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July 2002

2002 MCO Executive

Ron Woltman H: (613) 831-8682 W: (819) 997-6988 C: (613)75 863-5360 Bennett Leckie W: (613) 822-1765 x124
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July 2002 Editorial Exhaust

Now, if I were Brock Yates, you'd probably expecting some kind of rant about how speed limits are too low, or reminiscences of Cannonball Runs gone by. Hi. I'm NOT Mr. Yates. My name's Mark, and I'll be taking over from Richard over the next couple of issues as editor of your Link. And that's something that I'd like to emphasize. The link is YOUR newsletter. If you would like to see an article about such-and-such or so-and-so in here, for gosh darn sakes, write one, please! Anyways, enough soap-boxing. I think I should give you a short bio of myself, just so you know who you're dealing with. I'm 24, and I'm a speedaholic. I started my membership with the club this past January, competing in the Slush n' Slide series at Capital City Speedway (now Ottodrome). This summer sees me competing in ASS class in Solo II with my 240sx, and having a blast of a time. Next summer, I hope to add Solo I to my bag of tricks. Anywhoo... If you feel like saying hi, or offering advice or what have you, I can be reached at the e-mail address and phone number appearing just below and to the left. Criticizm can be sent to :) I'm looking forward to my time as the editor of your Link, and am looking forward to meeting and getting to know a lot of you members out there. One last point: Thanks for making MCO what it is.

Rick Miskiman H: (613) 592-0696 Steve Greiner W: (613) 599-8821 x121 Craig Hamm H: (613) 727-3192 W: (613) 596-7107 Patrick Weightman H: (613) 831-3749 Robert Benson H: (613) 837-2051 John Powell H: (613) 835-2910 Greg Kierstead H: (613) 274-3942 W: (613) 765-9167 Jeff Graves H: (613) 838-8348
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Cindy Armstrong H: (613) 489-2725 Warren Haywood

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Cover Photo: John Blouin's Datsun 510 (the Pumpkin) by Richard Muise, Lew MacKenzie's Formula 1600 by Craig Hamm. Mark Atos H: (613) 828-3848 (613) 241-9983 Richard Muise

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

July 2002

Upcoming Race Events

CASC 2002 Ontario Region Schedule: DAC BARC CRDA/SCCA BEMC CASC/Panoz Shannonville Mosport Mosport Mosport Mosport July 20/21 August 10/11 Aug 31/ Set 1 Sept 14/15 Sept 28/29

MCO Race Results June 2002

Silverstone Black Bear Rally:
Greg Brady and Steven Frankovitch (2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS) 3rd overall of 30 entrants, and 2nd in P4 class Darryl Malone and Jim Stark (1992 Eagle Talon AWD) 1st in seed, 17th overall

Solo-I Schedule 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 November 2nd. MCO Solo-II Schedule July 14 Event #4 August 11 Event #5 August 18 Performance Control School August 25 Event #6 September 8 Event #7 October 6 Event #8 October 13 Event #9 * all events at Jetform Park MCO Rally Championship Series Schedule: Totally Silly Drive (TSD) - night time learnex, July 13, 2002, 132km Solo-II schedule - See above Golden Pine Rally - daytime drivex, September 14, 2002, 200km Lanark Highlands Drivex - daytime drivex, October 19, 2002

SCCA NY Cen. Div. "Return of the Route of All Evil" Rally

Jim Morrow (d) and Craig Hamm (n) (Subaru Impresa 2.5RS) 2nd in Limited Class Jodi Shay (d) and Sonya Howard (n) (Nissan Sentra) 4th in Stock Class

Road Racing CRDA Shootout*:

Lee Racicot Formula-Libre, DNF

Open Wheel Sprints:

Canada GT:

Jim Harrison, Porsche 911 Qualified 2nd, Finished 1st Ian Madden, VW Jetta Qualified 10th, finished 7th

Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal):

Lew MacKenzie Qualified 23rd, finished 28th. John Restemeyer Qualifed 32nd, finished 31st

MCO - Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races*:

Canada GT:
Jim Harrison, Porsche 911 Qualified 3rd, Finished 8th Ian Madden, VW Jetta Qualified 11th, finished 4th *Complete official results unavailable at press time

July 2002

Formula 2000 Racing School

by Brad Merkel While I love sports cars and have owned many, in the racing world I have always been fascinated by open-wheeled formula cars, especially Formula 1. Not surprisingly, I have always wanted to drive a formula car, and on May 4, sixteen experienced Solo 1 competitors got that chance. Included in the group were 2 MCO members, Jeff Graves (Green '00 Miata) and myself (Black '97 Miata). The opportunity came through a special day set up by CASC/SoloOntario and the Bridgestone/Firestone Racing Academy on their Driver Development Track at Mosport. As the group already had a fair amount of track experience, the normal preliminaries such as braking, shifting and skid pad exercises were dispensed with, and we started with an excellent lecture on race car dynamics and performance driving by Brett Powell, who runs the BFRA. The drivers then went to their usual Solo I cars for 2 sessions of critiqued lapping. In this segment, instructors were stationed at key points of the track and made notes from outside the

cars. This segment was a great learning tool as it gave drivers the chance to get professional instruction in the cars that they normally compete in. As valuable as that was, everyone was keen to get into the Formula 2000 cars. For those not familiar, these cars are single seat, rear-engined, open-wheel Reynard race cars with 2L Ford engines and front and rear wings that make them look like scaled down F1 cars. The first session was primarily braking and shifting exercises to allow students get used to the differences between race and street cars. The first impression is how physical the cars are. Every system is completely manual and requires higher effort levels than any street car, the engine noise and vibration is right behind your head, the suspension is set purely for performance with no thought for comfort, there is no room to move around in the cockpit without banging against something, and everything happens much faster and more directly than in a street car. For example, the gear shift actuates a rear transaxle with straight cut gears and no synchro, so shifting requires much more effort than usual, but at the same time the shift lever length and shift throw distance are less than half of that of my Miata. Holding the gearshift who contributed to the fund. A number of drivers, owners and businesses stepped up to build the fund. Joining Bob Benson on the race committee were Chief Registrar Sherrisa Microys (who juggled time between this race and pre-pending the title "Dr." to her name over the same time frame), Clerk of the Course Cindy Armstrong (and emergency substitute Chief Starter on Sunday), Secretary of the Meet Ron Woltman, pace car driver Rob Microys and before my time, Basil Chiu in PR. Assistants in organization were Bennett Leckie and Nick Berry (radio-man extraordinaire). In the short time, I learned a lot, but know that there is significantly more I can learn from everyone for the 2003 weekend! No event goes on without the effort by the volunteer workers. We had a full compliment of between 80 and 100 workers for the weekend in diverse roles such as clean-up crew, scrutineers, paddock marshals, flag and pit marshals, towing, fire and rescue crews, runners, judges of fact and stewards, mock grid and photographer. Keeping the workers happy was one of the goals of the race committee; I hope that we met that goal. Thanks to the drivers who were able to come out to race. The attendance was slightly above our expectations. If there is

