History

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To say that Canadian rallying is an exciting and vibrant form of motorsport is to recognize what almost fifty years of competitors have known first hand. Presently, the sport incorporates some of the most visually exciting images of speed and control with stunning images of the spectacular, high bred, racing machines of the front runners and combines them into a spectator and sponsor's prize.

For 2011, there are six events spread throughout the year from February through November and from the Gaspé region of Quebec to the interior of British Columbia. If this year follows the past ten years or so, the winner of the national title won't be determined until the Tall Pines Rally in late November.

The Canadian Rally Championship is Canada's only national motorsport series. In fact, the Canadian Rally Championship has been run continuously since 1957 when L. Chelminski and L. Stanley from Montreal shared the very first national rally title. In the early days, the rally championship was based on a navigational rally series which, at times, had as many as twenty events in the series. As the sport gradually changed and adopted the European "stage" format, performance rallying became part of the Canadian motorsport picture. In 1973 the Canadian Rally Championship started to transition to stage events and soon became based solely on stage rallies. In 1999, Subaru Canada became the title sponsor of the series with Yokohama Tires having presenter status. The 2004 series was, many believe, the most successful and competitive championship year in the history of the sport.