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November 2001

Lanark Highlands Rally Year End Reports Miscellaneous Ramblings II

November 2001

2001 MCO Executive

Ron Woltman H: (613) 592-0141 W: (819) 997-6988 J.R. Fortin pager: (613) 760-8418 W: (613) 734-8556 Rob Microys H: (613) 822-7204
Directors Public Relations Past President Vice-President President and Ontario Race Organizing Rep.

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Editorial Exhaust
On the cover are a number of scans from Sam Mandia, a collector of Formula Dinkey(tm) cars. Further information is available on page 8. Nice to see what other collectors are doing. I've been collecting 1/18th scale models for a number of years, and my collection is up to 25 now. Also from Sam, a new series about taking the next step in Motorsport. Many of our members join the club for our Solo-II and Winter Slush n'Slide series. After Solo-II, what are the options for moving further into the sport? I hope to have a number of different contributors give some background information about the various ways members can become more deeply involved in motorsport. This is based on my own questions about what I can do next. Other submissions will include karting, marshaling, crewing, SoloI, and road racing. The series should run until next spring.

Basil Chiu H: (613) 830-1561 W: (819) 953-7251 Adam Mortimer H: (613) 822-2565 Jeremy Hamilton H: (613) 824-1362 Richard Muise Jim Morrow H: (613) 256-0188 Patrick Weightman (613) 831-3749 Robert Benson H: (613) 837-2051 Chris Capowski H: (613) 228-1180 W: (613) 526-5202
Secretary Treasurer Membership Rally Solo-II Race Karting


18th day of every month.

Members are welcome to submit classified advertisements for noncommercial purposes free of charge. Members may also submit business card-sized advertisements for their businesses free of charge. These will be published space permitting.


(MCO Executive Continued) LINK Editor Richard Muise H: (613) 241-9983 W: (613) 763-6981 Ontario Race Committee Rep Cindy Armstrong (613) 489-2725

Motorsport Club of Ottawa Founded 1949 Founding Member CASC 1951 Incorporated 1953

November 2001

Moving To The Next Level

by Sam Mandia
So, you've done Solo-1 and maybe Solo-II as well. You are now ready for the next challenge, but what can you afford? (Step 1) Look for a class that looks like fun and has a fair amount of competitors participating. (Step 2) Get as much information about the class as possible and GET YOURSELF A RULE BOOK! (Step 3) Talk to someone who is actually doing the racing that appeals to you. In terms of cost, the Formula Vee or F1200 class is the best bang for your buck. The cars are relatively fast, reliable and easy to maintain. Parts are available from several sources in the US and Canada. The camaraderie among the drivers is outstanding with many giving advice and parts freely to keep you on the track and racing. It is the oldest class outside of Formula 1. Initiated in 1963 as replacement for the ultraexpensive Formula Junior class, the cars utilize a VW 1200 cc engines and running gear. The main emphasis of the class is on driving skill. The cost of a car will vary between $5000 to $20,000 depending on what is available, and how much you have to spend. This price range may or may not include a trailer. The other option is a rental program, where you would arrive and drive. The person renting the cars will almost always ask you to help prep the car. This not a bad thing, because it will help you understand what is happening to the car. The cost would be $1000 plus crash damage, with a deposit required up front. A budget for the season would include the following: The Ontario region entry fee $245 per race. Travel expenses depending on your life style. A Van, truck, Motor-home or car capable of towing a small trailer with race car Fuel (These cars run on pump gas, nothing exotic. The compression ratio is very low!) A Snell-approved helmet (check up-dated specs. at all times) Clothing. Expect to spend about $1200 on drivers suit, underware, gloves, balaclava, shoes and socks. Used equipment is available, but check your rule book to identify the updated versions as required. Engine rebuilds ($500 plus parts) transmission ($350 plus parts) chassis parts (see below) Example costs of chassis parts: a new front end from spindle to spindle would cost $500. a complete set of tires would be about $750. (Tires last more than 1 season and are a spec tire, whereby rain tires are not required, or allowed.) Wheels are $75 each, but used ones are available. Contrary to popular beliefs, a large hammer is not the only tool required to work on a F-Vee. A simple set of wrenches and sockets (metric and imperial), pliers, screw drivers are all that is needed to work on your car. Special VW tools are needed to perform certain jobs on your car, but you can work up to that point in time, or borrow them at the track. My average cost for a season of 7 races and the Spring fling is around $5000. All prices are in Canadian dollars. Please, feel free to contact me to discuss any questions you may about Formula Vee or F1200.

Tentative MCO Slush n' Slide Schedule

Sunday January 13 Sunday January 27 Sunday February 10 Sunday February 24 (Rain dates: February 3 and 17) All Events are at Capital City Speedway

Time to improve Winter driving skills? MCO Winter Driving School

Tentative Dates: Jan 6, 2002 Jan 20, 2002 Feb 2, 2002 Feb 16, 2002 Location: Capital City Speedway Rates to be announced shortly. Register online at

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So it is, as President for the fourth? time, that I report to you, the membership. As the Motorsport Club of Ottawa moves towards our 53rd year of continuous operation and as the National Capital Region's leading grass roots Motorsport club, there is indeed, much to review. First, we are financially sound. The credit for that goes to each and every one of you, including the current and recent past executives who have exercised strong, visionary and mature fiscal management. In step with our robust fiscal situation is the vibrant growth of the membership. A volunteer organization without solid commitment from its membership is a club in name only. And, despite the dearth of individual candidates standing for election in 2001, the outlook for membership-growth remains rosy. But as I have said countless times; we need you and your ideas serving and leading the club. Highlights include: the MCO's vision and leadership in the domain of rallying (RSO affiliation), karting (ASN and OKRA affiliation); the successful Canaska Cup race event organization; advanced driver training and education (both in winter and summer); strong, well-organized and attended Solo II events, and much, much more. This is all pointing, I believe, towards momentum in the right direction despite some sombre warning signs for the future. Did I mention first place at this year's Autorama for best Club display? The large MCO display sign? Super track grooming at Capital City? And Louis Steak House? WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO MEET! I want to thank personally each executive member - elected or appointed - who worked tirelessly on your behalf, through good weather and bad. Also, a nod to all of YOU who contributed your time and effort to the success of our varied calendar of events. Stand up and be applauded. A personal acknowledgment also to Cindy Armstrong who travels monthly to the centre of the Universe for CASC race meetings - I know the feeling as you slog your way home past midnight, your eyes slowly closing as you drift off slightly! My daughter always calls me about 1:00 AM to ensure I am still awake! And to Mike Lowe and his hard-working crew scribbling the absolutely fascinating history "The Motorsport Club of Ottawa: The First Fifty Years." A great read and soon to be in your hands.

