The St Lawrence Automobile Club

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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.

Find out more at What We Do

CASC-OR 2017 Race Licence Schools

From CASC-OR:

In the last couple of years, thanks to Ray Arlauskas, the Chief Regional Race Instructor, we’ve increased the number of licences that we are granting based on “observation”, instead of attending a school.  The schools are still very important and may provide someone new to the sport with a quick way to accumulate on-track experience.

With that in mind, here are some links to CASC-OR accredited race schools – places new drivers can go in order to obtain the necessary on-track experience to qualify for a regional road racing licence:

Brack Driving Conceptshttp://www.casc.on.ca/road-racing/brack-driving-concepts-race-schools   Brack has generously stepped up to provide the same basic race driving school that CASC-OR used to provide and at the same cost.  Graduates of their three day course offered April 28-30 at Shannonville qualify for a Class B Probationary Competition licence.  Pass the school and come race with us May 13-14 at the Spring Trophy Races at CTMP. 

BMW Club Race Schoolhttp://www.casc.on.ca/road-racing/bmw-clubs-canada-trillium-chapter-race-school-0  Offered April 29-30 at CTMP, this school is not for the complete novice, but rather for persons with some on-track experience that are ready to try wheel to wheel racing.  Contact the club in advance to see if this is the right course for you.  It is an excellent course with experienced instructors and graduates may apply for a Class B Probationary licence.

Bridgestone Racing Academyhttp://www.casc.on.ca/road-racing/bridgestone-racing-academy-racing-schools-fit-your-time-and-budget  A variety of courses are offered from a 3 day full racing course that qualifies graduates for a Class B Probationary licence, to shorter courses for people that may not have decided they need a race licence (yet).  Bridgestone has a fleet of formula cars to provide students with an excellent grounding in “race craft”.  Novice to experienced drivers will love these courses.

That brings us back to CASC-OR and our own race school.  In a break with the past, for 2017, the CASC-OR Race School will be held on the Mosport Grand Prix Track at CTMP on May 12 as part of the test day before the Spring Trophy Races May 13-14.  To register for the school you must be pre-approved by Ray Arlauskas.  The course is designed to bring experienced drivers up to speed on racing safely.  It consists of a couple of hours of classroom instruction (including a written test), followed by on track sessions to expose the students to wheel to wheel action on a race course.  The course is to be taken in your race car so full driver safety equipment is required and your car must pass tech to be eligible (scrutineering will be available for the school).  Previous driving experience is a must as this course is not designed to teach you how to drive the car, rather how to race the car safely.  Car control is assumed.  To apply for this course send an e-mail to raceinstructor@casc.on.ca with your on-track driving resume.  Ray will get back to you to discuss the requirements more fully.

A copy of the 2017 competition licence application form can be found here: http://www.casc.on.ca/roadracing_forms

MR2 Invitational July 21st at Shannonville MP

St LAC members are invited to attend this summer’s MR2 track day at SMP,  Friday, 21 July.  The MR2 club has always been open to StLAC members joining in the fun.  Car crew guys are running the autoslalom.
The program this year:
Morning – Autoslalom on Nelson / Lapping on Fabi
Afternoon – Lapping full track
Evening – SMP running drag racing

Braille Signs on as Official Battery Supplier

Braille Signs on as Official Battery Supplier

We’re pleased to announce that Braille Battery is the Official Battery Supplier to Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs – Ontario Region and the St LAC as well.

We have just completed a sponsorship program with Braille Battery for a great discount and rebate program to all our affiliated member clubs and their members and racers.

Discount Package
1. Rotational Discount Package

Braille will offer a rotating monthly discount package on all of its products to CASC–OR and its associated clubs and members.

