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June 16th 2018
On Saturday, June 16, 2018, sixty-five teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, B.C. and even the United States gathered at House of Cars – Barlow Trail for the first three-day event in Royal Rally history. Fueled by a complementary breakfast and live music presented by Barbu Entertainment, the participants were handed their route cards for the first driving leg. With over 1500km of distance to cover, teams were eager to get started. They all left the starting line and made their way to Rocky Mountain Auto Salon in Dead Man’s Flats to receive their checkpoints for the morning.
Upon arriving at the sponsor’s shop, teams were tasked with a challenge at the Canmore Nordic Centre and Marble Canyon before arriving at the Radium Course for lunch. After lunch, teams were handed their next route card, taking them to the Kimberley Underground Mining Railroad, where teams boarded a mining train and journeyed into the mines of Kimberley to complete the checkpoint. After the tour, teams headed to Cranbrook B.C. for dinner at the St. Eugene Golf Resort before returning to the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort back in the city.
On Day two, teams met at a European Car Show in Cranbrook to stage their cars, before receiving their first route card for the day. At 9am, the teams were released, heading to the Creston Museum, Doukhobor History Centre in Castlegar and Christina Lake, before arriving at the Station Pub & Columbia Grill for lunch. The afternoon saw teams travel to the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad Society and Penticton’s Skaha beach for a pair of challenges. Teams then headed to 19 Okanagan Bar + Grill for dinner and returned to the best Western Plus to retire for the evening.
Day three saw teams begin their final leg at August Luxury Motorcars, to take in some exciting cars before heading out in search of the World’s Largest Lawnmower. After completing this task in Deep Creek, B.C., teams headed to the Last Spike and the Enchanted Forest before heading off to the finish line at Three Valley Gap for a lunch in the ghost town and awards ceremony before returning to Calgary.
June 5th 2018
Eurocars and Coffee
Following the high profile season opening event of Eurocars and Coffee, the Ferrari Club of Alberta pulled no punches in lining up a unique variety of automobiles for the third meet of the season. This evenings showcase contained four Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, four Lanica Delta HF Integrale, a pair of well optioned Lamborghini Huracan Performante and two Acura NSX. These among the dozens of usual marques that the event draws.
Even though it’s only the third meet so far this year, I’m noticing that the event is becoming increasingly crowded than seasons past, with the spectators that drop by to catch a sneak peak of Calgarys exotic car community far outnumbering the participating enthusiasts. While I’m all for the event remaining open to the general public, I can’t help but think that the large crowds may discourage the more reclusive owners of high value vehicles from attending in the future. The mobs of wandering bodies also present a real challenge in achieving clean, unobstructed photos.
May 22nd 2018
Eurocars and Coffee: Season Opener
September 16th 2017
On September 16, seventy-two teams, the largest and most diverse starting grid yet, from all over western Canada met at Davenport Motorsports in Calgary for the official start line of the third official event of the year and sixth in the company’s history; Royal Rally – RMR. Teams came from as far as Saskatoon, Fort McMurray and Fernie to participate in the single-day event, based out of Calgary.
Teams checked in inside the Davenport Motorsports showroom, received their rally apparel and got prepared for the day ahead. Among a number of other themed and costumed teams, long-time Royal Rally die-hards John and Carmen from Team D.N.R. showed up dressed in blood-splattered suits and a plume of smoke, exuberantly announcing their arrival to the final event of the year. After participants were briefed on how the event would run and had the official safety talk, they were handed their official route card for the morning.
Teams were tasked with locating a Royal Rally inscribed brick on a wall of over 500 at the Cochrane Ranchhouse, before heading to the Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail. Upon the completion of a number of challenges and photo ops with the animals, including an attempt to teach an Emu to fly (to no avail) teams then made their way to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer to compete in a wheelchair race and rock climbing, before heading to Sylvan Lake for lunch.
After having a chance to rest, teams received their afternoon route card, sending them to the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, the town of Nordegg, the scenic Abraham Lake and then the Sylvan Lake Go-Karts before heading back to Hotel Blackfoot back in Calgary for the buffet dinner and awards ceremony. Once again, team ‘Easily Distracted’ took home the first place navigators award, concluding the 2017 season with their sixth consecutive win.
September 9th 2017
September 2nd 2017
On September 2 & 3, forty teams from all over Alberta and Saskatchewan met at ENS Lexus in Saskatoon for the official start line of the Royal Rally – Prairie Run event. Teams came from as far as Calgary, Fort McMurray and Regina to participate over the weekend, kicking off in Saskatoon. Teams checked in at the dealership, received their rally apparel, decals and instructions before being handed their route card for the day, detailing their checkpoint locations for the morning driving leg. Interestingly enough and by total chance, I only managed to capture rolling shots of every white vehicle on the event throughout the first leg of the journey.
