BULLRUN 2007
BULLRUN 2007

BULLRUN 2007 - TEAM COCKNEY - TEAM PROFILE

EAST BOUND AND DOWN WITH THE TALLEST BRIT I'VE EVER SEEN

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(Chris & Lamont)

I caught up with Chris and Freeman in Key West for an interview.  I included outtakes at the end.  There is a part of the video that didn't have sound that was hilarious at the time.  I started off the interview normally and shot into a question to Chris that went like this..."Why did you think it was OK to drive like an asshole for 3,000 on US roads"?  At least that was the question before I started cracking up for about 5 minutes.  I finally composed myself and went on with the interview.



Chris is looking forward to Bullrun 2008. Possibly in a Black and Gold '78 Trans Am.  We look foward to also seeing Chris wearing a rather large cowboy hat with feather and the biggest belt buckle ever seen on a Englishman.  He promises full Bandit costume if he brings the Black one. 

We'll hold you to it too mate.

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P.S - Chris didn't work at the "Double Deuce", but he did bounce Freeman out one night.  LOL

BULLRUN 2007 - THE JVC MOBILE NAVIGATOR AWARD

ACCURACY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME

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In order to win Bullrun's prestigeous Navigator Award, you need to drive smart, drive safely and navigate with absolute precision.  It's so easy to lock into every order a GPS device spits out, but you'll find out rather quickly that finding the Bullrun banners at the end of every segment isn't all that easy.  In fact it's hard. 

Bullrun organizers seem to tuck them into some nook you can easily miss if you or your navigator aren't looking close enough.  Here are the teams that were consistant and accurate all throughout Bullrun 2007.

Side note: The JVC device I personally used in the orange Lotus was spot on...great GPS device.

#3 - Adam Levinson and Sri Wijegoonaratna - Team Audi RS4

#2 - Jared Riecke and Byron Burkhardt – Team Riecke

And...

# Einz - Claus Ettensberger and Joaquin Mejia - Team CEC

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Claus did a fantastic job the entire way.  He drove his ass off and overcame numerous obstacles and side-stepped a few landmines to get this win.  Joaquin and the European Car magazine guys were active navigators in the CEC TechArt Magnum.

Congratulations Claus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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(Claus and David Green changing a 22 inch TechArt wheel)

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(Claus - Always ready to go)

The Claus Ettensberger Interview in Montreal - Before the start of Bullrun 2007.


BULLRUN 2007 - AND THE WINNERS ARE...

WHAT A NIGHT, WHAT A SETTING.

If the satisfaction of finishing a Bullrun doesn't completely overwhelm you, the awards dinner will.  It's the very last time everyone on the rally is in one place at one time, but its the first opportunity of many for Bullrunners to trade war stories till the next one.

It was extra special because Bullrun set the dinner up on a beautiful Key West beach.  The cool breeze and sound of ocean waves were an added bonus.

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As you eat and drink the presence of the Bullrun hardware constantly holds a place in your eye.  You wonder who the winners may be.  People may think that these special Bullrun awards don't mean much.  Try telling that to someone who just drove their hearts out for 3,000 miles and spent a decent amount of change shipping and gassing their car. 

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Andy Duncan and David Green step up to the stage and after a few comments to mark the occasion, get right into it.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE...



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THE SHELBY PERFORMANCE AWARD - FASTEST HOT LAP AT MOROSO
Nicolas Frankl - Team Twins

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THE LOTUS AWARD - FASTEST HOT LAP AT CONCORD
Michael Schwab - Team Schwabie 13

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THE CEC WHEELS - HOTTEST WHEELS AWARD
Peter Kolb - Darkcyd Racing - Mercedes CLK DTM

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THE BULLRUN DRIVER AWARD
Jennifer Nicole - Team Lotus Girls

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BULLRUN ORDERS OF MERIT

(1) Christine and Kevin Andrews - TEAM OH! CANADA
(2) Claus Ettensberger and Joaquin Mejia - TEAM CEC
(3) Jared Riecke & Byron Burkhardt - TEAM RIECKE
(4) Cabe Sipes





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THE 2007 BULLRUN SPIRIT AWARD
Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins - TEAM CB/GM

In addition to the fine Waterford Crystal piece, Dennis and Richard received a very special prize from Jay Riecke of Team Riecke.

The $25,000 for breaking the New York to LA - Coast-to-Coast World Record by Car.

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As witness during the entire bet, I counted the money and it was all there, aside from a 100 that I managed to slip into my pocket when Jay wasn't looking.  JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!




 



 

BULLRUN 2007 - TEAM PROFILE - TEAM DARKCYD RACING

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED THE DARKCYD OF LIFE?

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Team Darkcyd is one of the interesting teams/organizations on the rally.  On one-hand, they seem to be everywhere, but on the other-hand, they have this strange ablity to work within the shadows of what's going on.  Honestly, I'm not being dramatic here.  Team Darkcyd are seen when they want to be seen and blend in when they want to blend in.   

Robb Rill, Team Captain and leader of Team Darkcyd, has a very serious nature when it comes to organizing his team.  But it's not the kind of seriousness that saps the fun out of what Bullrun is all about, it actually enhances it.  He almost effortlessly give credibility to whatever he sets his sites on doing.  He was very serious about helping other teams out along the way, offering his equipment and his support vehicles without question.

Here's an interview with Robb in Montreal.  The Murcielago was back real quick and made it down to Key West with no other issues.







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(Robb & Tara Rill)

Robb's wife, Tara, has a very quiet nature to her, but is very quick to make everyone around her feel welcome.  As with any group activity, there are always folks who seem to not quite fit in or navigate the fringes.  Tara Rill and the people on Team Darkcyd, in a very genuine way, make sure everyone is well into the fold. 

They also roll pretty heavy...

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(Team Darkcyd - Bullrun 2007)

(1) Lamborghini Murcielago - Rill Main
(2) Lamborghini Gallardo - Alex & Danyell Fima
(3) Lotus Twin Turbo Esprit - Rill back-up
(4) CLK DTM - Peter Kolb & Bulent Akkaya
(5) Lincoln Navigator (Chase/Recon Vehicle) - Geoff Wall & Aaron T
(6) 18 Wheeler (Mobile Garage) - Patrick & Linda

Since I've been doing the Bullrun, Team Darkcyd's Lincoln Navigator always seems to find its way to the front of the pack.  I would say that it's getting to the point that whoever drives the Navigator has to uphold the tradition of strong finishes for a vehicle that's not supposed to do much other than carry luggage.  Geoff and Aaron did great this year, but Jason Garber in 2006 was in a different class of driver altogether.  Top 10 for a support vehicle in the Bullrun isn't bad at all.

