Classic Rally – Otago Rally Tue, 27 Sep 2022 03:10:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Classic Rally – Otago Rally 32 32 LUNC up 33%; Terra co-founder Do Kwon announces his location following Interpol’s Red Notice Tue, 27 Sep 2022 02:54:27 +0000
  • Do Kwon is said to have been “on the run” in recent days, leading to Interpol issuing a worldwide arrest warrant for him.
  • The Terra co-founder denied all allegations, saying he was writing code in his living room.
  • In the wake of this turmoil, LUNC managed to sneak a 33.34% rally over the past 24 hours.

Terra doesn’t seem to be leaving the headlines anytime soon, even though the debacle is now almost five months old.

The collapse of the ecosystem, which triggered a market-wide crash and millions of dollars in losses, led to all guns being trained on Do Kwon, the co-founder of Terra. The originator is now also the subject of an Interpol Red Notice.

But Do Kwon lives a normal life

At the request of South Korean prosecutors, Interpol this week issued a worldwide arrest warrant, also known as a “Red Notice,” on Do Kwon’s behalf. A Red Notice is typically a request from Interpol for local law enforcement to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

These arrest warrants are usually issued to people who are “on the run” from the authorities. However, Do Kwon responded to these allegations on his Twitter, stating that he had made no effort to hide from the authorities.

In response, Do Kwon went on to explain that he wrote code in his living room and lived a normal life, going to the malls and walking.

This isn’t the first time Do Kwon has addressed such allegations. Earlier this month, he tweeted in response to the comments and clarified his status.

Luna Classic continues to grow

On the one hand, while the Do-Kwon saga is heating up, Luna Classic is also finding many buyers.

After erasing most of its gains from earlier this month, LUNC has rallied 33.34% over the past 24 hours. Potentially triggered by Do Kwon’s reaction, LUNC was able to trade at $0.00029503.

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The Relative Strength Index (RSI) shows that despite the market overheating after the rally, the buying pressure remains. If this continues, LUNC could see more rallies in the coming weeks.

West Never Rests: Divisional battle awaits Hogs, Aggies Sat, 24 Sep 2022 07:11:20 +0000

ARLINGTON, Texas — Almost every coach will repeat the age-old mantra that the next game is always the most important game on the schedule.

That’s not always true, but look at today’s Southwest Classic.

The adage never seemed more real than for tonight’s 6 p.m. game between the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M.

The No. 10 Razorbacks (3-0, 1-0 SEC) actually come into play as 2 1/2 point underdogs against the No. 23 Aggies (2-1, 0-0) after recovering from a 17 -points deficit to defeat FCS Missouri State in a game against former coach Bobby Petrino last week.

The Aggies had such a scare too, but things didn’t go as well as Appalachian State shocked them 17-14 two weeks ago in College Station, Texas.

Arkansas will contest its second top-25 match of the season while also seeking its fifth straight trophy game win under third-year coach Sam Pittman.

Based on the future prospects of both programs, today’s game is crucial.

“This is basically the start of the really tough games,” said Arkansas senior defensive end Zach Williams. “So I feel like if we start really well it gives us enough momentum and energy to go to the next game, to the next game, to the next game.

“So I think this game is very important because the SEC West starts with it. Not only because they are our true rivals. It’s going to be a big, important game.”

Pittman has been playing the trophy games, going so far as to snap a photo with the four the Razorback won last year, plus Larry the bowling ball, while seated on a throne. The image is on the inside back cover of the Arkansas Media Guide.

“I think it’s a great rivalry for us,” Pittman said. “I think every time you’ve lost nine of your last ten games, it means a lot to Arkansas because we weren’t on the winning side.

“It’s a big thing for us to win one of those trophy games. It’s a huge thing. We released the trophy this week and stuff like that. Obviously we need to get it down there. We definitely want to bring it back. It means something to us.”

Arkansas second linebacker Chris Paul Jr. is aware of the upcoming schedule.

“This game right here is gonna start SEC games out west, man,” Paul said. “This is one of our top opponents other than Alabama. But we don’t worry about which teams we play next. We just take it week after week.