slightly incorrectly will reward you with a sharp rap on the knuckles from the frame rail every time. The rest of the sessions for the day were set up such that the students were divided into groups, each group following an ever-faster instructor attempting to copy his line, braking points, etc. Each student in the group took turns directly behind the instructor, who basically would drive as fast as the student behind could go. After the first of three lapping sessions in the F2000s, the instructors, who led the first session in the school Camaros and Firebirds, were forced to move to F2000 cars as they were being pushed too hard by some of the students. No doubt the highlight of the day were the times spent directly behind the instructor as he tried to shake you off the tail of his F2000. It certainly made you think about how much fun running in a series like this could be. I can't say too much about the school. It is recognized as one of the top 3 in North America, and having spent a day there it is easy to see why. The instruction and the whole set-up is very professional, but they go out of their way to make sure that everyone is having fun. Highly recommended for anyone who has the chance. any feedback from the drivers, both good and bad, issues that could make a better weekend for next year, please contact the executive. The only issue raised so far has been the lack of a practice session, which hit the small single-person teams the most. Other feedback has been entirely commentary. As a flag marshal during the weekend, I would like to also remark on the fact that it was a surprisingly quiet weekend. Specifically on Saturday, there was only one tow required. Most weekends, it's been my experience that nearly every race required one tow. Sunday was busier, but for the most part it was just good racing. Even a photo finish in the Formula-1200 race! In the next issue, I'll have a fuller summary of the weekend (including results and photos), and I'm sure that others will have the time to acknowledge everyone involved and offer them the thanks they desire. From myself, I wish everyone good luck for the rest of the race year, and I hope to see you all back in 2003.

Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races Summary

by Richard Muise It's been just 4 days since the Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races weekend, but the response received so far has been genuinely warm, and I just wanted to take a moment and give Kudos to all involved. I know others will have submissions for August, time constraints limiting the amount of coverage for this issue. I started working with the race committee in late February, and much of the work had already been planned and the committee was focused on implementation as well as agonizing over the financial issues and insurance. With the potential for a large loss for the club, the committee, using extensive spreadsheets supplied by treasurer Bob Benson, cut where it could, while trying to balance the need to have a weekend that would compliment the award for best organized race in 2001. The insurance issue eventually resolved itself in early April. The decline in entry numbers was of great concern, and it's likely to be a bugbear for the rest of the year for other clubs. In the MCO weekend's case, a very special thanks for Jay Saslove for organizing the OCC Price fund and thanks to all those

July 2002

MCO Rally Group Report for July 2002

by Craig Hamm
By the time you read this I trust we will have had a successful Map Run Rally on Saturday June 29. This was a short nonseries event starting in Almonte, and terminating at a nice restaurant/pub in Perth. The rally-committed 'sacrificed' a few hours of a long weekend to drive on fun roads through the beautiful Lanark County countryside. The event format was simple, with minimal overhead for the organizer: follow a route highlighted on a map, one average speed taking into account all and any built up areas. Cheap too, all we wanted to do was cover the insurance cost. This was a rally with social focus for all car and rally enthusiasts. Thanks to Jim and Jean for organising the event.

class. : ) Oh well, it was still fun! Overall we were second, though the Experts had a much harder task working only from their own topographic maps. On June 15 Jodie Shay and Sonya Howard, and Jim Morrow and I, set out for Utica, New York, and the Return of the Route of All Evil, a brisk TSD rally, third event in the SCCA NE Divisional Championship. Besides seeing what great roads the Americans would provide we wanted to experience the differences between road rallying in the USA and Canada. There are plenty of differences and I hope to write about it when I can find 5 spare seconds to do so. Anyway, Jim (driving) and I came 2nd of three teams in Limited Class, and 9th overall of 19 teams, and Jodie (driving) and Sonya (navigating) came 4th of 5 teams in Stock Class (no special equipment), and 14th of 19. The roads were absolutely amazing, and we drove them over a period of 11 hours, including two rest periods, finishing at 1:15 AM. Results were posted near 3AM, and then we hit the hay. Rallying - it feels so good when it stops. Results posted at: Also on June 15, MCO had two performance entries at the 2002 Silverstone Black Bear Rally, in Dorset, Ontario. Greg Brady and Steven Frankovitch came an amazing 3rd OVERALL of 30 entries, and 2nd in their class in their 2000 Impreza 2.5RS (P4 class). They were beat only by teams with bigger budgets and considerably more experience (including Dan Sprongl and Brian Maxwell - both well respected champions in North America). This puts Greg and Steve at the top of their P4 class, and 2nd overall (all classes) in the Ontario Performance Rally Championship! New members Darryl Malone and Jim Stark in a 1992 Eagle Talon came 17th of the 30 entries finishing their first ever performance rally quite unscathed in a rally with 8 DNFs. Well done guys! See results at

Ryan Huber's Totally Silly Drive is set to go for July 13, starting from the Harvey's on Carling Avenue (across from the Coliseum/Swiss Chalet). A rallymasters nightmare: I heard they changed a huge number of road names after Ryan devised the route, so the Green Crew will have some work to do! This will be a very beginner friendly event on smooth roads. No special equipment necessary except for some interior lighting for the latter part of the evening (the days will still be pretty long, though). Auxiliary driving lamps are good to bring if you have them. Start is at 8pm and expect to be finished by about 10:30pm back at Harvey's. WORKERS REQURED. Please post to the rally forum or email Ryan directly at as soon as possible. Repeating myself from last month, the Rally Group is actively seeking a rallymaster for the 6th rally in the Series, the Lanark Highlands Rally, Oct 19, 2002. No organiser, no rally! For the 2003 competition season we also need a rallymaster for the November Mississippi Valley Rally. Step right up! Contact either Jim Morrow, Corey Groves, or Craig Hamm, or post your intent on the online forums. Finally, I intend to organise two new rallies in 2003, and would like somebody to start thinking about becoming Rally Director for 2003. Already we have had Jaak Laan and Jim Morrow, then myself as Director. Several rally group members just finished helping out at the MCO Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races at Shannonville Motorsports Park. There is life beyond rallying! This was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. Hats off to Cindy Armstrong, Ron Woltman and the rest of a very hard working race organizing committee for putting on such a professional event for our club. There will be no formal meetings of the Rally Group in July or August. We may meet at iPlay in Stittsville and check out the rally video games, so keep watching the website. Don't forget, if you can't find it in the Link, all rally information is updated regularly on the club website.

