Laughlin Rally ('02)

TimHayosh

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Laughlin Rally (\'02)

Anyone else gonna be there? I'll be supporting 2 or 3 teams. There will side-by-side racing in Laughlin on Sunday. Friday and Saturday stages will be up near the Grand Canyon.

For times, directions, entries, etc: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rallyusa.com>http://www.rallyusa.com</A>

See ya there

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TimHayosh

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Yes.
For times, directions, entries, etc: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rallyusa.com>http://www.rallyusa.com</A>



Happy motoring, Tim
 

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Can't make it:( Lack of $$$. But sure hope to make it ( and all the others aswell) next season. Have fun and be safe. Marshall
 

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the JAOS adventure rally runs along the REAL scca rally in laughlin. they give you a free GPS device and cool goodies with the entry fee. it's really not too competitive although it can be...some people do it as a family in their SUV's. we get to see a SS stage one day or something, and for JAOS entries you get to run it free or something.

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Rally Re-Cap:

The weather was cool, but no pre-cip. Last year, they cancelled stages due to so much snow. The rally was based out of the Ramada Express in Laughlin, NV. All the stages were on Indian land north of Peach Springs, AZ. This meant for a 120 mile commute on Friday and Saturday. The organizers (The ARSG) had sponsorship from a satellite up-link company, so much of the results were available on the internet almost immediately. I installed GPS tracking equipment in two cars. I set up links on www.timthedriver.com so that their friends and family could see their speed and location. Unfortunately, one of the cars broke on the transit to the 1st stage. He was going about 75mph when the center diff locked up. The skid marks were incredible. We measured them as a 1/10th of a mile with a handheld GPS. This tracking gear worked perfectly on the other car. I had him sending out position and speed every 10 seconds. The terrain did not allow for 100% reception, but we were well aware of where the car was at all times. How did we ever race without this stuff?

The car we were chasing hit a tree on day one. Removed all driverside glass, and re-located the L/H rear suspension. We repaired the suspension and covered the window holes with some plastic found at Wal Mart in the form of an 'under bed' sweater container and a whole lot of tape. I'm surprised they let him start day 2.

Day two went from the floor of the Grand Canyon to the top at an airport where we were. A quart of oil, and cleaning the windows is all the car needed. Then, back down to Route 66 in Peach Springs. Our car won it's class that day. Stopped at Terrible Herbsts to refuel. Cleaned the windows, removed the spare tire and GPS/Radio tracking equipment in preparation for the "Super Special Stage" held in the same place as the SCORE Laughlin start/finish line.

The SSS is unique in American Rally. There is no where else in the US where you can watch two rally cars go head-to-head. Our car lost against another Toyota when in the outside lane, but won whenever it was on the inside lane. At the end of the day, our car had the lowest time over the four runs. We won on this day too.

It was a lot of fun watching all the "higher-level" cars on the SSS. Some of those guys really know how to drive. Rhys Millen had to push his car over the start/finish line in the first round. Then, his crew changed the clutch and he was up-to-speed. No Mitsubishi logos on his car; he lost the ride.

The Hualapai Indians said they were looking forward to hosting the rally next year. I look forward to driving instead of pitting. Mark your calendars Dec 12-14, 2003.

New construction on my car is just beginning....


Happy motoring, Tim
 

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Tim I don't know if this is gonna pan out or not BUT...I was having a long conversation with this girl who works with the Subaru team (Wild West Rally Sept.7) and she stated to me they were trying to get RM because of his discontent, and lack of support from Mitsushitzie, have you herd any stories, lies or tall tales along these lines???? Good luck with your Rally endevours, I hope to do the same someday......Scott

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TimHayosh

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I would imagine the girl you are referring to is Jamie Thomas. I didn't hear much about Mr. Millen. It would be in poor taste for me to voice my opinion of his results. I look for some HUGE changes in terms of who's driving for whom in 2003. We already know that Hyundai won't have a team (even though they won the championship this year). I have heard some good things about a possible Ford factory team. Also, there is talk of a Scandinavian driver headed this direction. Nothing too serious was revealed at Laughlin this year. We can only watch as 2003 unfolds. The best place for keeping your ear to the ground are the forums at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.specialstage.com>www.specialstage.com</A>.

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the whole chain of events were pretty ironic, how he lost 5th gear and couldnt disengage it...the rings inside were gone..and then the minor tree incident damaging the driver side and the intercooler...but a good day for the US spec lancer they were running, 2nd place. i forgot his name, but the driver hadnt rallied since 94, and he tore it up!

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I was at the Laughlin race and had a great time. I freelance write on the side and was invited there on Yokohama's dime to cover their new H/T-S tire line (for two magazines this time). Fortunately for me it was all expense paid on Yok's bill. They covered air fare, transportation, hotel, food, and a bunch of other stuff. Not to mention the cool free Yokohama apparel I got. I also got a free Magellan GPS (cross that off the Christmas list).

Anyway, the weekend was great, and to prove to us the quality and durability of the new tire over many road surfaces, Yokohama brought out three new Ford Explorers (new 2003 models) equipped with thier tires and entered us in journalistic teams of two in the Adventure Rally.

We covered almost 300 miles on the rally course, all over Nevada and AZ, including Route 66 and the Grand Canyon (where the Hualapi Indians served us lunch).

I love watching rally races, but have never been to one in person, and I have to tell you, this was a blast. I can't wait to go again.

Here are some pics:
The participants of the Adventure Rally...


Yokohama's truck tire line...


A Cosworth Escort in parking lot!


The new tire...


The skidplated Mini...


Doing it in style...in a convertible!


Lovely scenery...


Entrant #141, our trusty Explorer...


A beautiful picture of the Grand Canyon...


continued...


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Here are some of the Rally cars in action...

Rhys Millen at the start...


Rhys Millen after the start...


Tearing up the stage...


Anything and everything as a Rally car...


I loved this ZX2...


Cool seeing the Jeep...


Civic Hatchie as a Rally car...


#141 at the finish...


Yokohama's carnage... they rolled their Frontier...




Some more damage. I recall seeing these guys on the course...


--Sean

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