Whether organizing backroad adventures or keeping any number of rally cars on the track, Cody Beyer is an active part of the North American rally community. He’s got some solid views on performance, too.
What’s your name, location, and occupation?
My name is Cody Beyer. I live in Petoskey, Michigan, and right now I work at a Chevy/Cadillac dealer as an automotive detailer.
What’s your weapon (vehicle) of choice, how did you come to own it, and how do you use it?
My weapon of choice is, and always will be, the Subaru Impreza. Right now I own a 95 Impreza, which my dad bought for me when I turned 16. Its been a reliable and fun car ever since. For the most part I use it as a daily driver. On weekends I take it to rallies, autocrosses or the occasional off road excursion. I tend to use it to explore all the back roads and trails here in northern Michigan. Im hoping to get a 99 Imreza RS or a WRX in the near future and pass mine down to my little brother when he turns 16.
How did you first get involved in rally?
I first got really involved with rally in 2009. I started off as a spectator at the 2009 Sno*Drift Rally and the Lake Superior Performance Rally. I kept track of my favorite teams through out the year via the Rally America website, and would attend as many rallies as I could afford. My brother in law, Ben Slocum, a well known co-driver in the Rally America national circuit, definitely got me more involved by introducing me to his team and some other drivers throughout the 2010 season. By the end of that season I had the rally bug pretty bad and wanted to get more involved. I ended up contacting the driver of the 555 Subaru team in September of that year. I asked him if could be part of his crew for the 2011 season. He said yes and I did my first rally service at Sno*Drift in January. Now I’m waiting for our next event…
What was that experience like?
Getting more involved with rally has been a great experience. I have definitely learned a lot more about the sport, the cars, and how much work really goes into running a team by simply participating in some way. I would greatly encourage anyone who wants to get more involved to volunteer at an event. Most organizers are looking for as much help as they can get and love sharing their knowledge. The whole rally community is very welcoming. I don’t think I’ve met a single person who didn’t have time to talk to you or help out a team in need. Overall Its been a very fun and eye opening experience and I hope for just as much enjoyment for rallies to come.
Share a cool story from your past and a goal for the future.
My interest in rally developed at an early age. My uncle and one of his friends did a lot with Press On Regardless (POR), here in Michigan, back in the 90s when I was growing up. Though I didn’t get to attend any of the rallies, I heard a lot of their stories and watched a lot of VHS tapes of the World Rally Championship. My love for Subaru came from watching Colin McRae drive his 555 car to victory in 95. His speed and natural ability to drive were amazing and I still look up to him today. Because of all of this I have formed a small group of rally enthusiasts here in Petoskey. Its called PARC or Petoskey Area Rally Club. We do car cruises and get together from time to time. My biggest goal for the future is to grow the club to a manageable level and hold our own TSD rallies though some of the back roads around northern Michigan.
Share one of your favorite tips/tricks/ideas.
I would have to say one of my most helpful tips is to always keep a telescoping magnet around when your working on a car. Its saved me a lot of hassle trying to pick nuts and bolts out of tight places. There is a handy trick I use is for cooling and fuel hoses. On my Impreza the fuel hoses go into the fuel injector rails all in the same spot and are equal length so sometimes they are easily mixed up. What I do to solve this problem is I put the hose clamp screws to either right or left depending on where it connects. It definitely saves me time trying to figure out which hose goes where.
What does being a gearhead mean to you?
To me being a gear head means having an absolute passion for turning a wrench. Whether its restoring a classic, racing on the weekends or working on your every day car. You have to be able to get down and dirty,and be able to enjoy it.
How do you define ‘high performance machine?’
A performance machine has to be able to deliver the best result its driver asks from it. A rally car, for instance, has to be able to hold a road, made of any surface, in any conditions, while travelling as fast as the driver will push it. If it can’t perform correctly then the driver wont be able to rely on it when they need to make up that crucial second or two.
How do you define ‘high performance life?’
In a high performance life, you have to be responsible, dedicated to what you do and you have to be a good sportsman.If you are on a racing team you really shouldn’t screw around. If you aren’t dedicated 100% your team mates will notice and know that they my not be able to rely on you when it comes down to the wire. If a team can’t trust one another then there performance can suffer. Also remember that there is a time to party, but only after the event. Have a few drinks with your friends and celebrate a victory or mourn a loss, just don’t get too carried away. Without a doubt, you have to remember that whether you win or lose, it’s important that you have fun and enjoy what you are doing.
Where can people find & connect with you?
I can be found on Facebook or mysubie.com either through my profile or our groups page. I will be crewing for the 555 and TAG rally sport teams for as many rallies as I can get to, so you can look for me in the service park any time. I’m usually wearing my Colin McRae Sport hat so its pretty hard to miss me. Feel free to come up and talk any time I’m not wrenching on one of our cars. I do have plans for events this summer with PARC, but we will see what happens. I’m hoping to get an annual Subaru meet going on up here so look forward to that. In any case don’t be afraid to come up and talk to me when ever.
Thanks for taking the time, Cody. We appreciate it. And we know there are a lot of rallyistas out there who appreciate your efforts too. Here’s to the responsible, dedicated gearheads of the world. We make the world go ’round.
Speaking of responsible, dedicated gearheads, here’s a couple questions for you!
- What are a gearhead’s biggest responsibilities?
- To which gearhead ideals are you most dedicated?
- Sportsmanship: What does it mean to you?
[Main image: Kristy Beyer]