Category Archives: U.S.A and Canadian Rallying News and Events

This is a heaven: fully restored 1978 WRC Champion Fiat Abarth 131

Isn’t it beautiful? A fully restored Abarth 131 driven by Markku Alen in the 1978 World Rally Championship. For motoring journalists at Road&Track – and us rally nutters – this is a slice of heaven to see (and drive) rolling again in the state in which it was created.


Hill climbs are made special with Jeff Zwart and his Porsches

Jeff Zwart is a special person in the world of motoring and motorsport in the USA. His love of all things Porsche have been translated into a collection of some of the most beautiful German machines from Zuffenhausen, but it is his motorsport aspirations that appeal to Handbrakes & Hairpins so much. As a creative media guru, Zwart puts his professional know-how into motorsport. This is a video highly recommended from the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014…

And now from a “Drivers-Eye” camera…

Now that your appetite has been whet, watch this videos from a selection of his previous years at Pikes Peak…

Rally America revs up for Oregon Trail Rally

The Rally America National Championship competition heats back up after a two-month break at the Oregon Trail Rally on 02 – 04 May in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Trail Rally is the only three-day event on the Rally America National Championship 2014 calendar.

The event begins Friday evening with four stages of tarmac and gravel roads at Portland International Raceway (PIR). The continuous race action at PIR is a fan favorite with teams being easily accessible for photos and autographs prior to the start of the event. After the PIR stages, the event moves east towards Dufur and Hood River where teams will experience the much faster roads on Saturday and then the very technical gravel sections on Sunday. Continue reading Rally America revs up for Oregon Trail Rally

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.

Pastrana returns to rallying in 2014

The defending five-time Rally America Champion David Higgins will have a new team-mate for the 2014 Rally America Championship: Travis Pastrana.

“Subaru is very excited to bring back both of our former rally champions,” said Rob Weir, Motorsports Marketing Manager at Subaru of America. “Between David and Travis, Subaru Rally Team USA has won the Rally America Championship seven times in the last eight years. Having them together this season will give us our best chance at defending our title.” Continue reading Pastrana returns to rallying in 2014

Higgins drifts to victory in Rally America’s first 2014 counter

Subaru Rally Team USA’s David Higgins and Craig Drew won a frigid Sno*Drift Rally this weekend to take the first victory of the 2014 Rally America National Championship season.

It was a close 02min 10.5sec finish for Higgins/Drew over Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team’s Antoine L’Estage and co-driver Marshal Clarke, considering that getting stuck in a snowbank could change a team’s fortune instantly. Continue reading Higgins drifts to victory in Rally America’s first 2014 counter