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Insider Report: You've never heard a sendoff like this before!

Instead of the usual crazy dash cam videos however, we'll be watching the Olympics from Sochi.

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This weekend, millions of Canadians will park themselves in front of the nearest television or computer to watch the action in Russia. Instead of the usual crazy dash cam videos however, we’ll be watching the Olympics from Sochi.

The folks at MINI Canada made an incredibly cool and unique patriotic gesture as a tribute to our Canadian athletes: they assembled a talented group of MINIs to sing the national anthem. Watch it here, and enjoy the feeling of your heart swelling with pride and amusement!

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2013 Tall Pines may have been Crazy Leo’s last North American rally
While a group of us media types enjoyed a few refreshing beverages in a local pub after the 2013 Rally of the Tall Pines, along with a hundred or so happy rally fans, the door opened and in strolled Antoine L’Estage and John Buffum. Young fans gathered around L’Estage, hoping to have their photo taken with the rally winner while older guys bought the legendary Buffum rounds. That was nothing compared to the response later, when Leo “Crazy Leo” Urlichich entered the joint. A cheer went up and more photos were taken. The young driver’s exciting driving style, matched only by his personality, has endeared him to rally fans. As Leo has improved his driving over the past few years, his rock star style has lit up fans much like Ken Block’s antics have brightened the US rally scene. Crazy Leo has been a one man band bringing excitement to Canadian rally.

At Pines, Leo led the first 11 of 13 stages and looked like he was going to take an easy victory, when a camshaft broke on a transit (normal road) stage, ending his rally. It likely also marks the end of his Canadian rally career.

In the pub afterwards, Urlichich told me that he had been running “recce”, basically the practice and reconnaissance stages of the World Rally Championship and was planning a future bid to compete in Europe. With the release of this interview video below, it becomes public that Crazy Leo is planning to leave Canadian rally to fulfill his dream of rallying on a world stage.

As excited as I am for the worthy young gent, I can’t help but think that rallysport in Canada is going to have a big hole to fill in 2014.

Oh, and watch for yours truly at 4:03 of this video.

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The pure sounds of Rally Pilot Racing
Just one more and then I promise there will be no more rally action for the week! Follow Subaru driver Jeremy Norris and co-drivers John Hall and John Merry as they make their way through the 2013 Canadian Rally season. The sound in this video is fantastic, so be sure to turn up the speakers.

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Winter is a V8 powered paradise
Because most of us are more than a bit fed up with Winter already, I thought I would share an old video from the Muskokas. Some guys who seem to have vanished from the internet, with the exception of their YouTube channel, put together a V8 powered snow blower. Given the monster dumps the whole province has seen this year, I think 2014 would be a banner business year for them.

And because us Canucks aren’t the only crazy ones, here is a Swedish video of a V8 powered snöskoter or as we would call it, a snowmobile.

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