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· I have a cat.
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Hello all, and welcome to the press notes coverage of the MaxAttack! event at Lake Superior Performance Rally! This is the season finale that will bestow the prestigious Jake Himes Cup upon our most maximum attacker and will see 22 teams fighting for the $5000.00 purse and the bragging rights that come with conquering the "oldest, meanest, and toughest" rally in the United States.

Ben Bradley and myself are both on hand this weekend to make sure we cover the entire MaxAttack! event, dig into the teams' inner workings, and get the stories you crave. These notes will be broadcast here on this Specialstage forum, as well as on our site at www.max-attack.com thanks to our man at the controls, Shenandoah Bennet.

No sense in building this up anymore...you know what's at stake. The deepest fields of rally talent in North America follow this series for the cash, the prestige, and the pure competition that come with every MaxAttack! event. And once again we find ourselves at the end of a great season in the far northern town of Houghton, Michigan, drenched in fall colors and dampened a bit by the weather.

Houghton is a bit of a conundrum. Part old mining town, part modern college town, but all very friendly and the home of various incarnations of this rally dating back over 40 years. Most who have been around the sport think of Houghton as the rightful home of American Rallying. And what better place to host the end of season shootout for an all american rally concept, the MaxAttack! 2WD Series presented by Danza del Sol!

Here we go:

-It's Thursday night and, of course, the rally hasn't started yet, but we were out at the shake down stage at Michgan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center to see if we could gain any pre-rally knowledge as it pertains to MaxAttack! Several competitors were there for various reasons. Here's what we saw:

-Of course, the pre-rally favorites after their 3rd place finish at the Eastern Round in New England would be Dillon Van Way and Jake Blattner in their #600 Turbocharged Ford Fiesta Rally Car. The car honestly was the fastest thing circulating the gravel test course at KRC, no matter how many wheels were driving it. It looked to this reporter (who has a bit of experience with this sort of car) that the Fiesta actually had less power, but was noticably faster than it was at Maine. Instead of struggling to put the power to the ground, it just went!

-Highest rev limiter award definitely goes to the #37 Honda Civic of Billy Mann and Mary Warren. Billy said the car has a fresh right rear quarter after an encounter with a tree in Tennessee, but after many long hours, it's ready to do battle in MaxAttack!

-Every time we see Chris Greenhouse in his #319 Dodge Neon, we think he's reached the potential of the little yellow car, but today, with codriver Brian Johnson by his side, he showed us again just how far one can go with a simple, reliable rally car. Note to Chris: You're ready for a faster car, mate!

-Steve Brockelman and Dustin Masters may be rank beginners to the sport of rallying, but the vehicle they have chosen for their debut is anything but a rookie. The pair showed up in the same GMC Sonoma pickup truck that US rally legend Guy Light prepared and raced some 20 years ago. Wearing the number 262, the truck looks as if it was prepped yesterday. The pair easily took the most laps around the KRC facility as they came to terms with it's gravel manners and their speed picked up as the team took Rally 101 at the Michigan Tech facility.

-A rather seasoned team and one that has probably 35 LSPR/POR starts between them is Chris Czyzio (pronounced Czyzio) and Jeff Secor. The car is Jay Topping's Volvo 242 wearing the 244 number for this round. The team only made a few rounds of the shakedown course, but we are hoping that Czyzio (sounds like Czyzio) will "become one with Rear Wheel Drive" as he did in the 90s in his Fire Arrow.

-Another "classic" rally car at shakedown was the #510 (what else?) Datsun 510 of Jim Scray and Colin Vickman. The car is always a crowd favorite, and the team was showing their rear wheel drive style out here today, but there was a bit of smoke coming from the tailpipe as the car's lungs reached it's upper registers. Let's just hope she's running a bit rich. Many of us are excited to see the classic rear wheel drive battle between the 510, the Volvo, and the Huebbe Bros.' VW Beetle!

-Brothers Silas and Mattie Himes looked fast in their #535 Honda Civic. Silas says he was trying to manage the variable brake boost that comes from left foot braking with a brake booster while pedalling through the turns, but overall the skills pretty much came right back after a year hiatus.

-An interesting build is the #841 VW GTI of Daryn Chernick and Matthew Conte. The car is a nicely prepared Mk. 2 GTI, but sports a modern TDI turbodiesel under the hood. Nice lightweight shell coupled with a super-torque diesel. Recipe for MaxAttack! greatness? We will find out!

There were a few more that I didn't get stories on, but this should get you salivating for the competition in earnest! Stay tuned and we'll talk to you tomorrow.


