Big Crash at RNY Summer RallySprint – part 3

June 30th, 2012 by

Billy managed to pull the video from the crash:


Big Crash at RNY Summer RallySprint – part 2

June 28th, 2012 by

They say there are two types of rally drivers; those that have rolled. and those that will roll. And so it happens that this last weekend, our number was up.

But before we get to that, some context. RallyNY Summer RallySprint was a fast rally. Like topping out 4th gear through narrow logging roads, around 120mph fast. The field was also packed with top tier open class AWD cars, and a healthy Production AWD class showing.

Our first run, we were within 0.2 seconds off the leader, Danny O’Brien/James McKiernan. On the second run, we cut five and half seconds off their time. We were just stunningly fast that day, especially when you consider that our Production AWD class Evo has a little over 1/2 the power compared to open class cars. We had a good rhythm going, and I even decided to turn on the A/C on stage 4. There’s something to be said about having air conditioning in your race car :lol:.




At the end of stage 6, it was clear that we were now also trading places with Cyril & Caitlin Kearney in 2nd place overall. Now, i could say that we were trying to go flat out; pin it to win it. But the reality is, in rally, you’re really just racing yourself out there. And that’s exactly what our plan was, to get faster and faster with each run. On stage 7, we were just flying through the course. We were on pace to PR that stage.


And so of course that’s when it happened. Coming from a downhill 5 right (~100mph) into a 5 left, we hit a kink in the road that upset the rear of the car. Next thing i see, we’re pointing towards the trees. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the slide in time, and at those speeds, the slightest error is often catostrophic. At this point, I knew we were in for a ride. I tried my best to pull the car back towards the road, but the laws of physics and I began having an intense argument.

The laws of physics, however, were not as upset with me as the tree we clipped.


That tree took the rear left of the car off, and the resulting impact spun the car 180 degrees and put it on its side. Next thing you know the car is dragging on the ground before finally rolling back onto the wheels. So, like any driver just recovering from a recent accident, the moment the car came onto its wheels, i dropped the clutch and punched the throttle. The lack of rear axles on the car disagreed intensely.


It was then that I realized we had a whole set of other problems. Within a minute (or less), there would be *another* rally car coming towards us at 100mph, and we were now facing the *wrong* direction, *blocking* the entire road. Luckily, the novice competitor training was beginning to pay off at this point. Instinctively, Billy darted out of the car with triangles to alert the incoming car. He managed to get to them in time, which was good, because at that moment, i was now realizing that i couldn’t open my door or window. I crawled out the passenger side of the car to find this:


That didn’t look so bad until i swung around the other side and realized what had actually happened, and why the car wasn’t moving.


After directing traffic around our rally car, we were greeted by the sweep team. Gary DeMasi, Nick Dunn, Art, and Bobby. They helped pull us off the road and made sure we were OK. Many thanks to them for their help. These are folks that you never want to see on the rally, but sure as heck are glad they are there when you need them.

After the last stage was run, we threw our rally evo back on the trailer. We have a standing tradition on the team. When we do well, we have a celebratory dinner at Longhorn. And when we don’t…McDonalds :).

And now the fun part begins, getting the car rebuilt. We’ll be back.

Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers for helping to put together this great event. Thanks to all the competitors for stopping to check on us after the crash. Thanks to the Black Box rally crew; Mike, William, and Cat, for doing their best to keep us going at the rallysprint.

— Alvin Fong
Black Box rally team


*UPDATE* Big Crash at RNY Summer RallySprint

June 25th, 2012 by

We’ll have more details on this as the week goes on, but just wanted to take a couple minutes to let everyone know that Billy and I are fine after our roll at RNY RallySprint.

*UPDATE* We’ve added some pictures of the rallysprint prior to the crash:

NASA Hyperfest and RNY RallySprint Double-Header!

June 4th, 2012 by

Black Box rally team is excited to announce that we will be running back to back rally weekends in June. First, NASA Hyperfest RallySprint is coming up June 16-17, 2012 at Summit Point Motorsports Park, in Summit Point, WV. We’ll be giving rally rides on Saturday, and competing in the RallySprint on Sunday!

The weekend following is Rally New York Summer RallySprint! This is a quick 1-day event, covering 50 stage miles over 8 stages. The event will take place June 23, 2012, completely within the 10 Mile River Scout Camp in Narrowsburg, NY.

