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Old 24th March 2010, 12:46   #1
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Default New Level of Awesomeness - $500 BMW 318 in the WRC

Hello Friends - It has been quite some time since I heard some great news like this and wanted to share this with you all. Please do go through the link posted at the end. This guy has just raised the bar a little higher.

Professional motorsport is a cold, hard place. If you want to run with the big dogs, you can't just build a car in your mom's garage and show up, right? Wrong. One guy did just that. Here's his amazing story.

This is the multifaceted tale of Bill Caswell, a man who bought a $500 crapcan off Craigslist to run against the $400,000-plus rally cars in a World Rally Championship race earlier this month. It is a tale of a guy who had a welder, a bunch of credit cards, and a lot of free time but no real backing or funds. It is a story of a dude who taught himself how to build an FIA-legal roll cage, with no prior experience, because he wanted to spend the fabrication fee on race tires instead. It's the story of an enthusiast who drove a rustbucket to a third-place finish in an FIA-sanctioned race.

Most of all, it is a story of hoonage.

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

Source: http://jalopnik.com/5497042/how-to-w...with-a-500-car
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Old 25th March 2010, 13:48   #2
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wow! superb stuff , nice to see some entries like these in wrc!
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Wow! I love this guy. Fantastic job running that car amidst all the professionals and doing well too!
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just one word.... PASSION.
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Originally Posted by route666 View Post
just one word.... PASSION.
+1 hats off to Mr. Caswell!! Amazing thing to enter the car in the race and also finish in a decent 3rd.
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woohoo!! raid de himalaya in a fiat anyone?
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Old 25th March 2010, 18:29   #7
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I liked the spirit of this guy.
But hey bhpans, please, for GOD's SAKE don't put this under "Pics of weird and wacky mod jobs!".

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A living example of what passion and dedication can do to someone, hats off to you Bill
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Old 26th March 2010, 09:48   #9
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Does Indian Motorsport (rallying in particular) have such a loophole?

As far as i know cars upto 7 years old post the last year of production are allowed.

If there is something like this then it will be mega news for many of us.
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