· 1973 WRC POR
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Max Attack entry at LSPR must be dissapointing to Eric. Of those who scored points in the first two events of the year, only Van Way showed up. Would be much more interesting to see ACP, Knox and that other guy competing.

· Mä meen vittu sinne!
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Max Attack entry at LSPR must be dissapointing to Eric. Of those who scored points in the first two events of the year, only Van Way showed up. Would be much more interesting to see ACP, Knox and that other guy competing.
22 entries at a regional event in this economy can't possibly be disappointing, especially considering the low entry lists and canceled events in CenDiv this year.
This is the first year Van Way has shown up for the final so inroads are being made with getting the money chasers to realize Max Attack is in itself worthwhile.
I'm sure Wyatt would be there if he could afford it or if someone was paying the way. ACP and Scion are only interested in the marketing opportunity of the RA Nationals so Max Attack and LSPR are not important to them, though ACP is a fan and supporter of the series, but he doesn't have a car. Not sure what Chris' deal with the R2 is but guessing it's in the same boat as ACP/Scion.
I'm going to have to drink alot of beer to get over the disappointment of not being able to be there again.

· Faster Mabricator
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Its 2 events a year!
For this to work, more regional teams are going to drop doing some of their local events and commit to MaxAttack! for its publicity and prize $. A couple 'National' teams are going to have to realize that many years the national 2wd championship has been a towing trophy. With everyone committing to just the 2 events a season, we'll have meaningful competition again.

· Registered
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Cody and myself had a blast coming out to LSPR last year but couldn't have done it with out the help of friends, family, and the rally community!

Whats happening with the cars that have made it to the MAX ATTACK finals this year? Any drama? Whos looking fast?

· Left 4 into beachball
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I count 17 AWD cars and 24 2wd cars. I'd say MaxAttack! is still doing well to pull in lots of entries.

Personally I was hoping to make the trip but blew the motor testing about a month back (excuses excuses, I know). We're actively planning on making at least two rallies next year.

Now where are those updates on how things are going up there? :)


· Registered
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ya,... we should be seeing results? its 4 on the west coast, so 7pm on the east coast. stage one starts at 1pm there? uhm.. :)

er 14:37 Assuming EST, 12:37, or 9:37 am pst .. hmmm :(

Refresh, Refresh, Refresh... still nothing

· Administrator Emeritus
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Kenton Service, following Stage 3

There is neither internet nor cell coverage in Kenton, so your intrepid MaxAttack! reporters have to drive about 12 miles down the road to the town of Sidnaw and use a borrowed MiFi to make updates. So there won't be much this first night.

The mud of Stage 3, Beacon Hill, has been a focal point. Seasoned veterans described the stage as one of the most muddy and treacherous they have ever seen. In Kenton it is still around 42 degrees, raining hard, and the wind is a little less vigorous than Houghton (but it is still turning umbrellas inside out). Stage 3 was run in daylight, but all the rest of stages on Friday will be run in the dark.

-Car 92, the Group 2 Hyundai Tiburon of Derek McCorison and Paul Johansen said the car is going well, and that Beacon Hill had "the worst mud ever." They were worried throughout the stage about getting stuck. McCorison said the Hyundai is an awesome rally car. After three stages they are ninth in Group 2 and tenth in MaxAttack!.

-Car 128, the Production class Mazda RX-7 of Mychal Summers and Ryan DesLauriers report that the car is holding together, and that Beacon Hill was wetter than they expected. They are glad the event has returned to a two-day format. Being a local team out of L'Anse, they are pumped to have friends and family at the event supporting them. They are currently holding down 2nd in Production class, 18th in MaxAttack!.

-Jeff Secor, co-driving for Chris Czyzio (pronounced Czyzio) in the #244 Group 2 Volvo, says that he has never seen a stage as muddy and slippy as Beacon Hill. He also reports the team did not make the best tire choice, only adding to their woes. They are one spot behind the McCorison/Johansen Hyundai after three stages.

-Matti Himes, co-driving for brother Silas in the #535 Honda Civic, reports that Beacon Hill was a wet mud pit. It was fun, and was "the sort of stage that will make a man out of you." He also said that mud takes the "snort" out of the motor. After three stages they are maintaining an excellent second overall, just 22 seconds out of first.

-The team with the lone truck entered in the event, the #262 GMC Sonoma of Steve Brockelman and Dustin Masters, report that the truck is running well, and nothing is broken. They said that Beacon Hill was so muddy they just kind of limped through. They say the Sonoma makes an awesome rally vehicle; they are currently leading Production class.

