Rally New ENGLAND 2 2019
After taking a year off, I was participating in Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, I will be returning back to Rally North America. In July 2019, we will be a 4-day road rally from Erie, PA to Portland, ME. This event will be will be raising money for Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine is one of the best charities and places in the world. I have personal spent a week at Camp Sunshine and filmed how they operate. The people that operate as volunteers are some of the best people you will ever meet. Camp Sunshine’s mission:
This year, we will be driving my $700 Porsche 944. I got this car last April from a guy that was selling a non-running 944 on Facebook. I was expecting to buy another car, but the price was too good. The story was, the PO bought had the car in a detached garage. His home burn down 10 years ago, and the keys to the car were inside the home. He rebuilt the house but the 944 sat in the garage and hadn’t been even attempted to start it until i bought it. First thing I did was to buy a $150 key from the dealership so I could attempt to start it. The key ended up unlocking the doors, but did not work in the ignition. Long story short, I ripped out the ignition and made it a push button start.
I usually have updates about the car, but this year, I decided to film the progress. You can see the updates below.
Rally Appalachia 2 2017
In July 2017, we will be a 4-day road rally from Virginia to Rome, Georgia. This event will be will be raising money for the men, women and families with the Hope for the Warriors Charity. I will be trying to attept this with a 1971 Datsun 240z... with more then a little rust.
Lets say I have a lot to do for this years Rally car!
ABOUT THE CHARITY:
Hope For The Warriors® was founded by military wives in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects of the war on service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors® remains grounded in family values as the organization expands both the span of programs offered and the number of wounded, family members, and families of the fallen assisted.
The leadership of the organization remains in the dedicated hands of military family members. Together, our board of directors, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to serve those who have sacrificed so much. The integrity of our organization is paramount and therefore our representatives are as honorable and noble as our mission and the people we serve.
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
Hope For The Warriors understands the challenges, pride, and joy of being a military family. For today, tomorrow, and years to come, we will strive to meet the changing needs of service members and their families.
Hope For the Warriors is a family, united by our shared conviction of honor and sacrifice.
Ok, the plan is to replace the frame rails, floors and all the bushing. Started off with a well running l24 engine, no plans to change that out... this year. So far I have the engine removed and ready to remove the front end to start cutting and welding the new frame (this is going to suck). As I type this, I have 5 months to get the car at 100% road worthy.
Well.... things went down hill fast. After re-evaluating the structure of the car, I decide it was going to cost a lot of $$$ getting this car back on the road. I have parted out the car... It sucks, but its better that way. I got real lucky and was able to make my money back on the car, and I still have a garage full of car parts for sale. This ended up to be a good thing, now I can take the money and spend it on the 2002. This will be this year's rally car. I'll make a list of everything that will be done to it when it gets completed.
Regular Car Reviews
I know this isn't Rally stuff, but he did give a shout out to RNA while reviewing my 2002.
Big Sky Rally 2016
Big Sky Rally is up next for 2016. This will be a 5-day road rally from Billings Montana to Portland Oregon starting July 10th, 2016. This Rally is all to benefit Camp Sunshine in Maine. Camp Sunshine is a camp off Sebago Lake that encourage hope in the families that are affected by life-threatening childhood illnesses.
Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Camp Sunshine also provides bereavement sessions for families who have lost a child to supported illnesses. – Camp Sunshine Mission Statement
This year I will be driving from Lancaster, PA to the Rally in a
1977 Mercedes Benz 300D with a Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) system. Our team, School Haus, will attempt to complete the Rally only using old vegetable oil instead of diesel. 1994 BMW 540i Touring with a manual swap that I picked up for under $900. We are driving 3 days to get to Montana and 4 day to get from Oregon to Lancaster. Averaging driving 10 hours a day (non-rally days). The estimated mileage for the round trip will be 6000+ miles. To save costs, will not stay in hotels, we will be staying in a tent. (Being real cheap)
In addition to the Rally, I was asked to film a new promotional video for Camp Sunshine. I will be shooting and editing this video at cost, I will be donating my time and resources to Camp Sunshine and Rally North America. These two organizations do so much for others; I feel I should give back to them.
We would love if you could donate this this wonderful Camp. So many lives and family have been changed and I hope they can continue too.
Update 1:Due to issues with the Mercedes, we will not be taking this car on the Rally. In fact, I have already sold the car, and I am currently looking for a new rally car.
Well if you haven't noticed, the car is bright green. We have plasti dip the car green to make it stand out more. It would have looked boring if I just left it dark green.