HERR KOLB - REPRESENTING DEUTSCHLAND

The other strong force on Darkcyd is Peter Kolb.  Peter is probably one of the most interesting people you'll ever meet, especially if you're into German Automotive.  He downplayed his love of German Precision this year, but make no bones about it...he's dead serious.  Listening to him talk about his CLK DTM and its supercharged 8 cylinder engine is like listening to Willy Wonka talk about Everlasting Gobstoppers.

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Peter always brings something special to Bullrun.  Last year he brought a rare Porsche GT3 RS. This year he overdelivered and brought the very rare Mercedes CLK DTM AMG. With only 100 of these cars in existence, it's no wonder why Peter and his co-driver, Bulent, won the Car of the Rally Award.

Last year I asked him what car he'd bring for Bullrun 2007.  He promised the CLK DTM.  I asked him the same question this year.  He said he'll bring a Gumbert Apollo in 2008.  You know what?  I believe him.

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That's what's special about Peter.  No matter how rare his car, he'll drive it they way it was designed to be driven.  He'd be damned if he let his cars sit insome garage or museum.  I'm happy for every Mercedes fan who saw Peter and Bulent roar past them last week.  For the many troopers who pulled them over, you may never pull a better car over for the rest of your career.  I hope you took in the moment.

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Thanks to Robb and Team Darkcyd for another great year!

CHECK OUT TEAM DARKCYD's BULLRUN BLOG

http://www.darkcydracing.com/blog/bullrun07/blog.html



 

BULLRUN 2007 - MIAMI TO KEY WEST

ONE WAY TO GO AND AN ESCORT

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Bullrunners got up in South Beach from a hard night of partying and headed over to the new CEC Wheels showroom for breakfast.  Claus was up nice and early making sure the eggs were perfect and the bacon was crisp.  The food was great, but it was the fresh paint and polished cars that were crisp that morning.

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Claus is a pioneer in world of aftermarket parts and accessories and represents among the finest brands in European Luxury Tuning, including BRABUS, AC Schnitzer, Novitec Rosso, TechArt and Oettinger.  He also has his own signature line of wheels, CEC Wheels, to go along with other top brands such as Antera and Azev.  If you live on the East Coast, check out the new CEC Wheels Tuning Center in Miami (Coconut Grove).

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(The Wall of Wheels)

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(The GarageMahal)

Today was my day to run in Claus' Porsche TechArt Magnum.  As breakfast was winding down he asked me to pull it around and park it front of the gas station across the street.  After about a five minute drive around Coconut Grove and blasting through the streets I followed his direction.  I waited patiently in the SUV and saw that the route cards were being handed out. 

Claus never came.  It was his co-driver Joaquin Mejia who was going to drive that day.  Joaquin owns Autobahner which is a CEC type showroom in Mexico City.

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Anyway, what was Claus going to do?  Was he going with Team Riecke?

He had ideas of his own.  He travelled to the checkpoint and onto Key West in a extremely fast and very large cigarette boat that had the same color scheme and numbers as his TechArt Magnum.  He too was all legal as he met up at the mid-day checkpoint at Marathon.


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After lunch, Bullrunners were treated to a speedboat ride of their own about 50 miles from Key West.  From that point, the Bullrun received a police escort the whole way into Key West which was a Bullrun 1st.

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(Team 430 finishing in Key West)

TEAM 430 were extremely happy to finish their first Bullrun.  This team was an amazing addition to the Bullrun Rally.  They drove great, they got into the spirit of Bullrun right away and they help other teams in need.  Todd actually gave his spare wheel to Team Schwabie 13 back in Atlantic City. 

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(Tood Ford of Team 430 taking run in the '68 Charger)

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Here's an interview with his team including his co-driver, Sideshow Bob...





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(Joaquin rejoicing on the top of the Magnum)

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(Team Twins Finish Another Bullrun)

The end point was very lively.  There were tons of people there to greet us including Richard Rawlings' wife Sue with 2 coolers full of Miller Lite.  Girls were everywhere...

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And the cops were happy since we didn't burn much rubber in the parking lot.  Not like last year in Beverly Hills.

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Chris Smith of Team Cockney had some trouble with the '78 Trans Am, but eventually got it started.

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Off to the Awards Ceremony and final Bullrun 2007 Party.

WE ARE NOT DONE YET HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

MORE TO COME!!!!!! 

INCLUDING MORE TEAM BIOS AND THE AWARDS CEREMONY!!!!!!!

BULLRUN 2007 - TEAM PROFILE - TEAM RIECKE

THE TEAM FROM NEW ORLEANS RUNS HARD AND MAKES BETS

Team Riecke came onto the Bullrun scene during Bullrun 2006 and its never been the same since.  They hosted a Bullrun reunion party during SEMA in Las Vegas at the Playboy Club at The Palms.  They threw a massive Bullrun Party during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and they always have a huge send-off a week before Bullrun.

Jay Riecke and Byron Burkhardt are what Bullrun is all about.  They live and breath the action, the driving and partying.  Although Byron navigates, he is an accomplished Porsche Club Racing Driver who hasn't had anything less than a podium finish in all his races.  In addition, he's been given the "Safe Racer" honor by the Porsche Club Racing organization for flawless driving.

Word is, Byron will be driving full-scale in Bullrun 2008.

The Team Riecke car even wears a Bullrun on their licence plate.

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Their vehicle is a Super-tuned Renntech Mercedes CL 600.  12 cylinders of German precesion.  This thing is not even close to being stock. It's fast as hell, but low profile at the same time.  It's really smooth, even at higher speeds. 

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During a drive, they are all business.  Jay is a truly safe, but effective driver.  Byron is a multi-tasking maniac with his eyes and ears wide open and the virtual communications hub for all info coming in.  Team Riecke employs a logistics team back in New Orleans that track their every move using a Global Positioning System. 

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(In action)

All Byron needs to do is give them an address and they guide them into every checkpoint with yardage countdowns and everything.

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Byron (Left) Holding court with Bruce (Right).

They also have every piece of electronics possible in the car, even stuff we didn't cover in the video below. Check it out, it says and shows it all...



Despite the electronics, they still got stopped by a trooper in Rhode Island.

