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Since you won't read about it anywhere else, allow me to congratulate some winners here.

Congratulations to Marty Kowalski and Matt Sawicki for the National 2WD win at 100AW! They beat out the Neons of Bruce Davis and Sans Thompson in their 2WD turbo Eclipse.

Moreover, Congratulations to the guys/gal in the regional battle, too...and what a battle it was!

Cutler's Porsche edged out McCleery's V8 Sierra by just 3 seconds for the first regional.

In fact, the top 4 were all within 45 seconds of each other! A rear-engine RWD (Porsche), a front engine V8 RWD (McCleerymobile), a front engine I4 RWD (Justin's MkII Escort!), and a front engine FWD (Holder's Neon). TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY fighting for a tight battle!!

In the second regional, it was Ford vs. Ford as Justin Pritchard hammered his Esquirt to victory by over a minute over Mark Utecht's Monster Mustang. The Mustang was showing some battle damage from a close encounter with an earth mover tire at a chicane, but threw appropriate rooster tails all weekend.

By the looks of things from the spectator areas...I think Justin's car and Colin's car look like the most fun rally cars to drive. Tail out screaming sideways, baby!

Congrats guys.

Eric
 

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Eric,
Thanks for pointing out the diversity, I hadn't even realized it. It sure was exciting to be in the hunt in only our 3rd event and first on notes. Now if I can only learn to bring it home in those last 4 miles or convince Kim to make it the "95 Acre Woods" we'll be good.

RWD...FWD...I4...V8...doesn't matter, it's all good when your on stage!
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Thanks Eric !

Yes the regional 2WD battle was big fun. Mr Cutler and I have been rallying against each other for many years ( 20 ?!) and I think we have MORE FUN than most others. Justin's Escort looks brilliant. Now, where was Jake ?

Big torque and RWD is fantastic to drive, I think that Group5 is just seeing the start of a growing trend towards affordable, fun rallycars. My daily driver is a WRX and have had many Quattros before that but would not consider anything but RWD for a rallycar.

We look forward to seeing your G5 Mazda 3 developed and running up front soon.

Cheers
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>fun.
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>The demise of 2WD rally has been vastly overstated.

Unfortunately the national entries are still very low. You won't see me in a national however.

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>Now for us to all just get faster :)

Overall we will get faster Matt but the drivers who are consistently pushing top 15 stage times in 2wd class winning cars really shouldn't push much more. They have the talent to set consistent top 5 times in a decent spec O or GN car. It just takes more racing. We need to make a point of racing each other whenever we can. We really gotta sit down and visit on this one to see how we can do this.
 

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>Overall we will get faster Matt but the drivers who are
>consistently pushing top 15 stage times in 2wd class winning
>cars really shouldn't push much more.

We should never stop pushing...I think I drove like crap last weekend and should have easily been at least 1..maybe 2 seconds faster per mile than I was.

I hadn't driven my car in the dirt since Reno..almost 3 months out of the saddle. It's all about seat time!

oops...

http://jfab.com/rally2006/Site/100AW Rally 2006_files/P1010045.jpg

More pixs here:

http://jfab.com/rally2006/Site/100AW Rally 2006.html

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I would like to hear music and a deep voice saying "Deeestroooyer" every time I see that picture. "I think I can buff that out"....

Brian, Bryan, Robin and I had/are having a good time. Paul Koll, Sladovich, Sanborn, Cirisan, etc will be right in the same group later. I saw Justin making a blood sacrifice in the parking lot of the Ranch Thursday night, so he's going to be a bit more difficult to catch.

Sans and Seidel moved to G2, maybe a few others.

Not sure what it'd take to get yourself, Biewald or Cizmas back to some more events. :)

Racing is good when folks show up. Hard for me to be too worried. We hit a yump at 85mph. That keeps a guy happy for a while *laugh*
 

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Well, Rob and I had an...umm... interesting weekend. We talked about it and mistakes were made. One of mine being the most obvious.

I'd like to say is the car is a BLAST to drive. I have no regrets with the change we made. If I ever figure out how to keep my skirt from blowing up into my face when we really get haulin', you will all see what that car is capable of. Mike came close when he had the car but there was some left (by his admission).

