2012 Alcan 5000 Rally Starts Today!

Today the competitors in the Alcan 5000 are heading up north from their starting point in Kirkland in Washington State.  For Bob Vogel it has already been an adventure as he had the drive all of the way across the United States just to get to the starting line of the Alcan 5000.

Bob has sent back some progress reports of his trip across the country.  In Montana, at a service station, the gasoline pumps had a warning about explosions and helicopters that might be encountered along the road!

Another surprising thing that he saw was someone driving a Nash Metropolitan along I-94 in Montana! How many Nash Metropolitans do you see being driven anywhere today?  And especially in Montana in February!

After Bob arrived in Kirkland, he sent me a photo of his car as he is about to begin the Alcan 5000 rally.  Considering the size of the car and the amount of tools, few spare parts, other equipment, and packing for two people the car looks amazingly “un-full”.

Bob Vogel’s MINI Ready to Start the 2012 Alcan 5000

The following is the starting list for the Alcan 5000:

Driver/Navigator                              Vehicle                               Hometowns  Dri/Nav


Gary Webb / Marc Goldfarb

Mini Clubman S Mohave Valley, AZ /   Atkinson, NH


Paul   Eklund / R Dale Kraushaar

Subaru Forester XT Tigard, OR / Fountain   Hills, AZ


Steve Richards / Gary Reid

Subaru Outback Sport Everett, WA / Olympia,   WA


Paul &   Barbara Dubinsky

Subaru WRX Fort Mill, SC


Jim and   Suzanne Elder

Subaru WRX Manhattan, MT


John Alkema /   Gretchen Alkema

Chevrolet K1500 San Clemente, CA


Frank McKinnon / John Putnam

Subaru Forester XT Portland / Forest   Grove, OR


Bryan Townsend / Dean Scheel

Subaru Legacy GT Aurora, OR / Lake   Oswego, OR


Colin   Stenhouse /   Ramona Goossen

Audi A4 N Vancouver, BC


Greg & Jessica Flores

Subaru STi Houston, TX


Ohio Knox / Larry Bost

BMW X5 Albequerque, NM


Max Vaysburd / Nicki Beverley

Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Redmond, WA / Merritt, BC


Stephen Davidson / Bill Dubreuil

Subaru Outback XT Calgary, AB


David Rose / Ross Trusler

Mini Cooper S Suffern, NY / Carp, ON


Robert Vogel / Annette Murano

Mini Cooper S Falmouth, MA / Branford, CT


Steve Carper / Jason Wesson

Toyota Yaris Enterprise, OR / Vancouver, BC


John P Simpson IV / Troy Jorgensen

Subaru WRX Bradenton, FL / Kirkland, WA


Brian Cary / Julie Guthrie

Volvo 242 Federal Way, WA


Tomas & Darlene Boehlke

Subaru Forester Sparks, NV


Daniel Merkins / Ryan Smiley

BMW M3 West Vancouver, BC


David & Cindy Dolmage

Subaru WRX Des Moines, IA


Johan Booyens / Klaus Kreye

Honda CRV Blonbergstrand, S Africa /Victoria, BC


Peter Klein / Jacob Carpenter

BMW 325i Juneau, AK


Marc Getty / Mark Fokkens

VW Rabbit Philadelphia, PA / Welland, ON


Hal Adams / Petar Milenkov

Subaru Forester Columbia, SC

The Alcan 5000 Rally begins today February 23, 2012 and will end on March 2, 2012 in Fairbanks, Alaska after having traveled about 4,500 miles into the Arctic winter of Canada and the USA.  I wish them all a safe rally!

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3 Responses to 2012 Alcan 5000 Rally Starts Today!

  1. Laura Norris says:

    Hi Steve,
    I’m checking on my son-in-law after getting your link from Wendy Booyens..
    Great reporting. Thank you.
    Laura Norris, Hermanus, SOUTH AFRICA.

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