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MCO Winter School Instructors

Slush N'Slide, January 27, 2002

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2002 MCO Executive

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Editorial Exhaust
Finally the weather has co-operated with our Slush N'Slide schedule at Capital City Speedway. It was beginning to look quite grim. We had 2 perfect school days at the track, but would thaw just before we got to turn our wheels in anger at the track. However, on January 27,we did get a chance to run a short course on the skidpad - results and pictures on later in the Link. As indicated on the back cover, we had a large group come from Quebec, some from as far as Quebec City, to attend. They and our local racers were in complete agreement that the actual track we hope to use in the future events will be a blast. Bob Armstrong, Bennett Leckie, Herb Henning, Rick Miskiman and all the rest of the workers that helped prep the track facilities this year deserve special mention - the track is amazing!

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Cover: Picture of the MCO Winter Driving School by Cindy Armstrong. Bottom, Martin Walter and Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff at the first Slush N'Slide. Martin was driving a fully race prepped 240SX that he usually campaigns on the Speedway oval in the summer.

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CASC 2002 Magnum Ice Race Schedule: TLMC January 19/20 PMSC January 26/27 BARC February 2/3 BEMC February 9/10 TAC February16/17 DAC February 23/24 Rain Date March 2/3 Note: first event (DAC) moved to February Rain Date registration opens 8:00am, drivers meeting 9:00am Yokohama/Subaru Winter Rally Series
Dfi des Glaces Rallye des Neiges Snowy Safari Rally Frostbite Rally Ontario Winter Rally January 5-6, 2002 January 19-20, 2002 February 9-10, 2002 March 1-2, 2002 March 2-3, 2002

Tentative MCO Slush n' Slide Schedule

Sunday January 13 Sunday January 27 Sunday February 10 Sunday February 24 (Rain dates: February 3 and 17) MCO Winter School Dates Sunday January 6 Sunday January 20 Saturday February 2 Saturday February 16 All Events are at Capital City Speedway
MCO Rally Championship Series Schedule:

CASC 2002 Ontario Region Schedule (Final):

Spring Fling Shannonville BARC Mosport BEMC Mosport CRDA Shannonville MCO Shannonville VARAC Mosport DAC Shannonville BARC Mosport CRDA/SCCA Mosport BEMC Mosport CASC/Panoz Mosport * Spring Fling is now 2 days April 13/14 * April 27/28 May 11/12 June 1/2 June 22/23 June 29/30 July 20/21 August 10/11 Aug 31/ Set 1 Sept 14/15 Sept 28/29

Mississippi Valley Drivex - November 16, 2001 Lanark Winter Highands Rally - night time drive, January 12, 2002 Slush n'Slides (see above) Mangy Moose - daytime drivex, March 23, 2002, 160km Totally Silly Drive (TSD) - night time learnex, May 18, 2002, 132km Solo-II schedule - to be determined Golden Pine Rally - daytime drivex, September 14, 2002, 200km Lanark Highlands Drivex - daytime drivex, October 19, 2002

Solo-I Schedule
Open House, Cedarbrae Volkswagen April 7th 1pm to 5pm OMSC Solo I School, SMP May 11th TAC Solo I School, SMP, May 12. TAC Event #1 MDDT, May 18, OMSC Event #2 MDDT, May 19, OMSC Event #3 SMP, June 15, HADA Event #4, SMP, June 16, HADA Event #5 MDDT, July 6, BAC Event #6 MDDT, July 7, BAC Event #7 TMP, July 27, HADA Event #8 TMP, July 28, HADA Event #9 SMP, Aug 10,TAC Event #10, SMP, Aug 11, TAC Event #11, TMP Aug 24, BAC Event #12, TMP Aug 25, BAC Event #13 SMP, Sept 14 OMSC Event #14 SMP, Sept 15 OMSC Top Gun Shoot Out TBA TBA TBA Solo Banquet Nov 2

Dfi des Glaces 2002 - My First YokohamaSubaru Winter Rally

by Craig Seko
"I went into the corner and the back of the car got a little away from me. I just kept it wide-open thinking it would correct itself. Then, I ran out of talent. " - Christian Fittipaldi, /news98/sc_n0529_98.html At sometime around 8:00a.m. Sunday morning, my talent, much lower than Mr. Fittipaldi's, ran out. Fortunately the edge of the road was a snow bank, not a concrete wall as in Mr. Fittipaldi's case. The occupants of the vehicle behind me, the sweep team, applauded as they got out of their AWD Audi all-road. "What a show!" they exclaimed The January 5/6, 2002, Dfi des Glaces was the first rally of the YokohamaSubaru Winter Rally Series. The festivities started about 6:00p.m. Saturday night, with the rally proper starting at 10:00p.m., and finishing at 8:30a.m. the next morning. It was the first rally I'd run in over 10 years, and my navigator's first exposure to rallying was watching the World Rally Championship on Speedvision on New Year's day. Our plan was to ignore anything having to do with the Time and Speed parts of TSD rallying. Our goals were to stay on the road, finish, and not get lost. We didn't get lost, and finished in last place. As for staying on the road, well They say experience is the best teacher. We were well prepared - or at least we thought we were. If you are thinking of doing your first winter rally, maybe you can learn from our experience. Here are the top 10 things we (okay, I) did wrong: 10. Check your odometer On my car, the odometer doesn't show 10ths of kilometers. Only the trip odometer does. Have you ever looked at your trip odometer while driving? I never did until I rallied. Sure, I'd reset the trip odometer after I filled up with gas to see how far I went on the last full tank. I'd read 648km, not 648.2km - or in this car, 648.4km. I know now the trip odometer usually reads xxx.4km, where xxx are the kilometers. Of course, when reset, the trip odometer shows zero, but then instead of going 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 for each 10th of a kilometre, mine usually goes 1 - 2/3 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 5/6/7 - 8 8/9. Thus, most of the times I looked at the trip odometer during the rally, xxx.4 it was.

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9. Check that you can read your odometer at night Looking at the trip odometer was another preparation error. I spent a lot of time figuring out a way to hook up the map light without drilling the dash. Eventually I attached it to the passenger sun visor clip, and wired it into the mirror light in the sun visor. It worked great. With the navigator set up, I forgot about what the driver needed to read. Unfortunately, the dash lighting was insufficient to read the odometer. I normally drive with the gauge illumination as low as possible. Even at that low light level it is possible to read the white-numerals-on-black-background odometer numbers. However, even with the illumination at maximum, the red numbers on a white background that displayed the 10ths of kilometers were impossible to read with these 39-year-old (and holding) eyes. Thus exact odometer readings were infrequent and involved me turning on a flashlight. (We had six flashlights packed. We were prepared.) 8. Don't buy cheap relays I bought the relays for my lights at Canadian Tire - the "Blazer" brand, owned by Federal-Mogul - which I thought was a quality company. The relays were labeled "Made in Italy." (If they said "Made in England," I would have known better.) I had heard that relays were a common item that burned out, so I bought spares, and wired two relays (one for each 100w light) instead of one relay for the pair of lights. The first relay burnt out Saturday morning when I dropped the dog off at the kennel before I even left Ottawa for the rally! I was in Kanata at the time, so I went to the Canadian Tire there. The counter person, who was actually knowledgeable and a licensed mechanic, advised that "those relays were crap" and suggested I instead buy the relays they use when they install fog lights for customers (which tells you something). These were bulk "Made in China" relays. I bought two, mounted one, and added the second to my spare parts collection. The second Blazer relay burnt out on the way to the start point of the rally, to be replaced by the second Made in China relay. Not surprisingly, my other two relays, Bosch ones borrowed from my Porsche spare parts collection, worked without complaints. 7. Don't buy cheap lights Lights are a big expense in any car set up for night rallying. I had basic Bosch fogs and driving lights on my old 924, so I borrowed those to put on a light bar that Stu Trudel made up for me, and did a great job on. (These lights have the exact same Bosch reflectors that are in the Bosch lights Canadian Tire sells for $100. Decent lights, and I don't think the price/performance can be beaten. I won't tell you how much Porsche charges for them.) I still needed a pair of pencil beams (spotlights), though. A few years back I had Walter Boyce's old rally Swift GT. The light bar on that vehicle had tractor lights with the reflectors thrown out and replaced by H4 conversions. I figured if it was good enough for Walter, a multipletimes Canadian rally champion, it was good enough for me. Unfortunately, it is impossible to find H4 conversions "onthe-shelf" these days. What was on-theshelf were clones of KC day-lighters, better known as deer killers. (A certain segment of the population buys these lights, mounts them on their pickups, and goes deer hunting - at night. The bright light freezes the deer, then they shoot it.) I bought two. One burned out in the middle of the rally. Note if you have two pencil-beams and two driving lights aimed to give a nice spread, and one of the pencils burns out, your eyes really don't appreciate the black hole effect. 6. Carry spare bulbs for every light I have a bunch of Hella Xenon H3 bulbs on order from Gibson Performance, so I didn't want to buy spare bulbs that I would never use. However, I now had a virtually brand-new light with a burnt-out bulb. Luckily I had a spare Bosch fog reflector in my spare electrical parts bag (more preparation), so I pulled the 55w bulb out of that to replace the burnt out 100w one. The result was if I was headed right, there was lots of light, but if I was heading left, it was dim. Dim is better than a black hole, but nowhere near as good as what I would have had if I had picked up some spare bulbs. 5. REALLY test your lights Doing a night rally without auxiliary lights is stressful. Having your high beams (and auxiliary lights) suddenly turn off (and stay off) while on a dark country road is very stressful. While I doubt many of you are rallying with "backwards" wired Toyota's, if you are, or if your car has headlamp reminder circuits or lowvoltage daytime running light circuits, or other automotive lighting weirdness intended as a "luxury" feature, test the circuit for a few hours. I tested mine for an hour-and-a-half the day prior to the rally. I lost the lights one hour and forty-five minutes into the rally. (In my case I didn't have a big enough heat sink for one of the rectifiers. Note that rectifiers are unnecessary in most applications.) After that, I had a choice of low beams, or turning the headlights off and running with just the auxiliary lights and parking lights. Driv-

