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So... I read all the previous suggestions for how to get into rallying. THe consensus that i seem to be getting is, Time, Dedication, lots of money, going to school, and getting to events if nothing more than to volunteer and get accustomed to the sport itself.

That being said... I live in Georgia. Im going to school at Georgia Tech for mechanical engineering and have been bitten by the rally bug. I dont know where i can go to get involved, Everything that is east cost seems to be in New England. i know Money is a huge factor, but i cant even aford to get to races if they are all 1500 miles away from me. So i guess what i am asking is, Am i missing something that is closer to me than PA? or does anyone have any other suggestions of getting involved? Thanks in advance! I cant wait to graduate and figure out how to get the $$$.
 

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Close to Georgia you have
Sandblast Rally in Cheraw, SC
Stark Florida
Rally TN, Linden - TN.
Rally WV - Elkins, WV

Some up north
Black River Stages September 19-20, 2009 you can come and work for this rally
Rally New York - NY

Welcome!

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Forget Georga Tech, transfer to Michigan Tech. There is a reason its referred to as "Rally U." You also wont have any problems with those pesky girls distracting you from your studies/rally up here.
 

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Forget Georga Tech, transfer to Michigan Tech. There is a reason its referred to as "Rally U." You also wont have any problems with those pesky girls distracting you from your studies/rally up here.
^^ MTU for the win! There's a ton of rally guys that went to school there, including myself.
 

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I will need to start gathering a crew starting next year for my efforts - I'm out in Charleston, SC but tow often tow through Atlanta to head to Linden, TN.
Well if i could be of any assistance that would be awesome. I have minimal experience with cars and am currently a member of GT-Offroad. Not rally but still fun and full of design and fabrication. If you ever need another hand, let me know and i will be more than happy to help. Anything for a little experience.

And to all those for MTU... GT is the number three engineering school in the nation behind MIT and Stanford... Thanks but no thanks. For educational purposes... GT is better. For Rally i am sure MTU is much better.

Thank you All for giving me a little more insight to the Rally World!
 

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Hello fellow Georgians I am currently building a rally truck and would be interested in some help and we can all learn together. I am just about done with the cage in the truck and I am shooting for Sandblast as a first event. The more local the better.

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Hello fellow Georgians I am currently building a rally truck and would be interested in some help and we can all learn together. I am just about done with the cage in the truck and I am shooting for Sandblast as a first event. The more local the better.

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What part of Ga?
 

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Forget Georga Tech, transfer to Michigan Tech. There is a reason its referred to as "Rally U." You also wont have any problems with those pesky girls distracting you from your studies/rally up here.
It's all true. ;) Class of 2000, here. Going to college up in the Keweenaw was my first exposure to rally and I've been a fan ever since.
 

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Excellent news for all! I am in Stone Mountain with my car stored in Lawrenceville, GA. I have a G2 Sentra SER that I mostly rallycross for now, but am hoping to get it ready for Sandblast, budget pending. I'd love to get together and have a local meet, see some pictures, talk shop, etc.
 

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This is great! I had no idea there was this much buzz in Gawga! My shop is very near Ga. Tech. Drop by anytime and Ill tell you a few lies.

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Hopefully you guys are all coming to the Dixie Region Rallycross on Feb 28. The event is in Valdosta, GA and will be run at the STEEDA testing grounds. More info on the Dixie Region SCCA website.
 

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Hey all you Gawga folks,
The results from the very last perfromance rally ever held in the state of GA just went up on Rally Racing News. Check out the event results from 1994, the Chatahoochie event.
Enjoy!
 

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And to all those for MTU... GT is the number three engineering school in the nation behind MIT and Stanford... Thanks but no thanks. For educational purposes... GT is better. For Rally i am sure MTU is much better.

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Rankings are wonderful, but one of the first things you'll learn once you gruduate is that you didn't learn squat in school. It's not the education, but what you do with. Motorsports is about the best real world engineering experience you can get and will (pardon the pun) accelerate your career. I'm sure you school has SAE Formula and Mini Baja teams. Join one of those, work you rear off, and get into a leadership position on the team. Then go into a job interview and watch their jaw drop as you explain what you do on the team and they realize you probably have the experience to their job. (this literally happened to me, "You do what I do...and I make $140k a year!" Cool.) SAE will also teach you all kinds of things that will become really handy when you start your own rally team, such as car fab, budgeting, race prep, race management, etc...

And as far as GT, Standford, and MIT being 1,2,3, thats cool. When I worked in Detroit I watched all kinds grads from those schools reluctantly hired by better knowing managers who nonetheless had to abide by school diversity guidelines laid down by HR wonks. Eventually those braniacs would wash out and the manager would get his wish and replace them with the MTU C level student he wanted to hire in the first place. :)

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Rankings are wonderful, but one of the first things you'll learn once you gruduate is that you didn't learn squat in school. It's not the education, but what you do with. Motorsports is about the best real world engineering experience you can get and will (pardon the pun) accelerate your career. I'm sure you school has SAE Formula and Mini Baja teams. Join one of those, work you rear off, and get into a leadership position on the team.
This is really, really good advice. Getting some hands-on experience in your field is priceless. There's a big leap between theory and practice in engineering, and stuff like Formula SAE and Mini Baja is a great way to get over that hump.
 

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I'll be saving for the FL Tarmac Stages and missing Sandblast as a driver. I may co-drive or crew for someone though.

Other news from the Atlanta Solo crew is they are trying to get a rallycross program going. No real news, but the Solo organizers are really trying to get started in 2011. Track the discussion on their website: http://www.soloatlanta.com/forum/
You'll have to sign up to view.
 

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Wow - odd choice. I would pin Sandblast as a must-do event. If you're really excited about tarmac, hit up TN.

I'm going to do FL this year as well just because I already paid up.
 
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