Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb 2015, VW Canadian Styling


It’s hard to believe it’s been 7 years since my media man and I drove this hill. Since that time, I’ve been involved with other racer types. It was so cool when I received the following in an email.
Sead Causevic runs a couple race teams in ChumpCar World Series. One hit the wall this past season at Pacific Raceways and it was scary bad for the driver, but he walked away somewhat unscathed.
This team has a great following and I’m proud to share his video of their excursion to Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in 2015.
You don’t always attain your goals, but having a great attitude, surely helps.

Here are the Pikes Peak videos, feel free to watch and share them!

Mr Lister: 2008 La Carrera Panamericana

In 2008, La Carrera Panamericana sported a Lister. Memories resurrected with the Collector Car World news that appeared in my inbox today.

Click on the photos to be redirected to an Autoblog recap of the 60 year anniversary (Lister Knobbly proposed continuation) and the results from Barrett-Jackson 2015 Auction, brought to you by Sports Car Digest.

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#458 Mr Lister Dia Uno_2008 LCP


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#458 Mr Lister 2008 LCP_Dia Uno_Stage 1

A Class Act with a Classic Car: ’54 Hot Rod Lincoln

The holidays bring moments of connection; past, present & future.

Tom Overbaugh, Paul Wendt and Corky Robinson will forever be folks that I am grateful to have met. The connection always brings a smile.

Recently, I received an email from Tom.  “Paul and I did a presentation at the International Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen on Saturday.  We talked for TWO! Hours.

La Carrera Panamericana still enraptures and enthralls!

Here’s a write up from the Ithaca Journal.

Team 426_Zacatecas in 2008

Team 426 in Zacatecas 2008

Qualifying Day: La Carrera Panamericana 2014

It snuck up this year.

La Carrera Panamericana usually ends on or near November 2nd, All Souls Day. If you work backwards, that would put the start date right around October 24th. It’s a full week ahead of schedule!

So, I’ve been ignoring the ramp up, until this morning when the familiar pi-plunk rain drop aural notification from my cell phone indicated a message had arrived.

The gray bleary weather outside reflected my remonstrative self, procrastinating the work day as I rolled to look over my messages and email. What’s new? Maybe something grand is happening in the world and someone wants to tell me about it.

Twitter feeds from Rene Ortega @RANACHILANGA download to my cell phone. A tap on the url link from his tweet, and, then.., a glow begins. There IS something grand happening in the world.

Courtesy Ranachilanga Photography

Courtesy Ranachilanga Photography

Rene’s posting shows the Prensa (Press) sticker being placed on their car. I sit up still staring at the photo and a smile emerges remembering that feeling. The excitement of being at the start of La Carrera Panamericana!

It was seven years ago when Roberto Mendoza, who was in charge of publicity, agreed to consider my blog as Prenza material. I was elated, thrilled!

Ah? But, the challenge. Only one Prenza door panel remained. Our resourceful driver, Antonio Peñaflor came to our rescue and found the answer at the driver’s meeting that night, another door panel. It read Seguridad.


Prensa Pass

Prensa on One Side, Seguridad on the Other: Copyright RoadRallyRhythsm.com

Prensa on One Side, Seguridad on the Other
Photos copyright RoadRallyRhythms

The best of both worlds!

Viva La Carrera Panamericana!!!

Click on the links around this blog’s header to follow along with those in the race this year. Check out Facebook for a plethora of posts and photos. Click on the map below to link to the Official La Carrera Panamericana website for maps, routes, and daily result postings.

La Carrera Panamericana 2014 Route.

La Carrera Panamericana 2014 Route.


Swag For Rail Project: ChumpCar World Series

ChumpCar World Series: Pacific NW Style

Walking out of ChumpCar World Series Race Central Sunday afternoon on an all-weather Labor Day weekend, I encounter The Ridge track workers carrying an aluminum rail.

Turn 5 Guardrail: The Ridge MotorSports Park

Turn 5 Guardrail: The Ridge MotorSports Park

Now, who of you would not process that something grand is about to happen?

A question proffered to filming for posterity received a resounding, “Yes! C’mon!”

Giggles surface while walking the Paddock and watching these guys hunt down the lucky recipients: The Great Canadian Oil Burners, Team # 411.

It's Ours?

It’s Ours?

Arriving at their pit stall brought all sorts of incredulous smiles and exclamations, “We actually get to keep it?”

It’s yours, you ‘bought’ it!” came a wink and a nod toward Turn 5’s Armco aluminum barrier, bump-tested in Saturday’s afternoon endurance Race #2.

“Wow! Let me get straps for the trailer!”

Signed, Sealed and Delivered!

Signed, Sealed and Delivered!

You think they’ll see their way fit to letting us through the border?”

Prior to signing their aluminum contract, the entire team and their fans had recently returned from a Race Central foray, buying out every last item of The Ridge seasonal swag that fit.

It seemed a win-win-situation and a grand exchange!

Needless to say, ChumpCar World Series rocks!

Results (courtesy of MyLaps Sports Timing):
More photos:
The Ridge: “NOT The Fortyfortyfortyfortyforty-four”

Turn 15 at The Ridge

Turn 15 at The Ridge: Chasing #925, Chotchkie’s Racing

Down the front stretch

Down the front stretch: The Great Canadian Oil Burners

Team # 411, The Great (and amazing :) Canadian Oil Burners

Team # 411, The Great (and amazing) Canadian Oil Burners

’69 Datsun Roadster: Race or Restore ?

Garaged for the Night 69 Datsun RoadsterIt is so nice to have my baby back! Just in time for Indian Summer cruising in the PNW.

Group2 MotorSports got it purring, but we had a prompt return to fix a vacuum advance issue. Seems the engine is not quite original and the high performance aspect was not wholly considered in the first set of specs used for adjustments.