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ing with one hand on the steering wheel, and the other toggling various light switches, is not recommended. 4. Tires, tires, tires. I knew this and I still screwed it up. I had purchased Blizzaks for this car quite a while ago, and they still had about 60% tread depth - just before the good, spongy, rubber disappears on these tires. This depth might be great for Ottawa city streets, but it is not good enough for snow-covered rally roads. On steep up-hill sections, speed was traction-limited. I could have jogged faster (and if you've seen me, that is saying a lot). On downhill stretches, vehicle speed had to be set at the top of the hill (like turn 2 at Mosport), because there was no effective braking grip going downhill (like turn 2 at Mosport). Unfortunately, there are curves at the bottom of many hills (like turn 2 at Mosport). Fortunately, on snow one can pitch the car sideways to scrub off speed for the turn (mercifully unlike turn 2 at Mosport) - if one has talent, or thinks they do. 3. Sleep The Yokohama-Subaru Winter Rally Series (gotta keep mentioning these series sponsors) is run all night long. When I was younger, pulling "all-nighters" wasn't a big deal (and how I graduated from university). Now that I'm half-way to retirement, however, sleep is, well, very desirable. I wasn't sure how to prepare. Jim Morrow had scotch early Friday night and went to bed. That is my plan next time. This time my plan was to stay up all night Friday, drop the dog off at the kennel early Saturday morning, then sleep all day Saturday until it was time to go to the rally. The first two parts of the plan went well, but I never did get to sleep during the day Saturday, because, well, I still had more preparation to do. I ended up catching an hour's sleep by missing the beginner navigator's meeting. 2. Eat and drink One piece of advice I got was to eat and drink throughout the rally. This made sense to me, as this is the same advice given to off-roaders - so I prepped like I was going on a night off-road excursion. We packed thermos' of hot chocolate and coffee, and large containers of sports drink. Unfortunately, there is no time in a rally to fish the thermos out, and/or pour a drink into a cup. Similarly, there is no time to get into the bags of food in the back seat. Doh! 1. Stay on the road The pre-event information showed the rally starting at 10:00 p.m., with a break from 1:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m., and a finish time of 7:00 a.m. I had hoped that I could catch a good 40 minutes of sleep at the break. That isn't how it worked - there was a 20 minute break around 1:00 a.m., where I spent 40 minutes fixing lights. The hour break was around 4:30 a.m., but our break was about 35 minutes. I spent this break replacing the light bulb. Our rally finally ended around 8:30 a.m. Unfortunately, by about 7:00 a.m., the sleep deprivation won out, and we went off. This was a stupid off. A faster car had come up behind us; I pulled to the side to let the car by. So far, so good, but he didn't pass me fast enough, or more correctly, I didn't slow down enough, so we went into a corner side-by-side. He was on the inside where the rally traffic had left ruts. (I almost always cornered on ruts once I got my lights quasi-working.) My brain forgot the outside of the corner would be full of unplowed soft snow. Understeer city. I might have been able to save it but with the other car beside me, I didn't want to risk fishtailing into him. Whoomph! Snow banks makes for a very soft landing - but we went off just enough that we would need to be pulled out. Now before the rally I had installed tow straps front and rear. As I explained to Jaak before the event, this is an off-roading superstition. Install the tow straps before you go on the trails, and you won't need them. I didn't tell Jaak the second part - that if you do need tow straps, putting them on when you are stuck can be a big pain. The sweep vehicles caught up to us within 15 minutes, and they liked seeing the tow strap all hooked up ready to pull. We were on our way again, making damn sure we retrieved our safety triangle. corner, but was understeering on corner exit into the trees. Snapped the car back, dialed in full opposite lock to catch the spin, but was so tired I didn't time it right (strike 3). A couple more attempts at (over)-correction, and, instead of fishtailing into a decreasing pendulum, my pendulum was increasing. I gave up before I spun the car completely, and put both feet in while I could still aim the car a bit. My brake application was just a bit late so we didn't slide straight down the road, and eventually slid into the ditch, coming to rest about a foot from a boulder. The sweep crew was impressed. The rest of the rally was anti-climactic. Other traffic was starting to use the roads, so speeds were dialed way back - to what one would normally run on an un-plowed, un-sanded, and un-salted road that had been subjected to rain, sleet, freezing rain, light snow, and a snow squall during the night. (No hail, but that was the only form of precipitation we didn't experience during the rally - there was fog in one section.) We were just about at the end of the rally when we came up to a "T" intersection. My navigator said turn right, we did, but the sweep vehicles behind us honked, and indicated we should have turned left. This brings me to the most important lesson I learned from the rally - the navigator is always right! Even with the above, the 2002 Dfi des Glaces rally was a great event and a ton of fun. MCO was well-represented and did very well, as enumerated elsewhere in this issue. As for us, we can only improve and be better prepared next time!

Now, however, we were last car - the last competitor vehicle running the rally. Daylight was breaking. The sweep vehicles followed us from checkpoint to checkpoint. I had reached that level of tiredAre you looking for a racing school ness that makes one giddy. that won't break the bank? I just wanted to finish the rally, and eat! The dayThe Motorsport Club of Ottawa may have what you are light made seeing the road looking for! easier, so I went faster, inLearn from award-winning race drivers and stead of slowing down, senior racing officials. which is what one should do when tired. Then it MCO will be putting happened again! on an Accredited Race Driver's school Going downhill, there was a higher-speed turn halfway through. My speed at the top of the hill was too high, daylight instilling too much confidence (strike 1). With the ice I did not slow enough for the corner - but I thought I had (strike 2). Made the
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MCO Solo II Competitors Meeting Minutes

Date: January 26, 2002 Attendance: 11 Schedule: (A copy is included at the end of this document) We had to take nearly all dates available. Intend to discuss joining St. Lac & CADL clubs at their invitational events. The second school may depend on interest level. Proposal: Move the second school to avoid having it too late in the summer. Chose to leave it as is to avoid conflicts. Inter-club Challenge: Out of Town Events: Proposal to have one inter-club event be included in our championship to encourage participation. Suggested that competitors receive 100 points for participation in one of the two out of town events to help ensure fairness. Home Events: Concern was expressed about the large number of competitors and the burden it could place on scrutineers. Suggestion to have each club bring their own scrutineers. Should be held later in the season. Score the three inter-club events as a separate series. Regional Event: Incorporate it with the inter-club invitational. Concern expressed about extra cost to the club and low turnout of regional competitors. Action: Determine additional costs to the club and registration fees for competitors. Find out if all competitors are expected to pay regional fees. Supplemental Rules: The Steward is mentioned several times but responsibilities are not defined in the supplemental rules. Responsibilities are outlined in the CASC regional regulations Action: Change rules to state that the Steward may be the Clerk of the course and/or the event organizer. Novice class has been implemented differently than it is defined in the rules. Change definition of a "Novice" as a competitor who has competed in no more than 3 events in past organized competition prior to the start of the current season. Use section 4.1B from the Regional rules.

