Recently I got a message from Al Isselhard of Wolcott, New York about the Canadian Winter Rally. Al competed in this very challenging rally on two occasions, finishing the 1966 running. In that year, Al was the navigator for Bob Henderson in a Volvo 122. The photo below shows Al and Bob at the Rootes dealership in the Toronto area before the 1966 Canadian Winter Rally. The credit for this photo goes to Bob Tescione of Rochester, NY.
Al Isselhard and Bob Henderson Prepare For the 1966 Canadian Winter Rally
In an exchange of emails, Al and I were lamenting the apparent lack of readily available information on the list of entrants and finishers of this significant Canadian rally. Unfortunately it seems that the organizing club, the British Empire Motor Club is no longer involved in car rallying and perhaps these records are lost or sitting in a box in someone’s basement or attic. It would be a shame if the details of the Canadian Winter Rally are lost to Canadian motor sports. If someone knows where this information might exist, please let me know. Some summary information on the Canadian Winter Rally is available in old issues of Canada Track & Traffic.
A few years ago I was able to purchase on eBay five finishers’ medallions from the Canadian Winter Rally from the years 1963, 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1971. I asked the seller, who was from New York state, about how she acquired the medallions, but my email went unanswered. By the way, I would be interested in getting additional finishers’ medallions from the Canadian Winter Rally for other years as well.
My Collection of Finisher’s Medallions From the Canadian Winter Rally
Recently I purchased three license plates from the Canadian Winter Rally, however I have not taken delivery of them yet.