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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
June 13 and 14, 2003
Merritt, BC, Canada

Round 5 of the Canadian Rally Championship presented by Yokohama

National level rallying returns to British Columbia as teams from across Canada and the Northwest United States converge here in June to race on a compact, challenging gravel road course at the Pacific Forest Rally, round five of the 2003 Canadian Rally Championship. During the 70?s and 80?s the Pacific Forest Rally was a fixture on the Canadian national calendar. Revived once again in 2000, the event is now based in Merritt, just 2.5 hours east of Vancouver.

In a short time the Pacific Forest Rally has re-established itself as a favourite event with both competitors and fans alike. The team of rally organizers is dedicated to making this event one of the best in western North America. Their professionalism and thoroughness will insure that every aspect of the event is just right. The reputation of this group and the picturesque setting in the Nicola Valley have helped achieve instant success, as fans and competitors continue to flock to this event. Despite holding the rally in mid-June, extreme mountain conditions can arise to challenge drivers as dirt, rock, and even snow test driving skill. Organizers expect a strong field of at least 35 teams from across Canada and the USA to compete in the rally in 2003.

This event is sanctioned by the Canadian Association of Rallysport (CARS) and Rally Pacific Motorsports (RPM), and is organized by the West Coast Rally Association (WCRA).


Features & Benefits
- Convenient in-town Service Area
- Accessible spectator stage (less that 3km from service area)
- Well-equipped Rally HQ with media facilities
- Friday Shake Down Stage (National competitors only)
- Compact Route with smooth roads
- No dead-end stages
- 200 Km Special Stage Distance, 350 Km Total Distance
- Bilingual Competitor Relations Officer

When & where
June 13-14, 2003
Merritt, BC

Schedule (subject to change) / Horaire (sujet au changement)
Tuesday April 8 / Mardi le 8 Avril
Deadline for submission of Team Profiles for Spectator Guide
Date-limite pour la soumission du profil d'équipe pour le guide spectaculaire

Friday April 18 / Vendredi le 18 Avril
Supplementary Regulations Published
Publication des Réglement Supplémentaires

Thursday June 12 / Jeudi le 12 Juin
12:00-14:00 Press Conference (Vancouver)
Conférence de presse

Friday June 13 / Vendredi le 13 Juin
13:00-15:00 Registration / Inscription
14:30-16:00 Shakedown Stage / Spéciale de pratique
17:00-19:00 Scrutineering / Inspection Technique (Merritt Arena)
17:00-19:00 Parc Exposé (Merritt Arena)
19:00-19:30 Mandatory meeting for all seed 5 & 6 teams
Caucus obligatoire pour toutes équipages de priorité 5 & 6
19:30-20:00 Drivers' meeting and introduction of officials
Caucus et présentation des officiels
20:00 Ceremonial Start / Départ Protocolaire
20:45 Parc Fermé (Merritt Arena)
21:00 Reception & Welcoming Party / Le Grand Party

Saturday June 14 / Samedi le 14 Juin
8:45-9:00 Service (Railyard Mall)
9:00 Start of Rally / Départ du Rallye
20:00 End of Rally / Fin du Rallye
20:30 Dinner and Awards / Banquet et remise des prix

Miscellaneous / Divers
~ Hansen's Forwarding ~
Through Subaru Canada, CARS is pleased to announce a special travel program designed to help eastern national license holders who are planning on competing in the Makita Bighorn, Rocky Mountain and Pacific Forest national rallies. The program has been put together by Hansen?s Forwarding and Canadian Pacific Railroad. The free travel program is open to all competitors in order to help promote participation in the three western events of the Canadian Rally Championship.

Par Subaru Canada, CARS est heureuses d'annoncer un programme spécial de voyage conçu pour aider les supports de permis nationaux orientaux qui projettent sur concurrencer dans les rallies national Makita Bighorn, Rocky Mountain and Pacific Forest. Le programme a été remonté par Hansen's Forwarding et chemin de fer CP. Le programme libre de voyage est ouvert de tous les concurrents afin d'aider à favoriser la participation aux trois événements occidentaux du championnat national.

