The Link Motorsport Club of Ottawa
It’s Hardware Time
This is How Everyone Should Spend Their Sundays!
2009 Awards Night and Banquet
Mortimer Mutterings III
2009 Rally of the Tall Pines
Speed, Yumps and Atmosphere
Targa Newfoundland—Stage by Stage
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05 and Atmosphere
Stage by Stage
13 This is how
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BY MCO PRESIDENT
From the President’s Desk... PAT MCDERMOTT
Year in Review 2009
directors position and Craig Seko re
As we move into 2010 I reflect on the previous year with elected as Vice president. A word of caution though. In
pride in all the MCO volunteers who put so much work clubs it is common for a very few people to be doing
into this club organizing events and administrating what most of the work for all. An obvious result of this is job
has become arguably the largest motor sport club in burnout and it’s beginning to happen. I can see it. We
Canada. are all volunteers including those of you that are plain ol’
MCO members. Don’t let us burnout. The whole club will
Growth of the club in the past two years has been re- suffer because of it. I have seen this happen before, the
markable, both in membership and in the scale and vol- result is not pretty and has effects that last years. When
ume of events. During 2009, it became necessary for the you demand what your club can do for you ask yourself
first time to place caps on the number of participants for what you can do in return.
autocross and it almost happened for the Ted Powell
memorial weekend. All of our other major happenings I’d like to say its business as usual for MCO for 2010 but I
such as the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally, winter driving can’t. Event wise and staff wise it is, but lately we are
schools, snow cross series, and lapping days were near always being thrown curves, some of them being down-
to fully subscribed. We turned over 16 people away from right nasty. One major change is expenses have risen
our Race School even after we raised the participation dramatically for everything we do. For now and for 2010,
count from 36 to 40 students. Additional private track we will be reflecting on and adjusting these costs. If they
rentals for our winter venue have increased also. Speak- can’t be managed and if people won’t volunteer, the
ing of lapping, the dynamic has changed from a small cost of what this does to the people that help run this
faction of MCO members participating to a majority. A club will be passed onto the membership. In other
year ago we were looking at possibly cancelling these words, if you don’t help out we have to pay people to
events. Now were looking at increasing them. play in your stead. Your membership is probably going to
increase. For those of you that do help my sincerest
The Ted Powell event was an astronomical success with thank you. See you all on track.
199 entries. 64 cars in GT sprints was probably a record
for a CASC event. Four days were a blur of excitement Pat McDermott, president MCO.
and fun. The event was mired by a CASC/MCO dispute
though, for 2010 costs are rising and there will be some
changes made to make the event financially viable or it
could fall into jeopardy.
MCO’s Open Road Rally series continues to struggle
with entries but it is said will continue again next year
and the Rally cross series, brainchild of Greg Van Dalen,
struggles also and probably won’t be revisited under
MCO’s banner for 2010.
The Board says goodbye this year to Jeannie MacGillivray
as rally director and Don Laberge for autocross. These
two people put their entire hearts into their disciplines
and will be sorely missed as directors. The rest of the
board of directors and discipline directors remains intact
for 2010 except for Luc Saumure stepping back into a
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Speed, Yumps and Atmosphere
Rallye Baie des Chaleurs
By Jaak and Jane Lann
Photo: Mike Proulx
T he Rallye
Baie des Chaleurs
plays out in the woods and
hills around New Richmond, Que-
bec, in the Gaspe Region. We’ve
ahead of you across the forested
valley on the next mountainside and
my instant thought was, looks like a
view from Rocky. Strangely, when it
rains the mud is as slick and almost
as concrete-like when it dries as it is
unpredictable. The best rally teams
from the U.S. and Canada show up
year after year and this year’s 48 car
entry list had a dozen potential win-
ners. With a driver and co-driver in
every car that means there were 96
seen quite a bit of the region and it
in the Rocky Mountains on the other people going as fast as they knew
continues to grow on us. During a
side of the country. how. And given a few service crew
rally your focus is pretty narrow but
Baie is quite an unique event. on each team there was quite an
the Recce at the beginning of the
The roads are challenging, the event atmosphere in Service.
event allowed us some chance to
carries on from early Thursday The Service Area was quite in-
check out the vistas. On one stage
morning to Saturday at suppertime, teresting in that it was shared by
while you are driving along the side
the fans are the most enthusiastic local grassroots entries and the Su-
of a mountain you can see the cars
and numerous and the weather is baru USA Rally Team. Big money
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teams had compounds with barriers
while some small money teams did-
n’t even have pop-up awnings.
