RALLY: Doo Wops Snowmoose Motorsports report

Snowmoose Motorsports Completes First Rally, DNFs Second Rally March 2nd and 3rd marked the debut, though somewhat inauspicious, of Snowmoose Motorsports' Alan Perry in ClubRally competition. Perry served as co-driver for Ross Foster in the Doo...

Snowmoose Motorsports Completes First Rally, DNFs Second Rally

March 2nd and 3rd marked the debut, though somewhat inauspicious, of Snowmoose Motorsports' Alan Perry in ClubRally competition. Perry served as co-driver for Ross Foster in the Doo Wop Rallies, based out of Hoquiam, WA. Foster drove a Mazda 323 GTX in Open class. However, considering that these rallies were also the debut events for the driver and the car (which had not even been sorted out yet), the team could consider their results partially successful.

Doo Wop I ran on five special stages north of Hoquiam. Foster and Perry were still getting used to working with each other and Foster was getting used to driving the car at speed, so the stage times were comparatively slow. An exception to this was the short paved stage, which Foster completed just 8 seconds slower than the fastest car.

The team continued to work its way through the rally and the car was holding up well. The biggest excitement came on stage 4 when a connector popped off of the ignition coil and the car stopped just after the start. Perry ran back to set up the warning triangle and Foster quickly found and corrected the problem. "Thirty seconds to fix the problem and two minutes getting everything put back in place," Foster noted. At the end of the last stage, the car was making strange noises. These were traced to the bolts to the right rear calibers backing out and a skid plate attachment rubbing against the tires and easily repaired.

Foster and Perry completed Doo Wop 1, but well down in the order, 30th of the 36 finishers.

Doo Wop II ran on six special stages, two north of Montesano and four west of the towns of Oakville and Brooklyn, including the famous Brooklyn Tavern stage. Unfortunately, the car did not make it that far.

The first stage, Pico Left, was a 9.5 mile loop on very rough roads that included three hairpin turn. The next stage, Pico Right, was a reverse of the Pico Left stage. Foster was getting more used to fast gravel driving and completed the first stage in 12:25 (with Perry calling only one turn completely wrong). This was a good time, only 1:09 slower than the fastest car. On the reverse run, Ross was on his way to bettering that time when disaster struck. With less than 2 miles to go, the left front suspension failed.

"The ball joint on the lower A-arm slipped out of the upright, which allowed the upright to swing out and the CV joint to separate," said Perry. When this happened, only the shock absorber and steering arm held the wheel in place. "We figured out that the CV joint had come apart. Ross thought that we put it back together and I didn't. Besides, since we started so far back in the order, we didn't have much time before sweep would pass us and put us out of the rally. After this happened, we figured we had nothing to lose waiting for service to come and get us and we were able to reassemble the CV joint and reattach the ball joint sitting on the side of the road and drove the car out of the stage - 90 minutes late."

The next event for Ross Foster and Alan Perry is the Oregon Trails rally on April 20-21. <pre> Doo Wop 1, 2 March 2002 SS1 SS2 SS3 SS4 SS5 Total 0:09:29 0:01:14 0:12:25 0:14:50 0:12:01 0:49:59

Doo Wop 2, 3 March 2002 SS1 SS2 SS3 SS4 SS5 SS6 Total 0:12:25 DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNF

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