Way back in 2001 I attended my first rally race. The Rim Of The World Rally was run by the SCCA and is part of the ProRally championship, which was discontinued in 2005. I went to Palmdale on the first day and saw the Special Stage, on a parking lot and adjoining dirt lot in front of the the Holiday Inn, and then the start of the first regular stage that took the cars into the desert. Petter Solberg was racing that day, on a ProRally Spec Impreza, of course, but wasn't competing for points.
I brought along my first digital camera, a Sony Mavica FD81, a one-megapixel camera which today feels pre-historic, that recorded images and video on floppy discs: no SD cards yet! I brought along two dozen or so floppy discs and took plenty of pictures. For years I thought those pictures were lost, but to my amazement I just found them on a DVD I burned a few years back. So now I can upload them and share them on Oppo.
One thing that I find incredible looking at these photos is the variation in cars being raced. From Mini Coopers, to Hyundais, Subarus, a lonely VW Type 4, VW Golf, Mitsubishi Galants, etc. On a Rally America race nowadays you will find the overwhelming majority of cars are either Ford Fiesta, or Subaru Impreza, Mitsu Lancer Evo, and... then there are a few odd other cars. The field in 2001 was much more eclectic.
I must say that I am amazed at the quality of the photos taken 13 years ago with a one megapixel camera. The photos are quite good. The video, all the way at the end, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of video quality, but the sound is ok. Without further ado, here are my pics from the 2001 Rim Of The World Rally:
And finally the video. I won't make any apologies for the video or audio quality, just remember this was shot on a digital camera that today is considered pre-historic: