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Old 08-09-2010, 06:33 PM   #51
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well fyi, I joined the forums when I bought my wrx. Searching through the past threads for info. Rather than just posting the same questions over and over.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:33 PM   #52
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We took a trip up to dirtfish to report for our blog. Got some sweet pictures and video. Worldofsubaru.com Edit: Fixed the link.

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Old 08-16-2010, 05:40 PM   #53
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Right out tha woodwork I tells ya.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:41 PM   #54
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and they give incorrect hyperlinks
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:00 PM   #55
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Hmm... according to the majority of his other posts, he also likes to spam the hell out of directsubaruparts (dot) com.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:03 PM   #56
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Is that the one that is run by Walkers?
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:04 PM   #57
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just a question regarding the cars, from what I have gathered it is better to learn rally in a low horsepower car possibly even fwd so you are learning the actual proper driving techniques instead of just using raw power to go fast. When you first come to the school do you get right in these rally prepped stis or are there other cars? if my logic is incorrect feel free to correct me but i thought the rally america guidelines require you start out in a non-turbo fwd car
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:12 PM   #58
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I'm no expert, but from talking to the guys at DirtFish clients will be driving the rally prepped WRX. They have a fleet of 8 currently, planned to be 10, all Subaru. From what I can tell you from being in the cars, the cars are fast (somewhere around 280 horsepower) and tons of torque. You're probably right about it being easier to learn on a lower power car, but of course everybody wants to get behind the wheel of the race ready Subaru.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:26 PM   #59
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well that is good they have that many but put a bunch of rally noobs in race prepped wrxs and someone is going to hit a tree very quickly i know i probably would. And for me given the price if I do end up finding a way to go the goal would not be to drive a sweet wrx but to learn solid and correct driving techinques that will last a lifetime as I am very interested in actual competitive rally. I will be attending the primitive rally school in oregon in october and hopefully will learn some stuff there and then maybe get to dirtfish in the next year to build on what I learned.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:28 PM   #60
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I'm assuming this isn't for "green" or "new" rally drivers. I would assume this is for drivers that want to get better. Not many "new" rally drivers are going to drop the dough for this.
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I'm no expert, but from talking to the guys at DirtFish clients will be driving the rally prepped WRX. They have a fleet of 8 currently, planned to be 10, all Subaru. From what I can tell you from being in the cars, the cars are fast (somewhere around 280 horsepower) and tons of torque. You're probably right about it being easier to learn on a lower power car, but of course everybody wants to get behind the wheel of the race ready Subaru.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:41 PM   #62
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They advertise on our blog, so we want to give them all the pub we can. I'm also a customer and have had successs ordering stuff from them. Cool guys with a good site and prices. Just trying to help them get the word out and give anyone looking for parts and accessories a heads up that these guys are out there.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:47 PM   #63
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well that is good they have that many but put a bunch of rally noobs in race prepped wrxs and someone is going to hit a tree very quickly i know i probably would. And for me given the price if I do end up finding a way to go the goal would not be to drive a sweet wrx but to learn solid and correct driving techinques that will last a lifetime as I am very interested in actual competitive rally. I will be attending the primitive rally school in oregon in october and hopefully will learn some stuff there and then maybe get to dirtfish in the next year to build on what I learned.
During my tour of the facilities I saw they were prepping multiple classrooms, I believe they are going to offer great instruction in and out of the cars. There are also multiple levels of courses to be offered for different skill levels. We didn't get all the exact details, but we'll post them when they are available. But I don't think they are planning to just take your check and let anyone run wild in the cars, there will be careful instruction and supervision.
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I'm assuming this isn't for "green" or "new" rally drivers. I would assume this is for drivers that want to get better. Not many "new" rally drivers are going to drop the dough for this.
The problem is, it is very difficult to learn how to rally in a safe environment as has been discussed in countless other "where the rally roads at?" threads. The primitive rally school can teach some things but not enough given the length, I have done all of the ORG rally x this year along with the two in chehailis and watching other drivers it is painfully obvious I know absolutely nothing when it comes to car control on dirt. I am only 19 years old and I want to learn good driving habits on gravel, dirt etc. before I try and teach myself and end up with a ton of terrible habits that will take forever to un-learn. What would you suggest for someone who wants to learn how to drive fast on dirt?
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The problem is, it is very difficult to learn how to rally in a safe environment as has been discussed in countless other "where the rally roads at?" threads. The primitive rally school can teach some things but not enough given the length, I have done all of the ORG rally x this year along with the two in chehailis and watching other drivers it is painfully obvious I know absolutely nothing when it comes to car control on dirt. I am only 19 years old and I want to learn good driving habits on gravel, dirt etc. before I try and teach myself and end up with a ton of terrible habits that will take forever to un-learn. What would you suggest for someone who wants to learn how to drive fast on dirt?
What do you drive at the rallycrosses?
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I'm assuming this isn't for "green" or "new" rally drivers. I would assume this is for drivers that want to get better. Not many "new" rally drivers are going to drop the dough for this.
Actually, this is the best way for "green" rally drivers to learn how to drive in the dirt! Start with taking as many schools as you can, get practice with Rallycross then enter regional rallies.
And volunteer at stage rallies to learn how a rally works! There just so happens to be the Wild West Rally on Sept. 25th - 26th.
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I've met the owners of DirtFish at several rallies and they are great folks. I can't wait to sign up!
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Some of the intro prices were up .... up to 1100 bucks....
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My daily driver stock 2003 wrx wagon
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just a question regarding the cars, from what I have gathered it is better to learn rally in a low horsepower car possibly even fwd so you are learning the actual proper driving techniques instead of just using raw power to go fast. When you first come to the school do you get right in these rally prepped stis or are there other cars? if my logic is incorrect feel free to correct me but i thought the rally america guidelines require you start out in a non-turbo fwd car

