First, let me introduce my Subarus;
1998 Impreza JDMLRSTi
, (L, RS everything'ish, EJ257 block, Ver8 big port heads, Ver 6 4pots. etc.) Built by Dom @ TiC
2011 Impreza WRX STi
Second, let me introduce myself... I'm a car fan, love most things automotive.
Subaru is cool, Ford is cool... Even Mitsubishi! Since I was a wee little thing growing up in Denmark cars have been my thing.
The first car I bought with my own money was a 1989 Merkur XR4Ti
I was 17 when I bought it, and regret that I don't have it anymore... I blew the turbo up and installed a hybrid t3/t4 but never got boost under control...
Turned 18.. was out on my own and just wasn't taking care of myself or my car... In the end my parents donated it somewhere, I still have the title laying around.
After finding love at 20, my life took a huge turn up and has been better ever since.
I bought a Lotus at 24, and slapped a supercharger on it
220whp in a 1950lb package
Two years later my wife and I decided we needed something a little more practical, sold my wifes Mercedes CLK430(Thought I'd sell the Lotus? Hah!) and picked up our first Subaru! A 2011 STi with 7 miles on the clock
About 4 years ago, I decided to jump into something I've wanted to do since I was 14... Stage Rally. So I bought a prepped rally car, and Rally-X'd it...
I never got to rally it unfortunately and as of yesterday, that car is sold.
In pursuit of a way to Rally while I prepped my own rally car, I decided to give co-driving a try.
First Rally, in a very well prepped EVO IV, driven in Gentleman Style by Tom Barton. Managed 3rd place!
Second Rally, with the son of Tom Barton.. Brian Barton and his Turbo 323
Third Rally, with Gary DeMasi in his custom V8 Extra Cab/Short Bed Ranger... Affectionately Known as Scary Gary!
After my first 3 rallies... I decided to approach Erik Potts, who was looking for a co-driver.
Erik's team usually fielded 3 cars. Jaws, with Michael Reilly/Josh Benthien. Red, with Tyler Rohrer/various.. And Martini/Ford which was Eriks.
The team employs a full service crew, which takes stress levels at events way down!
My willingness to get into a rally vehicle with Gary DeMasi convinced Erik that I was up to the task.
Our first Rally together was to be ESPR, which I had done the year previous with Brian Barton.
We really clicked on the 2nd day... And it turned into 1st 2wd/3rd overall of ~40 entries
Next we did the New England Forest Rally, DNF'd with a broken tie rod.
After that we did Black River Stages, DNF'd with a broken radiator and grenaded exhaust manifold
We're currently looking into picking up a Subaru for the 2015 season