Press on regardless – It’s a phrase I’ve picked up from hearing it used by rallyistas around the world for years now, but what does it really mean?
From a rally perspective, you know what this means. No matter what happens. No matter how difficult the challenge, we press on, regardless. Rallyistas will right an upside-down car and resume racing. Rallyistas replace blown headgaskets in dirt parking lots in less than an hour. They will lash together the remains of mangled suspension bits to just get the car back to service, where someone’s daily driver will be divested of its running gear in cannibalistic sacrifice to allow for the continued rally effort.
As the sun sets, and champagne rinses the dirt from weathered sheetmetal, rallyistas gather ’round the annihilated members of Club DNF raising their glasses. The air is charged with exuberant satisfaction; laughter, cheers, and the siren song of two-stroke blenders delivering frosty “Group B Margaritas.” To be here, now, is to press on regardless. No matter the final result; be it a trophy, honorable mention, or crumpled suggestion of a vehicle strapped to a trailer; this is rally and we will press on, regardless.
But what does it mean to the local community; to society? I’ve seen rallyistas time and again talk about how rallies are a positive impact for the local communities which host them. We stay in the hotels. We eat in the restaurants. We buy the gas. We drink the beer. But is that the extent of our interest in helping others? Yes, rally is expensive. Yes, things are tough all over these days. Yes, there’s no shortage of charities looking for our help.
So what does press on regardless mean for a rally team trying to help children with HIV/AIDS? Andrew Frick and Ryan Scott are busting their asses trying to raise money for Camp Sunrise, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with HIV/AIDS through their Rally Team for Dreams campaign. We’re not going to go into all the details, because they’re not important. Here’s what matters.
We can spend tens of thousands of dollars turning clapped out shitboxes into race cars we use maybe once every six to eight weeks.
We can spend hundreds of dollars on booze and shenanigans after the rally to celebrate rally.
Why can’t we spare five bucks to help our rally family do some real good in the world?
Gearbox Magazine has bought a spot on the RT4D Focus because we believe in what they’re doing. Ryan and Andrew have more advertising space available on the car right now than they should. This is a great opportunity to get your company name on a race car already promised coverage at a WRC event in just a few weeks. We reached out to the guys because Gearbox believes rally can do more than just spend money in the local hotels, restaurants, and liquor stores. We believe rally can be an agent of change, improving the status quo and making the world a better place.
What does press on regardless mean to Rally Team for Dreams? They are running out of time, far below where they should be in terms of fund raising for the cause, and yet, still pressing on, regardless.