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Just a picture of me flogging on Gregg Nosiglia's 1971 Ascona at a Rallycross a few weeks ago. We affectionately call it the 'turd', it ain't pretty to look at....

Yes, that's a Ford Escort Cosworth World Rally Car in the foreground. Probably cost about $350,000 to build originally, it's for sale for $125,000 right now. Kinda overshadows the 'turd' in the background, wouldn't you say? Regardless, when I wasn't getting lost on the rallycross course, I was only 3 seconds slower than the 422 hp 4wd Escort in the old Opel. Gotta love rear-wheel drive!

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That looks like a KICK !!!
I been reading alittle about rallycross that's happening out west here...Sounds like fun.....
Is there alotta prep to a car before attempting this kind of rally ???
 

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Hmmm, depends on the course. According to SCCA rules, the venues for rallycross should be relatively smooth, so that unmodified street cars can run....basically it should be dirt or gravel parking lots. However , in reality it is seldom that smooth. The event I recently ran got VERY rutted, so extra ground clearance helped. Rally tires are nearly a must, they grip incredibly well on the loose stuff. There is another event this coming weekend, and it will be in a gravel parking lot at a ski mountain...should be smoother.

I have run events in the past that were so rough it would be foolish to run without a rally-type suspension and skid-plates. The rocks wreaked havoc on the underside of the car, and I got 'air' numerous times on course from the bumps. Best to check in your region and talk to other competitors who have run events previously. They can tell you if it's suitable for an unmodified street car.

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Thanks Rally(cross)Bob....
I read where they ran on a drylake bed (in Southern Nevada) and it rutted some...Recommended running full soft if suspensions were adjustable...
Couple of the California runs looked like they'd be more in line with your type of terrain back East...
 

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My friend's Ascona I set up with 380 lb front springs that are taller than stock by about 1/2" (stock rate is 135 lbs), the rear springs are stock cut 1.25 coils, the shocks are high pressure Bilsteins in front, and the rears are Pro Shocks, 155/480 damping. No rear sway bar is used at all, and the stock front sway bar (integral with lower a-arms) has been milled .250" in the center to soften it. Car is compliant over the rough stuff. It has a modified quick-ratio rack (Quaife) from a Manta B (2.4 turns lock to lock compared to 3.9 stock), and a 4.22 rear end with a VERY tight limited slip...basically a locker. Car is VERY predictable to drive sideways.

Engine is a mild 2.0 litre, about 130 hp, car weighs 2013 without driver (scaled it two weeks ago). Tires are Silverstone rally tires on 13 x 7 Panasport wheels. It has solid rear disc brakes, with twin Wilwood master cylinders and no brake booster (see the thread on the modified pedal cluster I made http://www.opelgt.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=578 ), and is awaiting a front vented disc install from a Vauxhaul Carlton (9.625" X .950" rotors), with Wilwood 4-pot calipers. These will fit under the 13" wheels.

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I love that Escort! I met the guy from Vermont Sports Car (whom is selling it) at the Rally New York about a month or so ago. Nice guy...but I don't think he took me serious when I told him I wanted his car :)
 

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The guy who owns it is WeeGee Smith, the brother of Lance Smith (Lance owns Vermont Sportcar). WeeGee worked for Carl Merrill, who owned the Escort before his unfortunate death 4 years ago. WeeGee bought the car back from Carl's wife, then 'restored' it. An ex-World Rally Champion rallied the Escort a couple years ago at the Maine rally (can't remember the name offhand), he slaughtered EVERYONE from the US in the Escort. The car was repainted, and it is still for sale now. Quite a history to it.

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'Rallycrossing again this weekend in Killington Vermont.'

11/1/02- Remembered the rally driver's name! - Stig Blomvquist
 

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Bob, it's too bad I'm selling my RS (well, trying to), otherwise I would be participating in the RallyX and the TSD this weekend.

Last year I would have won my class in the RallyX, but they called me for an DNF on my first run. Then I watched a video of that run, and I didn't actually DNF, and noone called anything on the radios saying I did so.

Needless to say, I'm still a little bitter. Wouldn't have been anything better than winning the first RallyX I'd ever run :)
 

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For those of you out there who are interested, this Sunday I'll be running the 'turd' Opel Ascona at another Rallycross, this time in Killington Vermont. The car owner Gregg Nosiglia will also be driving (not on this forum), and Travis from this forum will be doing some driving duties as well. If you live in the area and are bored, stop by and say hi to the sole Opel entry at this event. You can't miss it, it's baby blue with yellow wheels!

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I'm riding with RallyBob here on a 'fun run' after the race. It was a wild ride! We spun twice and went through the finish backwards...the car was even in reverse:)

-Travis
 

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Hey, cool photos Travis, glad we got some action shots. I think, judging by the extreme full-opposite lock and sideways attitude, that's me in the final photo (the big sweeper at the far side of the course?). I spun that car out more times in one day than I have in my entire life! But what the heck, it was a blast!

BTW, Travis showed more restraint and beat me and Gregg driving the car his first time! Sideways is fun to look at (and drive)but isn't always fastest...

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Travis said:
I'm riding with RallyBob here on a 'fun run' after the race. It was a wild ride! We spun twice and went through the finish backwards...the car was even in reverse:)

-Travis

Great shots. Even greater finish!! Travis!:D
 

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Sure Gary, rub it in.....

'Got my Rally-ass kicked Bob'
 

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would of, could of, should of

I knew I should have tried to get the day off to come watch. You guys need to give me more advance notice so I can come, especially when you're so close. I would even have brought that new nose piece for the Ascona as an offering.
 

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looks like a good time! I wish I could have made it.

At last year's event, there was no snow, and the RallyX course was TINY! I never got out of 1st gear in my Impreza.

Oh well...there's always next time, I suppose.
 

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Well, I haven't officially entered yet, but I will probably be driving the 'turd' in an ice time trial near Albany, NY in February. Unlike the rallycross' run previously, studded tires ARE allowed since this is on a frozen lake. This is my 'interpretation' of a studded tire:
 

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