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MY PRO-RALLY AUTO RACING

Overview

Back in the early 1990's, I used to race SCCA Pro-Rally as a co-driver for James Cook, a contractor living over in Alpine. James owned the cars and did the actual driving while I set in the passenger seat with a Route Book and a Trip Computer. This essentially meant that I was in a race car without the benefit of a steering wheel or brake pedal or anything. Just a computer, a stopwatch, and a pat on the back now and then.

We started with a VW beetle. Drove it for a couple of years and I managed to get first place in my division while co-driving in it. Then we moved up to a Mazda RX-7. Very fast even though we were using the 12A engine rather than the bigger 13B engine. James had done a very good job at building it up. It looked good, was very reliable, and faster than a sailor with a three day pass.

Unfortunately, my budding family, funding constraints, and ever-increasing rule restrictions led to our decision to end this hobby.

Pro-Rally racing was by far THE FUNNEST thing I had ever done.

Click on the links on the left of this page to learn more.


Things I have learned:

  • Do your homework. >100 MPH in the dark with lots of turns and lots of trees is not the time to be learning.
  • Never look out of the windshield unless you have to. Trees swishing by and smashing off parts of the car you are in are best left unseen.
  • Sometimes you have to learn to trust someone with your life; completely; and utterly. Then put that thought aside and concentrate on your own job.
  • Even the underdog can win, if he shows tenacity, perfectionism, and a will to keep his foot on the gas.

So, did you like the information on this page?
Would you like to see more?
Then please email me and let me know.
 

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Pro Rally Display

 

VW - SilverCliff
The VW

 

Mazda RX7
The Mazda RX7

 

 

 


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