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Video, Video, y Mas Video

Okay, maybe only two videos.  Not a lot to report in my off road racing world.  We are still looking for a 2 seater class 10, 12, or 1600.  Chassis and suspension only is okay.  Shoot me an email if you know of anything.

A few weeks ago I got to test the 2012 Beetle for Roadfly.  The good volks at VW have completely redesigned it:  no more flower vase, no more doinky little tail lights.  It’s much more butch now and tho the turbo takes a second to spool up, once it does the car is a lot of fun.  The full review should be up on Roadfly in a few weeks.

Photo by Andrew Albosta.  He’s kinda good.


I’ve had some good cars since I got back from Santa Cruz in August.  The Mustang Boss 302, Audi A6, VW Beetle, and 2012 Jaguar XK Convertible.  I’m hoping to get the new Miata soon and the 2012 Challenger, which I heard will be offered in convertible but no confirmation on that just yet.  A convertible Challenger just might make me change my devotion to 2 seater RWD convertibles.  Might.  Speaking of RWD convertibles, the last autocross of the season was on my birthday, October 23rd.  I ran in the novice class, which means I’m competing against a bunch of different cars, the only thing we have in common is that we are in our first year of competition.  There were M3s, M5s, a Neon, 335i, GTI, among others…a fairly big cross section.  I got a PAX time of 41.889 and first place was 37.608 in a (I’m not making this up…it’s what the results sheet says) 2011 Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Black Bat Man.  I have no idea what car it actually was.  But I ran with the C Stock people, which were 2 RX-8s, a 350Z, and a Miata.  Compared with those guys I was 3.5 seconds out of first.  At any rate, here’s video of my best run, with an actual time of 50.288.

And just for fun, I got all Roadfly on our baja bug while out at the Powder Puff.  I didn’t have all the fancy Roadfly equipment, and I recruited my mom’s friend Jane to be my camera gal, but I still think it turned out pretty well.  For the in-car segment, that’s my mom riding shotgun.  That was her first time in the car with me and she only shrieked once!

Things for Gazelles are slowly moving forward.  Michele has been working on getting us classified as a non-profit and I’ve been busy brainstorming possible sponsors.  I will definitely talk to the Moroccan embassy here in DC.  I’m here…I might as well use all the resources I got.

Quick Clarification

I would like to clear up a possible misunderstanding regarding my attitude in the Powder Puff race report.  Yes, it is true I called back over the radio, “I have money.  You get to McKenzie’s or KarTek right now and get me a torsion bar!” 

However, when I said “I have money”  I did not mean, “I am totally loaded and therefore you all should do what I say.” 

What I meant was, “I have money from canceling my cable, scrimping on my electricity use, not buying any of the massively cute clothes from the Boden catalog, and even taking on a room mate to help with the mortgage payment, and I would prefer not to give up on this race right now.”


I’m glad we could clear this up.

24 Video and Powder Puff Prep

Some great video has surfaced from VORRA’s 24 hour endurance race on Labor Day weekend, where I helped Desert Dingo’s 1107 take first in class.  You can read my race report in a previous post, but let’s just say it was a rockin’ good time.  At any rate, here is your video fix.

We are getting ready for the Powder Puff on October 8th just outside Barstow, CA.  All female drivers and co-drivers, racing for the cure.  Dad has made his way back to his summer digs in Colorado to pick up the car and get packed for his winter move to Mexico (I know, rough life, right?).  He’ll trailer 549 out to California and work with Jimmy of Shook Hawk Performance Engines to make sure the carburation is right.  If you recall, that’s what did us in at the Mexican 1000 in May.

I’ll arrive in CA on Thursday night, then run out to see Dave Bonner at Kartek to get a new helmet.  I’ve been wearing a hand me down and really need to get something that fits better.  Plus I want it orange.  The most obnoxious orange you have ever seen.  I want my helmet to look like the neon sweatshirt I had in 1986 (when I was 4, natch), but multiplied by 100 in brightness.

Friday will be a pre-run day and we’ll take the car through tech late in the afternoon.  This is always a fun time as a lot of the guys are in some kind of drag and people have decorated their cars with pink feathers, ribbons…there is even one car that shows up every year with a huge bra on the front end.  Hilarious.

All proceeds from the Powder Puff will go to Cedars-Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center.  It’s our team goal to raise $5000, and we still have a long way to go.  You can help us out, even with $10 (but we’ll take your $Hunnies too!) by going to my fund raising page.

It looks like we’ll be pitting with Team Courage Racing and Tut Tech Racing, and whoever THEY decide to bring out.  I imagine about a half a mile of pits where we all know each other and help each other out.  Should make for a raucous party on Saturday after the race!

There are a few more surprises I am working on for the Powder Puff.  I’m not sure if it’s all going to pan out, so I’m keeping quiet for now.  Can’t guarantee how long THAT will last!  In the meantime, check out the cool video from Powder Puff 2009.  You might see a bit of little ol’ me in there somewhere.

Powder Puff Here We Come

It seems I’ve hit the ground running since I got back from Santa Cruz.  I’ve moved into a new office at work, formed a team to take on the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles (more on that later), and have made plans to drive again for Desert Dingo in the next event, a 24 hour endurance race.

But what I want to talk about right now is boobs.  Do you have boobs?  Do you like people that have boobs?  Then help us save boobs!  Every year Hall Ass Racing campaigns our class 5-unlimited baja in the Powder Puff race in Barstow, CA.  The event raises over $100,000 for Cedar Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center and we are so proud to be a part of it.

But take it from me, this ain’t your mom’s race for the cure.  We are in it to win it.  The race routinely draws over 175 cars and 25,000 people descend on Barstow to watch us get dirty.  Competitors run the gamut from noobs who have only watched their husbands or boyfriends to professional lady racers with many podium finishes in SCORE, SNORE,  and BITD.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, after skin cancer. Today, approximately 1 in almost every 8 women (13.4%) will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer — and is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 35 to 54. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, approximately 192,370 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and approximately 40,610 will die. Although these numbers may sound frightening, research reveals that the mortality rate could decrease by 30% if all women age 50 and older who need a mammogram had one.

Only 5% to 10% of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer cases are “sporadic,” meaning there is no direct family history of the disease. The risk for developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages. (WebMD)

There is a link to my IndieGoGo fundraising page to the left of this blog.  If you’ve got a few bucks, I hope you’ll consider donating.  There are even a few perks available, like Hall Ass Racing t-shirts and magnets, even an opportunity for a ride in the co-driver’s seat!  Sorry guys…females only.

In 2009 we came in 4th in class, 2010 saw us earn 2nd (even after a last minute engine swap, no power steering, and the loss of second gear)…I’m thinking 2011 is our year to win!

My co-driver and I are so CLEAN before a race.