Car Wars Regional Autoslaloms I & II: Vidimus nos vicimus

For the many drivers who attended the Car Wars:  Attack of the Cones Regional Autoslalom May 27th and 28th it was indeed a case of ‘we came, we saw, we conquered’.

With great weather and a fabulous course, who couldn’t have but a good time?  But don’t take my word for it…here’s what the racers had to say:

“Such a great place to come and race.  I enjoyed reading about the history of the Camp, too.  Thanks for doing this.” Aron (Ottawa)

“When I read that the place was for sale I said there is no way I’m gonna miss it.  So thanks for putting on such a great race.” Brian (Chatham)

“I didn’t know what my number was supposed to be.  I didn’t know what class I’m in but thanks to your efforts and the Timing folks all was cleared up and I had such a great time.”  Richard (Pickering)

“For sure I’m gonna buy a T shirt!  This has been such a great event!” Don (Toronto)

Kudos to Driving Dynamics for a great event.  And a special shout-out to Rob Metcalfe, Roger Curtis, Danby Crowder and Pete Ellsworth for the many, many hours behind the scene and in person on the race days.

150 kph and Third Gear for the Corners!

The Driver’s Dynamics night of lapping at Shannonville’s Fabi Track saw some pretty impressive bits of speed for a first evening of cobweb shedding.

There was a car in the capable hands of a completely random stranger coming up just shy of 100 mph on the straights as he said goodbye to some dry tires.  Add to this another car and driver who I have never seen before and am more likely to win the lottery/struck by lightning/be the subject of Pamela Anderson’s next book before I am ever likely to see again and one wasn’t sure where to look next!  What a convergence of random genetic material  and machinery!

While certainly the nicest looking car — a certain ’82 Porsche 928 — belonging to the Club’s Communications Director stayed in the parking lot, he’ll soon have something to lap with.  He hopes!

May Monthly Meeting Minutes

It seems apologies are in order.  We assumed that those in attendance for the lapping event were there not only to take advantage of the club discount but the meeting as well.  Nope.  So, if you arrived in a BMW at the appointed hour, I want you to send me an email: and we’ll make it right.

Discussion Items:

  • Volunteering at the Regional Autoslalom this coming weekend.  It’s not too late!
  • Discount program:  a 10 percent rebate is offered to Club members for three events this year including May 18’s Lapping Night (offered by Driver’s Dynamics), Friday, June 16’s Autoslalom (at Shannonville, offered by Driver’s Dynamics), and the aforementioned Regional Autoslalom.  (See details in previous posts.)
  • Banking:  we’ve taken possession of an order of T shirts for sale to club members and those attending the Regional Autoslalom.  Cost for each shirt is $20 each (total).  Needless to say, this has had a significant impact on our bank balance.  Other recent expenses include batteries for the FRS radios ($60) and wrist bands ($65).  These items should serve our needs going forward for some time.
  • Elections:  no takers for President, Director of Racing or Equipment Director.
  • New Business:  it looks like we will part with the storage shed used to store Club materials for use at Picton Airfield.  Stay tuned as we discuss and decide on how best to maximize the return on the Club’s investment.

A shout out to Jordan for briefing those who were in attendance that this wasn’t a hoax.  The truth is out there!  Thanks, Jordan, you’re my hero.

CTMP 2017 Regional Road Racing Series, Open Wheelers, VARAC and more!

We are almost there – next Friday is the first test day at CTMP for the 2017 Regional Road Racing Series and Saturday is BEMC’s Spring Trophy Races featuring GT Sprints, GT Challenge, Formula Libre/F4/F1200, the Toyo Tire F1600 Championship, both VARAC’s Vintage-Historic and Classic grids, as well as our guests, the Challenge Cup Series  As I am writing this the entry list looks very, very good…

We could use more cars on the Formula Libre grid, and at least 5 more on GT Challenge to justify running the full 3 hours.  We’ll definitely have a race with the 13 entries we already have,danby crowder's profile photo but we need to get that number higher to run the full 3 hours we have planned.  Take a look at the entry list and if you know of anyone “humming or hawing” get on the phone (or email or text) and convince them to come on out and race.  You know they want to – they just need a little “nudge”…

The long term weather for Friday and Saturday looks good (Sunday will improve as we get closer – you’ll see).  Temperature in the teens (Celsius!) with 20% chance of precipitation.

Don’t forget the “100 Reasons to Race” promotion.  Enter and pay for the full weekend entry using a CASC-OR or ASN Canada competition licence and you’ll automatically receive a $100 credit towards your second full weekend entry in 2017.

