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JG
03-14-2005, 07:02 PM
Quotes from the 2004 Alcan Winter Rally............... (this is 'partially' why I bought this vehicle)

I am sure Bimmerfest users have heard of this result - but it feels good to justify your purchase - and it is mightly impressive none-the-less!

:thumbup:

"BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicles finished first and second in the 20th anniversary 2004 Alcan Winter Rally, the world's longest and coldest rally.

The winning team, captained by Automobile Magazine's Ronald Arhens included driver Gary Webb and navigator Peter J. Schneider. The second place effort was lead by BMW CCA Roundel editor-in-chief, Satch Carlson and included pilot Henry Joy and navigator Russ Kraushaar. Given the harshness of the conditions, the third BMW X3 team performed bravely and selflessly, led by Bimmer Magazine's Mike Miller and included driver Paul Duchene and navigator Katy Wood. The BMW X3s jumped out to an early lead on the first day and maintained that lead throughout the eight-day competition.

This grueling contest covers some of the most treacherous roads in North America. The teams began in Seattle, Washington on February 18th, included a stop in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada and crossed the finish line nearly 5,000 miles later in Anchorage, Alaska on February 26th. The contest consisted of traditional rally time-speed-distance tests, steep hill-climbs and descents as well as a number of ice-racing competitions. Through it all, the BMW X3s took everything the teams asked of them in stride.

"Everybody in the BMW Brigade was impressed with the X3... the speed and handling of the vehicles, especially on the ice, was phenomenal--that's what let us take the lead from Day One," noted BMW CCA Roundel editor-in-chief Satch Carlson. "With a three-person crew, other things become important after a few thousand miles. We had room for three people, plus all the Arctic gear we'd need for a week, plus photographic equipment, tools and safety equipment. In fact, the luxury was an ironic contrast to the stark Arctic environment around us; we were cocooned in warmth and safety in the middle of a vast, barren plain of ice."

"The BMW X3 is ready for any passion, any weather, any corner, any pace."

"Who but BMW would pluck vehicle's of this type off the showroom floor, enter them into such a grueling contest... and win," noted Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp. "This remarkable accomplishment is a testament to the ruggedness and handling capabilities of the X3, not to mention the skill and determination of the teams."

jliu34740
03-14-2005, 07:57 PM
Quotes from the 2004 Alcan Winter Rally............... (this is 'partially' why I bought this vehicle)

I am sure Bimmerfest users have heard of this result - but it feels good to justify your purchase - and it is mightly impressive none-the-less!

:thumbup:

"BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicles finished first and second in the 20th anniversary 2004 Alcan Winter Rally, the world's longest and coldest rally.

The winning team, captained by Automobile Magazine's Ronald Arhens included driver Gary Webb and navigator Peter J. Schneider. The second place effort was lead by BMW CCA Roundel editor-in-chief, Satch Carlson and included pilot Henry Joy and navigator Russ Kraushaar. Given the harshness of the conditions, the third BMW X3 team performed bravely and selflessly, led by Bimmer Magazine's Mike Miller and included driver Paul Duchene and navigator Katy Wood. The BMW X3s jumped out to an early lead on the first day and maintained that lead throughout the eight-day competition.

This grueling contest covers some of the most treacherous roads in North America. The teams began in Seattle, Washington on February 18th, included a stop in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada and crossed the finish line nearly 5,000 miles later in Anchorage, Alaska on February 26th. The contest consisted of traditional rally time-speed-distance tests, steep hill-climbs and descents as well as a number of ice-racing competitions. Through it all, the BMW X3s took everything the teams asked of them in stride.

"Everybody in the BMW Brigade was impressed with the X3... the speed and handling of the vehicles, especially on the ice, was phenomenal--that's what let us take the lead from Day One," noted BMW CCA Roundel editor-in-chief Satch Carlson. "With a three-person crew, other things become important after a few thousand miles. We had room for three people, plus all the Arctic gear we'd need for a week, plus photographic equipment, tools and safety equipment. In fact, the luxury was an ironic contrast to the stark Arctic environment around us; we were cocooned in warmth and safety in the middle of a vast, barren plain of ice."

"The BMW X3 is ready for any passion, any weather, any corner, any pace."

"Who but BMW would pluck vehicle's of this type off the showroom floor, enter them into such a grueling contest... and win," noted Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp. "This remarkable accomplishment is a testament to the ruggedness and handling capabilities of the X3, not to mention the skill and determination of the teams."

did they mention who else was in the competition ?

JG
03-15-2005, 04:58 AM
did they mention who else was in the competition ?

From different articles I can list some of the vehicles that competed.

I noticed there was a 325iX.

Six Suburu's ran the AlCan 5000, including one WRX and a Forester Turbo. (according to one article - apparently the Subaru teams who had prepared for months - were amused when they saw the X3 automatics)

An Audi A4.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, and also a Montero.

What was described as a full size Dodge truck.

An old Toyota Cressida?

Mazda 323 GTX

This website has links to several articles......

http://www.alcan5000.com/