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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:18 am

Hey what's up Guys! My name is Nathan and I am a longtime Mitsubishi enthusiast. I own a 2005 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII which I will be entering in the 2013 Dustball Rally 1000 which kicks off at the end of February. I just wanted to let you guys know and I'll be keeping this thread updated with our progress.



Over the past 10 years I have raced DSM’s and EVO’s on drag strips, road courses, autocross tracks, and now, will be competing in the Dustball Rally 1000 in February 2013. My team will consist of myself driving and my wife, Becky, navigating. Our team name is Team Don't Tread on Me.




The Dustball Rally began in 2005 and was originally based on the iconic Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash and Alcan 5000 rallies. Since its inception it has traveled all over the United States, from San Francisco to Miami and everywhere in between including: San Antonio, Santa Fe, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Denver. The event organizers stress that the Dustball Rally is NOT a race but instead a non-timed street-legal rally which operates with cooperation of local law enforcement agencies. Today it is nationally recognized as the most difficult Gimmick Rally in the World.



The 2013 Dustball 1000 is a three-day event traveling from the Sun City of El Paso, TX to the Sin City of Las Vegas, NV. The actual route is not announced as it is revealed in clues found along the journey, but it promises to spiral through scenic routes and attract a lot of attention along the way. The tech inspection and driver's meeting will be February 20th, the drive from El Paso to Destination A is February 21st, the drive from Destination A to Las Vegas is February 22nd, and there are group activities in Las Vegas on February 23rd.



The event is limited to 20 entries and is run by performance and exotic cars including Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Corvettes, Mercedes, BMWs, and of course this year, my Evolution VIII.





So far our Team is being sponsored by Boosted Tuning. Jay is hooking us up with dual fuel maps to get us quickly and safely throughout our 1000 mile journey. Jay has been awesome so far and we will be proud to have his name on our car during the event. If anyone is considering remote tuning solutions, be sure to check him out. [URL="http://www.boostedtuning.com/"]http://www.boostedtuning.com/[/URL]



If anyone else is interested in sponsoring our team during the event please contact me for info. I will keep this thread updated as the event gets closer. Just a little over a month left before it kicks off! Comment or subscribe to keep up with the action!

Nathan and Becky
Team Don't Tread on Me

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:49 pm

NICE!!!! I've always wanted to take part in one of these events! Best of luck to you!

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:54 am

Chaz2.5 wrote:NICE!!!! I've always wanted to take part in one of these events! Best of luck to you!
Thanks man!!

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:54 am

Well, the registration for the Dustball closes today and they announced the full list of competitors. Looks like my Evo VIII is going to be competing against:

  • 2 Acura NSX's
  • 2 Porsche 997 Turbo's
  • 2 Corvette Z06's
  • An Aston Martin Vantage
  • A Bentley GT
  • And a pair of BMW's.

How do you guys like my odds? The full list can be seen here: 2013 DBR1K Teams

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:06 pm

Where is the take off spot? I head to ALC at the end of the Feb. Hoping to catch at least the start of it all.

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:35 am

Chaz2.5 wrote:Where is the take off spot? I head to ALC at the end of the Feb. Hoping to catch at least the start of it all.
To be honest I'm not sure yet. I will let you know when I find out though.

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:38 pm

My wife just got me a Valentine 1 radar detector for the Rally. I'm not planning on driving like a retard, but the advise I got is that others may drive way over the posted speed limit and piss the cops off. Then when you come by doing a few over with the same decals, you get ticketed too. From my research the Valentine 1 is one of the very best on the market and should help keep our journey ticket free!

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:05 am

I made a video with highlights of me racing over the course of 2012. It features both my Evo, which I will be running in the Dustball next month, and my Eclipse, which i am currently stripping and turning into a drag only car.

Let me know what you guys think.

9!'clipseDOHC - 2012 - YouTube

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:00 pm

Chaz2.5 wrote:Where is the take off spot? I head to ALC at the end of the Feb. Hoping to catch at least the start of it all.
They are not announcing the actual starting location until the driver's meeting which is the day before. However everyone is invited to attend the driver check-in and see all of the cars. It's on Wednesday, February 20th starting at 6:15 at the Rusted Gun Saloon on N. Mesa. Here is the info: See the Dustball 1000

