When you think about the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, immediately visions of fast sweeping gravel roads pop into your head. It’s no wonder that it’s one of the most popular Rally America events of the year. This year was set to be no exception with 65 entries, but Mother Nature had her own plan. With snow and ice already on the ground, bitterly cold temps moved in for Friday morning. Shakedown started at 8 AM and the temp on my BMW 128i’s dash read 3 degrees Fahrenheit. Why had I got up at 5:30 AM for this, I thought to myself as I pulled on my Columbia snow pants over top of my jeans to try to stay warm. Then as I wandered down the ice covered gravel road towards a tight corner at the top of the hill I remembered just how beautiful the forest was at this time in the morning. It was quiet and peaceful and soon to be filled with the glorious sound of rally cars tearing through it. More…
Throwback Thursday to 2012 Rally America Rally in the 100 Acre Wood held in the forests of Missouri. Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino took another victory in their Monster World Rally Team Hoonigan Racing Ford Fiesta. They have dominated this event for the past 8 years.
Lost a tire earlier in the stage
But that’s ok, cause I’m still fly
David Higgins + Craig Drew
#75 Subaru Rally Team USA #srtusa
2014 Rally America Champions
2014 Rally America Oregon Trail Rally
The path to glory is long and dark
Victory lingers in the air
As you race towards destiny.
David Higgins & Craig Drew
#75 Subaru Rally Team USA [SRTUSA]
Rally America Oregon Trail Rally
2014 Rally America Champions
Another Throwback Thursday to the forests of the 100 Acre Wood. This time featuring David Higgins and Craig Drew in the Subaru Rally Team (SRTUSA) STi Rally car. Something about this photo emulates rally. Maybe it’s the car slightly sideways, the cloud of dust, the spray of rocks or the sunlit forest road with menacing trees right at the edge. Or maybe it’s just Higgins who just claimed the 2014 Rally America National Championship, Congrats to him and the Subaru Rally Team. More…
Throwback Thursday! A monster lurks in the woods. Even injured and broken, its prey cowers in fear as it roars through the forest.
No one can question Ken Block has been a dominating force at Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, winning a record 7 times. Not even a missing fender could slow down this Hoonigan in his Monster Energy World Rally Team Ford Fiesta rally car.
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…
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.