|07-14-2015 01:51 PM|
|07-13-2015 05:08 AM|
I pop over hear so often. It is funny to see the name of the KIDS of folks I used to run Rally's against in the last 1970's (Datsun 510/Mazda RX2).
I remember Ray when he was skinny guy driving a Dodge Colt. (That was a while ago). Hmm, I really should tell my son to get take his '92 240SX out to one of the Rally School classes.
|07-07-2015 01:45 PM|
|TWCFI||Hey, I know this is a dead thread but I attended Tim Oneil's School several times while I was rally racing. Hands down the best driving facility, coaches, course setup, and cars in the states. I have been out of racing for some time but did win a Club Rally National Championship in a Production GT WRX back in the day. I credit that to Tim and his teachings.|
|01-20-2015 06:28 PM|
Here's info on the CRS rally/rallyx/co-driver school for this year...
I was pleasantly surprised to see they used my car in this school link:
Itís the CRS Rally School, and you have to go! | California Rally Series Rally School
|10-06-2014 07:17 PM|
Getting back to details on the CRS Ridgecrest school.....
Saturday starts with the classroom instruction.
You get a binder illustrating different rally driving techniques and details.
And several different instructors speak with an overhead projector to help with the teaching.
Instructors run from somewhat to very experienced Stage rally competitors.
And also very experienced rallycross competitors(and I believe autox as well)like Bill.
Even though I plan to run stage rally some day I signed up for the rallyx course(as opposed to the stage rally or navi course).
Our group went out to hit the dirt and practice while other groups(Stage rally or navi) received additional instruction and hit the dirt at a different time.
The practice course was at the Ridgecrest fairgrounds and consisted of a dirt skidpad and figure eight course, along with a modified version of the rallycross course we would race on the next day.
We started on the "skidpad" with instructors in our cars, and got a feel for what speed our cars could go around it before understeering,and then what happened when we left foot braked.
Then we hit the figure eight and practiced the same technique but with rights and lefts.
Then on to the rallyx course for some higher speed fun/practice....
Different instructors would jump in your car for the runs so you would get slightly different prospectives /tips from each and see what worked for you and your timed runs.
Some pics of that day:
|10-04-2014 07:28 PM|
Nothing against awd-if thats what you are into.
Personally I have zero interest in it-2wd is where its at!
Even if I won the lottery today-my stage rally build starting tomorrow would be 2wd.
Now I'm not saying down the road someday that I wouldnt go awd as I gained experience......
|10-04-2014 06:52 PM|
|SMC||looking good Its funny how most people assume that its awd or nothing when it comes to rally. AWD is nice, more so when you get into the open classes. But FWD and RWD cars are damn quick and SOooo much fun to rally in! Cheaper as well. Like I tell folks all the time, racing is only as expensive as you want it to be.|
|10-03-2014 11:25 PM|
Sorry but I couldn't resist bumping this crusty old thread,as I attended the Ridgecrest CRS rallyschool in 2013,but just found this thread.
I'm a bit of a newb here...longtime lurker.
Sold my old FSJ Waggy years ago to concentrate on running Rallyx in my Ford Focus.
Hopefully stage rally soon.
Miss having a 4x4 and end up here sometimes dreaming.
Saw Pirate also has a rally forum-cool-here I am.
And I happen to know a couple of the of the posters in this thread..
OTR and WAM to be more precise.
This'll be a clue to them who I am:
Anyway, the CRS school was great!
And-Hi Kris! -did you ever go to any rally school?
|06-11-2011 07:32 AM|
WAM - One of the funniest rally moments. Ray Hocker sweet talked his way into letting us have official observer documents for the ADAC Rallye Duetschland, and running as "pre course" car in my stock BMW. Ray is a good man.
Odd part these days... don't know any of the rallyist, but last names.... kids of folks I rallyed with!
|06-04-2011 01:51 PM|
I did the 1 day fundamentals course at dirtfish in Snoqualmie WA. it was worth every penny. Full race prep subarus and top instructors. brap! i didnt like the long break for lunch but i guess you gotta stop and eat sometime. The 3 day course with the race prep group n subarus is next for me for sure.
|04-24-2011 08:46 PM|
'Pace notes' are typically hand written (WRC guys write everything from scratch). 'Stage notes', which are what's used in the US can include some of the 'how', but you typically have to recce the stages and ADD your own additions to the stage notes.
|04-20-2011 09:57 AM|
Tulips are pictoral depictions of major road features.
They are used in Route Books to describe where something major might occur in the road.
Conversely, stage notes describe EVERY feature, continuously, but do not describe the road surface or how to drive it.
Pace notes give information on HOW to drive the road.
You really need to be comfortable reading the road to be able to drive safely when your co-driver looses their place. It will happen. As was previously mentioned, it takes a while to begin to see the differences between the different corner gradients, crest styles, lengths, etc.
|04-18-2011 02:00 AM|
I went to the Rally-X at Dirt Fish this weekend!!
(this post has nothing to do with what is being talked about)
....but it was fun, and got to check the facility out a little
|03-05-2011 02:32 AM|
I have been on PBB for 10+ years and just noticed there is a rally section. Hmmm....
I am taking the Dirtfish 3 day school in april. Will report back, but everything I have read sounds awesome. Grant, let me know how Savannah does with the Dirtfish guys (and accomodations!). What do you mean by running Tulips?
UP2MTNS, good to see a norcal rally guy here. Would love to pick your brain sometime.
|02-25-2011 03:01 PM|
But, if you can make it and its not a hardship or anything, well....you gotta start somewhere, so why not right away? Just don't get caught up in all the 'yellow highlighter vs. green highlighter' BS. Take your time....learn WTF a "Right 3" even looks like vs. a 'Right 5'.