Tie break rules: Proposal to remove the competitors choice to challenge for a run-off Suggestion we may be able to leave it alone based on the premise that the series organizer can turn down the run-off challenge. Change rules to specifically state that the series organizer can refuse a run-off challenge. Section 3.6 Action: Redefine rules for determining plaque presentations. Proposal to drop Snell rated M-90 and SA-90 from list of acceptable equipment. Decided to continue to accept them provided they are in good condition. A discrepancy was identified between the regional rules and our supplemental rules regarding the meaning of the yellow flag. Decided it is acceptable as the meaning of the flag is explained at all events. Radios will be used this year to report cone and off-course penalties. Car Classifications, with the sole exception of karts, will be removed from our supplemental rules. The regional classifications will be used exclusively. Action: Confirm that the tire contingency is still available and unchanged. Event Efficiency: Enforce registration cutoff. (9:00am) Start time will be 10:00am sharp. All scrutineering will be done at a tech line. Action: Look into organizing a Pre-Tech session. Action: Put registration form on the web with a tech section. Action: Step-by-step guideline for novices to help them through their first event Last run cutoff will be put in place. Based on an expected completion time of 4:30pm less the average run duration. No new runs will begin after this cutoff. May try using run groups on a limited basis at the event organizer's discretion. A new worker role will be defined who will ensure the course is ready before the starter send a car. This person will observe the course and, if it is safe, signal the starter when the timer indicates they are ready. Two workers will be required at each marshalling station. One to work the radio, and the other to fix cones and wave flags. Some volunteer work assignments, deemed significant enough by the series organizer, will warrant a pass on marshalling duties for that event.

Fun Run Safety: Only competitors will be permitted to drive on fun runs. If an interested spectator would like to experience Solo II they may ride with an instructor. The spectator may request to use their own car or the instructor's car. The event organizer must verify the qualification of anyone volunteering as an instructor. Post Meeting Discussion: The following point was not discussed at the meeting, but a suggestion concerning it was mentioned prior to the meeting. Jeff and I came to the following conclusion. First time competitors must take an instructor with them during competition. The instructor will determine when the competitor is qualified to drive alone. As mentioned previously, the event organizer must verify the qualification of anyone volunteering as an instructor. Action: Find a new home and delivery person for all equipment excluding pylons.

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Date Event - April 14 Event #1 Conflict: CASC Spring Fling - May 5 Performance Control School Conflict: none - May 26 Event #2 Conflict: Karting - June 2 CADL Invitational Solo II Conflict: Regional RR (SMP) - June 9 Event #3 Conflict: Canadian F1 - June 29 St. LAC Invitational Solo II Conflict: Vintage Festival - July 14 Event #4 Conflict: Karting - July 28 Event #5 Conflict: Solo I (TMP) - August 11 Event #6 Conflicts: Regional RR (Mosport), Solo I (SMP) - August 18 Performance Control School Conflict: ALMS (Mosport) - August 25 Event #7 Conflicts: Montreal Indy, Karting, Solo I (TMP) - September 8 Event #8 Conflict: Karting - September 22 Event #9 Conflict: FAQ (Mt. Tremblant) - September 29 Rain Date Conflict: Regional RR (Mosport) - October 6 Event #10 Conflict: none

Proposed Solo II Event Calendar

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Draft CASC ORO Draft CASC Race Committee Minutes Committee Minutes January, 16 2002 Jan 15, 2002
Chair: Gunter Schmidt Scheduled 7:30 to 9:30 pm Opened at 7:30pm Adjourned: 9:00pm Present: Chuck Pifko (CTA), Bruce Mills (BEMC), Bill Lobban (BARC), Ron Woltman (MCO), Klaus Bartels (DAC), C. Calder (DAC), Peter Corley (MMS), Peter Manganelli (CRDA), Paul Clarke (Chief Scorer), Jeff Bateman (Vintage), Robert DeShane (Vintage) Absent: Ralph Frisken (CRCA) November minutes adopted by Jeff Bateman and 2nd by Peter Corley. Work Completed: - Weekend schedule completed - Centralized pre-registration was discussed. Main opposition BARC. Work In Progress: A Invite insurance broker in regards to serving alcoholic beverages on race weekends. (Paul Anderson) B Talk to Bob about web site/page for parts needed, and or parts / equipment for sale. (G. Schmidt) C CRDA/SCCA schedule more discussion taken place (L. Polley) D WRRC Meeting January 30, 2002 in Whitby (All) E MCO driving school at Shannonville April 20/21 F Entry fee structure needs to be review and set at next meeting. B. Lobban to email spreadsheet to ORO members. First suggestion included elimination of free tickets and 15% increase in entry fee. (B. Lobban) G Robert DeShane briefed ORO on Ambulance services and the differences between ALS and BLS equipped ambulances. H OSS rules, standing start procedures need to be set I Entry fee refund rule re-wording: 3.7 The organizing club shall refund the full entry fee less $100 and the applicable levies if it is notified of the withdrawal of an entry prior to the start of the class second track session. Entries withdrawn after this time shall not be eligible for any refund. Gate tickets are not eligible for refunds. G. Schmidt Please send agenda items for next meeting before February 10. Next meeting February 20, 7:30 PM Chair: Gunter Schmidt Scheduled 7:30 to 10:30 pm Opened at 7:30 pm Adjourned:9:15pm Present: Gunter Schmidt (Race Director), Dave King (Chief Scrutineer), Mary Lobban (Rules & Chief Steward), Steve Kent (Touring), Allan DeWolfe (OCC), Gianni Biral (Open Wheel), Cindy Armstrong (MCO), Bob McCallum, George McCullough (Training) November minutes were adopted on a motion by, Cindy Armstrong and 2nd by George McCullough. Work Completed: A Time limits for protests rule review. Stewards to be informed not to rush in to disallowing protests B Blue flag discussion, need to remind drivers and marshals about the usage. A committee member to talk to marshals on weekends to remind the use and reason for blue flag. Done C Sedans must run at leased one tail light 15watts min. D The use of antifreeze "Glycol" not permitted E Fuel cell discussions flourished and slide changes will be made to the rules 2.5.1 Bladders shall be manufactured to FIA Ft3 specification or better. Foam internal baffling is required. At this time CASC will not place a mandatory age limit. Delete 2.6. G. Schmidt to issue bulletin as soon as possible Work In Progress: A Steward reports discussion: Shannonville communication system is not up to standards (headsets) minimum of 14 Marshals required. Gunter to write letter to Shannonville in regards to headsets. Corner one is still a concern to the Stewards. Have some experienced marshal's input to the location of station one. G. Schmidt, B Vintage rule book needs updating, Cover page and para 18 to make reverence to the CASC race regulations to the appropriate appendix. M.L talked to J.B. Vintage is reviewing the rulebook, vintage to present changes to Race com before printing. (G.Schmidt, M. Lobban, J. Bateman) C Fence in corner ten needs to be addressed with Mosport. Talk to Myles. (G. Schmidt) D Blend line infractions minimum penalty, stay as is, we need to do better education. (ORO Clerks)

E Teardown bond refund of excess fund, need to update rules. (M. Lobban) F Driving school - non speed event - need to amend rules in regards to rescue, medical, and ambulance requirements. (M. Lobban) G Annual inspection for cars in Ottawa, date will be set soon. Bob to sent annual stickers to Cindy (B. Varey) Please send agenda items for next meeting before February 10 Next meeting February 19, 2002 7:30 PM

Rally Fever Flares Again

by Jean MacGillivray
As I write this, it's like spring outside. Meanwhile, we are praying for snow, ice and cold weather to make our next winter rally lots of fun for the participants. I can't wait for a Slush n'Slide to practise my winter-driving skills and put them to the test. My secret wish is to give Kirby some competition. Lots of Subarus, lots of fun! You know rally fever is high when... Your living room is unusable for living in. Most of it is occupied by the huge display cases donated by Jim Holtom. You wish you were organized enough to have a display ready for your next rally. The local newspaper has taken an interest in MCO rallies. You find yourself daydreaming about national coverage. You can't wait to get your official MCO Rally T-shirt. You're looking forward to using the stopwatch you won at the MCO Annual Awards and Banquet. The last one you bought kept returning to 00:00. Your clients remark on the Ottawa Citizen story about "Partners in Rallying". You're glad they noticed. Your husband is off tying brightly coloured strips of plastic to trees. You know you should be working, but instead you're writing this. New converts keep calling your home for information about rallying. You log a lot of phone time. You have to photocopy more routebooks because you've exceeded your projection of 20 teams. You have a "mole" planted in another regional rally club. They're teaching her how to be a better navigator. You answer the phone with "Rally Support Centre." There is no end in sight to "rally fever!"

