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Page Updated: Monday, July 14, 2003
2002 Thunderbird Rally
Feb 16/17, 2002
Round 1 of the BC Regional Rally Championship

Roy Lima and Andrew Dobric, winners of Thunderbird 2002

Supplementary Regulations

 The Thunderbird is a winter driving adventure, through snow and ice covered back roads in the British Columbia interior. Following the route is simple, but staying out of the snow banks is not. This event is suitable for ordinary road cars. Enjoy friendly competition with teams from BC, Alaska, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, and beyond.

Classes for Historic cars, Novice teams and
different levels of navigation equipment

 

Supp Regs (154 pdf)

Photos

Pre Run

Tbird Archives

 

Betty 01, Betty 02, Betty 03, Betty 04

Tbird Final Results Summary

 

Dennis 05, Dennis 06

Tbird Final Results - Detailed (94 Kb rtf)

 

Greg 07, Greg 08

Ron Sorem's Winter Survival Guide

 

Lee 09

John Fouse's How to Stay Alive on a Winter Rally

 

Marc 10, Marc 11, Marc 12, Marc 13, Marc 14 , Marc 15

   

Michelle 16, Michelle 17

Ken's Letter

 

Tbird Stuffs , Pete 01

Ron Sorem Story

   

Peter Parsonage Story

 

Links to Warwick Patterson, Jamie Thomas

     

Ron Sorem - Tbird History Articles

Video's

adams lake 52 (667kb), adams lake 68 (970kb)

   

red lake 08 (830kb), red lake 09 (1345kb), red lake 11 (1139kb)

   

red lake 18 (1349kb), red lake 30 (1002kb), red lake 36 (536kb)

   

red lake 39 (752kb), red lake 50 (705kb), red lake 54 (986kb)

   

red lake 60 (2752kb), red lake 71 (467kb), red lake wrx (536kb)

Thunderbird Rally 2002 - Closing Words

This year, the 31st Thunderbird Rally proved to be one of the most successful events in WCRA history.  While we all may have wished for more snow, you have to admit that the icy conditions made for challenging driving.  I am happy to report that the event was run without any major hitches and everyone was very well behaved during all the regularities and transits.  Also this year we saw a record number of entries and a return to the Merritt start location.  You should all know that both Merritt and Kamloops have praised our event and would welcome us back again with great enthusiasm.

In the end, our success this year was made possible by the following individuals and organisations.  We all owe them our sincere thanks and appreciation:

First, I would like to thank all the competitors who attended the event - especially those of you who came all the way from Europe and across the border.  Without you guys (and gals), Thunderbird would never have the rich diversity of competitors we encounter year after year.  Furthermore, we should all recognise each other for the great consideration exercised towards local traffic - we have not received any complaints at all this year.

Second, I extend a hearty "thanks" to all the volunteers that came out to help at the event - checkpoint crews, technical inspection, registration workers, and our sweep crews.  Staging an event of this magnitude requires commitment and time from a lot of people.  Thanks to you for taking the time to volunteer at this event.

Third, I think we should all recognise the efforts of our hospitality supporters and thank them for letting us take over their facilities:  Best Western - Nicola Inn, Esso - Salish Road, Comfort Inn - Kamloops and ABC Country Restaurant - Kamloops.

Fourth, I would like to thank all of the 2002 sponsors of the WCRA for supporting our association and our events.  Thanks to their continued support, we are able to provide prizes, decals, trophies and other perks.  Please join me in recognising: Specialty Subaru - North Vancouver, Polaris Water Company, Driver's Edge - OMP, Western Driver Publications, Wilkinson's' Automobilia, Certigard Riverside - North Vancouver and rallyequipment.com.

Fifth, a big "thank you" to  Rally Team Arson for sharing door prize gifts from Clarksdale Motors Audi - Vancouver and Arson Team Wear.

And, lastly (but most importantly) - thank you to Paul Westwick for planning and executing another successful Thunderbird Rally this year!  Paul's commitment and tireless dedication to both rallysport and this event have helped make Thunderbird the most challenging and successful navigational rally in Canada.

