This is the second major
update since I put this site up in 1997. Not much has happened on the
rally front, but I have managed to get copies of all the material I need
to meet my major goal: complete documentation of the British
Columbia Trans-Canada and Shell 4000 Rallies. Recently there has been a
resurgence of interest in these events. Part of that interest is from car
enthusiasts, particularly those interested in the Team Triumph TR4's from
1964. Quite a bit of interest is also coming from family members of the
original competitors seeking information about the accomplishments of
their, sadly now deceased, relatives.
I will do my best to provide any
information to anyone who asks, but I can only supply what I have. If you
have any material from the rallies that would be useful to include on this
site, photos, reports, 8mm movies, please contact me. Much of the
information on this site has been kindly loaned by many of contacts I have
made over the years. They have mailed their treasured history to me, I
have scanned everything and paid to have the movies copied to video, then
returned everything as soon as possible. For this I am grateful. The
Canadian Motor Sport Hall of Fame
Archive was the recipient of about half of Jim Gunn's documentation, which
they have kindly loaned me to complete this project.
I should make one point clear: I am not
collecting Shell 4000 memorabilia. I buy what I have to in order to
complete this project, but it serves no one to hoard history and lock it
away. I prefer to borrow and return. If you have any motor
sports related material you don't know what to do with, please donate
it to the archive!
My goal is to make rally people
everywhere aware that Canada was host to the worlds longest, most grueling rally in the 60's, and the only FIA sanctioned one in North
America. Ultimately, I want someone to take up the torch and re-establish
a trans-Canada rally for vintage cars. Our pals on the right coast have
shown that it CAN be done with the Targa
Newfoundland, so surely it can be done elsewhere.