There were awesome new highly-
modified Subaru STI rally cars to old
rear wheel drive Toyota Corollas all
competing in the same event. Our
team is somewhere in the middle of
all this with our 1999 Subaru Im-
preza two door sedan. We use Hot
Bits rally suspension and the Cana-
dian distributor, Peter Reilly, actu-
ally graciously towed our car out to
Gaspe and serviced with us. The ex-
tensively decorated Hot Bits cube
van that we worked out of is a long
way from my first event when I
drove the Civic to the rally and had a Photo: Mike Proulx
tarp on the snow to park it on. night and got us boost again but Moose, “I didn’t know my own
TONIK Motorsports is continu- then a hose fell off Saturday morn- strength”• and had a total blast. We
ally improving our car as we learn ing. Last year Warren got 20 minutes tied for 3rd longest jump at the fa-
what is required to go faster more sleep Friday night while this year he mous Camp Brule stage and flew
reliably. I had no idea that there was had the luxury of 3.5 hours...things 100 feet. Jane says I am quiet while
so much more to learn about driv- are going better so he better not driving and only occasionally ask for
ing, about car setup and about the complain (he doesn’t and is actually an instruction earlier by saying
implications of more speed on the the first one up Saturday morning)! “Next”• into the intercom. She was
car. I thought I knew some stuff but I The car was back to normal on the quite surprised when I yelled out
couldn’t imagine what I didn’t know. last two stages. “YEE-HA!!!”• while drifting around
We had some turbo boost problems Speeds at Baie seemed faster one long corner in 5th gear…it just
on Friday night which dropped than in the previous three years I came out of me.
power from the 200 range at which have been there. OMG the speed! We had a few moments of the
we can accelerate up hills to what- Endless flowing 5th and 6th gear opposite kind of course. One of
ever level at which we couldn’t ac- sections and multiple yumps de- them was at a semi-T intersection at
celerate up hills. TONIK’s Warren manded great reliance on big co- which we hadn’t noted that the
and Nancy Haywood worked half the jones. To paraphrase Bullwinkle the braking zone was over a crest. First
run through the rear un-weighted
and the car did a half spin to the
right when we were supposed to go
left. I locked them up, got lost in a
cloud of self-made dust, reversed
and blasted away to the spectators’
delight. Second run through I braked
only into the crest and we were fine.
At a Left Two into a narrow rick-
ety bridge I came into the corner too
hot, put it sideways and with co-
driver’s side coming to rest in the
ditch managed to engage 1st gear
and please what looked like a lone
marshal or photographer.
I completely messed up the only
pavement section the first run
Photo: Mike Proulx through. I think hearing Jane tell me
were ambulanced out and the stage
was cancelled. We transited through
at 40-55 km/h and I almost went off
the road at one corner in the dust. As
the situation was sorted it became
evident that we would have finished
the night at maybe 1:30 AM so the
last stage Friday night was cancelled
We ended up 22nd out of 47
starters which felt to us like victory.
That feeling was magnified as when
we pulled into Parc Ferme at the fin-
ish CARS’ Terry Epp dove through our
open window to congratulate us as
did two of the event organizers. Big
hugs all around after we got out of
Photo: Tom Hayston - Performance Rally Images the car. Another finish we won’t ever
the extra instructions about pave- All of us were worried about dust forget. TONIK Motorsports and Hot
ment for 50 metres surprised me and Friday night. It was looking to be a Bits made it happen for us.
when I saw it I got discombobulated. real problem even though the top
The second time I really nailed it five had three minute spacing and I have read that if you want a
though and slid from pavement into the rest of us had two minutes. Su- World Rally Championship experi-
the 90 degree left and to the edge of per celebrity Ken Block went head on ence but can’t get to one then go to
the outside ditch perfectly. The dif- into the woods at the end of a Rallye Baie des Chaleurs. I com-
ference between the two attempts straight near the beginning of one pletely agree.
was huge and I’m sure I redeemed stage just as it got dark. No serious
myself to the spectators. injuries that we know of but they
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MORTIMER MUTTERINGS III By Nigel Mortimer
Photo: Yanick Gougeon www.trackracingpictures.com
Charles Dickens wrote:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of
That best describes my summer.
