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    CrazyLeo VIP Rally Experience

    November 15, 2011

    CrazyLeo VIP Rally Experience

    Rally of the Tall Pines — November 25-26, 2011

    1st Place Prize

    Ride in the co-driver’s seat with CrazyLeo in his official 2007 STi Rally car during shakedown on Friday. As you hit speeds of nearly 200 km/h on a gravel road, then take a massive jump, this is one ride you will never forget.

    The winner and the guest they choose to bring will also be treated to:

    • Accommodations at the Best Western in Bancroft for Friday & Saturday nights.
    • All day transportation on Saturday in a luxurious coach bus.
    • Complimentary lunch, dinner, and snacks during and after the rally.
    • Access to heated VIP tents at the Iron Bridge & Golton Spectator Stages.
    • Tours of the rally service area and Special Stage (SS) road.
    • Tour of the Town of Bancroft hosted by the Mayor and Town Councillor.
    • Access to the official CrazyLeo Cameron’s Brewing after party with unlimited free beer!
    • Prize pack including CrazyLeo T-shirts, toques, posters and Tall Pines clothing.


    Open to anyone with a Facebook account, one entry per contestant. Must be 19 years or older to attend the after party, held at the house behind the Best Western’s main building.

    How It Works

    E-mail your all-time favourite rally picture to The picture can be of any driver, from anywhere in the world, competing in any form of rally, you can even send us a picture you just found online (if the photo is not yours, please send us the link where you found it so we can give the proper credit).

    Upon approval, we will watermark this image with the CrazyLeo logo, then upload it to Once your photo has been uploaded we will e-mail you the link. The winner will be decided based on the picture with the most “likes” on their photo.

    Photographers if your photo is sent in by another contestant and wins, we will mail you a CrazyLeo prize pack. As a photographer if you do not approve of having your photo part of this contest please e-mail to have it removed.

    * Facebook will only allow users to “like” your photo if they have already “liked” the CrazyLeo’s official fanpage. If promoting your photo, you may want to send users the link along with your photo link. The winner will be decided: November 23, 2011 @ 10:00pm
    For more info about the contest visit or e-mail

    Vivez une expérience de rallye VIP avec CrazyLeo

    Rally of the Tall Pines — Les 25 et 26 novembre 2011

    1re Place

    Tour dans le baquet du copilote avec CrazyLeo dans sa voiture de rallye officielle, une STi 2007, pendant les pratiques («Shakedown») du vendredi. Lorsque vous atteindrez des vitesses de près de 200 km/h sur des routes de gravier, puis ferez un saut gigantesque, vous n’oublierez jamais cette expérience.

    Le gagnant et l’invité de son choix recevront aussi :

    • L’hébergement à l’hôtel Best Western à Bancroft les nuits du vendredi et du samedi.
    • Le transport toute la journée du samedi dans un autocar de luxe.
    • Complimentary lunch, dinner, and snacks during and after the rally.
    • Le lunch, le souper et des collations pendant et après le rallye.
    • L’accès aux tentes VIP chauffées dans les spéciales spectateurs Iron Bridge et Golton.
    • Visites de l’aire de service du rallye et d’une route de spéciale (SS).
    • Visite de la ville de Bancroft en compagnie du maire et d’un conseiller.
    • Accès au party « Cameron’s Brewing » après-rallye de CrazyLeo avec bière à volonté.
    • Ensemble cadeau incluant t-shirts, tuques et posters de CrazyLeo et vêtements du Tall Pines.


    Ouvert à tout détenteur d’un compte Facebook. Vous devez avoir 19 ans ou plus pour pouvoir assister au party qui aura lieu dans une maison située derrière le bâtiment principal de l’hôtel Best Western.

    Comment ça fonctionne

    Vous devez envoyer par courriel votre photo de rallye préférée à La photo peut être de n’importe quel pilote, de n’importe où dans le monde, participant à n’importe quelle forme de rallye. Vous pouvez même envoyer une photo que vous avez trouvée sur Internet (si la photo n’est pas de vous, veuillez aussi nous envoyer le lien vers le site où vous l’avez prise afin que nous puissions accorder le crédit photo).

    Lorsque la photo aura été approuvé, l’équipe du CSCS la marquera du logo de CrazyLeo et la mettra en ligne sur Lorsqu’elle sera en ligne, vous recevrez un courriel avec le lien vers votre photo. Le gagnant sera décidé en fonction de la photo ayant reçu le plus de mentions J’aime.

    *Facebook ne permettra de cliquer sur J’aime une photo que si l’utilisateur a préalablement cliqué sur J’aime de la fan page officielle de CrazyLeo. S’il s’agit de votre propre photo, vous voudrez peut-être diriger vos visiteurs vers le la page en même temps que le lien vers votre photo. Le gagnant sera déterminé le 23 novembre 2011 à 22 h.

