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Glad to see that Rally America is a Long Time Partner to SCCA...

I guess I just miss the boat on Press releases. Plenty of interesting quotes. I think the best part is official word that Stig is going to come over and embarass all of us. Maybe we can get him to drive with one pinkie... Video footage of him in the Ford made it look almost that easy for him...
 

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well, they were around longer than mitsubishi so...
 

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I don't know... I actually think Stig will be in for a bit of a shock when he gets here. Yes, Stig is an absolutely amazing driver, and he will have top notch equipment at his disposal.

But 1999 was a very very long time ago, and the level of competition in both the U.S. and Canada are not even close to what we were 5+ years ago. Think about it, Garen Schrader had the only Evo, there were Zero Subaru Sti, The 2 Hyundais and the few Audi Quattros were the only other truly big boys out there.

I think Stig will be happy to see that he will have people that can push him, keeping him honest. Everyone loves having to work for a win instead of just rolling into it.

1999 MFR
1 Stig Blomqvist Escort Cosworth 1:39:58
2 Frank Sprongl Audi quattro 1:42:34
3 Noel Lawler Hyundai 1:44:43
4 Garen Schrader Mitsubishi Evo 1:50:15
5 Jon Kemp Audi quattro 1:51:5
6 Bill Malik Volvo 240 1:54:16
7 Henry Krolikowski Dodge Shadow 1:54:27

We've come a long way baby!

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Your results don't show stage by stage. There is something to be said for "driving just fast enough to win." In other words, not only was he the best driver, he was a heck of a gentleman, too.
 

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that result Stig put up is somewhat misleading. The lead that Stig finished with is pretty much the same lead he had after the 1st short night. On day 2 he just went fast enough to maintain that same lead. Watching him he looked like he was at 80% where as Sprongl was at 120%.

The old man can drive after all he won Grp N at Acropolis in 04.

-george
 

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Stig is gonna mow us down like a 50 cal. I suspect only Pat will have anything for him.... if he's got the nads(heh heh).

The guys that were on 40mm, and now on 34mm are going to be hurting.:7


Sounds like an exciting year to me.



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>I don't know... I actually think Stig will be in for a bit of
>a shock when he gets here. Yes, Stig is an absolutely amazing
>driver, and he will have top notch equipment at his disposal.

JEFFERY!!! Did you forget to put your insulated toque on and freeze your brain in that sub-zero crap that descended on the Twin Cities, er wut?!? Dude, the only thing that is likely to shock Stig is how few people will recognize him over here. Put him in that SAAB Turbo he ran back in 79 and he'd still be a favorite to win the R-A title outright this year ...

We should be happy our consumate Swedish gentleman friend is skipping the only true snow rally ... he'd have to run with the handbrake on to keep from embarassing the HOLY WAAAAH out of us all ...

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Hey, Jeff. If you are coming to Sno*Drift, bring some of that stuff you're smoking. We can't get anything that good around here.;)
 

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Stig

Methinks that the only reason Stig is not coming to Sno*Drift is that there were concerns that he might lap the field.

ymmv

press on,
 

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>But 1999 was a very very long time ago, and the level of
>competition in both the U.S. and Canada are not even close to
>what we were 5+ years ago. Think about it, Garen Schrader had
>the only Evo, there were Zero Subaru Sti, The 2 Hyundais and
>the few Audi Quattros were the only other truly big boys out
>there.
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>We've come a long way baby!


Ahhh...yup. A long way alright.

Loss of national sponsor (Michelin)
Costs gone through the roof.
5 dead.
Dumped by sanctioning body after 30 years.

NASA and R-A have picked up the ball.... for now. Where is the planning in the event the powers that be at NASA and R-A retire or quit?

I wouldn't write home about it yet.
 

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RE: Stig

>Methinks that the only reason Stig is not coming to Sno*Drift
>is that there were concerns that he might lap the field.
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>ymmv
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>press on,

Stig's probably not doing sno-drift because you don't allow studded tires! While he would probably still run-away with it - why risk the 'different' winter event? I think it wass Anthony Warmbold that came and did Charlevoix in a Toyota Corola WRC a while ago and was eclipsed by the field ... he had a tough time without Studs
 

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RE: Stig

well Anthony on the other hand in one driver that would be in for a huge suprise. He can even stay in front of the GRp N car with his WRC Focus. Duval had troubles at Charlevoix as well, but he certainly steaped up his game in the past year.

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>The old man can drive after all he won Grp N at Acropolis in
>04.

George:

Yes, Stig won Group N at the 2004 Acropolis, but it was not a PWRC event. He just beat the local Greeks in Group N.

Although Stig has slowed down a fair bit in recent years, he is still fast, with lots of experience. So, I expect him to do quite well this year in the RAC (Rally America Championship).

A lot will depend on what opposition he faces. For example, he will have problems against Choiniere in the Hyundai at Maine, but might well win events against weaker fields.

