I was looking through past issues of Canada Track & Traffic when I noticed the brief story shown below in a 1964 issue. Apparently, the first two Canadians to enter the Monte Carlo Rally was the team of Sam Nordell and Grant McLean. They competed in 1963 in a Renault R-8. They started the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally from Stockholm. Grant McLean was nominated as the main driver. They had a respectable result as they finished 48th Overall and 9th in Class. Not too shabby in a starting field approaching 300 cars. Regardless, the story has a sad ending.
Sam Nordell later died while practicing for the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. As I get ready to compete in the 2019 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, this story is an important reminder about how dangerous mountain winter roads can be.
I want to thank Fred Gallagher for providing the information on the Canadian team’s results in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally. If anyone has additional information about Sam Nordell, then I would appreciate hearing from you.
If you have any comments, questions, or information about this post, or Sam Nordell, then leave a comment below or send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot net