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In the pursuit of his go-fast education, Tim O’Neil has destroyed hundreds of cars. But you don’t have to. In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where a teenage O’Neil first taught himself to dodge cops and drive like a moonshine runner, the five-time U.S. and North American rally champion can turn boring drivers into back-road demons—without having to dig your incisors out of the nearest oak tree. It’s called Team O’Neil Rally School, a 560-acre private playground carved from a reclaimed gravel pit.
Tim O’Neil and Andrew Comrie-Picard give you the All-Access tour of the 560-acre rally school in Dalton, New Hampshire.
Rallying is a nuanced art. It takes years of training to get to the level where you can drive an open class car like this Subaru WRX STI with a sequential gearbox and 500 pound feet of torque. But I didn’t have years of training. I had hours. And driving it has warped my brain forever.
FIRST OFF, is your truck ready for taking a beating? Check the vehicle’s history and see if that model has many available aftermarket parts.
Driving a fairly stock vehicle in off-road situations can be a challenge, but even a completely unprepared vehicle can get through some pretty extreme situations with the right planning and techniques.
You know there isn’t enough traction to take this corner. It’s too tight. There’s too much snow. If you just turn in, the car will plow wide. But you don’t just turn in. You ease off the gas, brush on the brake, and feel the front end dig in. You use the simple art of weight transfer.
Team O’Neil is excited to announce a new partnership with Spyder Active Sports and their new Spyder GT collection – a line of motorsports-inspired, performance apparel for men.
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I’m a big fan of old cop and detective shows. One of my favorites is The Rockford Files that aired in the 1970s and starred the legendary James Garner as private detective Jim Rockford. The Rockford Files was famous for the car chase scenes in which Rockford would race down bad guys in his Firebird Esprit. Rockford’s signature car maneuver was the J-Turn in which he would start off in reverse, spin the car 180 degrees and then continue forward in the same direction. Because the move was used so often on the show, the J-turn is often called “The Rockford Turn.”