Welcome to the Home of the St Lawrence Automobile Club

Welcome to the website of the St. Lawrence Automobile Club or as it is better known:  St LAC, (pronounced “Saint Lack”).  The Club calls Kingston, Ontario, Canada home and is the motor sport group to join for any enthusiasts in South Eastern Ontario.

You can find out more at What We Do

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November Club Meeting

There will not be a meeting this month.  Updates and important messages will be posted on the website.  I know that some of you will be disappointed, others glad but NO one will feel quite like I do…

Fresh Prince GIF

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2018 CASC-OR Regional Race Schedule

2018 CASC-OR Regional Race Schedule

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CASC-OR is pleased to announce our  2018 Regional Race Schedule (download it here:http://www.casc.on.ca/sites/default/files/2018_casc_race_schedule_letterhead_v2.pdf )

The 2018 Championships starts at the final event of 2017 – the races being held Sunday, October 1 at the Celebration of Motorsport form part of the 2018 calendar.

In addition, we have 7 other events planned:  5 at CTMP, and 1 each at Shannonville Motorsport Park and Calabogie Motorsports Park.

One of the CTMP events is will be the 2018 CASC-OR Motorsport Showcase, featuring Ontario Time Attack, Auto Slalom and 2 race groups – GT Sprints and Formula Libre.

The event at Shannonville is being hosted by the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) Series and will include GT Sprints, Formula Libre, Toyo Tires F1600 Championship and a VARAC Vintage-Historic grid.

We hope you will join us for what promises ot be another year of exciting regional racing!

Title Event Date Type Location
2017 CASC-OR Race Division Workshop Nov 18, 2017 Provincial Sheraton Parkway Toronto North
2018 Spring Trophy Races May 12, 2018 – May 13, 2018 Provincial Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
2018 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix Jun 14, 2018 – Jun 17, 2018 Special
2018 CTCC Summer Challenge featuring the Peter Jackson Trophy Races Jul 6, 2018 – Jul 8, 2018 Provincial Shannonville (Layout TBA)
2018 Canadian Touring Trophy Races Jul 28, 2018 – Jul 29, 2018 Provincial Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
2018 Ted Powell Races Aug 24, 2018 – Aug 26, 2018 Provincial Calabogie (Long)
2018 Indian Summer Trophy Races Sep 15, 2018 – Sep 16, 2018 Provincial Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
2018 Celebration of Motorsport Sep 29, 2018 – Sep 30, 2018 Provincial Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
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Upcoming Motorsport Events Here are the next 36 events in our area

NOVEMBER
4Sa SCCA – New England Region – RoadRally Rt. 104 Diner
4Sa Tire Rack Street Survival – Genesee Valley Chapter BMW CCA Watkins Glen Int’l
4Sa BMW CCA – Genesee Valley Chapter Watkins Glen Int’l
4Sa New England Trail Rider Association Eastford, CT
4Sa New England Trail Rider Association Eastford, CT
4Sa New England Trail Rider Association Eastford, CT
4Sa-5Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
5Su Corvettes for Chip Carlisle Expo Center
5Su FCSCC FCSCC South Lot
5Su SCCA – New England Region – RallyCross Canaan Motor Club
5Su New England Trail Rider Association Eastford, CT
5Su Oakland Valley Race Park Oakland Valley Race Park
5Su Tire Rack Street Survival – Greater Toronto Area Powerade Centre – Brampton
5Su BMW Clubs of Canada- Trillium Powerade Centre Brampton ON
5Su Tri-State Trax District 34 Sports C Raceway Park NJ State
11Sa Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
11Sa Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
11Sa SCCA – Philadelphia Region Joseph E Hanusey III Community Park
11Sa-12Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
12Su Broome Tioga Sports Center Inc. Broome-Tioga Sports Center
12Su MassTuning Canaan Motor Club
12Su New England Trail Rider Association Stafford, CT
18Sa BMW CCA – Genesee Valley Chapter NY State Wine & Culinary Center
18Sa SCCA – Misery Bay Region South Shore Wine Co.
18Sa SCCA – Susquehanna Region Harrisburg Farm Show Elmerton Lot
18Sa-19Su Motorsport Club of Ottawa Tudor Hall
18Sa-19Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
25Sa-26Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
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DECEMBER
2Sa Sports Car Club of New Hampshire Holiday Inn Concord NH
2Sa BMW CCA – Patroon Chapter East Greenbush Community Library
2Sa-3Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
2Sa-31Su Sports Car Club of New Hampshire SCCNH Membership
3Su Broome Tioga Sports Center Inc. Broome-Tioga Sports Center
9Sa PCA – Riesentoter Chester Valley Golf Club
9Sa-10Su Audi Club NA – Northeast Chapter New York City
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2017 Rally of the Tall Pines Information and call for Volunteers