“So with Texas A&M, such a powerhouse team that did a great job, all we have to do is keep our minds on track, stay on our scripts and study the film even more than what we’ve been doing for the last three weeks. ”

The Razorbacks have an advantage over the Aggies as they already opened the SEC game with a 44-30 win over South Carolina in Week 2 while A&M will play its league opener.

“It’s your first conference game and you want to get off to a good start in your own conference,” said Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher. “It’s a tough road for everyone. This is the SEC West. It’s tough every week.

“It’s another important game. But it’s a game. It is, but it’s a very important game because it’s next and you’d rather be up than down, I promise you, with what’s to come.

What awaits both teams is an absolute grind. None of the teams left their own campus for more than three weeks.

Arkansas follows the Southwest Classic with a home game of preseason no. 1 Alabama to beat the Hogs 15 straight years. This is followed by road trips to Mississippi and BYU, then another open date road game in Auburn.

Texas A&M will hardly be home in October. The Aggies travel sequentially to face Mississippi State, Alabama and South Carolina before their next home game on October 29 against Ole Miss.

“It’s definitely different,” said Texas A&M receiver Ainias Smith. “At the beginning of the SEC game there is nothing to play around with. The competition will take place every week. Training gets tough every week. So we just have to tune in and live our hearts out.”

Arkansas made a big break in the series last year with a 20-10 win and went on a nine-game losing streak in the series that included several heartbreaking losses, three of them in overtime over the past decade.

The excitement of the No. 6 Aggies paid off for the Razorbacks, sending them into the top 10 at No. 8 for the first time in almost a decade and opening up better recruiting opportunities in Texas.

“I think recruiting is a lot about trust,” Pittman said. “Last year we got lucky and we beat Texas and then we beat Texas A&M.

“I think our confidence to go to the state of Texas and be like, ‘OK, we did that.’ I think it helped us recruit in that way.”

Pittman summarized the recruiting pitch her coaches might use: “We say, ‘We’ve had a few wins in the state,’ and you feel confident going in there and saying, ‘Why not us? Give us a chance. You’ll like it when you come to campus.” So I think it definitely helped us as employees with recruitment, and I hope it helped the kids see us in a different light.”

The teams have opposing tendencies on both sides of the ball.

Arkansas rushed for 597 total yards last week and ranks third in the SEC and 18th in the country with an average 500.3 yards. The Hogs are 39th in scoring with 37.7 points per game.

Behind a veteran offensive line, Arkansas ranks 10th in FBS rushing with 243.7 yards per game, and sophomore Raheim Sanders is third with 146.7 rushing yards.

Texas A&M has struggled offensively and has already switched quarterbacks, from Haynes King to LSU transfer Max Johnson, the left-hander who guided the Aggies to a 17-9 win over No. 13 Miami last week.

Texas A&M ranks 110th in total offense at 315.7 yards per game and 108th in scoring (20.7).

On the other side of the ball, the Aggies rank 31st in total defense by conceding 301.7 yards per game, which is nearly 50 yards less per game than the Razorbacks allow through the air. Arkansas is 105th in total defense (421.0) and last in passing yards (352.7), though the Razorbacks lead the country with 5.67 sacks per game.

Rally New Zealand: PreviewTOYOTA GAZOO Racing is looking forward to another classic return Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:32:43 +0000

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team makes its first trip to Rally New Zealand, determined to battle for the top spots when the event’s popular gravel roads take to the world stage from 29 September to 2 October for Round 11 of the 2022 FIA World Rally Championship to return.

After a disappointing weekend on the bumpy and rocky roads of Acropolis Rally Greece, the team is looking forward to going to New Zealand with a 63-point lead in the Manufacturers’ Championship, while Kalle Rovanperä leads the Drivers’ Championship by 53 points and has his best opportunity to to clinch his first title if he can add eight more points to his lead.

Joining Rovanperä and Elfyn Evans – who are making their Rally New Zealand debuts – will be reigning World Champion Sébastien Ogier, who finished a close second on his last visit to New Zealand in 2010 and returns to the team’s line-up for the final three rounds of the Season. Takamoto Katsuta will be another New Zealand rookie in his TGR WRT Next Generation outing.