Repeating from last month, Jim Morrow and I are presenting a short course on Rally Organising, July 20, location TBD. Jim is chief instructor. If you always wanted to know how to put a rally together, from scratch, but were afraid to ask, this course is for you! This course will help you do better as a competitor as well, learn the dark secrets of the rallymaster, and maybe a little sympathy for your organisers, too! It's not rocket science, but there are skills to learn. Check the website for details. On June 1, Jodie Shay (navigating) and myself (driving) powered the mighty 89 Corolla to a first place in Novice at the SMCC Map Run, running from Vankleek Hill. This turned out to be a good 4 hour rally, which even took us into Mangy Moose territory. It was brisk, too. All non elapsed time sections were CAS 72 (maintain an average speed of 72 kph). On a lot of roads it's quicker than you think! We felt like we hit the big time with a few really deep, long, muddy puddles. Talk about dramatic water splashes and a bunch of dirty cars! Note to navigators, close your window when you see mud puddles coming! One last thing. We won our class because we WERE the

You can check out the Subaru Canadian Rally Championship on TSN and RDS. The broadcast schedule is located at http://www . c a r s r a l l y. c a / T V Ti m e s . h t m l , and several are coming up.

July 2002 March 2001

MINUTES OF MEETING M.C.O. Executive Committee June 18th, 2002 Louis's Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. PRESENT Executive: Ron Woltman, President; Bennett Leckie, Vice-President; Rick Miskiman, Open Wheel; Steve Greiner, Closed Wheel; Jeff Graves, Solo I; Greg Kierstead, Solo II; Richard Muise Link Editor; John Powell, Secretary. Members/ Guests: None present. ABSENT WITH EXCUSES Executive: Bob Benson, Treasurer; Rob Microys, Website Editor; Craig Hamm, Rally; Paul Swinwood, Karting; Pat Weightman, Membership; Warren Haywood, Club Merchandise Co-ordinator. NOTE The position of Public Relations Director is still vacant. The President opened the meeting at 6:40 p.m.. As many members of the Executive were involved in preparations for the Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races, which were now well in hand, there were only a few housekeeping matters to discuss, as follows: Agenda Ron Woltman remarked that as he had not received any items for the agenda, he assumed that there were no significant issues to be addressed. Agreed. Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races Various points were raised throughout the meeting, as follows: - Greg Kierstead will be getting 50 tickets for Lynx games to be given out as worker gifts at the race. This leaves 400 available for use at other events. - Richard Muise reported that we are planning for 81 worker lunches and 160 for the B.B.Q.. He would like to address the Workers' Meeting on the topic of meals. - He will also bring a few pylons and pick up the new trophies. - Bennett Leckie asked if there would be time left in our 9 to 5 schedule for worker lapping. Ron Woltman replied that Ralph Frisken is fairly flexible, so there should be no problem. - Regarding the electric vehicle display, Ron would like to see them having some track time during lunch. There was a brief discussion on how to handle admission passes for employees of the companies concerned. - Ron gave an update on the OCC. prize fund, and recognised the efforts of Jay Saslove for getting it started. - There was a brief discussion on the use of Club signs and banners, and Jean MacGillivray's display for Registration. - Ron Woltman advised the meeting that there will be a credit from ASN-FIA for an overpayment on our insurance premium. - Ron also gave an update on the CASCOR trailer. Apparently it is parked at Mosport in an un-roadworthy condition, with seemingly no-one taking responsibility for it. Ron will raise this topic at the next ORO meeting, as the trailer is paid for by the clubs, and should be available at all races. He has been informed by CASC that any essential supplies and equipment from the trailer will be brought to Shannonville for our race. Solo II - Greg Kierstead reported that there is a possibility that a Solo II event will be held on Saturday Sept. 7th at the Aviation Museum parking lot.$ Jeff Graves will approach the Hampton Inn regarding the promotion of accommodations for out-of-town competitors for the Regional Solo II event. Pylons - The Citroen Club have expressed their thanks for the use of our pylons at their recent event. - Bennett Leckie will investigate the purchase of some new pylons to replace those no longer serviceable. Solo I - There was a good turn-out for the June 15/16th event at Shannonville despite all the rain. There were 50 entries for Saturday, and 40 plus 14 paid no-shows on Sunday. The Link - Richard Muise has price quotes from 3 or 4 possible new printers. - Mark Atos, the incoming editor, prepared this month's Link under Richard's guidance. Club Properties - Bennett Leckie reported that the design of asset tags for the inventory of Club properties is currently underway. Incorporation Papers - Steve Greiner reported that the Club's incorporation papers for 2002 are completed, but somehow the Provincial Government office responsible has omitted the changes requested. This can be addressed next time. The meeting was adjourned early, at approximately 7:30 p.m., due to the small amount of business to discuss. Prepared by John Powell, Secretary, MCO, June 24th 2002. Tel. 613-835-2910 e-mail -

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July 2002

CRDA Shootout Report

by Richard Muise

For me at least, the CRDA weekend presented the first good weather weekend of the summer racing season. It was also my first opportunity to crew with John Blouin has his crew (co-driver Kim, crew chief Albert and photographer Yves) on the #40 Datsun 510. The Pumpkin looks great, a lot of effort was put in over the winter and it shows. The Saturday started about 30 minutes (maybe more) late as CRDA was having some difficulties getting workers and equipment placed quick enough. Alas, for our team, it was short lived Saturday morning. On the first lap of the first practice, John pulled into Fabi pits when a water temperature gauge blew out and emptied most of the coolant out of the engine. The car was towed back to the paddock and the gauge reattached with JB Weld. There were a number of other MCO members out, Ian Madden in the #1 VW Jetta, Steve Pomeroy and Frank Smith in their new tube-frame Tercel #93, Michael Mori (Corner-2 Civic), Mike Kilby and Jay Saslove in the GT.B Civic, Bernie Betzema in his new Alfa-Romeo and JR Fortin sharing John Lockhart's car. The open-wheel crowd was represented by Lee Racicot, Nigel Moritmer and Lew MacKenzie. The weld on the Datsun held during the qualifying session, and both drivers got seat time; Kim qualified in 7th place I believe. At lunch, Albert and I (were) volunteered to help in the pits during the afternoon. The pit was short of marshals (a number of the fire crew were being used in the pits) so we chipped in to help Chief Pit Marshal Elizabeth Somers. The first race of the weekend was GT Sprints on Saturday afternoon. Mike Kilby was had a great dice with the Ford F150 and a Corvette. Mike would fall back a little on the straights but would start pushing for position in corner-13, hold on tight through 14 and would hound the Ford and Corvette through 1 and would take a position in the left hand corner-2. However, on the long straights he wasn't always able to keep the position, and would be setting up for the pass in corner-2 with nailing corners-13 and 14. He cemented his second (?) place position when the F150 turned SUV drivers-right in 2 and the Corvette blinked under braking in Corner-13 and spun. JR Fortin placed 3rd in GTB. The Action Front Street Stock series was next up. I was able to watch the standing start from the pits. So far this year, AFSSC starts have gone well, but it's go-

