I have to start by saying this year's 100 Acre Wood may be one of the best Rally America events in recent times. Not just because of a few notable names, but also due to the almost perfect weather and roads. Last year there was still snow, like we didn't get enough of that at Sno*Drift. The temperatures this year were around the 50s and 60s with smooth, fast gravel roads. After the absence of Block in Round 1 and the delayed return of Travis Pastrana until this round, the field finally felt complete in Missouri. Read More
The Belgian rally season traditionally kicks off with the Legend Boucles de Spa. In fact it has marked the beginning of each season since 1953, when it was named 'Rallye des Routes Blanches'. After 2004 the rally was no longer part of the Championship, however it has become one of the best historic rallies in Europe. Read More
2014 marks the beginning of another season of the Rally America Championship. Held in northern Michigan during the last weekend of January, the date ensures the roads will have a nice covering of snow to always mix things up. The big news going into this year's SnoDrift Rally was the return of Travis Pastrana and the absence of Ken Block, Crazy Leo, and a few other teams. But Pastrana's car wasn't ready in time, so it was looking like it would be a showdown between Higgins… Read More
Our buddy Egil Håskjold make the trek from his home on the stormy Atlantic coast of Norway to the frigid interior, where temps are low and the spirits are high. What was the occasion? you might ask. You see, in Norway it gets cold enough to freeze lakes big enough to turn into racetracks. Okay, so it gets that cold in few other places too, but Norway also has a strong car culture and lakes close enough to major population centers to make this is a thing. If you're a… Read More
In an effort to bring you, our readers, more worldly content, we've brought on Max Müller from Luxembourg. Nestled into the point where Belgium, France, and Germany meet, it's insanely close to many of Europe's world-class racing events. Mr. Müller has prepared a brief introduction so you guys can get to know what he's all about!
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I had some money left in my Alaska Airlines account due to a cancelled flight, and I had to use the money by the end of August or lose it. Since next year's motorsports schedules hadn't come out yet, I had to think of someplace to go besides Formula D or Rally America. Well, I didn't have to think too hard. Where better to go on Alaska Airlines than Alaska? I picked a date at the end of December since I'd be in Washington already anyway so the flight would be shorter. Read More
I think Joe mentioned once that whenever he puts together a best-of-the-year post he hates his previous year's best photos. That's a good goal to have as it would indicate growth as a photographer. I don't hate all my 2012 stuff, but I do think my selections from 2013 are a lot better. Most of my strongest photos from this past year are also the simplest, maybe nothing more than a single small object surrounded by negative space. As an added bonus, many of the photos in this post link to… Read More
Maybe only after the year I was born, 2013 has been one of the best years of my life. Between being allowed to relive races on here, and following Noble Star Rally around, it's been an interesting and awesome year. I have to start off with this epic TVR Sagaris we randomly stumbled across in the south of England. I'm still amazed by the cars that just seem to show up in England.
Alex had forgotten that he'd applied for a credential for the Baja 1000 so when he got the confirmation it was a bit of a surprise. With less than a week before the race, he went into last-minute random trip mode, rented a car, and headed south for an adventure like no other. The race is based out of Ensenada, a mere hour and a half south… Read More
I got the opportunity to visit the great Province of Ontario and shoot the Rally of the Tall Pines last week, and man, what an experience that was. This was my first time shooting the Canadian Rally Championship as well as my first time in Ontario, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But isn't that at the heart of being a Life Blaster? Read More
The final round of the 2013 Rally America season took place in the top of Michigan's Upper Peninsula around towns of Houghton and L'Anse. The championship battle at the beginning of the rally was down to only 17 points between Higgins and Block, so there was sure to be tension in the air. Block won both rounds he entered last season, but mechanical problems kept him off the podium at Sno*Drift earlier this season which kept him down in points. He crashed out of 100 Acre, but he finished… Read More
After qualifying was over and the Top 32 bracket was filled out, everyone realized how incredibly stacked it was. In the first quadrant of the bracket, there were three champions (Saito, Forsberg, and Yoshihara) and the current points leader (Essa). That's half of the drivers in that quadrant. But in the same quadrant was also the 2011 Rookie of the Year (Bakchis) and a veteran driver who has been on the podium several times… Read More
After an absense of eight years, Formula Drift finally made its return to Texas. That's right, the last time pro drifting graced the Lone Star State with its presense was 2005. What was life like back then? A lot of this season's drivers hadn't even started drifting yet, but a handful of them were part of the series since the beginning. The podium at Reliant Center in Houston… Read More
When one normally pictures Yosemite Valley National Park they think of the majestic rock faces and the abundance of crisp natural beauty. The sheer impact of Yosemite's artistry attracts tourists worldwide with an average of 4 million visitors a year, and on any given weekend the park's 1,169 square miles of forest are flooded with nature-loving patrons. Despite Yosemite's natural attraction, there… Read More
Before an image has been seen or a paragraph read, let it be known that each and every sentence, word, and syllable has been drawn from the deep, dark, and mysterious mind of a spawn of teh intarwebz. The mind of Kyle Pope. This is not a story or an article as much as it is the cerebral vomiting of a man who resides entirely online. Until now. What you are about to read is the recollection of a series of events that may not ever be repeated. Bash to the Future... -Shreeve Thursday… Read More
Dusty. If I could only use one word to describe the conditions around Detroit Lakes, that would be the one. In an eerily similar course of events to those of the Olympus Rally last season, Ken Block ended up first on the dusty road, kicking up enough dusty dust to cause the rest of the field to only be able to drive at half of their normal undusty speeds. That's a huge advantage, and frustrating for the rest of the… Read More
How could I pass up going to 86Fest, the biggest AE86/FR-S/BRZ show in North America? Antonio Alvendia called me up to see if I could shoot it, and I had a free weekend and enough other reasons to spend a couple days in LA, so I took the opportunity when it came to me! I showed up to Auto Club Speedway at 8 and had to wait in line with the show cars even though I was working for the event. That's okay though, it gave me a chance to shoot the roll-in.
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