Alvin Fong said: “A year ago at  Hyperfest RallySprint, we decided to put together an evo stage rally car. This year, we’ve come full circle and I couldn’t be more excited to be able to say that, we’re actually going to rallying at this year’s Hyperfest RallySprint! This will be our first NASA event, and looking forward to not only giving fans rides in the rally car, but also running alongside the NASA crew responsible for bringing us into stage rally!

Making June even sweeter is Rally NY RallySprint. This is the same place where we ran our first stage rally and put our PAWD evo on the podium; International Rally New York in 2011. I can’t wait to get back on those gravel roads!”


More information about Hyperfest:

Spectator Guide for RNY Summer RallySprint:
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Rally NY USA 2012 Highlights

May 8th, 2012 by

Billy  helped put together this sweet highlight reel of us at Rally NY USA 2012!


We caught up with Amber after the event, and this is what she had to say:

“Still feeling a bit overwhelmed by the entire Rally New York adventure.  It was an experience to finally be on the other side after being a spectator for many years.  Met a lot of wonderful people and am simply amazed at how friendly and helpful everyone is.  It’s an honor to finally be a part of the rally community.

See you all at the next event!”

Black Box rally evo SS6 Big Jump

May 1st, 2012 by




Rally New York USA 2012 recap!

April 24th, 2012 by

Photo credit: Matthew Landers <>

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 <>

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 <>

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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Black Box readies for Rally NY USA 2012

April 11th, 2012 by

Black Box rally team has been prepping for their first tarmac rally event; Rally NY USA 2012, taking place April 21-22, 2012. Here’s a look at what really goes on at the BBrt facility – “The team has been hard at work retrofitting our Evo with TARMAC RALLY technology.
First, Billy has prototyped a new racing shoe made completely out of lead, while Mike has been fine-tuning the new vortex generator on our evo to allow us to steer while airborne. We feel these kind of technologies will give us an edge over some of the other racing teams.

Personally, I’ve been hard at work developing our optimum jump angle actuator. So far, our field testing has proved very valuable producing a wide array of broken parts,” stated driver Alvin Fong .

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New to the team this rally is Co-Driver Amber Stacy. She had this to say “Well… almost all of our training has been exclusively spent in rehearsing the roll-over procedure. I’m not sure what to make of that…”

“After Perce-Neige, we will have to recalibrate to driving straight on roads again. Watch for the Black Box rally evo at Rally New York USA to see our new driving prototypes at work!”

Interested parties can also order our prototypes here.

Rally NY USA is the first round of the 2012 Rally New York Championship. There will be over 100 stage miles including a 20+ mile stage, and Super Specials at the Monticello Motor Club track. New to this rally is the HillClimb & Racing car class, along with the introduction of the Tarmac Rally Championship. The HillClimb & Racing class essentially allows for caged cars racers to run without the need to retrofit their vehicle with rally-specific requirements such as intake restrictors, codriver necessities, or even street legality.

You can find out more information on Rally NY USA 2012 here:

Black Box rally team takes 2nd in New York Rally Championship Production AWD Cup

November 8th, 2011 by

Black Box rally team is proud to announce that the New York Rally Championship year-end points standings have been published. The team secured enough points at International Rally New York 2011 to place 2nd in the Production AWD Cup and 5th overall in the championship, putting them in the company of veteran drivers such as Doyle/Moynihan, Lawless/Brady, and O’Brien/McCabe.

Alvin Fong had this to say: “Wow – this is totally unexpected. It is truly an honor to be ranked this highly in such a competitive championship series. IRNY was a big win for our team – getting a car together, finally getting to SS1, finishing a rally. Placing first in class and taking 2nd in the New York Rally championship – that’s just icing on the cake – job well done for the entire team!”

Billy Machin’s reaction: “Uhh…”.

Highlights from International Rally New York for our fans:


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International Rally New York 2011 Videos

October 31st, 2011 by

Just uploaded a fresh batch of videos from IRNY 2011.

showering the spectators with some love on this turn!:


“sideways, like crazy”:


Day 2 international rally new york. Giving the spectators a nice show into a 90 left :):


Showing off for the spectators, in-car to follow!


Black Box rally team