ing to be messy if and when there is ever a problem. Ideally, there would be yellow flag marshals posted along the pit wall to deal with issues once the cars are gridded. As I've mentioned before, this is a fun series to watch. And lucrative for the body shops. One of two scary moments happened during the Formula-1600 race. Two cars (#10 and #08 I think) touched wheels and one barrel-rolled. The race went full course yellow then red-flagged as the service vehicles raced to the scene. I believe neither driver was hurt, but were brought to the medical centre for observation. At the end of the day, there was something special for the workers. The Action Front series drivers took workers out for worker laps in their Nissans. Everyone went out, in many cases more than once. We lapped until everyone had had his or her fill (about 30 to 40 minutes, much more than the length of the actual AFSSC races). I went out twice and was asking lots of questions, watching the lines, shift-points and the footwork, as I still have a lot to learn. There was some confusion about how hard to push. It appeared to me that most of the drivers were out doing racing laps and were following each other as closely as during the race. I wore my helmet, but not everyone else did. Sunday morning was the OCC race. In my case, John Blouin did the first stint of about 20 minutes before pitting to let Kim finish the race. We did well (I don't have the final results) and had lots of ideas for improvements. John Lockhart won the OCC race outright. After the race, we moved the Datsun back to the paddock to start packing. Following us down the paddock lane was Gunter Schmidt, CASC-OR Race Director. Looking rather grim actually. Oh no, what did we do wrong? Gunter walked up to John and asked "How much to rent the car for Canada GT?" What? "I want to rent the car for Canada GT." John thought about it for about a microsecond and agreed. We were going racing again! The scrutineers were called over to review the logbook, and when that was done, we put on the stickers. As an FYI, putting on the stickers takes a lot longer than you might think. They are hard to properly peel off the wax paper backing. 10 minutes later, the Pumpkin was ready. Check the fluids, tires and push it up to the grid. The picture on the cover was taken about 20 minutes before the race. This weekend seemed to bring a change in the perception of CGTCC. Many of the

big name, big horsepower, big money teams aren't coming out to play, and over the CRDA weekend, a few teams decided to enter CGTCC and stand a good chance of getting price money in the smaller fields. Ian Madden joined Saturday and did well in the coming two CGTCC races. I think you'll see more and more cars with the Canada G.T. Challenge logo across the windshield. But it was not to be, not this day at least. As my first weekend as crewmember, everything was new and interesting. But timing Gunter was fascinating and slightly boring. He never varied from 1:25 (so I didn't have anything new to put on the pit board). About 20 to 25 minutes in, he slowed to 1:30 and then pulled into the pits. The temperature had spiked and the engine sounded bad. We later discovered that the bearing had failed on piston #3 (what, am I some sort of bearing bad luck omen?). I think Jim Harrison finished CGTCC in first place (and seems to be working on the overall championship), but I was in the paddock at the time. I missed watching the second F-1600 race, but was back in the pits for the second GT Sprint race. Jay Saslove did very well in the Kilby Civic. JR Fortin placed first. The second AFSSC race ended with a rollover in turn-11, but the driver was ok. It came back on the flatbed with less damage than I had expected. The final race of the weekend was the second Vintage race. It was a full field; 27 cars. The Vintage cars were all in the Fabi pits and their paddock was on the back side of the track, totally separate from the rest of the facility. Elizabeth went to the Fabi pits to work the race, leaving Albert and I in what should have been empty pits. However, the second scary moment of the weekend gave us both lots to do. Coming into turn 14 onto the front straight a Ginetta G4 (open cockpit, right-hand drive) had to avoid a Corvette that suddenly slowed. Unfortunately this gave the trailing Volvo 122S no place to go but up. As in up the back side of the Ginetta, removing the drivers side door and putting wheel marks up the rollbar behind the driver's head. Both managed to avoid the wall, but were out of the race and debris was scattered along the wall. Luckily both drivers were ok, and they pulled off (pissed-off is more like it) at Nelson pitout. We ended the day collecting the remains of the cars and looking for parts of the mirror in the grass along pit wall. (Note: I hope I got all the results right, but at press time, the results had not been posted to the CASC-OR web site. Apologies ahead of time for mistakes.)

July 2002

Miscellaneous Rumblings II
by John Powell

1. To every thing there is a reason? There are many things which, to me, exist for no logical reason, some of them in the motoring world. Let's begin with: Harley-Davidson 2-Wheeled Land Yachts - sorry - motorcycles. I know they have a large following amongst image-conscious people, such as movie stars and members of biker gangs, but I am not impressed. They cost more than many decent cars, have an exhaust note that reminds one of someone continuously passing wind, their acceleration is merely adequate for their engine size, manoeuverability and cornering are underwhelming, you have to re-tighten every nut and bolt at least once a week, and if you drop one it takes two men and a boy to put it on it's feet again. "Hog", in it's negative connotation, is an apt name for them. Harley's are only suitable for use as police bikes, as most cops don't like real bikes anyway. Or sports cars, for that matter. And before you ask, no, I've never ridden a Harley - I just never saw any point in it. Fake retro-cars. These are based on classic cars or hot rods which never existed. They are similar to bad mass produced copies of Michelangelo's "David", moulded in plastic, passed off as being equal to or better than the original, and titled Mike's "Dave". The Plymouth Prowler and Dodge PT Cruiser come readily to mind. O.K., maybe they look "cute" to some, but there never were any hot rod roadsters of the '50s and '60s which had a front engine and rear transaxle (the Prowler), nor any front wheel drive '40s or early '50s U.S. station wagons or sedan deliveries (the PT Cruiser). Couldn't the designers have stayed true to the original concepts, or used their imagination to come up with appropriate modern styling? Or, and perhaps I'm being just a tad cynical here, is it just another ploy, somewhat successful in the case of the PT Cruiser, to separate the consumer from some hard-earned cash? "Real" retro-cars. These are ersatz modern versions posing as reiterations of an original vehicle. Dodge pickups are not in this group, as they do follow the styling, drive-train and purpose of the original "Power Wagon" pick-ups and light trucks of the '40s and '50s. I was unsure about the "New" Mini, but after having seen a

few and read about their engineering, I have decided that, although very much modernised, it's also true to the original design concept of Alex Issigonis. Then there's the new Ford Thunderbird - it's just plain butt ugly! It takes it's "styling cues" from the '55 "T" Bird, but hasn't translated it's classic lines into a graceful modern style, nor it's 2 seater sporting character. The "New" Beetle is another poseur, albeit a better car than it's predecessor. In fact, it probably is a very good car, as it's basically a VW Golf, and I suppose it could be considered "cute", but it is definitely not a re-iteration of the original VW Beetle. It has more interior room and better luggage capacity, it drives from the wrong end, doesn't have swing-axles which go hippety-hop around corners, is front-engined, the engine is not aircooled, it doesn't burn exhaust valves or blow out mufflers, at least not that I've heard of, is not an economy car, and, it has a REAL HEATER for God's sake! I ask you, what is this world coming to????

an earthquake on the other side of the world! I think it's called "Chaos Theory". Hey, isn't that the basic law of computer programs? Well, nobody said life would be without it's challenges, so what to do? The first thing, of course, and men with companions of the fairer sex will understand this, is to get the damn TV fixed or replaced! Then I will try to get the exact details of the medical problem and see my doctor about possible remedies. The final issue involves finding somewhere to drive the car, and this is where the Solo I Regulations come in. It won't be the same as the direct competition of racing, but it will be a good place to stretch the car's legs and get more familiar with it, and to keep my driving mechanics up to snuff. Then, of course, there's also Mr. Panoz's Test Days at Mosport, which should also help , and remind me about using my mirrors! Plus which I just love that track.

