Crazy Couple of Weeks
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!