Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands
Starting in the
picturesque town of Cochrane, the 2004 Rally of the Ranchlands will
kick off the Western Canadian Rally Championship as its never
been done before.
rally will show off the cars and drivers with a Car display Sunday morning
right in downtown Cochrane, followed by four in-town stages for the
spectators. The competitors will then head north to the forestry and
oil roads in the familiar Fallen Timber forestry area. The timing of
the rally once known as The Winter Rally provides
road conditions that will be tricky and unpredictable. Gravel, snow,
and lots of ice are virtually guaranteed.
2004 marks the first
time in recent years that competitors will be allowed to take to the
roads with studded tires. Normal street studs will greatly improve traction
on the ice, perhaps replacing some of the show; with some go.
Also adding to the
speed and uniqueness of this years rally is the use of pace notes. The
Rally of the Ranchlands is the first regional rally of its type
to allow reconnaissance and pace notes, as is done in most of the world.
will give teams a chance to see the roads on the day before the event
and make their own description of the stage. The ability to mark hazards
and make a knowledgeable tire choice should make the event faster and
safer, and will definitely be a learning experience for most of the
a pace noting classroom session will be held to walk the crews through
the basics of pace noting before they hit the roads.
With the growth
of interest in Rallying, the 2004 Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands is
drawing a great level of interest and we are looking at record breaking
participation. The competition looks fierce, with a number of old favorites
returning to the field and a number of brand new competitors kicking
off their careers.
Rally is on Sunday March 21st, and will have spectator areas in the
town of Cochrane and on Hunter Valley road. Competition is open to any
CARS or SCCA legal car and crew.
The Western Canadian
Rally Championship consists of The Cochrane Rally of the Ranchlands,
The Rocky Mountain Rally, Mountain Trials Rally, Pacific Forest Rally,
The Bighorn Rally, and the Kananaskis Rally.