As any event of this scale does not go completely without hiccups - I should thank everyone for their ongoing patience and understanding.  In our effort to continually improve and bring you a world-class experience on BC's finest back roads, we recognise that there are always a few things needing improvement.

First of all, Finish Location and Awards Banquet procedures will be reviewed to ensure that ALL participants feel welcome to attend, whether choosing to dine or not.  Secondly, when faced with a tie in final points and late-breaking changes to some competitors' pre-registered classes, we were caught off guard when distributing the Overall and Class awards and trophies.  In the end we were left with insufficient awards to distribute, resulting in a bit of an embarrassing moment and perhaps a lack of recognition to those who placed well in their respective classes.

One other person I would like to thank is Patrick Richard from the Subaru Canada Rally Team, who drove three hours from his home in Whistler, BC, to attend the awards ceremony as our guest of honour.  Thank you Patrick for the generous gifts and prizes.

In closing - I trust everyone enjoyed this year's Thunderbird Rally and we hope to see you at another WCRA Rally event soon.

Sincerely,
Ken Kwong
31st Thunderbird Rally Steward
WCRA - President
[email protected]

2002 Thunderbird Rally - Class winners

Position

Driver

From

Navigator

From

Vehicle

1st Overall

Roy Lima

Victoria, BC

Andrew Dobric

North Vancouver, BC

Subaru Legacy Turbo

2nd Overall

Satch Carlson

Anchorage, AK

Russ Kraushaar

Battle Ground, WA

Saab Sonett II V4

3rd Overall - tie

John Fouse

Anchorage, AK

Dennis Wende

Coquitlam, BC

Subaru WRX

3rd Overall - tie

Lee Sorenson

Fair Oaks, CA

Rod Sorenson

Elk Grove, CA

Subaru 2.5 RS

           

1st Unlimited - tie

John Fouse

Anchorage, AK

Dennis Wende

Coquitlam, BC

Subaru WRX

1st Unlimited - tie

Lee Sorenson

Fair Oaks, CA

Rod Sorenson

Elk Grove, CA

Subaru 2.5 RS

3rd Unlimited

Peter Ryce

North Vancouver, BC

Timothy Ryce

North Vancouver, BC

Nissan Sentra

           

1st Calculator

Roy Lima

Victoria, BC

Andrew Dobric

North Vancouver, BC

Subaru Legacy Turbo

2nd Calculator

Ian Basford

Edmonton, AB

Marcel Chichak

Edmonton, AB

Dodge Colt

3rd Calculator

Josh Keatley

Calgary, AB

Catherine Issac

Calgary, AB

Ford Focus ZX3

           

1st Paper

Dan Fealk

Spokane, WA

Stuart Fealk

Spokane, WA

Subaru XT6

2nd Paper

Chi Tsang

Vancouver, BC

Ryan Hines

Vancouver, BC

Subaru 2.5 RS

3rd Paper

Dave Schoenmaker

Carnation, WA

Jack Garrett

Edmonds, WA

Ford Focus ZX3

           

1st Historic

Gil Stuart

Nanaimo, BC

Arnie Lang

Nanaimo, BC

Volvo 123 GT

2nd Historic

Mike Welland

North Vancouver, BC

Gordon Passmore

North Vancouver, BC

BMW 2002

           

1st Historic Equip'd

Satch Carlson

Anchorage, AK

Russ Kraushaar

Battle Ground, WA

Saab Sonett II V4

           

1st Novice

Peter Parsonage

West Vancouver, BC

Owen Parsonage

West Vancouver, BC

Subaru 2.5 RS

2nd Novice

Brian Wende

Coquilam, BC

Kevin McKay

Coquitlam, BC

Subaru Legacy Turbo

3rd Novice

Jody Dorchester

Beaumont, AB

Richard Wharby

Ardrossan, AB

Mazda 323 GTX

           
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