This past week I got an email from someone only identified as “Ron” who evidently knows Reg Hillary. Reg Hillary along with driver Jack Young won the 1961 Trans Canada car rally which started in Montreal, Quebec and ended in Vancouver, British Columbia. This was a major car rally in 1961 that soon morphed into the Shell 4000 rally. The picture below shows Reg checking into the final control in Vancouver.
Reg Hillary Checking Into The Final Control In Vancouver, BC
As an aside, if you look closely at the above picture you can see a photographer in front of the car. The photo below from the Vancouver Gazette must have been taken by that photographer only seconds after the above photo.
As can be seen in these photos, Reg was the navigator in a Studebaker Lark. This past week Reg celebrated his 97th birthday. Ron wrote that Reg is going through his rally/race records and forwarding them to people who will appreciate them.
Reg Hillary Winning The 1961 Trans Canada Rally
Fortunately for me, Reg and/or Ron thought of me and my interest in the Canadian Winter Rally. As a result Ron sent the complete entry list and start times for the 1966 Canadian Winter Rally. The list was a copy of the original mimeographed entry list prepared by the British Empire Motor Club in Toronto. I suspect that some of the younger readers will have to look up the meaning of “mimeograph”.
The complete entry list can be seen by clicking on the following file name:
I want to thank Reg Hillary for sharing this information. I was surprised and pleased to get this list. I noted that Reg was not listed as a competitor in the 1966 Canadian Winter Rally, so he must have kept this list due to his interest in rallying. If others have information or memorabilia about the Canadian Winter Rally or another older car rally, then please contact me as I would be interested in hearing from you.
If you have any comments or questions about this post or the Canadian Winter Rally, then leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net