My Formula Ford team won the Ontario Formula Ford Cham-
pionship for the third year in a row with Matt White driving, who
this year became a member of MCO. Matt also won the Mont-
real NASCAR F1600 race so you can’t do any better than that !
The TV cameras never left Matt for the entire race and I
don’t remember breathing for thirty minutes. What a race ! I highly recommend this to anyone with a love of cars and
Lew MacKenzie soldiered on (pun intended) through adver- aircraft. Goodwood is a step back in time as most people dress
sity this year that started with a big multi car crash at the first in period clothing of 1940 to the end of the 60’s. Georgeous
race and things didn’t get much better after that. At 69 years of cars and women with WW2 aircraft flying and static displays.
age you should all aspire to being able to do what he does. The fields of parked cars is like a museum, and they were
As Lew says “If racing was easy, everyone would be doing driven to the event. The scent of Castrol R the glorious sounds
it.” it is truly heaven on earth. To cap it all off it was Stirling Moss’s
We participated in both Trois Riviers and Montreal races and 80th birthday and he was racing and leading a parade of 86 of
were very impressed with the quality of both events. Seeing the 94 race cars he ever drove. He even shook my hand and
crowds of spectators is certainly nice and participating in the wrote a dedication in his latest book to me. I have not washed
organized autograph sessions was good fun too. my hand since !!!
We became involved with Claude Bourbonnais in regard to
his driver coaching as he was with us at various tracks. Most of Photos: Nigel Mortimer
you will remember that he was teamed with Jacques Villeneuve
in Formula Atlantic, and was the better driver.
By the end of the season I needed a holiday and managed to
arrange a trip to England where I visited Brooklands, the Mer-
cedes Benz world museum, and the Goodwood Revival. I got to
drive a new C63 AMG at the test track which included a road
course and skid pad. After completing a bunch of power slides
the instructor asked if I had done this before. I admitted that I
had “done a bit mate.”
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This is how everybody should
spend their Sundays! story by Gregory Van Dalen
photos by Mike Proulx
Y et another great muddy Funday
at the RallyCross track.
about the most fun you can have with
In FWD it was a close battle all day
belonging to Josh. Something about
a soaking wet air filter may have
slowed the legacy factory teams
Even after grooming the track it between the VW rally cars and Peters down, but that didn't stop Christian
was still thick and soupy so a last min- Mazda. Vincent took the lead at the from taking the lead in the final run,
ute decision was made to use the end of the day winning the class by just 1/2 a second ahead of team
field that is normally the campground about 7 seconds over Peter, with Pat owner James, (aka, found a parts car
for the big truck/tractor events. With co driving Vince's Golf in third. We've already guy) and just a few seconds of
a slight delay in setting up a new got to acknowledge the impressive future ice racer Steve B. Shutout of
course we were underway around drive from Brendan in the saturn the podium for perhaps the first time
1030am, under the all too familiar wagon! in MCO Rallycross history was Jodie,
rain clouds. 16 competitors in atten- In the AWD class it was the battle Greg and Mat.. it was a long drive
dance with their shiny clean cars, of the legacy's.. legacies? legs?.. any- home!
soon to be covered in mud. hoo.. No less than 6 drivers sharing (thanks to Chris, James, Steve,
First in RWD, and the class of the two super fine 93'/96' legacys Christian, Mat for stopping to check
field with the best looking and driving equipped with D for Go transmissions on my car and lending us a pair of
car by far goes to Chuck in his Lancia battled against Tim's imprezza RE92 clean air filter to get home!) lol,
Awesome for showing us RWD is slicks and the very cool Celica Gt4 good times everyone, thankyou!!
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Photos courtesy of Mike Proulx,
Check out Mike ’s awesome photos:
Huge thanks to Tonik Motorsports
for their sponsorship of our rally
cross season, thank you boys!!
The trophies look fantastic!
And thanks again to Talon Tire from
Montreal for their continued gift
And of course, thanks to
Augusta Motorports Park
for their awesome facility
Please sign their guest book and let
em’ know how much fun you had.
