So, I tried rallycross, and it was pretty much the best. I drove in my way too new, way too shiny STI:

I got last in Stock AWD, 1 second slower than the driver ahead of me. Not too bad for my first event, but last is last. The course was way rockier and rutted than I had anticipated, so I felt pretty nervous about my car after the event. Nothing was seriously damaged, except for the wheels which now look like I’ve driven into every curb in Seattle. I should note that the car kicks ass in the dirt, and the feeling of the AWD pulling that hard on such a loose surface is a little intoxicating.

Even though my car made it out of this event mostly unscathed, I can tell that it will rattle itself apart or worse if I do too many of these events. Even driving on unpaved forest roads for a couple hours wasn’t as rough as this. Therefore, I did the most logical thing:

Hi.

I bought a Neon.

Specifically, a 2-owner 2001 ACR with 79,000 miles on it. FWD on the dirt is plenty of fun, and this specific car is lightweight, has a short wheelbase, and even has decent ground clearance. The only thing missing from the rallycross wishlist is an LSD. I’ll need more seat time before that becomes my limiting factor.

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I’m extremely excited not only to have a rallycross car, but also just an extra car that I don’t have to worry about.