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Sunday, 25 November 2012


Saturday morning we had our first dusting of snow, just in time for the start of the Rally of the Tall Pines.

What I love about rally racing is the chance to get up close and actually see inside the cars and talk with the drivers. This is a race where the spectators are not charged an "arm and a leg"  to sit and enjoy the race. The cars must obey all traffic rules when moving from race area to race area but can open it up and get from point A to point B as fast as they can once they are on the closed portions of the rally route.

Communication is critical in these rallies and some crews have even mounted cameras on their cars so their pit crews can see what is happening.

Each team is allowed to stop in the pits at the designated time, take on fuel, change tires, make adjustments if necessary and have something to eat.. This is the pit area or gasoline alley; not quite the Daytona  500 but it does the job.

Like all racing cars, these rally cars have been heavily modified and safety cages installed to protect both driver and navigator. 

Sorry, no actual race pictures; you will have to come up and take them yourself. This has become an annual event, hosted by the town of Bancroft about the 3rd weekend in November.

Hope to see you up here next year. It's a great way to enjoy a weekend outdoors.

Safe travels and enjoy the day.


  1. Hi Art
    This annual car rally in Bancroft was also featured in the Wheels section of the Saturday Toronto Star newspaper.
    Will you be reporting direct from Bancroft next year?

  2. Second to Formula 1, rally car racing is my favorite! Looks like we may have to book a room at Clear Water Lodge for next year.

  3. Hi Don;

    Only reporting I do is right here although I hope to get out on the course and see the cars in action next year.

  4. Hi Sherri;

    Room is booked. You and your boys would love all the action.