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Here's a pic of their ATL fuel cell.  We're talkin' 600-700 miles without a refuel.  A virtual Lambo, Ferrari and Corvette killer.

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The support vehicle was driven by Wayne and Jay's business associate and friend, Bruce.  We called these guys Batman during the rally because Bruce & Wayne turned into Bruce Wayne, which eventually became Batman.  Although, Wayne looked more like a Batman Villian with his cool specs.

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They drove the Brabus GL 450.  Jay calls it the fastest Soccer Mom SUV in the South. 

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THE BET

We all know that Jay bet Rawlings and Collins $50,000 that they couldn't break the Coast-to-Coast record and lost.  But there is a part 2 to the whole thing.  The bet was 2 pronged.  Rawlings and Collins were to come back to Bullrun and beat Team Riecke to Key West from wherever they met back up.

Both Teams decided that it was best to leave the bet at the World Record and they renegotiated down to $25,000.  The negotiation ended off at Team Riecke telling Rawlings and Collins how they were going to beat them from Miami to Key West which was supposed to be the point where the Texas boys wereto meet back up with the Rally.

See, that's how Jay is.  He knew that he could have won the last leg, but he felt like a world record was worth something and he was extremely happy to be a part of history.

So Jay let them in on their plan and they in fact beat every team down to Key West.  Knowing full well that there is only one real way to go.  Team Riecke hired 2 helecopters and 1 rather large cargo plane big enough to fly 2 cars from Miami to Key West.

Here are the cars getting loaded in.

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Oh, the helecopters were used to ensure that the teams could check in during the mid-day checkpoint.  Both teams checked in, got back into the copters and met up with the cars to drive to the finish line in Key West.  All within Bullrun specs for compleing a day.

There you have it.  This is just one example of what lengths Bullrunners go to to have fun and have a story to tell during Bullrun 2020.

GO TEAM RIECKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BULLRUN 2007 - ORLANDO, FL TO MIAMI, FL

BUGS, TRACKS AND THE BEACH

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We started out at 10AM from the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando.  The grounds were pristine and all the Bullrun cars looked fantastic around the circular driveway.  Rally Organizers, David and Andy asked the drivers make one full lap around the driveway for the helecopter above.

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Many of the drivers were fine with it, but the others were concerned about other cars leaving early.  There were talks of drivers doing donuts NASCAR style in the middle of the lawn.  I myself told Mr Angry that managment said it was OK and to go to town - they were going to put new grass in anyway.  Mike was apparently too smart for that.  His car looked great in front of the fountain.

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Bullrun hopped on the interstate and headed to Jupiter, Florida as Bullrunners were treated to another track day for the hottest laps yet.  However; just outside Orlando, we encountered a heavy barrage of BUGS.  Every windshield was just splattered with bug guts.  If anyone wanted to see out of their windshields around the track, that needed to be dealt with.  Razor blades were at a premium at the track and they did the trick with a lot of water.

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Bullrunners had a fantastic lunch under the shade provided by the Pirelli Tires truck.  Pirelli was on hand to welcome the Bullrun. 

Pirelli Marketing representitive, Rafael Navarro, greeted everyone and offered a fresh set of P-Zeros for the fastest car around Moroso that day.

Here's Rafael on the left pictured with Claus Ettensberger.  Claus in not "the" Michelen Man, but he is a Michelen man.  Even he cannot deny the fact that Pirelli makes an amazing tire.

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Everyone got a cold lap, but it was only the main drivers who got to test the skill around the 10 turn 2.5 mile road course.  David Green blasted through the turns in the Spyker for the camera above.

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There were talks of Peter Kolb's Mercedes CLK DTM lighting the track on fire or Danny and Brians Lotus Exige doing the trick for the fastest lap.  We even had Shawn Taylor, who is a professional race driver, in the field. Vivid Racings white Porsche Twin Turbo was front runner as well.

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BUT...It was none other than Nicholas Frankl in the Team Twins Corvette Z06 that grabbed the fasted lap and won the set of Pirelli P-Zeros.

Here's an interview with Nicholas before his run:






We arrived at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach at around 6:30PM.  After dinner we partied at the famous Versace Mansion. On had was Actor Jamie Fox and Model Tyson Beckford. 

Andy's dad, Allen, had probably the funniest lines of the rally.  When asked what he thought of the Versace Mansion he said...  "Oh, it's a beautiful place.  You just need to be careful answering the door".

On another note, Michael Jackson (Texas), who was famous for being detained for over a month during Bullrun 2006 managed to lock himself in one of the many bathrooms in the mansion for almost a hour with no cell phone.

More pics to come.



BULLRUN 2007 - OUT AND ABOUT WITH JENNIFER NICOLE #1

JENNIFER NICOLE CATCHES UP WITH KRISTINE ELEZAJ

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Before we leave Orlando, we need to give a special shout out to Bullrunner Kristine Elezaj, who is coming out with her first album.  Bullrunners had a chance to listen to her 1st track off the album called, "Catch Up" in Orlando at Club Firestone.

We are very proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best of luck.  Please check out her music.

Her site: www.kristineelezaj.com

Jennifer Nicole interviews her in Montreal.



BULLRUN 2007 - SAVANNAH, GA TO ORLANDO, FL

A LESSON IN RECOVERY

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Bullrun launched from Savannah at 10AM, which we consider a sleep in day.  We didn't have far to go for our 1st stop.  Bullrun set up a track session just outside of Savannah on Hutchinson Island.  Before the lap, Team Shelby got a little luck from behind...



Six cars at a time let it loose as there were enough straightaways to get some speed up.  I had an opportunity to ride in 2 cars for a hot lap.  One with Team Gotham's BMW M6 and the Frankl's Z06 Corvette.  Both were amazing rides on a road course that once held an Indy race.

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I navigated for Frankie of Team Gotham in his 2006 Ferrari F430 spyder.  What an amazing car!!! 

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It had amazing amounts of power and handling, but what struck me was how smooth the power was delivered.  Despite shift in gears, it was a continuous climb up to top speed.  There were no sudden movements or jerking.  The power transfer from gear to gear was a linear as it could be.  This was no normal car.  It was beautiful and we navigated to a TOP 5 finish that day.  Congrats to Frankie for some solid driving.

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We headed down I-95 south towards Florida and got stopped for going 1 mile over the speed limit.  Just a warning as the officer wanted to check the car out, which happens a lot on Bullrun.  Once we pushed off my cell phone started ringing.