A kind word of thanks to all of our sponsors and partners this past season who also have contributed immeasurably to the success of both individual club events and the club itself. Let me also add that if we have not measured up to your expectations, let us know. We want to work together for the betterment of both parties. I have tried my darndest to fulfill my responsibilities to the fullest extent possible. Admittedly, there were a few omissions and failures that I regret, but overall I feel a sense of accomplishment as we close the page on our first full year of the 21st century. And as we turn to the next page of the new Millenium, I hope that in 50 years someone will be reviewing the rich, historical text of our first 50 years, as an author yet unknown embarks upon the drafting of the second 50.. Thanks to all. Ron

karting by making the proper affiliations. I hope the members continue their support of these sorts of activities, and that this trend continues in the years ahead. In order to support this trend, and to keep the club going on a daily basis, every member needs to support the entire club and its activities. I continue to notice that 90% of the work is done by 5% of the membership - something that really doesn't change much as time goes by. My guess is that this is a fact of life in a volunteer organization but I hope that maybe some of you can make that change. This year I have strived to update and expand our website on a continuous basis to accommodate you, the members, for your needs to receive information and communicate with each other. Based on the fact that I've rarely heard anybody complain about it - except when I've broken it, the site must be of some use and enjoyment. This coming season in 2002 is the year that I will transition from being an organizer to a competitor. For those that don't know, I have bought a racecar and will be campaigning it next year in the Regional Sprints. Next year will also see my 'retirement' from active duties as an event organizer and my executive-type responsibilities. I've been on the board of directors since 1996, and it's time I take a step back both for my personal sanity and for my efforts for next year. Helping to steer the club has been a rewarding and challenging experience, which I hope that other people will step up to. Even though I'm taking a step back, I will continue to maintain the website. On that note it's time to hang up the gloves and helmet for another season, have a great winter and I'll be seeing some of you trackside at the races next spring!

Year End Report Past President

by Rob Microys
Well, this year has been a banner-year for the club. The club and its members have held more events this year than I remember since I've become and active member. I must commend all the people, members and non-members, who come out time after time to support the club's activities and goals. Without your support this club and these great events possible wouldn't survive! Our club has slowly grown and attempted to solidify its diversification in the past few years. It has tried hard to establish stronger rally roots and expand into

2001 MCO Awards Banquet

Date: Saturday November 24th Tickets on sale now! Contact Basil Chiu (613) 830-1561 Location: Louis' Steakhouse

November 2001

2001 Lanark Highlands Rally Supports Local Charity

by Jim Morrow

of the program horses (and their human partners) and the effect of the contact on the children and adults in the program. Putting on a rally also involves a pretty significant volunteer effort and I'd like to thank those whose efforts made the event possible: - Jaak Laan, who helped me map out a possible route that may surface in future rallies. - Dave Butler, who offered his services to "green" the rally and also worked as a checkpoint marshall. - Richard Muise, who, once again, made time in his busy schedule for us and worked a checkpoint. - Bennett Leckie, who ran course opening and worked checkpoint # 4. - My dearly beloved (Jeannie), who acted as routemaster, ran two checkpoints, acted as registrar and helped with organization and administration. - Susan Cressy, the Coordinator and Chief Instructor of the Therapeutic Riding Program, who provided the great prizes, did a presentation on the Riding Program and came first in Novice Class! - The Almonte Civitans, who graciously donated the use of their facility Of the 23 teams who turned out, 10 were novices, most of whom had never rallied before. We ran a well-attended school before the rally to cover the basics and answer any questions. Judging by the performance of most of the teams, I'd say they were quick learners. Thanks to Susan Cressy, we were able to offer an impressive prize lineup this year: - two separate whitewater-rafting packages for two - ski-lift passes to Mt. Pakenham - T-shirts from the Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program

- a Therapeutic Riding Program ball cap - a Lanark Highlands food gift pack - two nights at a chalet at Mont-Tremblant - laser-engraved wooden plaques for firstplace Novice and Expert Driver and Navigator Class results were as follows: Novice 1. Susan Cressy (D) Pierre Mirault (N) 2. Jim Holtom (D) Lorrie Stark (N) 3. Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff (D) Shane Norup (N) Expert 1. Tim Burrell (D) Vijay Pereira (N) 2. Kirby Dunstan (D) Gary Oman (N) 3. Steve Carrick (D) Gillian Carrick (N) Notes: - Jim Holtom would have come first, but we wouldn't let him bring his race car. - Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff complained that there was no ice on the roads. - Tim Burrell's car was equipped with a bicycle odometer wired to one of the wheels. It failed on the way to the rally and they had to run unequipped. (This one is true!) - Steve Carrick ran the event in a Toyota Previa VAN! This was the last event for the club's fiscal year. We start next year with a sixevent series, the first of which runs out of the Almonte Community Centre, 182 Bridge Street, on November 10. It's a night rally on some fun roads. Come on out and support your club in the fastest growing type of motorsport!

On Saturday, October 20, the second annual Lanark Highlands Rally ran out of Almonte. The weather cooperated and most of the event was rain-free. Last year we had a turnout of 21 cars. This year 23 teams came out for the "great" roads and beautiful scenery. The MCO is a community-based club and we felt that it would be not only good PR but also good citizenship to give something back to the community. After all, these are the folks who lend us their roads and put up with the increased traffic and dust. With that in mind we organized the rally in partnership with a local charitable organization, the Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program. The Program has been in existence since 1986 when they started with 12 riders. Today, they serve over 100 children, teens and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities, offering an unique form of Hippotherapy where dedicated volunteers, both horses and humans, work with the riders. This year's rally raised $1200 for the program, far exceeding what we had expected. My thanks to all of you who participated in the rally AND supported this very worthy cause. Your donations will go to cover part of the cost of room and board for the horses who participate in the program, as well as their veterinary bills. If you ever get a chance to watch one of these sessions, you can't help but be moved by the intelligence and patience

