So this is rally hang over. This is what “Fight Club” members must feel like. Everything’s just a little more mute, slower, less important in the day to day drone of life. Where can I get another hit of that!!? To say this rally was epic and a dream come true is silly at this point, it almost feels slightly trite. Since I was a young boy, pushing my Ford RS200 Matchbox across the road-print carpet while listening to tales of my father’s good friend Nick Yoward’s exploits in a ‘Scort through the woods in England, I have been dreaming of competing in rally. Now on the other end of it all, I’ve realized it was beyond what I could have imagined. It’s one thing to push yourself for a 3 mile sprint stage that you’ve already driven twice that day, another thing altogether to do 6 miles (SS1), 10
Lets be honest, we go to a lot of races. It’s truly exciting for us to watch the parts we sell in action, get a good read on how they are working, and find ways that we can improve ourselves for our street going European car family. This is why you will see us at series like AER and 24hours of Lemons, with many of our sponsored teams competing in SCCA, Rally America, WRL, Chumpcar etc etc. With the motorsports home of the north east just down the road, and one of their biggest event weekends of the year coming up, we knew that we had to check it out. [skip to photo gallery] The weekend was IMSA’s showcase, a sports car road racing series that features the highest end racing machines in the world, and it was HOT. In the mid-upper 90s with humidity to match. The cars doing
To say ‘things got hot’ last weekend at the third race of the AER Championships in New Jersey would be an understatement. From the evidence of the salt stained seat cover in Norma and a unique aroma of Bizol 10w60 mixed with locker-room, the temps were high inside our little car. Through the swamp like humidity, 90+ degree temps, and the fast, tight track of Lightning, cars and crews alike were tested on their quest for the podium. Saturday afternoon found us on the podium for the first time with a second place in class and a 13th overall in a field of 40+ cars. Class 3 in AER’s rule book seems to be one of the toughest, consisting of a Beautifully prepped BRZ/86, a very well prepped Porsche 951, a ton of E36’s in various trim, and of course the team to beat The Krabby Kraut turbo’ed up VW
Maintaining a European vehicle is admittedly more work than your normal Toyota or Chevy, but we know that these cars are worth going the extra mile for because the driving experience is so much more enjoyable when you have a well running Euro. That’s why settling for sub-standard parts simply isn’t an option for many of our customers (us included). ZF is part of a family of brands that includes ZF, Sachs, and Stablilus, and is based in Germany. Together, they are an original equipment manufacturer for many car makes, allowing you to get the best parts that money can buy while keeping everything exactly as your carmaker intended. But who really is Sachs/ZF, and why is this a brand to look out for when shopping for parts? Sachs Ride Control: Sachs follows the German philosophy of ‘only the best possible, all the time’. While other companies, such as Monroe
Where do I begin? The New England Forest Rally has been a dream of mine since 2010, I was a Freshman in college. Though it was the craziest stuff, never thought I would be able to do it. Rally, a dream from even longer ago…. Just a lad with video games and this weird side section in Grand Turismo 3 called rally. Cut past 3 years of building, 2.5 years of RallyX, 4 years of research. Untold hours of driveway time… And you have July 13th. Me in my driveway trying to do final packing with the truck trailer and car. “I’m not ready” I keep thinking. I am going to go, but I did not prepare enough. Not nearly enough is packed. Car is not perfect (when is it ever?). But I have the stuff, I have provisions for 5 days. I have spares. I have a rally car….