For the month of May this will be:

AGM Products: 5% off List Price

Lithium Products: 10% off List Price

*Offer excludes: G4, G5, G7, G7K, G9K

2. Race Voucher Program

Autoslalom, Ice Racing, Road Racing, Time Attack – Race teams, event organizers, volunteers, and attendees receive:
– 25 voucher towards all Braille AGM batteries

– $50 voucher towards all Braille Lithium batteries

*excluding: G4, G5, G7, G7K, G9K
*voucher cannot be combined with any other offers

VOUCHER REDEMPTION:
To redeem your voucher when purchasing a Braiile Battery, please contact Liam Burtt – lburtt (@) braillebattery (dot) com or you can reach him at: 613-794-0770

Simply send Liam an email with your voucher’s corresponding ‘voucher code’ on it. From there Liam will set up their order and apply the discounts.

Example – Voucher Code: 01-2016-001

LKQ Corporation Joins an Ever Increasing List of Supporters

LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ), an S&P 500 company, is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles.  LKQ is a leading distributor and marketer of specialty aftermarket equipment and accessories in North America, the largest distributor of mechanical and collision alternative parts in the United Kingdom, and the largest distributor of mechanical parts in the Netherlands. With LKQ’s acquisition of Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (“PGW”), LKQ has also become a leader in the design, production and supply of automotive glass to OEMs. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe, China and Taiwan offering its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, recreational and performance vehicles.

2017 Racing License Rule Changes

The CASC has announced a number of changes to the 2017 Racing License Rules. They are outlined below:

  1. To encourage more people to come and try our events, we have broadened the types of competition licences we will accept.  The list now includes BMWCCA and PCA licences.  We have been accepting these licences on a “driver by driver” basis for the last couple of years, we’re just bringing the rules in line with what we’ve been doing.
  2. You may have noticed that we’ve switched our Physician’s Medical Examination form for 2017.  We are now using the same form as ASN Canada.  In addition, in years that you don’t require a medical examination, there is a Medical Self-declaration Form to be submitted with your renewal.  For the last couple years we have been investigating altering the frequency of medical examinations.  We aren’t there yet, but we’re going to keep trying.  The Self-declaration forms are part of this process.
  3. Third and most significantly, we’ve made changes to the Class B competition licence.  In prior years, you had to go and see the Stewards if you wanted to upgrade your licence to a Class A.  You didn’t have to upgrade so quite a few drivers never bothered to.  In 2016 we had in excess of 50 drivers racing with a Class B.  We had about a dozen new drivers last year so that suggests there are 40+ drivers racing on Class Bs, or rookie licences.Starting with the 2017 race season, Class B Probationary Drivers are required to:

    1) display “rookie” triangles on their cars so that the rest of us know who you are and can give you a little more room.
    2) report to the event Instructor before going on track.  The Instructor will be available to mentor and observe new drivers all weekend
    3) report to the event Instructor at the end of the weekend for debriefing and signatures, the Stewards are no longer involved

    The Regional Chief Instructor, or their designate, will decide when a driver is upgraded from a Class B to a Class A licence.  Until the upgrade, rules 1,2,and 3 above apply.

    The Chief Instructor is reviewing the 40 or so Class B licence holders that have been licenced for more than a year to see which should be upgraded to a Class A immediately, and which need a bit more experience.  Don’t be surprised if you have a Class B and you receive an e-mail or call from Ray Arlauskas.  He wants to talk to you about an upgrade…

    A number of people have asked me why we’ve made these changes, why do we require licences at all?  Here’s the short answer…

    Licencing is not new.  The idea behind a licence is to ensure that everyone on track has the basic skills and knowledge to safely participate in road racing.  The fact that on occasion, persons fail to qualify for a licence is proof that not “everyone can race”.  Having said that, licences are not meant to provide a barrier to stop people from participating.  That’s why we have the Class B Probationary and the Class A Full Competition.  The triangles are on the cars are to let everyone on the track know that this is someone “new”.  I’d like to see drivers drop by the “rookies” after a session to ask them how they did and to give them a few pointers.  Racing is a great sport, but it can be a bit overwhelming to a new driver.  The more welcome we make them feel the more likely they are to stick with it and bring their friends next time…

    With these changes, we’re going to need qualified Instructors at the track. These will be experienced drivers that can observe, teach, and mentor new competitors.  If you’d like to be involved with this send me an e-mail so we can talk about it.

http://www.casc.on.ca/sites/default/files/casc-or_2017_race_regs_version_1.1.pdf