SOUTHERN GEORGIA COURT DATE

11 Cars were stopped and the drivers were asked to have a few words with the local magistrate.  What happened was Richard Rawlings was taking a break from the World Record Breaking Ferrari and driving MOM in the Shelby Hertz Safety Car.  A Georgia Trooper attempted to pull over the entire group, but Richard was the only one to stop as the others heeaded towards the off ramp to get some gas.  The trooper decided to leave Mom and Richard and get the other cars that headed into town.

Richard and Mom thanked their lucky stars and the others were detained by troopers and held up at the local courthouse.  In addition to Richard, Claus in his TechArt Magnum Porsche Cayenne managed to get out without being detained.  He did so by blending into a cemetary and waiting around till the coast was clear.  Apparently the supercharged white SUV was far from dead and managed a stong finish into Orlando.


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Everyone regrouped at Club Firestone in downtown Orlando for some go-carting and food as the Make-a-Wish collected as much donations from Bullrunners as the State of Georgia did that day.  Jay Riecke was quoated as saying that his time at the courthouse were among his best on Bullrun.  Maybe getting pulled over and having your car impounded isn't so bad after all.

We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando. 


BULLRUN 2007 - STAUNTON VA. TO SAVANNAH GA.

BULLRUN 2007 - HEADS SOUTH

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Despite a major partying the night before...Serious Partying...everyone was in the line-up for an early start.

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Although Claus is vigilant about his wheels and tire, he actually lost one of his sweet TechArt Wheels during this leg.  At first he rolled the wheel down a hill, but Team CEC ended up keeping the wheel as a Bullrun Trophy.

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Then onto our lunch stop at The Concord Motorsports Speedway in North Carolina for some hot food and hot laps.  Bullrunners were treated to a Drifting demonstration from JD Motorsports Mopar Drift Team and did 3 laps themselves to determine who was the fastest for the day.  It ended being Mike Schwab and Jason from Team Schwabie 13 in their Grigio Titanium Ferrari F430.

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Then we headed to Savannah by the way of North and South Carolina.  I was in Team Cockney's 1978 Trans which was fitting going through NASCAR Country.  We passed NASCAR shrine, Lowe's Motor Speedway on the way out.

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The big news when we reached our hotel in Savannah was the return of Rawlings and Collins from their successful world record breaking trip.  Even the statues at the hotel adorned the 31 hour 59 minute T-shirt.

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Me and the boys.

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Mr Angry with Richard

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Dinner followed as well as a club where Bullrunners viewed the final Bullrun on Spike TV episode.  Congrats again to Morgan and Mike Alsop.




RALLY GURU HAD TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY

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Dear Bullrun fans,

I had technical difficulty and completely dropped the ball in terms of not having back-up equipment and managing my time.

It was very difficult as I attempted to live blog during Bullrun 2007.  I believe things were more complex than they needed to be.

I apologize, it's my fault and not the hard working people who own and organize Bullrun.

I am continuting this blog hoping it can stand as a document and account of Bullrun 2007. 

For those of you still coming here, please check back on a regular basis.  And let everyone you know to continue to check this blog, the Bullrun Myspace and Bullrun.com.

Sincerely,

Rory

BULLRUN 2007 - ALSOPS INTERVIEW - STAUNTON, VA

I had a chance to speak with Mike and Morgan Alsop in Virginia.  We spoke about their experience thus far and their car.  Mike actually ran "Bandit" for a number of cars, reporting any activity up ahead.  It was very much appreciated by all Bullrunners.



We also had a chance to put to bed any nonsence of Mike being Morgan's father.  I had an opporunity to meet Mrs. Alsop herself and she proved beyond any reasonable doubt that she is infact Mike's wife and Morgan's mother.  If she is any indication of what Morgan will look like in her 40's - She's an absolute keeper.  PS, the DNA test never happened.

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A final note of Mike Alsop.  He was responsible for a very special moment on Bullrun.  After Bullrunners had the opportunity to see the final Spike TV episode, Mike said a few works to the group.  He thank all those involved in the Spike show and thank all the Live Rally Drivers stating that the Spike TV show would have never happened unless they did it first.

Needless to say, The Alsops are class people.  Thank you.

BULLRUN 2007 - DAY 3 - ATLANTIC CITY TO STAUNTON VA.

BULLRUN AT THE SITE OF BATTLE OF BULL RUN.

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The start out of Atlantic City was brisk as was the morning.  This was the day Bullrun would cross the Mason-Dixon line into the 'Ole South.  To celebrate this occasion Bullrun made the lunchtime stop in Fairfax County, Virginia which was contained the historic site of the Cival War battle of Bull Run.

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Lunch was literally served next to the battleground itself.  Besides the obvious name similarities, this stop reminded Bullrunners of the rich history this part of the United States has.  All the way down to Savannah, we all felt it. 

Local law enforcement were on hand to admire the cars and check out all that was happening.

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After a relaxing lunch we were back on the road. Bullrunners who did not turn back towards the Inter-State were treated to among the most spectacular views in the history of Bullrun.  The route card said to go to Staunton, VA, but before that, cars were to proceed on Skyline Drive that took cars well above the scenic Shenandoah Valley and Appalachian Trail.

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OK, So here goes Bullrun.  As discussed in prior years, Bullrun is about opposites coming together in harmony.  You may be extremely exhausted, but you're having an amazing time.  You may be driving long distances, but for some reason it goes by pretty fast and is absolutely tollerable.

Where am I going with this?  Staunton, Virginia - That's where.  Besides being a place with tons of history Staunton, VA can now consider itself one of Bullruns most amazing stops of all time.  The people were amazing.  People in the thousands lined the streets as we came in.  Virtually every minute we were there, people were ever present. 

The bottomline is, Staunton was absolutely amazing and completely unexpected.  What we thought was a night off, was one of the best nights in the history of the rally thus far.

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Bullrunners were asked to give autographs, including Peter Kolb and Mike Alsop.
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Local news was on hand getting interviews from drivers and onlookers.  Andy oblidged to offer some background for them.

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I even had a opportunity for an interview.  Here is a Bullrun first.  It's me interviewing a reporter interviewing me.




Here is a fantastic person who represented the locals of Staunton.  Many of them felt the way he did and he expressed his thoughts on the day and what was happening.

BULLRUN 2007 - NEWS - DAY 2

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Obviously, I'm running behind on information.  I apologize, but I am looking to experience all I can on Bullrun.  I can experience things if I'm in a Hotel room bloging all day.

