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Old 05-06-2001, 09:57 AM   #1
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Post RIM of the world Rally, the sights, the sounds, the spectacle.. all I can say is WOW

Their is something about watching an Open class (read: run what you brung) rally car send a rooster tail from all four tires blasting down a mountian road faster than you would dare go on a paved surface!

The smell of racing gas tickles your nose at the pass of every one of these four wheeled Gods. Anticipation, excitement, followed by a brief moment of automobile exctasy as these things fly by leaving the spectators to think "OH my God that was awesome!"

Then its off to the next spectator stage. Half the fun is getting from one spectator stage to the next. Hiking up mountian roads, cutting through trails just to get a glimpse of these incredible cars. And when you see that World Rally Blue Open class WRX blast by, you would easily climb another mountain to do it again!

Of course its not all sunburns and hiking. Thier are the times when the cars were all at the Holiday Inn. The teams working on their cars, laughing, talking. I could not get over the friendliness of all of these participants. You can go up to them and talk to them, and from everybody whether they drive an old 510 to a group N Subie, their was an enthusiasm, and energy that poured fourth from all involved. Spectators and teams alike.

You could not help but feel like you were part of a small tight nit family. Bonded by the fact that you were all big rally fans. I met people their that had never heard of rallying. I talked to them and you could actually see their interest grow as they started to understand the incredible challange of the sport.

The vendors that were their were very cool. SPO, Irvine, SOA, just to name a few of the subaru represented people their. Belive me their were many others. The vendors took good care of us fellow subaru folks. I left with shirts, posters, stickers, mugs, drinking bottles. They kept us subaru folks, fed and fueled so that we could continue the near paniced level of excitement we were under.

Then their were the ride alongs, well unfortunately, I did not get a chance to ride in one of these beasts. But Many of the other I-club members did, and you will be able to hear it from them first hand. I bet it will be a story worth hearing!

I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to attend this event. To be able to talk with both Subaru team drivers. To be able to meet so many great I-club members(I cant list all of you, but you know who you are!!). And to be part of an event that is so much larger than one person. Rallying is that type of sport. You can cheer for the guy in the two wheel drive Volvo, the classic MG, or an Open Class Subaru WRX it does not matter. You can see real people, driving real cars, real fast!

I cant think of a better way to spend a weekend!

I want to thank Phil, you really came through for everybody in this club. You made us feel welcome, and got a few of us Press badges that let us go where ever we wanted. That allowed for some absolutely spectacular photos (getting developed now)! The rim will grow more each year. The snowball effect has already started. Their is no stopping SCCA now and ProRally, it will become a world wide premier event in the not to distant future.

Guys, enjoy the pictures that will be posted when more of our beloved I-clubbers come back with pictures and some videos (Eric lets see that EVO man!!).

Hold on to your bandwidth Imprezidents...its about to be turbocharged!!!

SCRAPPYDO (changed from rally fan to rally fanatic!!!)

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Old 05-06-2001, 10:06 AM   #2
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Scrappy,

I have to agree with you on this 110%! I was out there last night at 11pm, during the final stage, and even though the winds and temperature were extreme, hundreds of Rally fans gathered in the Holiday Inn parking lot to witness the event. I met some I-club members coming as far as from Oklahoma, such as Somber and from up North in the bay area, John25RS. Both were very nice and intelligent people whom showed the camraderie of Subaru and Rally enthusiasts alike. I was surprised at the warmness of the event, since I come from the Mountain Biking world! Overall, it was a great experience, not to mention getting to see the PRO rally cars! Never saw Subie Gal though

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Old 05-06-2001, 11:03 AM   #3
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RIM Was Awesome!

I feel sorry for anyone that missed it!

It was so cool meeting all the I-Clubbers that came!!!

I'm at a loss for words, this weekend was probably the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on!

Oh Yeah! Subaru Won! Duh!

p.s. Stephen, I Still want your wheels!!!

I took 6 rolls of film and hopefully I'll have some stuff posted tonight at my subie site:
http://subaru.williwood.com

And that EVO Rollover Rocked!! I saw Erik's video last night!
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Old 05-06-2001, 11:17 AM   #4
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You guys took the words right of of my mouth!
I just got back and I still can't get over all the ***** I saw this weekend! The excitment never ended, whether it was Lovell charging through every stage like a maniac, or watching that EVO rollover at the spectator stage!. Easily one of the best times of my life.The cars were amazing, the drivers were cool, the photos were endless (I burned through six rolls), and YES!, the charity ride was a blast . Oh man!, I could rant on forever, but the board is gonna get flooded with stories and photos (including mine once I get them developed and scanned). So get ready, you're all gonna be hearing about this for a while.
Edit: Damn!, William, you beat me to it!, Oh well.

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Old 05-06-2001, 01:07 PM   #5
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Have a Nice Day?

I was really bummed i couln't spend more time with you guys, but the volunteer job i was working turned out to be an insane amount of work with almost NO free time It was still awesome though! I got to pre-run a couple of the stages in the hills in my car while we put up banners on the course, and after everyone left the Special Stage outside of Holiday Inn, i took a shot at that course too (...shhhh, don't tell the organizers...) I also got to do the starting flag on some of the cars on the 1st stage.

I also got a ride in Lauchlin O'Sullivan's Eclipe rally car on the press stage & it is UNBELIEVABLE the control a real rally driver has, and the forces that a capable rally car can do.

I think i got some really good close-up pics of the rally too (since i was a VIP Banner Team dude, i could get right next to the track).



