Seven 9s and 10s

High-res GPOYW
History suggests that I’m more likely to crash when driving reasonably on a warm, clear, and dry night in May than when taking pictures of myself while driving 50mph on freezing, slick, snow-covered highways in the dead of winter.
Anyway. I’m glad everyone around me was being considerate and leaving the Subaru/Audi/Jeep lane open for those of us who are more confident in ourselves and our vehicles. Or… maybe they saw some crazy guy taking pictures while driving through heavy lake-effect snow and decided to save themselves by giving him plenty of space.
Either way.
*shrug*

GPOYW

History suggests that I’m more likely to crash when driving reasonably on a warm, clear, and dry night in May than when taking pictures of myself while driving 50mph on freezing, slick, snow-covered highways in the dead of winter.

Anyway. I’m glad everyone around me was being considerate and leaving the Subaru/Audi/Jeep lane open for those of us who are more confident in ourselves and our vehicles. Or… maybe they saw some crazy guy taking pictures while driving through heavy lake-effect snow and decided to save themselves by giving him plenty of space.

Either way.

*shrug*

High-res ronbailey:

2010 Ford Fiesta - Monster WRC
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I’ve got some conflicting feelings about Ken Block’s new contract with Ford.
On the one hand - as a Subaru-fanboy - it’s sad to see his great relationship with Subaru come to an end.  It was mutually beneficial to Subaru, to Ken, and to Ken’s DC brand.  His Gymkhana videos are the things of legend.
On the other hand, an American driver (Ken) racing an American brand (Ford) in the biggest rally series in the world (WRC) should do good things for the popularity of rally in America.  Hopefully he finds some success when playing with the big boys in his seven WRC events.  Success could help shed the international impression that America doesn’t care about rally (which is generally the truth), and more importantly, it could help grow the popularity of rally in America.  However, I anticipate that he will not be successful. I predict that he won’t finish at least 4 of the 7 events, and in those events he does finish I think he’ll be well down the leaderboard, scoring points in none.
He’s proven that he can be competitive in Rally America when he doesn’t drive recklessly and he keeps his car on the road, but if he can’t even consistently beat Travis Pastrana in this country, why should anyone believe he’ll be able to even compete with WRC upstarts Sebastien Ogier and Evgeny Novikov - let alone super-talented veterans Mikko Hirvonen and 6-time world champion Sebastien Loeb - in international rally?
Regardless, the new Fiesta is a nice looking machine and Ford’s full-time commitment to Rally America is a good thing. Competition is a good thing.  The Mitsubishi EvoX has proven to be a bit of a disappointment in professional rally (although it’s been a tremendous success in the consumer market), and I look forward to seeing if the Fiesta can give Subaru and the STI a run for it’s money.

ronbailey:

2010 Ford Fiesta - Monster WRC

via cache.gawker.com

I’ve got some conflicting feelings about Ken Block’s new contract with Ford.

On the one hand - as a Subaru-fanboy - it’s sad to see his great relationship with Subaru come to an end.  It was mutually beneficial to Subaru, to Ken, and to Ken’s DC brand.  His Gymkhana videos are the things of legend.

On the other hand, an American driver (Ken) racing an American brand (Ford) in the biggest rally series in the world (WRC) should do good things for the popularity of rally in America.  Hopefully he finds some success when playing with the big boys in his seven WRC events.  Success could help shed the international impression that America doesn’t care about rally (which is generally the truth), and more importantly, it could help grow the popularity of rally in America.  However, I anticipate that he will not be successful. I predict that he won’t finish at least 4 of the 7 events, and in those events he does finish I think he’ll be well down the leaderboard, scoring points in none.

He’s proven that he can be competitive in Rally America when he doesn’t drive recklessly and he keeps his car on the road, but if he can’t even consistently beat Travis Pastrana in this country, why should anyone believe he’ll be able to even compete with WRC upstarts Sebastien Ogier and Evgeny Novikov - let alone super-talented veterans Mikko Hirvonen and 6-time world champion Sebastien Loeb - in international rally?

Regardless, the new Fiesta is a nice looking machine and Ford’s full-time commitment to Rally America is a good thing. Competition is a good thing.  The Mitsubishi EvoX has proven to be a bit of a disappointment in professional rally (although it’s been a tremendous success in the consumer market), and I look forward to seeing if the Fiesta can give Subaru and the STI a run for it’s money.