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So after reading the $400 euro/pound Mongol Rally, I am super inspired to do this BABE run for 2010 http://www.baberally.com/index.esp Any TCL'ers ever do one of these types of rally's, known anyone that has done one? experiences? can sell me a banger for $250? can donate bagels? a 1.8t...?
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oh and to keep with TCL - give me some good recommendations for a banger that will be comfortable to drive, be easy to repair should it break down (easy fixes, parts etc) Anyone else interested in doing this run?
 

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I bought an 82 900 Turbo for the Babe Rally. It should prove hard to repair as well as having impossible-to-find parts.
Don't take any of my advice.
 

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I bought an 82 900 Turbo for the Babe Rally. It should prove hard to repair as well as having impossible-to-find parts.
Don't take any of my advice.

I was thinking something like a Plymouth Duster or maybe a 'vert LeBaron. although an older model civic would be great for mileage.
 

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I was thinking something like a Plymouth Duster or maybe a 'vert LeBaron. although an older model civic would be great for mileage.

you mean like, Jon Voight's LeBaron?
 

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Re: (Cr4shT3st)

Quote, originally posted by Cr4shT3st »
I bought an 82 900 Turbo for the Babe Rally. It should prove hard to repair as well as having impossible-to-find parts.
Don't take any of my advice.

 

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Re: BABE Rally inspiration (dieselraver)

Well, I've done the rally every year for the last three years. Trust me when I say it's amazing and absolutely worth the experience. I'm probably out this year, as I want to use my vaca time for something different, but I'' definitely be in again at some point in the future.
Galleries for inspiration:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/c...60166/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/c...36963/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/c...16818/

Car suggestions: Not too nice, not too ****ty. If you look at my links, in 2007 I had a 1998 Old Intrigue. Too nice. I regretted it, as I felt I missed on some of the BA/BE experience. I had digital climate control, keyless entry, etc all for $250. On the other hand, unless you love fixing cars, you don't want to be broken down in the parking lot every morning.
My recommendation: don't be picky. Just start searching Craigslist for cars $900 or less. The first car that you can get for $500 that you think can be reasonably reliable for 1500 miles with reasonable advance prep is a winner. It needs to be crappy enough to be an adventure.
The rally itself is quite an adventure. Daily scavenger style challenges that will have you and your teammates hanging out the windows looking for crazy stuff to photograph, amazing roads, and a great group of people partying in the parking lots every night.

2007:


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Modified by Chmeeee at 12:08 AM 1-30-2010
 

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I really WANT to do it. Half the problem would be driving the beater up to New York too. Me and a friend have been tossing around ideas for quite a while but it never seems to work out. We want something really unique but at least somewhat reliable so we can make it home without having to ditch the car somewhere and fly back.
 

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Re: FV-QR (sausagemit)

Quote, originally posted by sausagemit »
I really WANT to do it. Half the problem would be driving the beater up to New York too. Me and a friend have been tossing around ideas for quite a while but it never seems to work out. We want something really unique but at least somewhat reliable so we can make it home without having to ditch the car somewhere and fly back.

Note the 2009 car in my previous post. My teammate bought that in Houston, shipped it to NM, prepped it, and drove it to NY for the start. Prevously to that, he drove this POS:

From WY to NY for the start with almost no prep (2007 rally). It can be done!
I would also note that after the first year, I found flying back to be the preferred alternative. Driving down there rocks. Driving back... sucks. Add up the gas costs, and it really doesn't cost much more to fly back, plus you have more time to experience New Orleans.


Modified by Chmeeee at 12:14 AM 1-30-2010
 

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awesome posts Chmeeee, what about hotels, lodging, etc? do they have discounted places, offer lodging? camp sites? etc? sleep in cars?
 

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Quote, originally posted by Chmeeee »
Prevously to that, he drove this POS:

From WY to NY for the start with almost no prep. It can be done!

That gremlin looks awfully familiar. Did he perhaps buy it in Hot Springs South Dakota?
 

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Quote, originally posted by dieselraver »
awesome posts Chmeeee, what about hotels, lodging, etc? do they have discounted places, offer lodging? camp sites? etc? sleep in cars?

Hotels are pretty cheap by typical standards, yet usually of acceptable quality, with one notable exception in 2009.
For 2009, we paid a total of $650 for hotel rooms for the team (and we split that three ways). That included night 0 in NY, nights 1-5 (VA, TN, NC, AL, LA) and night 5+1 (location of our choice on the way home). Mostly hotels of the Best Western/Days Inn variety. This past year, the AL hotel was in an ultra-sketchy local in Birmingham. My understanding that this will not be happening again, usually Justin (the rally organizer) is pretty good about scouting these things in advance.
A few people will try camping nearby or sleeping in cars, but honestly, the hotels are usually cheap enough that its worth getting a room once you split the cost. We paid an average of $31/pp/per night last year. That's worth a bed in a locked room to me. Plus the parking lot parties are epic, so you won't want to have to worry about driving to a nearby campsite at the end of the night.
 

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there are some great picture threads if you search. i recall "team born from jets" had a great vortex picture thread.
the "failezei" golf was probably my favorite entry...
 

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Re: BABE Rally inspiration (BRealistic)

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http://hudsonvalley.craigslist....html

Perfect. Fix the headlights, replace the tires with the cheapest non-dangerous tires you can find, paint the ugly-ass body work with the most interesting paint you can find at Home Depot, and you have yourself a winner.
 

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Re: BABE Rally inspiration (Chmeeee)

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Perfect. Fix the headlights, replace the tires with the cheapest non-dangerous tires you can find, paint the ugly-ass body work with the most interesting paint you can find at Home Depot, and you have yourself a winner.

I'd say a working cold a/c is rare on past BABE cars, especially back when it was $250 vehicles.
 

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Re: BABE Rally inspiration (dieselraver)

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you sir are awesome, I emailed him asking for a picture.
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Pictures? He said it looked like it had been in a demo derby. What do you expect to see in pictures?


http://hudsonvalley.craigslist....html
Legacy wagon. Hmm.
But for ease of finding parts/repairs on the road- a old common domestic is your best bet domestic imo.


Modified by BRealistic at 1:14 AM 1/30/2010
 

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Still looking for a car for my entry this year. Hope to see some other TCL'ers up there. Strength in numbers!
 

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