I wanted to end the year by compiling some of the information that I think is important to the Crane Rally Crew. It will be a long post, with lots of bullet points. If I can get my infographics team on it we’ll have a colorful update sometime later. The goal isn’t to bore anyone to death, just to show you how deep our love is for all things rally. It will also be a way to compete against Dustin.
Stay tuned for a fun future announcement in February, and thanks for all your support in 2011!
Twin Peaks Rally Cross
*with Dustin in the Panda
Britta -The Gold Standard
13 if you’re counting this one.
contour -adam 2,351 [57 videos]- dustin 2,497 [10 videos]
youtube -blocked at work
Crane Rally Crew match books handed out ~212
Candy handed out to Volunteers ~32lbs
OA 0 CRC
2WD 13 CRC 1 PANDA
Gp2 14 CRC 1 PANDA
Placing in Gp2
2nd 6 CRC
3rd 2 CRC 1 PANDA
DNF 2 CRC 2 PANDA
Championships – CRC
North West Rally 2nd Gp2
Norton Championship 1st
South West Rally 2nd 2wd
Bilstein Cup 2nd
Rumbles -RIP 8-10mpg
Nevada – great video
Mount Hood – ended up in 3rd, from 1st
Big white – ended up in 3rd, from 1st
Rumbles -5, 3 blowouts
Flat tires -1 onstage
Tire Brands used Hankook, Lassa, Silverstone
Tire compounds used hard, med, soft
Favorite tire Silverstone
Wheels Destroyed -7 -don’t use soft Volvo wheels
couldn’t begin to count.
Engines Used By Panda Team
3 – Bones, Reddy, 20v
Patches – George Doganis, Hendo, Gottlieb
Panda – Dave Clark, Patches
Biggest Fans – let us know in the comments
Most Missed Competitors
Lou and Randee
Tom and Don
Sean and Jeanne
Most lusted after new car
Most discussed topics- ME!?
Hardest working Crew-
IOU hall of fame
North Nevada, loved the roads and length.
Most exhausting rally
Idaho, a long solo drive out meant I was never rested.
Cameras destroyed – Sorry Contour, I don’t even have the footage.
Gb of footage collected – 43Gb
Scrap Metal Sold- ~$800
Event Summary -2011 -CraneRallyCrew
Twin Peaks Rally Cross
DNF – Crashed in the 3rd Qualifier while leading -Video
footage of the crash made it into the ESPN3 Broadcast
5th Max-Attack (2wd) – $500 (our largest Prize to-date)
11th OA Day1
2nd Gp2 Day1
14th OA Day2
3rd Gp2 Day2
13th OA Day1
4th Gp2 Day1
DNF Day2 DNS Day3
6th OA Day1
2nd Gp2 Day1
4th OA Day2
2nd Gp2 Day2
4 fastest 2wd times
3 fastest 2wd times
2 fastest 2wd times
4 fastest 2wd times
Hello everyone! If you don’t know me I’m Dustin, and I am the driver of the Crane Rally Crew #2 car, otherwise known as the Purple Panda. I’m gonna try and do a quick run through of my entire first rally season and then we can get into the spectacular ending of Big White Winter Rally.
The Big White Winter Rally was a Big Adventure.
The Crane Rally Crew returned to the Great White North fully prepared to finish the Big White Winter Rally. Last year deep snow and improper preparation led to a disappointing end for us, halfway through the event. This year, with help from Sean, Kris and Robert, everything was ready with minutes to spare. Speaking of spares, our good Portland OR friends managed to bring up ten rally snow tires! Thanks Garth, Pat, and Blake.
The Big White Resort hosts the Rally, and Jennifer and the rest of the organizers made sure everything was set up for us. Great roads, nice venues, killer parties. We even got help finding hotel rooms. An extra nice treat this year was a 2wd prize fund, sponsored by Rallysport.ca. The Spirit of the Rally award of $400 dollars, sponsored by Valley Mitsubishi came home with Dustin in the Purple Panda, along with a great story he’ll post here later. Despite a few delays, the event wrapped up right on time, and everyone had a hot meal in the Happy Valley Lodge, while awards were handed out to the volunteers.
We went for the challenge, and stayed for the Competition. Eric Grochowski and Leanne Junnila make up a 2wd team from Calgary AB, with an impressive string of class wins, they started 3rd on the road. Dustin and Jeff, in the Purple Panda, promised to win the novice class. Roads were a mix of nice compact snow on a hard base for the shorter stages, to complete compact Ice at the end of the long stage. Unfortunately, setting the fastest 2wd time on the first stage made me competitive, which is why we were challenged by a snowy ditch on the second stage. Halfway through Black Forrest, I dropped the co-drivers side tire a little to far into a soft snowy groove. We were caught and spun 270 degrees, ending up with the back end in the ditch. We lost ~9min while I used a shovel, wits, and floormats to rock the car back onto the stage. While our fast stage times continued, so did our ditch time, with another off on Gem Lake South. A late call from Britta, along with a competitors fallen warning triangle managed to snow bank us for another 10 minutes (there is footage of the recovery on youtube). We were now 20 minutes from the rest of the 2wd field and decided that one more trip to the bank would finish us. While cruising to the end of the stage we saw Dustin on the side of the road with the OK sign but no car in sight.
