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I just read the Autoweek story on the Sno+Drift (Feb. 3 issue) and was happy to see a full-page of coverage. Hopefully that will continue throughout the season. However, the article indicates 2003 is "Mitsubishi's first factory-sponsored foray into ProRally". What about last year with Rhys Millen and Lauchlin O'Sullivan? I am quite sure Rhys considered his a factory-sponsored effort. Not only did Lauchlin take the Group 2 Championship, Rhys won the Wild West ProRally overall for Mitsubishi.

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Toni,
I'm not fully aware of the level of support Mitsubishi gave the team last year, but I do think it's cool that you post stuff on this forum!
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Welcome aboard Toni.

I agree that Rhys felt he was factory sponsored,
but most keen observers were not convinced.
What we have now is convincing. It is simply
a matter of money. Now they have it.

See you at Rim. Perhaps you will come up the
mountain to check out the new spectator area
with jumps that I refer to as "10 Lakes".

paul timmerman
chief of spectator areas
Rim of the World, "03
 

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I guess my concern, in addition to the slight of Rhys' effort was the fact that it also served to minimize Hyundai's effort. There were three manufacturers vying for for the championship last year and the article seemed to indicate otherwise.

I will definitely be at Rim of the World and will look you up.

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I don't think that anyone would feel that Hyundai's efforts in winning the championship last year were minimized. Subaru has been playing the role of the self proclaimed "giant" and Hyundai definitely slew the giant last year.

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Toni,

I did not read it that way either. The story last year, in my
eyes, was the slaying of the giant. The glory of that was split
between AVS and Hyundia, and perhaps not evenly. Anyone who was
at the rallys could see how awesome the Hyundias were/are.
They are the most fabulous machines I have seen, and that includes
the 02 WRC Sube that was at Rim.

This year, it is not yet clear to me who is the giant. Both
prodrive and ralliart are rather capable, and AVS looks fully
cable of going toe to toe. Should be interesting...

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Kent & Paul:

Perhaps I am overly sensitive to the situation, but I appreciate your kind thoughts. I think JB and the team did an awesome job, against seemingly insurmountable odds. If we had to leave the series, at least we did it with a final hard-fought championship. I wish we were going to be there this year to help mix things up. I does seem like there are more teams and drivers in the running for the top spot. I will be watching and cheering from the sideline.

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Toni--Any insight as to the future of the 2002 Championship Vehicles?

Will we see them in the hands of some privateers, J.B./Thumper or a crusher?
 

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The two Open Class Tiburons will remain in the hands of Libra Racing for a three year period. We are currently working on an amendment to the contract. ToniH
 

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>Quite a few errors in the article. Read with a pile of
>salt.
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>Ed

If the pictures (nice, uhhh... Citroen!) in the Monte article are anyting to go by, I'd have to agree that an error or 2 crept into that issue.
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>If the pictures (nice, uhhh... Citroen!) in the Monte
>article are anyting to go by, I'd have to agree that an
>error or 2 crept into that issue.
>;)

Oh, its a french car, close enough... :+

What I want to know is what "rule changes" could possibly make G5 and G2 as prominant as Open? After all, Ford and GM don't have cars that are awd... And the only way they'd be interested is if they could be in it for the top spot.

I think we should just be glad Autoweek sent a reporter out to the middle of nowhere Michigan, after all, no press---no sponsors.

EDIT: I just noticed that in the Monte Carlo and Sno Drift results, they only gave driver names! There were ppl in the right seats I assume?

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"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero..."
 

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>EDIT: I just noticed that in the Monte Carlo and Sno Drift
>results, they only gave driver names! There were ppl in the
>right seats I assume?
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>Nick Polimeni
>'71 Volvo 142E (daily driver/RallyCross)
>"On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone
>drops to zero..."

I thought Sno*Drift was just a snow covered dirt oval??? :7

Cheers!
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I really doubt that this level of coverage of rallying will
be kept up throughout the year in Autoweek. This is the dry
season for the competition end of the publication, so more space
is available than say, when Le Mans is running.

I subscribe and am a real fan of the publication, but I don't
think they will be able to keep this up. Still, it would not
HURT to drop them an email and say thanks for the coverage.

The squeaky wheel and all that....

You could mail the publisher directly at: [email protected]

I would make it short and sweet.

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>I really doubt that this level of coverage of rallying will
>be kept up throughout the year in Autoweek. This is the dry
>season for the competition end of the publication, so more
>space
>is available than say, when Le Mans is running.
>
>I subscribe and am a real fan of the publication, but I
>don't
>think they will be able to keep this up. Still, it would
>not
>HURT to drop them an email and say thanks for the coverage.
>
>The squeaky wheel and all that....
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>You could mail the publisher directly at:
>[email protected]
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>I would make it short and sweet.
>
>paul t-

I agree with Paul, Sno*Drift has made it into the Magazine the last few years, the other events (except pikes peak last year), pretty much get 2-3 sentences summarizing the top 3. They also generally have some kind of year end article, usually a "state of the sport" article. Sometimes ProRally year-end wrap up, sometimes Lauglin report.

Nate T Stow was even quoted a couple of years ago. He was asked why he rallied, his response: "The Chicks, the Money". Except for the gathering around a certain Red Mitsu last year, I've not seen the former, and we all seem to be spending most of the latter available to all of us...
 
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