Club T shirts Available to Members $15

Be the hit of the pits in your new St LAC Official Club T shirt!

Made of 100 percent soft grey combed cotton, these Fast Eddie Racewear by M & O Gold shirts offer a front chest St LAC logo crest and on the back you can tell the world you have a fast car or are a fast driver.  Heck, why not check both boxes?!

Sizes include L, XL and XXL.  Send a note to st.lac.club@gmail.com indicating quantity and sizes.  We’ll take it from there.

St LAC Autoslalom Championship Results for May 19th, 2017

Results (cumulative) for May 19th, 2017 St LAC Championship Points Series

The Driver Dynamic Autoslalom series will serve as the basis for the St LAC 2017 Autoslalom Points Series.

Results are based on 1st to 10th with 10 points for 1st.My apologies for the odd formatting presentation.  Until I fix this you can get a better view by clicking the pdf option below.

Here are the results:

[Editor’s note:  my wife says I’m being passive agressive.  I think someone else likes to be bossy.  I also believe that my posting results using last name, fictitious car is just fine and no more likely to set Insurance Companies hearts (if there is such a thing) a-flutter than Driver Dynamics advertising their events online and then failing to police the pictures of cars with driver and license plate in plain view is to set alarm bells ringing.]

For more information visit http://stlac.ca/st-lac-autoslalom-2017-points-series/

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.

From Tractors to Track Monsters: How Swede it is!

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Car for kids. Loophole in Sweden.

SWEDEN. Peoples Choice at the biggest meet in the north of Sweden, Street Meet in Sundsvall, went to an EPA-tractor this year. Where ever Robin Kvarnström stops in the street, people gather. by Lars Krantz

 

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The working mans timid working car was transformed to a mean machine for youngsters. 16 years, summer and this car – yammie.

EPA-tractor is a Swedish phenomenon that needs explaining. After WW II Sweden farmers were low on money and in desperate need of tractors. The wars rationing of rubber had put old, sturdy cars as the Chevys and Fords in barns and farmers now started to make tractors out of these.

K19Sweden government answered by making them legal on the street opening for registration, not as cars, but as EPA-tractors.

You have to be 18 to drive a car in Sweden. A tractor you can drive in the street at 16.

K20In the sixties youngsters started building a new kind of tractors. Keeping the build inside the rules of a farmer-meant-to-be EPA-tractor they built vehicles for use in the street at 16 years of age.
The catch is that they can only go 18 (yes eighteen) mph, but they are still super popular in Sweden and looking at the pics I guess every motor head can imagine why.  Now back to Robin.

 

With fever he raises the trophy to the sky. He hasn’t been sleeping in a week and nor have the family. Every family member has been participating in the battle of making the car ready.  You might think they did it in time but as a matter of fact the car is late …by six years!

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The dad Bengt has lived with the build for ten years. Fredrik, who was supposed to ride in it, has turned 22. Christoffer inherited it but only sat in it in the garage. Robin got to drive it in the last minute. He turns 18 now.

The one who was supposed to drive the tractor, Fredrik in the first time is turning 22. EPA-tractors in Sweden are for 16 years old. The build then was inherit by the younger brother Christopher but he only sat in it pretending to drive in the garage. When he turned 18 and finally got to drive a real car mom and dad only had one shot left, the youngster Robin. It´ worked and he got the car but only with a couple of months left. Robin is turning 18 soon.

Handy dandy family. Gunilla Kvarnström just got in to it and did it on her first try, marvelous! Note that the upholstery colours goes over into paint on the door.

Handy dandy family. Gunilla Kvarnström just got in to it and did it on her first try, marvelous! Note that the upholstery colours goes over into paint on the door.

EPA-tractors in Sweden are homemade slow moving vessels originated from cars. After the war farmers did not have access to tractors or money but they had old Fords and Chevys in the barns. Sweden government accepted that the farmers transformed the framed cars to tractors by leaving out some gears and making them move slowly. That loophole in the law has these days made it possible for youngsters to take a framed car, make in run slow and use it for pleasure on the road registering it as a tractor.

