Express International Rally USA 2004
Eklund and Price finish 3rd in Open Class
After fitting the Primitive Racing Subaru Rallycar with a
new 6-speed transmission and R180 rear differential, the team used the
"nation's largest and richest rally" for its shakedown.
race. Considering the time and effort just to get to Laughlin (read
"Getting There" note), it was potentially a risky decision.
Often referred to as America's Grand Canyon Rally USA, the first stages
are close to Bullhead City, Arizona, followed by the Windy Point Hill
Climb. Saturday's race was through the western Grand Canyon and Hualapai
lands.. Because of recent rains, the scheduled course outside of Peach
Springs, AZ, became a lake and the course had to be modified.
Totem TSD Rally 2004
Good Conditions, Very Tight Rally...
The 2004 Totem Rally was a lot of fun, with conditions that varied from moist dirt to light mud to frozen mud, snow and even a tiny bit of glare ice. No mud bogs, huge puddles, or ice chutes. The roads were scenic and challenging as usual and made for great fun whether out for the overall win or simply enjoying a brisk TSD thru the woods. See www.rallybc.com for info on this event or the many others they put on throughout the year--each with a distinctive flavor. The next is the famous Thunderbird Snow Rally in Jan/February. It is a hoot!
Lee and Rod Sorenson won Totem in their indominable Subaru 2.5RS sedan. These 2 brothers have shown that they know how to dial in the factors in slippy conditions and zero'd nearly every control for a total score of 11. Gary Webb and John Kisela managed to keep their Day 2 score to only a 4, and took 2nd place with a total of 14 points. Third place went to Ron Sorem and Max Vaysburg with a score of 15 and 29 zeros. Fourth place went to 2004 BC Championship team of RJ and Ren Carroll also with a score of 15 and only 27 zeros (a zero is a perfect score past a hidden checkpoint). The top 4 cars were Subarus.
Fifth place went to the dynamic duo of Satch Carlson and Russ Kraushaar with 16 points in a BMW 325 iX. The Primitive team of Paul Eklund and Kala Rounds took the 6th place with a score of 19. It was Kala's 14th TSD rally ever and 3rd using a Timewise Rally computer. Seventh place went to Steve Richards and Gary Reid with 20 points.
The top calculator car went to class champs Martin Chung and Christa Monasch with a score of only 28 and the amazing Fealk brothers, Dan and Stuart ripped Paper Class with a score or 66 using only a pencil, paper, a watch and the car's stock odometer.
So the scores were very tight since the conditions were good and the weather mild. One 2-wheel drive pickup truck had problems going up one of the icy hill sections, a few control workers got lost on their way to their checkpoints, but it was mostly uneventful for the 24 cars that accepted the challenge of this wonderful brisk TSD. p.s. The band at the pub in Clearwater was pretty rockin' and we now know who the real rally party animals are (right Brandon!?)! pe
Look for Paul Eklund and Kala Rounds at the Subaru booth... with the snappy 2004 Forester Turbo, the Alcan phenom car!
On Bald Mountain Rally 2004
Eklund and Rounds take fourth place
Brisk TSD rally... very brisk...
West Rally 2004
"First, we went off - way off. Then the brakes
failed - completely. Then we won."
Primitive Racing finished 1st Overall in a tight battle between Matt Iorio/Phillip Ho in an EVO7 and the Hintz Brothers in a 2002 WRX. Those teams eventually tied for second place with exactly the same time after 130 stage miles. We finished 10 seconds ahead after suffering complete brake failure on the last stage (rock ripped apart rear caliper draining all fluid). Here's a story from the local newspaper, The Olympian.
Primitive Racing now leads the Western States Rally Championship and the NORPAC Divisional Championship for 2004. We would like to thank SILVERSTONE for great rally tires and TURBO XS for their powerful engine management system.
Peek at the new Primitive Rallycar - the WRX STi 2.2!
The Primitive Racing STi 2.2 is taking shape...
The Subaru WRX will make its first appearance at the Wild West International Rally on September 11-12th in Shelton, WA. The car features a Turbo XS tuned motor; DMS 50mm suspension; Carbon Kevlar seats by Momo; Pyrotect Harnesses and Silverstone Rally Tires.
Later this year, we'll install the heavily modified 2.2 DOHC rally motor and 6-speed transmission. This will significantly increase horsepower, torque and transmission strength.
Primitive strongly endorses Subaru Performance Tuning parts and exciting, safe rallysport in the USA. Our team has continuously raced and rallied Subaru Imprezas for longer than any team in the USA (over 7 years) and continues to be successful in all venues challenged.
Primitive Racing currently leads the NorPac Divisional Championship and the Western States Rally Championship for 2004.
Round PIR 2004
Paul Eklund and Kala Rounds
Fun, fun, fun!
