Off on the Oregon Trail

Part 2 - Press SPACE BAR to Continue on the Oregon Trail

Part 3 - You Know the Oregon Trail was an Educational Game, Right?

RallyCast Episode 69 - RAC Historic Rally Review with 1st in FIA Class Co-Driver Martin Brady

RallyCast Episode 69 - RAC Historic Rally Review with 1st in FIA Class Co-Driver Martin Brady

November 30, 2019

In this episode host Mike Shaw reviews the Roger Albert Clark historic rally with co-driver Martin Brady.  Martin and USA driver Seamus Burke finished an impressive 1st in the FIA class and 17th overall in their period correct Ford Escort MK2 over 5 days, 32 stages, and over 1200 total miles of rallying. It’s a bit of old meets new as Martin tells us what it takes to prepare for and run a proper endurance stage rally, which was not without its challenges. 

 

We encourage you to go back and watch some of the video footage from this historic event on the Roger Alert Rally Facebook page which can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/RogerAlbertClark/videos/

 

Full results from the RAC can be found here:

http://results.djames.org.uk/results/overall.php?EventID=575&StageID=0&OverallPositions=OverallPositions&e=575&selection=all

RallyCast Episode 68 - Rally of the Tall Pines Live Coverage Preview

RallyCast Episode 68 - Rally of the Tall Pines Live Coverage Preview

November 21, 2019

In this episode we talk with Formula Photgraphic's Warwick Patterson, Bowes Media's Chris Bowes, and the voice of the Canadian Rally Championship Dean Campbell about their special live coverage event for this weekend's Rally of the Tall Pines.  They give us the ins and outs of what we hope to be the dawn of a new era of rally coverage in North America.

 

Be sure to tune in this Saturday at 8AM Eastern at http://live.crcrally.com 

RallyCast Episode 67 - 2019 Lake Superior Performance Rally Review with Al Dantes Jr.

RallyCast Episode 67 - 2019 Lake Superior Performance Rally Review with Al Dantes Jr.

October 27, 2019

In this episode we grabbed our favorite Yooper, Al Dantes Jr. of Tower City Race Team to help us review the final round of the American Rally Association National Championship.

 

Check out our final stage end team portraits with driver quotes here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/OpenPaddock/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157070814113995

 

You can follow Al Dantes Jr. and his Tower City Race Team at the following social media links:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

RallyCast Episode 66 - #AmericanInvasion Review of Wales Rally GB with Keanna Erickson-Chang and Ryan Booth

RallyCast Episode 66 - #AmericanInvasion Review of Wales Rally GB with Keanna Erickson-Chang and Ryan Booth

October 14, 2019

In this show we look back on last week's Wales Rally GB where there was an American invasion of sorts competing in the Junior WRC.  We called up Keanna Erickson-Chang and Ryan Booth just after they got home to find out more about what it's like to complete one of the world's most challenging rallies.

 

In this episode we mentioned several stage-end interviews you may not have heard on WRC All Live. Here's a link to all the interviews conducted by the Wales Rally GB media team:  https://eventnewss.ynil.com/events/2019/WRGB/WRC/itinerary-WRC.html

RallyCast Episode 65 - The STPR Review with Regional Overall Winner, Mark Piatkowski

RallyCast Episode 65 - The STPR Review with Regional Overall Winner, Mark Piatkowski

September 29, 2019

In this episode Mike and rally photographer Tedrick Mealy look back at STPR with special guest Mark Piatkowski of the MAP Rally Team.  Mark has been one of the fastest regional competitors in the east having finished 1st overall regional at both the New England Forest Rally and STPR.  We discussed several subjects from the weekend event including the controversially rough Waste Management stage, how to handle a Red Cross, and an interesting conversation about why a fast driver like Mark enters as a regional instead of national that lead to an interesting idea from none other than Petter Solberg.  It's 2 hours of chatting at the virtual rally pub that we call the RallyCast.

 

You can follow Mark Piatkowski and his MAP Rally team on Instagram and Facebook

 

Tedrick Mealy's fantastic rally photos can be found on his web site tmealyphoto.com as well as Instagram and Facebook

 

As always we appreciate your likes and shares.  Thanks for listening!

 

RallyCast Episode 64 - Ojibwe Forests Rally Review with Special Guest Ryan Booth

RallyCast Episode 64 - Ojibwe Forests Rally Review with Special Guest Ryan Booth

September 11, 2019

In this episode we review the Ojibwe Forests Rally from a couple of weeks ago with special guest and Ojibwe National Open 2WD winner Ryan Booth. Ryan had a stand-out performance in his first outing in a McKenna Motorsports Fiesta R2 while Ian was happy to be back in the right seat of the Three Triangles Rally Truck.  Join us for a great discussion about some of the best stage roads in the American Rally Association championship. 

RallyCast Episode 63 - Interview with Santiago Daniel Iglesias and a review of Summer Sno*Drift

RallyCast Episode 63 - Interview with Santiago Daniel Iglesias and a review of Summer Sno*Drift

August 31, 2019

In this episode we welcome a new guest, driver of the #305 Limited 2WD Subaru BRZ Santiago Daniel Iglesias who won his class at the regional Summer Sno*Drift Rally a few weeks ago. We talked with Santiago about what got him into rallying, why he chose the BRZ platform, and discussed the Summer Sno*Drift event which is done in the classic “blind” style with no recce and only route notes.  He also gives us an exclusive on some plans he has for a rally outside the USA.

 

You can follow Santiago Daniel Iglesias of the Escuderia Boricua Rally team at these links social media links:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

 

We also mentioned the Rallying for Steve fund for mental health.  Below is a link for that worthy cause.

https://individual-fundraiser-ongoing.everydayhero.com/au/rallying-for-steve