Back on the WRC calendar after 10 years, Rally New Zealand is renowned for its fast and flowing stages, weaving through the stunning scenery of the country’s North Island. The smooth gravel roads are characterized by their pronounced curvature, which drivers can use to bring more speed through the curves.

The rally will take place in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, with the service park right on the waterfront and the opening stage taking place at Pukekawa Auckland Domain Park on Thursday evening. Friday then features more than half of the rally’s competitive distance, with 158.56km to be driven over two loops of classic stages south around Raglan, starting with the iconic Whaanga Coast, followed by two stages around Te Akau. A raglan tire fitting zone separates the two loops, rather than a full service. Saturday takes place north of Auckland, with two more rounds of three stages running either side of the service, while Sunday consists of two repeating stages on the east side of the city, with the second pass of the purpose-built Jack’s Ridge serving as a rally – power amplifier.

Jari-Matti Latvala (Team Principal)

“Personally, I’m really looking forward to returning to New Zealand and I think it’s a rally our team can look forward to as well. Greece was obviously disappointing for us and we can learn lessons from that to be stronger in similar races in rallies in the future. But Rally New Zealand is a very different gravel rally. The surface is smoother, the roads are fast and flowing, and the camber makes you feel like you’re dancing with the car. The roads are fantastic and you don’t have to find them anywhere else in the WRC. I had the pleasure of winning there myself in 2010, actually in a very close finish with Sébastien. It will be a new challenge for the rest of our drivers but I think they will all enjoy these roads and I am confident that we can fight for victory again.”


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How Rolex helped preserve the golden age of motorsport Tue, 20 Sep 2022 05:40:32 +0000

It’s almost impossible for us plebs to experience the thrill of driving a classic sports car around a racetrack. If you want to experience the vicarious thrill of driving a mid-20th century sports car, I highly recommend watching Formula 1 World Champion and Rolex testimonial Jenson Button complete a few laps in a for Race prepared Jaguar Lightweight E-Type spins festival of speed. “Turn left to go right,” says Button, perfectly summing up the sheer lawlessness of classic cars – unencumbered by modern ECUs, traction and stability controls, and a host of electronic nannies that can turn even the most hopeless drivers into bonafide racer.

That’s what makes the Goodwood Revival such a spectacle. Not only is there a pretty good chance that a perfectly preserved million-dollar remnant of the past could turn into a scrap heap in a second and rotate all the way to driving Valhalla, but it’s also one of the few places where You will see a collection of some of history’s most coveted cars being driven to the absolute limit. It’s arguably motoring’s most glorious era, captured in a week. That’s why Rolex has supported the Goodwood Revival annually for the past 18 years as the event’s Official Timekeeper.

This year happened to be a big one. Ferrari celebrated its 75th anniversary and gave the world the privilege of watching some very rare Ferrari California 250 GT SWBs compete in one of the most thrilling GT races in recent memory. Certainly if you’re the owner of said 250 GT SWBs – which are often considered to be among the most beautiful cars in the world and can set you back a cool $30 million (2.39 billion rupees) at a prestigious auction. It was also the 100th anniversary of the Austin 7, so everyone wore period-accurate outfits, and rightly so. This is actually a prerequisite for participation in the Goodwood Revival.

It’s one of the few things that sets the Goodwood Revival apart from any concours, or classic car rallies, in the world. Putting aside the societal mores of the time, one must soak up the spirit, embrace the technology and celebrate the fashion of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. It’s also a great place to learn the art of classic car maintenance – because the natural home of a vintage or classic racing car and its owner is in a tool shed, where endless tedious hours are spent repairing these cars and restoring them to their original condition restore condition. And while your family has moved to another city and your children have grown up, you have the satisfaction of owning an immaculately restored Austin Healey.

Rolex’s foray into the privateering world of motorsport dates back to the 1930s, so the brand is no stranger to the smell of motor oil and the sight of fast cars. Over the past century, Rolex has supported mammoth motorsport events such as the Daytona 24 Hours (which produced the brand’s flagship chronograph) and the Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as the World Endurance Championship.


