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Posted Friday, April 12, 2024 at 9:46pm

WHY OTAGO RALLY IS WORTH WATCHING

It’s sometimes easy to overlook the backbone of the Central Machine Hire Otago Rally when you’re staring at Kris Meeke in that Escort. Or Brandon Semenuk in a Subaru Impreza H6. But there is – as always – so much more to this week than a couple of rallying rockstars who’ve made the trip south. In terms of New Zealand rallying, this weekend represents a land of opportunity. There’s very much a feeling of the… Read More →

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 10:00pm

Subaru’s new performance arm boss eyes a return to world rally – report

The new head of Subaru’s performance division is planning a return to the World Rally Championship – if he can get the company’s board of directors over the line. In an interview with Subaru Motorsport Magazine, the new president of Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Hiromi Tamou said he wanted to contribute to improving the Subaru brand through rallying. “It is a great possibility,” Mr Tamou said in a translated interview when asked about a possible return of Subaru to the World… Read More →

Posted Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 9:56pm

The beginner’s guide to Subaru

What’s Subaru and when did it start making cars? Subaru began back in 1918 as the Nakajimi Aircraft Company, founded by engineer Chikuhei Nakajima. It was Japan’s first aircraft manufacturer, but forced to close in 1945 after defeat in World War Two as the Allies banned aircraft production in the country. Broken up, five of the companies came together in 1953 as Fuji Heavy Industries. Fuji used to make buses, train carriages, bin lorries, wind… Read More →

Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 9:43pm

WHY SEMENUK’S LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS VACATION

Brandon Semenuk blows his cheeks. He’s the guy who will happily ride a bike off a cliff, but Sunday’s Otago Rally finale might have him spooked. Kuri Bush. Gets them every time. Honestly, when there are wheels involved, nothing really spooks the two-time American champion. He’s just stoked to be driving a rally car in New Zealand. “I’ve driven some of these roads in a rental [car],” said the Subaru Motorsports USA star, “they’re just… Read More →

Posted Monday, April 8, 2024 at 9:41pm

If You Can’t Buy the Ultimate Nineties Subaru, Build It

What’s your dream car? Are you lucky enough to be able to park it in your driveway? If you grew up with a poster of a Ferrari F40 or a Porsche 959 on the wall, the answer to the second question is probably not. And with values for everything from Datsuns to DeLoreans pretty strong these days, a lot of younger enthusiasts are priced out of the market. But for hardcore Subaru fan and artist… Read More →

Posted Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 9:39pm

Moo Moo Subaru: Why some enthusiasts are putting cow figurines on cars

Christin Vogt had just biked from Bainbridge to Columbia and back to the trail parking lot when she noticed her friend suspiciously eyeing her Subaru. “Then I saw it and thought, ‘What the heck is going on here?’ ” Vogt says. “There was this little rubbery plastic cow with a card sitting on my windshield and I was likem ‘OK, I don’t know what that’s all about.’ ” The card contained a QR code, which… Read More →

Posted Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 10:17am

2025 Subaru Forester’s Starting Price Rises $2650 to $31,090

The 2025 Subaru Forester lineup receives sizable prices increases across the board that follow its substantial redesign. Along with fresh bodywork, a stiffer platform, and myriad other upgrades, the least expensive Forester now starts at $31,090. That’s $2650 higher than the outgoing version, and the other trim levels will be similarly more expensive when they go on sale later this spring. Read More →

Posted Friday, March 29, 2024 at 10:07am

WHEN GRIST HELPED MCRAE ANSWER A DIFFERENT CALL

Martijn Wydaeghe’s story of steering a rally car from the wrong seat is nothing new. His fellow co-driver Nicky Grist has a very similar story of directing operations from the right-hand seat. But for a very different reason. Wydaeghe was called upon because Thierry Neuville got his hand stuck in his seat while adjusting his belts on Friday’s first full day of competition in Africa. The reason Grist downed the notes was for Colin McRae… Read More →