So that's it for "Back in the Saddle" 2. Back in the Saddle - Episode IX - for now - maybe for good. The col"Don't Bogart those Solo I Regs, umn will continue, of course, (that's a mah friend, ..." promise - or maybe a threat?) and I'll occasionally regale you with tales of "... pass them over-r-r to me." O.K., my exploits in Solo I - that's if I can so maybe that dates me a bit. figure out their @#$$#%^% car classification rules. Now where did I put Well, it looks my return to racing those Regs.????? won't take place anytime soon. Sometimes you think that you've gotten rid 3. The Shipping Report of all the alligators, and you can get to work on draining the swamp, then you Activity was extremely high at the find that you've missed one when he seasonal Port of Shannonville, Ont., rises up and bites you in the arse! My during the weekend of June 15th and race medical went that way. Without 16th past. The local Collector of Cusboring you with too much detail, let's toms reported an increase of 1,000% just say that something that had in the number of Inwards and Outceased to be a functional problem wards Reports for vessels traversing years ago, and which I had therefore the Shannonville Lakes during that penot considered a potential concern, in- riod. He commented on the unusual volved an aspect which was not to the nature of the vessels, noting that they liking of the Regional Medical Offi- appeared to be possessed of four cer. Then the TV broke! This, of wheels instead of the customary rudcourse meant no VCR, and Susan is ders and sea screws or sails. The apparent reason for the high volume of going into Video Withdrawal. traffic was that the Honda Acura DivI'm a great believer in planning, or- ers' Association, of the Port of Toronganising, and preparation. I find that to, was holding a Solo I Regatta. The they prevent the vast majority of prob- Commodore of that club reported that, lems, but I'm not naive enough to although some contestants became think that they will prevent all. Not partly submerged during the event, like some people who want to spend there were no drownings and no vesvast amounts of money (usually not sels were lost. The Regatta was theretheirs) to ensure that nothing ever fore judged to be a success. goes wrong in the world anywhere, anytime, and to anyone or anything, 4. "O solo mio..." including dogs and small boys. There will always be oversights, errors, and Well, this does concern the HADA other occurrences with unexpected re- Solo I event mentioned above, but it sults, such as the example of a butter- also refers to the gondola I needed to cross the lake in my basement, which fly fluttering it's wings and ... "poof",

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I discovered the Monday morning after I arrived home from the Shannonville Lakes. The water was up to the tops of my Wellies - somehow, the sump pump had been switched off, and .... "Ah, Hastings, it is almost to laugh, is it not, when someone does not use the little grey cells?" I didn't pick the best weekend to start my career in Solo I. The weatherman's idea of "periods of rain" was not exactly what I was expecting - four to six hours or more at a time of heavy, soaking rain instead of the more normal 40 to 60 minutes. Parts of the track were inundated with what could no longer be called large puddles, but small lakes. Not even the rain tires were any use in them. And speaking of rain tires, we were lost with their set-up all weekend. Our rain tires were previously unused full-tread Toyo RA1s, and they even had the moulding buttons still on the treads. And it had completely slipped my mind to ask the previous owner of the car what tire pressures to use for the wets. There was nothing to do but to ask every driver in the paddock running Toyos for advice - and that we got! The problem was that none of it was the same. Some recommended pressures as high as 40 lbs., others as low as 24, so we started in the middle and first tried going up, which didn't seem to work, and then down, which was marginally better. Now sober and more experienced minds will no doubt consider that this really wasn't the ideal way to attack the problem, but we had no idea of what we were doing, we were getting a little panicky, as it was Saturday morning, and our minds, as well as our tent, were already waterlogged! Saturday morning, boating on Lake Fabi. Well, two lakes, actually, one at turn 3, Lake Fabi East, and the other at 5b, being Lake Fabi West. There were also various small rivulets and large puddles at other locations, most in the braking zones or at the apexes of corners. The car was miserable the brakes were locking up and the front end washing out under anything approaching vigorous braking, and getting through the corners reminded me of driving on glare ice - sliding on all fours. Negotiating turn 3 was like fording a large river, with water spray everywhere, including inside the car, and when the temperature rose a bit, the windshield started fogging up completely. There is a de-mister in the car, but it was absolutely overwhelmed, and RainX didn't help much, and I could only wipe the driv enough, approaching the apex I could feel her start to go. The old saying came to mind, "Beware the dreaded side-slip!" I was very busy at the wheel for a bit, as first the back end and then the front flicked out on me, and I wondered if I was going to be the first car of the day to lose it at one. I wasn't, and I was rather pleased with what I considered a feat of some minor degree of driving virtuosity, which nonetheless seemed to go unnoticed by the assembled soggy masses. Even my nephew Dave, who was crewing Sunday was canoeing on the Nelson for me, hadn't noticed anything amiss River. There had been a Lake Nelson as I fought to avoid depositing the car on turn 1, but the track workers man- in the waterlogged boondocks. aged to pump it dry, without, I suspect, an Environmental Assessment. I spent the remainder of Sunday still The Nelson River rose in the afore- skating through turn one and some of mentioned Lake Fabi East, and flowed the other corners, but as the track gently across the Nelson back straight dried out a bit more, I got a little fastbetween the two intersections with the er. So much so, that I began to think that I was doing a little better than the Long Track, emptying into the swamp located in the infield. I'm not previous day on the Fabi circuit. sure what it's course was from that When I got the results for the second point on, but as it did not traverse the day, however, it was a return to realiPit straight, I presume it must go to ty. A Corvette and a '93 RX7 had ground somewhere. Perhaps some in- moved up from ASS1 to ASS2 in ortrepid explorer could take on the task der to make a full class, and they both of discovering it's estuary - Dr. Liv- beat me. Oh well, maybe the next ingstone, perhaps? But back to more events at the Mo sport DDT will be dry - we have the mundane pursuits. dry tire pressures pretty well figured Well, maybe not quite so mundane, as out now. If not, we have to try to sort the car's handling remained, shall we out the correct tire pressures for the say, interesting. It was still rainy and rain tires, because right now driving in very wet, and stayed that way until the the wet isn't much fun, and I used to afternoon. In addition, the car didn't be pretty good when it rained. Well, like full throttle when fording the Nel- that's my baptism by (lots of) water son River on the back straight, making into Solo I. Hopefully, there'll be betsome fascinating lateral movements, ter news next month. both front and rear. At the same time. Often in opposite directions. Then 5. Parting Shot there was the fact that the spray thrown up by cars going through the Back in the 18th century, the piping water was carried along by them and and other adornments, often expendeposited on the track all the way into sive, on men's clothing were call the braking area for the next corner. "macaroni", as in the British satirical This caught out several cars, including ditty of the time, "Yankee Doodle". the Mustang in front of me - twice - For those who don't know, it went which slowed me down a little bit on "Yankee Doodle came to London / riding on a pony / stuck a feather in those runs. his hat / and called it Macaroni". In Turn 1 was somewhat different. Sure, the less polite version, the feather was the lake was gone, but there were placed at the other end of the body in some fair sized puddles in the braking a certain orifice. zone, which caused me some drama in the last morning run. As the track Sometime between then and the midseemed to be drying out a little, I ap- dle of the 20th century, men's displays proached the corner at a somewhat of ostentatiousness were transferred overly optimistic rate of knots, and from their clothing to their cars. In promptly locked 'em up going in to the 1950s, a car kept in pristine condithe corner. Dancing in the puddles, I tion was called a "cherry", and now, didn't get the speed down as much as I gussied-up Japanese compacts and should have, which wouldn't have sub-compacts are called "rice wagbeen too bad if it hadn't been for water ons". Maybe the old adage is true again being carried along the surface the way to a man's heart really is of the track - on the racing line. I through his stomach! knew I was in trouble, and sure er's side of the windshield with my gloves. I must have used Sonar to locate the apexes of right hand corners, which, of course, was most of them, as I managed to stay on the track. Unbelievably, I finished 1st in class - but as I was the only one, I also finished last. The best part is that, through one of those arcane calculations that seem to be common in Solo I, I got 100 points for my effort. I didn't deserve them, but I guess everything evens out in the end, which it did the next day.

