About

This site is filled with my observations, thoughts, General BS, and comments about cars, racing, rallying, and motorcycles.  If you have some information that you think might be of interest to me and others, then you can contact me, outside of this web site, at the following email address:  shanna12 at comcast dot net

I am an active “itinerant” car rally navigator, having taken part in all types of car rallies in the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Monaco, and Germany.  As I like to say: “Have Clock, Will Travel”.  If you are looking for a rally navigator for an event, then please contact me, I might be interested.  I have all of my own rally equipment for almost any type of event which I can make available to an owner/driver of an event in which I am navigating.

I have attached my rally resume.  Just click on the following file:

McKelvie Rally Resume 2017

Contact me at my email address above about being a navigator in a rally or you can follow me, friend me on Facebook, or send me a message on Twitter as well:  @SteveMcKelvie

45 Responses to About

  1. Lew Toulmin says:

    Steve,
    The new site looks great! I look forward to many cool articles!

    Cheers,

    Lew T

  2. Bruce Terris says:

    Love the new format Steve! All the Best in 2011!

  3. Craig Hamm says:

    Well done Steve! Looks slick.

  4. Steve Gore says:

    The site is fantastic. Keep up the good work.
    All the best in the new year.

  5. Joanne Jerome says:

    Hey there Stephen saw your web site think it is great.
    Take care, talk to you soon.
    Joanne

  6. Louis Galanos says:

    Steve:
    Where did you get the photo of the winning Gurney Lotus from Daytona 1962?
    Regards,
    Louis

    • Hi Louis,
      The image of the winning Gurney Lotus is included in a great book called “The Lotus Book, Series Three, The Complete History of Lotus Cars” by William Taylor. This is a very impressive book which I have had for several years. I would recommend it to you or anyone who might be interested in racing cars and how they changed over the years.
      Regards,
      Steve

  7. Hi Steve:

    Thanks so much for the kind words about the Alco Black Beast and my website http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com . Much appreciated!

    Howard Kroplick

  8. Ron says:

    Steve – Are you based out of the Detroit area?

    • Hi Ron,
      No, I’m not in the Detroit area. I live in Franklin, Massachusetts a rather small town south west of Boston. Any particular reason for your question?

      Regards,
      Steve
      shanna12 at comcast dot net

  9. Ron says:

    Hi Steve I have the complete set of Canada track and traffic magazines Sept 1959 to Dec 1963 very interesting mags. Ron

    • Hi Ron,
      I’m sure that it would be interesting reading. While I live in the USA, I grew up in Canada and on occassion I would get a chance to read Canada Track & Traffic. It was from reading that magazine that I first became interested in rallying. I was impressed by the naviagtors using their Halda navigation equipment, Curta calculators, and all of those clocks/watches.

      I can remember reading about Simcas and Renault Dauphines in those magazines as well.

      I never knew why the magazine disappeared, as I recall lots of advertisements in the magazine.

      There might not be many of those Canada Track & Traffic magazines still left.

      Regards,
      Steve

  10. Phillip Irvin says:

    Are there any upcoming rally events for NE Ohio? Thank you!

    • Hi Phil,
      The NEOhio Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) typically has two SCCA sanctioned events per year -the Johnny Appleseed Rally in the fall (October, I think) and the Ohio Winter Rally in early February. I have competed in both of these rallies and I’m sure that you would enjoy both of them.

      There are other nearby rallies, depending upon where you live and how far you are prepared to drive to attend a rally. I suggest that you contact Greg Lester, as Greg is extremely knowledgeable about rallies in your area. His email address is: wgregorylester at gmail dot com

      I hope that this helps!

      Regards,
      Steve McKelvie

  11. KURT KIEFER says:

    Hello Steve…….It was nice to see at least someone took interest in my V8 MGTD ! That’s the result when you get divorced. You lock yourself in the garage with your son, bond and build a car together.The MG was in my grandmothers garage since 1961 when I finally received it. The car has been on the road for 4 years now,many miles of enjoyment and blood pumping fun!!!!!! Thank You. Kurt Kiefer. St. James. N.Y.

    • Hi Kurt!
      The MG TD with the V8 was very impressive. What are the details of the engine? It looked like a small Chevrolet V8, but I could not tell for sure. I’m sure that the car is quite a performer.

      When we stopped our tour of the Lime Rock track to look at your car, we were also very impressed with the work it must have taken to install the steering column around that engine. I forget now how many universal joints you had to use.

      I loved your car and as I was looking at it, I was wondering why I had not seen more people do this before rather than do a ’23 bucket T. Your car has much more character.

      I hope that you enjoyed the 2012 Lime Rock Historic Festival as much as I did.

