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What the Doctor Ordered

Last week, news broke of the creation of a new sanctioning body for rallying in the USA. Named the “American Rally Association”, this new organization announced its intentions to serve as the custodian of American stage rallying moving into the future. At first, this seemed like an amicable transition of leadership from the current organizer/promoter: Rally...

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The Future is Bright Indeed

It’s no secret that Ireland and Irish rallying holds a special place in my heart. It was in Ireland where I caught my very first glimpse of a WRC car flying between stone walls and hedges on a narrow ribbon of tarmac, and from that moment on, I was hooked. Since that fateful day when...

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Is It Time To Break Out the “C” Word?

The word “classic” gets thrown around a lot when it comes to rallying. At times, it is used appropriately when we reminisce fondly about classic cars, classic stages, and classic rallies of days gone by. Other times, the word falls a bit flat when over-used by media and event promoters to conjure up an artificial...

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#Yprexit?

This one certainly came out of left field. In a twist that no one saw coming, the Ypres Rally has announced its intentions of joining the British Rally Championship. This news comes just a few days after the director of the rally put out a fairly scathing press release about the European Rally Championship and...

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Can You Really Blame Them?

The WRC doesn’t care about privateers. It’s a controversial statement, but I’m going to stand behind it. Why do I say this? It wasn’t so long ago when the manufacturer teams left the WRC high and dry during the economic down-turn in the mid 2000’s. Who was it that filled out the rally entry lists to prevent the...

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Catching Up

It’s been a little while since I’ve caught up on the rally news scene, and for that reason, it’s been some time since a new piece was posted on World Rally Blog. In the break between Portugal and Sardinia, my motor sport attention had been slightly diverted from rallying to the various high profile circuit-based events...

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A Dangerous Precedent?

Before diving into this topic, I want to take a moment to congratulate Kris Meeke on his 2nd WRC victory. What I’m about to write is by no means a reflection or criticism of Kris’ performance this weekend. We can’t forget that it’s been over 3 months since he was last competing in the WRC....

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Do We Need “WRC 1.5?”

Last week, the story broke of the growing debate over what is to be done with the current generation WRC cars due to be replaced at the end of the 2016 season. The last time the WRC faced this issue was at the end of 2010 when the 2.0 litre WRC cars were replaced by...

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