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. 

Emily Atkins
Emily Atkins Group Inc
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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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The Crashes That Changed Racing (Documentary)

Not for the faint of heart but instrumental in reminding us of the fatal nature of motorsport.

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Minutes of the September Meeting

Were it not getting dark so early these days, we would have held the meeting on the patio of the RCAF Club!  What Fall weather!

It was a busy meeting with lots on the Agenda but that didn’t stop everyone from discussing the often overlooked world of AMC muscle cars.  Did you know that the difference between an AMC AMX and the Javelin is 14 inches?   Norm did.  Could that be because he is the owner of a AMX Big Bad Blue coloured model?  Imagine owning a car that looks like this:

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Items discussed:

  1. A motion was made by R. Curtis and seconded by P. Ellsworth to accept sealed bids until 8pm.  This was passed.  One bid was accepted but withdrawn shortly afterwards.  As a result, the storage bin remains unsold.  It was decided that we pursue selling the item on kijiji.  Roger will pursue this.  It was important to the present executive that members–past and present–be given the first opportunity to purchase this club asset first.  On a similar note, club members present were offered club T-shirts for $10 (L and XL) along with an XXL size for $5.
  2. The results of our Club Autoslalom Championships were presented for purposes of affirming membership status, errors, etc.  All was in order and trophies will be distributed at the AGM.
  3. Elections:  Rob Metcalfe has accepted the position of President for the remainder of the year.  Roger Curtis has agreed to take on the position of Treasurer with a plan to put the last three years of transactions into an electronic Accounting program.  There were no takers for the position of Racing Director or Equipment Director.  These positions will be offered up next meeting.
  4. Incorporation.  In what can only be described as a scene from Catch 22, we won’t have a full slate of officers (there is another volunteer waiting on the side-lines) until we submit taxation forms and we can’t get this done with out having a full slate of officers.  All should be well once the Accounting gets done, however.
  5. The Club has positive cash flow.  The bank balance stands at some $9000 +
  6. The Limestone Street Scene Club was discussed.  They appear to have a healthy membership and we were curious to know why.  All evidence suggests that more of an effort is made to simply hang-out and, as Pepsi Cola used to describe it:  ‘be sociable’.  To that end, the executive will investigate a Fall fun run.  Stay tuned!
  7. What does the club do?  In the absence of a Director of Racing, we looked to those in attendance and suggested that all ideas arising from the floor are not only welcome but will receive the full backing of the club.  Again, the idea of car get-togethers was discussed and we came back to the idea of a Fall run.
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Can you name these engine parts?

Even with the season drawing to a close you can still prove your petrol-headedness with help from this quiz.

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