Went down on Saturday to Rally NY with a bro of mine. Had an awesome time met a lot of of drivers, co-drivers, fans and photographers. Saw some great racing, a few good offs and even got to help push a Subaru out of a ditch! Tried to get a few good shots but was really trying to watch as much as I could with my own two eyes.
If you were into rally back when it was on ESPN2 in the late 90’s you might remember the following car as Carl’s Escort. To see this car in real life and in competition was a real joy for me. For those who don’t know, this Escort is truly one of a kind and as I understand it now was a real beacon of car preparation in stage rallying at the time it was built. The late Carl Merrill died at the wheel of the car in 1998 from a sudden heart attack. The car has been campaigned multiple times since including a winning run by 1984 WRC champion “the” Stig Blomqvist.
Out of the rest of the car’s my favorite’s were definitely the Saab 96, red escort and the 000 car which was a sick rs2000 escort. Here’s those car’s as well as a few of the rest. Full 70 photo gallery is HERE
Hope you liked some, theres a few different cars and angles in the flickr gallery above. Can’t wait to go back in June for the rally sprints!