The 2016 Alcan 5000 Rally Is About To Start

This week the famous Alcan 5000 rally will start in Kirkland, Washington.  This year the Alcan 5000 rally will be a winter rally.  And February in northern Canada and in Alaska will guarantee that it will be a winter rally with lots of winter.  The rally will end on March 4, 2016 some 4,500 miles later in Anchorage, Alaska.  A map of the rally route is shown below.

Alcan 5000 Map 2016

The Route Of The 2016 Alcan 5000 Rally

While most of the competitors are from the Pacific northwest area, there are entrants from around the world who have signed up to take on the challenge of competing in such a winter rally.  Competitors are coming from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa.  The complete entry list is shown below.

2016 Alcan 5000 Entry List

 Team  Vehicle  Hometown
Paul Eklund / R Dale Kraushaar Subaru Forester XT Tigard, OR / Overland Park KS
Ohio Knox / Peter Schneider BMW X5 Albuquerque NM / Long Valley NJ
Frank McKinnon / John Putnam Subaru Forester XT Portland & Forest Grove OR
Paul Westwick / Yulia Smolyansky Subaru Forester XT Vancouver BC / Portland OR
Keith Barke / Tim Burgess Audi UR Quattro North Saanich BC / Toronto ONT
Andrew Comtie-Picard/Brad Lovell  / Chris Komar Jeep Wrangler Los Angeles, CA/Newry, ME
Ivo Graf / David Uhler Audi 90 Quattro Mercer Island WA
John Simpson / Troy Jorgensen Subaru WRX St Petersburg FL / Kirkland WA
Klaus Kreye / Elke LeRoux Porsche 944 Victoria BC / Cape Town S Africa
Johan & Wendy Booyens Porsche 944 Auckland NZ
Richard Henrion / Dan Petterson VW Toureg TDI Norway & Ludington MI
Marc Getty / George Witman VW Jetta Philadelphia & Lebanon PA
Peter Klein / Jake Carpenter Ford Focus SVT Juneau AK
Richard & Dolores Ranhofer Porsche Cayenne TDI Seattle WA
Dick & Marie Rockrohr Ford SVT Raptor Boise ID
Brent & Rose Rule Ford SVT Raptor Eagle ID
Paul Trussell / Brian Carriere Subaru Outback Grande Prairie Alberta
Jeremiah Jackson / Thomas McNally Mitsubishi Evo X Waynesville NC
Matthew Sirota / Keith Newton BMW 535 Parker CO / Puyallup WA
Paul Topol / Roberta Carr Saab 900T Juneau AK / Las Vegas NV
Bobby Danger / Joshua Murray Mini Countryman All4 Bend OR
Andrew Newell / Jeff Howard Dodge Ram 2500 Enumclaw & Puyallup WA
Liang Xie / Xi Cao Wrangler Rubicon Kirkland WA / Los Angeles CA
Peng Du / Wenjian Du Subaru WRX STI Shoreline WA
Jack & Sue Matteson Ford F150 Jefferson City MO
Mel Wade / Chris Corbett Wrangler Rubicon Fullerton CA / Los Angeles CA

This year I have been in contact with Tim Burgess of Toronto who will be navigating for Keith Barke in a Audi Quattro.  Tim will be sending me some stories from the rally which I look forward to receiving. Tim competed in the last Alcan 5000 in 2014 in his Triumph TR4 when the Alcan 5000 was a summer rally. In recent years, the Alcan 5000 is held every two years, alternating between being a summer or a winter rally.

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Tim Burgess And His Triumph TR4 Before the 2014 Alcan 5000

This should be an interesting event for the competitors.  I hope that everyone has a safe rally.  Getting caught out in the Arctic cold can make for a very unpleasant day or night.  Maybe even both.

For more information about this rally check out the event’s website at www.alcan5000.com

If you have any comments or questions about this post please leave a comment below or send me a private email at: shanna12 at comcast dot net

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