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.

County St LAC racers bring home the bounty

It almost required an extra trailer to bring home all the hardware at the end of the 2017 season for a group of County racers. Husband and wife Ian CrerarMichelle Laframboise and their son Cameron of ClearWater Design Racing, along with neighbour Emily Atkins of BBLS Racing, had a tremendous season road racing with CASC-OR this summer.

Crerar ran his Porsche 911 Turbo in the GT Challenge endurance series, on his own and with co-driver Guy Tremblay at three events, and with Andrew Comrie Picard at one. They brought home class podiums in five events, along with one second and one third overall. The team overcame issues throughout the season with a malfunctioning clutch, a minor fuel miscalculation and some driver change teething issues to take the overall title in the grand finale three-hour race at the last race weekend of the year on September 30 at the CASC Celebration at Mosport.

Crerar also campaigned his vintage 911 in the VARAC Classic driver’s challenge over the summer, putting in an epic effort at the final race weekend to take the overall title for the Classic grid by one point!

Part way through the season Crerar introduced a new car to his stable of Porsches, a GT3 Cup car, which he ran in CASC-OR GT Sprints, bringing home a first in class in the car’s debut outing.

Both Michelle Laframboise and Cameron Crerar made their road racing debuts this year, with Michelle campaigning her Mitsubishi Evo IX on the GT Sprints grids and Cameron driving a Panoz GTLS in VARAC Classic.

Michelle came to road racing as a very successful performance rally driver in Canada and the US. Her car-handling skills and driving experience were clearly evident to all who raced with her, as she took first in class at CTMP in her second race. In recognition of her successes this season she took home the CASC-OR Rookie of the Year trophy.

Cameron started the season late, but was a steady and successful racer in his bright orange Panoz, gaining enough points over four events to finish the year off in fourth place in his class, and gained sign off for his A-license. He earned three second place class podiums in the Ted Powell Races at Calabogie – along with a 4th and 5th overall. Cameron spent the entire summer with a big grin on his face.

Emily Atkins drives a rare 1994 BMW M3 Eurospec car, primarily in the VARAC Classic driver’s challenge. After starting the season in one class, she ‘broke out’ into the next fastest class of cars, losing precious podium points, but putting herself among a group of similar-speed competitors, and making for an exciting summer of competition. After seven race weekends with several podiums including a couple firsts, she takes home a big trophy for second in class and fourth overall in the VARAC Classic grid for the season.

Atkins also tried her hand at sprints racing, running in GT Sprints and VARAC in the same race weekend, and secured a pair of second place class results at the Peter Jackson Trophy Races at Shannonville. 

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Emily Atkins
Emily Atkins Group Inc
PLEASE NOTE MY NEW EMAIL: emilyatkinsgroup@outlook.com

CASC Awards 2017

The Annual CASC Awards Night was held at Mosport on the evening of September 30th and the following St. Lac members won awards.

Ian Cerar – 1st in GT3 in GT Challenge and overall GT Challenge winner.

Mark Durant – 2nd in GT3 in Challenge with Ian Maddan

Michelle LaFramboise was named Rookie of the Year.

John Kinnear – Lifetime achievement award ( Master of Time & Speed )

Thanks to John Kinnear for this information.  Rumour has it that John’s daily driver is a TARDIS.

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