It’s early on Saturday, Aug. 23. We are stuck in Whitehorse. My partner and I have been a part of the Alcan 5000 Rally from Seattle to the Arctic Circle.
We are from Toronto, driving a 1961 Triumph TR4. We have had a lot of local press at home because this is a huge trip in a ridiculous car, and we are driving to support Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer. We have an international Facebook following, and we have been invited to be special guests at the largest North American British Car Show in September.
We blew our head gasket climbing the 3,000 feet from Skagway back up.
We were able to locate a part in Kelowna, but we couldn’t get it here until next Wednesday… until the local Whitehorse community stepped in.
They worked all day to arrange for us to meet and speak to the people we needed. Dennis Henneke, a.k.a. Mr. Pain, is a Whitehorse angel. He drove us to the very best people. He introduced us. He got us tools that we were able to borrow from people. He hooked us up with travel agents and airlines.
Mr. Pain, Dave Sterner of Precision Engines, Carmen and Oliver of Klondike Travel and Sharon Miller of Air North we will be forever indebted to.
The part was delivered within hours – not days.
We head back out on the road today to continue our journey and to continue our fundraising.
Whitehorse makes good people and I’m proud to be Canadian.
A very important note to Mr. Pain – you have done your father’s memory proud.
Jan Frolic and Tim Burgess
Car # 5, Alcan Rally 2014