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2012 Alcan 5000
Winter Rally

 


 

Our 2002 WRX

 

When the WRX was released to the U.S. market in 2001, we bought the sixth one available in Montana. We had been sponsored for the rally by various manufacturers and magazines, so the WRX became our daily driver – not our Alcan Rally car. It was left behind while we drove “free” vehicles in the rally. However, our Subaru saw most of the United States and towed a small trailer for dump runs and yard work, canoes, bikes, skis – whatever was needed.

 

Still hoping to take the WRX north, I installed PIAA fog lamps. After the first winter we bought four more alloy wheels and began running on real winter tires each year. And we used synthetic oils from the beginning.

 

Future Alcan Events
 
The 2014 summer event will be the 30th anniversary of the Alcan 5000.
 

Sign-ups for the 2016 Winter Rally are already coming in. Among those are people who want another chance to get to Tuk. Others just cannot shake the “Spell of the Yukon.” As Robert Service wrote in his poem:

“... There’s a land - oh, it beckons and beckons,

and I want to go back - and I will.”

Ready for the 2012 Alcan 5000

 

In December 2011, our WRX was 11 years and 172,087 miles old (Suzanne was 78 and I was 80). The Alcan Winter Rally was at hand, and we had no sponsors. The route was the most challenging yet – up to Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk, then all the way down to Valdez (record snow falls and storms there!), finishing in Anchorage. We had made the 250-mile run to “Tuk” in 2008 and 2004. The road ends at Inuvik, but the ice road to the Beaufort Sea on the frozen Mackenzie River is the ultimate frosting on any winter rally.

 

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