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Stillen Rally-Spec R35 GT-R

Just got word that Steve Millen has begun build on the Stillen Rally-spec GT-R35 with plans to compete in the Targa Newfoundland Tarmac Rally later this year. It should be interesting to see how this car holds up to those conditions. Stay tuned for more info on this one.

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Formula Drift Prepares for New Season

For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

Formula DRIFT Prepares for Sixth Professional Championship Season; Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale Thursday, February 26.

Long Beach, Calif. – February 24, 2009 – Formula DRIFT prepares to begin the sixth professional championship season. Reserved tickets will be available online starting Thursday, February 26 for Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 10 and 11. The season opener will feature the world debut of new drift cars, new and returning drivers, and lots more.

“Formula DRIFT is excited to enter its sixth season of competition and we have a lot of new things in store for the fans,” said Jim Liaw, co-founder and president of Formula DRIFT. “We are proud to present the world debut of new competition vehicles at Long Beach including the 2010 Ford Mustang driven by Vaughn Gittin, Jr., the 2010 Dodge Challenger driven by 2-time Formula DRIFT champion, Samuel Hubinette, and the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe driven by World Champion and Formula DRIFT champion, Rhys Millen. In these tough economic times it is great to see that auto manufacturers have chosen Formula DRIFT as one of their main motorsports platforms.”

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Garage Photo Contest

This pic is awesome! Obviously he took the time to be creative and time well spent on making this tribute to his garage and ride.

Contest Winner

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Prodrive Selling McRae WRC Car

A bunch of people alerted us to a post by Prodrive stating that they were going to sell off a bunch of WRC and Group N rally cars in their possession including Colin McRae's original '97 GC8 WRC car at a ridiculously low price of £85,000 ($123,000 USD).

As of this post, the car appeared to have been sold already. However, there are a bunch of other rally cars that you can buy from Prodrive as they try to sell off some excess inventory. Here's a link to the cars for sale.

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Marcus Gronholm WRC Return

Double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm has decided to come out of retirement to contest April’s Rally Portugal in a Subaru Impreza WRC.

The Finn, 41, will drive a latest specification Impreza run by Prodrive, with backing from Rally Portugal and its sponsor Vodafone. He will be co-driven by his navigator since 1995, Timo Rautiainen.

The appearance - which for now is being billed as a one-off - will be Gronholm’s first entry in a WRC rally since his retirement after Wales Rally GB in 2007.

“I made the decision a few days ago,” Gronholm told wrc.com. “It’s okay to come back again. Everybody is looking at me, and maybe I’m stupid, but to have fun and drive again, why not?”

Gronholm, who has won 30 WRC rallies, has taken part in the last two editions of Rally Portugal, driving a Ford Focus WRC on both occasions: in 2007 as a Ford factory team driver - when he finished fourth - and in 2008 driving the event safety car.

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Nurburgring: Anatomy of a Lap

There is a really cool article in Road & Track about the Nürburgring where they dissect and analyze every section of the 'Ring. It even describes the scenery as you're driving through each section.

"Nürburgring's Nordschleife is the original 13-mile circuit built in the 1920s. With turns too numerous (and sometimes too subtle) to count, it would take our whole magazine to go through the intricacies of each corner. Here, we've done our best to compress a lap of the Ring in a new Corvette ZR1 into its well-known sections, the names of which are actually posted around the circuit."

Full Article in Road & Track

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BMW Art Cars Exhibit @ LACMA

Saw this press release from BMW last week. Here's your chance to catch 4 of the cars in the BMW Art Car collection including those painted by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein. This exhibit ends on the 24th so catch it while you can. Here's an excerpt of the press release below.

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LACMA HOSTS FOUR BMW ART CARS BY WARHOL, STELLA, LICHTENSTEIN, AND RAUSCHENBERG; FIRST U.S. VENUE IN WORLDWIDE TOUR Los Angeles - The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents an installation of BMW Art Cars designed by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg from February 12-24, 2009. The cars will be on view in the BP Grand Entrance, an admission-free area of the museum's campus. LACMA is the first U.S. venue in a major worldwide tour of the cars; they next appear in New York City's historic Grand Central Terminal, March 24-April 6, before heading to a three-city museum tour in Mexico.

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Rally America Rd 2 Preview

Rally battle set for Missouri at Rally America’s Round 2

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (Feb. 16) – Subaru Rally Team USA driver Ken Block has a target on his back heading into Round 2 of the Rally America championship, the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, in southern Missouri Feb. 27 - 28.

The fast and flowing course suits Block’s flat-out style and he’s proven tough to beat at this early spring event. The event was the scene of the driver’s first national win in 2006, and he’s taken the top spot every year since then.

But it won’t be easy. Block’s teammate Travis Pastrana issued a challenge even as he was celebrating his victory at Round 1 last month in Michigan, saying he wasn’t prepared to let Block take another win in Missouri.

Currently second in the points, Rockstar Energy driver Tanner Foust is expected to debut a powerful new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X rally car for this event, while NOS Energy’s Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard is looking for another solid finish after he claimed the third spot on the podium at Round 1.

Polish driver Andi Mancin says he has upgraded his rally car in order to be more competitive for his third American event and he could also threaten for the win.

The new Super Production class should also feature some fierce competition. Subaru Rally Team USA’s newest member, Dave Mirra, is expected to debut a car built for the new class, while former two-time Production-GT champion Matt Johnson is looking for a comeback after a tough first round.

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D1GP USA Ticket Sales and Registration

D1GP USA TICKET SALES AND COMPETITION REGISTRATION GO ONLINE FOR 2009 SERIES!!!

- Ticket Sales & Competition Registration Now Available for Anaheim , Miami , Chicago , Philly

LOS ANGELES (February 10, 2009) – D1GP USA ( www.d1gp.com ), the auto industry's premier drifting series, today announced its tickets are now on sale online on the D1GP USA website. D1GP USA decided to open its ticket sales early due to popular demand and interest from drift fans. Ticket prices will start at $30, and will vary to provide multiple options for track goers. In addition to ticket sales, D1GP USA also opened competition registration for all events.

2009 D1 Grand Prix USA Schedule

Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim , California - May 2nd
Dolphins Stadium, Miami , Florida - May 30th
The Spectrum, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - July 18th
Soldier Field, Chicago , Illinois - August 1st

Ticket Prices

General Admission - $30.00
VIP (Includes covered trackside viewing, VIP lounge access, private bars & facilities) - $45

Competition Registration

Pre & Pro Qualifying Rounds - $100
Championship Points Series Rounds - $250

For tickets or competition registration, visit www.d1gp.com.

For more information on the D1GP USA, please visit www.d1gp.com. For media inquiries please contact Terry Miller, terry@drivenmc.com.

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WRC Rally Norway Pics

Ford pulled the "slow down at the end of the final stage" strategy at the end of day one so they could go second after Loeb on day 2 to gain better road conditions. Apparently this didn't work out as planned because Loeb still won from the front position. Mikko Hirvonen did make up some time on day 3 but it just wasn't enough to beat Sebastien Loeb who won the rally by a very close 9.8 second margin.

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