    Pour plus d’informations sur le concours, visitez le ou envoyez un courriel à

    2011 Rallye de Charlevoix: The dream come true! Great battle with Antoine L’Estage and John Buffum

    November 7, 2011

    Dear friends, this year’s Rallye de Charlevoix will go down in history as a very special event for our team.

    The magic started with the news that the legendary rally driver John Buffum would be co-driving for Antoine L’Estage. Up to this point we hadn’t been able to match Antoine’s pace, but we knew, that because John and Antoine didn’t have much experience in the car together, this rally was going to be our big chance!

    If on that day, October 22nd, you weren’t at the event, or checking stage times live, you missed one of the best battles in North American rallying! Here is how it started. Martin Brady and I tied John Buffum and Antoine L’Estage on the first 2 tarmac stages.

    On stage three we were beaten by… one second! Common! The two champions, who have 17 million rally wins combined, only beat us by one second after 24 kilometers of rallying! I was boiling with excitement and was only hoping that we would not crash too early! The next stage was new for this year, with some rough spots, short strips of tarmac and a very fast second half. I drove as hard as I could, while constantly correcting pace notes on the fly. I couldn’t believe it, but we beat the champions by six seconds and jumped into the lead by five. I was ecstatic!

    Charles Warren,

    Next up was a long, 35 kilometer stage that had everything a proper rally can throw at you. Embedded rocks, water-splashes, narrow and technical sections, fast and crazy stretches, straights and bumps and dips and jumps! The champions had the better of us this time, by five seconds, which  meant that we were tied (again!) going into the two spectator-packed “La Pax” stages.

    I have never liked short stages, because I suck at them! We came out five seconds behind. With two night stages to go, totaling over 28 kilometers, everybody knew that it was far from over. Both these stages were the repeats of what we had done earlier, so the notes had been checked and I was ready to wrap the Beast around a tree, but I wasn’t slowing down! Leaving the last service I received a blessing from the team to go “write it off!”. Not often do you get a carte blanche like that. I could feel that something very special was about to happen!

    On the second to last stage we had a good run and I was surprised about our pace at night. When I started rallying, Andrew Comrie-Picard said that driving at night “separated the men from the boys”. Only now I was starting to understand what he meant. We fought back to within four seconds from L’Estage and Buffum.

    Jeff Bachman —

    Now, sitting at home it’s impossible to express how excited, proud and honored I was! In the recent events we were never in a position to have a proper fight: we were too far behind the top two teams, and often well ahead of the fourth place guys. And that takes away the excitement and makes you always take a little more care, because there is simply no point in taking chances. You try to drive quickly, but it’s not the same… the fight is something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time and the dream finally came true! And it couldn’t have been a better fight, than battling with arguably the two greatest drivers on this side of the pond!

    Before starting the last stage I asked Antoine if he would do thing: go as hard as he could. If we were to win this rally, I wanted it to happen because we were truly the fastest. James Cameron himself couldn’t have orchestrated it any better! A cold, dark night somewhere far north of the mighty Saint Lawrence River,  two fire-breathing rally cars ready to define the laws of physics. There were four  people from four  different parts of the world. There were 17 kilometers left to go for… and only one second separating them!

    Start line… first gear… count down… launch control…

    ONE THOUGHT: “I AM the happiest man on Earth. There is no more pressure, no more tactics. Just go as fast you can, whatever happens, it is worth it!”

    … drop the clutch!

    I wish I could drive like that every time! Nearly every braking point was perfect, the straights seemed shorter than ever, the car handled beautifully, it felt like birthday and Christmas on the same day! If you are a driver or a co-driver, I wish you could feel what I felt at least once in your life. Just going as fast as you can, without thinking about anything else. Not slowing down where you normally would, braking that little bit later and being that little bit earlier and harder on the throttle. This is why we love what we do, this is it!

    We tied Antoine and John on that stage, and we lost the rally by one second. After the initial disappointment I realized that it couldn’t have ended any better. My dream came true, I got my fight and that fight was a very special one. We’ve reached another level of driving at night, and that’s a big achievement.

    After seeing Lewis Hamilton struggle last season in Singapore, I’ve realized a very important thing: you learn much more from your defeats than from your successes. After this amazing Rallye de Charlevoix, I am even more determined, hungry and ready to take it to the next level! I simply can’t wait for the Rally of the Tall Pines!

    I want to say a huge thank you to my team, Can-Jam Motorsports and especially to Duane Hoo, his brothers Kevin and Nicholas, their father Stewart, Richard Wong, Sean Smith, Ken Anctil, James MacKenzie and all the others, who have battled alongside me for all these years. Special thanks goes to Antoine L’Estage and John Buffum for their advice, honesty and support. And of course, to my mom and dad, who have had to put up with me for the longest! -:)

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    Special moment at the 2011 Pacific Forest Rally

    October 1, 2011

    Yesterday was a brief, but special moment:

    The first time in my life leading a rally, while the top teams were both still running.

    Very special moment and I want to dedicate it to all my friends, who have put an enormous effort into helping us become faster.

