posted march 4th
You'd think I was actually doing things like fixing the service van
or otherwise getting ready for this season of racing, which is already
underway. Ummm...Sort of...
What better way to amp myself up than to watch some in-car footage
from a past rally? Well now you can watch it too. Only 2.5 years later,
I've finally gone a put up some in-car footage. Check out the /videos/
section for 2 complete stages from Maine Forest Rally.
And here's some really sweet news:
"UNITED STATES RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP INSTITUTES TWO-WHEEL
Author: USRC Media
Laughlin, Nevada (February 24, 2006) The United States Rally
Championship (USRC) recognizes the importance of two-wheel drive
(2WD) rally cars for the development and the well-being of the sport
of rallying in the United States. The Championship is therefore
prepared to lend support to those numerous competitors who compete
in 2WD classes. With the recent proliferation of all-wheel drive
(AWD) turbocharged rally cars, the Championship wishes to provide
more visibility to teams with 2WD cars.
Toward that end, the Board of Directors of the United States
Rally Championship, Inc. has decided to institute a 2WD United States
here for the complete press release)
So it looks like Prime Time to jump back on the circuit and attend
Holy Crap! An
posted february 22th
Well things have been agonizingly slow here at Team Saabworks. Our
'small break' from rallying has turned into a mind-bogglingly long
vacation from the sport. In our defence there is quite a lot to do
and we've been terribly busy with other things, like 'life'. But with
the winter fast departing and spring around the corner there is exitement
in the air. After talking with several people and going on my own
gut instinct we will be fitting a new cage in the rally car, this
process has hampered us from getting a current US logbook for the
car. However the cage should be done soon and we can begin our triumphant
(though long overdue) return!
|In the meantime here are a few shots I found of
the sister car of the current racer, being rallied in 1989 by
Ola Stromberg. This car is identical to my current car and was
built only 1 year before.
The day when our car returns to this kind of event and is at
last driven in anger is fast aproaching!
New Car for
posted december 6th
It's been in the works for a while and is no surprise to some of you.
However, I would like to announce the aquisition of a new
race car for Team Saabworks. This is a rather big improvement
over the green machine and hopefully will carry us to many victories.
The car in question is a ex-factory rally car that we have imported
from Sweden! Other than the photos and the specifications I would
like to say 2 things:
Yes, it's blazing fast.
Yes, we will be painting it.
Lower Control Arm
posted october 2nd
|Ever have that dreaded lower control arm failure on your classic
900? Or maybe you're just dreading the eventual failure. Buying
new control arms will alleviate this potential failure point
but while your in there why not beef
things up? This is what us rally guys do to make these control
arms take the pounding abuse we put those poor things through.
posted september 19th
So what do you do when you have a dead rally car and an idle crew
chief? If you happen to also have a dead 9000t you put him to work
on it! The motor on my 91 9000t had shit the bed at the beginning
of the winter and sat while I sourced a good used engine for it. Nick
was gracious enough to offer up his time to help me get the bloody
thing back on the road. Thanks to his help it now runs and I will
going to the DMV on Tuesday to put it back on the road. Thanks a million
Nick! Here are some photos and the
posted august 12, august 14, august
A new addition: I'm attempting to get the most flames for one page
and have started Spark Plug Wars.
It's a primer on spark plugs and the reasons behind good spark plug
decisions. (hint: it doesn't involve flashing blue lights or multiple
I've added some videos in the /events/ section.
I've also put some shots of the Saab Airflow Kit instructions book
in the /projects/ section. august
Have you ever been curious about those crazy instructions you hear
the co-driver yelling to the driver in WRC footage? I've put up a
very detailed explanation of Stage
Notes as used by Canadian and U.S. rallyers. Read it and what
this means will no longer be a mystery: august
| R6 120 ! Cr
| R5/Cr into Jct turn L4-lg
| 50 ][ R3 NC
posted july 28
These are the same T-shirts worn by Team Saabworks at all the rallies.
Now you too can be the coolest kid on your block with one of these
nifty Official Team Saabworks T-shirts. It's a heavy duty all
cotton white T-shirt with the Team
Saabworks logo on the front left breast and the Sport&Rally
logo and team name on the back. The front logo is 4" wide
and the back logo is 10" wide. $20 each, including shipping (within
the 48 states). Available in S-M-L-XL-XXL. Please note, these are
NOT cafepress jobs. They are real silk-screened shirts. Support a
grassroots team and get a cool shirt too! If you'd like one send an
email to james[at]saabworks.com and we'll sort out the shipping/paying
posted july 22
This past weekend we went up to Mount Snow VT to attend the 3rd annual
Saab Owners Gathering, put on by the New
England Saab Association. I was the guest speaker at the saturday
dinner. Since this year is the 25th anniversary of the 900 I wanted
to talk about my experiences racing a 900. I think the talk went well,
I spoke for about 15 minutes and then showed in-car footage from maine
while answering questions for an additional 15 or so minutes. People
seemed interested and many complimented me afterwards so I am happy
with how it went. I want to thank Dirk Feather and the rest of the
S.O.G. committee for giving me the chance to speak and for putting
on a great event!.
Jillian took a number of photos of the gathering and I've put them
up on a new section of the site. Check out the /events/
section for the S.O.G. photos and also for additional events Team
Saabworks has gotten to. I'll be putting up write-ups on past rallies
and photos as well.