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Old 03-22-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Go rallying against Kimi Raikonnen on a budget

This guy really has a great story





http://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-to-w...with-a-500-car
How A $500 Craigslist Car Beat $400K Rally Racers

Professional motorsport is a cold, hard place. If you want to run with the big dogs, you can't just build a car in your mom's garage and show up, right? Wrong. One guy did just that. Here's his amazing story.

This is the multifaceted tale of Bill Caswell, a man who bought a $500 crapcan off Craigslist to run against the $400,000+ rally cars in the World Rally Championship's Rally Mexico race earlier this month. It is a tale of a guy who had a welder, a bunch of credit cards, and a lot of free time but no real backing or funds. It is a story of a dude who taught himself how to build an FIA-legal roll cage, with no prior experience, because he wanted to spend the fabrication fee on race tires instead. It's the story of an enthusiast who drove a rustbucket to a third place finish in a FIA-sanctioned race.

Most of all, it is a story of hoonage.

Bill Caswell, an unemployed Chicago racing freak, entered the Mexico round of the World Rally Championship in a 1991 BMW 318i that he found on Craigslist. The car cost $500. One year ago, Caswell decided that he wanted to go rallying with Rally America. Two months later, he crashed a car and blew up an engine five minutes into his first event. Four events later, he found a loophole in the FIA rules that let him enter a twenty-year-old car in the same event as guys like Ken Block and former F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen.

The story of Caswell's WRC entry is a story of weirdness: He entered the biggest motorsport event of his life with no crew; an untested, week-old E30 M3 engine swap and a junkyard transmission (don't ask); a car that was still covered in dirt from the previous season's rallies ("I'd wash it, but I gotta fix stuff instead"); and a rented panel van. His co-driver, a Rally America genius named Ben Slocum, had not spent more than five minutes in a car with him prior to the event. He did this not out of stupidity, but out of a lack of resources he wanted to go rallying, and this was the only way he could make it happen.

Amazingly, they finished third in their class.

WRC Mexico took place two weeks ago. I wasn't able to attend, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, I got a non-stop feed from Cas while he was there. I was originally going to write a story summing it all up, but the emails Bill's wild-eyed, how-did-I-get-here updates from the road proved to need no embellishment. Here they are. Enjoy.


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Old 03-23-2010, 12:28 AM   #2
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Interesting story - but 3rd in class is hardly a WRC podium
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Interesting story - but 3rd in class is hardly a WRC podium
well, it is rather difficult to out accel a anti-lag 1000 NM of torque AWD rally car

But, they were in the same drivers meetings LOL
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Originally Posted by nthfinity View Post
well, it is rather difficult to out accel a anti-lag 1000 NM of torque AWD rally car

But, they were in the same drivers meetings LOL
Great showing though, and looks like they had a ball.
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Old 03-25-2010, 12:40 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by nthfinity View Post
well, it is rather difficult to out accel a anti-lag 1000 NM of torque AWD rally car

But, they were in the same drivers meetings LOL
I'm not sure. I think this is a FAKE.
They're not in the entry list of the rally.
Some people I know who attended the rally and took thousands of pictures, never saw him in 2010.
Apparently he run there LAST YEAR, in a local rally, not the WRC.
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