AutoGuide.com is Heading to the 2015 Mazda Adventure Rally
Every once in a while, I spring up out of bed, my face wet with chilled perspiration. It’s a dream that always knocks me into consciousness and interrupts my sleep. I usually sigh and lay back down, troubled, waiting for the morning to arrive.
Only one other person really knows of my reoccurring nightmare. It’s my fellow colleague and AutoGuide.com Road Test Editor Mike Schlee. Let me explain.
But my psyche was scarred. The steely faced Mike Schlee, who I’m pretty sure didn’t bat an eyelash as our car careened into the tire wall, wasn’t phased by the event. In fact, he came back from the 2014 Mazda Adventure Rally more potent than ever and introduced his first son into the world roughly nine months later.
Mike and I are ready to compete again. Unlike some of the other publications invited to this event, we’ve been here two years in a row and have an advantage, so we know what kind of week is ahead of us. We know there’s going to be trivia, tricky roads, inclement weather, skill testing navigation skills and landmarks to photograph.
We found out this morning we are being flown to Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. That’s where the adventure will begin, and we have little to no information of what comes after that. We don’t know what cars we will be piloting or what kind of roads are ahead. We do know that this is going to be an epic adventure. The first year had us driving through Moab in CX-5s, while the second year had us in MX-5s on the Tail of the Dragon. Whatever Vancouver and Mazda has planned for us, AutoGuide.com is game for it.
Join us on our adventure, as we’ll be live-blogging the whole event. You’ll see things when we do, as we tweet out every factoid and location we’re at. Like always, we’re competing for charity, and this time Camp Sunshine is our charity of choice. Only the top three teams will win money for their charity and we’re looking to get on top of the podium again. We know that we have a target on our back since we won last year and that competing teams may be extra cunning in an attempt to slow us down.
Fortunately, as Mike and I proved in the past few years, we’re as hardcore and single-minded as the brand new MX-5. We know what it takes to win, and are looking to do it again, this time without any accidents, mishaps or shenanigans. Is such a thing possible? Let’s find out.