Category: ‘General blathering’

Coming soon – Back to the Big Easy!

March 28, 2016 Posted by JThw8

Everyone keeps asking for it so grab your beads and get ready.

We’re preparing for a great 4 day adventure to New Orleans, LA.   We really loved going here on rallies back when we were just participants and now it’s time to put the Asphault Adventures spin on a great road trip to visit the Big Easy.

 

W2W is proudly supporting The Autism Society of America

December 5, 2014 Posted by JThw8

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Celebrating it’s 50th year in 2015, the Autism Society of America is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots organization with over 100 local and state affiliates helping individuals living with autism maximize their quality of life each and every day. Please visit their website, linked above, for further information.

Here at Asphault Adventures we have made the decision that the fun we have could and should ultimately do some good.  Therefore starting with W2W we will be having a featured charity partner whom we will ask our teams to support via fundraising.

We are not setting any hard goals for the teams this year but we do ask that all teams seek out some sponsorhip and fundraising donations from their friends, family and community for this worthy organization.  Your fundraising efforts will have a direct bearing on your scores and we will be looking for ways to reward our top fundraisers further so give it a strong effort!

 

T.R.A.B.I. class rules draft

October 6, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Ok, so enough nutters seem suitably interested in the T.R.A.B.I. class next year that we though it would be a good idea to start to spell out some of the rules since people are already trying to figure out how to break them.

Let’s be very clear.  There are NO GREY AREAS.  If the rules do not say you can do something then you cannot.  That is why I am posting a draft of the rules in the forums for discussion.  I am willing to listen to input and ideas.

Some preliminary input has all been around “it would be easier if….”   T.R.A.B.I. is not about easy, it will be very difficult, it is intended to be very difficult.  We have other classes if you want easy, and we look forward to seeing you in them.

So hop on over to the message boards, have a read and offer up your input.  We will only be taking input through the forums so if you found your way here via the Facebook page don’t comment on FB, you’ll just be directed to go post on the Forum.

From the bad ideas department I present to you T.R.A.B.I.

September 25, 2014 Posted by JThw8

Terrible Really Awful Bad Idea (TRABI) rally.

For awhile we’ve hinted this is coming, now its time to let at least some of this cat out of the bag and see who wants to give it a ball of string…what a terrible analogy.

Anyway…this is a rally for the really hardcore, the deranged, the true banger rally enthusiast.

Entry will be limited to no more than 10 teams, and we may actually make it only 5.

Entry is $1000 per team, but the winner takes half the pool at the end ($2500 if a 5 team event, $5000 if a 10 team event)

It will be a standard 4-5 day banger rally format with one exception.

You can’t bring your car.

Thats right, fly to the start, bring a car and park it, whatever you decide, but you will be arriving 2 days prior to the rally start and have 48 hours to find, buy and prepare your car.

Still with me? (if you chicken out at any point skip to the bottom to find out how you can still have fun)

In your first 48 hours you have a budget of $1000.  You can buy a $1000 car and do nothing, or a $100 car and do $900 worth of work.  You can buy a $500 car and put $100 into it and keep $400 in your pocket, which may come in handy because….

You will then compete in a 4-5 day banger rally with a total budget of $1000 (plus anything left over from your car buy/build budget)

That $1000 must cover all accommodations, food, fuel, car repairs, etc for the remainder of your trip.

Every dollar over budget either on the build or on the trip will cause deductions from your final score.

And how do we keep you honest?  Every team will have a dedicated marshal who will be riding along and managing your money, as well as photographing and journaling your team’s exploits.

This means when you are car shopping you need to account for one more passenger than you have on your team.

So let’s sum up, $3000 of your hard earned cash.  7+ days of your precious time for a 1 in 10 chance to win $5000 (or 50% of the total entry fee for the class)

We’ll throw in some t-shirts, stickers, lots of adventure and maybe a party or two along the way as well as some organization and planning to keep things moving smoothly.

It really is a Terrible Really Awful Bad Idea.   But for a very select few, it’s just the kind of bad idea you are looking for.  If you are one of those crazies running around right now saying TAKE MY MONEY PLEASE, be aware there will be an application process including a video portion to make sure we have just the right kind of teams filling these very limited spots.

I can hear the hamsters firing up the wheels in some of your brains on how you can get around some of these challenges already:

Get someone local to pre-purchase a car for you and have it waiting

Get an inside deal from someone local all set up in advance

Have another rally team “partner” with you to give you free rooms and feed you.

I’m a cheater too, I’ve thought of those things, just stop.  Full rules will be released closer to the event but focus on how you accomplish this clean, don’t look for tricks, tricks are bad…mmmkay?