this worked for me in a huge way.

low hp fwd for one full season.....

then into a WRX which honestly was too much for me to handle the first year

I took my time and grew into it.... speed came gradually and next you knew we were flying down the stages.


I doubt the folks at this school are going to permit balls to the wall driving styles for any super green n00b.....
if so they'd go through a fleet of cars in a month....

I bet it's going to be a very good experience for those who choose to attend and many skills will be learned and improved upon.

I plan on spending some time up there sooner or later.
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what kind of car was it before the wrx? it seems to me the most popular are golfs but when it is time to add a second car which I can not afford right now I really want to lift a subie. but I guess a fwd car to beat the living hell out of at rally x would not be a half bad idea. I need a bigger driveway and a lot more money
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What color?

We've probably seen each other many times. My wife drives the white Civic w/ blue wheels. Im usually there for tech/moral support

Though weve got a new rallycross beater that we won at a raffle at the event in Chehalis. Ill be running next year, stock class so as to avoid competing with the wife!
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what kind of car was it before the wrx? it seems to me the most popular are golfs but when it is time to add a second car which I can not afford right now I really want to lift a subie. but I guess a fwd car to beat the living hell out of at rally x would not be a half bad idea. I need a bigger driveway and a lot more money
I ran a fwd Subaru Impreza for a full season in what was then SCCA Pro Rally.

Rookie year took 2nd in the nat'l championship


great way to learn, if you can drive a slow car fast, you will be hell on wheels in a proper car given the time to sort it out.
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What color?

We've probably seen each other many times. My wife drives the white Civic w/ blue wheels. Im usually there for tech/moral support

Though weve got a new rallycross beater that we won at a raffle at the event in Chehalis. Ill be running next year, stock class so as to avoid competing with the wife!
Yep I think that was your honda I saw leaving on a tow truck at the rally cross in chehails, and you guys won the integra correct?

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Rookie year took 2nd in the nat'l championship


great way to learn, if you can drive a slow car fast, you will be hell on wheels in a proper car given the time to sort it out.
Ok that was the logic I was using but I was hoping someone who knows more than me could confirm it, thanks.
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Rather than scoffing at price as some other have chosen to do I'd like to applaud these guys for bringing something like this to Western Washington. I'll definitely be signing up at some point.
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Rather than scoffing at price as some other have chosen to do I'd like to applaud these guys for bringing something like this to Western Washington. I'll definitely be signing up at some point.
not scoffing at the price or even saying that it is unreasonable just pointing out how hard it will be for most of us to afford it, I am sure you don't have $3500 laying around with nothing to do with it. there are priorities in life and unfortunately rally school can not be #1 as much as I'd like it to be.
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