To properly pay tribute to the Shell 4000 rallies of the 1960s, a lot of thought was put into what car would be the best for the adventure. It quickly became clear that it needed to be a Volvo 122S.
The car has incredible pedigree in the original races. A total of 43 entered the nine races and only 13 failed to finish, which is a pretty solid record considering how many cars had to drop out. The Volvo 122 won the overall race twice, in 1964 and 1965. It also lays claim to three class wins, a second overall finish, a third overall finish and two fourth overall finishes.
Since the Canada 5000 is a drive across Canada, the car also needed to have a strong connection to our country. The 122 was the first car Volvo made outside of Sweden and was assembled in the company’s first Halifax factory. The very first one to roll off the assembly line is still on display in the Museum of Industry in Nova Scotia.
Our 122S was purchased in October 2014 from Lethbridge, Alberta. It is currently getting a complete refresh so that it will be ready to take on this long and intense trip. The car will prepared in period correct style without the navigational aids of modern technology.