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Old 03-22-2004, 12:35 PM   #1
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Subaru Banner I just saw the dirtiest WRB MY02 WRX on the back of a trailer

Driving in this morning across the Port Mann bridge, I spotted a blue WRX with full cage, rally spec tires, and a ton of what I assumed was rally dirt, hiding sponsor decals. The tow vehicle still had BC plates, so I wondered if anyone here knew what was up.

It looked like it was straight out of the SCCA Pro Rally, yet the exhaust looked terribly stock.

Oh well, it was the highlight of my Monday morning.
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Old 03-22-2004, 12:49 PM   #2
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It belongs to Norm Leblanc. He is returning from Cochrane Rally in AB ( Round 1 of 6 in the Western Canadian Championship). This car resides in Pemberton. He is running Production class. Most of the car's equipment is unmodified - except for up and down pipe, DMS 50mm Suspension and 32mm restrictor.
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Old 03-22-2004, 01:19 PM   #3
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That was us after a tow back from Cochrane overnight.

Norm and my son Owen won the rally outright.

I think this is Norm's 4th event and his best result.

For Owen this was his first ever event and thankfully there were lots of video being taken as a TV pilot about rallying is being made.

This was the first regional event in Canada that allowed recce and pace notes. Norm was in Mexico on Saturday so I did recce with Owen in the rally car. Pat Richard gave us a great beginner's guide to pace noting in the morning and we spent all day on the stages.

Stage 1 was just over 1km and Norm spun on the final sweeper into the flying finish. That's on film. I wonder what Owen was really thinking at that time. Perhaps a little of .. what have I got myself into.

16th after the first stage, then a quick climb up the leaderboard to 1st by stage 8.

Although they won stage 7, they hit a bridge (great video of that too) and damaged the rear control arm. The car was now great on left turns and as long as there were no right turns, they could keep going.

Cody hammered the control arm somewhat straight in the final service and they held the lead from stage 8 to the finish.

1st novice, 1st in P4 and 1st overall. Not bad for a 17yo on his first event.

Full results will be available shortly at
http://bishop.ab.ca/CSCC/cochrane/results.html

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Old 03-22-2004, 01:33 PM   #4
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Congrats to Norm and your son Owen! That's terrific. Good for Norm after only his fourth event and amazing for Owen in his first, although it sounds like he has been your navigator since birth Petrie!
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:04 PM   #5
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This was the first regional event in Canada that allowed recce and pace notes. Norm was in Mexico on Saturday so I did recce with Owen in the rally car. Pat Richard gave us a great beginner's guide to pace noting in the morning and we spent all day on the stages.
Excellent job guys. Surely this played a huge part in the win!

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Old 03-22-2004, 02:20 PM   #6
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wow...sounds like it was a blast

one day I'll have money and will be able to get involved
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Old 03-22-2004, 02:32 PM   #7
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Excellent job guys. Surely this played a huge part in the win!

-Jeff
Actually, they did not use the pace notes. Jeff, I'll send you why in more detail by email.

Pace notes are a very subjective thing. Norm could not use mine because...

a) I'm a complete novice at pace noting
b) I suck at distances (just found that out on Saturday)
c) He did not write them

Recce is much harder than you expect. It's not something I would recommend for someone to experiment with on an event unless they are only doing the event for that experience. That may have played a part in some of the more experienced guys not doing so well (who knows?).

There's lots of good stories about what went on in the car. One of them an Owen classic. I'll tell you about it sometime. Got to go to work now and get some sleep (after).
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Old 03-22-2004, 03:00 PM   #8
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Petrie - can you adopt me so I can drive your car?

LaterZ!
Darren!!
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Old 03-22-2004, 03:40 PM   #9
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I knew that was Rally dirt!


Petrie, the car was awesome. I love to see WRX's ready for dirt battle. Btw, that was me in the Blue Dodge Dakota, drooling like an idiot as I passed you guys.