Jeff Graves: 2001 Solo Events Champion

by Jean MacGillivray
Although he's only been competing in MCO events for a couple of years, Jeff Graves won the MCO trophy for Solo Events at the Annual Awards Banquet last November. Jeff loves motorsports and studied mechanical engineering at Carleton University. Rumour has it that he was born wanting to drive. He combines the excitement of being in the driver's seat with lots of analysis on vehicle dynamics in a quest for faster lap times. While Jeff enjoys Solo II, Slush n'Slide and karting, he says Solo I is his favourite activity. I interviewed Jeff after his win to discuss his motorsport activities and learn about his plans for the 2002 racing season. But first, how did it all start? "I've always liked cars (or trucks)," said Jeff. "I think I was interested in cars before I could walk. I remember having a white convertible VW Bug pedal car. I was much too small to drive it so my grandfather removed the pedals, put a piece of plywood in the floor so I couldn't drive over my feet, tied a rope to it and would pull me around the yard, to the store, etc. like I was in a wagon." For starters, tell me about your trophy? What areas does it include? The title on the trophy is Motorsport Club of Ottawa Solo Events Championship. My participation and results in Solo I, Solo II and Slush n'Slide were factored into the calculation for this award.

What kind of car do you drive at Solo I? Which class are you in? I drove a stock 2000 Mazda Miata in the Solo I series. The Miata is classed as C2 for Solo II and competes against popular sport compact cars (Honda Civic Si, Nissan 240SX, etc.). What about Solo II? I drove a stock 2000 Mazda Miata in the 2000 Solo II series and for most events in 2001. I also drove a 1991 Civic Si in one event. The Miata is classed as A2 for Solo II and competes against other sports cars (Porsche 944, Stealth, MR2, etc.). The Civic Si is classed in B1. What do you drive at Slush n'Slide? I drove a stock 1991 Civic Si in the Slush n'Slide series. All non-race-prepared, front-wheel-drive cars are grouped together in Street Front class for the Slush n'Slide events. What modifications have you made to yours cars? The Civic was absolutely stock for the Solo II event. For the Slush n'Slide series, I installed nearly new Bridgestone Blizzak WS-15 tires and disconnected the front sway bar for less understeer. The Miata is a stock-class vehicle but has some of the allowable modifications performed. The car is equipped with a roll bar (required in convertible cars for Solo I), six-point harnesses, KYB AGX adjustable shocks, Hawk Blue front brake pads (for Solo I only) and lightweight 15x7.5 wheels wrapped with Kumho V700 Victorracer tires.

How long have you been competing at Solo I events? 2001 was my first season in Solo I. How long have you been competing at Solo II events? I competed in the 2000 and 2001 Solo II seasons. How do Solo I and Solo II compare to each other in driving styles, fun factor, etc.? Solo II rewards precision, smoothness, timing and line selection. Corners, straights and braking zones are very short in duration, which require quick inputs on the controls and there is very little time for corrections. While those same aspects are important in Solo I, the duration of events are much longer, allowing time for minor corrections during the turns. Do you compete in any other series? I compete in the Slush n'Slide series and last winter's indoor karting series. What series do you enjoy the most? Solo II is enjoyable, low effort and low cost, but I enjoy Solo I the most. There is more track time, there are two events on a weekend and sometimes a lapping day on the Friday. As one would expect, regional Solo I is much more competitive than club Solo II and the margins of victory are much smaller. The Solo I (and Solo II) competitors are very friendly. Many camp at the track during events and there are BBQs, adding more of a social aspect to the sport. Most of the time there is also evening entertainment at the track, oval racing at Mosport or drag racing at Cayuga and Shannonville. What's the reason for your success? While I only have two years of Solo II and a single year of Solo I experience, I was one of the suspension designers for Carleton University's Formula Society of Automotive Engineers team for two years, which included a course in vehicle dynamics and a lot of self-directed study. Understanding why a car behaves the way it does and why one line is faster than another helps in the search for fast laps. I am also very careful to research any modifications before making changes to the car. What plans do you have for next season? I intend to concentrate on Solo I, attend a few lapping days, an advanced driving school such as the MCO race school and possibly compete in a few Solo II events. I will compete in stock class provided it is fully populated and competitive, otherwise I will compete in CSS2. What tips do you have for the up-andcoming driver? The first place to look for faster lap times is the driver. Attend every driving school you can. Assuming your track car is also your street car and you must spend money on your car, tires are the best place to start.

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Jeff in his Miata

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While this missive has been scribbled before my departure, as you read said piece, I should be on board the SS Sea Princess somewhere off the coast of the Baja. Sorry. First, we have found a Solo II director, and his name Greg Kierstead. Thank you Greg. And, also at this point, the Solo fanatics have met, mapped out a strategic plan and cobbled together a schedule, with events planned again this season for JetForm Park. Thank you to Jeff Graves (our Solo liaison) for holding the reins while the executive found someone to manage Solo II. A couple of important items to report from the Ontario Race Organizing Committee meeting I attended in Toronto last week. Insurance rates are set to soar. How much undetermined, but for budgetary forecasting, I have asked the Treasurer to use 50100 percent. Clubs won't know the precision of the increases, but we will be paying more, partly as a result of Sept. 11, and related new insurance risks!

Thus, of course, we as organizers, need to review entry fees for racers. How much is undetermined, but the ORO has made the commitment to nail down the numbers by our next meeting, Feb. 20. Elsewhere in the Link, the minutes of the ORO meeting can be found (page 6). We also set a new refund policy for racers who have problems at the event. Please review minutes and if you have questions, please contact me when I return. Capital City Speedway has been sold, as I am sure you all know by now. The impact upon our activities I opine will be minimal in the short term. Longer term, I can't predict with clairvoyant accuracy, but it does not take great leaps of imagination, to presume some effect. I will be talking with Penny Bell with the view to touch base with the new owners. I have to run.another Pina Collada is on its waybut provide some feedback please to the idea of a lapping day in conjunction with our CASC approved racing school. Gotta run!!

Pat Weightman's lightened, snow-stallion Civic. Below, Eric Lagace.

Student at the MCO Winter Driving School, January 20. Photo by Cindy Armstrong.

Ottawa Lynx at Jetform Park

Warren and Nancy Haywood posed with their rally VW. Taken at the Slush N'Slide. Photo by Casey McKinnon.

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Miscellaneous Rumblings II
By John Powell
1. Bearing some thought...
Common opinion has it that the wheel is mankind's most important technical innovation. Well, I just read an article in a farm newspaper on the importance of bearings, and their proper care and feeding, in modern farming operations. That, plus the item below on basic automotive troubleshooting tools, caused me to begin to think. Now that can be dangerous in itself, but let's soldier on. It's true that the wheel was a revolutionary (!) development, but unless it's attached to some device or apparatus, it's just a flat, round object. To use it, it must be mounted on a spindle, shaft or axle, and then attached to the device. And it must be able to rotate freely by itself or with its axle when force is applied. It probably wasn't long before it was discovered that this was best achieved with a mated, lubricated surface on the part of the axle that bore the wheel, or the part of the device that bore the axle. Without this, the wheel would seize on the shaft or both would wear excessively, or the shaft would seize in its mounting, and the wheel would come off or something would break. Thus was born the "bearing". Therefore, as the wheel would be impractical or even useless without a bearing, and while I concede that it may be a very close second, my nomination for mankind's most important technical innovation is the bearing.

side, and rear clearance lights, and I'm willing to bet that the vast majority of you haven't, either. How far will this have to go before the M.O.T. attacks the real cause of most vehicle crashes - driver inattention and incompetence! (And not speed - but I don't want to get started on that one right now.) Will we wind up with daytime headlights, multi-coloured reflective tape silhouettes on all sides, strobe lights on our wings, stabilizers, and fuselages - oops, sorry - roofs, front and rear fenders, and doors, and who knows what else? And who's willing to bet against me that idiots won't still be running into large vehicles?

