|Throughout the 1980's SUBARU enthusiast Dean Fry had navigated and serviced for a number of friends competing in rallies, and near the end of the decade he decided to build his own car to drive at events. Dean starting out with a two-door, carberuated, 1980 SUBARU Hatchback, and for each of the first few events he used different navigator. Then he asked Don Kennedy, a long-time rally organizer and worker, to navigate; and for the next 10 years Dean and Don were a mainstay at rallies in the Northeast. Dean and Don quickly became known as FUBAR Racing (because that's what Dean wanted their team name to be).|
|Anyway, after several successful years of campaigning the hatchback with zero DNF's, in 1992 the team moved up to a turbo-charged 1988 SUBARU RX (the two-door hatchback variety). Using this car the team continued their perfect finishing record, and along the way two of Don's sons, Matt and Keith, became more and more involved with working on the car at home and at the events. After about three years of playing with turbo's, the team decided to go back to normal aspiration and built a 2.2L 1991 SUBARU Legacy.|
|Unfortunately, their new car also brought them some new luck = bad luck, as they DNF with cooling problems on the car's debut event. But hey, what else could you expect from a car with 156,000 original miles! Although the car started out stock, over the years some engine and exhaust work was done to give the car more power and to make it sound more like a race car, though it was mostly done for power. In 1996 Dean and Don won, respectively, the SCCA NorthEast Division's (NEDiv) Open 4WD Class driver's and co-driver's championships.|
|At the end of the 1999 season Don finally decided to try his hand behind the wheel full time. So in early 2000 Rocky Road Racing was started (though that hasn't always been the team's name, but that's a whole other long story), and the team prepared a 2.2L 1996 Subaru Impreza to Production GT class specifications. Keith and Matt took turns navigating; and while one was busy reading the directions from the right seat, the other was in charge of the service crew.|
|Since then the team has competed all over the Eastern United States and Canada; and if they ask really nice, dad even lets the kids play with the car. Keith and Matt have also kept busy by entering a variety of other Subarus in HillClimbs, AutoCrosses, and RallyCrosses. Along the way they've claimed a number of top finishes, and in particular, in 2002 Matt won the inagural New England Region (NER) RallyCross Championship in his stock, daily-driver, 1991 2.2L Legacy.|
|In the summer of 2003 Don decided that he was getting too old to still be going that slow (it's not that he was too slow, it was the car that was too slow), so the engine and drive-train from a wrecked 2002 SUBARU Impreza WRX was shoe-horned into the 1996 chassis. The WRX components remained pretty well stock until the fall of 2004, when the car was sent out to be tuned for the 34mm (inlet) restictor that became mandatory in 2005.|
Our family of Subarus!
(circa 2000 - we haven't been able to get ALL of them together since...)