Post-Rally Wrap Up!

The car survived a pretty grueling 3 day road rally over the Sierra range this weekend. The only losses were a hose clamp on the gas filler pressure tube and the nuts holding my turn signal on (clear tape provided a temporary fix). Some of the transit roads were pretty bumpy since we were way out in the middle of nowhere but the car really performed great.

If you’ve never done a rally event, I highly recommend it. Especially if you have a fast car and like to wrench. I won’t publish which roads, but it was hundreds (probably well over 1000 corners) ranging from 0 to 7000 ft of altitude. It was great to introduce the car to a bunch of new people (about 100 attendees in 75+ cars). It hung with some of the best from pro-street muscle, to Porsche’s, to heavily modified European classics/retro, to JDM imports. There’s not much better than chasing a flame spitting R32 GTR down a twisty road or a resto-modded GTO through the high-desert forest. This one was the Driving While Awesome Sierra Rally. They do roughly 1 or 2 events per year - typically in California.

It was truly a driving/social event, so I didn’t grab many pictures but I’ve attached a few. I’m still shocked by how much attention the car gets - especially after someone follows in front or gets behind it in the twisties.

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A few cars had issues but I was super impressed with how people teamed up to get the cars back on the road. The GTO blew a line off it’s oil cooler yesterday and between everyone donating oil, my donated hose clamp, and the owner’s tools/knowledge of the car - it was back on the road in about 20 minutes. Good thing too since we were an hour from civilization. Another note on the people - sure there were a few egos around but 95% of the 100 people were amazing. Chill, cool, funny, and respectful. I loved that. It really did kind of feel like adult-summer-camp. Another great part is that you meet [person] with [car] and not [name] from [job]. I have almost 0 idea what any of these people do for a living. It hardly comes up. Some are race drivers, some own shops, some drive school buses, some are retired. You wouldn’t even know unless you talked for more than an hour. Almost every conversation is about the cars, the experiences, and learning. Incredible.

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