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M.C.O. Monthly General Meeting June 4th 2002


Louis's Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. Prepared by John Powell, MCO Secretary PRESENT Executive: Ron Woltman, President; Bennett Leckie, Vice-President: Rick Miskiman, Open Wheel; Steve Greiner, Closed Wheel; Craig Hamm, Rally; Jeff Graves, Solo I; Greg Kierstead, Solo II; Richard Muise Link Editor; John Powell, Secretary. Members: Sufficient members were present for a quorum. Guests: Dave Lee, iPlay Network Gaming Lounge. ABSENT WITH EXCUSES Executive: Bob Benson, Treasurer; Paul Swinwood, Karting; Pat Weightman, Membership; Rob Microys, Website Administrator; Warren Haywood, Club Merchandise Co-ordinator. NOTE The position of Public Relations Director is still vacant. The President opened the meeting at approximately 8:10 p.m. in the restaurant section, and the following business was conducted: General - Prizes for the 50/50 draw including some previously cherished motoring books donated by Bill Hough, and some mounted motoring prints donated by Sam Mandia. Proceeds will go towards the publishing expenses for the Club's 50th Anniversary book. - Guests included Dave Lee, a member of NCMA(?), who will address the meeting on a new venture of interest to motorsports fans. - At this point, an Esteemed Member of the Executive arrived late and proceeded to stumble over the donated prints. - The Nokia phone left at the last meeting was claimed by Bill Hough. Solo II Greg Kierstead reported the following: - The Ottawa Lynx have donated 200 tickets for their home ball games. Some will be available to workers at the Ted Powell race meeting. - The Club's second event drew about 38 entries. The old tent was used as the defective new one had been returned to Price Club for a refund. - The OJOA Solo II, which we are organising, will take place on July 20th . Jeff Graves noted that we need about 20 volunteers to work the event, and that only workers can compete.

- The next event is on Sunday (June 9th), organised by Mark Atos, and the next Performance Control School will be on August 18th. - The storage shed for pylons, etc., will now be at Richard Muise's, a more central location. Solo I Jeff Graves reported as follows: - The first two events attracted 41 entries for Saturday and 38 for Sunday, with some MCO members competing. - On June 14th, the Friday prior to the next events at Shannonville, HADA will hold a lapping evening. - The following events will be at the Mosport Driver Development Track on July 6th and 7th . - Nick Berry asked what exactly was Solo I, and whether or not there was a Solo III. Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races There was a wide-ranging discussion on this topic, led by Ron Woltman. Note: Much of this discussion dealt with points covered in previous meetings, and which are contained in the appropriate minutes published in the Link. Some of these points have been omitted or summarised for the sake of brevity. - The CRDA meeting attracted 110 entries, of which 27 were vintage, for a net total of 83. - The treasurer has run scenarios for different numbers of entries for the TPSTR, and despite an expected loss of around $3,000, the Executive has given a goahead. Ron noted that last year's loss was mainly due to worker incentives, and was considered an investment. We are cutting back this year, and although we still expect to lose money, we wouldn't consider operating at a loss on a continuing basis. - We need MCO entries and workers, and could still use a few pick-up trucks. Workers will be assisted at $30/night, but don't have to take it. - We might consider a lapping event if possible, preferably after the race day, but there are issues to be addressed. - In a discussion on worker souvenirs, such as Club zipper-pulls, the Lynx tickets and Sunoco gas coupons were also added. - Cindy Armstrong pointed out that while racers know their costs, they should also be made aware that it costs organisers about $30,000 to run a race, and they are wondering if it is worthwhile continuing. She has posted a discussion topic on the Club's forum asking for input from drivers and entrants, and will take their concerns to the ORO. - In response to a question, Ron Woltman noted that there will be camping at the

track, and that the east washrooms have been up-graded.Later in the meeting, the following points were raised: - J. R. Fortin suggested that, if finances allow, we could offer tow money to competitors from Toronto. Ron Woltman reviewed the organizational issues, and the point was not discussed any further. - Jim Holtom then asked how much we would lose if we cancelled now, and then asked what would happen if we only got 50 entries. Ron replied that Bob Benson, who was absent, has the figures, and that he didn't think the entries would be that low. - Ron then gave a brief report on the topics discussed at the recent ORO meeting, such as the state of present entry levels and the losses incurred by race-organising clubs. He also stressed that the Club itself has never been larger nor healthier. - Jim also asked about the possibility of having kart races during the race meeting, and Ron replied that Gunter Schmidt had advised us that such could not be allowed under our insurance policy. There followed a general discussion about the pros and cons of karting events at Shannonville. The Link Richard Muise briefed the meeting as follows - Richard had to twist a few arms at our current printer to get the June Link to the meeting. The search for a new printer will commence soon. - There is an article in the June Link that outlines it's current status, including production and mailing costs, and members are encouraged to read it. Richard and the new editor (see below) are looking for ideas to reduce costs. - The new Link Editor will be Mark Atos. Mark joined the Club as a result of competing in a Slush n' Slide, and now competes in Solo II. Richard will stay on to assist in the transition. Race Steve Greiner (Closed Wheel) commented on the poor number of entries this year. Rick Miskiman (Open Wheel) stated the he had nothing to add. iPlay Network Gaming Lounge Ron Woltman invited Dave Lee to address the Club on his facility: - Dave explained that the gaming lounge was in the Kanata/Stittsville area. - It has 32 gaming stations with pedals and steering wheels, and all players can race each other at the same time. There are also rally special stages. - He would like to build up club communities which will compete at his facility, and is looking to set up a free trial with competitions for prizes.