Ottawa Lynx at Jetform Park

Proud sponsor of the MCO Solo-II Timing Board

Sponsor of the MCO Solo-II season


by Basil Chiu
I set out this year with a broad mandate for myself: to manage volunteerism, media relations and sponsorship for the club. I found out quickly that it was more than I could chew. It seemed like a good plan, but I was limited by what everyone else who has volunteered knows -available time. The end result I wanted to see was money flowing into the club. There are two ways I see this happening membership fees and sponsorship. I will discuss both. I saw sponsorship as a greater source of money for the club mainly because no one wants to pay higher fees. Corporations have deeper pockets too. As well, it's more glamorous (this is car racing after all), developing sponsorship skills is a personal goal of mine (ever wonder why you rarely see me driving?) and the club does have goodwill to offer. I find that one of the club's problems is awareness. Potential members know a club exists, and they've heard of us anecdotally, but we're not as easy to find as say, opening the yellow pages. One way to make potential sponsors aware of the MCO's promotional opportunities, I surmised, was to increase media coverage of MCO events. Thankfully, we have a webmaster who doesn't sleep late: Robert Microys. He's provided a beautiful, up-to-date web site that is easily the MCO's primary outreach and mass communications channel. We also have a "walking day-timer" of a president named Ronald Woltman who always manages to liaison with the right sanctioning bodies, organizers and clubs outside of the MCO. Which leads me to volunteerism. In order to have events media will cover, the club needs volunteerism. While it is a tradition that whatever the MCO plans seems to happen, volunteerism is actually quite low in this organization. (Like most not-for-profit organizations, 20 per cent of the members do 90 per cent of the work). Interestingly, people want to take part in big, glamorous events. We come full circle - sponsors help add cachet to events. Starting my term, I helped with volunteer and media relations with the winter driving schools and ice dices. From a promotional perspective, the event was successful. Two news releases I wrote were carried in the Ottawa Citizen. CJOH also carried two news stories, resulting from pitches I made. This media coverage, combined with the goodwill carried over from the previous season (thanks to Jaak Laan's publicity efforts) lead us to holding

eight winter driving schools in total. We had originally planned to run just two. During these events, I recorded the hotline messages and collected volunteers' names. It was fun. I did most of this work for school credit! Unfortunately, my internship started in March, and I ran out of enough spare time. Thankfully the task of the hotline fell to Vice-President JR Fortin. Unfortunately the task of volunteer name collection fell by the wayside. Various writing assignments fell to me, like a position-paper regarding our support for driver training, an address to the Ontario minister of transportation, and the odd thank-you letter. I even wrote a letter of condolence when an organizer of the local electric vehicle racing association passed away. When Alcatel decided to end the agreement struck with its Canadian predecessor, Newbridge, allowing the MCO free usage of Alcatel's parking lot for Solo II events, I joined the search for a new venue. For a while, it seemed there wouldn't be a 2001 Solo II season nobody wanted to entertain our needs! In my opinion, the MCO, with it's narrow demographic, racing gas-guzzling cars for fun doesn't offer good communityrelations opportunities for corporations. The Ottawa Lynx finally agreed to rent us the JetForm Park parking lot at a discountwe received two free dates and unofficially the usage of the entire lot for the price of a partial rental. On top of that, they provided 300 free tickets to the any regular-season Lynx home games. Planning the Canaska Cup was the next major activity. I planned to find sponsors from the high-tech sector. I had researched some companies, and was completing a needs assessment and writing the proposal when unfortunately that sector hit hard times. I take the long-term approach to sponsorship hunting. Anyone can pick up the phone and ask for small amounts of money or "in-kind" payments in exchange for say, mounting signage. (Eventually, this is what I did). This lack of strategy may be the best time-limited volunteer organizations can muster. It works in the short term, but organizations who constantly rely on such methods never reach anything bigger than we are now. At some point in my planning, I realized I needed money fast. That's when I started making long-distance calls courtesy of (but unbeknownst to) my employer (who shall remain nameless). During work hours. I learned lead time is everything in getting the best price. Still, I managed to secure between four and five thousand dollars worth of free equipment "rentals" from RSC Equipment Rentals, the usage of the sport versions of two VW Beetles (decorated with sponsor livery), about $3000 (retail) worth of apparel from Bridgestone, a set of Bridgestone Potenzas (worth about $1000 retail, and won by MCO treasurer, Robert Benson),

about $75 dollars worth of Chevrolet merchandise courtesy of Myers' ChevOlds-Cadillac, and $200 worth of fuel certificates from Pioneer Petroleum. I also learned this is a full-time job. Since then, school and work priorities conspired to keep me from spending the time I would have liked to working to advance the MCO's financial position. I'd like to spend another year working on the MCO's executive board. This time, however, I'd like to concentrate solely on sponsorship issues. Quite honestly, many of the administrative details (important as they are to the existence to the club) don't interest me. I feel I'm doing a disservice to the club and myself by taking responsibility for them as a director. There are opportunities to sell sponsorship for the MCO's winter events. Prestone manufacture at least three products (engine coolant, tire repair fluid and a portable battery booster) appropriate to the image and concepts of winter driving. Snow tire and battery manufacturers would also benefit from association with us. As well, I plan to contact Mitsubishi, who plan to enter the Canadian market in 2003. In my opinion the other way to increase the MCO's cash flow is to increase membership fees. The argument for: if you can afford to drive cars for fun, you can afford to pay a little more. The argument against: this is a grassrootsaffordable, and thus, accessible-club. A plan I'd like to explore is to change our membership structure to solve some of our financial and volunteerism problems. The first component is to restrict participation in all events to membership in any ASN Canada FIA sanctioned club. This is the ultimate tangible benefit of membership. I've spoken to bystanders at Solo II events and other automobile enthusiasts who aren't members. The first question: what does sponsorship give me? For your average Joe who doesn't tow a prepped car to a closed circuit, a fivedollar discount on Solo II races isn't a great benefit. Forcing all members to join some club also lends a feeling of exclusivity that must be recognized. I realize many members do tow prepped cars to closed circuits. They only join the MCO because the have to. As I said, I'm willing to explore this concept. But it's like amateur hockey. I can't just bring my kid whenever I feel like it and throw him on the ice. Mandatory membership creates a loyalty and commitment to the club. Some critics point that benefits of membership include camaraderie and others that fall under the umbrella of "the chance to be around the people and the sport". Call me a cynic, but I find the people who support that view are the same people who stand to benefit from having wide-eyed aficionados lurking (continued on page 10)