And we certainly couldn’t do this
without all the volunteers
Jeannie for being the best rally
David Butler for discovering this
park and his help with scoring/
Jodie Shay for the fast scoring and
James Bergeron for his trailer tow-
ing removing picking up storing
timing, dude does it all and with a
smile, thanks man!
and all the great cars and drivers
that make these events a joy to be
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2009 Rally of the Tall Pines
by Jean MacGillivray. Photos courtesy of Mike Maguire
he 2009 Rally of the Tall Pines took place in Martin and Ferd are among those who encountered
balmy weather, with nary a snowflake in sight. some unexpected challenges, as described by Ferd
It attracted 53 entries, including a record num- on the Rally forum:
ber of 7 MCO teams. Supporting the event were
MCO’ers working HAM radios, as stage marshals and “On Egan Creek, just before the Tee-Left onto Mayo
crew. Even the organizer, Mike Koch, was from the Lake Rd, there are a couple of very deep washouts.
MCO, so we really made our presence felt! There's a big beaver dam about as high as the
driver's side window on the left of the road. Water
Mike Maguire has kindly offered to share his photos running over that dam washes across the road taking
of the MCO teams: all the sand and soil away, leaving two deep streams
running across the road filled with big rocks. We had
Car 24 - Neil Wright / Lorna Wright to crawl through those streams to avoid ingesting wa-
Car 37 - Martin Walter / Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff ter into the engine.
Car 39 - Jaak Laan / Jane Laan
Car 49 - Alan Lavoie / Mathieu Fortin ”On the very last stage a Subaru, I think it was
Car 52 - Vince Landreville / Chuck Storry Schmidtke / Vokes, got stuck just after crossing those
Car 60 - Jeffrey Dowell / Emily Dowell streams. They went through too quickly, tore off their
Car 61 - Eric Mckinnon / Matt Waters skid plate, which wedged under the car and acted like
a snowplow, jamming in the mud and rocks.
13th - Martin and Ferd ”When we got there and found their car blocking the
17th - Alan and Mathieu narrow road, Martin tried to push them out of the way,
19th - Vince and Chuck busting one of his lamps in the process. But the Su-
26th - Jeffrey and Emily baru was planted in the road like it was nailed down.
28th - Eric and Matt It wouldn't budge an inch.
DNF's: Neil and Lorna; Jaak and Jane.
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”We barely squeezed our way
around on the left side of the car, but
there's a swamp there. We were
lucky not to get stuck. A couple more
cars behind us got through, but even-
tually somebody else got stuck in the
swamp and that was the end of that.
Eleven cars got bottled up behind
that mess,” writes Ferd.
Newcomers to Ottawa, but not to ral-
lying, are Neil and Lorna Wright of
Four Peaks Racing. They are in their
first year of Eastern rallying and
joined MCO last spring. Co-driver
Lorna also wrote about Tall Pines on
the Rally forum.
“Neil and I just want to say what a
great time we had with all our new
MCO friends. What a crazy, chal-
lenging, jumpy, watery, muddy rally
that was! I'm still sore! Unfortunately
we DNF'd with electrical problems
probably stemming from all the wa-
ter. Neil was driving really well up to
that point, and the RX-7 was holding
together. Oh well, that rally . . . it just
gives us something to shoot for next
year. MCO did awesome with their
results! Well done.
”We are going to do more of the re-
gional events next year, which
should be a lot of fun. We couldn't
have moved anywhere better for
rally!” says Lorna.
The teams of Martin Walter / Ferdi-
nand Trauttmansdorff, and Vince
Landreville / Chuck Storry have done
well for themselves in 2009, with
both teams winning MCO awards.
The RSO final scores for 2009 show
that overall, out of 36 drivers, Martin
ranked fifth and Vince eight.
Amongst co-drivers, Ferd ranked
second and Chuck seventh. Martin
and Ferd took Group 5 top honours,
and Vince and Chuck came first in
the Classic category. For details,
please see www.rallysport.on.ca.
