Mar 24 2016

Photos from the Conrad’s Quarry RallyCross!

Tons of photos are now available from Sunday’s season ender event at the Conrad Brother’s Quarry!

Harold Merklinger has just posted his gallery on the Bluenose Autosport Club site, see the gallery by clicking here. Photographers Ed Dawson and Colin Caroll have also been posting dozens of great pictures to the RallyEast Facebook Group! We thank all the excellent photographers who come out to shoot the fun! All of the pictures are always appreciated!

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Mar 21 2016

Bedtime reading for budding Rally Co-Drivers!

We hope everyone had a lot of fun getting a taste of stage rally yesterday and at the classroom session Saturday night. I hear it went super well and there was a wealth of experience available to you.

If you want to do some further reading on the subject of co-driving I have a couple of suggestions for you…

First is A Guide to Rally Co-Driving in North America by Mark Williams. Mark is a legendary Canadian co-driver who you can now literally say has written the book on co-driving. Some of you may have met Mark here last August at the Lookoff Rally as he visited our humble event with his EZ Trak car tracking and safety system. He really knows his stuff and this book covers off all the topics you were shown Saturday in detail plus a bunch more. You can find more information and buy a copy at


Another option is from another super experienced co-driver, Dave Shindle who has written up ‘Modern North American Performance Rally Co-Driving’. This downloadable book covers a lot of the same topics as Mark’s but I find the two compliment each other well. They describe and illustrate some things differently so when you’re scratching your head based on one book the other’s desciription will usually fill in the blanks. You can find more information about Dave’s book on the Special Stage Forum post here.

And you can contact him to order at

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With either one or both of these books you should have everything you need to jump in the right seat and start learning your craft!

Rally Rally Rally!

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Mar 21 2016

The 2015-2016 BAC RallyCross series wraps up for the season!

Another season of RallyCross is on the books with an epic final event at the Conrad Brother’s quarry in Dartmouth, NS. Over 50 participants attended Saturday night’s Co-Drivers seminar and 43 driver/co-driver teams made the start Sunday morning on the awesome gravel quarry surfaces! While only stage times were scored, eight stages linked by timed transits gave teams a taste of rally operations and providing valuable rally experience to try out the lessons learned Saturday night.

Also new to BAC RallyCross, results were entered live on the site! Full stage by stage results and details can be found on their site by clicking here. Full season standings and more event photos will be available soon!

While this is the end of the 2015-2016 RallyCross season its far from the end of rally for the year! We have a full calendar of TSD and Stage Rally events throughout the summer for everyone to compete and volunteer at! Stay tuned for details and hope to see everyone for the 2016-2017 RallyCross season this fall! Rally Rally Rally!



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Mar 08 2016

BAC RallyCross #7 Results!

Results from Sunday’s event can be found on the Bluenose Autosport Club’s website by clicking here!

Remember to get your pre-registration in for the final RallyCross of the season on the 20th! Pre-registration is MANDATORY! Rally Rally Rally!



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Mar 05 2016

Tomorrow’s RallyCross is a go!

The organizers have evaluated lot conditions and declared them good! Tomorrow’s RallyCross at Scotia Speed World is a go! Dress warm!

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Mar 03 2016

The BAC RallyCross Season is wrapping up with a bang!

Two more events to go in the Bluenose Autosport Club 2015-2016 RallyCross Challenge! This Sunday will be the final visit to Scotia Speed World. With warm weather and interesting forecast for Saturday be sure to check the BAC Website and the Event Facebook Page for details on Saturday!

But wait, you say, isn’t there one more event at Scotia Speed World on March 20th? The final event of the BAC Season has been changed to a special event at the Conrad Brothers quarry in Dartmouth, NS. Conrad Brothers is a great supporter of Rally and has hosted the Spectator stages of the Ledwidge Lookoff Rally several times. This will be an amazing event and shouldn’t be missed! Three RallyCross stages will be held on a stage and transit format, in other words like a full stage rally event! Co-drivers are also required! Since many will be new to Co-Driving there will also be a co-drivers intro school on Saturday night! For full details see the event’s Facebook page! Don’t miss this one!

In other news I had some RallyEast pens done up as giveaways, track me down at an event to write in rally style or get your free (+$1 shipping) RE pen in the mail in the Store while you pick up some decals!


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Feb 20 2016

BAC RallyCross #6, (Feb 21st) CANCELLED

Please note that tomorrow’s RallyCross event at Scotia Speed World has been CANCELLED. This week has been too warm and wet and we know from the past if we run the event when the lot is too soft we’ll ruin the surface for the rest of the season. Stay tuned for details about the next scheduled RallyCross event on March 6th!

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Feb 16 2016

BAC RallyCross #6 Location Change!

Note that Sunday’s Round 6 of the Bluenose Autosport Club‘s 2015-2016 RallyCross Challenge has had a venue change to Scotia Speed World! Be sure to check out the Facebook Event for any details or further updates! See you there!

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Feb 15 2016

RallyCross continues to surge! Mal Swann Rallye is off again!

While not record breaking (I don’t think we could handle 75!), a solid 39 competitors appeared for Round 5 of the 2015-2016 Bluenose Autosport Club RallyCross challenge. Conditions were highly variable at Scotia Speed World starting off with frozen ice, snow and gravel but warming/softening over the day to hard frozen gravel to squirmy gravel to wet rocks and mud. That’s the thing about Rally! You never know what the corner is going to be until you get there!

Unofficial results are available on the ARMS Forum by clicking here!

Harold’s always excellent photos are available by clicking here.

Next event is February 21st, stay tuned for location details!

In the mean time Mal Swann Rallye are headed to their second Quebec Rally of the season this weekend for Rallye Ville La Tuque! This event will be the first time that WRC Spec Studded Tires will be available to competitors and we can’t wait to hear what Mal has to say about driving on the metal hedgehogs! Good luck, Mal!

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Feb 05 2016

February starts off with lots of rally excitement!

The shortest month of the year still has plenty of room for rally, and its starting off with a bang!

Local competitors Mal Swann and Tim Dine are presently in Maniwaki, Quebec for Rallye Perce-Neige Maniwaki where they’ll be contesting the snow and ice stages in both the National and the East Coast Rally Championship series! Also of local connection keep an eye out for local Halfax ex-pat and Rally Photographer Extraordinaire Peter MacDonald of as he competes in his first CRC event with experienced Co-driver Ferdinand Trauttsmansdorff.

Check out all the results as they’re updated on Saturday on and for updates on the Rallye Perce Neige Facebook group! They’ve already started posting some great photos from recce and tech. I’ll try to keep the Rally East Facebook group updated with everything I find out as well!


For those who can’t make it to the snowy stages of Quebec there’s rally action right here at home with Round 5 of the Bluenose Autosport Club RallyCross Championsip! After our record decimating entry field at the last event we return to Scotia Speed World for another round of sideways action. Conditions are sure to be very different this time with warm weather and rain all week ensuring a softer surface.

Ride along with Steve Quigley in his fully prepped Open 4WD Class RallyCar at the last event:

Also check out this amazing promo for the 2016 Canadian Rally Championship. Its full of the Rally Feels and does a great job of showing what we all love about this sport!


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