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Will Terra Classic (LUNC) price start a new rally? – Coinpedia – Fintech and cryptocurrency news media Sun, 18 Sep 2022 13:34:04 +0000

Terra Classic (LUNC) appears to have been on a steady recovery path for the past few days. Terra Classic (LUNC) price plummeted after Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon received an arrest warrant.

After billions were lost and regulators began to swarm, development and control was handed over to the community and relaunched as LUNA Classic. Many investors are still cautious, especially those who have already been hurt by the scandal.

South Korean authorities issued an arrest warrant for Kwon and five other people on September 14. The founder was arrested for violating market regulations. All six people listed in the warrant are in Singapore.

This caused the price of LUNC to drop sharply, with the token losing almost 15% in a short period of time. Before the warrant was released, LUNC was trading in the $0.00030 to $0.00034 range.

The token has since recovered somewhat. The LUNC community claimed Do Kwon had no connection to the Terra Classic project when the price dropped.

Do Kwon says he is cooperating with the authorities

Meanwhile, Kwon addressed allegations that he evaded prosecution. He stressed that was not the case, and Kwon said his team was fully cooperating with authorities and had nothing to hide. He went on to say that his company is currently defending itself in multiple jurisdictions.

“I’m not ‘on the run’ or anything – for any government agency that has shown an interest in communicating, we are fully cooperating and have nothing to hide. We are in the process of defending ourselves in multiple jurisdictions – we have held ourselves to an extremely high standard of integrity and look forward to clarifying the truth over the coming months.”

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UTSA repels HBU rally and defeats Huskies 3-2 Fri, 16 Sep 2022 21:52:30 +0000

SAN ANTONIOKelsey Carpenter had a team-high 15 kills at a .433 batting average as UTSA fended off a late two-set rally from Houston Baptist to defeat the Huskies in five sets Friday afternoon as part of the Courtyard Marriott-presented Roadrunner Classic.

The Roadrunners (4-6) took an early two-set lead on the Houston Baptist (7-4) thanks to a strong first two sets from Carpenter. Katelyn Krienke and Alicia Coppedge. Carpenter (8), Coppedge (6) and Krienke (5) led the UTSA offensive attack, which was supported by Courtney Walters 24 early templates.

After losing sets three and four, UTSA responded with a win in set five over Houston Baptist, winning the match 3-2. The five-set match was UTSA’s second consecutive five-set match.

First Set (UTSA:25-14:HBU)

UTSA took an early 10-4 lead in the first set and forced an HBU timeout with a 4-0 run. The Roadrunners kept up the pressure and beat the Huskies 15-10 in the rest of the first set. The Roadrunners had an even scoring offense in the first set as four players had at least three kills. Carpenter (4) led the way while Coppedge, Ifeanyi and Walters followed with three each. UTSA finished with 17 kills in the set at a .635 batting average, the highest in a single set of the year.

Second Set (UTSA:25-23:HBU)

Houston Baptist played UTSA to a much closer set in the second verse as neither team was able to pull away and gain momentum. Carpenter again had a huge set for the Roadrunners as the junior outside hitter had four kills on six attempts to attack with a block assist to lead UTSA. Brooke Hirsch had seven digs while Walters had 11 assists on the set.

Third Set (HBU: 25-17: UTSA)

The third set saw a back and forth, starting with five draws and two lead changes before the Huskies gained some control and found themselves with a 16-10 lead. UTSA had the fewest kills in a 25-point set that day, mustering just 12 against HBU. Carpenter again had team high kills in the set when she connected with Hunter Coppola at three. Walters turned over her second straight set with 11 assists as she moved up to 35th on the day.

Fourth Set (HBU: 25-20: UTSA)

Houston Baptist continued their third set in the fourth frame when it knocked down UTSA to end the match by two. The Roadrunners started the fourth set with a three-nothing run only to watch HBU counter with an 8-0 run, and the Huskies never looked back. UTSA got things interesting mid-set when the Roadrunners drew within one (13-12) before HBU slammed the door and was able to keep UTSA out.

