Sunday, March 30, 2014


My first experience driving down to The States for a race didn't turn out to be a great one. After driving to Weedsport, staying overnight at a local hotel, and arriving at the venue we found out that the event was cancelled because there was "too much snow and mud". Only pre-registered participants got notified via SMS, while the information on the web site didn't get updated till the day of the race. Lesson learned - when driving 3 hours to an event, pre-register and make damn certain it hasn't been cancelled.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Off To The Races

It's funny that just a month after watching Ryan Symancek's series 'My Life as a Rallyist' we're off to the States for a rallycross at the exact same venue Ryan attended in the series, driving pretty much the same car.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Preventative Maintenance

In one of the previous posts I've mentioned that we had surprisingly little to do on the car despite it's high mileage... What I really meant to say was "I had surprisingly little to do". There was a coolant hard line that ran between the engine block and the intake manifold that looked very rusty and in dire need of replacement.

JDM V7 STi Seats

Our first rallycross proved just how unsupportive the side bolsters of the stock Impreza seats were... Who am I kidding, we just wanted to justify some JDM bling and found some V7 STi seats at a price we couldn't resist.

First Rallycross

Less than a month from the day we bought the car was the date of our first rallycross - Round 2 of the MLRC Rallycross in Bancroft. It didn't give us much time to prepare, but the car needed surprisingly little. Only problems we spotted were a couple torn boots - one on a tie rod and one on a CV shaft, which we quickly replaced. We flushed all fluids, and moved onto what was really necessary - mud flaps and a skid plate!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Car

The next few months continued with myself and my friend spending way too much time digging through classifieds listings, looking for any Subaru that would be cheap, and wouldn't have too much rust. It didn't even have to have a working engine, as we had one from an '03 WRX we were going to swap in anyways. But the task ended up more challenging than we thought.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Search

Welcome to a blog / build journal about our '02 Subaru Impreza TS nicknamed the Rally Wagon. From near scrap to glory, with a fair share of bumps and laughs along the way. That's the plan anyway.