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MCO Rally Group "2001 Lanark Highlands" Results October 20, 2001 Almonte, ON
in association with the Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program
Car No. Class Driver Navigator CP 1 CP 2 CP 3 CP 4 CP 5 EOR Penalties Class Overall 19 E T. Burrell V. Pereira 1e 0 1e 0.6 0 0 2.6 1 1 11 E K. Dunstan G. Oman 2 1e 0 0.3 1 0 4.3 2 2 15 E S. Carrick G. Carrick 2 1e 1e 0 1 0 5 3 3 12 E J. Shay S. Howard 2 1e 1e 1.6 1e 0 5.6 4 4 21 E N. Chander M. Chander 0 1 1e 3.2 1 0 6.2 5 5 8 E G. Brady S. Frankovitch 0 0 0 0.1 3e 4e 7.1 6 7 13 E J. R. Fortin B. Murphy 2 0 1e 0.1e 0 5e 8.1 7 8 6 E C. Armstrong J. Armstrong 1e 0 1e 2.3 0 5 9.3 8 10 14 E C. Hamm M. Taillefer 2 1e 1e 0.9e 2e 3 9.9 9 11 23 E C. Bull M. Ogletree 1 1 1 4.5 3 0 10.5 10 12 7 E J. Laan D. Sarazin 0 0 6e 2.6 2e 1e 11.6 11 13 10 E R. Microys C. Capowski 0 0 1e 10 0 6 17 12 16 9 E A. Pepper J. Leclair 1e 0 0 17.2 3 0 21.2 13 18 2 N S. Cressy P. Mirault 2 0 1 3.4 0 0 6.4 1 6 4 N J. Holtom L. Stark 3e 1 0 1.6 3 0 8.6 2 9 16 N F. TrauttmansdorffS. Norup 2 1 1 5 3 1 14 3 14 20 N G. Besner A. Johnston 1 2 2e 8 2 1e 16 4 15 3 N T. Lang I. McDonald 0 2e 9 2.5 1 3 17.5 5 17 5 N E. Tigges M. Hofbauer 4e 2 1e 5.2 2e 6e 22.2 6 19 18 N B. Hollyer G. Lowe 1 1 0 11.6 7 2e 22.6 7 20 17 N T. Lopes S. Lopes 1 2 0 6.4 10 9 28.4 8 21 22 N A. Bertrand N. Elmekki 6 7 1e 10.2 2 4 30.2 9 22 1 N J. Kelly S. Dancer DNF* DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF * radiator hose e = early ML = max. late DNF = Did Not Finish

The Motorsport Club of Ottawa MCO Rally Group Golden Pine Rally Results September 15, 2001 Golden Lake, ON
Car No. Class 1 E 2 E 6 E 5 N 3 N 4 N ML = max late ME = max eary e = early Driver G. Calnan Tony Lai P. Nunes S. Rioux B. Chiu J. Corrigan Navigator L. Carbados Jane Lennox H. Rochas D. Rioux L. Doherty D. Corrigan CP 1 0 0 0 1e 0 0 CP 2 0 0 20(ML) 0 0 4e CP 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 CP 4 CP 5 3e 1e 0 1e 20(ML) 20(ML) 0 0 1e 15(ME) 1e 20(ML) CP 6 0 3 0 8 2 14 CP 7 0 2 0 0 5 11e CP 8 0 4e 6 3 2 0 CP 9 0 4e 7 1e 2e 1e CP 10 CP 11 Penalties 0 0 4 0 3 17 0 1e 74 2 3 18 1e 20(ML) 51 0 1 52 Class 1 2 3 1 2 3 Overall 1 2 6 3 4 5

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by (The Other) John Powell

1. Openers Ever since joining MCO last spring, I have noticed that every so often at club meetings, one can hear the faint plaintive cry "...articles...for the Link...please send articles...". Wait! - there it is again - off in the distance. Can you hear it? Hold fast, stalwart editor, your pleas have not gone unheeded. Help is on the way...of course, it may not be exactly what you were expecting, but......... When I was a member of The Sports Car Club in Toronto back in the '60s (Oh God! Am I really old enough to talk like that? "When I was your age, young fella, we actually had to go outside in the winter, and start our cars ourselves.). Anyway, I used to write the odd article for "RPM", our club organ (don't snicker - you know what I mean). The title of those collections of meandering thoughts was "Miscellaneous Rumblings". Those of you old enough to have read Road & Track back then know where this comes from - for you young folk, do some research! I can't promise (or threaten?) that this resurrection of that column will appear on a regular basis, especially during the racing season - if CASC deigns to give me my licence back that is - and of course, with the proviso that our patient editor is desperate enough for content, but I'll do my best. I'll try to cover my own experiences and opinions, and I have been accused of having too many of those ("Guilty M'Lud"), those of other club members, and tidbits from other sources, including gleanings from history. So if you have information to share, comments or gripes, or compliments to dish out, just e-mail me at or see me at club meetings - clandestinely, if you wish, and I won't refuse plain brown envelopes, either. 2. Speaking of History... I learned in the late '60s that stuffing big American V8s into British cars had a longer history than I thought, going back to at least the early '50s. Bennett Leckie's description of an Allard V8 engined coupe in the October issue reminded me of this. As the only mass-produced V8 hemi available when Sydney Allard was building cars would have been the Chrysler unit developed for the "300" series, I would guess that the coupe Bennett describes dates from '55 or later. That's if


