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Women with WRXs (wagons)

On my daily morning commute, I usually see one to four Subaru Impreza WRX Wagons driven by women on the 10 East as I crawl along the westbound Santa Monica Freeway’s “fast” lane.  What surprises me about this is that they never notice me in my WRX for a friendly exchange of Scooby waves to take place.  Seeing them also makes me wonder how many women are out there driving WRXs as in what percentage of WRX/STi/STI drivers are female.

Pictured above is Jamie “Subie Gal” Thomas in “Burnsie,” her 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon.  “Burnsie” is named after the late 2001 FIA WRC drivers’ champion, the late Englishman Richard Burns.  Jamie has competed with moderate success in the Rally America series Production GT class, taking class wins on multiple occasions.  You can check out her web site at www.subiegal.com.


My Auntie Karen has her 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan (not pictured above).  Despite the fact that it has a four-speed automatic transmission and is bone stock, I think it’s simply cool that she has it.



Above are a few photos of Krysten’s 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan.  I met her at my last track day at the Streets of Willow Springs.  She also enlists the services of HB Speed to tune her car.  Jon from HB Speed is the same person who tuned my car back in January 2008.

A few days ago, I heard the funniest radio commercial I’ve heard in awhile.  It was a Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” commercial.  In it, there was a salute to “Mr. Overzealous Touch Football Game Player.”  The lines in the jingle are hilarious!  Those of you over 21 years of age can listen to it and other funny “Real Men of Genius” commercials at budlight.com.

Colin’s cult

Back in January 2004, I joined a cult.  Entry came in the form of purchasing a Subaru.  Last September, Colin McRae and his son, Jimmy, were killed in a helicopter crash.  On August 30, 2008, over a thousand Subarus caravaned to Prodrive’s Warwick facility where they assembled to write his name with their vehicles and form the Scottish flag, the Saltire.  For those unfamiliar with his successes, Colin McRae won the 1995 FIA WRC Drivers’ Championship driving a Subaru Impreza.  His efforts also helped Subaru win three straight FIA WRC Manufacturers’ titles from 1995-1997.  The 25 victories he accumulated place him fourth on the all-time WRC win list.  He also won a silver medal in the inaugural X Games Rally event in 2006 despite rolling his Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car, which was able to keep going almost as if nothing happened.

Here’s Inside Line‘s news article about the tribute to the late rally legend.

Convoy of Subarus Stretches 30 Miles in Honor of Rally Driver Colin McRae

BANBURY, England — Nearly two years after his death, fans of Colin McRae turned up with more than 1,000 Subarus to celebrate the life of the Scottish rally star with a record-setting convoy.

The convoy was led by McRae’s father, Jimmy McRae, and traveled 9 hours and 300 miles from McRae’s hometown to the headquarters of Prodrive in honor of the rally hero. McRae was the first Briton to win the World Rally Championship Driver’s title and helped the Prodrive-led Subaru factory rally team win three straight WRC Constructors’ titles. He was killed in a helicopter crash in September 2007.

At the Prodrive headquarters, 1,086 Subarus were arranged to spell McRae’s name and form the Scottish flag, stretching more than half a mile in length and setting a world record. A second world record was set for the largest parade of cars as the Subarus left from the Prodrive test track. An estimated $70,000 was raised for McRae charities at the event.

What this means to you: McRae’s legacy as a fan-favorite rally driver continues to grow well after his death. — Eric Tingwall, Correspondent

Fifth Gear‘s Vicki Butler-Henderson covered the event for the show.  Enjoy this great clip of their coverage of the late Scotsman.

Mulholland madness

Hi, everyone!  I’m sorry it’s been awhile since my last entry.  I’ve been pretty burnt out from work.  You’re more than welcome to pray for relief sometime soon.

Back on July 3rd, I took Devoted Dan out to an unpaved stretch of Mulholland Drive that Edmunds.com Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton, told me was used for Inside Line‘s full test of the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.  This short 1.1-1.3-mile stretch was rougher than I thought it would be; it probably blew my car’s right front Koni strut insert as a result of the good, clean dirty fun I had.

Google Maps link of the route

I made a few passes in both directions for my friend Louis to take some photos.  Unfortunately, the brightness outside caused all of the shots to be overexposed.  Getting the car sideways through some of the turns was a sheer joy!  There definitely aren’t many cars out there that would be up to the task.  Because of the blown RF Koni strut insert and some scratches the left rear portion of the bumper received as a result of my one close call (see video below), I’m unsure if I would do this again.  I think I would make sure the road is smoother and that the dirt/gravel is finer.

