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      03-22-2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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Epic Story: Man buys $500 E30, enters the WRC Rally Mexico, and places 3rd!

An amazing read: http://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-a-50...k-rally-racers

A guy with no previous WRC experience, buys a $500 1991 BMW 318i beater off Craigslist, swaps in a M3 engine, and enters into the WRC Rally Mexico race. He has no pit crew, a co-driver that he never had any driving time with, and course notes from a Peruvian team in Spanish. He comes in third place in his class.



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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
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awesome

edit: scratch awesome, fucking epic
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So much epic-ness

*off to Craigslist to find my own $500 e30 *
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awesome

edit: scratch awesome, fucking epic
This.
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      03-22-2010, 02:58 PM   #8
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Those freakin 91 318i's are the shiz.

This guy, also awesome. Maybe he cna pick up a team now that they see he's beating guys with much better hardware.
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Those freakin 91 318i's are the shiz.

This guy, also awesome. Maybe he cna pick up a team now that they see he's beating guys with much better hardware.
why only the '91s?


btw,i just took a took at '84 318 for $400.
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Oh man, that is soooo unbelievably cool! I've been purposely avoiding having anything to do with following the current season as it ruins the fun of watching the WRC recap shows once they start coming on TV but I'm so glad I found this story. I hope they get some video and document this in the episode for Mexico.
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the key thing was that he got 3rd in his class. I kept searching all over the wrc site and the Mexico rally page and couldnt find more information on this guy. Pretty cool story. When I first read it I thought he got third overall. Didn't know there's different classes.

OT: So is Ken Block in a different class than Sebastian Loeb?
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Yeah, there would have been no way for this guy to finish anywhere near the top overall in that car against factory backed teams with million $ cars—hell, even Petter Solberg had a great deal of difficultly staying reasonably competitive last season on car that was only a couple years back spec' wise and with a full team of smart mechanics. WRC is in many cases a simple battle of attrition and IMO this guy was able to do so well due to a metric ton of think-on-your-feet ingenuity and a hell of a lot of luck. But when you don't have the big bucks that's what it takes in that sport more often then not. It's also what I love about it most I think.
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Haha that's crazy.
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Wow! Cool story!!

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Thats amazing...I wonder if he considered buying other cars or specifically wanted a BMW..
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that man deserves a cold beer, i mean keg.
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wow this is amazing! He chose a great car, and with all those disadvantages to still come out third, its definitely an epic win.
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wow this is amazing! He chose a great car, and with all those disadvantages to still come out third, its definitely an epic win.
I hope BMW is watching this. It will make for a great positive PR story... and they should sponsor this guy and give him a team. He obviously knows what he is doing. Mario Theissen, are you watching this???
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I hope BMW is watching this. It will make for a great positive PR story... and they should sponsor this guy and give him a team. He obviously knows what he is doing. Mario Theissen, are you watching this???




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the key thing was that he got 3rd in his class. I kept searching all over the wrc site and the Mexico rally page and couldnt find more information on this guy. Pretty cool story. When I first read it I thought he got third overall. Didn't know there's different classes.

OT: So is Ken Block in a different class than Sebastian Loeb?
Ken Block is in the same class with Loeb but he just hasn't been fast enough...atleast not yet.
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Awesome fucking story, side note: why the fuck cant I find a E30 for $500??
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Reminds me that the right combination of Joe Sixpack, grit and determination can still KICK SOME ASS...

Awesome.
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