the engine is original, as I don't recall any Chrysler-Allards. His earlier coupes and tourers usually used tuned Ford (Dagenham) in-line fours and sixes, and also their version of the flat-head V8. I could be wrong, though - I ain't perfect. The fuel injection could be a clue, as the only automotive fuel injection produced for the open market at the time that I remember was the Hilborn unit, used on the early Corvette, and in the after-market by hot rodders. Although, "The Motor" yearbook for 1953 does mention that Chrysler was experimenting with a port injection system for their regular V8. As for the valve covers, I think there was a "typo" - I would guess that the name should be "Offenhauser". As well as building the Miller engine for the Indy and other oval track cars of the day, and up to the late '60s(?), Offenhauser was also a manufacturer of after-market speed parts, such as intake manifolds, valve covers, etc. More popular with Allard was the Cadillac engine. Introduced in the late '40s ('49?), this engine was the first mass-produced OHV V8, although Ford and Chrysler weren't very far behind. Cadillac-Allard roadsters were really popular in the '50s with the road racing set, especially in North America. Their handling was on a par with other early '50s sports cars, but once you got them pointed straight ... well I'm sure you can imagine. The J2(?) Cadillac-Allard was an important milestone in sports car development. The more powerful engines of the day, other than highly tuned production fours and sixes, were expensive, highly stressed, almost hand-made, high compression (for the day) DOHC units, which required continual expert maintenance. Think of the '58 MGA Twin Cam - and that was one of the less costly examples. Allard showed that a series-produced sports car could be offered that gave more than adequate power from a mass-produced, inexpensive, lowly stressed, yet still modern and easily serviced OHV V8 engine. So you see, Carroll Shelby wasn't the first. The picture on page 8 was taken at the Ontario Jaguar Owners Association (OJOA) Concours at the Old Mill in Toronto in the summer of '73. If I recall correctly (I've lost my notes) the car is a '53 or '54 J2 Cad Allard roadster that was restored to original condition. Note: As mentioned, this is mostly from memory, and we all know what happens to that as you get older, so if anyone has comments or corrections, let me know and I'll include them in my next column.

3. Back In The Saddle Again Or at least, one foot in the stirrup. I won't go into detail on my experience of dealing with the present CASC right now (as I mentioned, I haven't got my licence back yet) but I must say that it has been much more...(must be discreet here)... let's say "involved"... than I remember. The Prodigal Son received a much warmer welcome home. Oh well, I suppose that as an organisation matures it naturally tends to become more bureaucratic. On a much brighter note, my welcome by MCO couldn't have been better. When I first walked into Louis' it was as if I had gone back 31 years to my old club. A different city, different club, different time and different people, yet still the same. Thanks all of you for welcoming me to my new home and especially to Ron and Jeremy for getting me started. People at the tracks, drivers, crew, track workers, etc. are still pretty much the same as well - the vast majority are still friendly and helpful. This is a good place to thank Rob Microys - he gave me a ride in his Solo I car at the end of the Lapping Weekend at Shannonville, because I wanted to see how modern high performance tires behaved at speed. My God, do those suckers stick! He was cornering at speeds I could only have dreamed of in my old "E" Production MGB, and it was on Firestone 500 racing tires. With his tires, I could have knocked off at least 2 to 3 seconds from my best time at Mosport. If you were at Shannonville at the end of the second day, the big grin coming down the pit straight was me! 4. You Can't Go Home Again My return to sports cars began a year or so after I gave up farming part time. There were some health problems at the time, but the main reason I quit was that I got tired of raising beef at a loss so the big supermarket chains could sell it to the consumer at a healthy profit. Looking for something to do, I began to wonder if my old MGB was still in existence when I noticed an ad in PRN (I hadn't been completely out of touch) for the 2000 VARAC race weekend at Mosport. Well, I went to the race meeting and I did find my car but not really my car, if you know what I mean. It didn't quite look the same, a deeper green and the current roll bar and racing seat took something away from the sleek look it had, but that was to be expected after all these years. The big changes were mechanical - the original Minilite alloy wheels were gone, replaced by more recent "look-alikes", as was the Overdrive gearbox, and the front suspension settings

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had been lost. These last two were really what made the car. Overdrive 4th enabled the car to go flat out through turn 4 at Mosport, and not run out of revs going down through the chute. It also meant that you didn't have to change rear end ratios for flat speed courses like Harewood. For the front end, I don't know how many degrees of caster were cranked in, but at medium speeds, the return action of the steering wheel could break your wrist if you let go and tried to catch it. But, the faster you went, the lighter it got. When you were on the limit, it was light, smooth, and dead neutral - you could do anything you wanted with that car in fast sweepers, and it just loved corner two! Tony Simms had the car before me, in 1967 and '68, and the fellow who set up the front end for him worked for Austin on Church St. (Toronto) and later for John Kerbel at Reputation Tuning (Scarborough). If I remember correctly, his name was Henry Gibson, and I met his son in Ottawa a few years back while admiring his nice MGB. He said he had his father's book with all the suspension settings of all the cars he had set up, but foolishly, I didn't follow up in it. So I'm making a plea to anyone who reads this - if anyone can put me in contact with him again, please contact me. The current owner of my old car is Joe Lightfoot of Picton, and I promised him I'd try to get him the suspension settings. Well the car wasn't as I remembered it, what about the racing? I must admit I was pleased to see so many familiar cars back on the track, some of which were competing when I was racing. But...there was something missing. Its not that there wasn't some 10/10ths racing going on there were two Formula Bs that were having a grand old dice, as well as a 240Z and a Porsche (9.. something or other - they're so confusing), and some of the Formula Vees and Fords were doing their usual graceful pirouettes into the gravel, but a lot of the cars were touring around at 8/10ths or so. Not that I mean to criticise them - if I was driving a piece of history, I'd be damn careful too!! And it wasn't that I didn't enjoy watching them - I did, and I'll go back again whenever I have time - but it wasn't for me. So, home isn't there anymore, what's next. It's a bit of a story, and you're probably wondering if this'll never end, so I'll leave it for another time, and leave you with my... 5. Parting Shot Some people I know think I'm a little bit "off" trying to get back into racing at my age, what with the expense, and physical and mental stress, and all. But the way I look at it is that those who worry about getting and looking old... get old. Those who look after themselves reasonably well and who don't worry about getting old... well, they get old too, but they have a lot more fun doing it! As for me, I'm going to use my RRSP (Registered Racer's Savings Plan) and go have some fun. You could do it too. 6. Parting Shot II As a special introductory offer, and because I'm still ticked off about the incident involved, I'll leave you with another Parting Shot. On my way to the October club meeting, I was sifting along the Blackburn By-pass in my pick-up at a fair clip. I was about to pass a smallish car at the Innes Rd. lights, when the they changed to yellow, so I clamped on the binders and came to a pretty smart stop - but not a panic stop. I glanced beside me, and lo and behold, the idiot in the car, who was going slower, remember, hit the gas and accelerated into the intersection just as the lights went red. This really pissed me off, and still does! Aren't we trying to eliminate this nonsense? Complaining to a friend a few days later, he said "That's O.K., it's just Natural Selection at work". When I asked how, he replied "Sooner or later he'll do something really stupid, and remove himself and his lousy driving from the human gene pool". The Talbots continued winning in 1950, Albi, Zandvoort and Paris. A new star Juan Manuel Fangio won the Rafacle 500 mile in Argentina at 105 mph. 1951 brought a decline in fortune with only 2 victories at the Dutch GP and Bordeaux and two 2nd places. 1952 marked the end of GP racing for Talbot. Car no. 5 1953 Ferrari D500 (Formula 2). Twin over-head cam, 1985 cc. The car was designed by Lampredi in 1951 and not fully developed until 1952 -53 when Ascari won 2 World Championships with it. Special note - Farina, Hawthorne, and Taruffi all scored their first victories in these cars. Car no. 6 1952 Cooper-Bristol (Formula 2). 2 litre engine of various configurations with a box section frame, with a tubular superstructure supporting the bodywork. Mike Hawthorne and Stirling Moss were the only drivers of note. Car no. 7 1951 HWM (Formula 2). 4 cylinder Alta with an output of 183 HP. With twin Webers and a Westlake head design. Designed by George Abecassis, John Heath and Walton Motors as dual purpose F-2 and Sports-racing car. Several leading drivers, including Stirling Moss, and Peter Collins, cut their teeth in the HWM team. Principal successes were the Manx Cup, the Grand Prix des Frontieres, and the Daily Express Trophy at Silverstone. All scored as F-2 cars. Car no. 8 circa. 1950-1951 Alfa Romeo (Super-charged) 158 (ongoing design from 1938). Designed by Gioacchino Colombo with 1500cc. 8 cylinder output of 190 Hp. at 6500 RPM. Updated to 225 HP. With the introduction of roller bearings and 7500 RPM. Final development was 404 HP. at 10,500 RPM. (top speed of 200 MPH) As F-1 cars from 1948 to 1951 the cars were virtually unbeatable, until they had to bow to the 4.5 unsupercharged Ferraris. Driver of note: JP Wimille, Count Trossi, Fangio, and Farina. Car no. 9 1953 Maserati Tipo A6GCS 2000. Designed by Colombo (massaged) these 6 cylinder cars did output 190 HP. at 7200 RPM. These cars were no matches for the Alfa 158's of their day. Fangio did drive his very first GP in this type of car. All of the models shown are Dinkey Toys purchased in Ottawa for .45 cents, and came with gray tires (why I don't know)