great hunks of metal that weigh a ton(ne), wear holes in your pocket, and can only be folded with a 2 ton(ne - oh, bugger it, you can convert it yourself if you're a metric fan) hydraulic press, which is illegal because it's defacing the Coin of the Realm! And I hear they've now got their eyes on the $5 bill. To arms, citizens! Form your battalions! March on, in your righteous anger! Suffer not more aching backs and worn out trouser pockets! ... oh! ... I'm getting carried away again, aren't I? O.K., the computer guys. Well we know how normal folk think of information, and that's how we (yes, I include myself as "normal", or at least nearly so) tend to go looking for it. But the computer guys want to make us look in the form of words - single words. Keywords they call them, as if they're magically going to unlock a whole new world of information. Ingenue that I was (derived from the same root word as engineer, and meaning without art or craft), I wanted general information on sports car racing, so that's what I typed in. I got NOTHING on sports car racing! What I did get was a gazillion hits on, oh lets see, the great tiddlywinks tournament of '06, recreational cliff diving, harness racing (sort of close), some English eccentric who breeds racing snails (yes, there really is one!), somebody or other's used car guide (close, but it was American), and ... well, you get the picture. Later in my endeavours, I learned a little about the spells called "Advanced Search" and "Boolean Operators". (Who the hell is this strange god called Boole anyway?) These were useful spells, as they miraculously cut the gazillions of useless hits to something more manageable, say in the thousands, but I kept forgetting which one to use for which purpose. I suspect that searching the web the way the computer guys want you to is a part of the Dark Side that can only be learned by a long and arduous apprenticeship served at the feet of some fallen Jedi Programmer. So I did what I suspect most of you have done - I sat at the computer and experimented for many hours until I had a list of promising web sites, and then used that most magical of all spells, "Links". (Reel 2 of this saga coming soon to your local Link.)

3. Back in the Saddle - Episode V Reel 1 - The Dark Side Discovered

When we last left our hero, the hero being Yr. Hmbl. Svnt., he was about to embark on a quest for a new mount, and some armour and appurtenances. This quest produced some "opportunities", which is government/entrepreneurial newspeak for "What the f... is going on here?", of which the following and the one in next month's column were the most notable. Somewhat akin to the Quest for the Holy Grail - the Monty Python version. The first "opportunity" was learning the great modern mania of "Searching The Web". Now I'll admit that the Internet is a great convenience, and there's a ton (tonne?) of information there - if you can get at it! The problem is that the human brain, a marvellous but often undisciplined and illogical organ, normally thinks of information in the form of concepts, ideas, images, or other abstractions. Computers think of information as ... well that's the point, I guess, computers don't really think. All they do is add and subtract, switch circuits on and off, and stuff like that. But, they're blindingly fast they do it at the speed of light, or electric current, if you will. Along with this, there are the computer folks who design the Search "Engines". Now any definition of "engine" that I've seen refers to an apparatus or device that does work, useless or not. A whirligig does work, a computer program, which is not an apparatus or device, does not (although it may control a device that does do work). So when you see things like that, you begin to suspect that these computer guys don't exactly think the same way normal people do, at least at work. Sort of like the guys at the Royal Canadian Mint who thought it would be an improvement to replace the light, foldable, easily portable $1 and $2 bills with gory

2. Mellow Yellow
Returning home from Orleans one evening late in November, I saw something that really gave me a start. I don't know if it's a new regulation, but I saw a school bus with big squares of yellow reflecting tape on it's sides and rear, and I mean big. The ones on the sides were not quite the full size of the bus, but covered an area somewhat larger than the full length and depth of the windows. The one on the rear, however, encompassed almost the entire vehicle silhouette, from the top clearance lights down to the bumper, and side-to-side from clearance lights to clearance lights. Now this certainly was catchy, and visible, but..... well, we're back to my point in last month's column about people who can't or won't use their eyesight, or whose eyesight is so poor they shouldn't be driving. I have never had any problem seeing trucks, busses and trailers with the present front,

4. "... when the dog bites, when the bee stings ..."
"... these are a few of my favourite ..." tools. This item originates in a recent Club Forum topic involving a member who asked for help in diagnosing an en

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gine problem. It caused me to think about what I would recommend as the basic tools for someone who has some knowledge of a motor vehicle, even if they are going to get a shop to do any repairs. Using them will help prepare such a person for that Dark and Alien Land, where roam creatures resembling a cross between an octopus and a vacuum cleaner, and wearing coveralls. Creatures who's many sucking tentacles can pick clean every hiding place of your meagre monetary resources - even that $100 in emergency money stuck in the toe of that sock at the back of the bottom drawer of your dresser. On the maps of Renaissance explorers, such lands were marked with the warning "Here there Bee Dragons and Divers Monstres". Well, as they say in the valley, "pitter-patter, let's get at 'er". A Manual for your vehicle. This is probably the most useful tool. Factory manuals tend to be the best, but also the most expensive, and often not available to the public. A Haynes or similar manual, available from many parts jobbers, is a good substitute, and a lot cheaper. The owner's manual, if you still have it, is not much use for problem diagnosis. Manuals contain lots of data on specs., troubleshooting, and repair procedures with pictures. So even if you're going to shop the work out, they give you a good idea of what's wrong, and what's involved in the repair. A Compression Tester: If you can change a spark plug you can hook-up a compression tester. As with most tools in this list, these come in various price ranges, but one from a parts jobber will do. To take the readings, just follow the instructions with the tool or in your manual. You will have bought one at this point. I hope. On the basic level, all you're looking for are readings higher or lower than spec., and large variations between cylinders, to know if you have a problem. You can diagnose further using the manual, but most problems involve pistons, rings, valve train, or high carbon deposits. A Fuel Pump Tester/ Vacuum Gauge: These are generally sold as a combination gauge, and price, etc., is as above. If you have a high pressure fuel system, however, (above 10-12 psi) you may have to get a separate gauge, or some compression testers can also take fuel pressure readings. The fuel pump test is easiest, although you may have to play with some short lengths of different size hose to fit the fuel line. If the pressure isn't within specs., just follow the troubleshooting guide in the manual. Using a vacuum gauge can be a bit more complicated. Hooking it up is easy if you follow the instructions, but interpreting the readings can be a bit of a Black Art. Older engines often have several small problems that add up to the total discrepancy, and affect the swing of the indicator needle. However, if the readings are not within spec., you'll know you have a problem with the vacuum system (lines, emission controls, etc.), carburettor or throttle body, ignition system, or intake/valve system. If you want to go further, follow the manual, and you may be able to at least deal with the simpler faults. A Mechanic's Stethoscope: I'm not kidding, and you don't have to a Master Mechanic to use one! This will be one of the most useful tools to have, especially if you have an older vehicle. A reasonably good one can be had as above, or in a pinch you can use a long (very long) screwdriver or piece of solid wood (dowelling is ideal) cupped to your ear. By placing the pointer, or the end of your substitute, firmly on various places on the engine, or on other parts, you can clearly hear internal sounds without interference from outside noises. Normal noises vary, but generally, for parts in good condition, ball or roller bearings will have a soft whirring sound, plain bearings will sound like a rhythmic whispered "whish", a roller chain (e.g. timing chain) will be similar to a roller bearing, perhaps with a faint clicking, valves with hydraulic lifters will give off a regular light clicking, and with solid lifters, a light tapping. What you're looking for are any noises that aren't normal for a particular part. Any metallic sounds, such as scraping, squealing or grinding, really noticeable clicks or rumbling from ball or roller bearings or the timing chain, any loud taps, raps, slaps, knocks or thumps from plain bearings or the cylinder walls, or loud raps from the valve train indicate excessive wear or improper adjustment. The manual will give you a better idea of what's in the part you're listening to, what you're listening for, and possible problems. Your Hands: A word of caution with these tools. Despite the advances in medical prosthetics, they are not replaceable, so use them with care. Hands are useful for many purposes, holding a beer comes readily to mind, but in fault diagnosis they can be used to find roughness and excessive end- and side-play in bearings, including wheel bearings, detect vibrations and loose parts (a stethoscope will also do this), give comparative temperature esti mates (e.g. between upper and lower rad hoses), detect fluid and gaseous leaks, and many, many more. When using them around hot parts, fluids or gasses, it is best to first do an approximation test. Just place your hand about half an inch to an inch from the source, and the temperature at the source will generally be about double that which you feel, so let caution be your guide! Screwdrivers: You will need four types. The first three, slotted, Phillips and Torx, are best used to remove such screws, and wherever possible, throw them away! The last, Robertson, will be used to replace the above miserable beasts with Robertson screws. Robertson screwdrivers can also frequently be used to remove the other fasteners when their heads are too rusted or buggered up to be removed with their own screwdrivers! They can also, in a pinch, be used to remove worn Allen machine- or set-screws. Well, there's my recommendations, based on my experience. Perhaps some of you have other suggestions, in which case, why not write an article for the Link yourself? I'm sure that our long-suffering editor could always use more journalistic contributions, even ones that tend to ramble on, as mine often do.