We left from Boston early in the morning and we were supposed to meet up with a ferry that was going to take us across Long Island Sound to the North Fork of Long Island.  The ferry we were supposed to be on was at 11:00AM.  Apparently, Claus Ettensberger and his TechArt Porsche Cayenne rolled through Mass and Rhode Island and got to New London, CT in time for the 10AM ferry.  Needless to say, Claus made it to our final day destination before anyone else.

The ferry ride lasted about an hour and a half which was the right amount of time to get over the tough morning out of Boston.

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Our lunch stop was Winery 48 in Norther Long Island.  Excellent stop with amazing Italian food.  It wasn't so much a social stop as it was a really fine place to eat. 

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While there I received a mysterious call from a guy named Cory.  It ended being Brian Newberry's dad and he asked me to clarify the difference between crapping in your pants to sharting which is less severe.  After further review, Brian did in fact shart, so the ruling is reversed.  Thank you to the Newberry's for clarifying.

Next stop is Atlantic City, which in itself is problematic.  How does a rally get through New York City.  Reports came in about all sorts of traffic.  The Varezano Bridge thru Statin Island  to the Gothels into NJ is always traffic filled.  You can also go to the Queens Midtown Tunnel and cross-town to the Lincoln Tunnel.  The Statin Island route ended up being the fasted despite reports of heavy traffic.

Once in New Jersey is was basically the NJ State Parkway where the pace was brisk.  Team Rieke, Team Darkcyd's CLK-DTM, Team Twins and Team Schwabie 13 were among the front runners. 

BULLRUN 2007 - MR ANGRY - ATLANTIC CITY-STAUNTON-SAVANNAH

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Ok, I've been away for days doing, well, the Bullrun. Let me tell you people, this is no joke. We drive everyday and then hang out every night until all hours, it can seriously get to you after 5 days straight... I'm flat hammered.

So, here's the deal so far. We blitzed out of Montreal and jetted to Boston were we stayed at the Intercontiental hotel. Simply put, it was beautiful. I think I mentioned that in my first report. Our second route was Boston to Long Island, NY, to Atlantic City, NJ. The morning start from Boston was NUTS... a balls out run for the Island. Once on the Island we hit Vinyard 48 on Long Islands north fork - nice place, nice food, nice people. Now, here is the deal with this, I grew up on the Island so I know it like the back of my hand. So well infact that I had time to stop at my apartment, take a shower, have a drink, watch a little TV and STILL beat the majority of the Bullrunners to Atantic City, nice right. Atlantic City was ok, I don't gamble so it's not my true fortay, but we did manage to drink quite a bit booze thus resulting in a bit of a hang over the following morning.

The next leg was Atantic City, NJ to Stanton Virgina - this was a 600 mile leg and it was TOUGH! The Charger was a rockstar yet again and ran like a champ... nothing a like a old skool big block, although we did stop 4 times for gas and that stunk.

When we hit Stanton, Virginia we were greeted with a kings welcome. The entire town came to welcome us and they were some of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of meeting. We hit a bar in town, hung out and had fun. The next morning we jumped in the Charger, got our route cards and jetted to the next location which was Savannah, Georgia. This was great run... I had the opportunity to drive another's Bullrunner's car which just happened to be an F430 Ferrari. Nice right. This thing was a scapel as compared to the Charger which is more of a sledge hammer. Driving the Ferrari was automotive bliss and fell in love with it. Unfortunately it's a bit out my price range so I think I'll stick to old musclecars.

We landed in Savannah an came in the top 15 cars... this was cool. We had found our rhythem and began to really cook along. We stayed at the Mansion Hotel which was another top notch place... beautiful rooms, pool and the food was spectacular. The next morning (today) we took the cars to a secluded race track and ran them flat out. Let me tell you, the Charger may be big, but it handles like a champ... so much so we tailgrabbed every car we were behind today... not bad for a 40 year old sled.

After that we jumped back on the highway and ran to Orlando. NOW.... I have NEVER seen so many cops in my life. The part of that really sucked was that we ran 65mph the ENTIRE way to Orlando... WOOF!! This was rough. So, right now we're sitting at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando and about to go to dinner, so with that being said, Cheers Ladies and Gentleman and I'll talk to you soon.

RAWLINGS & COLLINS BREAK COAST TO COAST RECORD - BULLRUN 2007

Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins discuss their record breaking journey from New York City to Redondo Beach in 31 hours and 59 minutes.  They flew back to the rally today and their car will be delivered in the early hours of Wednesday.

Before you view the videos, here is some information they gave me when we met this afternoon in Savannah, GA.

FACTS:

(1) Richard drove back from Montreal while Dennis rested.
(2) They pulled all Bullrun stickers off of their car in NY.
(3) They acquired an EZ-Pass from Tri-State area limo driver.
(4) Date and time confirmations were captured by Bullrun cameramen. 
(5) Cameramen shot coverage of the car, liscence plate, odometer and VIN # at both the start and finish.
(6) They have receipts for all EZ-Pass and gas fill-ups.
(7) The had roughly 48 gallons in their tanks after stops.
(8) They used computer programs to calculate pace as well as GPS for positioning.
(9) The lost the drivers side windshield wiper very early in the run.
(10) It rained in Pennsylvania, but was clear the rest of the run.
(11) They took the southern route.
(12) Their wives and a camera crew met them when they arrived at the Portofino Inn.  The camera crew, again, shot the car, the plates, the VIN number and odometer.

Interview videos:

PART 1 of 4



PART 2 of 4
 

PART 3 OF 4
 

PART 4 of 4

BULLRUN 2007 START INTERVIEW - GARY PATTERSON - SHELBY AUTOMOBILES

Gary Patterson of Shelby Automobiles discusses the Shelby Hertz Mustang he's driving, the GT500 "King of the Road" and eludes to the upcoming Super Snake project.

Check the article on Bullrun.com regarding Gary, Amy Boylan and Shelby Automobiles.

TEAM SCHWABIE 13 - F430 STABILIZES AS WE PULL INTO STAUNTON VA.

BULLRUN 2007 - TEAM SCHWABIE 13





All is well on the starting grid in Montreal for Team 13's Novitec F430 until the battery died.  And problems persisted all the way to Atlanitic City.

Michael and Jason had to jump start a dead battery in Montreal, minutes before the start of Bullrun 2007.  Thankfully Rob Rille, leader of Team Darkcyd, had jumper cables to help get things going for them. 

