Rally Co-Driving Behind the Scenes, Part 9: Oops

While co-driving is incredibly fun, it is also incredibly elaborate and difficult. As I've explained over the course of this series the co-driver in many ways is the one running the show, setting the pace of the driver and the pace of the event itself. It takes a ton of hard work, concentration, and (especially) at… » 9/12/13 12:31pm 9/12/13 12:31pm

Rally Co-Driving Behind the Scenes, Part 8: A Day As A Co-Driver

Co-driving is like being the drummer in a rock band. Often forgotten and overlooked, sitting in the shadow of the lead singer, but without a good drummer to keep the beat the whole song falls apart. This analogy not only applies to the pace notes, but actually holds true for the rally as a whole. From the start of the… » 8/30/13 1:40pm 8/30/13 1:40pm

Rally Co-Driving Behind the Scenes, Part 7: Teach Me How to Zombie

The potential for trouble is always present in rally, some would even say it's expected. But there's typically a limit to how much we think can go wrong. STPR pushed that limit into a ditch and buried it. Welcome to zombie rallying. » 8/09/13 1:02pm 8/09/13 1:02pm

Rally Co-Driving Behind the Scenes, Part 6: Holy Flying Tarmac

I love me some dirt racing. I love the way the road changes as competitors go through, I love the sideways nature that comes with racing on dirt, I love the need to read the road and figure out what line has the most grip, I even love the challenge of battling through the dust that often comes with dirt racing. That… » 5/29/13 1:43pm 5/29/13 1:43pm

Rally Co-Driving Behind the Scenes, Part 5: L5 n.c./Jmp/r.r. R6>4+ 50 !…

Many call it indecipherable gibberish, but rally pace notes are absolutely critical to going fast on narrow, unfamiliar roads where every tree and rock is gleefully plotting all the ways it intends to make you it's bitch. Having to run without notes can cost a driver a full minute or more per stage. And as everyone… » 4/15/13 11:52am 4/15/13 11:52am

Rally Co-Driving Behind the Scenes, Part 4.5: Here We Go Again

When we ran the 100 Acre Wood rally it (unexpectedly) became our first winter rally. Now we're signed up for what will be another first for me, my first tarmac rally. TAG Rally Sport is coming back east so Rory and I can contest the Empire State Performance Rally, based in Rock Hill, New York, 80 miles northwest of… » 4/02/13 1:44pm 4/02/13 1:44pm

Rally Co-Driving Behind the Scenes, Part 4: Press on Regardless

For many teams a movement schedule is considered a critical element in rally preparation. Some teams swear by these and will create a packet even thicker than the rally supplimental regulations. They're especially useful for larger teams with many people doing many tasks and/or coming from multiple starting points.… » 3/13/13 12:15pm 3/13/13 12:15pm

Rally Co-Driving Behind The Scenes Part 3: Advice for the…

So far I've spoken about a co-driver's process when preparing for a rally. But what about an aspiring co-driver? How do you get from standing roadside watching to riding along in the silly seat? I figured I'd take the moment to talk about getting started in rally. I'm going to talk a bit about my path to the right… » 2/15/13 3:18pm 2/15/13 3:18pm

Rally Co-driving Behind The Scenes Part 2: The Bag

I'm back for part 2 of Co-driving Behind the Scenes and today we're going to talk about one of the most important pieces of equipment for a co-driver; the co-driver bag. From the start of recce (pronounced wreck-E, short for reconnaissance, refers to the period before the rally when competitors can slowly drive the… » 2/11/13 11:09am 2/11/13 11:09am

Rally Co-Driving: Behind the Scenes, Part 1

Welcome to Rally Co-Driving Behind The Scenes, the series where I will be giving an inside look at the experiences and duties of a grassroots rally co-driver. From the planning which begins weeks in advance, to traveling to the event, to the duties and paperwork of the day before, to recce and preparation of notes,… » 2/06/13 10:42am 2/06/13 10:42am

A Good Day To Die Hard Will Be Full Of Mercedes Vans And Trucks

Hollywood loves to disguise Budapest by adding a few extra Ladas parked on the streets, with fake communist monuments in the background and blue street signs everywhere to make it look like Moscow. Since it's a much nicer experience to shoot a movie here than over in Russia, that's exactly what they did once again… » 1/25/13 9:30am 1/25/13 9:30am

Riding Shotgun Through A Sandstorm With Top Gear

I'm crouched in the footwell of an Aston Martin V12 Vantage hammering across a dry lakebed at 140 mph, wondering why I'm not a Top Gear presenter, which, I can now confirm, is the greatest job... in the world. » 11/26/10 3:00pm 11/26/10 3:00pm