It's unfortunate that I wasn't in my wagon today.....
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Old 03-22-2004, 05:28 PM   #10
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Cody hammered the control arm somewhat straight in the final service and they held the lead from stage 8 to the finish.
Cody and friends, 15 minutes of chaos. But it was soooo worth it.
I had a blast servicing with cody and his son, it dosen't take alot of cash to participate, just time off, and lack of sleep.
I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Old 03-22-2004, 07:41 PM   #11
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Hardly ready for battle. The car will not be tech'd if it is dirty. Has to be lovely and clean.

Sorry we did not notice you drooling. I think we were all asleep with eyes open.

I should have mention the friends of Cody too. Great job guys.

and just in case there's confusion. That was not my car is belongs to the driver Norm LeBlanc.
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Old 03-22-2004, 10:10 PM   #12
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hey congrads guys
sounds like you guys had a great time
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Old 03-23-2004, 01:57 AM   #13
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There's lots of good stories about what went on in the car. One of them an Owen classic. I'll tell you about it sometime. Got to go to work now and get some sleep (after).
...don't tell me Owen fell asleep again (like day 2 at Tbird 2002!...or was it Totem?)

Anyways, good show! It's great to keep the Albertans honest and it's even better to have someone new win rather than the usual suspects.
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Old 03-23-2004, 11:16 AM   #14
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...don't tell me Owen fell asleep again (like day 2 at Tbird 2002!...or was it Totem?)

Anyways, good show! It's great to keep the Albertans honest and it's even better to have someone new win rather than the usual suspects.
Pick any TSD event, he's probably slept through most of it

For those of you who don't get this, I'm sorry...

Owen: easy left
looks up, looks back down
Owen: into flying finish
they round the corner to see a chicane
Owen: or not

He missed 2 instructions between easy left and easy left into flying finish.

Norm was all locked up, very sideways, all the way through the chicane and managed to miss the pilons, laughing his head off through the entire thing.
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Old 03-23-2004, 11:33 AM   #15
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Owen: or not

that's some classic co-driving skills Owen has there.....
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Old 03-23-2004, 03:49 PM   #16
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congrats to owen on the win. I hope he didnt fall asleep that would be pretty impressive to do that in stage rally
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Old 03-23-2004, 03:58 PM   #17
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No he did not fall asleep. In fact he took some calming down as he was getting too excited.

They won 6 of the 15 stages. They would easily have won stage 1 without the spin.

Fastest average speed on a stage was 112.90. Several stages were averaging 100+. Without the chicanes they would easily have blown the max average allowed of 120kph.
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Old 03-23-2004, 07:16 PM   #18
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Fastest average speed on a stage was 112.90.
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Old 03-24-2004, 07:47 AM   #19
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We had a rallycross a little while ago and my car was so full of mud (about 1/4" to 1/2" thick) all over the car. I couldn't see out the side windows. Even my engine bay was full of mud. Its 2 wks later and I'm still trying to get the mud out of the inside of the wheels, engine bay and suspension areas. While I was driving home on the highway, I got the thumbs up from some guys in a 4x4. Also, when I tried to wash the car, the mud made an absolute mess of my driveway... ran out into the street... across the street... and made a mess of the neighbors driveways as well. They weren't terribly impressed with me I don't think. hahaha.
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Old 03-24-2004, 11:53 AM   #20
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We had a rallycross a little while ago and my car was so full of mud (about 1/4" to 1/2" thick) all over the car. I couldn't see out the side windows. Even my engine bay was full of mud. Its 2 wks later and I'm still trying to get the mud out of the inside of the wheels, engine bay and suspension areas. While I was driving home on the highway, I got the thumbs up from some guys in a 4x4. Also, when I tried to wash the car, the mud made an absolute mess of my driveway... ran out into the street... across the street... and made a mess of the neighbors driveways as well. They weren't terribly impressed with me I don't think. hahaha.
Have you tried steam cleaning it? It will still make a mess somewhere but should work.
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Old 03-24-2004, 01:25 PM   #21
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I'm thinking that the cost of a new Honda powerwasher could be justified.....
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