It’s almost Build Day! | Though rally, even at the club level, might have become a complex world of advanced machinery and budgets, there are still those who revel in the simple truth of simple cars driven at 11-tenths on through the dark and scary.
Motorsport is big business. No way around it. And though many a grassroots, clubman-level team struggles with building the relationships necessary to advance to the big leagues, we’re fortunate we can still “play cars” on relatively minuscule budgets.
It might not seem minuscule when we’re shaking out the couch cushions to buy that replacement radiator hose or an extra tank of fuel, but how much of that is our own hangups? Adam Clees reminds us of some simple truths.
Elsewhere in this issue is an interview with Josh Renzo who, at 27, barely two years older than Adam, has something like 2,000rwhp in his garage. Josh’s simple truth might be, start small, be smart with your money, stick with it, and the world is yours. Adam, at 25, tells us about all the sub-$2,000 cars he’s owned. His simple truth is equally important. His simple truth revolves around motorsport.
When he was 10 years old, Adam’s parents’ friend gave him an old, rusted-out 1964 Volvo 122 to mess around with. From there, he moved on to other pushrod Volvos, a Miata, a Mazda 626, a Subaru GL, a BMW 2002, and a Subaru Legacy, but the cars we really wanted to talk about about the pair of 3rd generation Dodge/Mitsubishi Colts he has currently. One’s a daily driver. The other, a proper stage rally car.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- how he came to own these cars & how he uses them
- the differences between his daily & the rally car
- why he’s racing an old, underpowered, under-supported econobox
- the rarity of old rally car parts
- which of his rare old cars gets which parts
- the most difficult obstacle he’s faced thus far
- how many other old school Colts are racing in his area
- what he’d like to discuss with other old Colt owners
- what worries him most about the next 5 years
- what excites him most about the next 5 years
BIG DREAMS. SMALL ENGINES.
There was a time when rally – indeed, all of motorsport – was little more than brave souls with a thirst for adventure striking out into the dark and scary. Big dreams were powered by small engines. Man and machine became one. Simple truths so profound they continue to inspire.
Adam’s story is special not only because it reminds us of the simple truth of motorsport, but also because it reminds us how there is still a place in motorsport for simple, inexpensive machines. It’s a dream that will never die. Is it your dream? What are you waiting for?
[Special thanks to Eric Gearhart & Anthony Latham for the pictures.]
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