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Electrathon Ron Woltman called for volunteers to work this event on Saturday next from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Don Tarte(?) commented that electric cars seem to have no problem in getting funding from sponsors. Rally Craig Hamm's report was a summation of his column in the June Link. He added that, from his review of the newsletters that he receives from other clubs, the Link is the best of such publications. He closed by advising members that the Golden Pine Rally has been moved to October 5th 2002. The meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:40 p.m. on a motion by Nick Berry, seconded by Rick Miskiman. The 50/50 draw garnered the sum of $48.00, which will be used for expenses incurred in publication of The Honourable Club's 50th anniversary book on the history of MCO. overall by the checkered flag. North Gower's Steve Yendall won the feature, and, as one of the most popular ProTruck drivers, crowned off a good night of racing. the enthusiasm the Mini Stocks generate, especially with such a race to the finish. Good racing. Earl Wylie was having a hard luck night after an altercation with the wall, but he had some good racing up till then, racing in the top three in the ProStock class.

back of the pack. A hard drive moved him all the way to second position by the end of the race.

June 12, 2002 First in the Feature, First in June 19, 2002 Points, and No Flats! A warm and sunny evening was the first A Rookie Debut for Greg Wilportent of good things to come. Ken was liams and the CarQuest #2 Proin the first heat race, starting at the very Truck
Wednesday, June 19 was a Great Summer Day and a Great Day to Start Racing. Greg Williams, owner of G. W. Roofing, got his chance, as Ken Baird, 1st in points in the ProTruck Series, let one of his main sponsors take the wheel. Greg is son of Ivor Williams, the great Ottawa racer from the days when the track was at Lansdowne Park, and you could see the resemblance as Greg kept up with the pack in both the heat and Feature races at Ottodrome Wednesday Night. Greg will race again throughout the summer taking turns with Ken Baird for the Driver's seat. Main Street Racing of North Gower congratulates Greg on a job well done. Main Street Racing's sponsors this year are Main Street Automotive, and CARQUEST, Class 8 Collision, Shell Oil Thermoshell, G. W. Roofing, Bernhard Turbo Trans, Kemco Radiator, Irish Rose ATV Nature Trails, Carleton Pumping Service, Barry Horricks and WineMakers of North Gower. Check out for racing highlights, and www.mainstreetottawa .com/status.html for all the latest racing news from Ken and Main Street Racing.

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Ken Baird, driver of the #2 CarQuest ProTruck, qualified third for the feature race, and quickly put his truck in front of the pack. Pulling away like he was unstoppable, Ken suffered a flat tire, and his pit stop shuffled him to last position. Demonstrating that racing is a team sport, and everyone's on the team, Ken's pit crew of Leo and Chris was assisted by Carmen Griffith and Jack Bailey of Yendall's team and Jody Rollow of the Moffitt team. Ken was quickly back on the track, and back into the fray, working his way to fifth

June 6, 2002 From Front to Back to Place

In the Feature Race of the evening, Ken started in fifth. He quickly moved up to second behind Matt Moffitt's MTM Racing's #46. These two ProTrucks moved away from the pack and lead the way for the next 12 laps when a caution was called. It wasn't past halfway so the ProTrucks doubled up to restart. Ken had the outside pole with Matt on the inside as the green flag waved and they were racing again. This time Ken got the lead and held it to the end, Matt challenging him all the way. It was great racing and great fun, and no flat tires. Three races this season had Ken in the lead until a flat sent him to the pits, so this win was especially sweet. All the North Gower racers did well last night. Steve Yendall's ProTruck #1 was going well, just caught in a lot of traffic all evening. Dave Watchorn and Martin Walter were up to their normal tricks of entertaining the crowds while gathering up more wins. They apparently were trying to show that you can fit five cars wide around some the corners during the feature. We know they did it with three coming in for the finish line with Chris Dunham. The cheers from the stands showed

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2002 Canadian Grand Prix

by Richard Muise The Speed of Sound The Montreal Formula-1 GP was one of two bookend events I plan on attending this year at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The second race weekend comes in August when CART visits the track. This is the first year that both Formula-1 and CART are on the same track in the same year. I intend to watch both from the same stadium seats on the entry to the hairpin. Due to work constraints, I was not able to go on Friday, so Saturday was my first full day. The first cars on track were the Formula-1 practice. We got there just at the end, the cool-down lap, so we had to wait for 30 minutes before the second 45-minute practice began. The full power scream of a modern Formula-1 car at the top of the rev-limit is beyond comprehension to anyone that has not had a chance to experience it first hand. The sound builds quickly as the cars are moving at a measurable fraction of the speed of sound. The area around the hairpin also baffles some of the sound until the car emerges from the straight into the open area of the hairpin. The sound is about the loudest sound I've heard and would be comparable to a jet at take off. Without ear protection, you will damage your hearing. It's an immense sound hammering on your eardrums. As the cars enter the hairpin area they begin the 5 or 6 downshifts necessary for the low speed in the hairpin. And nothing can capture the sound of the downshifts - they are brutal. You can feel the downshift in your solar-plexus, makes your heart beat skip to the beat of a transmission so brutally engaged it must violate the law mutual exclusion in quantum mechanics. The gears are just a cloud of probability. Or at least a cloud that can transmit 850 horsepower. After the second practice, the rain started. It never got too heavy (and it cut down the heat a little), but it was enough to dampen the track for the rest of the afternoon making for difficult track conditions. All hail ye gods of horsepower. The Vintage CanAm race was in the early afternoon. I had been looking forward to seeing these, the ultimate muscle cars, for months since I learned they would be there from one of the organizers (Bob Armstrong). Similar to the LeMans cars, and in fact some were ex-LeMans cars, CanAm was a series in North America

during the late 1960's through early 1970's, consisting of massive displacement, massive horsepower/torque engines with some bodywork wrapped around. Taking the damp track just after lunch, they had one or two pace laps before a standing start. Rumbling by on the pace

