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Welcome to the website of the St. Lawrence Automobile Club or as it is better known:  StLAC, (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.

Why Join St LAC?

  • It’s a social thing!  Whether it’s at a regular meeting or some other event you’ll meet fellow car nuts who are more than happy to share stories and more.
  • Want to try your hand at racing? We’re more than happy to help and who knows — we might even be able let you try a fully-kitted car.
  • Not sure how to install your new Flux Capacitor?  We might just be able to help.

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Electric ‘crate motors’ make turning your gas car into an EV easy

Not one, but two companies this month unveiled something electric car enthusiasts have been asking for for a long time — electric “crate motors” that can be pretty easily swapped into whatever gasoline-powered vehicle they’ll physically fit into. Batteries not included.

According to Autoblog, upstart Electric GT (EGT), led by Eric Hutchison, plans to soon offer both a single- and dual-motor EV conversion kit.

Both can be bolted onto manual transmissions, and many motor mounts and plate adapters for various gearboxes have already been developed; the company can custom-design adapters, too.

Not one, but two companies this month unveiled something electric car enthusiasts have been asking for for a long time — electric “crate motors” that can be pretty easily swapped into whatever gasoline-powered vehicle they’ll physically fit into. Batteries not included. 

According to Autoblog, upstart Electric GT (EGT), led by Eric Hutchison, plans to soon offer both a single- and dual-motor EV conversion kit.

Both can be bolted onto manual transmissions, and many motor mounts and plate adapters for various gearboxes have already been developed; the company can custom-design adapters, too.

The new e-crate motor is shaped like a classic V8 motor, except it’s about 5 inches longer than most classic Chevy or Ford small-blocks. The single-motor kit makes 140 hp and 240 lb.-ft.; while dual-motors make 240 hp and 340 lb.-ft.

For more go to https://driving.ca/auto-news/news/electric-crate-motors-make-turning-your-gas-car-into-an-ev-easy

Bondar and Gidman Acquire Shannonville Motorsport Park

Bondar and Gidman Acquire Shannonville Motorsport Park

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing today that John Bondar and Steve Gidman have acquired the long-time privately-held Shannonville Motorsport Park (Shannonville). The new Bondar/Gidman team plans to revitalize what is widely known as the Birthplace of Champions!

Shannonville is one of the few multi-purpose motorsport facilities in Canada. Sitting on 146 acres, it features a 4.03 km multi-configurable racetrack, a go-kart track, a drag strip and a skid pad with three grandstands overlooking the main track.

The new management team will provide a new vision and energy to build the facility into a multi-use event hub with an emphasis on corporate events while keeping a dedication to driving/racing/training programs. The facility is uniquely located approximately equidistant between Montreal and Toronto which allows it to attract customers from the two key markets in Eastern Canada.  Also, conveniently close to the international border, it provides access to the northeast United States, adding to its potential market another two million people within a three-hour drive of the facility.

“There is a lot to be done and we will chip away at it. Our strategic plan will address the needs of our customers.  Shannonville will change the way people think about a motorsport park.  We believe in providing a stimulating and comprehensive experience that will inspire our future generations of Champions.

With a focus on excellence, our vision is to grow Canadian motorsport by creating a facility that will benefit the racing community. We have turned a historic page.  I am proud to be part of this transformation and I am grateful that Steve has joined me in this thrilling endeavour,” shared John Bondar, Managing Partner of Shannonville Motorsport Park.

“John and I share a great enthusiasm for motorsports and I look forward to working together to create a revitalized Shannonville Motorsport Park.  There’s plenty of work ahead and it will take time, but the result will be worth the wait,” explained Steve Gidman, Partner of Shannonville Motorsport Park.

The new management team will take on their new role immediately. More details on renovation plans and overall improvements will be available soon.

About John Bondar
Driven from genuine passion, John has been involved in motorsports for over thirty years.  From early beginnings as a track marshal, he then raced at the amateur level with his father as the team mechanic. A few years later, he explored the administration of motorsports in Canada.

From 2003 to 2007, John was the President of CASC Ontario Region. While serving on the national advisory board, he became a trusted mentor to the other Regions across Canada and he has also been called upon by the Minister of Transportation Ontario to provide expertise in strategies to curb street racing activities.  In 2007, John launched the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) and has grown it into the premiere Canadian sports car racing series that we know today.

