Photos Of The Original Great American Mountain Rally Available

Recently I was contacted by Jeff Weeks who has come into possession of a number of photos that were taken during the original Great American Mountain Rally.  Many of these photos might never have been seen in public before.  Jeff is interested in selling these pictures or at least prints from the negatives that he has at the Great American Mountain Rally Revival that will be held from October 12 – 14, 2018.  This rally will start near Brewster, NY on Friday October 12, 2018 and end on Sunday October 14, 2018 at Hemmings Motor News in Bennington, Vermont.  Jeff sent me a couple of sample images that illustrate the type of photos that he has.

The Great American Mountain Rally was the first American rally to be listed by the FIA.  The event ran from 1953 to 1957.  It attracted many well-known international race and rally car drivers as well as top teams in the USA.

Jeff has reason to believe that the photos shown below were taken during the 1956 Great American Mountain Rally.  I am still collecting information on these rallies, but a clue to the date of the top photo is the Volkswagen in the upper right of the photo.  The year that this photo was taken must have had a Volkswagen registered as Car #14.

This Appears To Be A Photo Taken During Scrutineering

The photo below is rather easy to identify as there is another image of this car that appeared in the December 7, 1956 issue of Autosport.  This Jaguar was driven by Florence & Donald Blackburn.  It appears that they are passing a MG which has stopped for some reason on the exit of a bend.

Florence & Donald Blackburn In Their Jaguar Finished Third In 1956

Jeff will  have these and more photos available during the rally.  We are trying to maximize the opportunities to see and purchase these rather rare photos of American rallying in the mid 1950s.  We will have more information available as we work with Jeff to establish something that works well for all.

If you are interested in participating in the Great American Mountain Rally Revival then you can get information about the Great America Mountain Rally Revival by contacting Gary Hamilton at

If you have any comments or questions about this post 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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