This video (1:52 long) was shot on my very last run.  I didn’t drive the car this hard on the previous runs because I wasn’t as familiar with the road yet.  You should be able to spot when and where I made my mistake and had the resultant close call with the side of the hill.

Having the car regain traction when I most needed it to = Priceless

Rocking, ranting, and rallying

Do we have any guitar heroes out there?  I LOVE the David Crowder Band!

God makes all the difference!  God changes everything!  God makes my whole existence (as a sinful man redeemed by Him) worth something so I sing…

La la la la
La la la la

Now it’s time for some random ranting!  Scroll down if you’re not interested in reading my two cents.

  • Extraordinarily-gifted Asian drivers
  • Drivers who don’t use their turn indicators
  • Slow drivers in the fast lane
  • Drivers behind you who expect you to 1) Proceed so that you would end up blocking an intersection 2) Turn right even though there’s a “No Right on Red” sign on the traffic light 3) Turn right without waiting for the pedestrians to cross the street first
  • Drivers who drive at night with only their Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) on
  • Drivers who drive regularly with their high beam headlights on
  • Drivers who drop their cigarette butts onto the streets/highways/freeways
  • Drivers who intentionally wait until the last moment to change lanes
  • Drivers talking and holding their cell phones in a way that it obviously affects their driving
  • And the list goes on!

From the streets to my Father’s house (it’s a big, big house…with lots and lots of room…a big, big table…with lots and lots of food…a big, big yard…where we can play football…a big, big house…it’s my Father’s house = great song, not necessarily Biblically accurate, though…you can watch the video here)

  • Irreverent worship – If a person doesn’t want to be in Sunday School or worship service, please leave.  I’d rather have the person leave and screw around outside than 1) adulterating the worship God is being given and 2) distracting others from worshiping God.  It (rhymes with kisses) me off that people are chatting with their friends, writing notes to each other (no, they’re not sermon notes), text messaging, and committing other acts of disservice to the God whom all should be honoring.  Playing DS during Sunday School and worship is BS!!!
  • If you see trash on the ground, please pick it up even though it’s not yours
  • Sometimes the liners in the trash cans at church fall into the can.  People then continue to throw their trash into the trash can without caring whether the trash goes into the liner or not.  Here’s an idea.  How about pulling the liner back up, wrapping it around the rim of the trash can, and then throwing your trash into the liner.  It’s not that hard.  Yeah.  You might get dirty.  Just wash your hands when you’re done.
  • This one is also garbage-related.  When the trash can is full, don’t keep putting trash into it.  Look for another trash can that isn’t full and place your trash in it.  It’s that simple, folks!

Rally Madness!

Subaru World Rally Team (SWRT) drivers Petter Solberg (Co-Driver: Phil Mills) and Chris Atkinson (Co-Driver: Stéphane Prévot) finished 5th and 3rd, respectively, in the opening Monte Carlo round of the 2008 FIA World Rally Championship.  The fifth-place result is Petter’s best-ever finish in the Rally Monte Carlo.  Chris’ third-place finish tied a career-best finish of third at the 2005 Rally Japan.  For those wondering, the SWRT is using an updated version of the Subaru Impreza WRC 2007 rally car for the first half of the season instead of the hatchback Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 rally car.  Markko Martin is testing the 2008 rally car for the team.  The Rally Sweden is this weekend.  You can follow the team’s progress at www.swrt.com.  After only one stage, Petter is in the lead by half a second!

Speaking of rallying, the New York Giants rallied to beat the New England Patriots last Sunday to win one of the greatest Super Bowl games ever!  The final outcome reminded me of the USC Trojans’ 2006 Rose Bowl defeat to the Texas Longhorns.  The Trojans had an amazing season featuring one of the greatest offenses ever in college history.  The Longhorns came in and knocked them off in one of the greatest college football games ever.

David Tyree’s catch pictured above kept the Giants’ game-winning drive alive.  After his TD catch put the Giants up 10-7, TV viewers may have seen him point upward and if I remember correctly, say, “All God!  All God!”  When asked about his amazing catch the next day, Tyree basically told ESPN that he is in awe of God.  You can watch the clip of his interview (2:40 long) below.

Keeping with the rallying and sports theme, our Edmunds coed softball team won our first round playoff game on Monday night.  We actually lost our last regular season game to finish the season 10-1.  Perhaps it was a good thing we lost.  Hopefully, we don’t end up like the New England Patriots!   We (#1 seed) were down to the #4 seed 9-2 after the top of the third inning (we were the home team).  Our offense came together in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to rally and retake the lead.  The #2 seed lost to the #3 seed in a close 13-12 game after our game.  We should fare well against the #3 seed as we beat them 5-2 in our regular season matchup.  Then again, that’s why we play the game!  We play for the championship on Monday night!