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:35 pm

Here is the full teams list (I hope you guys are cheering for me!):
#00 Team W0T - Aston Martin Vantage
#07 Team DeansLIst.US - Porsche 911
#13 Team Lucky 13 - Corvette Z06
#16 Team Brony - Dodge 2500 Turbo Diesel
#17 Team Siebzehn - Audi R8
#18 Team Achtzehn - McLaren MP4-12C
#20 Team Don't Tread On Me - Mitsubishi Evo 8
#26 Team Blue Zone - Acura NSX
#27 Team DSTP-1 - Porsche 997 Turbo
#28 Team DSTP-2 - Corvette Z06
#33 Team Turbo Baby - VW GTI
#42 Team Curious George - BMW 3-Series*
#46 Team Show Me Your TT's - BMW 135i
#50 Team Hazmatt - Mustang GT
#55 Team Get in the Trunk - Scion FRS
#69 Team EVOLR - Nissan GT-R
#76 Team Abilities Unlimited - Corvette Z06
#96 Team Rush Hour - Bentley GT
#97 Team Costa - Porsche 997 Turbo*
#99 Team Litewood - BMW M5

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Post by Adriano_917 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:15 pm

Are you fukin kidding theres gonna be a Mclaren mp4-12c!
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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:36 am

Adriano_917 wrote:Are you fukin kidding theres gonna be a Mclaren mp4-12c!
No joke! I'm mean its cool and all if you're into a $600,000, twin-turbo car with 610 bhp and full of F1 technology. No biggie. Lol!

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Post by STi2eNvy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:28 am

Those are awesome cars, I saw one at the Cars & Coffee meet in VA when my dad and I went

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:38 pm

STi2eNvy wrote:Those are awesome cars, I saw one at the Cars & Coffee meet in VA when my dad and I went
Wow, that is cool! I know a lot of the competitors come in from out of town. Apparently several actually ship their cars here for the event.

The event starts in just two week! Be sure to subscribe to this thread to receive pictures and updates of all the action!

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:10 pm


Open to the public, come check it out!

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:15 pm

My buddy and I spent some time detailing the car today. We washed it, clay bared it, washed it again, applied a rubbing compound, polished it, and waxed it. Afterwards we applied the official event decals. I'm never been a fan of a bunch of stickers but I got to say I think it looks killer. What do you guys think?

The event is now just a few days away! Get ready!


This is after washing and waxing but before any rubbing or polishing. The paint was bad. I bought this car in April 2012 and I'm guessing this is the first time it has ever been polished or waxed.


After a quick rubbing and polishing job... MUCH BETTER!!!


All cleaned up!


So which do you guys like better? Very Happy


Here she is at the end of the afternoon with the official Rally decals applied. Again, thanks a ton to Jay at [URL="http://www.boostedtuning.com/"]Boosted Tuning[/URL] for taking care of all my tuning concerns! Seriously, check him out! The event vehicle check in and driver's meeting is now less then a week away with the actual start kicking off next Thursday!

(Can everyone see the pics? I linked them from Evom)

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:59 pm



Oh how I love seeing pictures of my car being posted by other people. :cool:

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:16 pm

Listen to the KLAQ Morning Show tomorrow (Wednesday) at 7:15am. Buzz Adams will be talking about the Dustball Rally and the Drivers Check-in which is happening tomorrow from 6pm-9pm at the Rusted Gun Saloon on the West Side. Open to the public, free admission, all ages welcome. Anybody going?

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:13 pm

What a first day! 600 miles, dust storms, snow storms, rain, using my car as a snow plow, Dukes of Hazard style air, destroyed front lip, a tiny chip in my windshield, a speeding ticket, a check engine light (nothing major), Gimmicks, curvy mountain roads, long straight desert roads, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, 2013 DUSTBALL RALLY 1000 DAY ONE!!!!!


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Post by Chaz2.5 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:15 pm

Awesome! Which state gave you the ticket?

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:30 pm

Arizona

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Post by Chaz2.5 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:06 pm

So how did everything turn out once the race was over? Good times I'm sure.

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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:35 pm

Chaz2.5 wrote:So how did everything turn out once the race was over? Good times I'm sure.
It went great and was a ton of fun! The car took a bit of a beating but it's all fixed now. I replaced the windshield, had the hood repainted, and redid the front bumper myself. I also took the 4-hour online driver safety class and got my speeding ticket dismissed. It's all good! lol! Here are some pictures:



Driver's Meeting



Day one, Kick off




Day two, Rolling!



Day three, dirty and then cleaned up!




How it looks now all fixed up and with my bumper modifications Smile

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Post by SupaDoopa on Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:14 am

To my knowledge, that rally is huge doll hairs to enter.
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Post by 9!'clipseDOHC on Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:28 pm

SupaDoopa wrote:To my knowledge, that rally is huge doll hairs to enter.
??? I'm afraid I don't understand that lingo. The price was $775 but that included 3 nights hotel stays for two people. And they werent cheap hotels either, the first night was at The View hotel in Monument Valley, Utah and the second two nights were at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas. Once you factor that in its not that bad at all.

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