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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.




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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THOTC is honored to once again to have Allpar.Com, the largest online Mopar community in the world, covering the team’s preparations for and participation in the 2013 BABE Rally. Through Dave Zatz’s (the editor) kind efforts, literally thousands of Mopar fans have been able to ride along vicariously with the team in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 BABE Rallies.

Allpar.Com’s coverage even netted an additional classis Mopar team for the 2012 BABE Rally — the awesome Team LooVinLoonies and their equally awesome 1971 Dodge Dart. With the announcement that this year’s BABE Rally is the last and THOTC’s willingness to help fans who want to experience the rally live rather than vicariously, we and Allpar.Com are hoping this will be the year of utter BABE Rally Mopar Domination!


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Dave Zatz of Allpar.com spent some time on Night 0 with each of the Mopar teams getting their stories and some great photos. A new feature story posted this morning to share them.

Also check out some voluminous updates to Allpar.com’s coverage of  THOTC in the 2012 BABE Rally,  including new photos and video not seen elsewhere.

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THOTC friend and team sponsor Dave Zatz, editor of Allpar.com, once again met the team in Staten Island on Night 0 to check out the team’s ride and enjoy the traditional pre-Rally party.  He was kind enough to share some of the highlights of his visit in a new article posted today on Allpar.com.


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A good day for Dodge of the Dead, and Crash and Burn as well.

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Many thanks to Deborah Bell for her kind coverage of the Rally and the team and to Dave Zatz of Allpar.com for the excellent photos.  Click here for the full article and photos.



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Two Horsemen of the Carpocalypse is delighted to announce that  Allpar.com,  the web’s largest community for Mopar enthusiasts, has returned as a team sponsor for the 2012 BABE Rally!

The team first was in touch with Allpar.com’s fearless leader Dave Zatz in 2011 when Dave spotted a post about THOTC’s 2011 BABE Rally entrant Val on one of the Allpar discussion forums. After doing a little web sleuthing to find out more about the car, our team and the Rally (and picking himself up off the floor laughing), he emailed Crash with the offer of a very generous pledge to the two charities the team will be supporting in this year’s rally: American Diabetes Association and March of Dimes.  Upon learning the team was crazy enough to enter the BABE Rally *yet again* in 2012, Dave once again reached out to offer the generous support of Allpar.com to the team’s charities.

For the 2012 Rally, Dave will be setting up a page dedicated to the team’s exploits, which will be updated before, during and immediately after the Rally. A link to that page will be posted here once the page is online.

Crash and Burn would like to thank  Dave and the entire Allpar.com crew for their generosity, and for promoting our team and the BABE Rally on their website.  Look for the Allpar.com stickers our hopefully-soon-to-be-announced-Plan-B-Rally-car will be bearing proudly during the 2012 BABE Rally!

To see the Allpar.com coverage of the team in last year’s Rally, please click here.

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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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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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Long day of driving with increasingly worse mechanical problems. An electrical short took out the engine in the middle of the Nantala Gorge, blew out the brake lights and left Crash swearing loudly when a crossed circuit sent a jolt up his arm (he’s fine, but the residents of northeastern Tennessee now know a few new curse words in several languages).

Thanks to teams Foolswagen (who rode mother hen over THOTC all day) and Misfit Toys (who obtained an unobtainable head gasket), repairs are underway and the team is looking forward to a brighter tomorrow.  Thanks also to David Zatz at Allpar.com who put the word out to his members that we were looking for advice, and for all those members who so quickly, thoroughly and helpfully responded to that call.



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