2009 Targa Newfoundland
Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com
rologue Day is just for Targa teams collect penalty points tored by radar, thus we are not every second that we are outside
practice. It counts for for each second that they are required to have roll-cages. Any of our allowable time window. On
nothing. We were told slower than their target time. They street-legal car can enter. The Day-1 the average speeds were
the scoring results for the Pro- have a top speed limit of 200 km/ only division is between Equipped quite easy, with a very generous
logue Day would be used to de- h, checked by radar, hence the or Un-Equipped teams, meaning allowable time window of +/- 30
termine the start order for the first requirement for full roll-cages etc. teams like us equipped with rally seconds. On the last day, Day-5,
day of competition, but evidently Otherwise, if they are worried computers and/or a GPS capable the speeds were quite a bit
that just applied to the Targa about making their target time in of displaying your calculated aver- quicker, with an allowable time
Category, not to our Grand Tour- any tight stuff near the end of the age speed on the fly, versus un- window of only +/- 3 seconds.
ing (GT) Category. We started in stage, they can go as fast as they equipped teams with only an ac- The more exotic Targa class
numerical order based on our like anywhere within the stage on curate odometer, a watch, and a competitors, and uninformed
Car#. any straightaways to put time in calculator. GT competitors are spectators, tend to look down
Just to clarify, there is a major the bank. The target times for old, required to maintain a specified their noses at the GT competitors
difference between the Targa and small-engined cars are more gen- average speed, within an allow- because we are "slow" in com-
GT categories. In the Targa Cate- erous, compared to the practically able time window, all the way parison to the Targa cars. But the
gory, which contains many differ- impossible target times for the throughout each stage. For exam- GT competition is not at all easy.
ent sub-classes depending on monster open class cars. But it's ple, if the average speed is sup- Yes we're slower. On some
vintage, engine size, and modifi- not a "race" like in stage rallying posed to be 60 km/h, that means straightaways we'd be trundling
cation levels, the goal is to reach to see who can do each stage the we must drive at a pace to take along painfully slowly, whereas
the finish line of each stage within quickest. The goal in Targa com- exactly one minute for each kilo- the top Targa class cars would be
an assigned target time. Targa petition is to always reach the metre through the stage. If we touching 185 km/h. But we are
cars are not penalized for reach- finish for each stage inside your arrive either late or early at any required to always stay within our
ing the finish line quicker than target time. Intermediate Time Control (ITC) time window, at all points. If we're
their assigned times, as long as In the Grand Touring category point within the stage [and we already accurately on schedule
they don't exceed a maximum 135 we are limited to a slower top never know where the ITC will and within our correct time win-
km/h average speed for the stage. speed of 140 km/h, again moni- be], we collect penalty points for dow, we cannot go any faster
This article has been converted from Ferdinand’s posts on the MCO Rally Forum and as such may contain links or references to other sites or works.
This article also contains links to youtube for the corresponding videos for each stage. If you are lucky enough to be reading this article in PDF format, you should be able to click
the link and enjoy video of the stage. For those of you that prefer the printed medium, I’ve included a link which takes you to Ferdinand’s youtube page which contains all the
Targa videos. From there type the name of the stage into the search box and out pops a video. Enjoy!
without risking an early penalty. The ceremonial start is at the
We are not able to put time in the Harbourfront of St John's New-
bank by speeding on the straight- foundland. Cars are waved off
aways to get ahead of schedule. one by one to make their way out
Then, when the road gets slow, of the city to the first Prologue
tight. and twisty, we struggle just stage at Flatrock.
as hard as some of the Targa Several of the novice teams,
cars trying to stay at the correct unfamiliar with the style of route
speed. notes provided, or unfamiliar with
The Targa teams "only" have to the streets of St. John's, promptly
reach the finish line of each stage got lost trying to find their way out
within their target time. They can of downtown St John's.
be faster than that if they choose.
The GT teams must also reach Prologue Day - Flatrock 1:
the finish line within their assigned http://www.youtube.com/watch? Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com
target time, but we must cross the v=Fz39wdai96g
line within our allowable +/- time For the first Prologue stage, the nearly 10 seconds late already. for a "bump" crossing the lane in
window, no slower and no faster. GT competitors were given a fairly Had there been another ITC at front of the Confed Buildings,
On top of that, we must stay easy target speed, and an allow- this point, we might have been where a raised walkway crosses
within that time window over the able time window of +/- 10 sec- caught late outside our window. the driveway. We made sure to
entire length of each stage, never onds. This was supposed to rep- slow right down for that on our
knowing where a surprise ITC resent a typical Day-3 challenge. It didn't matter at all during Pro- first run. The spectators called us
point may be located. In many The first portion is relatively logue Day, but it is possible to get wusses for that, so we went a little
ways the GT competition, just like simple. We just have to acceler- hosed by another competitor quicker on our second pass. A
a normal TSD rally where we ate hard initially to get up to our through no fault of your own. little too quick as it turns out.
