Photo credit: Matthew Landers <mlanders.com>
Today, I’m happy to announce that Black Box rally team secured 1st in Production AWD class and 4th overall, out of the 26 starters at Rally New York USA 2012! This was our teams’ first tarmac event, and Co-Driver Amber Stacy’s first rally ever.
To quote a rally slogan, these were “Real Cars, Real Roads, Really friggin’ Fast!”. It was not uncommon to see triple digit speeds throughout this entire rally, and these were on street roads! I really want to thank the folks that live in Rock Hill, Thompson, and Monticello that allowed us to race through their roads…particularly i want to thank the family who’s front yard i stepped into after I cut a 2 right too early:
Photo credit: Dominik Pelc <firstname.lastname@example.org
This was an awesome tarmac rally. We pushed hard throughout the event. Even though we’re down on power in production(stock) class, we were able to give the open class teams a run for their money! One stage, I was flat out coming over an unmarked crest and suddenly, all four tires just left the ground. At that point, I knew we were in for a wild ride. The big hit made it impossible to shut the hood, so Amber finagled a hair tie into keeping the hood down until we got to service.
The start of the second day centered around the Monticello Motor Club. Wow, what privilege to be able to use this exclusive race track. It was quite a sight to see 20+ rally cars lined up at the grid.
It wasn’t until the last 3 stages of the rally that the rain came, and did it come down hard! With much slippery conditions, i felt right at home; kicking the tail out, powering through the turns.
Photo credit: B Machin <email@example.com
Overall this was a great tarmac rally experience. I still can’t get over the incredible speeds we experienced, and the jumps! We’ll see everyone again at the Rally New York RallySprint!
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