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Thunderbird Rally

 

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

Thunderbird (no relation to Ford, but rather one of the mascots of the University of British Columbia) has been the premier winter driver's rally in B.C. since its inception in 1957. From the mid 60's to the early 70's, it was part of the Canadian Rally Championship, until the format of that series changed from TSD (Time Speed Distance) to stage (performance) events.

It was resurrected by the UBC Sports Car Club in its original format in 1987, by a couple of guys who had never entered the event, and had only just lost their novice status that year. Since then, both organizers and competitors have been leaving car-shaped indentations in snowbanks from Tulameen to Okanagan Falls to Christian Valley to Robbins Range to Tranquille to Green Lake to Beaver Valley... you get the picture. Yes, some of us stay on the road, even for an entire event at a time, but then some make use of the sweep truck more than once in a single section.

Winter Events
Winter Rally Survival Kit Winter Rally Survival Tips Summary of Tbirds Past
Tbird History
Year Details
     
Tbird 1996
Tbird 1998
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