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Thanks for visiting – Here you are!

I’ve managed to hit the two buttons on the computer that it takes to create a time-lapse video of our time at the car show.  See if you can spot me!

If you want to be sure that I haven’t neglected the new car ‘Hatches’ just watch this:

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The 2012 Greenwood Car Show!

Dustin and I are planning on taking First and Second at this years Greenwood Car Show. We’ll park ‘Patches’ and ‘The Purple Panda’ as close to 80th as we can.

For all the new visitors to this website looking for more rally information, I’m putting a few links below for you to check out.

Spend some time exploring the blog, and catching some exciting videos.
Local Rally-X http://oregonrally.com/ http://rallybc.com
http://www.nwr-scca.org/Rally/index.htm

NW rally Forum http://www.specialstage.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?29-Pacific-Northwest

NASA sanctioning body http://www.nasarallysport.com/main/

Rally-America sanctioning body http://www.rally-america.com/

NW Rally Experience/School – http://dirtfish.com

World Rally Championship – http://wrc.com

Our next event is going to be the Olympus Rally in Shelton Wa.  on Sept 22-23rd.

Thanks for visiting!


Idaho Rally 2012 – 5th Gp2

The Crane Rally Crew has ended their long off-season with a mid-pack finish at the 2012 Idaho Rally. Adam and Britta in #742 ‘Patches’ were 5th in class, while Dustin and Jeff in the #206 ‘Purple Panda’ managed 8th. The Idaho Rally was a perfect event to come back to. The organisation was excellent, the roads were great, and the competition was top notch. 39 cars entered, 15 of them in the 2wd class. Regulars from the NW like Dave Clark, Jason Staats, were joined by Sean Lane, Michel Hoche-Mong and several other competitors from down south.

While the event and competitors were prepared for us, we weren’t ready for them. ‘Patches’ got a bit of cleaning and love, but I came down with a cold that had me feverish and snotty all weekend. The Purple Panda got some new body work, but was missing some power from the engine, which had only a quick shakedown before the event.

The Olympus Rally is next on the calendar, but it’s a long ways off, in September. Look for more refinement from your classy pals in the CraneRallyCrew.

Videos are up Here: http://contour.com/users/acrane

See http://www.IdahoRally.com for more info

Yay Yay Yay Yay Yay Yay


We’re back from Idaho

This is just a quick post to thank everyone who made the 2012 Idaho Rally a fun event.

Competitors, Organizers, volunteers, photographers, diesel pumpers, teammates, our crew (Ken), our hosts (Neal, Priscilla).  Thanks.

Here’s a video of the prep to keep you busy while we finish the event write-up and up-load the incar videos.

If you keep an eye on our twitter feed, you’ll have first dibs on the videos as they’re published.


Pre-Rally Idaho

The 2012 Idaho Rally is next weekend, and boy are we excited! The Crane Rally Crew’s last race was the crazy snow filled adventure called the Big White Rally. If you live in a place that has seasons, you know that snow happens in the winter. Winter was a long time ago, and we’ve missed the fun of racing our rally cars. The Oregon Trail Rally was just a few weeks ago, and I went to help crew, take photos, and hang out with my rally pals, but it’s not the same as strapping in and putting the pedal down against your fast friends. There were a couple of reasons for missing Oregon including the Purple Panda’s snowy roll, and the ongoing preparation of ‘Hatches’ for WRC Mexico next year. It’s finally time to race.

Idaho Rally has been a favorite of the Crew. The roads are amazing, the organization is great, and they care about everyone who takes part, from the volunteers, to the service crews. You can read about our experiences last year -here-. The roads remind me of my eastern Washington youth; smooth, with good sight lines, and variety of turns and elevation. Dick Rockrohr and the whole group of organizers have been growing and improving the event each time we race. Speaking of ‘growth’ this year there are more competitors than ever! 49 car teams, ~20 of them 2wd. There are a bunch of crazies racing in UTVs, ATVs, and Motorcycles too. Carl’s Cycle in Boise, and Larry Miller Subaru sponsor the event.

The Crane Rally Crew is ready to Race! I’ve had a fun few weekends dusting off ‘Patches’ the Corolla for what may be his last race (really?). Updating the safety gear, and counting my old tires are where my prep has stopped. Dustin has had a fun few months repairing the Purple Panda. A new hood, fenders, headlights, bumper, frame, suspension, radiator hose, body moulding, alignment . . . hmm, I’ll stop there. A race is what we’ll have. If Dustin in the Panda can put the power down, he’ll be a podium contender.

We look forward to the weekend, follow us on Twitter @PandaCraneRally

He’re a video shot at last year’s event to whet your appetite. Idaho 2011

And a classic!


For your Weekend Viewing

Oregon Trail Rally In-car videos!

I’m going to put them all here, and if you’ve got more info, leave me a comment, and I’ll update the captions.

Sorry about the washed-out roads, we didn’t have time to center and aim the cameras quite right. Go to my Contour page to see the videos with the GPS maps.


Getting back to my Roots – Service for 509

Dave Clark is a friend I grew up with in Yakima, on the east side of Washington state, area code 509. He got into rally a few years ago and was supprized to see me already there. He’s had All-Wheels-Driven, in Bend Or. build him a new RWD Toyota. I’m going to see if I can be of any help to him this weekend.

Good Luck Dave!