5. Parting Shot
(Adapted from Paul Mahon's column in The Ontario Farmer) A farmer got a new combine, and was out showing it off one day to a neighbour, who was riding along in the cab. Suddenly, they found themselves combining in a tangle of corn stalks, and a jack rabbit (male - the female is a doe) jumps out, bounces all over the header, and then disappears up the feeder. They looked back, and sure enough, the rabbit flies out of the back end with all the stalks, and keeps on running. The neighbour turns to the operator and says "What kind of combine is this that lets something that big get through?" The operator gets up and goes back into the hopper, pulls out two small objects, and says "all we's wants is the seeds".


The Motorsport Club of Ottawa
MCO Winter Solo II Series 2002
Slush 'n Slide Event #1 Sunday January 28, 2002 Capital City Speedway
Class RF RR SA SA SA SA SA SA SA SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SF SR SR SR 86 BMW 89 Nissan 91 Nissan 96 Hyundai 95 Honda 91 Honda 91 Honda 89 Toyota 89 VW 98 Dodge 98 Acura 99 Toyota 95 Honda 95 Honda 95 Dodge 02 Subaru Audi 99 Subaru 98 Subaru 41.55 41.52 56.36 O/C 36.24 O/C 43.33 40.62 40.44 45.82 O/C 46.39 O/C 49.78 52.76 53.25 44.45 46.07 52.52 97 Audi 90 Audi 98 Audi 40.92 40.43 42.39 38.13 40.24 38.93 41.22 45.68 39.57 44.76 36.18 36.52 39.82 40.17 40.77 41.76 42.45 43.09 DNS 53.67 56.03 49.35 44.30 44.70 52.24 89 Nissan 43.65 45.49 50.52 37.77 38.93 41.14 40.27 41.26 47.04 54.45 36.58 37.01 44.62 39.80 48.86 43.24 43.34 43.45 DNS 50.96 47.36 49.48 44.06 46.96 56.33 90 Honda Civic 41.01 44.20 43.93 Make Model Colour Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Run 5 Run 6 Best 39.12 38.72 34.93 37.39 38.93 37.68 38.10 39.12 37.76 32.49 34.06 37.26 38.78 40.44 39.20 41.86 43.09 41.39 49.31 47.36 49.35 40.12 44.20 46.65 2nd Best 3rd Best 41.01 40.52 36.88 38.93 39.08 40.27 39.87 39.57 43.14 36.07 34.77 38.62 39.80 40.77 41.76 42.45 43.22 43.15 49.78 49.27 49.48 41.08 44.70 47.79 42.52 43.65 37.77 40.24 40.86 41.22 41.26 41.19 44.62 36.18 36.52 39.82 40.17 42.24 43.24 42.83 43.25 46.93 50.24 52.76 53.25 44.06 46.07 52.24 Average of 3 Best 40.88 40.96 36.53 38.85 39.62 39.72 39.74 39.96 41.84 34.91 35.12 38.57 39.58 41.15 41.40 42.38 43.19 43.82 49.78 49.80 50.69 41.75 44.99 48.89 RACE FRONT WHEEL DRIVE White 42.52 44.06 39.12 RACE REAR WHEEL DRIVE 240SX White/Blue/Red 38.72 40.52 59.77 STREET ALL WHEEL DRIVE A4 1.8T Yellow 34.93 36.88 O/C Quattro Black 37.39 42.54 44.44 A4 1.8T Green 40.86 39.08 41.38 Impreza Outback Green 37.68 O/C 45.39 Sport WRX Blue 38.10 39.87 45.80 A4 Green 43.08 39.12 41.19 Impreza Black 37.76 43.14 44.62 STREET FRONT WHEEL DRIVE Accent Salmon 32.49 36.07 39.86 Civic Grey 34.06 34.77 O/C Civic Black 37.26 38.62 43.08 Civic Black 38.78 48.09 O/C Camry Grey O/C 42.24 42.80 GTI Black 39.20 46.20 44.43 Neon Green 41.86 42.83 56.90 1.6 EL Black O/C 43.22 43.25 Solara Black 41.39 43.15 46.93 Civic Red O/C 50.24 49.31 Civic Red 55.06 56.65 49.27 Neon Green 55.30 O/C 56.70 STREET REAR WHEEL DRIVE 325 Black O/C 40.12 41.08 240SX Blue 44.20 47.84 O/C 240SX Black 46.65 60.37 47.79




Pat Weightman


Martin Walter

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Eric Gravel Barry Goss Vincent Basile


Jimmy Merckx

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Matt Turmel William Le Casey McKinnon

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Jean Major Richard Muise Greg Kierstead Jeff Graves Craig Seko Warren Haywood Pierre Luc Courchesne Pascal Bastien Gary Oman Noemie Lelievre Edith Labelle Eric Lagace

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Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff Mark Atos Chris Chan

All times include pylon penalty points. 4 seconds per pylon were added to each score as appropriate. This scoring page was prepared by Rob Microys. Pictures are on page 8.

Novices Take MCO Highlands Winter Rally

by Jean MacGillivray
On January 12, 2002, 21 teams gathered at JR's Restaurant in Almonte for the Highlands Winter Rally. This was a three-hour night-time rally that covered 202 km of twisty backroads. It was organized by the Motorsport Club of Ottawa (MCO). Organizers were pleased by the good turnout. It included 16 Novice teams, of which six were first-timers, and 5 Expert teams. They had to face unknown roads in the dark, made even more challenging by colder weather that resulted in a layer of ice that covered the snowy roads. The Novices rose to the occasion, taking the top three scores of the rally, as well as sixth and seventh places. R. Huber (driver) and S. Johns (navigator) were the first-place Novice team. Top in the Expert category were C. Hamm (driver) and M. Taillefer (navigator), who were fourth overall. Craig Hamm is also the Rally Director for the MCO. The first-place teams received laser-engraved wooden plaques. The Ottawa Amateur Radio Club provided valuable services to the rally, with four volunteers donating several hours to relay information from three checkpoints back to the Rallymaster at JR's. Newcomers are welcome to participate in the next MCO rally, the "Mangy Moose Rally" to be held in March. All our rallies are run on public roads with normal road cars at legal speeds. No special equipment is required beyond a simple calculator, a watch and a friend to navigate. The instructions for the route are very simple, with distances and road names. For more information, check out the MCO Web site at Then come on out and join the fun! (Reprinted from the Almonte Gazette, January 16, 2002)

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You Might Be A Racer If...

Does that sound familiar? 1. You think the primary purpose of wings is to PREVENT flight. 2. You take your helmet along when you go to buy new eyeglasses or check out cars (seats). 3. You feel compelled on a road trip to beat your previous best time. 4. You are happiest when your street car's tires are worn to "racing depth". 5. When something falls off of your car, you wonder how much weight you just saved. 6. When you hear 'overcooked it', instead of food you think of 'off the track'. 7. You change engine oil every other week. 8. You sometimes hear little noises from your passengers when you get on the throttle right after turning in. 9. You thoroughly enjoy showing the tailgater behind how to drive around a highway off-ramp. 10. Your racing budget is one of the big three: mortgage, car payments/maintenance, dating. 11. Your e-mail address refers to your race car rather than to you. 12. You walk "proper lines" through the grocery store. 13. You've paid $4.00 a gallon for gas without complaining. 14. You buy new parts because you don't know where you put the spares. 15. You bought a race car before buying a house. 16. You bought a race car before buying furniture for the new house. 17. You're looking for a tow vehicle and still haven't bought furniture. 18. You find that you need a new house because you've outgrown your garage and the neighbors are threatening violence if you park one more vehicle on the street or in the front yard.