About Steve Gidman
Steve was brought up in a family that modified everything with wheels to go faster and occasionally they still worked!  Steve began racing Formula Libre in the early ‘80s including numerous trips to Shannonville.  After taking a 30 year hiatus to raise a family and grow a technology business, Steve returned to racing in vintage sports cars.

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/bondar-gidman-acquire-shannonville-motorsport-park—198955.html

 

St LAC AGM in the works

Please check your mailbox for an email from St LAC inviting you to share your thoughts about the details for our upcoming AGM.  You should either receive the survey in the form of a link or embedded in the email.

It’s our plan to meet for fun and figures ($):

With the limited budget that 30 members represents we have some soul-searching to do as to costs and your input is valuable.

Ford versus Ferrari

What’s in a name?  Everything.  But names — like looks — can be deceiving.  Oh yes, it helps to remember that the only constant in this world is change and one musn’t be afraid of it.  Carroll Shelby never was.

Introducing a film for the ages:  Ford vs. Ferrari.  The movie will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019, and is scheduled to be released on November 15, 2019, in 2D, IMAX 2D and Dolby Cinema by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Please plan to join your fellow St LAC members in an evening of movie going and good times.  Details to follow.

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Motorsport/track/race events within 500 kliks of Kingston

OCTOBER
1Tu-31Th Calabogie MotorSports Park Calabogie Motorsports Park
1Tu-31Th Calabogie MotorSports Park Calabogie Motorsports Park
2We Skip Barber Racing School Lime Rock Park
3Th Apex Driving Events Palmer Motorsports Park
3Th-5Sa SCCA – New England Region – Club Racing Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
3Th-5Sa SCCA – New England Region – Club Racing Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park
4Fr Bertil Roos Racing School Pocono Raceway
4Fr SCCA – Northern New Jersey Region – Solo MetLife Stadium
4Fr Penguin Roadracing School New Hampshire Motor Speedway
4Fr Shannonville Motorsport Park Shannonville Motorsports Park
4Fr-6Su NASA – Northeast Region Watkins Glen International
4Fr-6Su Race Services, Inc. Watkins Glen International
4Fr-6Su MAX BMW Motorsports Town of Chester, VT
5Sa BMW CCA – White Mountain Chapter New Hampshire Motor Speedway
5Sa SCCA – Allegheny Highlands Region – Autocross Jimmy Stewart Airport
5Sa Connecticut Autocross & Rally Team LAZ Parking
5Sa Track Time 4 Cars New York Safety Track (NYST)
5Sa EMRA – Eastern Motor Racing Assoc. Lime Rock Park
5Sa King Track Days Canaan Motor Club
5Sa Kitchener Waterloo Rally Club Humberstone Speedway
5Sa Raser Motorsports Toronto Motorsports Park
5Sa Shannonville Motorsport Park Shannonville Motorsports Park
5Sa BMW Car Club of Ottawa Ernst and Young Centre
5Sa SCCA – New England Region – RoadRally Covered Bridge Inn
5Sa-6Su CASC Ontario Region – Road Racing Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
5Sa-6Su CASC Ontario Region – Road Racing Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
5Sa-6Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
5Sa-6Su Audi Club NA – Northeast Chapter Lebanon Valley Dragway
5Sa-6Su Loudon Road Racing Series New Hampshire Motor Speedway
5Sa-6Su SCCA – Susquehanna Region Spooky Nook Sports
6Su Tire Rack Street Survival – Central New York SCCA Air Force Research Laboratory
6Su Kitchener Waterloo Rally Club Humberstone Speedway
6Su SCCA – New England Region – Solo Devens Airfield
6Su SCCA – Philadelphia Region Warminster Community Park
6Su 1morelap.ca Calabogie Motorsports Park
6Su trackXperienz New York Safety Track (NYST)
6Su SCCA – Western New York Region New Era Field
7Mo Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
7Mo Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
11Fr Infinite Motorsports.ca Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
11Fr SCCA – Northern New Jersey Region – Solo MetLife Stadium
11Fr Palmer Motorsports Park Whiskey Hill Raceway