Fifth Set (UTSA: 15-11: HBU)

After watching the Huskies win two straight sets, the Roadrunners were able to regain control and eventually won the match in the fifth set. After falling 5-2 early on, Cansu Günaydin ensured UTSA wouldn’t lose as the Rutgers transfer had three of UTSA’s eight kills in the set and led the Roadrunner offense to victory.

Tournament Standings (through two games)

Valparaíso: 1-0
USSA: 1-0
UIW: 0-1
Houston Baptist: 0-1


The UTSA will return to the Convocation Center at 7:00 p.m. tonight, September 16, for the face-off against the undefeated Valparaiso Beacons (10-0). The game is UTSA’s military appreciation night and fans are encouraged to dress appropriately for the film’s theme top gun. The game will be streamed on


10 classic Chevrolets that should be on every gearhead’s wish list Tue, 13 Sep 2022 23:36:00 +0000

Chevy has been making cars for well over 110 years and in that time has produced some of the coolest cars to ever grace the road. From affordable hatchbacks and performance-oriented muscle cars to luxury sports cars, Chevy has developed and marketed a wide range of cars over the decades. This legendary American car brand has a long and rich history full of trade secrets that have contributed to its continued success.

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While buyers really love the current Chevy lineup on the market, there are undoubtedly some classics that have more than stood the test of time and should be on every motorhead and car collector’s wish list. These classic models put many modern cars to shame with their phenomenal performance, pleasing aesthetics and superb driving dynamics. Let’s check out the ten classic Chevy that every gear head should have on their wish list.

10 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa from 1965

Many people believe that the first generation Corvair is the strangest Chevy ever built. However, the second generation Corvair, released in 1965, offered new styling, a 140-mph speedometer, independent suspension modeled after the Corvette and replaced the earlier top-of-the-line Monza Spyder series with a new model bearing the name the corsa.

The 1965 Corvair Corsa is without a doubt one of the best entry-level options for car enthusiasts, offering excellent handling, sporty styling cues and solid performance. It has an air-cooled 2.7-liter flat-6 engine with 140 hp. Its turbocharged option adds another 40 hp. Due to its six-cylinder boxer engine positioned at the rear, which is amazingly similar to a Porsche 911, it was also often touted as a cheap Porsche.

9 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

In the early ’60s, Chevy, in search of drag-strip fame, popularized muscle car performance, most notably with the 1961 Impala SS 409. This first Super Sport is undoubtedly one of the most attractive full-size coupes ever seen in the bubbleback era. roofline style that also sets the Chevy performance bar for many years to come.

Under the hood is a massive 6.7-liter (409-cubic-inch) V8 engine that produces 360 hp and 409 lb-ft of torque. It’s a rare performance classic considering that of the 491,000 Chevy Impalas produced in 1961, only 453 received the SS package and just 142 had the 409 engine.

8th 1969 Chevrolet Corvette ZL1

In the heyday of muscle car conquests, the Chevy Corvette competed with other muscle and sports cars to be the most powerful car on the road. This led to the development of the 1969 Corvette ZL1, the most impressive version of the already powerful L88-engined Corvette. However, Chevy only built two ZL1s.

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The 7.0-liter, big-block, all-aluminum L88 engine that powers this performance behemoth produces an incredible 430 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The ZL1 can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 12.1 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.

7 1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS

The 1971 Chevrolet Camaro SS is widely regarded as one of the best Camaros of all time thanks to its stunning exterior, spacious cabin, powerful engine and “SS” badging, signifying this model is a high-performance Camaro. It’s just a great piece of machinery that rules the road.

The two-door classic’s monstrous 6.4-liter V8 produces a solid 300 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. With a top speed of 145 mph and the ability to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, it rivals even modern Camaros.

6 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

For many, the 1963 Corvette Stingray remains the most iconic and perhaps the most desirable Corvette. It’s Chevy’s first true sports car with one of the boldest, sleekest and most recognizable car designs of all time.

