Entry List For The 1966 Canadian Winter Rally

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:

Canadian Winter Rally Entry List 1966

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

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6 Responses to Entry List For The 1966 Canadian Winter Rally

  1. automotorist says:

    I would LOVE any photos or details of the Canadian Lark entries.

    My next project will be a tribute to these teams and their vehicles and the sport in Canada.

  2. Robert Paul Henshall says:

    Massive entry! I recognized several names on the list.

  3. merrill smith says:

    Boy, that really is old, there’s even an entry from Port Arthur, Ont. I recognized lots of names of people I knew raced, but never knew rallied. No one I’ve ever met though.

    I have a couple of (maybe 5 or 6) crappy pictures I took with my Brownie at the start and one checkpoint of the Rallye des Neiges ’round about 1968. If I ever get around to scanning them, would you be interested in them?

    • Hi Merrill,
      Yes there were some people who were more racers than Rally competitors. Without going through the list, I recall Eppie Weites (who drove a Lotus in the Canadian Grand Prix the following year) and Maurice Carter (who raced Camaros all over the place). I would be very interested, and others would as well, to see your so-called “crappie” pictures of rallying in those days. Please send them to me and I will post them.
      Steve McKelvie

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