1998 ALCAN 5000 RALLY: Aug 29 - Sept 6
Seattle, Hyder, Skagway, Dawson City, Dawson Creek, Jasper
"Celebrating the Klondike Centennial"
This 1998 event will focus on the Klondike Gold Rush centennial, and allow
much more time than previous Alcans to find and visit special attractions
in the northland. Other news is a new "Klondike Class" intended
for those who are more interested in touring adventure than the Alcan's
TSD competition. While these teams will follow the same itinerary,
scoring will be based on collecting team photos and/or GPS coordinates
at predetermined points along the route. Successful teams will receive
the Alcan's "Klondike Cup" award.
ROUTE: The 1998 Alcan will start near Seattle and finish
4,100 miles later in Jasper, Alberta. The route will include
Hyder, Prionde Rupert, Skagway, Dawson City and the inside passage, plus
many of North America's most scenic and remote roads such as the Alaska,
Campbell, Klondike, Dalton, and Bighorn highways. The 1998 route will highlight
the Alaska coast and the Gold Rush Trail, and for the first
time will not include any all-night drives.
CONCEPT: The Alcan 5000 was conceived as a new event based
on the old concept of rallying as a grand tour, motoring adventure, and
gentleman’s sport. Original examples were long distance events such
as the Thousand Miles Trail (1900), Monte Carlo (1911), Tulip, RAC (1932),
Mille Miglia (1911), and Circuit of Ireland. The 1984 Alcan 5000
Rally had 23 starting cars, 22 at the finish 4,700 miles later, and was
at that time the longest rally ever conducted in North America. Looking
for new challenges, organizers began alternating with a winter Alcan in
1988. The 1990 Alcan became "the world's longest, coldest winter
rally" at -58 F and 6,275 miles.
VISION: A competitition that rewards experience,
good judgement, consistency, reliability and rescourcefulness. A "level
playing field" that lets private and factory teams compete on even terms.
ENTRANTS: Have included factory teams from Audi, Chrysler,
Ford, Isuzu, Mazda, Oldsmobile, and Subaru in the past. For 1998,
teams from Cadillac, Isuzu, and Subaru are expected. Novice rallyists
are also common on the Alcan, the more important requirement is common
sense and driving experience.
ENTRY FEE: $2350 for a team, including ferry transport and 9
nights accomodations for two people. Third driver $450.
1984 Tim Paterson/Douglas Paterson Mazda RX7
1985 John Buffum/Tom Grimshaw/Paul Choiniere Audi 5000 CS Quattro
1986 Gene Henderson/Mike VanLoo Subaru RX 4x4
1987 Ken Maytag/Glen Bjorkman/Steve Richards Audi 5000 CS Quattro
1988 Ken Maytag/Glen Bjorkman/Steve Richards Audi 5000 CS Quattro
1989 Tim Paterson/Penny Thomas Porsche 911
1990 Gene Henderson/Ralph Beckman Subaru Legacy Wagon
1991 Ken Knight/Bob Dart Subaru SVX
1992 Ken Knight/Greg Lester Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon
1993 Russ Kraushaar/Satch Carlson BMW 2002ti
1994 Paul Dallenbach/Johnny Unser/Tom Grimshaw Isuzu Rodeo
1996 Paul Dallenbach/Johnny Unser/Tom Grimshaw Isuzu Rodeo
Auto Sports Club, Inc. A non-profit group of auto enthusiasts
active since 1965. Their oldest regular event is the Nor’wester Auto
Rally, begun in 1967. Alcan chairman Jerry Hines has rallied since
1965 (in six countries), and been a key organizer for over 30 national
and international rallies.
INQUIRIES or COMMENTS:
Jerry Hines | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alcan 5000 Rally | www.eskimo.com/~jhines/
13 Central Way #300 | (425)823-6343
Kirkland, Washington 98033 | (425)823-6307 Fax
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AUDI QUATTRO: Ron & Michelle Clyborne. Ron is a regular Alcan
entrant, with a wide variety of experience including the Baja 1000, Round
Australia Rally, and Trans-Amazon Rally. (This team is also entered in
the African Shield, and will miss Alcan 98 if that happens on schedule).
Sharon Turley, tba. Sharon's a grandmother of 4 and instructor at
Eastern Arizona College, will likely run with her son and grandson. An
experienced off-roader, Sharon's first rally was the 1996 Alcan Winter
ISUZU RODEO: Revere Jones, Brian Deno. Rev Jones was a member of
the 2nd place team in the 1996 Alcan. Brian is a nephew of the late
Jack Deno, founder of RASC's Nor'wester Auto Rally.
SUBARU SUS SEDAN: Jack FitzGerald, TJ Johnson, Mary Lowry. Jack
& Tom are from Ohio. Mary is doing a newspaper feature and daily updates
for the Everett Herald.
These 3 also completed the 96 Alcan Winter Rally, Mary
in a Discovery and the FitzGeralds in a Montero.
FORD RANGER: Jeff Armstrong, tba
HONDA PASSPORT: Stephen Jencks, tba
SUBARU IMPREZA 2.5 RS: Christopher Cramer, Jeff Gowdy. Avid
followers of rallying, vintage racing, and autocross with the SCCA and
PCA. This will be their first Alcan.
Chris Butler, Joseph Sheehan.
JEEP CHEROKEE: Ker Boyce, Donna Dolan. Veterans of the 1996
One Lap of America, this is their first Alcan Rally.
SAAB 900 TURBO: Brian Johnson, Raymond Johansen, Anne-Marie
Gregory. From Conneticut, this team will also do a long commute
to the northwest just to start the event.
FORD EXPEDITION: John Street, Matt Graham. Lots of vintage racing
and mechanical expertise here, these two chose an SUV so they won't
have to turn wrenches this week. John also completed the 96
Alcan Winter Rally in a Land Rover Discovery.
Jim Arnold, tba. Jim ran the first Alcan 5000 in 1984.
BMW 325ix: Walt Kammer & Jackie Adams. Regular team with lengthy
Peter & Joanne Schneider. Experienced ralliests from New
Jersey out here for their first Alcan.
FORD F350 (Press vehicle): Jim and Suzanne Elder, Jackson Hole, WY.
is a long-time professional photographer and does a lot of automotive work.
He is also our Alcan 5000 Media Coordinator and will do a story for
Road. Jim & Suzanne ran the 96 winter rally in a Bravada.
CADILLAC CATERA: Ken Knight, Greg Lester. A
factory team of prior Alcan winners in a completely new vehicle to the
Alcan Rally. (Looks like a serious statement about the capabilities
of Caddy's new "car that zigs"...) Cancelled due to the GM
1998 product sponsors:
Isuzu Motors. An Alcan rally sponsor
since 1992, Isuzu sees this as a great showcase for their vehicles. While
the average person won't drive his Rodeo to the Arctic Circle, it's nice
to know one could.
PIAA Driving Lights. The choice of professionals, PIAA offers a
wide range of very well made products.
Red Line Oil. Red Line has
long been a synthetic
fluids pioneer. In addition to engine oil, they also offer a variety
of gear lubricants and other products. These enhance the life of your vehicle
in everyday use, and can be necessary for it's survival at 50 below zero!
StonGard headlight &
finish protectors. Urethane film 'to protect your automotive investment'.
Magellan is loaning GPS
units to each team for a special "Magellan Cup" competition within the
Boost Nutritional Energy Drink (a Mead Johnson product). This
was a 1996 Alcan sponsor who didn't pay their $800 bill for a breakfast
and special decals made at their request. Their account was sent
to collection and we are not interested in their help again.