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 Pacific Forest Rally
 September 23, 2000
Nokian Tyres Pacific Forest Rally presented by Specialty Subaru; part of the Western Canada Performance Rally Championship. Performance rally cars from around Western Canada will race on a tight, challenging gravel road course in BC's interior. 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).

Pre-Event Media Day:

Thursday, September 21, 2000, 6:00pm at Cates Park, North Vancouver

When & where:

 Saturday, September 23, 2000; Cache Creek, BC; at the junction of Trans Canada Hwy #1 and BC Hwy #97

Headquarters & Press Room/Media Registration:

 Desert Motel, 1069 S Trans Canada Hwy, Cache Creek, BC ph: (250) 457-6226

Schedule (subject to change):

Thursday, September 21, 2000
18:00-20:00 Rally Display & Media Interviews
  Pre-Scrutineering, Seeded Draw & Welcome Barbecue all at Cates Park, off the Dollarton Hwy, in North Vancouver, BC

Friday, September 22, 2000
18:00-22:00 Registration and Scrutineering at Desert Motel, Cache Creek, BC

Saturday, September 23, 2000
07:30-08:15 Late Registration & Scrutineering by appointment only at Wander Inn Restaurant
08:00-09:00 Teams available for interviews at Wander Inn Restaurant
09:00-09:30 Introduction of Officials and Drivers' Meeting at Wander Inn Restaurant
10:00 Official Start at Desert Motel
18:45-20:00 End of rally at Desert Motel
20:00 Awards Presentation and Dinner at Wander Inn Restaurant


Unlike conventional racing, rallies are held primarily on forest access roads. Conditions on these roads can dictate speeds from well over 200 km/h to as low as 30 km/h. Also, unlike racing, the route remains unknown to the driver until it is read at speed by the co-driver (navigator). At every moment, the car, driver and co-driver must be ready for whatever may be around the next curve!

 The Performance Rally format consists of two parts: Special Stages and Transit Sections. Special Stages are run flat-out against the clock and are closed to public traffic. Transit Sections are the routes between Stages, in which teams must obey all traffic laws. Plenty of time is given to allow teams to arrive at the start of the next Special Stage without speeding, and penalties are assessed for arriving too early or too late.

 The accumulation of times from the Special Stages and any Transit Section penalties make up the final scores and help to determine the winner.

Selected entries (driver/navigator):

- 1999 BC Navigational Rally Drivers' Champion and BC Rally Director Paul Westwick and Andrew Dobric of Vancouver in a 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac.

- Winners of the 2000 Mountain Trials and Calgary Winter Rallies and 1st runners up from this year's Big Horn, Rocky Mountain and Edge of the Rock Rallies, rising stars Janusz Komorowski and Tomasz Karzynski of Calgary in a 1988 Mazda 323 GTX.

 - Winners of the 2000 Edge of the Rock Rally and class winners at the 1998 Panama-Alaska Rally, Scott and Bob Trinder of Vancouver in a 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac.

 - National level competitor and experienced rallyist Peter Hill and Barry Gurnsey of Calgary in a very nicely prepared 1973 Toyota Corolla. Peter actually competed as a navigator at the Pacific Forest Rally, back in the 80's when this event was on the national calendar.

 - 2000 Thunderbird Rally class winners and 1st overall Novice team from the 2000 Mountain Trials Rally, Martin Wilson and Bill Westhead of Vancouver in a very special, ex-Canadian National Championship winning 1980 Toyota Corolla once driven by 5-time Canadian Rally Champion Taisto Heinonen of 100 Mile House, BC.

Additional news interest:

- The addition of the Pacific Forest Rally to the Western Canadian Performance Rally Championship has grown the calendar to a total of seven events between Alberta and BC. You can bet that competitors from both sides of the Rockies will be in a heated battle for valuable series points at this rally.

 - The Pacific Forest Rally is the third event in BC this season and yet another sign that renewed interest in the sport has finally brought performance rallying back to the region. Event organizers are well on their way to hosting a national-level rally and the Canadian Association of Rallysport will be observing the Pacific Forest Rally for its possible inclusion in the 2002 Subaru Canadian Rally Championship.

2000 Western Canada Performance Rally Championship:

Date  Event   Place Winners
March 11 Calgary Winter Rally Calgary, AB J. Komorowski / T. Karzynski
May 20-21 Bighorn Rally  Hinton, AB Pat Richard / Ian McCurdy
May 26-27 Rocky Mountain Rally Calgary, AB Pat Richard / Ian McCurdy
June 24 Mountain Trials  Cache Creek J. Komorowski / T. Karzynski
July 15 Edge of the Rock Nanaimo, BC Scott Trinder / Bob Trinder
Sept.23 Pacific Forest Rally Cache Creek  
Nov.25 Kananaskis Rally Calgary, AB  

Bill Westhead - West Coast Rally Association Vice-President & Media Liaison

Pre-event: 604.258.2758 or 604.707.3305; e-mail:mailto:bill@rallybc.com
At event:   250.457.6226

Organized by: West Coast Rally Association http://www.rallybc.com

Sanctioned by: Canadian Association of Rallysport  www.carsrally.ca/english.html
                      Rally Pacific Motorsports  http://www.rallybc.com

Presented by:

Nokian Tyres  http://www.nokiantyres.com
Specialty Subaru http://www.specialtysubaru.com
Wilkinson's Automobilia: http://www.wilkinsonsauto.com

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