There's no prize money. There's, for all intents and purposes, no sponsorship. There's no TV, radio, pitifully little digital media, still haven’t seen one photo of my car from Ojibwe... So...
The "show" is for 2 groups, the few local, mainly rural people near where we rally and the participants. The few locals don't want to see formula STI. They want to see variety. The 5-10 seconds a stage they get to see the cars, It's hard to say how well the car's being driven, often through the ditch get more cheers than in like a lamb, out like a lion.
I of course want to be faster than the next guy in my class, but I'm a realist. Some driver with 15 years of national experience in a very well built SRT4 is going to kick my azz 99 out of 100 times unless my rally budget was 10 times what it is and I can go to Tim O's 3 times a year. So I like chevys and I rally a Chevy. Do I want to drive the Chevy to the best of mine AND it's ability, sure.
"It ain't what a man Don't know that hurts Him, Near as much as what he Knows that just ain't so."
I have one of the US Mustangs.
Cool things about a Mustang:
- multiple class legality
- shells and parts can be found somewhat easily
- castoff stock parts from other racers
- wheels are free to $10 each
- even a stock 302 has enough power vs. available traction
- experienced drivers can really haul the mail
- RWD is where it's at!
- it's a heavy car and not distributed well
- limited suspension options
- hard on tires (heavy)
- doesn't fly well (I've heard, probably because it's heavy (in the front))
I bought the car for $500 as a driver, caged it, rallied it and have since thrown a bunch of parts at it, all on a strict budget.
It's held together and finished every rally I've put it in, aside from the off course-lake incident in 2007.
Jim Perrin - #716, but no more Jeep.... - TeamHazardRally.com
I already had a Mustang in the garage when I started co-driving....previous Mustang knowledge, spare parts and some healthy RWD influence came from Hurst, Olson and Utecht.
There is no sight more beautiful than one of those RWD screamers tearing away from you in the forests on Minnesota and Missouri.