If you haven’t registered yet, let me help you:

See you at the track!


New CASC Bylaws

A general meeting of CASC-OR was held April 22, 2017 at the CASC-OR offices. Draft minutes of the meeting are attached.

At the meeting, a revised set of CASC-OR bylaws was presented and a resolution was passed to accept the changes to the bylaws subject to correcting the numbering and further amending one bylaw (to do with the presentation of the financial statements to the member clubs). These revised bylaws will come into effect when posted on the CASC-OR website (likely May 10, 2017).

A copy of the revised bylaws is attached to this message. The altered text in the bylaws is indicated by a black bar in the left margin.


Bylaws Revised May 2017

Canadian Automobile Sports Club CIAS proposal.docx

CASC-OR Presence at the Canadian International Auto Show 2017 Presidents

Meeting Minutes

St LAC Autoslalom 2017 Points Series

At the February General Meeting it was brought to our attention that the Car Crew guys (Driving Dynamics) will be putting on a series of evening Autoslalom events at Shannonville.  So what better opportunity for a Club Autoslalom Points Series could there be?

The point series will be based on the usual classes as offered by the organizers and will be open to members of the St Lawrence Automobile Club.  You need not register as we will ascribe points once we receive the results from each  event. Results will be posted as they are received.

Here is the schedule, classes, self tech form and rules.

Schedule: /assets/files/2017%20Driver%20Dynamicsschedule.pdf

Class Structure:  /assets/files/2017%20Driver%20Dynamics%20classes.pdf

Self Tech form:  /assets/files/2017%20driverdynamicsASN_SoloSport_Tech_Self_Insp_Form.pdf

Rules:  /assets/files/2017%20driverdynamicsShannonville%20Track%20Day%20Rules.pdf

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All events will begin at 17h30.

Friday evening auto slaloms

1). 5 May on Fabi     19 May on Fabi

2). 16 June on Nelson

3). 30 June on Fabi

4). 14 July on Nelson

5). 25 August on Fabi

What I learned at race school

Not long ago some thirty racecar-driver-wannabes were pulled over on Highway 400 for various infractions not the least of which was speeding.   For others, it was worse — Stunt Driving.  But isn’t that just speeding as well?  Not necessarily, as it can include weaving, driving too close and more and more they did.  So why don’t these people take their high-performance vehicles to the track?  Better yet, why not get some training beforehand?  That’s where Brack Driving Concepts and other Race Schools can help.

Brack Driving Concepts offers advanced driving schools, advanced racer development and race licensing and coaching courses.  And that includes CASC-OR and Shannonville’s Spring Fling Test & Tune and racing school.  Since I was in the market for just such an opportunity and that Brack just happens to be one of our club supporters I thought this is the perfect chance to sign up.

For three days (April 27-29) I got to experience what it was like to operate my car under the guidance of seasoned professionals with classroom time dedicated to the rules, expectations and requirements of organized racing.  And it was a lot to take in as we could easily have spent a week going over the many things we learned and put into practice on the track.

So what should one expect from a learn to race course?  Not only a busy schedule but a school operated with the highest of expectations, run as if you were at a race with no-nonsense scheduling and concern for safety that could not be overstated.  Boy, did I learn a lot.  And when you receive emails suggesting that you look over CASC racing rules, the handbook or supplementary information (regulations) this isn’t for their benefit it’s for yours.  Because, just like a race, there is an expectation that you are aware of unique and even last-minute rules in addition to the broader demands that you can expect really anywhere such as what each colour of flag signifies and how it is presented to the racers.  And whatever you do, don’t skip this part!  Yes, it’s on the test..!

If you are as lucky as I was, it’ll rain.  How’s that being lucky you wonder.  Most performance tests come under ideal conditions.  How many exams did you write in High School that were accompanied by loud noise and flickering lights?  You get the idea.  It reminded me of a scene from a Civil War film where the best shooters were significantly less so when the lieutenant fired his pistol behind them.  Rain is a reality of racing and unless you would prefer to not start at all, you’ll be glad you had the chance to experience such adverse conditions at least once.  It turned out that wet weather may have brought out the best in whatever skill set I had.  Thank you Rain Gods.  I owe you one.

Make no mistake, you cannot simply buy  a license from the folks at Brack and you shouldn’t expect to.  Not at any school.  But if you really want to learn how it’s done try them.  They’ll even run a school for one person.  No kidding.

See you at the races.