From all of us at Rally East I hope everyone has had a killer 2017 and an even better and more sideways 2018! May your new year be filled with new fun, friends, challenges, triumphs and all the sideways you can handle! Rally Rally Rally!
Dec 31 2017
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Nov 02 2017
The 2017-2018 Bluenose Autosport Club’s RallyCross Championship starts in just a few weeks, are you ready?? This season will be a little different with some forced venue changes thrust upon us by our friends at Volkswagen and their… questionable engineering choices. Our regular lot at Scotia Speed World is going to be the home of dozens of Diesels resting sadly for the entire winter awaiting their fate. Thankfully we’ve received some generous support from long time Ledwidge Lookoff Rally sponsors Conrad Brothers Ltd, allowing us to use their Quarry in Dartmouth for the season. The full calendar of events is below. Please read the Supplemental Regulations for these events closely (Available Here) as this venue requires some changes from how we normally run events. Specifically, the major changes are that we unfortunately can’t allow general spectators due to the nature of the property. Secondly there will be noise restrictions in place due to the proximity of residential development nearby. Please ensure your RallyCross vehicle has some sort of functional muffler. Its going to be a great season with new cars, the return of the unofficial Spec Yaris/SpEcho Championship and some super fun surfaces in the Quarry!
2017-2018 BAC RallyCross Challenge Calendar
November 26, 2017 – Conrad’s Quarry
December 10, 2017 – Conrad’s Quarry
January 7, 2018 – Conrad’s Quarry
January 21, 2018 – Conrad’s Quarry
February 4, 2018 – Conrad’s Quarry
February 18, 2018 – Conrad’s Quarry
March 4, 2018 – Conrad’s Quarry
March 18, 2018 – Conrad’s Quarry
AMP RallyCross Work Party, November 4th
Those who have been RallyCrossing for a few years know that we’ve occasionally done some RallyCross events in the ‘Back 40’ at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie. This field can be very fun given the correct conditions but often can be quite rough if mistreated. A work party has been organized for Saturday, November 4th at 9am to work on the Back 40 in hopes of making it usable for at least some of the events in 2018 after the ground freezes and hopefully with some snow. All are welcome to help out, bring your gloves and whatever earth/rock moving tools you might have!
2017 Atlantic Region Motorsport Annual General Meeting, November 18-19th
The end of the calendar year also brings the ARMS Annual General Meeting, taking place on November 18-19th at the Hampton Inn located in the Truro Power Centre. The AGM is where the previous competition year gets reviewed, organizational matters discussed and regional rule changes and plans get made for 2018 as well as determining the overall event calendar for next year. Of special note for Rally East readers is the ARMS Rally Workshop which will take place on Saturday. Details about the AGM can be found on the ARMS Forum here.
2017 Trout Lake Rally
The final event of the BAC Rally Championship took place in October with a return to the rocky roads around Trout Lake in Middleton, Nova Scotia. Six teams challenged the newly extended 15km stages with which proved challenging and exciting for everyone. The team of Jonathan Conrad and Waybe Pitts emerged victorious with Maxime Méconse and Cindy McCarron close at their heels and Ian Pearce landing 3rd with Substitute Co-Driver Daphne Sleigh. Full results available here.
Its been a great Rally season and we look forward to a bigger, better and faster 2018! Rally Rally Rally!
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Aug 14 2017
The Ledwidge Lookoff Rally, the biggest event in our region is this Saturday and Sunday, August 19th and 20th! 12 teams from Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Newfoundland and the Turks and Caicos will take to the stages with spectator stages and special ‘Ride with a Rally Driver’ charity promotion on Saturday night at Conrad Bros Quarry in Dartmouth! After the Spectator stages cars will head off to the Noel shore on Sunday and compete on the best roads in our region!
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Jul 25 2017
And we’re off again! The second event in the 2017 Bluenose Autosport Club Rally calendar took place on Sunday with a RallySprint on the Ledwidge Lumber roads in Noel, Nova Scotia. 4 stages were run twice each to make up the 40 competitive kilometres of the event with a 45 minute service. At the end of the day the team of Maxime Méconse Larocque and Steve Vezina took first place followed by Jonathan Conrad and Wayne Pitts in 2nd and Cal Vandaalen and Meg Grandmaison rounded out the podium. Full results are available on the BAC website here.
Coming up fast is the biggest rally event of the year for our region, the 2017 Ledwidge Lookoff Rally which will take place on August 19th-20th. Saturday will host the always entertaining spectator stages in the Conrad Bros Quarry in Dartmouth while Saturday movies to the Noel Shore where a further 80km of competitive stages will provide a challenge to teams both local and from away! Check out the website and Facebook group for all the details on how to spectate, compete or volunteer to help out!
Photo by Harold Merklinger
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Jul 18 2017
The second event in the 2017 Bluenose Autosport Rally Championship takes place this Sunday in Tennecape, Nova Scotia, and we need YOUR help! If you want to get up close and personal with real rally cars on real roads this is the best (and only) way to do it for this event! Volunteer jobs are available for all levels of experience and mobility and you’ll get the best seat in the house! If you’re interested in helping out please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Also stay tuned for details on the upcoming 2017 Ledwidge Lookoff Rally, our biggest event of the year!
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Jul 03 2017
The dust has settled, the post Rally hangovers have begun to wane and the stories, photos and videos of another Rallye Baie des Chaleurs start to appear online. The 40th Anniversary of this storied event showed why, for many, Rallye BDC is one of the Premiere Rally events in North America.Conditions for this year’s rally were highly variable with the fast, technical roads changing from dry, to rough to muddy in the spam of feet keeping teams on their toes.
Local competitor Mal Swann returned to New Richmond, this year as co-driver to Sumit Panjabi in an open class Mitsubishi EVO X where they set a blistering pace. Panjabi is quoted as saying the BDC stages are ‘The fastest I have ever driven this car’. Minor incidents didn’t stop the team from securing a very respectable 10th overall, 8th in Open 4WD class. Also showing extremely well was Tim DIne calling the notes for Quebec driver Patrick Rainville came right behind in 11th place, 9th in Open 4WD class. Dine competed at the Baie in 2017 as Co-Driver for local competitor Jonathan Conrad.
James Whitman and Daphne Sleigh did not fare as well, unfortunately. After consistent and solid performances on Stage 1-5 the local veterans unfortunately joined the ranks of the many rally teams who have found out just what’s in the roadsides of the Baie’s stages after leaving the road on SS6. Both were unhurt but were unable to continue. Both are already considering a return in 2018.
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Jun 29 2017
The second event of the 2017 Canadian Rally Championship takes place this Saturday and Sunday in New Richmond, Quebec and several local competitors will be there!
#35 James Whitman and Daphne Sleigh will be making their first run at the roads of the Baie competing in the regional portion of the event on Saturday with their 1995 Golf and its new can’t-miss-it livery!
#27 Patrick Rainville takes along local co-driver Tim Dine, returning to the Baie after his first time there in 2016 co-driving for Jonathan Conrad. They’ll be competing in an open class 2001 Subaru Impreza.
#12 features veteran local Co-Driver Mal Swann, co-driving for Sumit Panjabi in an open class 2009 Mitubishi EVO X. Mal competed in 2016 as a driver in his vintage RX7 but has proven he’s equally good in either seat!
You can follow along with LIVE tracking during the rally Saturday and Sunday with our friends at http://live.cdnrally.com! Good luck guys! Rally Rally Rally!
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Jun 23 2017
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