Thanks to Britta’s co-driving, we got through the last dark and slick stages without incident, only to find we’d snuck our way onto the 2wd Podium in 3rd. The 2wd Mitsubishi got stuck too along with 4 other cars on the same stage. The champagne spray was a first for the team, and I can’t wait to see the photos. We ended up taking 2nd in Gp2, and a $100 dollar check in spite of our troubles.
We finished the season with 7 rallies, and only one DNF. Look for a full season review with some fun stats in the next few weeks.
rally results are here: Big White Results
Pictures by our Media Manager Noah are here: Big White Album
After an epic season of rallying, the Crane Rally Crew got enough points to win the inaugural Joshua A. Norton Rally Championship. The championship consisted of “five rallies in four states, in six months” and as the only team to run all 5 events, we had a certain advantage. That’s not to say we were dragging our feet out there, aside from a mechanical DNF from 2nd place at the Oregon Trail rally, we finished the rest of the events on the Gp2 podium. While we were at it, we claimed fastest 2wd stage times at Reno, Mendocino, and the Mt. Hood rallies.
We’d like to thank:
Jim Robinson for organizing the Championship.
SafeDrives for the 30% off coupon.
and of course the other competitors, the volunteers and the organizers, who allow us to race.
Our next, and last event of the year is the Big White Winter Rally on Dec 2nd in Kelowna BC. See you there!
The early entry deadline for the Big White Winter Rally is November 21st, so I put in our entry Today!
My problem last year was a lack of preparation. This year I’m trying to get everything together ahead of time. How am I doing so far?
I’d like to thank Sean Medcroft for some wiring insparation, and Robert Gobright for some Van help.
The Purple Panda is already wining – they put their entry in last week.
Here is a list of stuff that I’m trying to get rid of. And here is the gallery of stuff.
16.5″ wheels from the old box van
exhaust off of an AE86 GTS Corolla
wheels for a Corolla
interior from a Corolla
Suspension parts for a Corolla
wheels for a volvo
The Crane Rally Crew gets passed in the dark for third after leading
the 2wd cars at the Mt Hood Rally in Oregon.
Every rally is special, but the Mt Hood Rally carried extra
significance for the Crane Rally Crew this year. We were excited
because of the unveiling of the new rally transporter, tentatively
named Van VanLandingvan, and the debut of the PurplePanda’s new heart,
a 20 valve motor for car 206. There was also a certain trepidation,
due to the team’s recent performances at Oregon events. We needed to
eliminate the curse of DNFs from the Oregon Trail Rally this spring,
and have a solid finish for our championship hopes. The Norton
Championship had me in the lead but a tough competitor from
California, George Doganis would be racing here. The Pacific Northwest
Rally Championship was also going to be interesting, because Dave
Henderson (Hendo), the solid leader was no longer racing in our class.
There was a small chance of catching him with a good finish here, and
at the Big White rally in December.
The 2 wheel drive competition was amazing. Charles Buren from
Safe Drives organized a prize fund to encourage some extra effort
from the 2wd teams. Over $1000 of cash and prizes were on the line
(details here). 13 teams were working for cash, and after the second
stage, 4 of them were separated by only 6 seconds. Dave Clark was
driving Henderson’s old car, on loan from AllWheelsDriven, and
going very quick for his first time in a FWD car. The old red SAAB 96
of Garth Ankeny was also in the fight on the tighter stages. Before
the final stage, after 40 minutes, and ~30mi of racing, that spread
was just 15 seconds, with yours truly leading.
The Mt Hood Rally ran on just 3 roads, to make 7 stages, so every mile
counted. Gilhouley proved to be the decider on this event, it was run
3 times. 17 road, the second and 5th stage would prove to be my
highpoint, setting the fastest time on both runs. Unfortunately, Fir
Mountain, the longest stage of the event was canceled on the first
running because of motorcycles loose on course. On the second running,
the course was blocked by the Subaru Legacy of Chris Caylor, who had a
big roll, meaning every competitor behind the wreck (all the 2wd
teams) got the same time.
With the pressure on, and the light fading, we sped through Gilhouley
for the last time. Believe me when I say we went as fast as we could.
Or you could believe the ContourGPS camera, which caught us making an
exciting save halfway through the stage. We crossed the line with a
time 16 seconds behind both Honda teams, Brian Gottlieb, and George
Doganis, who tied for fastest 2wd time. George took the win, his 3rd
against me, and Brian, jumped from 4th to 2nd, beating me by only 1
We were thrilled to lead such a strong field, with so much on the
line. Thanks to the organizers, and volunteers who put on such a great
event. Another thanks to the strong Group 2 field for such a tight
race. And thanks to our teammate Dustin in the PurplePanda, for a
mechanical DNF halfway through the first stage – the Oregon curse has
passed on. His engine was strong, and pace was quickly catching up to
the new power.
The Last event of 2011 is coming up! – and I still need a WIN!
See you all at the Big White Winter Rally on Dec. 3 in Kelowna B.C.
Results: Maintained by RallyData.com
Event page: www.MtHoodRally.com
Contour Videos: Contour.com/users/acrane
Youtubes from the Contour GPS camera: http://www.youtube.com/user/a0adcran