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Car no. 4 1948 Talbot-Lago (SunbeamTalbot-Darracq). Twin high-set camshafts straight 6 with output of 280 H.P. The new model's first season saw Rosier's win the Coupe du salon and 2nd at Monte Carlo, Comminges and Albi. 1949 was even better-the French GP (Chiron), the Coupe du Salon (Sommer), the Paris GP (Etancelin), and the Belgian GP (a non-stop performance by Sommer at 98.86 mph.

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Main Street Racing - Press Release

Ken Baird and Main Street Racing Is Hosting a Sponsor's Day at Capital City Speedway to Let the Sponsors have a Taste of Racing on the Oval . DATE: Tuesday October 2nd, 2001 A Week Saturday Main Street Racing is hosting Sponsors Day at Capital City Speedway. That Afternoon, Sponsors will get a chance to drive the ProTruck they have supported throughout the Season. This is a Great way to show Appreciation for the Time and Money invested by them in local MotorSports. Also Great Fun and a Rare Opportunity to drive such a High Performance Vehicle on a Race Track - no pedestrians, stop signs or traffic calming measures. Pam's Famous Sandwiches will be served, and a special thanks to her for keeping the Main Street Team well fed with good food all Season. Ken Baird and Main Street Racing finished sixth at Sunday's Sept 30th Feature Race, with a fifth in the Heat Race. The start of the Feature was rough with 3 cautions on the 1st Lap. A few other incidents slowed things up and then the rest of the Feature went pretty smoothly. Matt Moffitt of North Gower finished ninth after changing major parts between the Heat and the Feature once again. Steve Yendall got fifth spot, so all North Gower's Drivers retain their spots in the top of the points race. All three North Gower ProTrucks feature the Gowers own Bob Bilodeau engines so it is great to see them perform so consistently well. In the Mini Stocks, Dave Watchorn won the first heat and the feature, and Martin Walter had one second place and two third places. Chris Dunham won the second Heat with 2 second places in the first Heat

and the Feature. Now it really is turning into a three way race to the finish. Sunday, October 14th, the last races of the Season, promise to be good, with great racing all round. Driver Earl Wylie and The Prostock 76 continued to do well. Earl held the lead a few times, and ended up the day with third in the Feature and a second place and fifth place in the Heat Races. He retains his personal style of racing with the Fans love and make the ProStock Series just that more exciting. You can visit for news on Ken Baird and Main Street Racing. There are many great racing sites but by going to some of the local MotorSports sites you can find out what is going on in your City Motorsports-wise. Check out for the Motorsports Club of Ottawa Web Site where you can sign up for Rally Races, Solo Races, Driving Schools or just attend the monthly meetings at Louis' Restaurant off Old Cyrville Road the first Tuesday evening of each month. Thanks to all Our Excellent Crew - Colin Lewis is the Car Chief and Chief Mechanic, Rob Jackson is Backup Driver, Jeff Brown and Chris Lewis are Crewmen and Leo Constantinou is the Race Cars Parts Professional. Pam Lewis, Chris Dolman and Bev Millar are the Team Assistants.

You're Invited to Participate! From: Laurence Polley, President At the Presidents Meeting held on Monday, September 24th, your Board of Directors presented a new strategic direction for the provision of services and the administration of CASC. The Presidents and Board members in attendance unanimously endorsed this new approach. We are now looking for input and direction from all clubs and club members on three key issues: Communications Strategic direction Committee members I have attached (see page 11) a brief outline of the proposed new strategic direction for your review and comment. Don't be left out! Make sure you let us know your thoughts, either directly or through your club executive. You can email me at or contact any Board member - their contact info is on the CASC website. You will note that the proposed Plan requires 2 committees - a working committee to review existing services and administration and to make recommendations, and a technical committee to propose new delivery methods. We are looking for volunteers for both committees and your input is required. Please let us know your thoughts, suggest or volunteer committee members, and provide your feedback as we proceed. A presentation and discussion of this plan will be part of the AGM agenda on November 10th, 2001. Remember, this is your organization and its sole purpose in life is to represent your interests - but it can't do that unless you participate and let us know what you want!

