The Trans-Canada Rally–the longest rally in the world

The press called the Trans-Canada Rally the longest rally in the world, and it followed a winding 4000-mile route, between Vancouver and Montreal. The event was first held in April 1961 under the auspicious title of the British Columbia International Trade Fair Car Rally, and the following year, Shell became title sponsor. The rally was officially sanctioned by the FIA, and according to a report in the August 1963 issue of Car Life magazine, it was one of the five international rallies that counted toward a World Rally Championship.

A Volkswagen gets stuck in the snow near Yorkton, Saskatchewan, during the 1964 Trans-Canada Rally
A Volkswagen gets stuck in the snow near Yorkton, Saskatchewan, during the 1964 Trans-Canada Rally.

For the 1963 race, Don and Colin McQuirk drove a Bentley, which Don still owns, from Thornhill, Ontario, to Vancouver for the start of the rally. Taking turns driving and sleeping, the brothers took about 48 hours to get there. The Bentley already had 358,000 miles on it when they arrived at the start.

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2021 Formula 1 calendar released


Formula 1 has unveiled its provisional 2021 calendar, featuring 22 confirmed rounds and a TBC slot in April.Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao after dominating the field on Sunday afternoon

As expected, the Vietnamese Grand Prix has been cut from the schedule, leaving a gap between the Chinese and Spanish races.

However, it is still technically a 23-round calendar, with the April 25 date listed a TBC.

The season will start in Melbourne on March 21, followed by Bahrain a week later and China on April 11.

That’s followed by the TBC event on April 25, the Spanish Grand Prix – which is still subject to contract – the first European round on May 9.

Monaco (May 23), Baku (June 6) and Montreal (June 13) are next, before trips to Paul Ricard (June 27), the Red Bull Ring (July 4), Silverstone (July 18), and the Hungaroring (August 1).

Most of August is then soaked up by the summer break, action returning with Spa-Francorchamps (August 29) and the long-awaited return of the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort on September 5.

That’s followed by Monza (September 12), Sochi (September 26), Singapore (October 3), Suzuka (October 10), Circuit of the Americas (October 24), and Mexico (October 31).

The Brazilian Grand Prix on November 14 is still listed as Interlagos, although that too is subject to contract.

The season then concludes with the new Jeddah race in Saudi Arabia on November 28 followed by Abu Dhabi on December 5.

F1’s chairman and CEO Chase Carey said that he hopes the, despite the pandemic, events will be “close to normal” next year, including having fans through the gates.

“We are pleased to announce the 2021 Formula 1 provisional calendar after extensive conversations with our promoters, the teams and the FIA,” said .

“We are planning for 2021 events with fans that provide an experience close to normal and expect our agreements to be honoured. We have proven that we can safely travel and operate our races and our promoters increasingly recognise the need to move forward and manage the virus.

“In fact, many hosts actually want to use our event as a platform to show the world they are moving forward.

“We are delighted to see Saudi Arabia become part of the schedule and are equally excited to return to the venues we hoped to race at in 2020.

“We want to thank all our promoters and partners for their ongoing enthusiasm and collaboration and look forward to giving our fans an exciting season on the track.” Continue reading

New CRX parts on their way

For those of you who are wondering where the Club is at with regards to the planned race car, the news is good.  It’s actually really good when you factor in Danby’s efforts and investment in time.  We’re pretty dang lucky all things considered.  Anyways, stay tuned for further updates.  If you wish to help…

RCO: just a couple of reminders and announcements

Regional Rally Director position nominations:   According to the RSO Bylaws we ask for nominations for this position during October and then send out the candidates list to the Clubs in order for them  to pole their membership during November.  However, as we only had one nominee put forward this time – Warren Haywood –  that is the name I have sent to CARS to add to the official list of nominations for the role. We do appear to duplicate the process and this will be getting discussed by the group that are looking at updating the RSO Bylaws.  CARS are accepting nominations until December 9th and then they will be sending the list of candidates to Regional Clubs on December 15th according to the CARS announcement found on the CARS website (

I have asked them to copy me in on that so that I can assure you all receive it. Clubs will then vote on the preferred candidate at the CARS Virtual AGM in January.
Social Media:  For those of you that are interested, RSO now has an Instagram account as well as a new Facebook page (aside from the Rally Sport Ontario discussion group).  Eric Vanderwal is managing the IG account and between him and myself we will be managing the FB account.  If you have any Club rally event announcements that you’d like him to promote through Instagram please let him know and if you have a picture to post with it that would be appreciated.
We will be keeping the Rally Sport Ontario discussion group on FB but have added the RSO Page to post official notices/announcements that can then be shared to the discussion group if necessary. The FB page has just recently been created, so there is currently no content.
RSO Secretary