If anyone thinks the power of the car means an easy win, think again. if anything, it makes it more difficult to drive. It is however, a very fun car to drive due to the challenge it presents. Imagine you're in fifth, doin' about a honey bee, the tach hits 4000 rpm and rear tires light up like you're doing a standing burn out. Now you have an idea of the challenge.

I'll figure it out eventually.
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Speaking of 2wd, the invisible Production class had three entries.

If Sans would not have *folded* so easy there would have been 4 cars in that class.
2wd is fun,
the racing action is there.

The close second swapping happens in all the classes.

We spent over 100+miles stuck in any gear I wanted, I selected third.

Mark and Brian did excellent jobs opening up the course.

Comgratulations to ALL the 2wd camp.
 

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>Mark, your pic didn't show up.
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>"This domain name expired on 02/25/2006 and is pending renewal
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The photo works now.
 

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Mark, your rear axle was moving back and forth about 4 inches. Wrap some bindertwine around that thing or something, eh?
 

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>Unfortunately the national entries are still very low. You
>won't see me in a national however.

I don't blame you. You got NOTHING for your added entry fee. To keep paying the big bucks would have been like a battered wife staying with the beater.

What if the USRC actually has a 2WD championship though, Jake? Or if R-A actually gave a damn about the Woodner Cup? Wouldja consider coming back to play?

Justin?

How 'bout you, Mark? I remember what you told me at LSPR. "I tried to be a "pro"...they don't want me. I'll have more fun for less money in my Mustang and stay in regional where I belong."

Dude, I want you guys out there. I know you've got talent. If 2WD holds a little bit of VALUE in this country, there will be more than just Subaru interested in our sport.

Either way, if I'm running a national, I'll know who to compare times to.
 

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Yup, same problem here and the same domain message. Maybe it shows up for you because the pic resides on your computer or is in your cache?

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>Either way, if I'm running a national, I'll know who to
>compare times to.

Sometimes I just wonder if maybe you guys are bored waiting for us "new guys" to learn to drive?

Where I'm at, I don't care about sanctioning body promotion. We're just stupid and happy to be able to run a rally and have some guys to race against....
 

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At the start of day two the top three 2wd cars in the National series were 30 seconds apart.....Dodge neon, Mitsu Eclips, and VW TDI. Now that is competition! It's going to be a great 2wd season. We were only 9 seconds away from the lead after stage 10 when we holed two rear wheels(inside between caliper and wheel) dropping us 5+ minutes back. The bean burning TDI is getting ready for Oregon with a new Quaife 6 speed...thank god we will be able to exceed 112mph now and a huge VNT 22 turbo (OK...huge for a 1.9 19.5 to 1 compression econobox) We are also working on a weight loss program. Tori the chubby TDI is on a diet hoping to loose 100lbs from her fat production form before Oregon. We are really looking forward to the "drag race" at STPR. This is going to be a really interesting season! Torque Vs HP......VS reliable???? Congrats to all the 2wd competitors at 100 Acre Wood!!!!

SOYPOWR!!!!

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>Torque Vs HP......VS reliable????

The key will be reliability (at least for the turbo over-engineered class).
 

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So, with all of this enthusiasm, 2wd recognition from NASA, and the fact that the rally is one of the most favorable to 2wd vs 4wd cars (or at least high hp vs low hp cars), where are all the 2wd entries for Cherokee Trails?

I only saw a few on the entry list. Tommorrow is the deadline for early entry.
 

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2WD @ Cherokee?

>So, with all of this enthusiasm, 2wd recognition from NASA,
>and the fact that the rally is one of the most favorable to
>2wd vs 4wd cars (or at least high hp vs low hp cars)...

NASA was a little late with their announcement of 2WD recognition.

Your post seems to imply a horsepower descrepency creating an advantage. I've got news for you, turbo 2WD which don't have rules regarding restrictors have more power than the choked 4WD turbocars. Now why is Cherokee a good event for 2wd cars? Because its twisty? Much of it (clay sections)is slippery as snot if its wet and traction is where 4wd has the advantage.

Now an all-tarmac event like Rally NY, where traction is not an issue, is where you'll see 2WD haul ass. See you there.
 
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