Well, we recorded this about 2 week ago and I'm just now getting around to posting it. Apologies for the delay as life kind of got in the way. Anyway, in this episode we had a bit of an Open Paddock reunion where I'm joined by 2 former hosts from the previous version of OpenPaddock, Doug Patterson and John Olsakovsky. Doug is a well known motorsports photographer among his many other exploits, and John "The Race Fan" Olsakovsky has been to many an IndyCar and sportscar race, but this was his first ever stage rally. We didn't have any special guests this week other than our regular co-presenter Ian Holmes who co-drove the 100 Acre Wood in the 3 Triangles Rally Team rally truck. Since it was many of our first times to this event, we discussed our 100 Acre Wood experiences from that of a photographer, a co-driver, media host, and a rally first-timer. Thanks to the awesome volunteers and organizers for putting on such a kick ass rally!
RallyCast Episode 52 - The Return of Savage Dave Wallingford and Ian Holmes Becomes a Professional Co-Driver
This is episode 52 from over a week ago. Apologies on the late post. Anyway, in this episode we welcomed back to the show someone who has become a massive inspiration to us all, Dave Wallingford. After a nasty crash and roll almost exactly a year ago, Dave broke his back and had to re-learn how to walk again, let alone drive. He’s made a remarkable recovery and will be competing in this week's 100 Acre Wood Rally. Ian and I also discussed a few other bits of rally news including his experience from the Oz Rally Pro Co-Driver Development Academy and his transition into becoming a more professional co-driver.
Whether you are a driver or co-driver, you can always learn something new. Find out more about Oz Rally Pro on their Facebook page.
A bit of a late post as we recorded this back on Tuesday. Anyway, last week we welcomed one of the few women drivers in rallying, Keanna Erickson-Chang to the RallyCast! We talked about how she got hooked on rallying, her work with the Formula 1 in Schools program, women in racing, and her exciting international schedule for 2019!
The best way to follow Keanna is here on Instagram
Photo by Tedrick Mealy
We said we’d do something a bit special for Episode 50 and so we did! We had the honor of having America’s legend in rallying Mr. John Buffum on our show! John recently returned to the legendary Monte Carlo Rally 50 years after his remarkable 12th place finish in 1969. This time he competed in the historique version of the event in a Tuthill Porsche similar to what made him successful so many years ago. Warwick Patterson of Formula Photographic also joins us as he was on the cols of Monte documenting the 50th Anniversary achievement. Epic, simply epic!
Be sure to follow Formula Photographic's Facebook page for information on the Buffum 50th Anniversary of Monte Carlo video.
This episode we chat with Michael Hooper of River City Rally out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He tells us how he got started in rallying and why he decided to choose a Lexus as his vehicle of choice. Hoop also took first place at the inaugural Missouri Ozarks Regional Rally a couple weeks ago where he did a charity raffle for the Fanconi Research Foundation with the winner being rewarded to co-drive.
Photo by MTJ Photography
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River City Rally also races for a great cause. Get more information on Fanconi anemia and the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund here: https://www.facebook.com/fanconianemiaresearchfund/
Another episode already you say? We figured you just can't get enough of us! This time we called up our friends Cameron Steely and Preston Osborn of O.D.D. racing. O.D.D. has become one of the preeminent rally teams in America highlighted by their amazing 2WD Rally America Championship win in 2016. Since then they've moved on to Limited 4WD and just won their class a week ago at Sno*Drift 2019. Apologies for some of the audio issues as Cameron’s cell phone kept dropping in and out a few times.
You can follow Cameron and Preston at the following O.D.D. Racing links:
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In this episode we review the 2019 Sno*Drift Rally, Round 1 of the American Rally Association National Rally Championship with detailed reviews of both National and Regional podiums with guest commentator, Al Dantes Jr. of Tower City Race Team. Ian and Mike also give our take on WRC Monte Carlo and the fabulous nail biting finish.
Tedrick Mealy's pictures from Sno*Drift can be found here. We encourage you to follow him on Facebook and Instagram as well!
In this episode we chatted with 2018 Rally America Champions Dave and Mike Brown of Denver, Colorado. We talked about what got them into rallying, hillclimbs including one that could have ended tragically, competing for the overall championship in an Open Light car, and their plans for the 2019 ARA Championship season.
You can follow Dave Brown by searching Racer Dave on Facebook and Twitter and check out his awesome videos on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCIFrPRhyDtrHWOm-AQiHHQ
Co-Driver and brother Mike Brown can be followed on Facebook at L5>4 Rally
The Brown brothers would like to thank: SpeedyRoo; EcoTech; ACT Clutches; ZF Design transmissions; All Drive Subaroo; Porterfield Brakes; Flatirons Tuning; Rocky Mountain Autosports; BA Ingenuity; and motoroso.com
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.
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…