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VW Starting WRC / Rally testing for 2017 Season

7 Aug, 2015
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As per an article we read over on WRC forums

“The German squad will be the first manufacturer to test a car featuring the exciting new-generation rules, the outline principles for which were given the green light by the FIA last month.
Double world champion Marcus Grönholm will drive the car when testing starts. It is believed that up to two weeks’ work is planned before the end of the year, with the Finn responsible for most of that.
Neither Grönholm nor Volkswagen Motorsport director Jost Capito would comment on the plans, but it is believed the test car will be a modified 2015 Polo R WRC, fitted with bodywork complying with the 2017 rules.
It is understood it could be the second quarter of next year before Volkswagen is ready to test a full 2017-specification car.
Grönholm, who inked a deal to join Volkswagen 12 months ago as a test driver, will be involved in the development of the new car both this year and in 2016.”

You can read more about it in the link below..

 

http://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/news/august/vw-2017-test/page/2688–12-12-.html

The Worst Rally Crashes of All Times WRC

Aug, 2015
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Alright guys check out this video of some of the WRC crashes, we must be nuts? Oh wait we just spend lots of money of safety equipment.

 

 

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Past Winner Of the Granite City Rally

6 Aug, 2015
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WINNERS OF THE GRANITE CITY RALLY

SINCE IT BECAME A SPECIAL STAGE RALLY IN 1968

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YEAR PHOTO WINNING CREW CAR

1968

Ron Charlton/Bette Charlton

Ford Anglia

1969

Jack Tordoff/Brian Merchant Ford Escort TC
1970

Bob Bean/Paul Stephens Ford Escort TC
1971

Roger Clark/Hamish Cardno Ford Escort RS1600
1972

Roger Clark/Jim Porter Ford Escort RS1600
1973

Roger Clark/Jim Porter Ford Escort RS1600
1974 No rally (fuel crisis)  
1975

Roger Clark/Jim Porter Escort RS1800
1976

Russell Brookes/John Brown Ford Escort RS1800
1977

Russell Brookes/John Brown Ford Escort RS1800
1978

Tony Pond/Fred Gallagher triumph tr7 V8
1979

Malcolm Wilson/Terry Harryman Ford Escort RS1800
1980

Drew Gallacher/John Eyres Vauxhall Chevette HS
1981

Malcolm Patrick/Brian Rainbow Opel Ascona 400
1982

Terry Kaby/Rob Arthur Vauxhall Chevette HS
1983

Darryl Weidner/Doug Hart Audi Quattro
1984

Ken Wood/Peter Brown Rover Vitesse
1985

Willie Rutherford/Brian Harris Ford Sierra RED 4x4T
1986

Alistair Sutherland/Peter Watts MG Metro 6R4
1987

David Gillanders/Ken Rees MG Metro 6R4
1988

trevor Smith/Roger Jones Ford Sierra Cosworth
1989

Graham Middleton/Paul Watkins Toyota Celica GT4
1990

Jimmy McRae/Rob Arthur Audi 90 Quattro
1991

trevor Smith/Roger Jones Ford Sierra Cosworth 4×4
1992

Alister McRae/David Senior Ford Sierra Cosworth 4×4
1993

Murray Grierson/Stewart Merry MG Metro 6R4
1994

Donald Milne/Bob Wilson MG Metro 6R4
1995

Murray Grierson/Stewart Merry Subaru Legacy

1996


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Andy Horne/Jim Howie

MG Metro 6R4
1997

Brian Lyall/John Bennie Subaru Impreza Turbo
1998

Brian Lyall/Martin Forrest Subaru Impreza Turbo
1999

Marcus Dodd/John Bennie Ford Escort WRC
2000
Kenny McKinstrey/Noel Orr Subaru Impreza Turbo
2001 No rally due to foot & mouth epidemic
2002
Andrew Wood/Anne Wood Audi Quattro S2
2003
Raymond Munro/Neil Ewing Subaru Impreza WRC
2004
Raymond Munro/Heather Connon Subaru Impreza WRC
2005
Barry Johnson/Stewart Merry Subaru Impreza WRC
2006
Dave Weston/Dave Robson Focus WRC01
2007
Andy Horne/Jim Howie
Andy Horne/Jim Howie MG Metro 6R4

 

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How to be a Part of the Team? Volunteers Needed!

Aug, 2015
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How to be part of the action(without buying a rally car)

Like any rally,the Granite City Rally depends on a large army of volunteers to work behind the scenes on the event organisation.

In the months leading up to the event a team of enthusiasts give up their spare time to spend long hours organising every last detail for this major sporting event.

On the day of the rally itself this number swells to hundreds as more enthusiastic volunteers man the stages, the radio systems, the time controls and rally headquarters.

Thousands of times are recorded, relayed by radio back to headquarters where they are input into a sophisticated computer system to produce the interim and final results. Radio points at the start and finish and at points through the stages keep a check on the competitors for safety reasons.

The marshals on each stage look after the time keeping and oversee yours and the competitors’ safety.

All these are vital jobs which ensure the smooth running of the event.

If you would like to be a part of the MultiWage Granite City Rally, contact the Aberdeen District Motor Club with your name, address, telephone number and the type of help you can offer.

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The 39th Granite City Rally

Aug, 2015
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The 39th Granite City Rally, ran on a compact route in the Kincardineshire forests. With 45 stage miles, all forest stages were single usage, and with only 90 road miles.

We had in our hearts the memory of Graham Lewis, who tragically lost his life in an accident on last year’s event, and our thoughts were with his family and many friends.

We were pleased and proud to welcome back our event main sponsors MultiWage Ltd, who now have a thriving presence in Aberdeen. The Ceremonial Start this year was from the Duthie Park, which is adjacent to their Aberdeen office. Their continued support allowed us to maintain the MultiWage Granite City Rally as one of the foremost Scottish stage rallies in terms of value for money.

This year we received additional support from Cansco Ltd, which allowed us to run two tarmac spectator stages at the AECC at Bridge of Don, this was last done (in daylight) in 1989 and floodlit in 1999. It was a superb opportunity to show off stage rallying to the general public, a great chance to generate exposure for all the sponsors supporting the event, and something a little different for the competitors.

After a lot of discussion at Championship level, this year we reverted to the format of running 2 wheel drive Cars in Classes 1 to 4, (up to 1600cc only), at the front of the rally. Once again, this gave competitors in the small-engined cars the benefit of smoother roads.

Rally HQ as usual was at the Thistle Hotel, Altens, where special weekend rates were on offer for the rally, and we are grateful for their assistance and hospitality which always makes the Granite weekend one to remember.

The Organizers would like to express their sincere thanks to all those who have helped with this event, in particular the following:

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The positives of performance coilovers on your vehicle.

1 Aug, 2015
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Uprated suspension is always a big plus for you in case you are into fast road, track or gravel racing. BC Racing Coilovers meet all your suspension needs to give you numerous advantages with improved performance being the most important and obvious benefit. Depending on your needs, there are various types of Coilovers available in Canada.
First, there are the full bodied Coilovers which come complete with shocks and everything else needed in the system. The kit is expensive, but then it comes with pillowball top mounts or aluminum top mounts and new bump stops which are all designed for the lowered car. There are also the sleeve type BR Coilovers which are less costly and they also offer you the flexibility of choosing the shocks that you want. However, using stock shocks is not recommended as they are not designed for the lowered vehicle. Finally, there are drag Coilovers which are only meant for those who strictly drag race. The rears are set in such a way that they prevent the car from shifting weight to the rear wheels when launching.
Whatever your racing needs are, racing suspensions and BC Coilovers allow you to lower your car to a level that improves your performance on the track.