11Fr Palmer Motorsports Park Whiskey Hill Raceway
11Fr-12Sa BMW CCA – Boston Chapter Club Motorsports
11Fr-13Su BMW CCA – Club Racing Watkins Glen International
11Fr-13Su Race Services, Inc. Watkins Glen International
11Fr-13Su Vintage Racer Group Watkins Glen International
12Sa PCA – Northeast Region Devens Airfield
12Sa MassBMW Palmer Motorsports Park
12Sa-13Su SCCA – Northeastern Penna Region – Solo Lycoming Mall
12Sa-13Su COM Sports Car Club New Hampshire Motor Speedway
13Su Sports Car Club of New Hampshire NHMS AutoX
13Su SCCA – New York Region – PSCC Tech City Lot
13Su Connecticut Autocross & Rally Team Eastern States Exposition
13Su FCSCC FCSCC North Lot
13Su SCCA – Misery Bay Region Lake Erie Speedway
13Su Track Club USA Devens Airfield
14Mo Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Palmer Motorsports Park- Clockwise
14Mo-15Tu Apex Driving Events Watkins Glen International
18Fr-20Su Hooked On Driving – Northeast Watkins Glen International
19Sa Calabogie MotorSports Park Calabogie Motorsports Park
19Sa Audi Club NA – Northeast Chapter Red Lion Inn
19Sa SCCA – Central Pennsylvania Region Mid-State Airport
19Sa SCCA – Susquehanna Region Harrisburg Farm Show Elmerton Lot
19Sa SCCA – Tennessee Valley Region – Solo TAC/TVR NEW HOPE
19Sa-20Su PCA – North Country – Drivers Education Club Motorsports
19Sa-20Su Ready Set Drift Pocono Raceway
19Sa-20Su Stacked Pocono Raceway
20Su BMW Car Club of Ottawa BMW Car Club of Ottawa
20Su BMW CCA – Boston Chapter – Autocross Devens Airfield
20Su FCSCC FCSCC BIG South Lot
20Su SCCA – Glen Region – Solo Watkins Glen International
20Su Calabogie MotorSports Park Calabogie Motorsports Park
20Su SCCA – Philadelphia Region The Bagel Bunch
20Su Tire Rack Street Survival – Mohawk Hudson Region SCCA Saratoga Automobile Museum
20Su BMW CCA – New Jersey Chapter TD Bank Ballpark
20Su SCCA – New England Region – RallyCross Team O’Neil Rally School
20Su SCCA – New England Region – RallyCross Team O’Neil Rally School
20Su SCCA – Central Pennsylvania Region Mid-State Airport
22Tu PCA – Allegheny Allegheny Grille
24Th-27Su SCCA – New England Region – RoadRally Saratoga Auto Museum
25Fr-27Su Xtreme Xperience Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
26Sa Tire Rack Street Survival – Boston Chapter BMW CCA New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS)
26Sa PCA – North Country – Rally & Show Oak Park
26Sa NE-SVT Devens Airfield
26Sa PCA – Riesentoter Valley Forge Vol. Fire Co Grove
26Sa Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
26Sa Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
26Sa-27Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
26Sa-27Su SCCA – Central New York Region – Solo Walczyk’s Farm
27Su PCA – Northeast Region Devens Airfield
27Su SCCA – New York Region – PSCC Lake Taghkanic State Park
27Su Corvettes for Chip Carlisle Expo Center
27Su MassTuning Canaan Motor Club
NOVEMBER
1Fr Palmer Motorsports Park Whiskey Hill Raceway
1Fr Palmer Motorsports Park Whiskey Hill Raceway
2Sa SCCA – Central Pennsylvania Region Bobby Rahal Honda
2Sa BMW CCA – Boston Chapter – Autocross Devens Airfield
2Sa Tire Rack Street Survival – Genesee Valley Chapter BMW CCA Watkins Glen International
2Sa SCCA – New England Region – RoadRally Courtyard By Marriott Concord
2Sa BMW CCA – Genesee Valley Chapter Watkins Glen International
3Su SCCA – New England Region – Solo Devens Airfield
3Su SCCA – Northern New Jersey Region – Solo MetLife Stadium
3Su Tire Rack Street Survival – Susquehanna Region SCCA Lancaster Co Public Safety Center
3Su SCCA – Susquehanna Region Lancaster Cty Training Ctr
8Fr-10Su BMW CCA – Boston Chapter – Social/Tech Jordan Hotel and Conference Center
9Sa Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
9Sa Sports Car Driving Association-SCDA Lime Rock Park
9Sa-10Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
10Su FCSCC FCSCC BIG South Lot
14Th PCA – Riesentoter Movie Tavern
16Sa-17Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
16Sa-17Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
23Sa-24Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park
30Sa-1Su Doublin Gap MX Park Doublin Gap MX Park