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Then they experienced a flat in the front right in Boston and rallied on to Atlantic City.  Thankfully Todd Ford of Team 430 was good enough to supply one of his spare tires so Team Schwabie can press on.  Jay Riecke lent a heping hand as well as a torque wrench.

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Despite the troubles, Michael was all smiles as these issue are very minor compared to the kind of maintence issues that could have occured.

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NEW YORK TO LOS ANGELES, 31 HOURS 59 MINUTES

The following is a press release submitted by Bullrun Productions.

Since Richard and Dennis were on the Bullrun their car was fitted with multiple cameras.  The start and end points were chosen with extreme care.  A camera crew was sent to New York City and they were met with a camera crew at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach with them to document their trip. 

A conference call regarding all footage and information took place today.  All is in order. 

All Bullruners on this year's rally are really happy for Richard and Dennis and cannot wait for their return to the East Coast.

PRESS RELEASE:

Bullrun 2007 – Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins Break Coast-to-Coast Record

In the early hours of Monday 14th May 2007, Bullrunners Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins of Texas broke the almost 30 year old coast-to-coast road trip record of 32 hours and 51 minutes. They decided to attempt the record after taking a bet on the start line of the 2007 Bullrun Rally. They were bet $50,000 by a fellow entrant that this time would never be bettered in the modern era. Abandoning this years route of Montreal to Key West, they drove to New York City and prepared for a night start.

Brock Yates created the idea of the modern rally when he started the infamous Cannonball Runs. Since then Bullrun has taken on the mantel of the modern navigational rally replacing out and out point to point racing with their version of luxury car rallies including celebrities and drivers from around the world and a huge TV franchise supporting  the Bullrun brand. 

In 1979, the winning Jaguar XJS achieved an incredible time of 32hrs 51 minutes from New York to the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach. Many thought this legendary ‘Sea to Shining Sea’ endurance time would never be beaten and indeed has proved unbreakable until now….

Having already heavily prepared their Ferrari 550 for this years’ Bullrun Rally, Montreal to Key West, they felt they had a real chance to challenging the time. With extra fuel cells and an onboard spare tire they left Manhattan on the evening of May 12th. They phoned their wives, who promptly flew to LA to greet the would be champions.

Having created motoring history, Dennis and Richard are expected to catch up with Rally in time for the celebrations in Key West.

TEAM TRANS AM (SPIKE TV) - TOGETHER AGAIN

BULLRUN 2007 - BOSTON TO ATLANTIC CITY

Team Trans Am reunites on the road again during Bullrun 2007.  Morgan was on from the beginning, but Mike arrived in Boston to join up with this rolling carnival of automotive fun.

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This is the 1st time Bullrun Live Rally participants are seeing Mike in person.  Many have mentioned that Mike looks too young to be Morgan's father and that it may be a hoax for the Spike show.  He may actually be her older brother.

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There have been talks among Bullrunners to conduct a DNA test before the end of the rally.  The Alsops have been too busy with the car to comment.  More news to come.

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JENNIFER NICOLE DAY 1 & 2 RECAP

BULLRUN 2007 - MONTREAL TO BOSTON

MAKE WAY FOR BULLRUN! It was a fantastic morning and a great starting location for all our cars and the spectators who came out. Since I've gone through the lineup during last year's rally, I wanted to get there early to get a good starting postion...But I still didn't get a briefing on the new JVC navigation in the car and both Tila Tequila and I were running a bit late from staying out late the night before. 

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I spoke to Team Charger and gave him Richard Rawling's old strategy from last year.. If we dont make the front we would try to go around to the front and back our way in.. Seemed like a good idea until all the cars were gridlocked and Tila took my old "flag girl" position so I held back to pick her up as she waved most of the cars through. 

We got off to a really good start and both of us were really excited to get on our way. I quickly jumped ahead to see I could get to the rest of the Lotus guys, but the entire group of cars in front of me were busy trying to get out of the city faster than they could navigate and we all had to turn around after we passed a turn. I don't think Tila thought it was going to be as intense as it was but we were both having a great time taking pictures and getting down to the border. 

I found the same pack of cars that I had cruised up to Canada, including Team Gotham's M6, theTwin Turbo Porsche, Mustang and a couple other cars kept a tight line together and cruised through. About fifteen minutes before we hit the border we noticed that a trooper had been following us by getting on and off the ramps... He did it about three times when I called Frank who was in front and said it would be a good time for a pit stop. We got off the road and took a five minute break in a residential neighborhoods and then once again got back on. 

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Once we hit the border we had trouble. Apparently, the flatbed that our car was shipped in on to Canada didn't get the proper stamps and assesment to get into Canada so when we tried getting it back to the US we were held up and delayed 55min. We had to go back to the border, get an inspection, get stamps of approval and OH!,  what a NIGHTMARE! I have to give thanks to the M6, Frank from New York Motors, and Dan, from Vivid Racing, as they waited for our car at a rest stop until I called over to them to tell them that it was going to be a while until we would get out of customs.

The rest of the day went quite smoothly. Tila found a good spot for a nap since she was jet lagged and I kept a steady drive on down.  The Intercontinential Hotel was AMAZING!! We ate a nice dinner in the banquet room and headed over to the bar for a few drinks... This is where I got the dish...

Bill Wu is celebrating his third birthday this week.. It's his birthday EVERYDAY and everyone sings to him so he can get free ice cream.  Most of the cars have a "I Love Wu" sticker on them which makes me laugh every time I see it.  I've got nothing but love for Wu too.

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OH! Canada's car blew up. The fuel pump had a leak and leaked onto the engine which had caught fire and melted everything. Luckily they had an extinguisher to put it out and Team Elizaj was quickly to the rescue for back up. 

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Richard Rawlings took off before ALL of us. We did get to say good bye to him since he had plans of his own but for the record.. He was FIRST (as always) and he got a head start. I'll keep you posted on his happenings.

Most of the cars just want to enjoy the drives and not worrying about getting there as fast as they can. Our party was at the Felt where Girls Gone Wild happened to be there. I ordered some alcohol infused whipped cream shots but they never came...or did Tila take them all for herself?

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I don't think the girls disappointed many men last night but I called it an early one and headed back with Mike from the Charger.. We had to figure out our game plan and the closest freeways to take.. He has some very good allies and well, hey.. We have a "Spike TV alliance."

