The Alcan 5000 Is A Winter Rally In 2016

This week, Jerry Hines, the organizer of the Alcan 5000 rally announced that entry is open for the 2016 Alcan 5000 rally.  The Alcan 5000 rally is held every 2 years with the timing alternating between a summer rally and a winter rally.  The next Alcan 5000 will be held as a winter rally from February 25, 2016 to March 4, 2016.


The next Alcan 500 rally will start in Kirkland, Washington and end 4,490 miles later in Anchorage, Alaska.  It is interesting that the Alcan 5000 will end the day before the famous Iditarod dog race starts, so that the competitors can watch the start of this legendary race.

The Alcan 5000 will be made up of transits, regularity sections, and a couple of slaloms.  The number of entries will be limited to 30 cars.

Many people would say that they would not want go up to Alaska in the winter.  They would say that it’s too cold and there is too much snow.  I say that this is would be the best time to go to Alaska.  Alaska is a modern area where you can go with little effort to experience real Arctic conditions.  Why go to Alaska in the summer?  A picture standing at the Arctic Circle is much more meaningful when it is taken in the middle of winter compared to standing in the summer sunshine.  If I want to experience hot, summer weather, then it is much easier to go to Florida to enjoy the sun.

Bob Vogel at Arctic Circle

Bob Vogel’s Mini At The Arctic Circle During The 2012 Alcan 5000 Rally

I have included some pictures that were taken by Bob Vogel of Massachusetts who competed in the winter 2012 Alcan 5000 rally in his Mini.

Sun Low in the Sky

Winter Sun Up North

For complete information about the Alcan 5000 rally, go to their website at:

As I frequently say: When it’s cold, you can always put on more clothes, but when it’s hot, you can only take off so many.

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