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We land in Amsterdam and Ford meets us with a brand new Fiesta ST as we start our trip to the Nürburgring 24 and Monaco, but it's at a random bar we get a message about the wildest racing we might see: The Dïrtburgring. Imagine 24 Hours of LeMons meets Sprint Cars meets Destruction Derby. Europe, you so crazy.
Have you ever been on a bad road trip? Like a really bad one? One where you say I am never doing that again? The trip that makes you think plane travel is not only convenient, but actually enjoyable?
The eight car-pileup at the Nürburgring, Germany's Mecca-like public race track, earlier this month was terrible, but I'm not surprised. I drove the track a few days later and found it to be the same wonderful gearhead nirvana I'd remembered, just with an extra dose of crazy.
Maybe it was a bad omen to post video of Bill Caswell almost crashing out at Pikes Peak because, as we've just learned from commenters and friends, he crashed out during qualifying this morning.
Bill Caswell made history a year ago when his old, thrown-together $500 Craigslist BMW triumphed over $400K race cars to make the podium at the WRC Rally Mexico. For Caswell, our story about his exploits changed his life and made him a semi-star.
When we wrote up Bill Caswell's exploits as the $500 Craigslist rally driver we never expected it to be one of the year's biggest stories. Bill's still got the E30, but he's since upgraded his shop crew.
Bill Caswell and his $500 Craigslist rally car have a new challenge: the Baja 1000. Caswell's heading to SEMA, welding together a Baja E30, then heading to Mexico. He took a break from construction to share his plans with Jalopnik.
Last week, we told you the amazing story of how Bill Caswell took a $500 Craigslist BMW to a World Rally Championship event. Now a Jalopnik reader has dropped the car into Forza Motorsport 3. Wanna drive it?