For a lot of us, wanting to race means building the race car. But that takes serious commitments in time and money. Few people can make the dream happen overnight. Back in 2010, Tyler was about a year away from racing. It’s been two years. How has he fared?
THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS
There are already far too many single serving stories in the automotive media these days. I’ve started going back through the archives to get back in touch with the people who have kept in touch with us over the years. When I reach out, I explain we’re looking to answer three simple questions:
- Where have you been?
- Where are you now?
- Where are you going?
So far, most people get right back to me, eager to do another story, but Tyler went ahead and answered the questions. In fact, he said he’s been thinking about sending me an update just the other day. He empathized with my own slow rally car build progress, as he’s been in nearly the same boat, and expressed his jealousy of our visit to MML Sports, the former RalliArt factory in June of this year. Tyler, I think we all “drooled over those pictures for hours.”
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
“There hasn’t been much racing for me since we last spoke. I did co-drive for a team at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2011. It was quite the experience and we faced so many problems, but on race day, we made it to the top. Barely, but we made it.” On the list of things that can get in the way of finishing the car, this author thinks co-driving what has to be the most famous hill climb in North America is probably a legitimate distraction.In 2011, Tyler married his best friend – Kelli – which he describes as being the best day of his life. A year later, on their first wedding anniversary, they found out they’re having a kid this coming February. As Tyler told me, “Planning and paying for the wedding moved back my rally budget a bit, but its all about priorities. We went to Italy for our honeymoon and just happened to arrive the same day the IRC Rally San Remo which was a treat. I fell more in love with the Skoda Fabia S2000 than I already was.”
Tyler went on, “Italy was rather interesting to navigate and we had a sideways moment in our rental Lancia Ypsilon on the narrow streets of San Remo. It wasn’t Kelli’s favorite moment but we got cheers from a few co-drivers as a long line of rally cars made their way to a stage in the mountains.”
WHERE ARE YOU?
To fill the need for competition, Tyler’s spent most of Summer 2012 racing mountain bikes. He says, “Not only has it been a lot of fun, it should have me in great shape by the time the car runs.” On top of that, he’s still making progress. Colorado Rally Group characters Grant Hughes and Scott McCarty (who we would love to interview, by the way – hint, hint) built and installed the roll cage in Tyler’s GC Impreza.
Once he finishes wiring up the car, Tyler’s going to get started installing the interior and safety equipment. Additionally, Matt over at Guard Transmission has been a great help with the Subaru’s drivetrain and Tyler tells me he’s really excited about running one of their Modena differentials in the car when it’s back together.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
“I’ve also been working on an engine management solution for my car with the guys across the pond at Enduring Solutions Limited. I can’t wait to tune this car with their setup. They have done their homework and have come up with a product that should help make the right kind of power with the 34mm restrictor [turbocharged, all-wheel drive rally cars are required to run turbine inlet restrictors – Ed.], but should also be reliable, which is important on my budget.”
Eric also has a new co-driver in friend Eric Magnuson, who along with another friend, Adam Windell, has also been putting in long hours trying to get this rally dream realized.
That’s a start. I am starting to go cross eyed from chasing wires but I would love to continue the conversation with you.
PRESSING ON REGARDLESS
Let’s hope Tyler’s not gone completely cross-eyed chasing wires in the rally car by the time we catch up with him again. We’d like to continue this conversation too. Remember, for every person you read about or see on TV living the motorsport dream, there are a hundred more – just like you – who refuse to give up. We’re going to keep following up with the people we interview so you can see how much you really have in common with the awesome stories you find here on Gearbox Magazine.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN COMMON WITH TYLER?