Program Details / Détails du programme

Registration & Dimensions Form / Forme d'enregistrement et de dimensions

Accommodation Information / L'information de Logement


Best Western Nicola Inn
4025 Walters St. at Voght St. Merritt, BC
ph: 1-800-663-2830, ph: 250-378-4253 (contact Sue)
$65 + tax for single

Ramada Inn/Coquihalla Motor Inn
3571 Voght St. Merritt, BC V1K 1C5
Ph: 1-800-353-3571 ph: 250-378-3567 (Contact Anoop)
$80 + tax for double (2 Queen bed)
$70 + tax for single (1 Queen bed)

Days Inn Merritt
3350 Voght Street, Merritt, BC V1K 1C7
ph: 1-800-665-7117 ph: 250-378-2292
$45.00 + tax

Competitor Profiles / Profil D'équipe
Due Tuesday April 8 / Date-limite Mardi le 8 Avril
Please email jpg photos and team bio to [email protected]
SVP soumisser avec photo (.jpg) par courriel á [email protected]

Organizers / Coordonnateurs
Paul Westwick
(604) 617-4132 e-mail/courriel [email protected]

Ken Kwong
(604) 808-0536 e-mail/courriel [email protected]

2003 Canadian Rally Championship
Date Event Place
Feb 7-9 Rallye Perce-Neige-Maniwaki, QC
Feb 26-Mar 2 Rallye Internationale de Quebec, QC
May 20-21 Bighorn Rally Edson, AB
May 24-25 Rocky Mountain Rally Calgary, AB
June 13-14 Pacific Forest Rally Merritt, BC
July 4-6 Baie des Chaleurs New Richmond, QC
Sept 5-6 Le Défi Ste-Agathe/Duhamel Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Oct 20-26 Rallye Internationale de Charlevoix La Malbaie, QC
Nov 26-27 Tall Pines Rally Bancroft, ON

Additional Resources
Canadian Association of Rallysport http://www.rallycars.ca
West Coast Rally Association http://www.rallybc.com
Merritt/Nicola Valley Tourism http://www.nicolavalley.ca/welcome.htm
Merritt Chamber of Commerce http://merritt-chamber.bc.ca

2003 BC Rally Supporters
Yokohama Tire (Canada) http://www.yokohamatire.ca
Western Driver http://www.westerndriver.com
Total Autosport http://www.totalautosport.com
Driver's Edge Autosport http://www.ompwins.com
Rocket Rally http://www.rocketrally.com
Wilkinsons Automobilia http://www.eautomobilia.com

Bill Westhead
Communications & Media Relations
Communication & Publicité
2003 Pacific Forest Rally

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"Pacific Forest Rally team bios"

Reminder: For anyone planning or thinking about competing at June's PFR rally in BC, the team bios need to be in by early April. This is because of the high quality of the spectator guides that will be produced (25K of them).

See the PFR web site www.pacificforestrally.com for more details.


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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
RE: Supp Regs

Hi Jamie,

Yup, you are confirmed - we've received photos & bios from 21 teams in total.

BTW, that total does NOT include:
- 5 more Eastern Cdn teams that are likely or possible
- 5 more Western Cdn teams that are likely or possible
- a few PNW US teams that are likely or possible

I'll see if I can get the web master to post a list of "interested teams" or "likely entries" as evidenced by submitted bios. No "Entry List" yet as early entry deadline isn't until June 4th.



Faster Mabricator
3,611 Posts
Is it too late for my bio?

Ohh, I've never done this before....

I like long spirited turbocharged drives through the woods, midnight Zenon-lit strolls through service areas and quiet evenings cuddled up in front of the TV watching rally videos. My turnoffs are DNFs and dust.

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
RE: Is it too late for my bio?

OK Dave, but what category do we post your Personal Ad under?

- LCD: Lonely Co-drivers

- DCD: Divorced Co-drivers

- MBWTECD: Married, but willing to experiment Co-drivers




Faster Mabricator
3,611 Posts
Spectator guide vs. Competitor guide

Why are they called spectator guides? Each one I've seen has competitor info and none have had informtion about spectators.
Why not call them competitor guides?

Sorry, bored today and nothing to argue about on the US forum.

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RE: Spectator guide vs. Competitor guide

I am looking for a co-driver for this event (need either CARS licensed or SCCA Pro), assuming my vehicle survives the prior week's Dryad/Shitepoke event in WA.

Must be willing to push (vehicle equipped with Lucas electrics).

Dramamine is for DramaQueens
4,813 Posts
RE: Spectator guide vs. Competitor guide

The funny thing is that at about half of the events I've been in I managed to be both a competitor and spectator ... ;-)

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RE: Spectator guide vs. Competitor guide

Not to mention unwitting member of the stunt driving (flying) team and a member of the old growth deforestation projects......:p
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