St LAC is pleased to announce that Fielding’s Tire & Auto has joined the growing list of club supporters.
Fielding’s Tire & Auto has been located at 900 Princess St. in Kingston, ON for the last 34 years. We serve the auto repair and new tires and wheels needs of customers in Kingston, Napanee, Brockville, and surrounding areas.
The CASC has announced a number of changes to the 2017 Racing License Rules. They are outlined below:
To encourage more people to come and try our events, we have broadened the types of competition licences we will accept. The list now includes BMWCCA and PCA licences. We have been accepting these licences on a “driver by driver” basis for the last couple of years, we’re just bringing the rules in line with what we’ve been doing.
You may have noticed that we’ve switched our Physician’s Medical Examination form for 2017. We are now using the same form as ASN Canada. In addition, in years that you don’t require a medical examination, there is a Medical Self-declaration Form to be submitted with your renewal. For the last couple years we have been investigating altering the frequency of medical examinations. We aren’t there yet, but we’re going to keep trying. The Self-declaration forms are part of this process.
Third and most significantly, we’ve made changes to the Class B competition licence. In prior years, you had to go and see the Stewards if you wanted to upgrade your licence to a Class A. You didn’t have to upgrade so quite a few drivers never bothered to. In 2016 we had in excess of 50 drivers racing with a Class B. We had about a dozen new drivers last year so that suggests there are 40+ drivers racing on Class Bs, or rookie licences.Starting with the 2017 race season, Class B Probationary Drivers are required to:
1) display “rookie” triangles on their cars so that the rest of us know who you are and can give you a little more room.
2) report to the event Instructor before going on track. The Instructor will be available to mentor and observe new drivers all weekend
3) report to the event Instructor at the end of the weekend for debriefing and signatures, the Stewards are no longer involved
The Regional Chief Instructor, or their designate, will decide when a driver is upgraded from a Class B to a Class A licence. Until the upgrade, rules 1,2,and 3 above apply.
The Chief Instructor is reviewing the 40 or so Class B licence holders that have been licenced for more than a year to see which should be upgraded to a Class A immediately, and which need a bit more experience. Don’t be surprised if you have a Class B and you receive an e-mail or call from Ray Arlauskas. He wants to talk to you about an upgrade…
A number of people have asked me why we’ve made these changes, why do we require licences at all? Here’s the short answer…
Licencing is not new. The idea behind a licence is to ensure that everyone on track has the basic skills and knowledge to safely participate in road racing. The fact that on occasion, persons fail to qualify for a licence is proof that not “everyone can race”. Having said that, licences are not meant to provide a barrier to stop people from participating. That’s why we have the Class B Probationary and the Class A Full Competition. The triangles are on the cars are to let everyone on the track know that this is someone “new”. I’d like to see drivers drop by the “rookies” after a session to ask them how they did and to give them a few pointers. Racing is a great sport, but it can be a bit overwhelming to a new driver. The more welcome we make them feel the more likely they are to stick with it and bring their friends next time…
With these changes, we’re going to need qualified Instructors at the track. These will be experienced drivers that can observe, teach, and mentor new competitors. If you’d like to be involved with this send me an e-mail so we can talk about it.
Good news for those in search of Lapping Day opportunities, Shannonville has just announced their schedule for 2017. Oh, and in case you’re wondering why the Club isn’t offering any such events themselves, here’s the cost of renting the Track:
So until the coffers are over-flowing, we’ll have to content ourselves with the offerings of others. The cost for each session is $160 if paid in advance or $200 at the gate. Shannonville will also be offering its Brack Driving Concepts Courses on these days too. This program has to be booked one week in advance and costs $300 plus HST for the day. You can find out more about both of these opportunities at SMP.
Earlier in the Year, St LAC members — past and present — were asked to let us know what’s important to them. Thanks to the input (so far as the survey is still open) your Executive can zero-in that much better on what the Big Picture should be.
I like to keep things simple, fun, cheap and laissez faire. I don’t mind pitching in with fees, etc, but I can’t really give up a whole heap of time.
I really appreciate the effort that you guys have gone to.
Thanks for being great!
Regarding #9, when you say race, I think you mean wheel to wheel road racing which is something I’d like to do but is not in the cards for me right now. I’m happy to participate in autocross and lapping events in my car and maybe time attack down the road.
I predicted the results would indicate an aging group who still like to participate and, as such, will happily pay to see things happen but were less willing to assist with events — a common observance for clubs of all stripes today thanks to an aging population. I believe, however, that I may be wrong. The spirit, it seems, is still willing but not at the same level as yesteryear. One thing remains strong and that’s the collectivity — the social aspect — remains strong for this group and I’ll drink to that! — Roger