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Listening to former Skoda factory rally driver John Haugland discuss the finer points of driving sideways. I'm the guy in the striped shirt and green shoes.

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The track. The driving surface was roughly ten feet wide and bordered by seven-foot-tall snowbanks.

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A WRX on the attack. Haugland is in the right seat.

Gallery: Subaru Ice Driving In Mud, Utah, PR Photography

Throttle, throttle, throttle.

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The controls for the STI's throttle mapping and locking center differential.

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Morning. Why is it that I never want a Subaru when I see one on pavement, but when I see one on dirt or snow, I'm struck with a need to hit the bank and buy an STI?

Gallery: Subaru Ice Driving In Mud, Utah, PR Photography

Do not believe anyone who tells you that Utah is ugly.

Gallery: Subaru Ice Driving In Mud, Utah, PR Photography

Haugland at the wheel.

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A studded General snow tire. Surprising grip.

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If you insist.

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Yes!

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This stuff just doesn't look right when it's clean.

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Instruction. (Q: "What's going to happen to the cars when we're done?" A: "They'll get fixed.")

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If you win, you get...nothing! (OK, I got a giant deck of cards and the nickname "Wildcard" for no apparent reason. One other guy got a cervical collar. Both of these things make me happy.)

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Yours truly in competition just after a pass. Note constipated look on face. This is the face of speed journalism.

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Post-race handshaking. I'm in the beanie; the man on the left is Car and Driver's Steve Spence; I have no idea why he's looking at his hand like that. (Mark of the beast blogger?

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Boom!