March 5, 2004
BMW X3 Wins 2004 Alcan Winter Rally
The BMW X3 dominates the ice-racing stages on its way to winning the grueling Alcan Winter Rally. Click image to enlarge
Woodcliffe Lake, New Jersey – 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 grueling contest covers some of the most treacherous roads in North America. The rally 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.
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.