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Off Course Excursion

Bill's Team Takes a Personal Day

Bill Tumas - July 10, 2014 09:00 AM

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The start in Bedford, Indiana

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The competitive rally teams were reviewing their checkpoint sheets and couldn't find this one.

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A little side trip got Team CJ Pony Parts' Mustang kicking to the finish.

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While technicians went to work, the team toured the facility. If you look in the background, you can see one of RideTech's fleet of OPTIMA Street Car contestants.

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The end in Jefferson City, Missouri. The final legs await.

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      When we left off, we were pretty sure that we did well on day two, but hadn't got the official word from Scott and Tony yet. The results are official and Team CJ Pony Parts got second place for day two!!!
      We missed first by three minutes and beat Mindi and Oatmeal by 32 seconds! Let that sink in for a minute…6 hours of driving and navigating came down to 32 seconds!
      Yes, CJ Pony  Parts Rally Route 50 is competitive. The rules of the rally state that once you place top 3, you are no longer eligible to win another leg. That left Team CJs in a familiar position of being able to look at the official checkpoints and maybe find some new ones along the way.
      We lined up 5-wide in Bedford, Indiana and hit the road again. We decided checkpoint 1 would be Denny's, unofficial of course but, as usual, a few teams followed us, not knowing we weren't heading for an official  checkpoint. Over some slammichs, Tom and I , along with Team Chillin, looked at the options and decided to make out own checkpoint.
      My Ridetech coilovers were making a little noise and I found out Ridetech was less than an hour away! Hello unofficial checkpoint  2!!
We made it to Ridetech, I handed my car off to their techs, and we were given a tour of their amazing facility and car collection. If you are ever in Jasper (Indiana) and are looking for a killer suspension for your car, check these guys out.
      My Mustang got a suspension makeover and it was getting late so we headed to the hotel, 5 hours away in Jefferson City, Missouri. Time to get some sleep and get ready for day 4!

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