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Old 06-25-2009, 09:03 AM   #1
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Question Investments?

Has anyone actually done a amateur or pro rally race here? What are the costs for the gear really, say from a bone stock impreza? What are the first steps even to becoming a competent rally driver?
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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There is a thread about this over on special stage right now on what it costs to run Rally America.

I see your in Canada, so the costs could certainly be different up there depending on contingencies and the sort.

Figure about 3-5k USD per event from your door, through the event and back to your door.

Add in a bunch more for the start up of building the car, the suit, HNR, helmet, etc.
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:48 AM   #3
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Our team has been rallying seriously since 1998, and run events in Canada with CARS, and US series with NASA and Rally America. We have won championships in both NASA and Rally America series. We've run a number of different cars, from a Group 2 Honda CRX to an early Impreza 1.8 with 110 thundering ponies, to a full-on 300+ whp Open Class STI that has won R-A Eastern Championships 2 years straight.

couple answers to your questions...

1) start small, work up. Buy a built car, do NOt start by building your own--work on building a TEAM not just hardware. You need to cultivate good connection to a codriver, to service guys, get a haul truck, trailer, tools, spares etc. Getting started can involve either a lot of $$ if you are ingenious and a real DIY kind of guy, or lots lots lots $$$+++ plus lots more if you need to pay retail for stuff, or want to arrive n drive, etc..

2) great thread here on an excellent rally forum...there are some eye-opening budget numbers here http://www.specialstage.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=37392

It's probably best to attend a few rallies first, find some rally guys from your general area and volunteer to help with service and logistics, etc. This gives you a good taste and you'll learn a lot before having to shell out cubic $$$. It's an opportunity to work up the learning curve on somebody else's dime.

PM me and I can put you in touch with some active rally guys from Atlantic Canada.

Dave G

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Old 07-04-2009, 09:06 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Falkonite View Post
What are the first steps even to becoming a competent rally driver?
I've seen it written that $4K invested at O'Neil's Rally School is the best investment, in the sense that you save money by crashing less.

(I am not a rally driver, so feel free to ignore me)
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Old 07-06-2009, 11:32 AM   #5
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When I asked Randy Zimmer what it would take to get into rally, he said, "First, buy a logbooked car, then pay your entry fee and race." It's hard to believe, but it actually is that simple. Now, I'm not saying that you'll be competitive, or even finish the event - but you will definitely start it.
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