THE 2017 RALLY OF THE TALL PINES WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 24/25.

Just imagine if you took a small car, gave it four-wheel-drive, turbocharged it to over 300 horsepower, and then drove it flat-out sideways down twisty treacherous forest roads – lined with trees, rocks and cheering fans. Kicking up dirt or snow, spitting flames. Sliding on the edge of control, and sometimes over it! This is rally racing at the Rally of the Tall Pines and it is taking the world by storm.

The Rally of the Tall Pines (24- 25 Nov. 2017) is dedicated to bringing you even more explosive competition this year! You won’t want to miss round six of the Canadian Rally Championship this coming November. Being just over 2 hours from Toronto, this event is your best opportunity to see and experience what the extreme sport of Performance Rally Racing is all about.

http://www.tallpinesrally.com/

COMPETITORS PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ENGLISH SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS FOR 2017 HAVE BEEN POSTED UNDER THE “COMPETE” TAB. FRENCH SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN POSTED. ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN.

THANKS TO ALL OUR COMPETITORS, OUR 200+ VOLUNTEERS AND THE THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS FOR MAKING THE 2016 RALLY A  GREAT EVENT.     The 2016 rally is now in the record books with a very impressive overall win by Antoine and Darren over Travis and Robbie and a great 3rd place from last years winning co-driver turned driver, Simon Vincent and his co-driver Hubert Gaudreau. Detailed results and the other winners, can be seen on the “Results” tab on this website. We look forward to seeing you all at the 2017 Rally of the Tall Pines.  Check out what driving.ca had to say about the event at http://driving.ca/subaru/auto-news/news/winding-and-sliding-through-ontarios-tall-pines-rally

2016 TALL PINES RALLY ON YOUTUBE – Take a look at the 2016 Rally of the Tall Pines on YOUTUBE and mark your calendars with the 2017 dates. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1f6thenfAo

ATTENTION SPECTATORS

Information regarding spectating the 2017 Rally of the Tall Pines will be posted under the SPECTATE section closer to the event. Check it out, so you can start to plan your day spectating or volunteering at the rally in Bancroft!   For those who can’t make it to Bancroft to enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds of the rally llive, there will be options. Check out carsrally.ca or liveCDNRally.com or tallpineslive.com for interviews with teams and commentary throughout the day. You will be able to have full access to the live GPS tracking of all cars, live timing, official results, and more.

VIP PROGRAM

Come and spectate in style at our exclusive VIP only spectating areas.  Travel in comfortable coaches. Have lunch and dinner with experienced competitors and team members who will provide an insight into the world of rallying. Reservations are open and filling fast.. To book your seats, go to the “Spectate” tab and then “VIP Program”. In addition, if you wish, you can be entered in a draw to have a ride in a rally car on the Friday evening Shake-down stage, with Crazy Leo. There is also a VIP’s only draw for a special “shotgun” ride with Leo at a Race Lab event. (minimum age 16 for both draws).

