ProRally: Team Paradox/RallyRhybudd Ojibwe Forests report

The MGBGT of Team Paradox and the RallyRhybuddRacing program returned successfully to the ProRally scene at the Ojibwe Forests ProRally, August 17-18 in Bemidji, MN. A disastrous engine failure prematurely ended their rally at the recent Maine...

The MGBGT of Team Paradox and the RallyRhybuddRacing program returned successfully to the ProRally scene at the Ojibwe Forests ProRally, August 17-18 in Bemidji, MN. A disastrous engine failure prematurely ended their rally at the recent Maine Forest rally, so the Team arrived in Bemidji with a fresh engine and some apprehensions about the last-minute tuning. These fears proved unfounded, and the car performed well in this 350-mile event.

Friday evening's first set of stages were run in cool and wet conditions. Having started 41st on the road, many of the sandy forest roads were well rutted and quite slippery by the time the Team's car arrived. Despite these conditions unfavorable to the MGB, the Team managed to turn in a respectable mid-rally position of 43rd of 61 Pro- and Club-rallyists remaining of the 80 starters. Saturday's stages began with a Super Special stage held in a local speedway. Muddy conditions on the course prompted driver Phil Smith to comment, "Well, it looked like a large and deep mudhole to me. After watching the first half dozen ClubRally cars run the course and very nearly bog down, it was obvious that our low-slung car would likely sink to China in that stuff. So we decided to short-cut the course and take the penalty, and so stay in the rally." The strategy proved wise, as the remaining Saturday stages were generally dry and fast. The Team's final finish in the two-day ProRally was 32nd of 37 ProRally finishers, from a starting field of 52 cars. CoDriver Dallas Smith said, "We're running a 33 year old car in a field full of modern all-wheel drive machines, so we're happy with this result. You know, three of the Subarus finished behind us!" In the Friday 10,000 Lakes ClubRally, Team Paradox placed 4th in Group 2, but improved to 2nd in Group 2 for the Paul Bunyan's Ride ClubRally on Saturday.

The Ojibwe Forests ProRally was the 7th round of the 2001 SCCA ProRally series. The hotly contested rally was won by Mark Lovell and Steve Turvey in a ProDrive Subaru WRX. Mike Hurst and Rob Bohn were the highest placed 2-wheel drive car, at 11th in their Ford Mustang.

The RallyRhybuddRacing program was launched in 1997 by dedicated MG enthusiasts Phil and Dallas Smith, aka Team Paradox, to campaign an MG in the SCCA Performance Rally series. Two years were required to find and prepare a 1968 BGT for the rigors of Performance Rally. After obtaining their rally licenses at the Ski Sawmill Performance Rally school, Team Paradox made their ProRally debut at the Susquehannock Trail ProRally in 1999. As the Team's rally skills and car preparation knowledge increases, a more aggressive rally schedule has been pursued each year, and participation in most of the eastern ProRally events is planned for 2001.

-www.rhybudd.com.

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Series SCCA
Drivers Mark Lovell