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FC: Find your own road.

1: This book is dedicated to Luke Sorensen

2: Rally New York | STPR | New England Forest Rally | Black River Stages

3: Prologue | -the creation of a rally car | ~- a behind the scenes showcase of the hard work, dedication, and skill that goes into bringing these cars to life

4: Shell Preparation/Transformation | BEFORE | Engine Bay | Interior | Body Transformation

5: A F T E R

6: Roll Cage Construction (historic 99) | WELDING

8: Wiring and dashboard construction | creation of the dash

9: 74 EMS

10: Custom

11: Finishing Graphics | Oliver approves | Parts

13: RALLY NEW YORK April 2009

14: This all-tarmac rally includes 99 miles of special stages in the southern Catskill mountains located 90 miles from new york city. The total length of the two day event is 415 miles.

16: locals protest the rally's presence in their township | while spectating, jordan and max help push another competitor back onto the road.

18: The conditions that weekend were far from ideal. Friday's weather consisted of cold, damp air with fog and occasional rain while saturday's temperature dropped below freezing creating a hazardous wintry mix.

19: From left to right: Matthew Weir, Stacy Haywood, Luke Sorensen, Josh Jenny, Carolyn Bahnck, Jordan Pagano, and Max Palmer | Rally New York Crew

21: STPR June 5-6 2009

22: stage 1 | waste management total length: 9.12 miles

23: "One of the oldest rally races on the schedule, Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally started in 1977. It is not only the oldest, but the fastest rally in North America. With roads consisting of clay and gravel,the course is slippery, fast and extremely dangerous. Drivers travel at speeds reaching 100 mph through densely wooded roads. The speeds combined with the dangerous course ensure that this rally is not for the faint at heart." www.rally-america.com

24: DAY 1 The morning started off with unusually cold temperatures for the first weekend of June. It was a day of overcast and light rain.

25: Problems with the shifter arise half way through the first day

26: The crew works late into the night to prepare the car for the next day of racing

29: DAY 2

30: PARC EXPOSE | Luke's adoring fans | Germania | 1. Greenhouse/DeRose 2. Sorenson/Iden 3. Hansen/DeMotte 4. Wright/Shindle | Class Standings Mid-Rally 2WD | STPR STATS: 12 HOURS TO COMPLETION COVERS 300 MILES 128 COMPETITION MILES IN 10 STAGES

32: BEHIND THE SCENES ... | spectating | Best looking crew at STPR

33: ice cream pit stop | CAR WASH | Wellsboro Diner | hotel tetris | ...the answer to the question "what goes on when the cars aren't racing?"

34: STPR CREW | Matthew Weir, Carolyn Bahnck, John Iden, Luke Sorensen, Stacy Haywood, Jordan Pagano, Sam Scherer

35: FINAL RESULTS | After two days of racing,Luke and john place first in class and second overall in two wheel drive

37: NEW ENGLAND FOREST RALLY | JULY 17-18 2009

38: The team arrived at Sunday River late thursday night. Friday morning began a park expo before heading to service in Mexico, Maine. Luke and signed up for max attack and with Saab fans before heading first stages of the day. It long day of park expos and stages (due to lack of ems

39: ARRIVAL /DAY ONE | with set up Geoff chatted to the was a cancelled workers

40: MEXICO, MAINE

42: DAY 2

45: Berlin Eastern Regional Results | 1 70 G2 1 Christoper Duplessis/Catherine Woods 1:10:31.4 2 779 O 1 Maciej Przbysz/Kristin Przybysz 1:11:44.7 3 110 O 2 John Cssidy/Dave Getchell 1:12:38.5 4 333 G5 1 Wyatt Knox/Carrie Wilburn 1:12:41.8 5 687 G2 2 Chad Eixenberger/Jay Luikart 1:14:15.7 6 699 G5 2 Luke Sorensen/Geoff Clark 1:14:51.5 7 280 G5 3 Gregory Healey/Brian Johnson 1:15:32.1 8 894 PGT 1 Alan Moody/Tim Chevalier 1:16:19.1 9 100 P 1 Michael Reilly/Josh Benthien 1:16:32.6 10 217 PGT 2 Niall Johnson/Daniela Manago 1:23:45.6

46: Day2 consisted of perfect weather, scenic service areas, and memorable transits | Mixing work with play

47: ...

48: MAX ATTACK | Luke and Geoff place 4th in the Max Attack competition.

49: NEW ENGLAND CREW | Sam Scherer, Max Palmer, Seth Strait, Luke sorensen, Stacy Haywood, Geoff Clark, Jordan Pagano

51: BLACK RIVER STAGES | September 19-20 2009

53: After a six hour drive,we arrived friday night just in time to register, get the car to tech, get josh to his novice class, and catch an awesome sunset. | ARRIVAL

54: DAY 1

56: PARC EXPOSE AMERICAN MAPLE SYRUP MUSEUM | Day one began with parc expose at the American Maple Syrup Museum. After taking a quick stroll through the history of maple syrup production...it was time to get to work. The morning started of cold but by mid afternoon it was sunny with temperatures in the high 60's.

59: Drivers | Meeting | Matt plays scout leader

60: Night Stages...

61: Midnight maintenance

63: DAY 2

64: PARC EXPO

65: The power steering leak discovered the night before proved unresolved and problematic half way through the second day of racing

66: Down Time...

67: ...Lots of it

68: Class Place Number Crew Vehicle Time M1 1 33 Barton/Barton Mazda323 01:26:47 M1 2 35 Sorensen/Jenny SAAB 99 01:29:25 M1 3 97 Carven/Baker VW Rabbit 01:31:18 M1 w 11 Hordijk/Amend Volkswagen Golf TDI --:--:-- M1 w 44 Morris/Nagy Mitsubishi Lancer --:--:-- | FINAL CLASS RESULTS | After dominating their class for three-quarters of the rally, a devastating gear box blow in the second to last stage resulted in loss of their 1st place position. With only 4th gear, luke and josh still manage to secure 2nd in class and 12th overall.

69: Black River Crew | Jackets brought to you by: | Carolyn Bahnck Connections | Jordan Pagano, Stacy Haywood, Luke Sorensen, Josh Jenny, Matthew Weir

70: Eastern Regional Championship | 1. Christopher Duplessis Mason twp, ME 160 2. Wyatt Knox Franconia,NH 145 3. John Cassidy IV Bngor, ME 82 4. Maciej Przybysz Gray, ME 69 5. Luke Sorensen Wycombe,PA 68 | Overall Eastern Driver | 1. Luke Sorensen Wycombe, PA 145 2. Christopher Duplessis Mason Twp, ME 140 3. Wyatt Knox Franconia, NH 135 4. Thomas Barton Campbell Hall, NY 66 5. Gregory Healey Wynantskill, NY 56 | Group 5 Eastern Driver

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