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Thanks to a very generous BABE rallier deciding to donate double the amount pledged, plus a few other post-Rally donations, the team’s total amount raised for the American Diabetes Association and March of Dimes in the 2011 BABE Rally has now exceeded $3,500!!!

Thanks again to our corporate sponsors (Allpar.com, North Georgia Mopar Club, Polybushings.com, Leverage Corporation), our in-kind sponsors Paul Chambers Mopar Restorations and Z-Alt, and all the very generous individuals who contributed so… er… generously… to these two worthy causes!

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You get an aspiring BABE Rally movie, of course!  See the brief but very entertaining trailer below. Alex has another 75GB of footage, so hopefully we have many more episodes to come.

 

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Thanks to generous individual pledges and the support of our corporate sponsors (Allpar.com, Allpar Forums, North Georgia Mopar Club, Polybushings.com, Paul Chambers MOPAR Restoration and Leverage Corporation) the team raised over $3,000 for American Diabetes Association and March of Dimes. Read on for the details and the team’s official 2011 BABE Rally photo.  (more…)

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During the week of the BABE Rally each year, there is no stronger community anywhere. Competitors convoy together, families and friends scour team websites, Twitter and the BABE Rally homepage for updates and teams rarely leave the parking lot in the evenings for want of being near their cars and each other.  However, once the awards ceremony is over and the teams scatter back to the far-flung places from which they came, the community goes quiet — even dormant — until the happy day some time in November when the following year’s BABE Rally is announced. (more…)

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Long a tradition on the European rallies, the infamous watergun fight finally comes to the states. On June 7, 2011, in a hotel parking lot in Harrisonburg, Virginia, twenty six teams (and a few unwitting bystanders) participated in the first annual BABE Rally watergun fight. Much water was spilled that day… and many will never forget the squeak of a charging watergun or the screams of discomfort as someone took a blast of cold water to the ear. Small children should probably leave the room before adults view this film. (The kids might get ideas, and the soundtrack by Enrico Marcone is somewhat creepy…)

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Replacing a head gasket is a long and dirty job. On the BABE Rally, however, is it an excuse for a party. On Day 3 of the 2011 BABE Rally members of no fewer than six other teams jumped in to join the “fun” of replacing the head gasket on Team Two Horsemen of the Carpocalypse’s car (a 1973 Plymouth Valiant) and everyone else stopped by to watch and lend moral support. It was a long night, but a rewarding one in many ways.  Thanks again to Misfit Toys Racing for driving 55 miles to deliver the head gasket and then doing a big part of the install, and to everyone else who helped.

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Complete and unedited. NSFW (language).

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They say “You can’t kill a Slant Six,” but apparently you can hurt one really badly. Despite an overnight head gasket change on Day 3, the team greeted Day 5 with the realization that the contents of the radiator was migrating to the oil pan in under a minute.

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The team’s plan all along was for Val to have a second life helping someone who needs help. If she had made the run without mechanical problems, she would have gone to a family we know that desperately needs a reliable, inexpensive car but can’t afford one. The backup plan was for Val to go to an organization that would repair her, sell her to someone who would drive her, and use the proceeds to support their charitable work. That plan came crashing to a halt when we learned that, given the age, condition and size of the car, that organization probably would send Val to the crusher for her salvage value… Watch the video below to find out about Val’s loving new home and exciting future.

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Val (somehow) made it to New Orleans despite an injury that would have left lesser cars dead by the side of the road – a busted water jacket or a cracked block, the team still isn’t certain which.  As always, the end of the rally is celebrated with a party of epic proportions, but Crash and Burn wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the end of the day and of the rally with a quick video update. Additional videos, more details about the day, a fundraising update and details about Val’s future all will be forthcoming shortly.

(Apologies for the delayed posting…)

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