Well, in what some may call “crazy” and I refer to as “quirky and charming”, I got back last night at 2:30am after solo driving nearly 1000 miles at one stretch from outside Tampa, FL to DC. I realized that was my second longest marathon solo car drive, the longest being from Santa Cruz, CA to Glenwood Springs, CO this past summer. Although I did nap a bit on that 1100 mile drive, so maybe it doesn’t count. Nah….it counts!
July 5, 2011, Washington DC – Mega Monkey Motorsports™ announced today that GoPro, makers of the world’s best HD cameras for sports, is sponsoring the team’s 2011 race season.
Mega Monkey Motorsports™ campaigns a class 5 unlimited baja bug and co-founder Emme Hall gets additional seat time by driving with Desert Dingo in their class 11.
GoPro has provided Mega Monkey Motorsports™ with one HD Motorsports Hero camera for the remainder of the 2011 race season and beyond. GoPro’s HD Motorsports HERO is the world’s highest performance 1080p HD on-board video and still photo camera. They provide professional quality 1080p, 960p, and 720p HD resolutions record at 30 frames per second (60 fps in 720p). The HD Motorsports HERO easily mounts to any helmet, motorcycle, ATV, car, plane, jet ski, boat, snowmobile or other vehicle. The camera’s quick-release mounting design makes it easy to re-position the camera around your vehicle for professional quality HD video from several angles.
“Some of our friends got some excellent video from the Mexican 1000 this year with their GoPro cameras. I’m so glad we’ll be able to do the same,” said Emme Hall. “Additionally I’ll be able to use the GoPro to record in car footage for my Roadfly TV car reviews, get some shots while running autocross with the Sports Car Club of America, and I’ll take it with me to Morocco when I run the Rallye Aiche des Gazelles in 2012. GoPro cameras are easy to use, nearly impossible to break, and deliver fantastic video.”
Based in Half Moon Bay, California, GoPro is the world’s leading manufacturer of ultra-convenient wearable and gear mountable digital cameras. Since 2004, GoPro has been designing cameras and accessories that make it easy for people to capture images and video during their favorite activities. Its products include the patented HERO line of shockproof/waterproof wearable cameras and gear-attachment devices. You can view their products at www.gopro.com
About Mega Monkey Motorsports™
Mega Monkey Motorsports™ consists of Emme and her father, Larry Hall as well as various unpaid but highly appreciated mechanics and welders. It’s a cross country, even international group as Emme lives in Washington DC and Larry in Colorado and Mexico. Larry previously raced the SCORE series with La Rana Racing in the early 1990s. Emme currently enjoys a very busy life which includes working as a costumer for Ford’s Theatre and doing car reviews for Roadfly TV. She participates in Solo competition with the Sports Car Club of America in her 2001 Mazda Miata whenever she can. To learn more visit www.megamonkeymotorsports.com
Life can throw you some curve balls in some epic, epic ways, y’all. Since I left Colorado I’ve had a super bad kidney infection, my ATM card was compromised (and since I’m away from my home Bank of America can’t seem to get me a new one), I said the *really* *wrong* *thing* to someone, and I’m living in campus housing with 2 roommates, one of whom is a former student. There’s nothing like running into someone you’ve graded while wearing a towel on the way to the shower. It’s awesome. On the plus side, I picked up a sponsorship with GoPro, formed a team for the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco next year, and will be picking up some seat time with Desert Dingo in the inaugural USA 500, July 14-17 in Reno.
Alright, let’s take the good and expand on it, shall we? First of all…drive time at the USA 500! I’ll be getting at least one 60 mile co-driving leg and one 60 mile driving leg in Desert Dingo’s class 11 bug. For those not in the know, class 11 is basically a stock bug. You must add a roll cage, of course, and you can upgrade your suspension and tires, but you are still only allowed one shock per wheel. You have to run a Type 1 1600 cc engine with a single carburetor no larger than 24.10 mm and a Type 1 stock 4 speed manual transmission.
I’ve also been lucky enough to partner with Team Courage Racing for the Gazelle Rally in Morocco. I met Michele at the NORRA Mexican 1000 where she was instrumental in organizing the race and making it an awesome time for everyone. She’s a great driver who loves to kick ass and take names…just like me! We’re in the process of identifying sponsors and deciding on a car. We are thinking about running a Predator. What do you all think?
Most of the pictures I’ve seen from the Gazelle rally are of trucks; Hummers, Jeeps, etc. A buggy is perfectly legal according to the rules and would seem to me to be better suited for the dunes…sand storm not withstanding.
And lastly, I am so happy that GoPro has given us a little help towards getting some cameras. We’ll now have two cameras for the USA 500, plus I’m sure I’ll use them with Roadfly and any autocross stuff I have time for. If you don’t know about GoPro, you should. Small and affordable, GoPros record in high definition and can be placed just about anywhere. Roll bar, windshield, surfboard, your head…the possibilities are endless. I’ll be knocking out an official press release soon but for now, I’d just like to say, Thanks GoPro!