    Thank you very much!

    Power Stage for Canada and the US?

    September 19, 2011

    Looks like power stages are proving to be a success in WRC. Fans love it, teams seem to enjoy it, even Mr Patterson got a proper feel for it in Sweden.

    I personally think Power Stages are great, because they make the team push like crazy at the end of the events and it looks simply amazing!

    Let the rally community know what do YOU think, vote now:

    Would you like to see Power Stages in Canadian and US Rallying?

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    You can also vote on my facebook page here.

    A Power Stage is: “A new concept for 2011, the Power Stage will be shown live on television around the world and will award bonus championship points (3-2-1) to the fastest three drivers. It will feature on all rounds of this season’s WRC and will form the final stage of an event.” (

    Rallye Defi

    September 7, 2011

    Rallye Defi this weekend!

    Can’t wait to drive the wheels off the Beast!

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    3 questions — driving tips: turn initiation, apex, exit

    June 23, 2011

    When it comes to driving techniques, we’ve already talked about left foot braking. Today the same dedicated reader Randy Samson asks me about a few other driving tricks and I’ve got the perfect pictures from the Can-Jam Motorsports Black Bear Rally to illustrate the answers. Hope you folks find this helpful and it makes your driving experience more fun.

    First one

    My next 3 questions are about controlling your rally car.

    Please walk me through turn initiation, how to get the back to step out.

    —    Let’s imagine that we are in the Beast, on a gravel road, braking for a 90 degree right turn after a straight.
    —    Time is made up on late braking… so we’re flat out until the very last moment. Brake really hard, downshift, probably twice. Thank God (and Stewart) for our great dog box: no clutching needed. But if we were in the Bastard with a stock syncro box, I’d tow-hill while braking and downshifting.
    —    Racing center differential controller gives you extra braking grip by locking the center diff when you are on the brakes, which prevents either front or rear wheels from locking up. Try the same braking with the diff off – you won’t make the corner.
    —    The most important thing that happens on hard braking is the weight transfer: weight goes to the front, rear become light — the back steps out.
    —    To make sure the rear steps out to the correct direction (left in this case), we slightly initiate the turn to the right early on.
    —    You want to initiate just enough turn to make the back step out, but if you do too much, you will have to counter steer more and that means losing time. For tight corners, especially on rutted and soft surface, a quick pull on an e-brake does the job.


    Please walk me thru how you control your car from initiation to apex.

    —    A good racing instructor would teach you to maintain the speed from an entry to your apex. Maintaining means getting back on the throttle after you’ve finished braking, but not accelerating too hard. Something called trail braking comes into play as well, but that’s a different story.
    —    On gravel, things are a lot less precise and more violent, so theory doesn’t always work. The theory is to get on the throttle when you are hitting the apex, but in reality, the earlier you can get on the throttle, the better. Providing, that you don’t come off the throttle again!
    —    You shouldn’t be stabbing the throttle, you should squeeze it, like an orange, but that’s very hard in a rally car.
    —    When you stop braking and start accelerating, the weight goes back to the rear wheels, giving them grip to push you out of the corner.

    Weight transfer is perfectly illustrated here: look at how low the front is, when on the brakes; and how high it gets, when I get back on the power.

    Looking at the line from the front wheel, you can see the car almost jumping up because the weight has shifted back and left.


    What inputs are you using to control the car from apex to completion of turn?
    Thanks very much Randy Samson

    — The key is to treat our tight corner to a slightly later apex. If done properly, you would be flat on the power before the apex.
    — If you haven’t set the car too sideways at the initiation, and the car has a nice neutral setup, all you’ll have to do is straighten the wheel and keep your foot down:

    Images were kindly provided by Peter MacDonald

    Analyzing the pictures:

    What’s right:
    1.    The initial turn in is not too sideways, but has some degree of the slide, which helps to scrub off the speed and makes it a little more exciting -:)
    2.    Braking was hard and I got on the power very early.
    3.    The apex is late. You’ll see that if look at the line left by the right front wheel on all 4 pics.
    4.    The wheels are straight at the exit, means no time is lost. Very important.

    What’s wrong:
    1.    We didn’t cut enough – could have been another half a meter in – to give some thrill to the photographers.
    Solution: Either need to change the note (add ‘CUT’ or a ‘Big CUT’), or need to listen better.

    2.    You can see that despite being on the power nice and early, we didn’t carry enough speed on the exit, because we are not using all the road there.
    Solution: Believe in your skills and brake less. The problem with this is that if you brake less, but don’t get the corner 100%, you will go off…

    So, the technical execution is near perfect, but there is a lot more speed left in that corner. I need more seat time to maximize moments like this.

    P.S. Having said all that, I have to warn my readers, that I’m by far not the most experienced, nor the fastest rally driver out there.

    I’m simply doing the best I can, and sharing that little I’ve learned so far. I thank you for your immense support, which makes me want to continue talking about my passion even more!

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