'05 Outback XT Limited
First time using the OBXT as a rally radio volunteer vehicle. Loved the extra room compared to my '02 WRX wagon which saw rally duty for 9 years. While I prefer the WRX's manual gearbox and the predictability of my gear selection, the 5EAT performed well on some very slippery, wet clay roads. The sunroof was a nice plus for some extra light as the day grew long. The power seats have adjustment options that the simpler WRX seats lacked, so I anticipate longer drives should be a bit more comfortable. It was a bit weird working a rally in the age of COVID, but still a wonderful experience! Video Link.
In N.A. rally, Subaru's have long reigned, but at NYFR the Ford Fiesta R2's and R5's were out in abundance! The top 2 cars have WRC heritage! Some other notables: 2020 Skoda Fabio, two 70's Ford Escorts, '86 Toyota Corolla (with Chris Duplessis consistently running in the top 10!), '84 Mazda RX-7, 90's Eagle Talon, 3 Bimmers, and a V8 Mustang!
Winter rallies are always awesome since the snow makes everything so different. The heated seats in the Outback beckon me to look forward to either Sno-Drift (www.sno-drift.org) or Perce-Neige (Rallye Perce-Neige). PN might be shot down due to border crossing and COVID... Then again, MI has struggled with their COVID situation and high restrictions as well.