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RallyCast Episode 45 with Doug Shepherd of ARA

RallyCast Episode 45 with Doug Shepherd of ARA

January 12, 2019

In this episode we chatted with American Rally Association Series Manager, Doug Shepherd. ARA has now become the sanctioning body for most rallies in the US and we chatted with Doug about all the changes for 2019 including the expansion of new events, super regionals, rules changes, and what other exciting things we can look forward to this season.

RallyCast Episode 44 with Dave Carapetyan

RallyCast Episode 44 with Dave Carapetyan

December 15, 2018

In this episode we chat with Texas Dave Carapetyan of Rally Ready Rally School. Dave’s not only a great rally driver and instructor, but also one of the most entertaining personalities in motorsports. It’s 2 hours of fun covering everything from his start dumping all his savings into a rally car at the age of 17, the trials and tribulations of Pikes Peak and meeting Sebastien Loeb, filming with Aaron Kaufman and the Discovery Channel, UTVs, smack talk of JVL, gluten free beer, and pee bags glued to wieners for…

RallyCast Episode 43 with Antoine L’Estage

RallyCast Episode 43 with Antoine L’Estage

November 17, 2018

Almost can’t believe we are posting this!  This week we had the opportunity to chat with on of North America’s legends, none other than 10 times Canadian Rally Champion Antoine L’Estage!  We discussed what it’s like being considered a rally legend and how he was shocked by the late decision by Subaru Canada to pull their factory team.  We also got details on how his latest adventures working gravel crew in the WRC came about, his experience driving a Proto Fiesta in Latvia, and what his plans for the future.  We…

RallyCast Episode 42 with Al Dantes Jr. and Michael Hooper

RallyCast Episode 42 with Al Dantes Jr. and Michael Hooper

November 4, 2018

From Tuesday October 30th 2018.  In this show we had our Lake Superior Performance Rally review with Al Dantes Jr. of Tower City Race Team and Michael Hooper the 2WD winner of LSPR and now the Rally America 2WD overall champion!  We chatted about the event and the crazy changing conditions, something called the Sisu Challenge, and other bits of rally news.   

RallyCast Episode 41 with 2018 ARA Open 2WD Co-Driver Champion Martin Brady

RallyCast Episode 41 with 2018 ARA Open 2WD Co-Driver Champion Martin Brady

October 19, 2018

Co-Presenter Ian Holmes returns and we welcome special guest and recently crowned American Rally Association Open 2WD co-driver champion Martin Brady of JRD Rallysport.  We chat with Martin about how he got started in rallying in Ireland, the championship run this year, what it’s like rallying in the US vs. abroad, and Ian and Mike finish the show with comments regarding recent rally news.  The show was recorded Tuesday October 16th, so some of our speculations from the news has been confirmed, others have not. As always, give us a…

RallyCast Episode 40 with Sam Albert of the DirtFish Rally Team

RallyCast Episode 40 with Sam Albert of the DirtFish Rally Team

September 29, 2018

This week is a bit of a make-up episode as technical difficulties rendered our previous attempt a couple weeks ago unusable.  That said, we have back with us special guest Sam Albert. We discuss the Ojibwe Forests Rally and how in a scary moment his brake pedal became the gas pedal and the challenges from the newest national championship event, the high altitude, tight and twisty, hot and dry, Idaho Rally International.  

RallyCast Episode 39 with Greg Dorman of Subaru Rally Team USA

RallyCast Episode 39 with Greg Dorman of Subaru Rally Team USA

August 17, 2018

I guess you could call ty8s episode 38 part 2!  For those of you that listened to our previous episode, you’ll remember that we split the show into two because, we jabbered too long to fit it into one episode.  So in this show we talk in depth with our co-co-presenter Greg Dorman of Subaru Rally Team USA to learn how he got into rallying and how he got a job with the top rally team in North America. From there we discuss NEFR including rocks, car fires, dust windows. …

RallyCast Episode 38 with HammerSport Racing

RallyCast Episode 38 with HammerSport Racing

August 11, 2018

We talked so much we had to split this weeks recording into two shows, so in this episode we welcome George Hammerbeck, Lewis May, and John Schultz of Hammersport Racing who competed in the New England Forest Rally in an unusual choice for a Limited 4WD entry.  They chose to use a twin-turbo BMW e90 X-Drive! We chat with them about the build, their NEFR experience, how a Florida team gets interested in rallying, and what their plans are for the future.  Next episode we’ll catch up on other topics…

RallyCast Episode 37 with Special Guest Matt James

RallyCast Episode 37 with Special Guest Matt James

July 13, 2018

This week we welcome Matt James, recent graduate of the Oz Rally Pro Elite Co-Driver Academy.  Matt’s competed with several driver’s over the past few years with multiple national class podiums including a 4th overall at STPR just last month alongside Patrick Brennan.  We’ll be discussing his history in rally, what the Elite Co-Driver Academy program was like, and how it’s changed his co-driving going forward as well as some bits of rally news.

Open Paddock RallyCast Ep.36 with Special Guest Christopher Bowes

Open Paddock RallyCast Ep.36 with Special Guest Christopher Bowes

July 6, 2018

This episode we welcome special guest Christopher Bowes of Bowes Media Inc., the other half of the Subaru Rally Team USA Launch Control web series and also the producers of the Canadian Rally Championship TV program.  We discuss Launch Control, Americas Rallycross, the Canadian Rally Championship, Rallye Baie des Chaleurs, and the future of rallying in North America.   Use this link to watch all seasons of the series of Launch Control here And watch the Canadian Rally Championship here   As always, comments and questions are always welcome!  If you…