In Honor of Lucha Libre Racing

All better now!

Test run this evening and my coach, who is riding shot gun reminds me, “These are high performance cams!”

Happy to be here – Paul medaled! – Nuevo Laredo arch, 2008

Oh my!






Brings back wonderful memories of Lucha Libre Racing in La Carrera Panamericana!

Gerie, Paul, Michael – Nuevo Laredo 2008 LCP Finish Line


ChumpCar World Series: The Ridge Complex

Courtesy Andre Meunier, Oregonian Week in Review

Courtesy Andre Meunier, Oregonian Week in Review

My co-worker is related, through marriage, to the missing woman who resided in Dundee, OR with her two small children and a loving husband. The moment officials announced her as missing, the news hit the tabloids and the social media market. As the story wanes, I make the mistake of reading the comments in the news articles. People are unbelievably cruel and unjust with their comments and speculations. It makes me sad and angry.

The Gaza strip, the Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak, the immense suffering affecting people the world over inundates us each and every day. It can really be depressing, if you absorb too much of it.
We all find coping mechanisms. Some of us get involved to change the world, others to affect a small portion within their community, and then, there are those who come together to enjoy a sport or passion, reveling in the subsequent endorphins and the laughter that accompany it.

ChumpCar World Series is such a place.

Spokane 36

Spokane 36

People who, despite all their other concerns and all their life’s upheavals, spend the money and time to meet up for a weekend and perform in an endurance road race, enjoying a moment of competition and camaraderie.

It’s fast and it’s cheap.

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#44 Crapst Blue Ribbon Racing

So, while you’ve been distracted with the World News or the grand athletic pitching sensation that is Mo’ne Davis, six ChumpCar World Series have taken place in this past month; one at Portland International Raceway (Portland, OR), one at Brainerd International Raceway, another at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), Las Vegas Motor Speedway, AutoDrome Saint-Eustache (Quebec, Canada), and Michigan International Speedway. It’s a busy schedule with over 50 road courses running this season in the USA and Canada.

And, the best part?

I play registrar in the ChumpCar World Series Western Region!
It’s an exceptionally good position to play.

#557 Dog n Pony Show

The racers here in the Pacific Northwest are a remarkable group. Even with engine blow outs and gear mutilation, folks end the event smiling. In the Pits, teams help each other out with spare parts and labor. Laughing at the trials and tribulations and encouraging their competitors back on track, phenomenal feats are accomplished in less time than it takes a race car to run one lap around the road course.
With every race event, one or two more teams join in the fray.


#410 Scrap Attack

Next event in the Pacific NW?

The Ridge MotorSports Park in Shelton, WA  August 30th – September 1, 2014.

Stay tuned!
Or, better yet?

Come join in the fun!

PIR, Haute August Nights, courtesy of Therese Lombardi Photography http://thereselombardiphotography.zenfolio.com/p597534694

Results from PIR, August 1st and 2nd 2014:
Can be found online at: http://www.mylaps.co…/events/1056554

Or, for download at: https://drive.google…WG8&usp=sharing

Do It All Over Again!

Had a great conversation with a co-worker today about La Carrera Panamericana.

And found a few new photos: Flickr.com_La_Carrera_Panamericana_2013



Now, I ask you…,

How do you spin a glorious time and experience into 15 minutes or less?

It’s just not doable.

Quinta Real Zacatecas

ZacatecasSo, we talk about the history of Mexico and the beauty of the interior of Mexico. I explain, with wide eyes, the entrance to the oldest bull ring in North America found in Zacatecas and how it has become this fabulous boutique hotel.

Then, there’s the intricate architecture found on the cathedrals in the towns along the race route, the aqueduct in Morelia, and how, it’s a shame, that many US citizens only know Mexico by its resorts and border towns.

What is great to see as the 2013 La Carrera Panamericana photos get sorted out on the internet, and more make their appearance every day, is the human interest aspect of the race.

How many of the photographers, service crew, fans, support staff, and maybe a few of the racers themselves will return to their countries of origin that much more enriched from their experience; each dealing with their PCSD (Post Carrera Stress Disorder), in his or her own way.

Waiting until next year to fulfill a dream, or… just do it all over again!

Enjoying the Moment

“Did you find what you wanted?” my brother-in-law asks.

“Did I find what I wanted?” I retort laughingly. “I didn’t go to La Carrera Panamericana to find something I want, I went to enjoy something I love!”

It’s a hard concept to explain and even harder for people to understand why anyone would find joy in little sleep, hard work, long, strenuous days driving across the countryside, and plunking down pesos for entrance to a banos that is unclean, unkempt, and the TP garnered is from your own supply! But, those are only minor inconveniences.

2008 Aguacalientes

2008 Aguacalientes

How do you explain the thrill of seeing friends in their vintage racecars coming through yet another arrival arch and knowing the trials and tribulations it took them to get there? The well-wishes, the camaraderie, the knowledge that you get to drive really, really fast along country roads in a vehicle that was made for yesteryear. Enjoying the sights and sounds of a country that in some ways is so advanced and in others, so rural that it is hard to comprehend the lifestyle.

Auguacalientes Zocolo

Auguacalientes Zocolo

Is it possible to share the delight of having a beer or two in the town square where hundreds of onlookers and fans gather to wish you well and to thank YOU for coming to their country? Where kids want a Kodak moment in front of their favorite racecar or vie for an autograph on one of its postcards?

And then…, in the quieter moments of the late evening after the driver’s meeting is over and done with and the mechanical aspects of the racecar are satisfactory – the bench racing and daily stories come to the forefront and laughter erupts until tears hit the floor.