CASC Notice

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Plannning for a delivery of 300 numbered copies. It is a hard-covered coffee table style book recounting the long history of motorsopts in Ottawa and the regions. With 150 pages, everything and everyone is included. Don't miss out on your copies! There is still space available for sponsorship as well. For $20 you can ensure your name is in the book by sponsoring a page of your choosing. Full or partial page ads are open. Contact Sherissa Microys at (613) 822-7204 or e-mail

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MCO Rally Group News, November 2001

by Craig Hamm
This column is to inform MCO members about the activities of the club's band of rally freaks, err, the Rally Group. Just this last weekend (Oct 20) yours truly finished running in the Lanark Highlands Rally on a gorgeous autumn afternoon! Two years in a row the weather and the roads for this event have been perfect, and as a result we had a good turnout. The proceeds from this rally benefited our partner, the Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program, which helps physically and/or developmentally challenged children, teens and adults. I'll leave the rest of this article for Jim to describe the immense success of this event so as not to steal his fire The next rally is the "Mississippi Valley Rally" of about 220 km, and will be run November 10th at nighttime. This is the first rally in the 2002 MCO Rally Championship Series. Jodie Shay and Sonia Howard have greened the route and the final touches are going into the routebook. The rally roughly completes a loop around Mississippi Lake and crosses the river a few times. This rally is suitable for beginners with a good mix of loose surface to tarmac and the roads chosen are very car-friendly. As I did with the Totally Silly Drive in June, I have tried to locate my rallies not too far from Ottawa to encourage both first-timers and alltimers to get out and enjoy themselves. The rally starts in Almonte at the Curling Club. I will be providing more details on the MCO web site as I finalize the organization. As a reminder, Jim Morrow is running an old version of the Lanark Highlands Rally in early January, at night. It will be a driving tune-up for the very competitive Winter Rally Series (TSD). The rally will be run January 12, one week before the winter rally series Rally des Neiges. As usual, check the MCO website for details. Congratulations to Greg Brady and Steve Frankovitch who competed in the in Rally of the Voyageurs (Located in Parry Sound) Sept 29-30. By all accounts they did very well for their first-ever rally. I thought their stage times were very competitive, and I expect great things from MCO's most recent performance rally team. Their second-ever rally was the Lanark Highlands Rally, run on Oct. 20.

Speaking of performance rallies, several of us have our rooms booked for working and spectating at the Rally of the Tall Pines. It is one of the quintessential Canadian rallies and the final rally in the Canadian Rally Championship. MCO may have one or two teams entered in Tall Pines, as well. Tall Pines will feature day and night stages, and even cars like the Production to Open Class (300+ horsepower) going flat out on notoriously variable surfaces. Initial contact has been made with the local amateur radio club (HAM radio). We need to get these people involved at our rally checkpoints to assist with safety and rapid scoring after checkpoints close. It is hoped some of the MCORG members will seek HAM 'tickets' as well if they plan on staying active in rallying. I've noticed something very interesting on the MCO website Forums. If somebody posts something about WRC on television or something about tires for sale; for example, it gets more reads and responses than when someone (usually me!) posts a request for rally workers! Per number of competitors rallying has a very high overhead when it comes to volunteering requirements. Like all motorsports, rallying is multifaceted. It's amazing what you learn about the bigger picture when you get involved with different duties. It definitely helps you when you actually compete! If we want to have a vibrant rally component to MCO, which I hope we do, I'm hoping that more people get involved. To combat this problem, in order for you to qualify for the club rally championship, it is mandatory to do some work on a rally (checkpoint, for example) during the series. Bottom line: The Rally Group is what YOU make it to be. Come out to the Emerald Plaza Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, on Merivale Road. We have a great space to hold our discussions, loads of free parking, a moderately central location next to many restaurants, and audio-visual equipment for watching videos after the business portion of the meeting. All are welcome (especially non-MCO members) from those who are curious about rallying, to those who are fully involved on a regular basis. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.

in the paddocks just raring to volunteer for someone else. Lackeys, in other words. Arrogance aside, my opinion is the average guy with a nice car who likes to drive, wants to drive. He doesn't want to schlep pylons for someone else. Mandatory membership will let us increase fees. I don't want to pay any more either - I'm a student - but the club is over half-a-century old and we don't have any permanent facilities. The second component of the plan is a fee structure. If you volunteer, you pay a low fee. If you don't volunteer, you pay a higher fee. The argument for: if you're that busy, you can probably afford it. The argument against: those who pay more will treat the MCO as a business and expect the same level of service. In a favourable scenario, the extra cash would let us hire persons to provide it. Perhaps those members who join only so they can race regionally can pay a third price, and not be allowed to enter events such as Solo II and rallies. This plan turns the club into a co-operative, which is how clubs should be. Those who already volunteer don't like being forced to it's insulting to them. However, history has shown most people won't unless they are forced. If everyone volunteers, they'll pay the lower fee, but the club gains so much more in donated skills, camaraderie, loyalty and commitment. Isn't that what any grassroots movement is about? Will people leave? Yes. Let them go, and let other clubs deal with volunteerism problems. I was pleased to work with people who spend so much time, producing such consistently good work. It was a pleasure to see people dedicate their skills to the good of a collective of like-minded individuals for no reward. Special thanks to Ronald Woltman for being absolutely tireless and aware of everything - he has two full-time jobs. And he's still cheerful and a good leader. Also special thanks to Robert Microys for being a walking encyclopedia and schedule of all matters car- and clubrelated.

PR Report continued


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Current Issues:
Fee structures and underlying costs Communication Website User friendliness Apathy Volunteer base


Reduce overhead Simplify fee structure Become user-centric in everything we do Increase communication Increase availability of services

Proposed Plan:

Establish a working committee of 6-8 people (to include the CASC Business Manger and at least one BoD member) to review existing offerings, procedures, and user requirements - month 1 thru 6 (month 1 is November 2001). Committee to report to BoD at each BoD meeting with recommendations, with summary report to Presidents Meetings. Establish a technology committee of 4-6 people (to include at least one BoD member) to develop the specifications for a "Virtual CASC", to establish milestones, to identify cost effective technology, and to produce an implementation budget - month 5 thru 9. Committee to report to BoD at each BoD meeting and to Presidents Meetings. BoD to develop the "Virtual CASC" Plan based on reports from the two committees- month 8 thru 12. Plan is to identify facility needs and supporting budget. Plan to be presented to the membership at the 2002 AGM with interim reports at the Presidents Meetings. Install and test technology for the "Virtual CASC" under the control and supervision of the technology committee - month 13 thru 18. Committee to report to BoD at each BoD meeting. Implement the "Virtual CASC" Plan (by the Business Manager and the BoD) - month 19 thru 23. Provide interim reports at the Presidents Meetings. Move from current brick and mortar facility to our "Virtual Office" - month 24 (at expiration of our current lease). Report to 2003 AGM.