DON'T worry about the 'plus' or 'minus' crap, but get used to getting in a rhythm, calling the 'opens' and especially the 'tightens' and pay SPECIAL attention to the "cautions"....this is where I think rookie teams can help avoiding balling up the car on the first hairpin of the first stage.
EXPECT to get lost, and don't worry when you do......this way, the driver should still be 'reading the road' while the co-driver keeps pace. TALK to each other, so many times you watch the WRC rally video's where the co-driver is going 100mph on notes and everyone thinks that's how it has to be....don't be afraid to talk back to your co-driver....tell him to slow down, or speed up or if the next turn looks like a 'Right 3' but he just said, "Left 4" then just say "Hold up.....wait...." and drive what you see.
A lot of co-drivers keep their heads down and just read....that's fine if you're both experienced and comfortable with each other and the car, but I personally like to pick my head up and make sure the notes I'm reading jive with what's ahead of us. I also like to use my own 'pucker factor' if I feel someone is driving too fast (if you're both new, and as the co-driver you feel you're scared of going off the road? tell your guy to slow down!!....turn a R5 into a R4 on the fly!).
At the same time, when you get more experience you'll also know when you're driver isn't pushing it, and you can get them to go faster with encouragement or maybe putting a 'plus' on the end of a 'R4'.
When I was co-driving with Kevin Welker last fall at Prescott in his older Subaru RS, we were coming over blind crests that were right 5's and 6's and he kept lifting just before the top of the crest, finally I was like...."Its a SIX....don't lift!!! GO GO GO!!!"
|02-25-2011 02:44 PM|
Bill....that literally made me laugh out loud, thanks for the Friday afternoon kick in the pants.
|02-25-2011 09:09 AM|
BTW - I have a connection with the Dirtfish school in WA through the young driver I manage. Savannah is the youngest driver to finish the Pikes Peak hill climb, and she has been invited to Dirt Fish for some promotional stuff middle of next month.
If there is enough interest on this forum, I can ask them if they will offer Pirate forum members a discount. I am in no way directly connected to DirtFish, and have no financial interest in their business, but I will see if I can get cheaper rates if there is interest from this forum.
|02-25-2011 08:19 AM|
|02-25-2011 12:52 AM|
I actually didn't get to make it down there either, too much stuff piling up here kept me in town and unable to make it.
Anyway....in regards to 'which one'....honestly, I didn't take any of the co-driving classes before I got into the silly seat and I did fine. The CRS school actually covers the basics for everyone before they break out into sessions.
Depending on who you talk to, co-driving can sound pretty intimidating and akin to rocket science. Its really not that hard....I know some navigators have a 32 point checklist....I've been 100% error free with a watch, a few pens/high lighters, cell phone, and a handful of zip ties (I like to zip tie my pens to the roll cage).
As long as you can do basic math and understand that 5:36pm plus 93 minutes is 7:09pm, you're good to go. Yes, lots of tricks and tips out there and 'best practices', but for you're first few events....keep it simple.
|02-23-2011 10:51 AM|
|WAM||Pretty good advice. But I'd say put your "best student" into the Co-driver class. Then cross-train each other after the class. Check the schedule tab for future rally schools: http://www.californiarallyseries.com/|
|02-23-2011 10:23 AM|
I ended up not making it. Two weekends at KOH, a broken jeep, and some sorta bug in my throat got the best of me. Im bummed about it, but it'll happen eventually...
Onto your question...
Both "WAM" and UP2MTNS" here are instructors for that school and could better answer it than me. Here is what WAM said earlier about driver vs. co-driver sessions...
If I were you guys, Id figure out who was going to do more of the driving and divide up that way. You can always share the info afterwards and then when the opportunity comes up for another school you can switch roles.
|02-21-2011 10:49 AM|
OTR, how was the CRS class in RC?
We really wanted to go over the weekend, but my work schedule didn't permit.
I had a question regarding the driver/codriver split for different sessions: If there were two people wanting to do both, would they have to attend the class twice, and do driver once, codriver the next and vica versa? Jake and I want to get into rally racing, but we both want to be the driver, meaning we have to take turns doing codriver.
|01-25-2011 10:06 PM|
|01-25-2011 10:01 PM|
yeah, you won't get turned away...just be sure to have a spare or two available.
Regarding your original post....I"ve done the CRS school on my own twice, now I teach.
I also took Paul Eklund's rally school as well up in OR, totally worth it. I now bring PE down to NorCal once a year and run an event. Similar format to CRS, but 'classroom time' is Friday night, and you drive all day Saturday. I was sore for 3 days after Paul's school.
FWIW, I started rallyX'ing in 2007 and took those two schools in a row. I was a noob at the beginning of the year. by the end of 2007 I was always top three and was competing for top 3 overall championship points in my class. (like I said, FWIW, haha) I also drove +6,000 miles to/from rallyX events that year....that was the beginning of my rally addiction.
I've also taken a half day course at SuperDrives in Ireland....got to drive an Evo 4 and an Escort MKII.....VERY fun.
Lastly, I did a half day at DirtFish rally school to learn on one of their Group N Dogbox cars:
they're all worth it, IMO.
|01-25-2011 04:51 PM|
Tires legal for street use will be legal to race. Not necessarily fast, but maybe fun.
Goatman is getting there. I called him last night and he was pissin about a frozen LCA bolt or such on the XJ. Better him than me.
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