Monday, May 18, 2015

RallyWagon Gets a New Heart

As I've mentioned in a previous post, we had to postpone our plans for the WRX swap in order to stay in the same class for this race season. But we needed to do something about our tired old motor as it was getting far too unreliable and underpowered. As luck would have it we managed to get our hands on a parts car - an 02 Impreza with an alarmingly rotten body, a clutch so worn it slipped in any gear at any speed, but a decent EJ251 with the only real problem being leaking gaskets which is an easy fix.

Lanark Highlands Forest Rally 2015

My friend and I managed to catch a glimpse of the last stage of the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally from the Gemmills Road spectator area on May 2nd.

It's amazing what a rally car flying through the forest at full speed looks and sounds like. You hear the crackling and popping of the exhaust before you see anything, then within a blink of an eye a blur of brightly-coloured something speeds by showering everything behind it with stones and leaving a thick cloud of dust. Then a minute or two of silence, until the next car comes flying past. There's nothing like it, and no photo or YouTube video can even begin to describe what it's like. If you're into rally I urge you to get out to the next event and see what it's like for yourself!