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MR ANGRY - DAY 1 & 2 RECAP

MR ANGRY - MONTREAL TO BOSTON TO ATLANTIC CITY

Woof! Day 1 and Day 2 of Bullrun... interesting happenings to say the least. So, here's the low down from the Mr. Angry's mouth. At the starting line in Montreal it just happened to be the 68' Dodge Charger of yours truly and the Ferrari 550 of Mr. Richard Rawlings. Now, before the start there was an announcement a small bet (50K) was placed between Team Rieke and Rawlings that Rawlings couldn't beat the coast to coast record of 32 hours 51 minutes. So the bet was placed at the amount of 50K and Rawlings was off and as of right now Rawlings is kicking ass and taking names. God speed Mr. Rawlings...

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So the start came for the first one... Montreal to Boston and we were able to hook up with Marcus - this super guy who worked for Lojak and took us a to a secluded border crossing where we were able to blaze through the boarder with no worries. From then on it was smooth sailing all the way to Boston were stayed at the Intercontenial Hotel and just kicked back relaxed. Oh yea, we ran with the 77' Trans Am of Team Cockney who are both rock stars. The T/A was in our mirror and I just couldn't help but think about Burt Reynolds in good ole' Smokey and the Bandit. It was all good times and speed. We also ran with Lamont in the 911 and aside from being a great guy is one hell of a great driver.

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So, today we left Boston and boogied down to Vinyard 48 on Long Island, NY... now, I grew up here, this is my home turf so for Team Charger it was all gas pedal and fuel stops... until that is, we got close to Queens. I mean I live there, so on principle we had to stop at my house where I took a shower and changed into some nice new cloths and became a human being again. The route card had everyone else sitting in traffic, but again, my Island, my town, my run. We were able to relax and still get to Atlantic City (did I mention that is where we were going?) with no problems and we were nice and relaxed. Life was good, dinner was good, the drinks were good and hell... the Charger was good.

More on all stuff Bullrun tomorrow... Cheers...


BULLRUN 2007 - DAY 1 - TEAM LOTUS-HOLSTON

BULLRUN 2007 - MONTREAL - NEW HAMPSHIRE - BOSTON - TEAM LOTUS HOLSTON

Instead of blogging in the Bullrun Productions RV, I took my first road assignment with Gary from Team Lotus Holston.  We rallied much of the way with a Black Porsche 911 driven by Rob of Team Pineault  Then we hooked up with Team Charger and Team Cockney ('78 Trans Am).

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The Lotus did really well hanging with those characters from Detroit, but the car is more agile than powerful.  I was able to get behind the wheel myself and had great fun with the car. 

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(Gary Holston)

BULLRUN 2007 - DAY 1 NEWS ITEMS

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(Richard Flipping off to break a 30 something year old record).

BULLRUN LAUNCHES IN OLD MONTREAL

BULLRUN 2007 - MONTREAL - START

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Bullrun was launched from Place Jacques Cartier, Old Town Montreal.  A large crowd of fans added to all the excitment felt by all involved.  Among the well wishers were a couple and their children who drove all the way from Chicago to see the cars and the stars of Bullrun 2007.

The morning was a bit cool, but the temperature started to warm as Bullruners ate breakfast in the garden at the Ritz Carlton.  Teams discussed strategy and all the possible routes for the various cites Bullrun may be heading.  These are the times teams become friends and decide to possibly rally together to the different destinations. 

During the ride, the older American Muscle teams matched up and drove the entire way to Boston together.  What a sight it was as locals turned their heads to see and hear a '68 Charger and '78 Trans Am rock & roll through towns.  These cars can absolutely be decribed as the equivelent of AC/DC and Led Zeppelin playing at the same time on the same stage - Loud, fast, not totally in sync, but the power is undeniable.

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And we're off!!!

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BULLRUN PRE-PARTY WENT WELL INTO THE NIGHT

BULLRUN 2007 - PRE-PARTY - TIME IN MONTREAL

Despite an early start the next day the Bullrun pre-party was heavily populated well into the night. 

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(Team Darkcyd G)

Celebs on hand included Tila Tequilla, members of Simple Plan, Champ Car driver Alex Tagliani, and Former UFC welterweight champion George "Rush" St. Pierre.

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The night was also highlighted by a impromtu "Zoolanderesque Dance-off" between Team Lotus, Jason from Ford F-150 and girls from the club.  David Bowie and Billy Zane may not have approved, but it was a great laugh nonetheless.

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BULLRUN 2007 LAUNCH AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAY 1 to come.  Off to the party for this evening at Felt in Boston.  Let me give you a hint - Girls will be going wild.

BULLRUN 2007 HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED

BULLRUN 2007 - MONTREAL - FRIDAY

Bullrun 2007 is a go.

All Bullrun drivers and co-pilots got together for a sit-down dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Downtown Montreal.  The mood was festive as everyone had a chance to meet one another and make plans for the week ahead.  Drinks were flowing as the dinner went straight into the Driver Briefing.

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Rally organizers David Green and Andy Duncan welcomed the first time drivers, Bullrun Veterans and the Bullrun Spike TV teams to the rally.  After Andy mentioned the Spike Drivers, CBGM driver, Richard Rawlings announced to them that their 15 minutes of fame were now over.  I guess we'll see how this all plays out as the Spike drivers decided to decline comment until tomorrow for the rally start at Place Jacques Cartier, Old Town Montreal.


Afterwards, Andy and David gave Bullrunners strict instructions to keep the safety and responsibility levels at an all-time high and keep an eye on speed limits and pedestrians coming into cities.  The message was well taken.

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Multi-talented, Tila Tequilla was seen at dinner getting to know our own Jennifer Nicole as they will be piloting a Lotus Elise down to Key West.

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Off to TIME for the Bullrun 2007 Kick-off party.

MONTREAL - DAY BEFORE ANTICS

'68 CHARGER GETS A BOOT

As discussed in the video below.  Live Rally Bullrunners sent a message to Mr Angry that comments on the Bullrun.com formum were not appreciated.  The put a boot on his car as well as a parking ticket.  It eventually came off.

More info on who did it to come...

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Bullrun News - Mr Angry Interview

BULLRUN NEWS - INTERVIEW - MONTREAL

The Rally Guru sits down for a chat with Bullrun Spike TV driver, Mr. Angry.


Team Charger - NYC to Montreal

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So the run up from NYC to Montreal went pretty good. Jason Wallace from Spike TV Team F150 and Rich Bannon from Team Mustang came along for the ride. We cruised up 87 north in the Charger without incident and it ran like the rockstar that it is. The 440 was singing on the outside and on the inside we… well Jason and Rich (I was driving) were watching Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise in Cannonball Run on the JVC DVD player we have installed in the dash.

