March 29 Weekly Open Thread
Big Chris spotted a really interesting article on Jalopnik last week that I'd like to share; and by "really interesting" I mean "amazing, engrossing, inspiring, and full of win." Evidently a man named Bill Caswell recently raced a $500 1991 BMW 318i that he found on Craigslist in the official FIA World Rally Championship event in Mexico. In other words, he was competing in the same event as all-world drivers and professional, heavily sponsored, hugely expensive rally cars. He finished third in class, 23rd overall--ahead of several full-strength professional WRC cars.
According to Jalopnik:
"Bill Caswell, an unemployed Chicago racing freak, entered the Mexico round of the World Rally Championship in a 1991 BMW 318i that he found on Craigslist. The car cost $500. One year ago, Caswell decided that he wanted to go rallying with Rally America. Two months later, he crashed a car and blew up an engine five minutes into his first event. Four events later, he found a loophole in the FIA rules that let him enter a twenty-year-old car in the same event as guys like Ken Block and former F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen."
This is truly Car Lust in action, and the story is well worth reading, as is this follow-up from Caswell's co-driver. Perhaps our used-car challenges are a little too modest in scope--maybe in the future the winner will be required to purchase the car and compete in an international motorsports event.