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It’s a dream Vette for many enthusiasts and collectors, thanks to its swept front and tapered roof with a distinctive split rear window that’s as striking today as it was over 60 years ago. In addition to its visual appeal, it also offers superior handling and performance. A 327 cubic-inch V8 engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission in this two-seat roadster develops 360 horses.

5 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

The 1967 Camaro was Chevy’s answer to the Mustang sales rush. Its incredibly attractive looks and plethora of option packages attracted crowds of Ford buyers. It immediately multiplied its popularity, selling 220,906 units in its first year. Since then, Mustang and Camaro have faced each other. Although the standard Camaro was notable, it was the Z/28 that achieved ultimate fame.

The Camaro Z/28 is a high-performance machine that includes serious chassis modifications intended for racing variants. The lighter 302-cubic-inch small-block V8 engine in this two-door hardtop produces 290 horsepower. The double bonnet, racing stripes on the trunk and rally wheels reinforce its bold appeal and make it coveted by motorists.

4 1963 Chevrolet Impala RPO Z11

The 1963 Impala RPO (Regular Production Option) Z11 is unlike any other Chevy Impala, although the moniker has undergone numerous revisions over the years. Built during the heyday of drag racing, it was widely used by many of the leading drag racers of the day and was extremely successful on a number of occasions.

This wild muscle car, designed for racing, features a mammoth 7.0-liter V8 engine that produces over 430 hp. In addition, it is the first production drag racer to run faster than 120 miles per hour in a quarter mile run. With fewer than 50 produced, the Impala Z11 is now a coveted classic that is sure to appeal to racing enthusiasts and Impala devotees alike.

3 1955 Chevrolet Corvette V8

The Corvette has a rich heritage and is widely considered the best car Chevy has ever built. Although the first generation Corvette will always have a flamboyant, classic look, it also received V8 power in 1955, making it a competitive sports car. This exotic two-seater beauty is a piece of craftsmanship with a dashing exterior and antique cabin

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The 1955 Corvette introduced the V8 engine to the brand for the first time and established Chevy as a maker of high-performance cars. A 4.3-liter small-block V8 engine powers this first of the Hot Rod ‘Vettes, delivering 195 horses and accelerating from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Also available is a three-speed manual transmission that matches the Gives the driver additional control over the vehicle.

2 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454

Before a long hiatus, the SS badge adorned outstanding Chevys well into the ’70s, and the Chevelle SS is no exception. In fact, the Chevelle SS 454 is perhaps one of the first cars that comes to mind when thinking of the muscle car era.

A gargantuan 7.5 liter (454 cu in) LS6 big block V8 engine producing a staggering 450 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque in 1970 pushed the Chevelle SS to its most outrageous form. It was among the fastest accelerating road cars in the world, hitting 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. It’s now a collector’s item and more popular than ever.

1 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Camaro has a long history with Chevy and is one of their most iconic models. However, it was the legendary performance of the 1969 Camaro ZL1 that raised the nameplate to a higher level. One of the most impressive and rarest Camaros ever built, this performance beast is ideal for drag racing. Many car lovers love it. The ZL1 was only available through Chevy’s COPO (Central Office Production Order) program.

It dominated the drag strip thanks to a compelling 427-cubic-inch, aluminum, big-block V8 engine that was officially rated at 430 horsepower, but testing showed the engine actually developed over 500 horsepower. In addition to its impressive performance, the two-seater also impresses with a sleek and stylish appearance and an eye-catching interior, especially the dashboard. The ZL1 is one of the most expensive Camaros on the market today because only 69 of these tremendously capable cars were ever produced.

AutoFest to bring the best of Australia to The Bend Sat, 10 Sep 2022 05:07:17 +0000

The penultimate weekend of October is shaping up to be a massive motorsport spectacle in South Australia, with Bend Motorsport Park taking center stage for a mammoth event.

Dubbed The Bend AutoFest, a mix of national championships and popular South Australian events will make up a bumper schedule from 21-23 October.

At the forefront of the busy event is the finale of the 2022 Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, which will see a range of national racing series and championships come into action at the world-class international circuit.