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Get yer Rally on here!

So, you wanna be a rally car driver, huh?  Why not!  There’s no end to the excitement and heart-stopping action.

Meet new people!

No one will mind where you wash your car.

And parking is never a problem.

RSO has released the schedule for this year:

  • PMSC – Rallycross #5
    September 14, 2019
    Burnt River Off Road Vehicle Facility, 476 Ledge Hill Rd, Burnt River, ON K0M 1C0, Canada
    See more details

  • CRC – Pacific Forest Rally
    September 26, 2019 – September 27, 2019 @
    Merritt, BC, Canada
    See more details

  • MLRC – Rallycross #4
    September 29, 2019
    Bancroft Fish & Game Club, 27602 ON-62, Bancroft, ON K0L, Canada
    See more details

    There are many ways to get involved with rallysport – navigational rallies, performance rallies and rally cross. Or volunteer at any of the events; some performance events have over 200 volunteers helping! Being a volunteer at the performance events can get you up close to the action, and gives you insight into how the events run. Interested in exploring the province? Helping at a navigational rally will take you to some places you never imagined. 

    Or just jump in to Navigational (or TSD) rallies. They’re the cheapest and easiest way to get started. A regular road-worthy vehicle (car, pickup truck, minivan), a willing partner, some basic tools (calculator, digital timepiece, pencils) and you’re on your way. There’s always a basic introduction before every rally.

    Performance rallies require more of an investment, but the rewards are great! Two people working together to go as fast as they can on a closed road.

    Rallycross lets you get a taste of performance rallying at a fraction of the cost. Take your daily driver, plop on a helmet, and have a go at a short dirt and gravel course.

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Chinese tires: are they worth it?

Most of our membership belong to a select group that, for them, tires are of the utmost importance.  So much so, that price isn’t usually the first consideration.  But is this the case when it comes to our more mundane transportation; namely, the commuter car?  I came across this from Consumer Reports and thought it might help when it comes to the latter.

Tires are a global commodity, and many of the major brand names that Consumer Reports tests are manufactured in China. But those tires are designed and manufactured to quality standards dictated by the original manufacturers. Chinese tire brands don’t have that oversight, and some may not have the marketing foresight to design products well-suited to the specific requirements of the U.S. consumer.

It seems that the Pegasus tire as tested was not actually manufactured for its design owner–Global Pacific Industries.  It would appear that even cheap products get the knock-off treatment.

Aside from the performance lows, if value is a high priority, consider that the Pegasus cost about half as much as a top-scoring tire, the Michelin LTX M/S2. But keep in mind that the Michelin will last almost three times longer. Factor in the cost of buying two additional sets of tires, plus mounting and balancing, and you could save hundreds of dollars, not to mention get a better all-weather performing tire, if you choose the Michelin.

Certainly if you are on tight budget, and who isn’t nowadays, buying a cheap tire is better than riding on worn-out tires. But as our tests show, buying bargain-priced tires such as these Chinese models isn’t the right choice for the long haul.

Consumer Reports has removed its ratings for the Pegasus Advanta SUV tire originally reported on page 60 of our November issue and online. Although we purchased the tire through normal retail channels, Arizona-based American Pacific Industries (API) notified us that, based on the DOT tire identification code on our tires, the model tested was not produced or distributed by an authorized Pegasus vendor. The “unauthorized” Pegasus tires performed relatively poorly for snow traction and tread life. We have not tested “authorized” Pegasus tires.

Source:  https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/09/chinese-truck-tires-are-no-bargain/index.htm