19. The requirements you give your real estate agent are (in the order of importance): a. 8-car climate controlled garage with an attached shop b. Outside parking for 6 cars, a motorhome, a crew-cab dualie, a 28' enclosed trailer and a 34' 5th wheel. c. 3 phase 220V outlets in the garage for your welder. d. A grease pit. e. Conveniently close to a hazardous waste disposal site. f. Deaf neighbors. g. Across the street from a paint and body shop. h. Some sort of house with a working toilet and shower on the property somewhere or hookups for the motorhome. 20. You measure all family acquisitions in terms of the number of race tires that could have been purchased. 21. You know well that orthodontic work is the equivalent of three sets of tires. 22. You sit in your race car in a dark garage and make car noises and shift and practice your heel and toe, while waiting for your motor to get back from the machine shop. 23. You look at the purchase of tools as a long-term investment. 24. Your wife says, "If you buy another set of tires, I'm getting a new mink". 25. Your garage holds more cars than your house has bedrooms. 26. You have enough spare parts to build another car. 27. More than one racer supply house recognizes your voice and greets you by name when you call. Jean-Guy Fournier (submitted by John Powell)


M.C.O. Executive Committee December 18th 2001
Louis's Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. PRESENT: Executive: Ron Woltman, President; Bennett Leckie, Vice-President; Rob Microys, Past President; Rick Miskiman, Open Wheel; Craig Hamm, Rally; Pat Weightman, Membership; Paul Swinwood, Karting; Jeff Graves, Solo I (and Interim Solo II); Basil Chiu, Public Relations; Richard Muise, Link Editor; John Powell, Secretary. Members: Bob Armstrong, Chief Instructor, Winter Driving School; Chris Krepski, re:Annual Tech. Inspections in Ottawa. ABSENT WITH EXCUSES: Executive: Steve Greiner, Closed Wheel; Bob Benson, Treasurer. NOTES: 1. The full-time position for Solo II is still vacant. (now filled - ed) 2. For documents shown in these minutes; "att'd." means attached to this file, and "file" means they are in the Secretary's files either with the minutes or under the appropriate subject matter. The President opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m., and discussion then followed on the following points: Miscellaneous Business: The President stated that he wished to clean up a few "housekeeping" items as follows: - Some of the e-mails are getting rather lengthy. Ron suggested that those addressed to the Executive in general should cover only such matters as co-ordinating activities, instructions, and similar items that all on the Executive need to know. Other items should be sent on a person to person basis only to those directly involved. - Some updating needs to be done on The Link's masthead, for example, adding Paul Swinwood as the Karting Director. - The general Club Representative at the All Clubs Meeting on Jan. 16th at the Museum of Science and Technology will be Bennett Leckie. Paul Swinwood will attend to represent the Karting division. Winter Driving Schools: During a lengthy discussion on this topic, the following points were raised: - There have been some problems with track condition, and the tent blew approx. 180 on its moorings. The track is now OK, as it was groomed today (Jan. 16th) and will be groomed again on Thursday (Jan. 18th). - Bennet Leckie mentioned that we should have some pylons in case there is a

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white-out, that the skid-pad is rough in some spots and consideration should be given to renting a pump to supply water to smooth it out, and, we need more traffic signs and snowmobile trail signs would do. These points will be addressed. - Ron Woltman asked if we had a club sign or banner at the event. This will be done. - Bob Armstrong briefed the meeting on a slight format change, the use of flags and pylons, the need for more radios for all instructors and key officials, and changes in the car parking arrangements. He also noted that the accident avoidance sessions should be at the widest point of the track. - There was some discussion regarding the braking demonstration, and the appropriate type of car to use in order to obtain consistency of results. Rob Microys and Bennett Leckie discussed the pros and cons of using an ABS equipped car with it connected and then disconnected. The general feeling was that this could work with if the procedure could be done quickly and safely. - Ron Woltman briefed the meeting on his dealings with K&K Insurance and the question of whether or not separate insurance was required for the school, as the latter would increase our costs. Participants must be members for the event to be covered, so some form of honorary membership would be involved. Ron said he is trying to keep costs down without jeopardizing the Club's insurance. It was suggested the participants be made members for a day, and Rob Microys stated that he could develop a Temporary Membership form. - Regarding the Mews Chev/Olds school, the President noted that they wanted a date in late Feb. or early Mar. in order to combine it with a product introduction. He also noted that they must provide one car per two students, for a total of ten cars. - Continuing, the President noted that there was interest in another school for some of the 31 people on the waiting list. Bob Armstrong proposed Feb. 9th, as it would give room for a postponement if necessary. This was approved as a tentative date subject to discussion. Rally School: Bennett Leckie will talk to Capital City Speedway regarding holding a Rally School in early March. Members' Use of the School Track: Ron Woltman introduced this item noting that there was some interest. Points raised were: - The track would only be available Monday to Thursday to allow time to groom it for the next school. - Discussion on fees ranged from $100 for members to $500 for corporations. - Bennett Leckie asked about insurance, and it was noted that this could be addressed by making members' days a members-only Solo II event. - Ron then summarised the meeting's opinions that the fee would be $150 to $200, members must sign waivers, Solo II rules would apply, including helmets, and there would be no re-selling of track time. Bennett Leckie added that members must leave the track in good condition, and where necessary, groom it themselves or pay for grooming. President's Thanks: Mr. Woltman then gave an eloquent address, in which he thanked all those involved in preparing the track and organising the Winter Driving Schools for their yeoman efforts. This was especially true, he noted, as the weather had not been overly co-operative, and the snow banks were barely high enough to catch a certain member of the Executive during a recent off-course excursion. Solo II: Basil Chiu will check with JetForm and Shopper's City East regarding a venue for the upcoming season, and will also put a brief job description of the vacant Solo II director's position on the web site. - Jeff Graves announced a Solo II competitors' meeting on Sat. Jan. 26th. Rob Microys will post the information on the hot line. (see Solo-II meeting mintes on page 5 - ed) - Jeff also advised that we need some stopwatches for Solo I. CASC Annual Tech. Inspection: Chris Krepski is willing to organise an inspection session in Ottawa before the Spring Fling. This will be a CASC inspection only, and not include ASN. Discussion produced a rough estimate of 8 to 10 cars that could attend. - Pat Weightman offered the use of his shop for a Sat. morning. - A tentative date of the last weekend in Mar. (Mar. 30th / 31st) was decided, and Rick Miskiman will post it on the Race forum. Treasurer: There was no report due to the absence of Bob Benson. In an e-mail, however, he did report that the balance of the CASC levy for the Canaska Cup has been paid. Racing Drivers' School: Ron Woltman opened the discussion on this topic by noting that Bob Armstrong is the Chief Instructor for the school, and Paul Swinwood and himself will co-ordinate the instructors. Bob then passed out six copies of a position paper summarising progress to date (file) for the meeting to review. The discussion then pro-


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gressed as follows: - Ron stated that proceeds from the school must cover expenses. - Regarding fees for the lapping sessions, one member pointed out that the cost for weekday lapping at Cayuga was $85/day, but another present was of the opinion that our fee was consistent with weekend lapping. - Regarding expenses, Rob Microys offered the opinion that a Fri./Sat. School would be cheaper, and not an inconvenience to those who wanted their Race licence. It was pointed out from the floor that the problem with this would be getting workers and instructors to take a day off work. - Rob also suggested that there should be one flat fee for the school, with a 50% deposit required to hold a place. - On the subject of participants in the lapping sessions, Ron Woltman suggested that some instruction should be available. - Bob Armstrong suggested that priority should be given to current MCO members, as opposed to those who become members merely by attending the school. - On the topic of participants' vehicles, a discussion ensued on what constitutes an "approved" roll bar, especially for open vehicles. There was some doubt as to whether or not original equipment rollover protection was enough, and a suggestion was made the Ice Racing specifications be applied. This matter was not resolved. However, in the same discussion, Bob indicated that competition cars would be accepted provided that they were equipped with a proper passengers seat with a DOT 3point seatbelt, the installation to be approved by the school organisers. - Ron Woltman and Richard Muise will look after the CASC permit. - The topic of using instructors from outside, such as from the FAQ, was discussed, with no decision made. - Regarding scrutineering, there was concern regarding our liability if we O.K. a vehicle and there is a subsequent incident. If we do check vehicles, what should we look at and what do we call it? Consensus was that we could determine if a vehicle is unsafe, but there would be no written form. Race cars, however, would be required to have passed the current year's annual CASC inspection. - There is a new CASC requirement for students to have their medical before the school. In answer to a question regarding the process, Bob Armstrong said they were to be presented at the school. - Passengers will not be allowed in cars in the lapping sessions except for instructors, and then only with permission of the organisers. - Rick Miskiman suggested that if we run only the Drivers' School and increased the number of students to 30, if we can get enough instructors, we could be better off financially and the administration could concentrate on the school. It could include a lapping day on Fri.. There was some discussion on this point, and it will be investigated. - Ron Woltman asked for the opinion of the meeting on fees for the school. It was agreed that the fees should be $650 for current members and $700 for nonmembers. The latter would include an MCO membership effective with registration for the school. - Rick suggested leaving the decision on the lapping sessions for one month, and concentrating on the school as it's needs are more pressing. - On the licensing of instructors, it was noted that an ASN licence is not valid for a CASC school. - The possibility of having a Marshals' School in conjunction with the Drivers' School is still under active investigation. Membership - Pat Weightman reported that we now have 201 members, but that will change as renewals come in. - Rob Microys questioned the way we handle affiliation dues and declaring the proper number of full members. A discussion ensued and it was decided that the matter should be referred to the Treasurer. Ron Woltman suggested that the issue be put in writing and decided on-line. In response to a question, Rob explained it concerns the distribution of affiliation fees, and probably needs a directive to Bob Benson regarding the way in which fees are dispersed. Public Relations: Basil Chiu explained that his request for an internship with MCO was turned down, and he would probably not have as much time to spend on Club business. - He then went on to explain the need for participant surveys in order to assist in marketing the club to potential sponsors. He asked that members of the Executive review the form and provide him with suggestions for improvements. Karting: Paul Swinwood's report was brief, principally noting that there are challenges in dealing with NCKC. He will try to meet with them soon to attempt to improve relations. Rally: Craig Hamm reported briefly on the success of the Lanark Highlands Rally, the usefulness of the ham radio net, the presence of the Almonte Gazette, and the positive reception of Jim Morrow's display. - Ron Woltman noted the Rally Group was part of the club, and the arrangement needs to be discussed at the next meeting of the executive. The meeting was adjourned rather hurriedly at approximately 10:04 p.m., as the restaurant was closing up around us. Prepared by John Powell, Secretary, MCO, January 17th 2002. Tel. 613-835-2910; e-mail - mgb296@

