Get ready to Rally!

If someone called you Mario you’d understand the reference immediately.  But what if you were referred to as Neuville or various Scandinavian first names, would you get the reference?  For those familiar with rally car events, you probably would.  For those who are not followers of this popular motor sport, well, you might not.

Enter the Canadian Rally Car scene.

Navigational Rally

Navigational rallies, also known as Time Speed Distance (TSD) rallies, incorporate a driver and navigator working together in a typical street car to follow a route laid out on public roads in a set of instructions. The objective is to collect all the checkpoints on the route at specific times which you can do by following the average speeds indicated in the instructions. If you arrive at a checkpoint too soon or too late, you’ll accumulate penalty minutes. The team with the fewest penalty minutes wins. These events typically have two or three levels of difficulty and a quick lesson before the event for first-time participants.

checkpoint

Navigational rallies are a great way to see picturesque areas off the beaten path and explore regions you wouldn’t normally visit and meet an interesting group of like-minded car enthusiasts too. There’s usually a social gathering after each event where people share stories of their adventure, try to find reason as to why they ended up 5 kms off course, and drivers and navigators make amends for things said in the car.

socialize

Rally Sport Ontario’s affiliate clubs host several events each year that are part of the Ontario Road Rally Championship (ORRC). These events are usually about 200 kms long and take about 5 hours to complete. Some of the clubs also host their own rally series, annual, and/or one-off events which are typically shorter and cater to beginners. Check the event calendar for upcoming rallies. (Source:  https://www.rallysport.on.ca/navrally/)

 

Volunteer Drivers Needed

Loving Spoonful picks up surplus food from grocers and farmers for delivery to more than 40 local shelters, meal programs, and other social services agencies. We are looking for more volunteer drivers help us with those deliveries, which each take 1-1.5 hours and can be committed to weekly or on an occasional basis. Last year we got almost $300,000 of fresh food to our Kingston neighbours who need it most.
Would St. LAC members have any interest in helping us out as volunteer drivers?
Cheers,

Lilith Wyatt
Food Access Coordinator
559 Bagot St.
Kingston, ON  K7K 3E1
Office:  613-507-8848
Cell:  613-893-6393

Your Executive has been busy

No, really.

When we’re not trying to pay bills left over from the past, mend fences with those who were promised this and that, we’re busy planning for the future.  And we’re busy with our own stuff too!  Yup, we like to race as much as we like to help others make this happen.  So what it is exactly we’ve been busy with?  Here’s a partial list:

Paper work:  we have to file new Incorporation papers to reflect the new volunteers who came onboard to keep the club afloat.  This is isn’t as easy as it seems as St. LAC doesn’t Paperwork is hard!have a complete slate of Executive members.  In order to maintain our not-for-profit status, we are required to have a President (among other things) and no one has expressed a willingness to take on this position.

More paperwork:  while the jury is still out on the necessity of filing Income Tax returns, let’s just say it can’t hurt.

Accounting:  I, for one, am impressed by the efforts to keep good financial records by all of the club’s Treasurers to date.  With that in mind, we purged the books that we are no longer required to keep; namely, 2009 and 2010.  Not-for-profits need only have Journals dating back six years and that is exactly what we have now.

House-keeping:  we have been doing our best to consolidate the club’s assets by moving things kept with various past and present members and places into the club’s trailer.  So what’s in it now?  Cones and more cones.  Timing equipment that requires some attention (and will get it), a sound system that may or may not work, frs radios, safety equipment and other odds and sods used to put on events.  A complete inventory will be made available later in the year along with a 2017 financial report.

Keeping in-touch:  honestly you won’t see a lot on this website or Facebook as we are asked to do so very little.  Lucky us, huh?  Nope.  In fact, we have been busy having talks with Brack Driving Dynamics to help us put on driver events for Kingston’s BMW dealership and Subaru as well.  Why them?  They’re the ones that have responded to our calls.  What’s in it for us?  There’s bound to be a few who feel the racing bug and join St LAC as a result.  And we’d love to hear from you if have any special requests for activities or events.  We always answer our emails:  st.lac.club@gmail.com

Gettin’ ’em while they’re young:  your Vice President Peter has been hard at work with a Limestone School Board official in hopes of creating a 24 Hour of Lemons event or the like down the road.  Who said it’s too late to go back to school?!  Stay tuned.

Etiam:  Oh that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp or what’s a club for?  Well, we meet.  We respond to requests.  The reality is, however, we’re a club of convenience.  Wanna race?  Great, watch ’em join.  Looking for an introduction to racing?  There are events for that and we steer people in the right direction.  😉  Is the phone ringing off the hook?  Nope.  We may be the loneliest car club execs in the Province.  Most of our members are from out of town and they don’t seem to be in any hurry to call Kingston Mecca.  Well forget the events, maybe they just  want social stuff.  Ahh, there’s the rub.  We’re racers too and a bit busy.  Too busy?  Never.  Watch this site for more information.