-Jake Blattner says that the heated windscreen in the #600 Ford Fiesta is just not keeping up with the fogging that happens on a drenched rally like this. He says that he and Dillon Van Way did their best to keep it wiped down while sliding through Beacon Hill.

-Joseph Burke and Alex Kihurani are also "fighting the fog" in their #115 Ford Fiesta R2. There is still no heat in the car, though the defroster blower does blow cold air. This car is the same car that Chris Duplessis took to the MaxAttack! win at the New England Forest Rally earlier this year.

-Brothers Mark and John Huebbe are just amazed at the lack of traction in their classic VW Beetle. The team suffered a seized front caliper yesterday as they were heading to the shakedown stage. They got the caliper freed, but had to weld up new custom mounts to the suspension to get it mounted again. They said that the car danced back and forth while driving down even the straightest sections of Beacon Hill.

-We have a report that Erik Hill and Oliver Cooper in the #864 Eagle Talon are out with a broken axle on Beacon Hill. We'll try to get the rest of the story when we see them.

-Yesterday we reported that the classic Datsun 510 (#510) of Jim Scray and Colin Vickman was smoking a bit at the shakedown. Jim tells us that the culprit was a bad transmission seal, but that they were able to fix it. They are having fun and are moving well in the rear wheel drive beast.

-The super-fast Canadian brothers Jan and Jody Zedril are leading MaxAttack! after 3 stages in the #708 Mitsubishi Lancer. After the soaking rain, the notes for Green Acres just didn't fit their pace well, so Jody rewrote them on the first pass and got something more to Jan's liking for the second pass.

-Billy Mann and Mary Warren report extremely soupy conditions as well in their #37 Honda Civic. Billy slid wide at one turn and hit the grass with a bit of force. He thought maybe he had a flat tire after that, but it was actually just the lack of traction making forward progress very hard-earned.

-Matt and Andrew Bushore have managed to get three flat tires in three stages in their #548 VW Jetta! The first came when they hit the big hole at turn one on Green Acres 1. The second came on the transit after SS2, and they scored one more on Beacon Hill. They are continuing thanks to the MaxAttack! generosity of Billy Mann, as Billy loaned him some wheels to continue.

-Cameron Steely and Josh Buller report some drama in the first three stages. After doing a "tank slapper" in their #824 Ford Focus they suffered a broken brake hose to the right front caliper on SS3 (Beacon Hill). They nursed the car back to Kenton service, pinched off the brake line, and are continuing on three brakes. They're hoping to score a new hose and line to restore full braking for tomorrow.

-Paul Donlin and Jonathan Tinsey, the #666 Ford Escort, broke a water pump belt but were able to limp back to service. There did not seem to be any engine damage, and the team was working to free the water pump to install a new unit before heading out to Stage 4.

The standings following Stage 3 are:

1. Zedril/Zedril (Mitsubishi Lancer) 13:33
2. Himes/Himes (Honda Civic) 13:56
3. Burke/Kihurani (Ford Fiesta) 13:59
4. Van Way/Blattner (Ford Fiesta) 14:13
5. Greenhouse/Johnson (Plymouth Neon) 14:22
6. Mann/Warren (Honda Civic) 14:43
7. Bushore/Bushore (VW Jetta) 14:47
8. Scray/Vickman (Datsun 510) 15:06
9. Huebbe/Huebbe (VW Beetle) 15:28
10. McCorison/Johansen (Hyundai Tiburon) 16:06
11. Czyzio/Secor (Volvo 240) 16:22
12. Brockelman/Masters (GMC Sonoma) 16:37
13. Steely/Buller (Ford Focus) 16:40
14. Seppanen/Clark (Nissan 240SX) 17:02
15. Chernick/Conte (VW Golf) 17:11
16. Donlin/Tinsey (Ford Escort) 17:22
17. Holder/Payeur (Plymouth Neon) 17:26
18. Summers/DesLauriers (Mazda RX-7) 17:51
19. Grenwis/Burkholder (VW GTI) 22:10
20. Yahner/Benusa (VW Golf) - no score card received, assumed DNF
21. Hill/Cooper (Eagle Talon) DNF (half-shaft)

This just in: Car 548, the Matt Bushore/Andrew Bushore VW Jetta, was forced to withdraw from the rally after Stage 4. Their car lost fourth gear, and it was determined that there was too much damage to the gearbox to continue. They do not expect to contest Saturday's rally.

Cars will be returning for another service in Kenton in about half an hour.
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