have to focus half our attention on proper average speed, then hold It's interesting to see what a
the clock all the time, is much steady for a while. There was an Prologue Day - Flatrock 2: huge difference a bit of experi-
harder than the Targa category Intermediate Time Control (ITC) http://www.youtube.com/watch? ence makes. On this, our first run,
where they can concentrate fully already at the first Tee-Right inter- v=Ny5cOIGyVV0 we're rather tentative preferring to
on driving as hard as they can to section. So it's a good thing we We lined right up again for a take it easy. It's a long week, this
reach the finish line. didn't dawdle off the start or we second pass on the Flatrock demonstration run counts for
I'm not saying the Targa cate- might have been late already stage, heading North-East from nothing, so why risk damaging the
gory is easy by any means. It's there. here. car? We did the stage in 1 minute
just that people tend to discredit We caught and were held up by On this second run, we had the 57.5 seconds (1:57.5).
the GT category without knowing a Porsche 944 just as we entered same easy average speed target,
what's really involved. a slow narrow rough section. but this time with just a +/- 3 sec- Confederation Park 1:
Luckily we arrived there about 6 ond window. This sort of precision http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Prologue Day - Ceremonial seconds early, still within our +10 is a lot tougher to maintain. Here v=_wlbgLQEKP0
Start: second limit. By the time the road we start getting into issues of On our second run I felt com-
http://www.youtube.com/watch? finally widened enough for us to improperly calibrated watches and fortable pushing a bit harder. We
v=EitMIrgrJnk pass the Porsche, we were very odometers. A small miscalibration were 9 seconds faster with a time
can add up to several seconds of of 1:48.5.
inaccuracy over longer stage Early on there is a section of
distances, something we strug- roadway that is shaved down in
gled with later on in the week. preparation for being re-paved.
On our first slow pass I had no-
Confederation Park ticed and avoided a raised man-
This was fun. hole cover sticking up out of the
Confederation Park in St. John's pavement. The sharp edge of the
was set up as a spectator special cover is painted yellow so it's
stage starting here. This one easy to see. On this second pass,
wasn't scored and didn't count for at slightly higher speed, I had to
anything other than practice and change my line a bit through the
entertainment value. We could go jog left where we cross the me-
as often as we liked and as fast or dian into the other lane, and
slow as we liked. Of course every- damn, there was a second man-
one pushed as hard as possible. hole cover that I hadn't noticed
Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com We were warned to watch out before. I smacked that one hard.
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Luckily there was no damage. dia and local celebrities pay for a
Then I didn't slow quite enough ride-along, with the proceeds
for the bump over the raised walk- going to charity.
way. Whoa that thing is evil! It Even though I was taking it
launched us hard with all four relatively easy, our time of 1:49.4
wheels off the ground!! was still 8 seconds quicker than
We got some applause for that, on our first tentative run. It is a
but it was really dumb. What if we challenge to push all out on your
had ripped the oil pan off the en- first blind run with no practice.
gine? Prologue day counts for However, if you plan on complet-
nothing. We still have five days of ing all five days of Targa New-
competition to go. Don't be stupid foundland you really do need to
now. keep a healthy safety margin and
NOT push 100% on every stage.
