Back in 2012, Americans Chris Duplessis and Alex Kihurani made it to Finland to run the round of the World Rally Championship. To everyone in the U.S. rally community, it felt like a victory in and of itself. Watch this video and understand why.
It’s there. I mean, it’s not. You feel it. The absence. It weighs on you, a hunger. Maybe you could fulfill your inner empty with this excellent 2011 Ford Fiesta caged and prepped rally car previously run by one of America’s greatest talents.
I check my phone at 5:59am; like an eager kid on Christmas morning waiting to unwrap his Nintendo (said kid is me).
First off, apologies for possibly THE most distasteful Oregon Trail Rally/Oregon Trail Video Game joke/analogy ever conceived. With every tragedy comes opportunity - like making a drawing I could never have gotten away with otherwise.
If you were not already aware, this is the greatest Toyobaru in the country. It's the Nameless Performance GT-86 and it will be tearing a rear-drive hole in the American rally scene this year.
You can trust rally drivers to powerslide next to thousand foot drops racing up the Northeast's highest mountain, but you can't trust them with pool toys.
Rally cars! Crashes! Powerslides! Extreme! Extreme! EXTREME!
Chris Duplessis is that one goofball friend you're always glad to have around. Perpetually smiling (even when his rental cabin catches fire at a rally) and always ready with a joke or story that will surely leave you laughing like a madman. Stick him in a rally car on the other hand and you get a completely different…
WRC Finland is this weekend and it's the rally of all rallies. Sure there are more epic ones in length or difficulty, but nothing matches the speed and jumps of Finland! When one dreams of being a rally driver, it's on the stages like Ouninpohja.
Chris Duplessis, heralded by many as the next big thing in American rallying, needed to raise $10,000 in funds to get himself and his front-drive Fiesta R2 to WRC Finland so Jalopnik and other folks put out the call. He made it and then some.