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Hey, I just saw this and thought it was big enough news to get it's own thread.

Way to go Ken and Paul and everyone involved!!!! This is way cool!

Shawn!



For Immediate Release

PACIFIC FOREST RALLY TO BE TELEVISED ACROSS CANADA

September 13, 2005

VANCOUVER, BC - When the sport of rallying returns to Merritt, BC next month, sports fans from across Canada will get to see for themselves all the drama, thrills and heartbreak this exciting form of motorsport is known for. Plans were announced today to film the racing action at the upcoming 2005 Pacific Forest Rally and broadcast it nationally this fall on the Chum television network.

The fifth round of the 2005 Canadian Rally Championship, the Pacific Forest Rally, will be aired as a special episode of Driver's Seat, Canada's longest running automotive television show. Driver's Seat is produced by ATV Productions, a Vancouver based production company best known for its "Wings over Canada" series.

"We are very excited to be working with ATV Productions in filming this year's Pacific Forest Rally", commented Ken Kwong, Co-organizer of the rally. "Our event offers both spectacular scenery and some of the most challenging roads in the entire championship series", said Kwong. "Meanwhile, the race for the championship is tighter than it's been in years and our rally will be attracting top competitors from across Canada - you won't want to miss it!"

"The Canadian Rally Championship makes for captivating television viewing," said Terry Epp, President of the Canadian Association for Rallysport (CARS). "The announcement today of a partnership between ATV Productions and one of the most exciting events in the Canadian championship is very gratifying," Epp observed.

"ATV is committed to high performance automotive programming. Working with the Pacific Forest Rally and CARS will be a natural evolution for our sports division," said ATV President and CEO John Lovelace. "Ideally, we would like to be able televise the entire 2006 Canadian Rally Championship series, and hope that this opportunity will be a strong start to a lasting and mutually beneficial partnership."

The Pacific Forest Rally will be held this October 14th and 15th in Merritt, BC. Rallying consists of flat-out racing on challenging mountain and forest roads. Unlike circuit racing, teams compete against the clock for the fastest time on closed and controlled sections of remote forest roads. Professional drivers and their high performance rally cars will be coming from across Canada and the United States to the rally in Merritt this fall. This event is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS), and teams will earn points towards three separate championship series.

The Pacific Forest Rally is scheduled to be televised across Canada on the CHUM television network; including: CityTV, "A" Channel, CLT and Shaw, among others. Details on the specific air date and time will be announced later, watch your local listings.

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For more information contact:
Ken Kwong - Co-organizer & Public Relations
Voice: (604) 808-0536
Fax: (604) 736-0036
Email: [email protected]

ABOUT PACIFIC FOREST RALLY - This event was a prominent fixture of the National Rally Championship in the 1970's and 1980's. After a break of almost a decade, it was resurrected in 2000 and soon became a round of the Canadian Rally Championship once again. For 2005, the Pacific Forest Rally qualifies for points in a number of other local and regional championship series as well. The rally is hosted in the city of Merritt and is organized by the West Coast Rally Association (WCRA) of Vancouver, BC. More information about WCRA is at http://www.rallybc.com and information about the Pacific Forest Rally can be found at http://www.pacificforestrally.com

ABOUT ATV PRODUCTIONS - Founded in 1998 to create innovative family TV productions, the company, under the leadership of President and CEO John Lovelace, has earned a solid reputation for delivering quality programming. Today ATV Productions has grown into a leading production company with offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Springfield, Virginia.
For 2005 ATV is producing shows for 62 broadcast outlets in Canada, Europe, Israel and the USA. These include CBC, PBS, Chum TV, Canadian Learning TV, Access TV, SCN, Shaw TV and Rogers. For more information about ATV, please visit http://www.atvproductions.ca

ABOUT CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR RALLYSPORT - CARS is the governing body for rallysport in Canada. Through CARS, rally events are sanctioned by ASN Canada FIA. More information about CARS may be found at http://www.carsrally.ca






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This is the last reminder for competitor profile submissions that will go into the spectator guide. This is the current list of profiles submitted for the guide. If you do not see your profile there - that means I have not recieved it.

http://www.pacificforestrally.com/archives/2005/bio/1bio_TeamProfile.htm

email to ken (at) rallybc (dot) com

Sunday Sept 18 is the new deadline as the press is over-booked this weekend. If you intend to enter - send your profiles in. If you change your mind - It is easier to pull your profile from the layout than to try to make room for it once it is set.

thanks
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quick notice to competitors:

the producers are welcoming private submissions of in-car/on-board camera footages at PFR. They will be installing some cameras but there is never enough to go around - so they have asked that we open this opportunity to everyone who may be interested in the opportunity to maybe get in on the final cut.

The tapes must be in the producer's hands within 7 days of the event as they intend to go on-air within 3-4 weeks of PFR. Details of where to ship the tape will be at the event registration.

-ken
 
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