Fresh Rally News for YOUR Friday

This week’s issue of Handbrakes & Hairpins features a look at the exciting news from Hyundai for their development plans as well as the introduction of a certain Kiwi rally star, a review of Rally America’s Rally in the 100 Acre Wood, and the logistics of international rally travel. M-Sport and the British Rally Championship continue their brilliant support of rising talent with a fantastic prize for Wales Rally GB and 2015, and we also find out all about Jari-Matti Latvala’s mental coach.

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Bon anniversaire, Seb!

Handbrakes & Hairpins wishes the nine-times FIA World Rally Champion a Happy Birthday, this his milestone 40th celebration. We’ve collected a few videos in tribute to this master of rallying to celebrate his 40 years. Bon anniversaire, Seb!

Here’s an hilarious clip of Seb “imitating” his Citroën C4 WRC…

The Artist of Rallying…

A tribute of Seb and Daniel Elena, throwing their cars through various hairpins…

Of course, we also included a run up his record-setting Pikes Peak chase…

Hip hip, hooray!

Watch highlights of the past 10 years of the WRC Rally Mexico

The crews are all packed and heading for Guanajuato the next WRC challenge, the Rally Mexico. This iconic and unique rally runs from 06 – 09 March. The past ten years of this event have always produced exciting action. This video highlights that… Turn up the volume!

The Spirit of Rallying is strong with this 1-99

“Stage rally is where I always wanted to go when I was a kid. Watching WRC and seeing the drivers deal with all the different elements was something that reminded me a lot of motocross. In stage rally, it’s not about being perfect, it’s about making the best of the worst situations, and for me, that’s a lot of fun.” – Travis Pastrana at Rally America’s Rally in 100 Acre Wood.

Read the rest of this interview HERE. Welcome back to special stage rallying, Mr 199!

Photos by Subaru of America.

Block embarks on a busy 2014 season with flashy new livery

Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more pumped about 2014, the “chief-tyre-slayer and head Hoonigan in charge” Ken Block has thrown it down with an epic season schedule and a fresh new graphics package to match.

Set to tear it up in all four corners of the globe, Block will be taking on everything from Gymkhana GRID, to RallyCross, and WRC rallies in his legendary Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta.

“I’m stoked with how the new liveries for my Ford Fiestas have turned out, as well as the race schedule we’ve been able to put together for 2014,” Block said. “Once again I’ve been fortunate enough to put together a highly diverse schedule that has me going around the world. Continue reading Block embarks on a busy 2014 season with flashy new livery

epay Silver Fern Rally entries now open

While many assume the epay Silver Fern Rally is entirely for historic vehicles that is but one part of this fascinating event.

Naturally the historic component is an important part of the rally and the Historic Trophy is specifically for two-wheel-drive cars that comply with various historic criteria as listed in the event regulations. However the New Zealand Silver Fern Challenge caters for two-wheel-drive cars that comply with the Motorsport New Zealand Schedule A safety requirements with several classes falling within those guidelines.

In recent times a great variety of vehicles have tackled the Challenge and the very nature of that part of the event lends itself to many different two-wheel-drive cars. A look at the entry list of any rally on both sides of the Tasman shows that there are many New Zealand and Australian cars that have been modified to meet their classic series which are eligible. So too later model two-wheel-drive cars. Past entries include the Ford Fiesta R2 of Leigh and Josh Marston, the Honda Civic R of Dave Strong and Rob Scott and Craig Marshall’s Peugeot 206 Gti as well as numerous Toyota Corolla’s, Nissan Pulsar’s and the like. Already this year entries include a Suzuki Swift and one of the new Toyota FT86’s and organisers would dearly love to see a large, diverse and exciting line up in the Challenge to complement the historic part of the event as competitors embark on this marathon adventure.

2012 Challenge winner, Ed Mulligan of Australia, is a strong advocate of the event: “It is absolutely the best value for money. I wish it was held every year, no better still, every six months. They are the best roads in the world and the hospitality and mateship is amazing!”

Mulligan has done a lot in his rallying career, but his experience in the Challenge has certainly made a big impression.

Gary Smith, the Chairman of Directors of Silver Fern Rally Management Ltd, says: “It is commonly felt that our marathon event is an event for historic rally cars. I have to say that is a misconception. We welcome all two-wheel-drive rally cars that meet Schedule A and this includes modern two-wheel-drive cars. It would be fantastic to see some of the modern cars competing against each other, even better with manufacturer support like the good old days.”

The time to enter is now as entries at the earlybird discounted rates end on 28 February.

Photos by Geoff Ridder.