Soli Deo gloria!

McRae’s mishap



Colin McRae and his son were killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday.  The 1995 FIA WRC drivers’ champion (in a Subaru Impreza WRC – 1995 was also the first of the three straight constructors’ championships for the Subaru Impreza) was piloting his helicopter that crashed.  He is survived by his wife and daughter.

Rally Time!

I went to the X Games 13 Rally event on Sunday.  Here are some of the photos I took thanks to free tickets from Subaru that I got from Santa Monica Subaru.

1995 FIA World Rally Driver's Champion (thanks to a Subaru Impreza), Colin McRae, at the beginning of what would be his last run of the day
Colin McRae on all four wheels…but not for long

Video of Colin McRae’s semifinal run in the #7 No Fear Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Rated X

X Games 13 is here!  It actually started on Thursday and ends tomorrow with the Rally event (1:30-3:00 PM PDT on ABC).

On Thursday, Jake Brown caught some major air and helplessly crashed about 40 below.  He only suffered a broken right wrist and a bruised lung.  The video below is not for the faint of heart.

Tomorrow, I’m going after church to the Rally event with Derrick Ma (who turns 25 today) thanks to free tickets I got from Subaru at Santa Monica Subaru.

Here are some highlights from last year’s X Games Rally event.

1995 FIA World Rally Driver’s Champion (driving a Subaru Impreza), Colin McRae (co-driver Nicky Grist), in the #7 Sobe No Fear Subaru Impreza WRX STI (2:09 in the clip below is an amazing sight)

Not even a full day removed from performing the first ever double backflip on a motorcycle in competition, Travis Pastrana (co-driver Christian Edstrom) sought to win another gold medal in the Rally event in his #199 Red Bull Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru Impreza WRX STI.

Here’s Edmunds.com Inside Line‘s feature story on Travis:
Travis Pastrana: Brutal Speed and (Sometimes) Graceful Landings

Here’s Travis’ gold medal-winning double backflip from last year’s MotoX Best Trick competition:

Here’s the practice he put in just to be able to do the double backflip (note: the music in the clip below is pretty loud):

Here’s an excerpt from Travis’ new book, The Big Jump: The Tao of Travis Pastrana, that was printed in the July 30, 2007 issue of ESPN: The Magazine.

Rally Time!

What time is it?  Not game time.  Not tool time.  Not time to get a watch.  Not daytime or nighttime.  Tonight (Monday night) was rally time!

Brandon, this photo’s for you!

The Team Edmunds co-ed softball team rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning from three runs down to pull out the victory.  We are now 3-3!  I don’t think I’ve ever looked so forward to a softball game as I did tonight.  I wanted to make up for the crummy performance I had two weeks ago.  It felt like such a long time!  I was reunited with my old baseball/softball-playing self (I was going to say old self, but that would kind of sound like how I was before Christ became my Lord and Savior) and it felt so good!  I didn’t make any errors defensively.  Then again I only had two or three ground balls hit to me in right field.

I didn’t make any outs offensively.  I was “4-for-4” from the pentagonal dish tonight.  I use the quotes because I consider the first hit an error on a tough play the right-center fielder tried to make as he was running back for the ball I hit.  Some would call it a base hit for a 2-run home run though.  In my second at-bat, I hit a ground ball to the second baseman and beat the throw to first easily.  For at-bat #3, I lined a single by the pitcher into center which brought in a run if I remember correctly.

My fourth at-bat was during our last inning rally with one out and a baserunner at second base.  I swung at the first pitch and missed it.  I got a little worried fearing the previous game’s disappointment might be relived.  I swung at the next pitch and barely made contact with the ball which produced a dribbler in front of the plate.  Since both the catcher and pitcher were either caught off guard by it or hoping it would go foul, I easily beat the throw to first (more so than the infield single I got earlier).  The runner who was at second base advanced to third base.

Here’s how the rest of our rally played out.  The batter after me hit a ground ball to the second baseman and beat the play at first.  I slid into second base even though no throw was made there.  I just wanted to make sure any possible double play attempt would be as difficult as possible for the shortstop (baseball/softball is always more fun when you get dirty–something that can’t be done on a basketball court!).  The runner behind me and I scored when the next batter hit a double to tie the game.  He advanced to third base on the throw home and represented the go-ahead run at that time.  The next batter hit a bloop single that barely dropped in front of the left-center fielder and the rest is history!

Not only did it feel good to get over the mental hurdle of being in a funk, but the team rallied to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!  I’m already looking forward to next week.  Hopefully, a rally won’t be necessary for our team to win the game!