      Regards,
      Steve

  12. KURT KIEFER says:

    Steve …..The car is powered by 1968 corvette 327 350 hp ,11 to 1 compression,solid lifter cam,2 4 barrel carbs.Transmission is a turbo 350 with 11″ convertor. The reared is a 1958 corvette narrowed with 3.55 positraction. Disc brakes all the way around the car.Front suspension is out of a newer MGB……I read your bio and I see you are strong into rally driving. I wish you met my friend that was with me. His father drove for the Jaguar factory in the fifties and won The Monte Carlo Rally in 1956. His name was Ronnie Adams.I Have an extra copy of his book he wrote in the UK before he died.I will send you a copy,you will enjoy it.He lived for the rally drive as I think you do……..Ha Ha…………………Keep an eye on your mailbox…………….Kurt

    • Kurt,
      Your car must be a rocket ship! It also looks like a well balanced, drivable car. You and your son have done a great job! And I’m sure that you are both proud of it. You should be.
      It would have been a pleasure to meet your friend. What an honor for his father to have won the Monte Carlo rally in the classic era! One of my Jaguar books, “Jaguar, The Sporting Heritage”, says “Ulsterman Adams being the outstanding Jaguar saloon rallyist of the 1959s”. But winning the Monte Carlo rally is certainly proof of that statement.
      Your offer of a copy of his book is very generous, especially toward someone who you don’t know. Politeness makes me wonder if I should turn it down, however, in all honesty I’d love to have the book. It would be a book about a great rally driver during a period of great rallies, so I am very pleased, and a little embarassed, that you have offered me the book. I look forward to seeing it.

      Thank you very much!
      Steve McKelvie

  13. rene veenis says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am from The Netherlands, and I found your website through seeking for some information of the Speedpilot Tripmaster. I didn’t know what it was, but when I recently saw a picture of it, I thought: this is it.
    But what is it. I took some hits at Mr. Google and came at yours.
    You mention some history of this interesting apparatus, and I was looking for the first version of the thing. Questioning how different it was form Mk IV and V. Do you have one?
    Let me tell you that I like your website very much; this is because I seem to share some passion with you about cars and rallycars in particular. I am rebuilding a car which has never been an rallycar, but I do want to rally a car one day, and therefore I am looking for the right ‘equipment’, and so I came to this Speedpilot. There was one offered by a Dutch specialist in renovation old clocks to the highest standard.

    Maybe it’s better to write you at your emailadress you provide in this website, than I can send you a picture of the car I am building up. So see you there.

    Rene Veenis

    • Hi Rene,
      I’m glad that enjoy my website, as I enjoy putting it togther.

      Regarding your specific needs for your rally car, I will contact you directly via email.

      Regards,
      Steve McKelvie

  14. Hi Steve — I saw your site and wondered if you might be related to Joseph Mckelvie Butler. Joseph is descended (as am I) from Cornet Robert Stetson, back in the Mayflower days. It seems that Joseph and I were both born on November 30th, 1930. If this is, in fact, the right person, perhaps you could direct me to his email that I might get in touch with him — just for the fun of it.

    • Hi Robert,
      I don’t think that we are long lost cousins. I have never heard of Joseph McKelvie Butler, so I do not know how to get in touch with him. My relatives arrived in North Ameria in the late 1860s, so we have no connections to the Stetson who may have arrived on the Mayflower. Good luck with your search!

      Steve McKelvie

  15. kurt kiefer says:

    Good evening Steve….Just got back from Italy and caught up on my reading.Low and behold an article almost as good as the Greatest Story Ever Told.That Yellow V8 MG getting out to the world.It was great seeing you at Limerock again.Tom was also Happy to see all the articles on the Jaguars you posted.My new project xk150 is well underway and I will keep you posted……Thank You again……………Kurt Kiefer

  16. Joseph william Noska says:

    i have literature on the dkf. and plenty of photos. and alot of factory literature and photos of the darrin. my grandfarther was donald joseph noska he was a big collector of kaiser frazier .. and was personal friends with dutch darrin

  17. DW says:

    hello – any idea how to get hold of the route for Mille miglia 2014 – I tried the MM offices but they don’t reply or answer. I just want to know if the route passes Vaglia outside Florence and if so, about what time………………………

    • I don’t think that I would get a different response than you got from the Mille Miglia office. From looking at the 2014 route map provided on the Mille Miglia website, my guess is that the rally route will pass through Vaglia in the later part of the afternoon and early evening of May 17 as the cars head north toward the Passo Della Futa. I know of a couple of accepted entries, so perhaps I can give you a better answer in a few weeks time.
      Steve McKelvie

  18. jim whitmer says:

    Hi …would you like to do an article on my Pontiac Solstice Coupe?

