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Specialty Subaru Mountain Trials Rally
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October 4th - 5th
Merritt, BC, Canada
Round 5 of the Western Canadian Rally Championship
Presented by Yokohama Tire Canada
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Hosted by the West Coast Rally Association

Performance rallying returns to Merritt again in October when the 5th
Round of the Western Canadian Rally Championship rolls into town. The
Mountain Trials Rally promises both competitors and spectators more of
the incredible stage roads and warm hospitality experienced during the
Pacific Forest Rally held in early June of this year. Come and check
out some of the great new roads and try to master the stage that decided
the outcome of the last rally! Organizers say that there are many route
options available and any number of them could come together when the
Canadian National Rally Championship comes to town next year.

This event is presented by the Vancouver-based motorsport club, the West
Coast Rally Association (WCRA). Currently the WCRA organizes several
forms of rally competition throughout BC and the Mountain Trials Rally
is the second performance rally event to be held in the Merritt area
this year.

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Status:
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This event is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport,
(CARS). This event is part of the Western Canadian Rally Championship.
This event qualifies for SCCA NORPAC Championship out-of-division
points.

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Co-ordinators:
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Paul Westwick mailto:p[email protected] 604-682-3296
Ken Kwong mailto:[email protected] 604-808-0536

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Schedule:
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Wednesday September 25 End of early registration
Wednesday October 2 Seeded draw

Friday October 4
17:00-20:30 Registration, Best Western Nicola Inn
18:00-20:00 Scrutineering, TBA
21:00-21:30 Mandatory meeting for all seed 5 & 6 teams
21:30-22:00 Drivers' meeting and introduction of officials

Saturday October 5
8:00-8:30 Late Registration and Scrutineering, by appointment only
9:30 Start of first leg
14:00-15:00 Lunch stop
15:30 Start of second leg
19:00 End of Rally
20:00 Dinner and Awards

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Supplementary Regulations & Entry Form:
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For the complete set of Supplementary Regulations, inlcuding the
Schedule and an Entry Form contact the organizers or visit:
http://www.rallybc.com/archives/2002/mt_trials/2002_mt_trials.html

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2002 Western Canadian Rally Championship:
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Date Event, Place Winners
March 24 Ranchlands Rally Cochrane, AB Dewitte / Proteau
May 19 Bighorn Rally Edson, AB Gord and Kathy Olsen
May 25-26 Rocky Mtn Rally Calgary, AB Gord and Kathy Olsen
June 8 Pacific Forest Rally Merritt Arefi / McLean
October 5 Mountain Trials Merritt, BC
Nov. 10 Kananaskis Rally Bragg Creek, AB

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Special thanks to the following supporters of rallying in BC:
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Driver's Edge Autosport -- http://www.ompwins.com
Polaris Water -- http://www.polariswater.com/
Rally Equipment.com -- http://www.rallyequipment.com
Rocket Rally Racing -- http://www.rocketrally.com
Specialty Subaru -- http://www.specialtysubaru.com
Western Driver -- http://www.westerndriver.com/
Wilkinson's Automobilia -- http://wilkinsonsauto.com
Yokohama Tire -- http://www.yokohamatire.ca

Thanks,

Bill Westhead
West Coast Rally Association
 

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I am thinking of doing this rally. What class does a SCCA Gp2 car run in when in Canada?

what are the roads like and average speeds?

Derek Bottles
 

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Hi Derek,

Glad to hear of your interest!

1./ Group 2 & Rules
While I don't have the rule books in front of me, the simple answer is Group 2 SCCA = Group 2 CARS.

Generally speaking, US competitors are entitled to run in Canadian events under US rules in all classes except:

- Open: 34mm restrictor req'd
- SCCA PGT = CARS P4: 32mm restrictor req'd
- Group 5: US Cars run in Open class, 34mm restrictor req'd

So, for Group 2 at least, bring your SCCA Rule Book and away you go.

2./ Road Qualities
Well, compared to Wild West & Doo ****, I'd say they're more like Doo **** in terms of texture, but with some Wild West type tight'n'twisty
sequences.

I can assure you that there are none of those Simpson Forest roads with fist-sized gravel(!) that we saw on Wild West this weekend.

Check out the photos posted here for an idea of the local terrain
http://www.rallybc.com/photos/2002/mttrials/prerun/2002Mt_Trials_PreRun.html

http://www.rallybc.com/photos/2002/pfr/bodo/2002PFRbodo.html

http://www.rallybc.com/photos/2002/pfr/dave/2002PFRdave.html

If you have any questions about rules or technical details, contact Paul Westwick (paul @ rallybc.com) he's not only the organizer, he's also the CARS VP & Technical Chairman.

I hope to see you there.

Bill
co-driver
eAutomobilia Rally Team
Group 2 Toyota Corolla
 

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Twisty = good
Rocks = bad

I broke 5 rims at Wild West could not do day two out of rims:'(

How many cars do you expect?

It looks like it is about 2-3 hours out of Bellingham, is that about right?

I ask these here as other may like to know about it too.

Thanks

Derek
 

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>It looks like it is about 2-3 hours out of Bellingham, is
>that about right?

That's about right timewise. The border crossings at Aldergrove and Sumas are very quiet. Then you hop on highway #1 and it's an easy ride into Merritt.

Roads are excellent and we've convinced the forest companies not to help us out this time by regrading the roads the day before the rally.

The big draw is not the roads it's the banquet after the rally. The local buffalo rancher is supplying the meat. That makes the trip worthwhile all by itself.
 

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Derek,

The drive is about 2.5 hours from the border to Merritt (from the Suma Border).

It's about 2.5 - 3 hours from Downtown Vancouver.

