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The 2013 BABE Rally is over… It was a fantastic experience, as always.  The array of crappy old cars (and one crappy old semi-truck) was staggering, Costume Day the most humiliating one yet, and the parking lot parties in the evenings still the stuff of legend. It also was a bittersweet experience as the 2013 BABE Rally was the last BABE Rally ever.

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Dodge (the team’s beloved 1969 Dodge Dart Custom) had few mechanical problems… A broken oil pressure switch caused an oil leak of massive proportions that caused the car to be temporarily re-christened “The Exxon ValDart.” A weepy power steering pump at the start of the Rally degraded over four days of hard driving and threw a tantrum (and all of its power steering fluid) all over the Night 4 hotel parking lot. Dodge’s  44 year old un-rebuilt suspension proved strangely unsuited for off-roading and the car has developed a marked list to starboard. Best of all, after off-roading also loosened Dodge’s exhaust system in its mounting brackets, an unexpected encounter with a raccoon corpse in the road separated the muffler from the downpipe and necessitated a challenging (and icky) roadside repair. However, Dodge came through the ordeal with flying (albeit sun-faded) colors and is awaiting transport to Burn’s New York garage where a survivor restoration (and potentially a turbo-charger re-fit) await.

Team Two Horsemen of the Carpocalypse successfully completed four of the five stages of the Rally, racked up 1,250 miles, and raised $1,328 for two great charities – the Hot Rodders Children’s Charity ($682) and Toys For Tots ($646). (The team was unable to complete the fifth stage of the Rally due to a friend’s medical issues requiring the team to return home early.)

The Two Horsemen of the Carpocalypse would like to thank StreetSafari, Misfit Toys, Allpar.Com, North Georgia Mopar Club, Year One, Leverage Corporation, Pathfinder Advisors LLC, our (very patient) families, our friends, and all our fans for all their support on the 2013 BABE Rally and those two great charities. It isn’t just that we couldn’t have done it without you… we *wouldn’t* have done it without you.

Though the BABE Rally is no more, Team Two Horsemen of the Carpocalypse remains committed to driving beat-up old Mopars in wacky automotive events to raise money for worthy charities. Have a look at Asphault Adventures (www.asphaultadventures.com) and 24 Hours of Lemons (www.24hoursoflemons.com) for hints about what lies ahead for Crash and Burn and look for more details in the near future.

Thanks so much for coming along for the ride… See you on the road!

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Crash took Dodge to the Hotrods at Hayes muscle car show in Baldwin, Georgia this weekend (put on by THOTC sponsor North Georgia Mopar Club) so Dodge could meet some fans and get some quality time on the open road. Dodge got lots of love and Crash was treated to an array of over 200 top-quality show cars.  Despite the huge Mopar turnout at the show, there were only three Slant 6 engines in the bunch and every one of them was an oddball.

First, of course, was Dodge.  Dodge was an oddball both for his dilapidated appearance as compared to the shiny, glossy examples of automotive near-perfection that surrounded him as well as his soon-to-be role of BABE Rally car. Ugly duckling though he was, Dodge was a favorite of those attending the show and garnered many smiles, guffaws and outright belly-laughs.

The Slant 6 Trio’s second member was none other than 24 Hours of Lemons (think European LeMons endurance race with $500 cars) Team E30/6’s bizzare BMW/Mopar hybrid — a BMW 325 with its original drivetrain removed and a Slant 6 with push-button transmission crammed into its place.  The car’s mere presence at a hot rod show drew a lot of very confused stares until people noticed the familar-yet-out-of-place Leaning Tower of Power nearly overflowing the Bimmer’s teeny engine bay. At that point, it became an immediate crowd favorite.  Team E30/6 is slated to re-take the track in their B-Mopar-W  in an upcoming 24 Hours of Lemons event later this year.

Rounding out the Slant 6 Trio’s act was this 1976 airplane tug, a U.S. Air Force veteran sporting a Leaning Tower of Power and a 727 3-speed transmission. This patriotic Mopar was acquired by its owners in a government auction for the bargain basement price of $500.  If only it were street legal and could exceed 8 miles an hour, it could have been a BABE Rally contender!

Photos of some of the more traditional but no less awesome contenders in the Hotrods at Hayes show should be available shortly.

 

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