It was a hot sunny day on Sunday, July 13th out at Lincoln Air Park, but many braved the heat to take on the autocross course designed by Dave Fink. This was the 4th points event for the Nebraska Region SCCA. The next event will be August 10th at Lincoln Air Park. Photos from the event are posted in the photo gallery.
It’s Thursday, so that means another Throwback Thursday photo. This one is from my very first trip to SCCA Solo Nationals in 2007 at Heartland Park Topeka. Something about the positioning of the cone, the Subaru tripoding, the banners in the background, the sun glinting off the wheel, the big wing…. I don’t know it just screams AUTOCROSS! Still one of my favorites.
This weekend marked the debut of the latest Transformers movie, Transformers 4: The Age of Extinction. In between doing some car work and running errands I somehow found 3 hours to dedicate to viewing this action packed, overly complicated movie. More…
It’s Friday so we’re starting a new tradition, Friday Flyday! I will be featuring a GotCone.com photo of someone getting air. We may throw in a photo that someone else took if it’s worthy enough.
This week’s is the Hoonigan himself, Ken Block at this year’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood. I didn’t make it to the famous cattle guard crossing, but I still snapped this photo of him getting air over a crest in his Ford Fiesta Rally Car. More…
Throwback Thursday! Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb is this weekend, so let’s throw it back to 2011, my only trip to Pike’s Peak. I had an up close and personal encounter with David Kern’s EVO on a hairpin in the gravel section. This was the last year that there were any gravel road sections, immediately after the event they paved the rest of the road.
Jalopnik.com recently uncovered a 1980’s Autocross TV Special on YouTube. The special is over an hour of a local autocross event held in Evansville, IN entitled “Thunder on the Streets II”. The video includes RX-7s, Celicas, AE86s, Fox Mustangs, C4 Corvettes, and many other cars making their way through a sea of cones.
Since this video comes straight from the VHS tape it was recorded on it also includes all the 80stastic commercials, including one for a VCR for the low price of $299 (#aintnomoneylike80smoney).
We need something like this to happen again. Just think of the new eyes that would learn about grassroots racing and the options available to them. SCCA please make this happen! For now, please enjoy this video.
It was my first trip to Oregon and boy was it a good one! The Rally America Oregon Trail Rally started at Portland International Raceway with 4 stages that included some sections of the racetrack and some dirt/gravel sections. It is a great venue for spectators to see rally cars in action all around the stage and gave an interesting mix of surfaces that you don’t always get. Travis Pastrana took advantage of this format and jumped out to an early lead taking fastest times on 3 of the 4 stages.
The 2014 running of the Rally America Rally in the 100 Acre Wood was a tough one for a lot of competitors. Nearly half of the field was forced to retire early from the rally, including last year’s winner David Higgins and Craig Drew in their Subaru Rally Team STi. Higgins suffered engine failure on the first stage of Saturday. The rough conditions also claimed Antoine L’Estage’s run. L’Estage ran into issues with his power steering half way through the day on Saturday.
With 2 of the top challengers out of the rally, Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino had a clear run to the top of the podium and another victory in Missouri. Block jumped out to nearly a half a minute lead at the end of the first day ahead of Higgins. L’Estage was almost another 30 seconds back in third and Travis Pastrana; making his return to Rally America in a factory Subaru sat in fourth.
The 2014 SCCA Solo Autocross PAX indexes have been released. The PAX index is used as a basis to compare times against cars across different classes. The PAX index is calculated based off of results from over 500 events nationwide. This year introduces a new rules to the stock classes, which do not allow for race tires and the addition of a race tire class.
After Travis Pastrana and Dodge cut ties after the 2013 Global Rallycross season and with Subaru only having one full-time driver in 2013, there was a bunch of speculation as to whether or not we might see Pastrana back in a Subaru for 2014. Well, it’s official, Pastrana and #199 is back. Pastrana will be teaming up with David Higgins for the 2014 Rally America season for the Subaru USA Rally Team.
Rally America needed some big news after Ken Block announced last week that he would be cutting back on his participation in Rally America to at most 2 events. Block blamed other commitments and conflicts as to why he would be missing most of the season. Adding a big name like Pastrana is a big boost that Rally America needed. Pastrana’s announcement comes just in time for the first Rally America National event of the year, SnoDrift on January 24-25 in Atlanta, MI.