Eklund/Thomas first place overall
Driver goes 60 mph - without vehicle
What we rally drivers do
|Paul writes, "I did something in July, but can't remember what right now..."|
Rallycross #2 2004
Eklund enters his daily driver in Open Class
Paul had such a good time at this event...
Alibi brisk gravel TSD Rally 2004
Paul Eklund and Kala Rounds enter Subaru Impreza Wagon in UNLIMITED class
"The rally was GREAT! Super weather, great, wide smooth gravel roads, spectacular scenic views, Hell's Canyon, farm land, rolling hills. Scoring was fast and effective... We were 10th overall out of 27 entries and 9th out of 12 Unlimited Class entries. Not our best effort, but getting used to a new rally computer is sometime difficult." PE
After thrashing the car at Rim of the World, Eklund/Price make a comeback! First Overall for Weekend
"Well, we did it! After a huge amount of work and effort by Richard Buckner of Royal Moore Subaru and crewmates Scott Huhn and Jeff Price (and Kala) the STi V5 transmission was rebuilt and installed. The DMS suspension was also rebuilt with new top bushings and grease. The car performed well and the team took 3rd overall on Saturday's Dryad Quest ClubRally (~65 Stage miles!), behind Tim Patterson in the quick EVO4 and just behind the Hintz Brothers in the white WRX.
"On Sunday the team made just a few changes and set solid top stage times on the first two stages. They give lots of credit to the SOFT compound Silverstone Rally Tyres (16/62 size) on the overcast, cool morning along with softening the rear suspension. Their closest competitor, Saturday's winner Tim Paterson, rolled his EVO4 while giving chase on Stage 3. The ever-quick Hintz brothers, who took 2nd overall on Saturday, finished just a bit behind the Primitive in 2nd place again for Sunday. Primitive went on to win 5 out of 6 stages." PE --photo by Ken Perkins. Thanks, Ken!
Rallycross #1 2004
Eklund designs course, sets fastest time in Forester
Paul helped the RallyCross series off to a good start with a FUN course design and well thought out layout. Threatening skies brought little rain and the 100 or so participants had a great time... Especially the 3 riders in the Forester...
Of The World ProRally 2004
Eklund/Price have their share of troubles. And to think they could have had it all!
Visit www.rimoftheworldrally.com for more info and entry list and RESULTS. Crewing for Primitive was Kala Rounds, Bill Maley and Shadd Foster - THANKS!
Trail Rally 2004
Eklund/Price Finish 2nd at Oregon Trail
Friday night started with DRAG RACING for the ProClass cars and 2 other short, mixed surface stages. Then off to Vernonia for days two and three of rallying in the woods! Visit www.oregontrailrally.com for additional info and full results. Scores are also available at www.rally-america.com.
We didn't push too hard for fear of falling off the steeply crowned roads, but made it to the finish, a small trophy and more season points! Here are volunteer crew members Ian, Ron, Kimberlee, and Tim in the back of the service van.
Wops ClubRally 2004
Paul Eklund and Jeff Price take second overall
With the Hintz Brothers pushing ever so hard with their quick WRX and Carl Jardeval staying ahead with a great drive in his Lancer EVO, the first event went well for Primitive, despite driver Eklund battling a full case of pneumonia contracted towards the end of the Alcan rally. "My doctor said to stay at home (I was coughing up a little blood), but with the help of my team (Jeff Price, Kala Rounds, Mark Mattson, Ron Goins and Kimberly) I kept calm and hydrated throughout the 2-day forest rally."
Day one featured the historic Brooklyn Tavern stage where records are kept, "I think we were about 2 or 3 seconds slower than our previous best--but we are on the T-shirt!" exclaimed a jubilant Eklund. (Actually, he was 4 seconds faster than in 2003.) The Team finished 3rd on Saturday and 2nd on Sunday (behind Jardeval) but was second overall with the 2 days combined. Rain soaked the Sunday stages featuring a terrific downhill run as a totally new stage.
Alcan Winter Rally 2004
Paul Eklund, Kala Rounds and Gary Reid take first in Seat-Of-Pants class, an amazing third overall in the snappy 2004 Forester Turbo
This is a true adventure, a 5,000 mile long trek across the Arctic frontier. Too many stories to tell here, you need to go here for the full story. Long story short: it was an AWESOME RALLY and we KICKED ASS!
P.S. Subaru published an article on Alcan by teammate Glenn Wallace...
Paul Eklund and Kala Rounds Take First in Calculator Class, 6th Overall in Shakedown Effort
As the final shakedown for Alcan, the T-Bird is a great brisk TSD set on the snowy roads between Merritt and Kamloops in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia. The team of Eklund and Rounds showed their math skills with an impressive low score and 6th overall position beating about half of the computer equiped cars. Their Subaru Forester delivered the good and the team never missed a beat during the 2-day event.
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