I would have liked to have seen him come to Sno*Drift. It might have enticed the likes of Richard, Sprongl and, especially, Erickson to have tested themselves against him on snow and ice.

BTW, does anyone know where he will be based for the RAC events?

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I have nothing but great deals of respect for Stig but I don't know how much of "it" he still has left in the tank, especially when compared to say 99.

I'll probably get blasted for this but I am one of the only people (in this thread atleast) to see him run in person in the last couple of years. Last year on Pikes Peak he was missing shifts and just not hitting the lines like a driver of his caliber should and would. Maybe it was driving with out a co-driver, maybe it was the unfortunate effects of age, hard to tell.

He might have won acropolis N4 in 2004 but what is to say that Pat or even Utecht couldn't have done the same (no offence to the greeks but when was the last time there was a great greek rally driver)?

Stig will be fast, blisteringly so, but I have to agree with Jeff, he might not do as well as everybody seems to think, especially since its hard to honestly argue that the drivers here haven't gotten faster.
 

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RE: Stig

I believe Stig was concentrating on running Sweden so decided not to cram Sno*Drift into his schedule. At least that's what I heard.

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>I'll probably get blasted for this but I am one of the only
>people (in this thread atleast) to see him run in person in
>the last couple of years. Last year on Pikes Peak he was
>missing shifts and just not hitting the lines like a driver of
>his caliber should and would. Maybe it was driving with out a
>co-driver, maybe it was the unfortunate effects of age, hard
>to tell.
>


Perhaps it was the altitude? Perhaps it was driving a car with 850 hp that does 0-120 7.5 seconds? Apparently Stig, on the bottom part of the course (never ran the top) was only 9 seconds off the record, and the car was not set up for the tarmac at the bottom (source: Evo magazine #072) How much of his run did you see?

My question is why is he running the US series?
 

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RE: Stig

>>Methinks that the only reason Stig is not coming to
>Sno*Drift
>>is that there were concerns that he might lap the field.
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>>ymmv
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>>press on,
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>Stig's probably not doing sno-drift because you don't allow
>studded tires! While he would probably still run-away with it
>- why risk the 'different' winter event? I think it wass
>Anthony Warmbold that came and did Charlevoix in a Toyota
>Corola WRC a while ago and was eclipsed by the field ... he
>had a tough time without Studs
You made me spit up my cup of tea.
I'm pissed I have to clean up the keyboard and screen.
Anthony Warmbold is a buy your ride guy.

You should note that the RAC or Rally GB has never allowed studs.
As recently the 1996 RAC with 182 starting (199 entrants, 100 of them turbo 4wd cars) Mr Blomqvist on a snowy snowy NON studded event beat all but 2 of them in a little Skoda 2wd GpA 1.6 Felicia. the motor is a normal basic VW 1600 8v Rabbit motor dating back to the 70s.
Note that this was a 2wd World Championship only round.
But still, note the offical Nissan entry in the ultra way beeeeechin' 2.0 SR20DE powered Sunny (Sentra hatch).
Try and remember, that as it WAS a 2wd WRC round there was no point in chasing the 2 cars in front, they didn't count for anything.


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52nd Network Q RAC Rally
Round 8 of the FIA 2-Litre World Championship for Manufacturers 1996 (2-Litre Championship only)
Start: 23 November 1996 in Cheltenham
Finish: 25 November 1996 in Cheltenham
Distance: 1818 km including 415 km over 27 special stages
Special stage surface: Gravel with some asphalt on the second day
Participants: 182 teams at the start, 81 at the finish

Final classification
Pos Nr Driver Nation Car Group Pos Total time
Codriver Nation Entrant Class Pos Behind winner
1 5 Armin Schwarz Ger Toyota Celica GT-Four A 1 4:46.50
Denis Giraudet Fra Toyota Castrol Team 8 1 0.00
2 18 Masao Kamioka Jpn Subaru Impreza 555 A 2 4:54.42
Kevin Gormley Gbr Team Impreza Recaro Fujitsubo 8 2 7.52
3 27 Stig Blomqvist Swe ?koda Felicia Kit Car A 3 5:02.02
2L Benny Melander Swe ?koda Motorsport 6 1 15.12
4 25 Mark Higgins Gbr Nissan Sunny GTI A 4 5:09.11
2L Phil Mills Gbr Nissan Motorsports Europe 7 1 22.21
5 16 Grégoire De Mévius Bel Renault Mégane Maxi A 5 5:11.20
2L Jean-Marc Fortin Bel Renault Dealer Rallying 7 2 24.3


Blomqvist said on the phone about this result:
"ÄÄÄÄÄÄsch, det vår inget" (uuum, it was nothing (special)


Assumptions like your "why risk the 'different' winter event?"
and failing to understand where guys like Warmbold fit into the field (and the role of one shot, count-for-nothing-events-in-their-carreers) shows a need for study of the recent past, and how real professionals approach their jobs.

Watching amatures doesn't teach you how professionals work.











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