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Old 03-22-2010, 09:00 AM   #1
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How A $500 Craigslist Car Beat $400K Rally Racers (updated)

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This is the multifaceted tale of Bill Caswell, a man who bought a $500 crapcan off Craigslist to run against the $400,000+ rally cars in the World Rally Championship's Rally Mexico race earlier this month. It is a tale of a guy who had a welder, a bunch of credit cards, and a lot of free time but no real backing or funds. It is a story of a dude who taught himself how to build an FIA-legal roll cage, with no prior experience, because he wanted to spend the fabrication fee on race tires instead. It's the story of an enthusiast who drove a rustbucket to a third place finish in a FIA-sanctioned race.

This is a somewhat long read but worth it.

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http://jalopnik.com/5500013/i-co+dro...list-rally-car
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:13 AM   #3
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Old 03-22-2010, 09:29 AM   #4
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That was a very good read. the guys insane!
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props to him, but it seems like he just got lucky landing at 3rd place because other cars were out of commission.
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props to him, but it seems like he just got lucky landing at 3rd place because other cars were out of commission.
The other cars also had teams of people to fix the car. He had himself, his co-driver, duct tape and borrowed tools from other teams to fix his car.

I wouldnt say it was luck. It was just more determination to actually finish then the other teams.
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long read indeed, but pretty cool
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props to him, but it seems like he just got lucky landing at 3rd place because other cars were out of commission.
that's what rally racing is all about. It's who is the fastest over the weekend with the best set up car with fewest problems. The fact that he sounds like a good driver helps too.
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Old 03-22-2010, 11:31 AM   #10
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It keeps saying "in his class"... so he didn't actually beat those million dollar rally cars, right?
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