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About DirtFish Rally School

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    Snoqualmie WA
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    Google - "Subaru owners blog"
  • Biography
    We are partnered with Subaru and SRTUSA (Subaru Rally Team USA) and have over 20 fully equipped rally ready Subies ready to drive on 315 acres of courses.
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    Subaru STI, Subaru BRZ
  1. All of the WRC cars from this era have a 5-lug setup. This car came from Prodrive just as you see it.
  2. If you’ve followed the sport of rally over the last twenty years, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the name Richard Burns. He is by far one of the most notable and successful World Rally drivers of the 90’s and 2000’s. From 1999 through 2001, Burns was competing in the World Rally Championship under the Prodrive-run, Subaru World Rally Team, where he piloted the Impreza WRC to an overall victory in the 2001 Championship. Known to be one of the smoothest and most methodical drivers of his time, he continued to compete in WRC under the Peugeot flag, however he was one of few people to drive in one of the most iconic rally cars ever. The name “Subaru” has been synonymous with rally around the world for many years and is probably one of the most iconic names, not only in American rally, but rallies around the world as well. Nearly every rally championship worldwide has Subarus competing (and dominating) the classes they run in. DirtFish owner and rally fan, Steve Rimmer, has acquired one amazing collection of legendary rally cars over the years. One of which is a beautiful “World Rally blue” 1999 Subaru Impreza WRC99 adorned with one of the most classic and memorable liveries to ever be on the side of a Subaru. Built by Prodrive in the UK and never actually raced, the car was a gift to Burns as a “congrats and thanks” for winning the 2001 World Rally Championship driver’s title. Sadly, he only owned the car for about two years before a brave battle with brain cancer took his life. After the Burns’ passing in 2005, the car became a part of his estate. The ownership of the estate was then transferred to the Richard Burns Foundation, which was setup by some of Burns’ closest friends and colleagues with the goal of helping people who are affected by serious illnesses and injuries. Rimmer purchased the car from the foundation, giving them liquidity, which helped fund and establish grants that are awarded by them; it also allowed them to hire staff to raise further funds. This meticulously prepared 22B was built to the same specifications as the car Burns piloted in the WRC and is very well equipped, even by today’s standards. The engine that helps propel the car’s 2700 lbs is the quintessential EJ20 boxer engine still found in Subarus today. The engine block and heads are milled from aluminum, each cylinder has 4 valves and the cars is equipped with an IHI turbo charger, producing 300 BHP at 5500 rpm and a massive 480 lbs/ft of torque at 4000 rpm. In laymen’s terms; this is one quick car with phenomenal acceleration. The drivetrain is very similar to what would be found in today’s top-level rally cars: it has a Prodrive 6-speed sequential gearbox with computer-controlled hydraulic front, rear and center differentials. The Prodrive XTC McPherson struts and shock absorbers, at the time, were the best that money could buy and helped spawn the technology you see in not only rally cars today, but everyday road-going cars as well. With the speed and cornering covered, Prodrive didn’t skimp on the braking system either and equipped it with 4-pot AP Racing calipers and vented rotors. Although this car has never actually competed on a rally stage, it is an important car in rally today and a testament to three rally icons; Richard Burns, Subaru and Prodrive. Through the years it has aided in continuing Burns’ legacy through the foundation created in his name by helping people afflicted with serious illnesses and injuries. Head over to our Rally Media page to get this amazing car as your wallpaper! Article by: Trevor Wert (DirtFish) Photos by: Justin Fitch (DirtFish)
  3. DirtFish Rally School

    Come Drive Subaru Rally Cars on 315 Acres!

    Hello fellow Subie fans, how are things? If you've ever wanted to drive an 08 STI hatch, 2015 STI sedan or BRZ on over 315 acres of multi-surface rally terrain we can help! I'm sure some of you are familiar with us and what we do!? We are DirtFish Rally School and we're always looking for new students, racers looking for cross-training and/or anyone who's ever wanted to drive rally cars, specifically Subies. We have over 20 fully prepped rally STIs and BRZs. We even have fully race ready group 2, open class and Redbull GRC Lites cars our students can drive! I try to make sure ALL Subaru fans know who we are, what we do and that you can all come drive our cars. I can always answer questions for anyone looking to book a class. feel free to reach me anytime at adamp@dirtfish.com
  4. Hey All, My name is Adam and I work for DirtFish Rally School in Washington state. I stumbled upon this forum today and it looks like a great place to discuss Subies and to meet fellow fans of Subaru and rally racing! We have over 20 rally prepped Subies (STI/BRZ) on 315 acres here in WA. We are partnered with Subaru Rally Team USA and have students from around the globe. I'm sure some of you are familiar with us but for anyone who's not and would like to come drive rallied out Subies properly, with instruction feel free to say hi. Other than that I hope eveyone is doing great and I look forward to hearing back soon. Thanks.