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Old 05-06-2001, 02:20 PM   #6
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You start to hear a rumble, not sure what it is. Harley going by on the highway perhaps? It starts getting louder and you see something reminiscent of Close Encounters of the Third kind going on down the hill. The sound keeps getting louder and the lights waving around are brighter. Your heart starts racing and your eyes twitching. As if out of nowhere an Open Class Subaru Impreza blast out of a corner and past you, with lights blazing. It is gone in just a couple seconds. You turn to watch it go by and your heartbeat swells. When you can no longer see the car anymore you start to calm down. WOW! Then you turn back and wait for the next car

And that was just Friday Night! Friday morning was even better!

Through the help of Phil at Subaru West I was able to attend the Press event and get to ride in a Patterson's Lancer Evo IV (California Rally Series Open Class Winner!) down a very tight and twisty canyon road with nothing but drop offs on one side. We went out and back again. The speed and control these guys manage to achieve is just amazing. On the way back I was tightening the full 5 point harness extra tight!

Almost as exciting as the Rally was the number of I-Clubbers and Subies in attendance at the event. We had 12-13 of them lined up in the motel parking lot. Very nice! The vendors were great: SPO and T.O. Subaru with their WRX/2.5RS Performance Center stuff. HKS had one of their cars out here for a little bit. Many people who had already started adding to their WRX's were showing their mods. Even went to dinner with SPO guys and TMRImpreza who came out with his IS300. Great stuff.

I've got pictures of alot of the cars(on and off the rally stages), some Impreza's being serviced (transmission swap on Scheibles car!), and lots of Subies! I'll post a link as soon as they're developed, scanned and up.
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Old 05-06-2001, 03:01 PM   #7
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I'm sorry that i got there late Saturday..2pm..had to work..saw a lot of you guys out there...I loved bouquet canyon road(on the way to Spunky) couldn't resist winding up my WRX.(700 miles on now)Great road. Definantly gave that road a "noogie". I was at the start of the last two stages at 8:30Got to see all the cars then, but only out of the gate...should have more sights for spectators. But, man what a day!!!!
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Old 05-06-2001, 05:17 PM   #8
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Good meeting all the i-clubbers out there... was it just me or did we show up in force and pretty much obliterate the presence of other car-makers out there?

Erik and Long... sell that rollover footage to Speedvision and distribute the royalties... I doubt anybody else had that vantage point we had on our Subaru Super Special Spectator Stage Viewing Area (aka Motel 6 Balcony)!

...all the people/vendors/drivers/crews were outstandingly friendly and approachable... No doubt this'll become a yearly pilgrimage for me 'n Frances. Where else can you film the <29-minute tranny swap on Karl Scheible's WRX from 3 feet away and still get courteous treatment from the crew under pressure("sorry, didn't mean to bump ya")?

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Old 05-06-2001, 05:26 PM   #9
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Hail to the I-club's 2001 "Rim Rockers"
I've hardly ever had as good a time as that at such a casual event. Big thanks to everyone, especially Phil Pausmer, who shall hereafter be known as "Big Phil" for putting together a ForesterLoad of cool Subie stuff for us. I'll be back year after year.

So manu cool cars
So many cool people
So many unburned hydrocarbons
So much dust

SO MANY SUBARUS
We turned that town in to Subedale, CA!

(I secretly kissed the WRX/WRC for luck)
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Old 05-06-2001, 05:35 PM   #10
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i wish i could have gone
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Old 05-06-2001, 05:38 PM   #11
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It was a spiritual experience.
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Old 05-06-2001, 08:48 PM   #12
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Robert, you are so right...

I SHOULD sell Speedvision and RealTV my footage.

I don't have Speedvision nor know how to reach them. Can anybody help me out??



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Old 05-06-2001, 09:11 PM   #13
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We should have a Post-Rally party to show off our pics & 'other' junk from the event I missed the rollover action cause i was at the starting line
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Old 05-06-2001, 09:26 PM   #14
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Doug Plummer of Replica Productions out of Boston does most of the course video. If your serious PM me and I'll get the phone etc. Though you might be able to locate him yourself via the internet or tele information. Move quickly as the video goes to edit rapidly.
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Old 05-07-2001, 12:03 AM   #15
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I second that, Stephen!

It was great meeting and hanging out with all the i-clubbers and especially, bringing my scoob back to see its "papa" Who's got that photo of you hugging the car anyway? I'd like them to post it so I can have a copy.

I hoping to see everybody and their pics at the iSR meet next Saturday.

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Old 05-07-2001, 12:22 AM   #16
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Scrappy, is this for english class? Nah, just messing with you...cool writeup. Sorry I didn't see you there... But yeah, it was a blast. Wait, you got mugs, keychains? Where at? Or did you have to request for these things?

I took some pics on the start. Awesome! On the way down, I almost rolled my car when I went to crazy on a turn hitting a dirt wall. As my car was on its 2 left side wheels, I jabbed the steering wheel to the left to save it. I thought..."woah". But this weekend was my first time attending a rally event. But yeah, I would've cancelled other plans to attend this.

Fans are wussies...I'm a rally freak.
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Old 05-07-2001, 12:48 AM   #17
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Hell of an adventure! I enjoyed inhaling desert dust and WRC fumes as you all have. I still can't get over the fact that I saw Lancer EVOs up front (and upside down). Droool. My ride in Paul Eklund's Primitive Impreza was a blast as well. Nice meeting all you guys up there!

This shall be my new annual ritual

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Old 05-07-2001, 02:39 PM   #18
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That was super fun. One of the most enjoyable motorsports viewing experiences that I have had. I had been at the Rim many years ago, but this time it much more fun thanks in large part to meeting all of you that I was able to meet on Friday.

Hey! BTW, on the rimoftheworldrally.com website, I came across a picture of us rowdies on the Motel 6 balcony during Friday's SS1... Notice the merry band of trouble-makers in the background behind and above Rhys Millen's EVO VI ?

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