Rookies, they always make mistakes, and the 2017 Mazda Adventure Rally would prove it again. On day one we missed filling in something as simple as “choose what type of sandwich you want for lunch”. I wanted a veggie wrap, Pete wanted something a little more substantial, but did we remember to write it down in the book. No. And that was an easy two points gone! So, after a hard day of slogging through Muskoka backroads in the 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF, we were unceremoniously stuck in 6th place. Now what? How do we make our way up the ladder into the top 3 and gain that prize money for our charity. This is not going to be easy.

In this episode of Blowing Smoke, Pete (The Hess) and I are taking part in the 2017 Mazda Adventure Rally. A total of 10 teams compete for 3 top prizes, with all winnings going to the various charities represented by each team. First place wins $10,000, second place $2,000 and third wins $1,000. We chose to represent Intercede International based in Fort Erie, Ontario. They work closely with Good Samaritan, a charitable organization located in India and a place I know well having visited there a few years ago. Currently we are building an orphanage with Good Samaritan, to help children who have been forced to work in the nearby slate mines get out and enjoy a better life. It is a worthy cause and one that demands our best on this rally.

But here we are, stuck in 6th place with little hope of getting into the top three. Points are scarce with the bulk of them being 1 or .5, so to make up the difference; we can’t afford any missteps. Day two ends up being similar to day one, so this means day three is critical- no mistakes allowed. Is there a surprise ending to this story?

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Jeff’s stories are published around the world. He has written for Sun Media in Canada since 2005, Bombardier Experience magazine, Cigar Aficionado in the U.S., South Africa’s Live Out Loud and Singapore’s Prestige magazine. As an automotive authority, Jeff has held numerous senior editor positions, including a four year tenure as the Editor-at-large for Yahoo! Autos based in Sunnyvale, California. On a weekly basis, Jeff works closely with brands that include Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Genesis and world-famous hotel brands that include The Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Shangri-La Hotels, Four Seasons to name a few. Suffice it to say, Jeff has lived his entire professional life surrounded by many of the best and most exclusive brands in the world. It is this experience as a celebrated journalist and life-long storyteller that Jeff brings to his position as Founder and Editor of Life begins at 300 km/h! @jeffnvoth

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