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Posted Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:58am

2014 100 Acre Wood – Update

by Bill Wood There are items on a wish list, items on a bucket list and items that should be drowned at the bottom of a bucket. It’s the items in that third category that struck 2012 American Super Production rally champions Lauchlin O’Sullivan and co-driver Scott Putnam Friday before the 100 Acre Wood Rally even started. On the Shakedown Stage Friday morning O’Sullivan and Putnam launched down the road to get in a little… Read More →

Posted Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:13am

2014 Sno*Drift Rally – Saturday Update

by Bill Wood 2012 Super Production champions Lauchlin O’Sullivan and co-driver Scott Putnam led the Super Production category throughout the 2014 season-opening Sno*Drift Rally in northern Michigan. After a terrible 2013 season, O’Sullivan and Putnam took this important victory as they launch into what they hope is another championship run. “Winning is a hell of a lot better than balling your car up that’s for sure,” Putnam said with a laugh after the Victory Circle… Read More →

Posted Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 6:01am

2014 Sno*Drift Rally – Friday Update

by Bill Wood 2012 Super Production champions Lauchlin O’Sullivan and co-driver Scott Putnam had a 2013 season to forget. And after Day One at the 2014 season opener at the Sno*Drift Rally in Central Michigan, forgetting 2013 is getting easier and easier. O’Sullivan and Putnam in their 2008 Subaru WRX STI are fighting snow, ice and a balky car to move to a more than 1:30 minute lead over Dillon Van Way and co-driver Andrew… Read More →

Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 5:26pm

Rallying Back To Ojibwe After Rolling Over – And Over – In Oregon

Photo: Ben Rogge When Rally America returns to the pine-filled forests of northern Minnesota for the Ojibwe Forests Rally, it’s pretty safe to say no one will be happier than Lauchlin O’Sullivan, driver of the Lucas Oil, Wolf LED-sponsored Super Production Subaru WRX STi, and his co-driver and team owner, Scott Putnam. For Putnam, it’s a chance to compete on the national stage in his home state once again. And for both guys, it will… Read More →

Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 5:17pm

Physics of a Rollover

It’s all about the Gs baby. No, we’re not talking about the rap song by Big Bang. We’re talking about the measurement of gravitational forces acting on objects such as the human body. At launch for example, the Space Shuttle astronauts experienced 1.7 Gs. In a rally car rollover, such as the one Lauchlin O’Sullivan and Scott Putnam endured at the Oregon Trail Rally, they experienced 2 Gs, and for a brief time, exponentially more… Read More →

Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 5:11pm

Video: The difference a flat tire makes…

Notice the difference in how these cars come through this particular corner. Subaru’s David Higgins comes through cleanly, we have a flat on the passenger side rear which causes our car to be very loose. The flat tire shredding is what is tearing the bumper skin off. Read the Article >> Read More →

Posted Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:15pm

Fuji Heavy Industries celebrates 60th birthday

Fuji Heavy Industries, the corporate parent of Subaru, celebrated its 60th birthday a few days ago. The storied multinational company makes everything from wind turbines to airplane parts, and conducts business in more than a hundred countries. Even though the origins of the company date back to 1917, the Fuji Heavy Industries we know today was formed in 1953. But it wasn’t until the following year that the world got a look at the first… Read More →

Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 2:39am

Tom’s Hardware Talks To Champion Rally Drivers About Technology

Featuring David Higgins, Craig Drew, Lauchlin O’Sullivan, Scott Putnam and Ken Block Comment: A nice thorough article on the Olympus Rally..if one is not familiar with Tom’s Hardware, it is a computer enthusiast web page with a huge following. “Subaru invited us out to attend the 2012 Olympus Rally, so we went and watched the race, took some pictures, and interviewed some of big names in rally racing, including Ken Block, concept director of the… Read More →