MCO General Meetings - 1st Tuesday of every month MCO Executive Meetings - Third Tuesday of every month

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November 2001

Solo-II Year End Report

by Richard Muise
All things said and done, the Solo-II year has gone very well for MCO. It started off a bit shaky, as we had a number of difficulties finding a lot. Newbridge Networks, now under Alcatel ownership did not renew last years' agreement. After about a month of frantic searching, we managed to secure the lot at Jetform Park (home of the Ottawa Lynx). We had 10 events, one of which was cancelled due to a rainstorm. (And for those in the know, I'm still finding yellow powder under my seats.) We also put on 2 Performance Ground schools, and had students wanting to do a third school, but at the time, the summer was too busy to fulfil those requests. Chris Holmsten served as our director for most of the year, before moving to Britain for university. Of special note is the fact that while he was director, he actually missed competing most of the year due to car problems. But he was still out at every event until his move in September. A great deal of thanks to Chris for his work this year. August 26th was the Old-Timers event, and we had a number of previous Solo-II hot-shoes show up to teach the newer drivers a thing or two. Wes Tanney, who had driven up from Toronto for the event, took first place overall in his very quick CRX, followed by Gord Acorn and JR Fortin.

We had two interclub challenges this year with CADL from Montreal and StLac from Kingston. Next year, I hope to make it a priority with the new director that we have at least one semi-official away event with one of those clubs. The first challenge event was against StLac, held on September 9th. MCO tooks top honors, with Lawrence King placing first, followed by Bill Rogerson and Burl Vibert, both from St Lac. It was a great deal of fun watching the runs from the front runners. The second challenge was with CADL on September 23rd and was by far our most successful event of the year. We had 65 drivers, about 20 of which were from Montreal. Even the post-event awards and munchies was the largest turn-out for the year, about 25 people (East Side Mario's provided us with our own room!). The CADL racers are very good (especially in B1 and BSS classes), and took many of the awards, although MCO member Greg Kierstread took first place overall with Eric St. Onge and Gilles Pilon from Kingston filling out the top 3. For the year, we had over 180 drivers sign up for at least one event. Funds raised were also substantial, somewhere in the $6-7000 range I believe. Our biggest expense was the lot rental, but the lot rental came with 300 free tickets to Lynx games, which we gave out as prizes, so were able to give back to Jetform in the form of raise attendance at Lynx games.

We also had a large turn out of spectators, including a reporter from the Ottawa Citizen, who did part of an larger article on Lawrence. However, with the extra attendance, crowd control and waiver-nazi became a nearly full time job for the organizers. The Solo-II awards are being tabulated at the present time, and the awards will be given out at the MCO banquet on November 24th. All the results are also up on the MCO web page, thanks to the work by Rob Microys. It's hard to predict what next year might look like, what with the uncertainty over larger economic trends. But with Solo-II being the cheapest way of entering auto sport, it actually could bring more drivers into MCO, as drivers might not be willing to step up to more expensive forms of racing. A final thanks to all the people who volunteered throughout the year with setup, tear-down, timing, course layout, instructors and organizers. Thanks also to the people who helped with equipment (Pat, Rob) including our amazing (and well organized) timing systems. And from me (as a driver), a thanks to the competitors for providing a fun Solo season. Now if I can just find those extra tenths (or thousands in one case) to win me a gold pin!


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Dirty Fun in Bancroft

by Warren Haywood
After taking my first foray into the rally sprint world, I must say that it's hard to believe that you can legally have as much fun as we did by simply signing a waiver and driving like a fiend to beat the clock and your new rally compadres. A little background for those of you who haven't heard about the re-emergence of rallycross. The Maple Leaf Rally Club, the Peterborough Motorsports Club, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Rally Club all teamed up this year to run three events in the Bancroft area. These events started on an access road, and the bulk of the runs took place in a gravel pit. Each competitor got about four runs throughout the day; and each run was different from the one previous. This wasn't your typical gravel pit! This was a Bancroft gravel pit, large enough to take 2+ minutes to get around and with enough variety to change the course after each run. The course was marked with a combination of cones and arrows costing you three and five seconds respectively if you were, shall we say "too aggressive" into the tight chicanes or the acute left/right turns. Average speeds were kept down somewhere between 40-60 km/h and straightaway speeds only reached upwards of 110 km/h. This was intentional as safety was of the utmost importance and fun was truly the desired outcome. FUN was the name of the game... Personally I have never had so much of it on four wheels (sometimes two or three) within a time span of a two-minute run. For those of you who do TSD's and find it challenging not to be MAX EARLY (we all want to be max early but almost always end up max late) or don't enjoy the all night driving, this event is the game for you. Foot to the floor, short straights, tight corners--the only thing in your way is your ability to keep the car clear of the cones and on the road. Fortunately for Nancy and I our "daily driver" is also morphing into a rally-bred VW GTI which means we were driving all-out. On the Saturday there were 25 competitors in cars ranging from Richard Wong's 230+ hp Japanese Spec. Impreza to an early-model Eagle wagon. We ended up 10th overall and third in class, mostly due to some ragged driving and hitting numerous cones that day. Day Two was a little better. Actually it was a lot better for Nancy and I. There were twenty-six cars in the field and again a large showing from Subaru. But something strange had happened. All wheel drive and horse power couldn't win them bragging rights for the novice class--they now belong to me! * (brag, brag) This day brought some rain and a very challenging course set up by Ross Wood of the MLRC. Richard set the overall time to beat but with two flats on two separate runs he was only ahead by 12 seconds. Aside from a couple of DNF's for mechanical reasons; everyone had four runs, heaps of fun and they even filled our bellies with pizza for the drive home! Keep tabs on,, and for the next scheduled events. Looking forward to next year.

Mississippi Valley Rally

Saturday November 10
Registration: 7:00pm to 7:45pm Drivers Meeting: 7:50pm Car 0 Leaves: 8:00pm

Night TSD Rally

Location: Almonte & District Community

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