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by Sam Mandia
In the movie "Grand Prix" there is a scene after the Monaco Grand Prix just won by Jean-Pierre Sarti, where a woman comes over to the character called Louis, and says " you have to come over to settle an argument about the 1932 Targa Florio". Louis agrees to solve their problem. And the lady casually says : "He's the only one old enough to have been there". Louis responds by saying: "Now that is a dubious distinction". The 1932 Targa Florio was an event I surely did not attend, but I do have a collection of current official programs that could settle some of your arguments. Grand Prix of Canada - 1973 to 1985, Can-Am/Trans-Am/ F-5000 - 1973 to 1982, Trans-Am only - 1991 to 2001,

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Formula Atlantic - 1975 to 1992, Sports Cars - 1970 at the Glen, 1981 IMSA, 1992 Toronto Star 24 Hour race, 1992 IMSA, Indy Cars - Mosport 1977, 1978, Sanair 1986, Toronto 1992 to 1997, Indianapolis 500 - 1993 and New Hampshire 1994. The Canadian "Run-offs" - 1985 to 1991. Of particular interest was an event held here in Ottawa on July 1st 1970 at the Rockliffe Airport. A 2.2-mile road course was laid out on the runways as pictured on page 21 in the 50-cent program. MCO was actively involved in organizing the event along with the Fiat Auto Club and the Outaouais Valley Autosport Club Ottawa. Ted Powell wrote the foreword in the program, and drove a Mini Cooper S in the races. Other drivers from Ottawa included: Don Horner in a Dailu, (yes that Don Horner) Scott MacKenzie in a Lotus 7, Stephen Turner in a MG- b Mod., Wayne Kelly in a Ford Titan, Terry Hale in a Mini, Peter Pickersgill in a Cooper S, Fred Anderka in a Sprite, Brian Robertson and Ken Hubbard in a Brabham BT 29s, and Bill Pickthorne in a Brabham BT 16. The spectators were restricted to the very large in-field, but were allowed to move around freely. The schedule was run much the same way as our present Regional Weekends; it was a full day of racing. The feature race at the end of the day was the Gulf Series - the forerunner of Formula Atlantic. There were 33 cars divided into 3 classes - A, B and C. Engine capacity being the criteria. Drivers of note were Horst Kroll, Roger McCaig, Bill Brack, Eppie Weitzes, Jacques Couture, Peter Broeker, Craig Hill, and Hugh Cree.The very large crowd left with sun burns I am sure. It was a glorious Day.

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Highlands Winter Rally A Challenge for All

by Jean MacGillivray
Saturday, January 12, dawned a little cool and crisp, with a fresh layer of snow on the ground. Not ideal, but just enough for the Highlands Winter Rally to be run from JR's Restaurant in Almonte later that day. Jim Morrow, the Rally Master, arrived at JR's shortly before 3 p.m. Registration was to begin at 4 p.m., but when I arrived at 3.05 p.m., I found teams already there waiting for me. Just about everyone had pre-registered, and we were expecting up to 24 teams. I began to process them and was soon joined by Nancy Bleses, who took over for a while so I could set up the display boards donated by Jim Holtom. I soon went back to Registration as teams began to arrive in earnest. We ended up with 21 teams, 16 in the Novice category and 5 in Expert. Of the Novices, six had never rallied before. Many people said they had seen the "Partners in Rallying" story in the Ottawa Citizen on January 4, and others had seen notices in the "Coming Events." Our efforts to encourage first-timers had clearly paid off. Both Ron Woltman and son Ryan were unable to compete, as their cars were mysteriously afflicted with electrical problems. (Perhaps this relates to the recent move to Stittsville?) Ryan was particularly disappointed as he wanted to introduce his fiance, Christiane Rochefort, to the sport. We are hoping they will make it to the Mangy Moose Rally in March.

The rally route was 202 km, mostly on twisty backroads that proved to be challenging to even the more experienced drivers due to a thin layer of ice that got Others who helped to make the Rally a laid down. It was an interesting night, both success were Craig Seko and Brad Smith on Checkpoint 1, and Kirby Dunstan and for driving conditions and for results.

Gary Oman on Checkpoint 2 (they were also the Green Crew). Nancy Bleses and I did Checkpoint 3, and by the end she was suffering the consequences of being stuck in a car with someone who has cats. Steve First Novice: R. Huber (D) Greiner and Dave Butler did the and S. Johns (N) Start/Finish and scoring. The Almonte Second Novice: W. Haywood (D) Gazette ran a story on the rally, along with and N. Haywood (N) a photo of Craig Seko and Dave Butler, so Third Novice: K. Baird (D) now they have bragging rights. This list and B. Miller (N) wouldn't be complete without * Ken and Bev had made a last-minute acknowledging the efforts of Jim Morrow, decision to enter the rally, which clearly w h o w e n t o u t n u m e r o u s t i m e s i n a n paid off. attempt to get the route perfect, and who organized a really good rally. First Expert: C. Hamm (D) and M. Taillefer (N) We are grateful to the people of the Second Expert: T. Burrell (D) Almonte area for their support. These and V. Perreira (N) include Jeff Roberts of JR's Restaurant, Third Expert: J. Shay (D) where we had our Start/Finish; Grafix and S. Howard (N) Express, where we get the Routebooks * I think our Rally Director was really printed; Phil Ambroziak from the Almonte happy with his result! Gazette, who came out to take photos and ran our story; and local resident Brain Sixth place overall went to the Novice Munro, who willingly agreed to let us set team of F. Trautsmandorff (D) and V. u p a c h e c k p o i n t n e a r t h e e n d o f h i s Glazou (N). laneway and phoned all his neighbours to warn them about it. Without local support, We also had a great turnout of support we would not have an MCO rally series. from the MCO, with lots of workers volunteering. Jaak Laan was the Route Thus endeth our Highlands Winter Rally. Master, and Bennett Leckie drove Course We are looking forward to March and the Opening with Pat Weightman navigating Mangy Moose Rally, when we hope to get for him (hanging on, more likely!). Steve another good turnout. And, as they say in Bettles drove the Sweep vehicle, with his the Rally world, "Always expect the Dad navigating. We were also fortunate to unexpected!" have the services of four volunteers from the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club. Three of them came out to the checkpoints with us and relayed the times back to the fourth at JR's Restaurant. They also helped to keep everyone up to date on the status of cars that had gotten stuck and were waiting for the Sweep. They were really great to have around!

In the end, three Novice teams trounced the Experts and took the first three places overall, as well as the sixth and seventh. The results are as follows:


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