For everyone else, we didn’t forget you.  We’ll still be running a full 4-5 day adventure rally with banger and open classes in conjunction with this event. Come along to watch the circus with a front row seat and test your adventure rally skills against the other teams.  You’ll get the t-shirts, the stickers, the parties,  and adventures too, just slightly less pain (or maybe more for some of you crazies) in your vehicle selection.

The rally itself will be late spring or early summer and will most likely be east coast based.

More details on the whole rally as well as the TRABI class to come but I know there will be a lot of questions and teams will need time to plan if they want to join the TRABI class.

Calling all crazies….

June 6, 2014 Posted by JThw8

So even as I am frantically tying up everything for S2S I’m thinking about another event.  It a terrible terrible idea, which is why I come to you, my fans of terrible terrible ideas and ask:  How many seriously hardcore banger ralliers do we have?   Who out there would be interested in a serious banger challenge?  I know if I do this its going to be a small event, I’ll be surprised if I can talk 10 teams into it, therefore it will be a financial nightmare so don’t expect it to have a lot of goody bags, dinners, etc, just crazy people and crazy times.  So….how crazy are you?

Follow the link to the forum topic and let’s have a chat to see where your pain tolerance resides 😉

S2S Registration is OPEN!

December 1, 2013 Posted by JThw8

Remember registrations received by midnight Tuesday are guaranteed acceptance (5 day participants only)!

Go to the Registration form

Website changes

November 27, 2013 Posted by JThw8

Over the holiday weekend we will be migrating all of our websites to an updated hosting platform.  This will allow us to move to some better software (including forum) and hopefully make things just a little easier around here.

This change will eventually require people to re-register for the forums I believe and will allow us to automate many activities which have been manual up until now.

There should be little downtime or issues but if you are having any troubles with the site please email jim@asphaultadventures.com

 

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Got our S2S car!

October 24, 2013 Posted by JThw8

All that shopping for THOTC’s vintage Plymouth banger got my car shopping juices flowing.  I knew I’d need a decent, comfortable, yet disposable car to marshal the S2S event next year.  Plus it’s shaping up to be a bad winter in the northeast so I wanted to park my DD and get something else to bear the pains of the salted roads.

I had been shopping used police cars when a forum member on Grassroots Motorsports mentioned they were searching for a Crown Victoria Sport model.  I had no idea such a thing existed but in my police package Crown Vic searches a *really* cheap Sport came up.  I agreed to go check it out for the GRM member and what I found was not the car he was looking for but the perfect, low cost, high luxury, high reliability car we needed to run S2S.

She’s got some blemishes and has lived in the northeast all her life but mechanically she’s pretty sound.  I will, as is standard procedure around here, go through the brakes, new pads and rotors up front are definitely needed.  And it looks like I’ll need to swap out a tie rod end but so far every thing else looks good.  The sport model has some really comfy leather bucket seats and a nice console shifter instead of the usual column shifter.

I’m flying home at the end of S2S so if this car appeals to you let me know and maybe we can make a deal in Vegas 😉

 

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$1000 vintage bangers do exist

October 16, 2013 Posted by JThw8

So, you say you can’t find a car for our beater classes.  You say even with a generous $1000 allowance for pre 59 automobiles you’ll never find anything.  Well, if you can’t find it, just ask around 🙂

Aside from my other exploits I do freelance car inspections for out of state purchasers.  If you ever find the vehicle of your dreams but it’s far far away I highly recommend finding a good local inspector on a site like http://www.jewelorjalopy.com/

So when veteran rally team Two Horsemen of the Carpocalypse (http://teamthotc.wordpress.com/) let it be known they were looking for some unique vintage MOPAR iron which would fit our event budget guidelines I did some poking around.  Then this little beauty showed up on craigslist.

This is where it sometimes gets bad to be an inspector.  Upon seeing this car and the beautiful condition it was in underneath the dirt and neglect I bought it without even contacting THOTC.  I knew if it wasn’t for them then I could easily have some fun with it myself.  Luckily for my marital harmony they love it as much as I do.  It will be coming back to the AA HQ to prep it for the drive down to THOTC HQ South in the spring.  We’ll try to update with some progress along the way.

Keep beating the bushes and checking out those cars, you never know when you’ll find your perfect diamond in the rough beater for your own adventure.

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A nice mention

September 4, 2013 Posted by JThw8

The ETS rally got a little press on TTAC (The Truth About Cars) today thanks to long time supporter Mental Ward.

 

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/explore-the-jersey-shore-in-your-hoopty/