Anyways, a week or so ago, I took a trip to Maineto visit and film Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake. Let me tell you, there is a reason why they went back to Camp Sunshine to donate. This place is truly one of the most special places ever. I still can’t wrap my head around how many big-hearted people that give their time to let a family that is dealing with the stressors, due to having a child with life threatening illnesses, have a worry free time to them to relax and have fun. What the people do at Camp Sunshine is amazing and lifts the spirit. While I was there, I had come of the families sign my car. I hope to carry their joy and spirit with me while I drive across country.
Thanks again Tony and Scott for letting me part of this family.
Please donate, trust me, this place deserves it!
So I finished up the video and it has been posted. Check it out and please donate!!!
It's been a while since I last updated. The Rally was awesome. Unfortunately, we didn't place, but it was great seeing all the cool places out west. One of the biggest accomplishment that I have ever done. I have driven a 22 year old car from Lancaster to Portland, Maine back to Lancaster then to Billings, Montana then all over the Rockies to Portland, Oregon. Well over 8,100 miles. Then drove back home in 3 days. Not to mention it was all for one great charity. A long the way, I drove with 3 great friends who are still my friends today (thanks for not getting too annoyed with me), made connections and friendships with other rally-ers, and even randomly met Josh Gates from the Travel Channel's Expedition Unknown when he stop to talk to me about my car.
List of things that went wrong:
-Back window completely broke
-Wiper fuse died right before a rain storm
-Wheel started to rub through strut
-Fender dragged on tire because of weight
-Car HATED higher elevation and ran like crap
-Gas tank was patched by PO and started to leak
-Fan clutch broke making it sound like at school bus
-Left wheel almost fell off causing to distorted the hub rings (Glad i had 2 extra wheels)
-The travel bag on stop ripped open and wasn't water proof
-Headlight glass broke
-Other stuff I can't think of
I really appreciate my family (specially my wife) for letting me take 2 weeks off and do one of my life goals. If it wasn't for their support, I would not have be able to do such an awesome thing! Oh and RNA raised over $118K for Camp Sunshine!!!
Smoky Mountain Rally 2015
This has been a blast driving over 2,800+ miles on some of the best roads in the US (not the highways). The 2002 was made for the mountains, for being one of the oldest and lowest HP cars in this year Rally North America, it could really keep up. We really pushed it to its breaking point, and it did. I knew what we were getting into with a car that doesnt have AC, driving in 99 degree weather and the sore arms from 1,000+ turns on the Blue Ridge Parkway with out power steering. But other issues came about. We had the windshield wipers fall off while in 2 rain storms, the real window started to pop out of the car because of the curves in the road, front brake pad disintegrate, and the clutch master/slave cylinder pretty much died. I guess it did help us get the "hard luck" award. How did we even make it home?
It was great being part of a family that raised over $115,000 for the Hope for the Warriors. Scott and Tony, really know how to put on a Rally and make us Noobs feel welcome.
I would like to thank all the friends and family that have dealt with my begging for donations, and donated; Moosehead Engineering for helping us be a part of this great Rally; Ryan "Humble" Werst for being an awesome navigator, putting up with my crap, and calming me down during issues; Meg for letting us stay at her house, showing us around Asheville, letting one day ship parts to her house and being a great friend; and my wife, Erin, for letting me be crazing and take a 40+ year old car half way across the country while she was home with a crazy dog and a teething 7 month old, I love you more then you know. I can't wait for next years!!
This summer I will be embarking on a new journey. I have always wanted to travel the United States in a vintage sports car and now I have an opportunity. In July I will be participating in the Rally North America’s Smoky Mountain Rally, and it will be for a great cause. This event will be will be raising money for the men, women and families with the Hope for the Warriors Charity.
Smoky Mountain Rally 2015 features 80 teams of two or more people, 2 racing venues, and 48 stops at historical and scenic locations across the world famous Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Rally 2015 gets underway on Tuesday, July 14 in Knoxville, Tennessee and will crisscross the mountains before ending on Thursday, July 16 in Savannah, Georgia.
This year, Hope For The Warriors® is the beneficiary. The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.
Please donate, every dollar will help!
Milles for MS 2014
We collected $635!!! THANK YOU FOR DONATING!! Because of everyone's donation, we started second (which in this case, it was better then Pole Position). Due to rain, we decided to drive my 72' BMW 2002. We started off well, meeting every check point. Until, we (and 18 other teams) were thrown off, and went to the wrong check point an hour in the other direction. But we didn't give up. We were able to hit all the other check points with out an issue. When we final got back to the finish line an hour late, most everyone had left. We were told that we were the 6th team to complete the course. We are the Unofficial 6th Place Winner!