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All was good until 2 hours in when the thunderstorms came down. For 2 hours we ran through heavy  downpours, but again, the Charger just hammered through it… ya’ just got to love old detroit iron.

Then we hit the Canadian border. This was an all around interesting experience. We pulled through the border  and customs agents pulled us to the side. At first they asked us all the questions. Where are you going, why are you here, does this thing have a 6 pack in it… what!?!


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No joke, the customs agents went nuts over the Charger. I popped the hood and went through everything from the hydroboost system to the accusump we installed. They all loved it. After all the paper work was complete, they gave us back our documents and sent us on our way. Before doing so however; the customs agents did make one small request of us.

Can you do a burnout when you leave? Again, we were like what!?! But they did infact request this and did infact comply with they’re demands, afterall, we are in there country. So we hit the gas and roasted hides into Canada… nice right?

The Unofficial Day 1

MONTREAL - THURSDAY NIGHT

It’s roughly a 5 hour drive up to Montreal from NYC.  I thought I would fly since I’d be in a car all the way down to Key West for a week.  After a two hour delay at Newark and another two hours waiting to take-off, I had enough.  Practically every team that decided to drive up on Thursday beat me up there.

We’re all at the Ritz in Downtown Montreal.  I got my first glimpse of a proper Bullrun car, a Novitec Ferrari F430 (More on tha car later).  The boys’ stickering up the cars are happy to get a jump on a bunch of vehicles as they will more than likely be up all night prepping the cars for the Saturday launch.

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Word on the street is it took a while for a few Bullrun participants to get through the border - every piece of paperwrok is checked!  Reports of State Trooper activity in New York State have come in with stiff warnings to all Bullrunners to keep things to a dull roar.  I’m pretty sure no one wants to sit on the side of the road for any period of time.  Even reports of people being told they had too much cash on them to enter Canada. 


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The party ended up at The Globe on St. Laurent.  It was the first time Bullrun Live participants met Bullrun Spike TV drivers.  Everyone was interested in how all that was going to go down and I have to say it went pretty well.  Richard Rawlings had a chat with Jason from Team Ford F150.  Mr. Angry had a nice chat with Dennis Collins, Richard and Jay Riecke.

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If you follow the show, you would know that there was a little bad blood between Brian Newberry (Team Lotus) and Jason Wallace of (Team Ford F150).  Who knows what they think of each other for real, but tonight it was about a good time.

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I have to say though; it was Team Lotus (Spike TV) and their crew that really livened up the party.  Brian Newberry and Danny Klein are just naturally funny.  The show does not depict their natural relationship.  Of course this situation didn’t call for them to bicker at eat other, but you can tell real easy that it’s not them at all.  They are all about having a kick ass time, wherever they happen to be.

Brian (Team Lotus) told a story of when the Spike show reached Seattle and he had not yet taken a dump which was like 5 days into shooting.  He and Porto-potties don’t mix.  Apparently, he went to the drug store and grabbed some ex-lax.  He took it, did his thing and that was that.  So he thought.  He ended get being far enough away from the bathroom during another episode and ended up shitting himself.

You wonder why the producers cut that shit out (literally).  That's good TV.  He had a camera on him.  It wouldhave been great to have one of those big Bullrun on Spike TV explosions go off as he crapped himself.

According to the Spike drivers, there was a lot they left out.  Maybe we could hope for a true behind the scenes DVD of Bullrun on Spike TV.  Shitting and all.

Other teams out were Team Riecke, Team Oh! Canada, The Naylors, Andy's Dad, Jennifer Nicole, Kristine and Maresh Elizaj. Deputy Editor of European Car magazine, Karl Funke and Claus Ettensberger, CEO of CEC Wheels and Brabus USA.  Claus is going to give me a full tour of his Tech Art Magnum.  There’s nothing like a SUV that can beat most cars on a flat road.  More fun on Friday.

BULLRUN 2007 - MONTREAL TO KEY WEST

This is the official Blog of Bullrun 2007
Bloggers:
Rally Guru
Mr Angry
Jennifer Nicole


The blog writers for this blog were chosen for a specific reason.  To give all the folks at home the best possible coverage of Bullrun 2007. 


MR. ANGRY
Many of the folks reading this blog will recognize the name Mr. Angry right from the get go.  He owns a very nasty '68 Charger and made it to the final four of the Bullrun Spike TV show.  He also submitted video blogs and an interview to Car Domain.  Mr. Angry will provide a drivers perspective of the rally and will offer insites on the differences and similarities between the Spike TV Bullrun show and the real Bullrun Rally.


JENNIFER NICOLE
Some of you may reconize Jennifer Nicole from the Spike TV show.  She was one of the "Flag Girls".  What many of you don't know is she was a Live Rally driver first.  She piloted a 2006 Audi A8 across the country on Bullrun 2006 - New York to LA Coast to Coast Classic.  Jennifer Nicole will also offer insites of someone who's been involved in both iterations of Bullrun (Live & Spike).  She'll also be driving with the famous, Tila Tequila on this rally so we'll have 1st hand knowledge of Tila's experiences all throughout.

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RALLY GURU
As for me, I've been named the "Rally Guru" for various different reason.  I used to work at Spike TV and conducted the very first pitch meetings with Spike TV Programming on behalf of Bullrun Productions.  I can't say that I was the end all be all in getting Bullrun on Spike TV produced, because there were so many people and so many variables involed.  But I can proudly say that I did contribute and play a small part in the grand scheme of things.

Bullrun2007 will be my 3rd Bullrun Live Rally.  I was involved in Bullrun 2005 and Bullrun 2006. Last year my buddy Emil and I piloted a 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo SE as Team Los Matadors.  We both dressed as Spanish Bullfighters celebrating the rich history of Lamborghini and used our characters to celebrate our involment in Bullrun in a very fun way.

This year, I'm stripping away the outfit and going solo.  I didn't feel it was right doing Los Matadors again without Emil.  He's off building up the automotive websites FastLaneDaily.com and VODCARS.com for his new venture, Next New Networks. 

I'll be be driving in various cars and with various people throughout the rally.  I know the ins and outs, all the major players and I'll be your eyes and ears and provide the most info possible.  Even the stuff you wouldn't normally read about on Bullrun.com or see on the different Bullrun TV shows and DVDs. 

We all hope you enjoy it.

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