Sunday had a few activities, however, I was late due to delays in getting through the subway system. When I arrived, the debris from the Ferrari Challenge race was being cleaned up (by our friends at Burstall Conrad). Add two more cars to the carnage of the previous day. The F1 drivers parade was next. The Ferrari's had a very mixed reaction from the crowd, the hard-drinking Italians in front of me were happy, but the couple from Virginia were booing with a light bible-belt accent. Despite his results of the last 4 years, Jacques Villeneuve still had a wave of cheers. It was about 90 to 120 minutes before pit lane opened for the warm up laps and the grid form-up. At 1:00pm, the race started. We were assailed with 71 laps of the sights and sounds of up to 22 cars running at full bore like a pack of banshees. Alas, as per his usual, Jacques dropped out with engine problems early in the race. Watching the top 6 drivers (Ferrari, Williams and McLaren) fight for the win not really dicing it, but making incremental gains over the laps and in the pit stops - taking in the full ambiance of the Formula-1 race, it's a fabulous way of spending a weekend. The only other comment is to gripe about the stupidly high prices at the track. In an inexplicable twist, I am terribly disappointed with the BAR team, sometimes with Jacques and I don't smoke (LuckyStrikes), yet I love the team colors for BAR. I looked at getting a nice breastpocket button-shirt - $160. I didn't bother asking if that included tax, it was pointless at that price. I left with the same clothes I went with. More than I can say about the young Italians in front of me but that's another story.

laps, they were everything I was expecting. The ground vibrates and the air is filled with a rumbling roar as they idled by. The pole car was a Porsche 917-30, which made around 1100hp in qualifying trim back in its hey-day. The other cars included Lolas and McLarens and one Shadow. But the cars were not set up for the rain, so the race was much slower than it should have been. As they started to put the power down out of the hairpin, they would tip-toe out - I would guess my Honda would be about as fast at this point because I won't overpower the tire grip as much as these monsters. More than one car got sideways even with partial throttle getting on the power at the hairpin. One of the McLarens, formerly driven by Bruce himself hit the wall in corner-5 on the first lap. Not the kind of thing you'd want to do in a quarter-million-dollar museum piece. Following the CanAm race was the Ferrari Challenge qualifying session. 45 minutes of watching a large field of Ferrari 360 Modena GT's. As with the CanAm cars, the drivers were having trouble in the rain and there were a number of spins, including a big one on the final lap right into the pit wall. The last time I saw this series (2000 US GP), there was a combination of 348's, 355 and a small handful of 360's. This year it was entirely 360's, all fitted with the F1 paddle shifter option. The final event of the day was the Formula 1600 race. Two MCO members, Lew MacKenzie and John Restemeyer, were in the field. The only other driver I recognized was Ashley Taws. I don't have the results for the MCO members, but I know that Ashley had a hard time, spinning twice, falling only one spot from her sixth place on the grid to finish seventh.


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July 2002

Solo II - Running the Show

by Mark Atos
There's no better way to learn about a sport than to become involved. Unless that sport is, oh, say, whatever that sport is called that Matadors do, or maybe a sport like skeleton (there's something about hurtling face first down an icy track, flat on your stomach, that has no appeal to me). That's why I volunteered to organize MCO's Solo II event number three, held June 9 at Jetform Park. Okay, so I didn't really volunteer to organize the whole thing, I really had intended only to design the course map. Then I was informed that I'd be managing the whole shebang. Not that that perturbed me much, because I knew that as Solo II Director, Greg Kierstead would have most of the information I'd need. The first step was to read the ever popular PowerPoint presentation SCCA Solo II Course Design Version 3.1. This is a must read for any course designer, and even an enjoyable and helpful read for competitors. I urge you to seek out a copy of this tome, and peruse it at your own pleasure.

had a course map that I could work from. Comments from Alan Pepper, Greg K, and a few others I'm sure I'm forgetting, provided impetus to make the course safer, and probably a little more fun.

There, I thought, that's that, I've got the course layout. I'm good to go. Of course, I haven't mentioned yet the four thousand e-mails that I sent out to other club members requesting their assistance the day of the race. I needed to get a registration group, a timing group, cone schleppers, scruitineers, and set-up and tear-down volunteers. It's no small task, finding that many people, but, without the help of each and every one of them, there wouldn't have I printed out about ten copies of the map of been a Solo II that day. the Jetform Park parking lot, so that I could create a tonne of maps, and have a Now, we've got our volunteers, and we've couple of the venerable Solo II competi- got our course map, so we're good to go... tors pick the one that they thought would Not. be the best. (Hey, this was my first time ever laying out a track, I wanted options.) I went drag racing at Luskville on the SatSo I sat down one evening, about a week urday night before the event, and arrived before the event, and taped my pages to home at about 11:30. (This seems to be a t h e t a b l e , p i c k e d u p t h e p e n c i l , a n d growing trend with me, either having to promptly took a smoke break. Aaargh drive 120 km the morning of an event, or This can't be happening. Designer's staying out late the night before) Fortublock?!?!? nately, I took one last look at my map. Unfortunately, several of my scale measThree or four days later (coming down to urements were incorrect. I had used the the wire now) I sat down again, and gave it recommended circle diameters as radii, remy all. It took me most of a couple of sulting in what would have been a very hours to do, but it was fun, and I finally fast course. I wanted a combination of fast

and technical, so back to the drawing board I went again. 1:30 AM, I decided it was done, I was going to bed, because I had to get up early to get the cones from the MCO shed, and do all the set up at the Park. Then I remembered that I'd have to make photocopies of the map for all the competitors. Well, that sucked, because I don't have my own personal photocopier at home. Imagine the look on the Security Guard's face, when I show up at Place Du Portage at six in the morning, and tell him I'm just going up to make some photocopies, and to check my e-mail, since I had failed to write down the combination to the lock that keeps MCO's pylons being stolen. And, wasn't it lucky that Richard happened to see me before he left for Montreal, since the combination I had taken from my email wasn't opening the lock. Turns out, one of the numbers was off by ten. I still haven't rechecked the e-mail to decide who to blame. The day ended up going off without a hitch. There were a few more off courses than I would have like, but hey, that's racing, right? Thanks to everyone who helped me put that day together, and to all the competitors for making it a success.

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Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 2 Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 2 Formula 2000 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 3 Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 3 Rally Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 4 MCO Executive Meeting Minutes. . . . . . . page 5 CRDA Shootout Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 6 Miscellaneous Rumblings II. . . . . . . . . . . page 7 MCO General Meeting Minutes . . . . . . . . page 9 Main Street Racing Updates. . . . . . . . . . page 10 2002 Canadian Grand Prix . . . . . . . . . . . page 11 Solo II - Running the Show. . . . . . . . . . . page 13 Classified Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . page 14

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