The hoods opening is moved from front to back. Engine is B20 with 90 horsepower. Who needs more when top speed is limited to 18 mph.

The hoods opening is moved from front to back. Engine is B20 with 90 horsepower. Who needs more when top speed is limited to 18 mph.

The build in this case took 10 years as they sank deep into finish, chrome and paint. The brothers are gathered. Papa Bengt arrives from his work and mom enters the driveway. The family feeling is warm and you can tell these people stick together.

Only the pink part remains from the bought car. Front is extended a little. Not much but just enough to get that cool look.

Only the pink part remains from the bought car. Front is extended a little. Not much but just enough to get that cool look.

K21The build started 1998 with a used Epa from a boy who had turned it over. Only thing left from that car is the pink piece on the picture under the front windshield. Dad then dug into the build and set the pace. Parts from 13 cars are in it now. From the beginning it’s a Volvo Duett from the sixties.

-OK it’s no racer but who is in a hurry a midnight sun night like this_.

-OK it’s no racer but who is in a hurry a midnight sun night like this_.

K22They were often used by craftsmen and workers as they were good to have tools and stuff in. The roof was chopped down and now has its metal from a Volvo Amazon. Taillights are from Ford Custom 1954 and the grille is from Opel Record 1962.  Hours and hours of work and years and years of building. The front had to be lengthened just a couple of centimetres to get hat smooth line.

Oops. Girls taking a bath 9 pm. Robin checks the ducktail.

Oops. Girls taking a swim at  9 pm. Robin checks the ducktail.

The hood opening is moved from front to rear, battery box is turned 180 degrees into the car and holds now the heater. Tons of big and small changes all over the place. The young Robin turned out to be a hard working guy in the garage with specialty in finish.

Blue India Glowble bought in 1977 by a young dad at that time gives the right shine. Dad did the painting too.

Blue India Glowble bought in 1977 by a young dad at that time gives the right shine. Dad did the painting too.

After ten years the family locked themselves in the garage the final weeks before the car show and worked 24-7.
-People were crawling outside and looking trough the windows trying to catch a glimpse of what was getting done in there, says the family.

Pretty heavy with blue dash in a pink car but hey it works. Banjo steering wheel is always a winner and Robins total polishing of the steering column is awesome

Pretty heavy with blue dash in a pink car but hey it works. Banjo steering wheel is always a winner and Robins total polishing of the steering column is awesome

Mom did the headliner so good that the rest of the family asked her to do the whole upholstery. That woman made it all with a remarkable result being the first time and all. What a player to throw in on the finish line.

Ford Custom tail lights in a Volvo PV front fender turned backwards. Car builders are artists

Ford Custom tail lights in a Volvo PV front fender turned backwards. Car builders are artists

That’s why Robin had fever, the family was exhausted at that car show when they got the biggest price of all –

Peoples Choice. Imagine they beat all the big American cars, and all the fantastic customs with their small tractor made for youngsters.

Harmony from all angels.  Fun with an integrated lamp from Volvo PV bumper just above the plate.

Harmony from all angels. Fun with an integrated lamp from Volvo PV bumper just above the plate.

That’s a true blast. After that they got invited to Sweden’s biggest exhibition for these small home made tractors, Vallåkra, and I guess you already have figured it out…
– Yes they won there too.

Sunset, full tank and dad’s paying.  Life is a blast

Sunset, full tank and dad’s paying. Life is a blast

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People gather when they stop.

Kvarnström brothers. Do not try to out swim these gentlemen. Both are former swimmers on elite level.

Kvarnström brothers. Do not try to out swim these gentlemen. Both are former swimmers on elite level.

Time to go.

Time to go.

Six inch top shop makes that old unsexy Swedish road into Route 66 of the USA.

Six inch top shop makes that old unsexy Swedish road into Route 66 of the USA.

Source:  http://www.worldkustom.com/en/july-2014/06-4-car-for-kids-loophole-in-sweden/

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:  curtisr57@gmail.com 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 http://challengecupseries.com/.  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:  https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/67th-bemc-spring-trophy-races-canadian-tire-motorsport-park-casc-ontario-590322

See you at the track!