Janice Damitio and Amity Trowbridge in their Talon, Ross Foster and Alan Perry in their Mazda 323 GTX and Warren Brough (Janice's Son)and Chris Davis in their 94 Geo Metro were all here in June at the Pacific Forest. I spoke with Janice, Amity and Alan at WW and they said that they plan on coming up to Mountain Trials. If not for the roads - for the Buffalo Roast :9

The hotels are cheap!!! ( CAN$44 per night = US$30 per night) and this is the hotel where the banquet dinner is being hosted at.

As for the roads - well..... this event features tarmac/gravel combo stages, super special spectator stage on a site similar to ORV park (only ours is 5x bigger and never used before) and lots of beautiful BC scenery!

IMHO - the roads are fast, twisty and technical in bits. Terrain is no where as rough as WW and smooth as Doo ****.

Spread the news - we've got the solution to your fix before the season winds down :D

Let us show you some good ole Canadian Hospitality!

Cheers,

Ken Kwong
WCRA - President
Mtn Trials Co-ordinator
Co-Driver 00 WRX PGT
Co-Driver 92 Legacy AWD GpN
 

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So, what are you guys trying to say by putting the ASN CANADA FIA logo on the entry form upside down and backwards ;)

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:eek: Holy crap! that's too funny! I didn't even notice that!


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>So, what are you guys trying to say by putting the ASN
>CANADA FIA logo on the entry form upside down and backwards
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>alan
 

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Hi Bill, Ken, Paul and friends

thanks for the invite to your rally.

Could you give me an idea on rally car "service" schedules and areas, if there are any.

I guess I would like to know if it is possible for a driver and co-driver to take the tow/service vehilce and trailer and rallycar to Merrit and be able to complete the rally OR would we need a 3rd person to take the tow/service vehicle to the service areas if the "service areas" are outside the general Merrit BC area?

sorry for the long sentance.

thanks
David E.
 

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Just wanted to say for those you who haven't run up in BC before (myself included, but I've worked two of the last three events up there), they are great roads, everything is cheap, and I guarantee that you will have a good time. Friendly friendly friendly.

Ben

P.S. Dave E: There is usually one service area, if you have an extra body that's good but if you don't it shouldn't be too hard to get somebody to drive your service rig. Don't let that deter you from going.
 

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Hi David,

I'm sure Paul or Ken will correct me if this is wrong, but the plan is to have ONE service area right in town (about 1.5 miles from hotel).

In most of the BC events I've entered, we've been running without a service crew person, and so have several other teams. Our car has been reliable and our driving "tidy" so this hasn't presented any problems as of yet.

I hope you and Judd can make it up.

Cheers,

BIll
 

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As most of the WCRA guys know Mt. Trials is going to be my first stage race. Know that the car is pretty much ready, I need to start getting my service supplies together. Again, as most of the WCRA guys know I am on an extreme buget. Can anyone in this postision give me some instite on what they bring in their service vehicals. Stuff like extra parts, tools, stuff like that...

Thanks a bunch,
 

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As most of the WCRA guys know Mt. Trials is going to be my first stage race. Know that the car is pretty much ready, I need to start getting my service supplies together. Again, as most of the WCRA guys know I am on an extreme buget. Can anyone in this postision give me some instite on what they bring in their service vehicals. Stuff like extra parts, tools, stuff like that...

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David!

Mtn Trials will have the service pit dead in the centre of town. Only one service area - no moving. The service pit is in a shopping mall parking lot with Lordco ( = Pep Boys in the US) about 10 paces away from the service area. There's also a Supermarket, coffeeshop, radioshack and Liquor Store all within this mall. Everything you could need there. We've done our best to make sure the service arrangments can accomodate everyone from skeleton crews to full service teams. Only one requirement - make sure you bring a tarp and own bag of kitty litter for oil spills. The service is on tarmac ( nice and flat!!).

Hope to see you guys at Mtn Trials!!

Ken

PS: if you are entering - can you please email me ([email protected])your team profile with pics ( i'm putting together the spectator guide this week) - if anyone else reads this and is entering - please send them soon or you will be missed.




>Hi Bill, Ken, Paul and friends
>
>thanks for the invite to your rally.
>
>Could you give me an idea on rally car "service" schedules
>and areas, if there are any.
>
>I guess I would like to know if it is possible for a driver
>and co-driver to take the tow/service vehilce and trailer
>and rallycar to Merrit and be able to complete the rally OR
>would we need a 3rd person to take the tow/service vehicle
>to the service areas if the "service areas" are outside the
>general Merrit BC area?
>
>sorry for the long sentance.
>
>thanks
>David E.
 

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Chad - call me during the week - I just got home from Merritt( it's 3AM right now) and I'm too tired to find my list - but I have one somewhere and I can brief you on it over the phone and maybe answer some of your questions. (604-808-0536) call me anytime :)

Ken

>As most of the WCRA guys know Mt. Trials is going to be my
>first stage race. Know that the car is pretty much ready, I
>need to start getting my service supplies together. Again,
>as most of the WCRA guys know I am on an extreme buget. Can
>anyone in this postision give me some instite on what they
>bring in their service vehicals. Stuff like extra parts,
>tools, stuff like that...
>
>Thanks a bunch,
 

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>I sent an entry - hope to see you all there. I am looking
>forward to trying out International Rallying.
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>Derek Bottles
>Gp2 VW Golf GTI
>www.11tenths.com

That's true - now you can say you've rallied in two countries! :D
 

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Just don't tell Derek's co-driver about the funky timing system used up there. I want another 10 minute head start like we got at Pacific Forest!

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Hmmmm so is there a on-line rule book or something that covers how Canadian Events work?

Alan has me worried now.

Derek
 
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