Categories such as the Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge Australia, Radical Cup Australia, GC Marine Australian Prototype Series, Australian Production Cars and Motorsport Australia GT Championship will all feature at Shannons during the 2022 season finale.

While some of the best cars on Australian soil will take to the track, fans will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a stunning collection of GT cars via the GT Festival.

The festival, held at the circuit’s Welcome Center, will feature up to 20 cars in pristine condition for fans to admire, celebrating the lineage of GT cars from the past to the present.

The other major national attraction for AutoFest is the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC), which will see Australia’s best rally drivers compete in the Adelaide Hills Rally.

With crews tackling 180 kilometers of competition across 28 special stages, much of the penultimate round of the 2022 ARC will be staged in The Bend – the scenic county roads of the Adelaide Hills, the rally’s other location.

The Adelaide Hills Rally concludes at The Bend, with the EROAD Power Stage beginning as the crescendo of AutoFest immediately following the conclusion of track activities at the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships on Sunday afternoon.

Whilst there is a lot going on from a national championship perspective, the weekend will also welcome an event revered by many South Australian car enthusiasts – The Bend Classic.

The Bend Classic has built a reputation as one of the most prestigious events on the state’s motorsport calendar, pitting iconic racers of yesteryear against some of the nation’s fastest open-wheelers.

Registrations for the event are now being accepted, with both historic F1 and modern open wheel cars and vintage Group J&K cars being accepted.

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Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith was looking forward to a massive weekend.

“It’s pretty rare for multiple major national championships to happen at the same time, and even rarer for them to happen at the same venue,” Smith said.

“There is a lot of work put into this event and it is a very exciting prospect to have both the Shannons and the ARC in the spotlight at a brilliant circuit like The Bend.

“Add in a very popular event like The Bend Classic and it certainly whets the appetite of all types of motorsport fans. It will be great to see the circuit, history and rally communities come together and even work together under one event.”

Bend’s CEO, Dr. Sam Shahin echoed Smith’s sentiments and was proud to be involved in hosting the event.

“Events like The Bend AutoFest will set the template for future motorsport events in Australia,” said Dr. shahin.

“The Bend is so proud to be able to partner with Motorsport Australia to host one of motorsport’s biggest festivals this year.”

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For those who can’t make it or want to watch it from the comfort of their own home, free broadcast details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The ARC’s EROAD Power Stage will be broadcast live on 7plus.

The Bend AutoFest takes place October 21-23 at The Bend Motorsport Park.

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The Denbigh duo take on the Welsh rally legend Sat, 03 Sep 2022 07:42:57 +0000

A two-man team of Vale of Clwyd drivers will be looking to recover as they tackle the Get Connected Rali Ceredigion this weekend and go head-to-head with one of the legends of Welsh rallying.

Will Rowlands and Rich Birch are bringing their classic Ford Escort to Aberystwyth for the two day event where they will compete against Gwyndaf Evans in the Historic Class, also in an Escort.

Former British Champion Evans from Dolgellau and father of Elfyn Evans, the first Welshman to win the RAC Rally, walks away first in his category while the Denbigh pair finish third and hope for a lucky break after winning this year’s RAC Rally was followed by a disaster.

Last year the pair won the Historic Class at the Argyll Rally in the heart of the Scottish Highlands at Dunoon, but their attempt to defend their title didn’t even make it to the start line due to an unfortunate accident on the northern motorway.

But Will, a plumber, and Rich, a maintenance supervisor at Denbigh-based Lock Stock Self Storage, who sponsored him for the event, are hoping for better luck this Saturday and Sunday

The two, both 39, have known each other since they were at Denbigh High School and are both members of Clwyd Vale and Bala Motor Clubs.

Their car dates back to the golden age of rallying in the 1970s when Brit Roger Clark twice won the RAC Rally in an Escort when the North Wales woods were the cockpit in which he battled legendary flying Finns Hannu Mikkola and Timo Makkinen fought.

These superstars would all recognize the car, driven by its owner Will with Rich in the passenger seat, which is based on an original 1970’s body and rebuilt with an engine and parts identical to those of the 70’s.

