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
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.
31st Thunderbird Rally Steward
WCRA - President