Rally-America-Logo-10-22-12The Lake Superior Region Car Club, hosts of the Lake Superior Performance Rally, was recently impacted by the recent Federal Government shutdown that forced the closure of Federal lands used in the rally racing event scheduled for October 18-19th in Houghton, MI. As a result, organizers have constructed an alternative two-day event schedule that will operate roads not affected by the Federal closure.

LSPR organizers had permission to use the Ottawa Forest roads located near Kenton, MI for Friday’s competition, but were recently advised by the USFS-Kenton Office that the issued permit was invalid as long as the Federal Government remained unfunded.

The new LSPR event schedule will reuse Saturday’s stages for a total of 96 stage miles, a decrease of 29 stage miles compared to the original plan. Friday service will still take place first at the Copper Country Mall then in Covington, MI.

Baja-Rally-8-28-13ERENDIRA, BAJA CA, MEXICO – The Baja Rally announced that NiteRider Technical Lightning Systems has joined the inaugural BAJA RALLY as a ‘partner-level’ sponsor in the highly anticipated, first ever navigation-based motorcycle rally to take place in Northern Baja this October 3-6.

Founded 25 years ago and based in San Diego, NiteRider is the maker of premium lightning systems in the technical lighting space with applications that span sports, industrial and military operations.  The BAJA RALLY is a launch pad for NiteRider as they launch an exciting new line of lights to the off-road market.

Baja-Rally-8-28-13ERENDIRA, BAJA CA, MEXICO – Bajarallymoto.com has announced that PCI Radio has teamed up to support the radio communications for the Inaugural BAJA RALLY this October 4-6 in Northern Baja, California.

“Were definitely going to support the bike guys”, explained PCI’s Scott Steinberger, “This is a brand new event for Baja and something PCI wants to be part of.”

Signal Hill CA based PCI Radio has long been the mainstay for communications in the off road industry with over 25 years of leadership backed by handfuls of class championships and 5 BAJA 1000 wins. PCI will provide radio equipment and expert service to the BAJA RALLY official team. While participant riders are not permitted to use radio communications, rally officials will depend on PCI’s proven systems to secure the stage routes and implement safety measures.

NORRA-Logo(Agua Dulce, Calif.) — With just under two months to go before the green flag drops on its second vintage-flavored rally of 2013, the National Off-Road Racing Association (NORRA) today released additional event details for its newly created 2013 NORRA Mexican 500, also known as the “La Carrera del Norte” (Race of the North).

Today’s announcement includes a complete event schedule (see below) for the upcoming NORRA Mexican 500, as well as additional course and hospitality information.  Scheduled for Sept. 27-30, the new four-day event is the second NORRA vintage-flavored off-road rally of 2013, and incorporates many of the unique elements of its sister rally — the highly popular General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000, which takes place in the spring at the end of April.

Rally-Aicha-des-Gazelles-Stage-2--3-24-13Friday’s Leg Two of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles began with the steady pace brought forth by American Team #136 Beavis/Hamilton.   The team rose in the morning to find themselves holding firmly on to 6th place, thanks to smooth, fast driving and carefully chosen lines leaving them at 5.04km points (ISUZU.)  In front of them, top veterans such as Dakar driver Elisabete Jacinto and teammate Valerie Dot (Team # 160 – VW) at 3.45 km, Jeannette James and teammate Anne-Marie Borg (Team # 161- VW) at 3.55 km points, Carole Montillet and teammate Julie Verdaguer (Team # 187- ISUZU) at 4.43 points, as well as Laura Nigido-Amisse and teammate Valerie Sanfourche (Team # 147 -ISUZU) at 4.50 and Angélique Alvergnas and teammate  Sidonie Dubrule (Team # 162 – VW at 4.64 km.)  American Team #136 Beavis/Hamilton is also in 2nd place in the ISUZU Media Challenge as of early Saturday the 23rd (with Women’s Adventure Magazine as media partner) and 1st place in the 1st time Competitor Challenge. It’s noteworthy that Hamilton has no professional driving experience and this is her first time competing in a rally raid.

Salem, MO — The sudden arrival of winter ice and snow conditions could not prevent Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew from winning the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood held on February 22-23rd in Salem, Missouri. The hard fought victory gave Higgins his first 100 Acre Wood Rally victory in three attempts at one of the more slippery events in recent memory.

On the first day Higgins and Drew fell behind early to Hoonigan Racing’s Ken Block and Alex Gelsomino and to Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team’s Antoine L’Estage and Nathalie Richard until a fateful stage 6, the first nighttime stage. Block suffered frontend damage and L’Estage retired from the event with overheating issues that left Higgins with the overall lead.

It was a disappointing withdrawal for L’Estage who hoped to build on his Championship points lead after winning the Michigan based Sno*Drift Rally in late January.

Another great day for the French-American Eric Vigouroux Racing Team helps confirm yesterday´s performance of second place at the arrival of the second stage of 311 kilometers, the longest of Morocco´s Rally 2012. The Chevrolet Trophy Truck marks an outstanding time only 27 seconds behind the stage winner Holowczyc in his official X-Raid Mini.

“It´s a great satisfaction to see our efforts rewarded,” Vigouroux said at the finish line. “We had to attack hard and take high risks in order to obtain the second best time of this special stage, because in speed sections, 4×4 are untouchable. We had to give our best at each time the terrain was advantageous to our car and avoid all mistakes to stay in track. This is how we were able to reach and take over Holowczyc´s Mini in the dunes today. We even took the lead for some moments and then, once the terrain became fast again, we had to stay back.”

DENVER, CO – Magpul Industries Corp. is sponsoring a rally truck for the 2011 Breslau Adventure Rallye. Couch Off-Road Engineering, the Magpul-sponsored team, will be the first-ever American team to participate in the rally. With more than 300 participants, the “Breslau” is the biggest motor sport event for professionals and amateurs of the off-road and all-wheel drive scene in Europe and the second biggest in the world after the Dakar Rally. The annual rally will begin in Breslau, Poland, on June 25 and end in Dresden, Germany, on July 2.

Now in its eighteenth year, the Breslau Rallye, known as the “last great adventure,” will cover more than 1,600 kilometers (roughly 1,000 miles) of special stages. Participants in the license-free driver rally are expected to have exceptional driving and navigation skills and a capacity to quickly repair even the most serious vehicle damages. In addition to the personal endurance required on single stages up to 400 kilometers (roughly 250 miles), vehicles must be able to withstand challenges like meter and half-deep mud holes, flowing river crossings that can exceed 2 meters deep, speed-intensive events across forest terrain and Sahara-like deep sand stages.