The rear wheel drive vehicle is powered by a classic 270hp Ford Cosworth BDG 2.0 liter engine and the two are well fitted with rally tyres.

Rich said: “We won the Historic Class at Dunoon last year and finished 19thth 140 in total, ahead of many cars that cost a lot more, so we were really happy. It was good fighting with the big boys up there.

“Will and I have known each other since school and we’ve been in rallying for a long time – when I first saw it on TV I was hooked.

“I was only about seven and just couldn’t believe these guys were driving cars so fast through the trees.

“There is a great relationship between us in the car. We may look like Laurel and Hardy, but we know each other really well.

“It’s a brilliant event down at Devil’s Bridge near Aberystwyth, all held on tarmac roads which are closed to the rally.

“One of the Sunday stages is a long endurance test of 17 miles and we’re not taking any chances because we want to make sure we’re there at the end.”

“Then we’re back the next morning for another eight stages – we recorded them beforehand – to the finish late on Saturday afternoon.”

The action gets underway on Saturday with two heats starting at Aberystwyth Harbour, heading into the town center and finishing just short of the promenade before the field heads out into the countryside for stages at Glan yr Afon and Devil’s Bridge.

Sunday’s action includes a loop of four stages raced twice; once in the morning and again in the afternoon, including the long 17-mile Llanfihangel stage and nine miles of hilly tarmac through Nant y Moch.

Lock Stock Self Storage’s Lisa James said: “We are delighted to support Rich. He and Will both have a passion for rallying and it will be nice to see the Lock Stock logo flying around on these West Wales stages.

“We love to advocate for local people and organisations, including those involved in sport, and we’re sure they will be very competitive.”

It’s been a frustrating season so far for Will and Rich, who have also struggled with mechanical issues at previous events, but they’re hoping the Rali Ceredigion will be a turning point and set them up for a more successful trip to Scotland in October for the Isle of Mull Rally.

Rich added: “We expect at least Saturday to be very dry which can take a toll on the tyres, but rain is forecast through Sunday so it could be quite difficult.

“We’ve had a bit of bad luck so far this year but we’re hoping to put that behind us and do well this weekend and then in October at the Isle of Mull.”

West Wilson Middle School students celebrate first pep rally since the 2020 tornado Tue, 30 Aug 2022 21:55:00 +0000

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — Music and cheers filled the gym at Mt. Juliet Middle School as students celebrated a rite of passage.

“None of the students who are currently at West Wilson Middle have seen a rally of encouragement to date,” said 7th grade teacher Meagan Maxwell. She taught at West Wilson Middle School before part of the building was destroyed by a tornado in 2020.

But for the first time since, West Wilson Middle School finally got a chance to party in classic middle school fashion.

“So it’s weird … I think for someone who’s not in the building all the time that you’re doing a pep rally for your school, but at a different school,” Maxwell said. “But for us, we’re just trying to make it work.”

After the tornado, the sixth and seventh graders moved to Mt. Juliet Middle School, while the eighth graders found a home at Mt. Juliet High.

“It was just a great feeling to have the staff in one building for the first time in three years,” said Dr. Deante Alexander, Principal of West Wilson Middle School.

Unifying a divided school is not an easy task but he is the one charged with the task.

“Some days my schedule is like a ping pong game,” Alexander said. “So I’m here in a building for a certain part of the day; I’ll be in the next building some other specific part of the day.”

On the wall of his office hangs the future of West Wilson Middle School – renderings of what the new building will be.

“So when I see this, I see nothing but sacrifices, and we sacrifice ourselves for something that’s going to be better in the future,” Alexander said.

Students hope to return to their new building in time for the 2024-2025 school year. It will include storm protection areas in parts of the building.

Until then, celebrate every moment together.

“One of the things we’ve been emphatic about is, ‘Togetherness is our strength, but excellence is our standard,’ and that’s something we live by,” Alexander said, proving it’s not a building, it’s the one What makes school what it is – it’s the people in it.

Meanwhile, construction of Stoner Creek Elementary School nears completion. It was also badly damaged by the tornado. Officials hope to have students in classrooms before the 2022 winter break.