History of Rally.Build

Ten years ago I competed in my first rally as a driver. I was hooked. Since then I have done everything from filming rallies and producing the Max Attack Championship coverage to crewing to codriving. The other owners have had their own paths to where we are today, but here’s just a few quick photos showing some of the history of myself and the transition of the No Coast Motorsports name into the new company Rally.Build!
- Grant Hughes

2005 was a highlight year of codriving with Brian Moody and winning Pikes Peak Open class and the CHCA AWD Championship that year! That car was so much fun!

2006 I codrove with Mark Malsom at Rally Colorado. Despite this close call we managed to win the day two regional overall in a very low budget car. We had rear drum brakes (with Porterfield R4 pads naturally), open diffs, and a junkyard 2.2T engine. There is video of me failing a front flip across beds the night before.

In 2008 I finally drove my Merkur at Rally Colorado. The car held up great and I won Group 5 both days thanks to being the only Group 5 car there.

In 2009 Scott and I joined up with Mitch Williams and Checkpoint Racing and started sharing shop space. Dave Kern joined us shortly after Mitch closed Checkpoint and our shop became a fun work space and rally clubhouse essentially. About this time, Scott and I decided to start building roll cages for a few friends.

This was the design of the first cage I did for a friend. It took us a few months and we wasted a few bars trying to build the highest quality cage we could.

Our second cage however went easily and took half the time. The owner of this STI still raves about how nicely the cage fits and looks.

By winter 2012 we’ve got it down and can cage a car in a few weeks instead of a few months and the cage fitment has become spectacular.


Last year we branched out of rallying and into road race cages as well. Our first was our shop Chumpcar. The rules didn’t allow any weight reduction unless it was to accomodate cage structure. I’m not sure how much we saved by gutting the doors, but we had to in order to get these door bars in!

We also fabricated the exhaust using parts laying around. It was almost too nice for a Chumpcar.

The door bars looked cool but they make it hard to get in and out of the car so on the RaceKern NASA GTS BMW we did a more traditional style door bar.


Anyhow, that’s probably good for now. We’ve done somewhere around 15 roll cages in the past few years. We have built skid plates, pin stands, strut reinforcement plates, and more! See you soon!!!