April 12, 2011, Washington DC – Mega Monkey Motorsports™ announced today that the Waterfront Bar and Grill, San Diego’s oldest tavern, is sponsoring the team’s 2011 race season.
The Waterfront will be providing Mega Monkey Motorsports™ with funds to prep their Class 5 Unlimited baja bug. They will also provide housing for members of the team as they meet and prepare for races in Mexico. Their first race will be the Mexican 1000, a three day race down the Baja peninsula, May 4-8, 2011.
“I got my undergraduate degree at UC San Diego,” said Emme Hall of Hall Ass Racing. “My friends and I would go to the Waterfront in Little Italy…and now they are joining our team! It’s very serendipitous!”
The Waterfront serves excellent burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers, but also offers breakfast for any early riser, be it fisherman or otherwise. You can catch a local band, have a beer on the patio, or dance to the DJ stylings of Junior and his Dive Bar Disco every Thursday night.
About The Waterfront
The Waterfront Bar and Grill is located at 2044 Kettner Blvd (between Grape St & Hawthorn St), San Diego, CA in the neighborhood of Little Italy. Chaffee Grant and Clair Blakley opened the Waterfront in 1933, shortly after the prohibition was repealed, with a new custom bar, a few bar stools, a juke box, slot and pin-ball machines and some food snacks on the bar. It is rumored that Wyatt Earp, who had businesses in San Diego was an early customer. Today, the Waterfront is owned by Nancy Nichols. With the help of her two grandsons, Chad Cline and Jason Nichols, she hopes to continue serving San Diegans for years and generations to come. For more information call 619-232-9656 or visit www.waterfrontbarandgrill.com
About Mega Monkey Motorsports™
Hall Ass Racing consists of Emme and Larry Hall as well as various unpaid but highly appreciated mechanics and welders. It’s a cross country, even international group as Emme lives in Washington DC and Larry in Colorado and Mexico. Larry previously raced the SCORE series with La Rana racing in the early 1990s. Emme currently enjoys a very busy life which includes working as a costumer for Ford’s Theatre and doing car reviews for Roadfly TV. She hopes to begin Solo competition with the Sports Car Club of America in her 2001 Mazda Miata this summer. To learn more visit www.megamonkeymotorsports.com
April 4, 2011, Washington DC –
Hall Ass Racing announced today that Off-Road Vixens, an extreme motorsports clothing company designed specifically for ladies, is sponsoring the team’s 2011 race season.
Off-Road Vixens is providing Emme with clothing to wear at contingency, in the pits, or for her on camera work with Roadfly TV. Additionally, Emme will be distributing ORV clothing to women in Mexico at any of her races down the Baja Peninsula.
“My day job is heading up the costume department at a regional theatre, so partnering with a clothing line is a no-brainer,” said Emme Hall of Hall Ass Racing. “Since I started racing, it has been difficult to find race-inspired clothing that is feminine yet with an edge. Another boxy t-shirt is not what lady racers need.”
Off-Road Vixens carries tanks, tees, hoodies, bottoms, and accessories. T-shirts feature a longer center back length and a flattering sleeve cap. Most ORV clothes are available from XS-2XL, accommodating lady racers of any size.
“Off-Road Vixens Clothing to me is more than just clothing to wear, it’s something that defines your way of life,” said company co-founder Shari Dawson Bisquera, a long time rider of BMX bikes, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles. “I want to bring recognition to all the girls out there who love to do all the “boy” things!”
Off-Road Vixen’s second co-founder, Carey Hirschberger-Kiehn has been riding snowmobiles and dirt bikes her whole life. She says, “I never really felt I knew what I wanted to do until this venture. I love motorcycles and clothes; and now I can ride my bike and look hot too! What more could a girl ask for…”
About Off-Road Vixens
Off-Road Vixens Clothing Company was formed in November of 2008 by two friends who share a passion for dirt biking and snowmobiling. Being a woman who rides a dirt bike, snowmobile, atv or anything else in the extreme motorsport category gives a girl a certain amount of pride. ORV gives those ladies a way to show their pride in their sport by designing a line of clothing just for them. Visit ORV on the web at http://www.offroadvixens.com
About Hall Ass Racing
Hall Ass Racing consists of Emme and Larry Hall as well as various unpaid but highly appreciated mechanics and welders. It’s a cross country, even international group as Emme lives in Washington DC and Larry in Colorado and Mexico. Larry previously raced the SCORE series with La Rana racing in the early 1990s. Emme currently enjoys a very busy life which includes working as a costumer for Ford’s Theatre and doing car reviews for Roadfly TV. She hopes to begin Solo competition with the Sports Car Club of America in her 2001 Mazda Miata this summer. To learn more visit http://www.hallassracing.com