Teams were tasked with finding Timberjaxe for an axe throwing competition, the Batoche Historical Site, then on to a bonus checkpoint to find a mural in Duck Lake before proceeding to the Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert for blackjack in the VIP lounge, finishing the day at the Elk Ridge Resort on Waskesiu Lake. Participants were then treated to a deluxe 5-star dinner, complete with live entertainment and an evening full of socializing before day two. Compared to the Alberta Rallies, participants brought their A-game and the shenanigans that ensued later in the evening added a light hearted, comedic twist to the event.
The start line for day two was at the Elk Ridge Resort on Waskesiu Lake where teams, at least those that managed to get out of bed, were handed their route card for the second official day of the Rally. On day two, teams visited the Height of the Land Tower in Waskesiu, before proceeding on to Shell Lake to find the War Memorial on Memorial Hill. Teams then drove to to Petrofka Orchard for pulled pork sandwiches, and to find the tree known as ‘The Wise One’ in the orchard, with a final stop at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon.
The event concluded back at Ens Lexus where the official rally awards were handed out to some of the most deserving teams in Royal Rally history!
July 7th 2017
Over the weekend of July 7th to 9th 2017, I was fortunate enough to accompany some friends from Pfaff Leasing Alberta to photograph a track day event held at the Area 27 racetrack in Oliver, BC, co-hosted by Pfaff and Mclaren of Vancouver. We spent the weekend at the Spirit Ridge at Nk'Mip Resort in Osoyoos, with a jam-packed day of track sessions on Saturday.
Mclaren of Vancouver was showcasing and offering test drives of the new 570s and 720s, while participants from all over western Canada received world-class track driving lessons from the facilities instructors. However, despite their best efforts, a number of participants wound up taking unintentional detours through the dirt.
I spent the day hiking the access roads around the perimeter of the racetrack, scouting vantage points and capturing images as the participants, divided into groups, ran lapping sessions both in their own vehicles as well as a number of demo vehicles provided by Mclaren. It was a real pleasure to witness and capture the full potential of these amazing machines unleashed upon a closed course, with otherwise restricted access to all areas in and around the circuit.
While all vehicles in attendance far exceeded what one might consider average, some notable appearances included Mclarens brand new 720s, a quartet of very well optioned 675LT, a Lamborghini Aventador SV, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, a heavily modified Mclaren 12C and an extremely limited Mclaren MSO HS.
June 24th 2017
Taking place in Edmonton, Alberta, Racing For A Cure 6 was the second consecutive annual event in which I've volunteered my services as one of the event photographers. This year, the single-day fundraising total was a massive $525,000 on behalf of the Kids With Cancer Society, a childrens charity that raises money to support children and their families that are suffering through terminal illnesses. On top of the dollars raised to support the foundations various initiatives, the participating children also got the opportunity to accomplish their wildest dreams, by riding around a closed off city-street circuit in some of the finest exotic vehicles that western Canada has to offer.
This was a very unique year for this event, as the founders and organizers successfully lobbied the municipal government for a second time to allow sections of public roadway around Edmonton’s legislative properties to be closed and utilized as the circuit. There was a bit of kickback from the general public, the majority of which was with regards to the noise created by dozens of supercars lapping around public roadways in close proximity to residential areas. I find it difficult to sympathize however, as I feel the truly monumental amount of dollars raised for such a worthwhile cause, let alone over such a short amount of time, far outweighs the individual inconveniences of so few.
Racing For A Cure is such an amazing event, I’m so thankful to have been able to contribute in my own way. Seeing the faces of so many light up despite the adversity and hardships they face on a daily basis is an incredibly heartwarming and rewarding experience.
June 10th 2017
On June 10 & 11, 60 vehicles and participants from all over western Canada met at Davenport Motorsports in Calgary and filled the grid for the official starting line of the Royal Rally – Sky Sprint. Teams came from as far as Meadow Lake, Swift Current, Saskatoon, Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge to participate in the event. Teams checked in, received their rally apparel, last-minute decals and instructions on how the event would run before being handed their first route card for the day, detailing their checkpoint locations for the morning driving leg.
Teams were tasked with finding the Cave & Basin National Park in Banff, drive the Bow Valley Parkway and scramble for checkpoint clues in Field, B.C. before arriving for lunch at the Turning Point Restaurant in Golden, B.C.
After lunch, teams were treated to a tour at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre, before driving the closed-down Trans-Canada highway to Revelstoke. Upon their arrival, teams competed for points at the Revelstoke Railway Museum before heading to Three Valley Gap on a closed road by permit to take part in a team showdown challenge. Upon returning to Revelstoke, teams checked in at the Best Western Plus hotel, dined at 112 Steakhouse and socialized at the River City Pub before heading to bed.
Day two kicked off from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort and after receiving their route cards, teams ascended the gondola to reach their first checkpoint. Teams then made their way to the Rogers Pass Visitors Center before being tasked with locating the Word’s Largest Paddle. The Royal Rally teams regrouped at the Radium Golf Course for lunch and departed back towards Calgary via the Kootney Highway. Teams stopped at the Home of 1000 Faces in Radium and finally Lake Minnewanka, before heading back to the Hotel Blackfoot in Calgary for a buffet dinner and awards ceremony.