WANT TO SEE WHAT THE RALLY IS LIKE BUT DON’T HAVE A RALLY CAR? This year we are making available a very limited number of opportunities for those who want to find out more about the rally by allowing them to take part in the recce. You will be able to attend the rally pace notes school to be held at Rally HQ on Thursday November 23 and then join competitors as they travel the route on Friday the 24th to make their pace notes. This is NOT a speed event and is designed for those people who are interested in competing in the Tall PInes in the future. For more information and to apply, contact Ian Wright at ian@tallpinesrally.com

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS – CHECK OUT THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO TO SEE WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT  https://goo.gl/R2DCMR

The Tall Pines committee has been hard at work and it’s time to get the volunteers signed up.  As the  Pines keeps growing and adding exciting new features, our needs for volunteers are greater than ever. So please pass this message on to others.

Check out the Worker tab on this website for details and to register.

NOTICE TO VOLUNTEERS:

The MLRC Worker Handbook has been revised to v2.0 dated June. 16, 2015 . All workers should ensure they review this document before arriving at the rally.

Please periodically check this website, as other important documents will be added from time to time, as they become final, in the next couple of months leading up to the rally. We will post noticed as fresh documents get added. We look forward to seeing you all at the rally!

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Minutes of the October Executive Meeting

Even though the season is winding down your executive is still busy doing its best to program and make things happen next year.

Present: 

Rob Metcalfe, Peter Ellsworth, Danby Crowder, Paul Ecke and Roger Curtis

Discussion:

  1. Our membership continues to grow.  As odd as it may seem for someone to sign up so late in the year, it serves as a reminder that it’s not all about racing:  there are discounts to be had at our sponsors as well.
  2. CASC-ON’s Annual General Meeting is coming up this November.  Besides the usual business, this event provides clubs with the best chance to network and serve ideas up for next year.  The executive is hoping to have a representative there.
  3. What does our membership want?  The results of the club survey conducted earlier this year told us that there are three main areas of interest; namely, Lapping, Autoslalom and Driver’s Education.  St LAC piggybacked with Shannonville autoslalom events to create a Club Championship (see earlier post for results), offered a discount to members for a Spring Lapping event and hopes to have something in place next season.  This involved discussing venues, qualified trainers and the matter of finding cars.  Hopefully we can make this happen.  It may very well serve to allow would-be racers a chance to do a reduced licensing course as a result of satisfactory completion of our offering.
  4. Dealer Appreciation Nights were one of the club’s objectives for 2017 and much effort was made to see if this was possible.  The club worked tirelessly to make something happen for the local BMW dealership (their idea) and we contacted Brack Driving Dynamics to put a proposal together.  It was decided that going this route would be too expensive.  It also helped us find avenues for such dealers including working with the BMW Club of Ontario.  This led to thoughts about working with other car clubs to host an all-comers drivers education event (see above).
  5. The club will continue to pursue working with the schools in hopes of keeping the interest in automobile sports alive and well.
  6. The club had a request to add a forum to our web site.  The Director of Communications will add the option for readers to comment on posts instead.  This comes on the heels of our Internet Service Provider (ISP) asking for permission to delete the archived forum from web sites past as they are proving to be an avenue for hackers to gain access to mailing lists and the like.  The request also made mention of our Facebook page not having an obvious portal to leave a comment or question.  This is because such comments do not show up on the front page.  The club continues to employ Twitter to pass along announcements.  So far, we have four followers.
  7. Write-offs.  When the new executive took over there was little in the way of records for things such as website hosting.  As a result, the Director of Communication started from scratch including the finding of a ‘suitable’ ISP.  Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned.  After signing a three year contract with GreenGeeks.ca for hosting and site building software access we no sooner found out that we didn’t own the stlac.ca site name and efforts to port the site content seemed to be impossible.   The funny thing was:  the site continued to ‘work’.  It turned out that Kingston’s GoSabe was not only still hosting our site but was still being paid to do so.  Even though GoSabe offered to move everything over at a cost of about one-half an hour, their long term pricing was attractive enough to stay put.  This led to a write-down of $350 US as GreenGeeks would not rebate any funds.  Roger feels pretty crappy for all of this.
  8. Much discussion was made of other clubs’ plights and remedies.  Or, why are some clubs experiencing great turnouts for events while others are not…  Perhaps the CASC-ON AGM may yield the answers.
  9. There was no correspondence.
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