  19. David G Styles says:

    Hi Steve,
    My name is David Styles and I have written two books on Porsche (as well as seventeen other car history books) I’m currently working on “Porsche – The Flat-Four-Engined Cars” and tripped across the Carlos Demand painting of a Porsche 550 in the Carrera Panamericana. I’d love to use a cropped portion of that picture as my dust jacket image – can you please out me in touch with Sr Demand?

  20. Steven Copp says:

    Hi Steve, my dad co-wrote an article in a track and traffic from circa ’59 or ’60 called “care and feeding of the twins”. Would you have a copy of it?

    • Hi Steven,
      I expect that i do but it will take me a while to go through the issues. I will let you know what I find.
      Steve McKelvie

    • Hi Steven,
      I looked through the table of contents for Canada Track & Traffic from the first issue in September 1959 through to March 1961 and I did not see an article with that title or anyone named Copp identified as a contributor.
      Steve McKelvie

  21. Hello Steve I saw your site and I found it very interesting. I woul like to know if I can use your picture regarding the three Lancia ( 1 D23 an 2 D24 ) at Nurburgring on Facebook

  22. Absolutely not! I use Facebook for discussions.

  23. Jeff Lotman says:

    Hi Steve,

    I am doing the MM for the 4th time this year. Read your article but would still love to chat for 15 mins or on rallying and time trials as we never seem to get it. is it possible?

    • Hi Jeff,
      I am in Omaha on business for a couple of days, but will be back home on Thursday. We can talk then. I’ll send you an email with my number. I’d enjoy talking to you about the MM.

      Steve

  24. Sally Smith says:

    Hi Steve! My name is Sally, and I’m contacting you to see if you know if there is a North American MG Y Register, and if so, who the contact might be? I own a 1953 MG YB.
    Thanks for any info you can provide!
    Sally

    • Hi Sally,
      It is good to hear from a MG-Y owner. From data that I have apparently there are only about 70 of you in the United States. I refer you to my post made on November 14, 2012 in which I describe some of the ownership numbers that I got from Paul Barrow who is the Registrar of the International MG-Y Type Registrar. I do not think that there is a separate North American Registry for these cars, clearly the International Registry keeps track of North American MG-Y Types. My post includes a link to that organization.
      I really enjoyed reading the book “Rallying In A Works MG”, which had a significant portion dedicated to the MG-Y Type.
      Steve McKelvie

  25. Merrill Smith says:

    Hi Steve, a few days ago we exchanged messages about The World’s Fastest Indian. A few days before that I saw bits of an Italian movie on TV that might interest you. It was called Rosso Mille Miglia and was set during the running of the 2015 Mille. There is a short trailer for it on Youtube. Was that the mille you competed in? Have you seen the film? As I say, I only saw a bit of it and as my Italian is almost non existent and the subtitles were very often white on white (why do they do that?), I didn’t get much of the dialogue, but the cars were neat.

    Cheers

    • Hi again Merrill,
      As you suggested, I took the opportunity to watch the trailer for this movie on Youtube. Like you, I have no Italian language skills, but based on the movie trailer, the movie looks like it would be interesting to watch, if only for the sights and sounds of the lovely cars that compete in the Mille Miglia. What network did you watch it on?
      Unfortunately, I have never had the opportunity to take part in the Mille Miglia. The Mille Miglia is one of those Bucket List items that might never get ticked off. I have studied this event closely, but I have not had to opportunity put this knowledge into practice. Maybe someday….
      Steve McKelvie

  26. Merrill Smith says:

    It was on OMNI, a multi-cultural channel based in Toronto. I doubt if you could get it down there, but if I see the movie listed again I’ll let you know. I guess I haven’t been paying close enough attention to your posts, I thought you had done or at least been to the Mille. I can say I’ve driven some of the roads — between Bologna and Florence for sure — in 1971 in my then new BMW 2002. It was fun, but my passengers weren’t so thrilled.

    • Hi Merrill,
      I pay a lot of money each month to get just about every channel known to man, but still I have difficulty finding something good to watch on television. Some of those channels are for various languages. Perhaps I will be able to find that movie. There was an hour and a half television show about the Mille Miglia (circa 2012/2013) that is a good show. It was shown on the Velocity network down here. It might have made it to youtube. I look for it in the next few days.
      I’m sure that you enjoyed the 2002 on those roads!
      Steve McKelvie

  27. edhomsey1930 says:

    Hi Steve–

    Great to see that you’re still at it. Brought to my attention this morning by my granddaughter who came across your site, and the pictures from the 1964 Shell Rallye that I sent you a few years ago. She did not know about that part of my, and my wife’s, lives. So, I get to tell her a bit about it–at least till her eyes start to glaze over!!

    Ed

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