Confederation Park 2: Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com
whatever. In the few minutes it took us to
Luckily we arrived in St John's a dash outside and jump in the car,
couple of days early and had we were all soaked to the skin.
plenty of time to relax and enjoy Thank God I had packed the car
the warm sunny weather and do the night before. Then we had to
our sight-seeing. Unfortunately, wait several more minutes idling
having spent several nights in the in the parking lot because all the
same hotel room in St John's, we windows fogged up so bad we
had accumulated more "stuff" like couldn't see anything at all. Then
groceries, souvenirs, and other Chris wanted to stop for breakfast
junk. When it came time to con- on the way, or at least find a Tim
solidate all our "stuff" from the two Hortons somewhere. The whole
cars into just one car, and still time Christoph was anxiously
have enough room left over to checking his watch, his carefully
carry four people back and forth planned schedule already com-
Photo: Jeffrey Bowser from arenas to hotel rooms, we pletely shot.
soon realized that we had WAY Forget breakfast! We have to
too much "stuff". get to the ReMax Centre arena
We weren't quite as extreme as Confederation Park 4: Also lucky, I spent some time NOW. The girls dropped us off in
these guys though… http://www.youtube.com/watch? Sunday night trying to re-organize the parking lot, promising to meet
v=rxtFAozA-tI all this accumulated crap into the us later in Placentia, while we
Our 3rd pass was our quickest back of the Subaru Outback in dashed inside, again soaked to
with a time of 1:46.6, almost 11 Day 1 - Argentia 1: such a manner that I might actu- the bone.
seconds quicker than on our first http://www.youtube.com/watch? ally be able to access our tools or We did the mandatory breatha-
pass. Now I knew to avoid to the v=ge9GxF1NEFE spares if ever we did need them lyzer test, then hopped in the
manhole covers and to brake hard I had enlisted my wife, Chris, in an emergency. We kept only BMW and hit the road for the long
before the jump, but to give 'er and my mom, Pauline, to come our toothbrush kits with us over- hour and a half transit to Argentia.
everywhere else. Practice makes with us on the trip in a second car night in the hotel, in preparation This was the scariest drive of the
a huge difference. Better lines, to act as our "support crew". It is for a very early Monday morning entire week. The rain and wind
more aggressive in the corners really handy to have a second check-out and departure to begin was amazing!
and under braking. car, because every night the rally our week of competition. We were riding in relative com-
If you've run the same stages car is put on display and locked I say lucky because, when the fort in our heated and enclosed
before in previous years it gives up overnight in the local arena. It's wake-up alarm went off at 5:30 BMW, whereas crews like Andy
you a huge advantage over nov- nice to have a second car Monday morning, I peeked out the Bearss & Ron Woltman in the
ice teams who are running the available for going back and forth window and saw... nothing. It was Honda, or Mike Salter & Jeff
stages blind for the first time. to dinner and the hotel etc. still pitch black outside, and there Hagan in the Austin Healey, were
The idea was that Chris and my was a hurricane passing through riding in cars with NO WINDOWS!
Confederation Park 3: mom would chase us around all with howling winds and horizontal Yeesh.
http://www.youtube.com/watch? week, carrying our spare parts pounding rain. It was raining so Anyway, we safely made our
v=LBkZbH4BmJk and tools, meeting us at all the hard I could barely see the car start time in Argentia only to find
My 4th run was a Charity Run, designated Service Points in case parked right outside our hotel the stage was delayed because
carrying a paying customer. Me- we needed any hasty repairs or room window! Just perfect. the stage crew was having diffi-
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culty tying down their equipment. So this time, with me driving, I thinking they're all this slow. Day- an issue on Day-1 when we still
All the boards kept flying away… was going to make sure not to 1 is designed to be easy. have a +/- 30 second window to
The Argentia stage is run on the back off early at the yellow place within. But it's bothersome
grounds of an old military base. boards, but continue at speed Day 1 - Stage 4 - Osprey Trail nonetheless.
Some of these "roads" are obvi- until reaching the actual flying West:
ously no longer maintained. I'll bet finish at the red boards after the http://www.youtube.com/watch? Day 1 - Stage 8 - Eastport 2:
the potholes were an eye-opener corner. Imagine my surprise when v=GtiRAOoJB1E http://www.youtube.com/watch?
to all the teams in their fancy- there were no yellow boards. Another uneventful stage. v=hhhc7a7f9Gg
schmancy race cars with stiff Instead, where the yellow boards We watched all of the Targa
suspensions and low profile tires. should have been, there were the Day 1 - Stage 6 - Port cars launching into the stage.
For us in the GT category, Ar- flying finish red boards before the Blandford: That was cool.
gentia was run at a very easy corner. Whoa! http://www.youtube.com/watch? Chris and my mom were watch-
pace. Still, as our first real stage Then around the corner, where v=dTwBdZAa1gA ing from the first Tee-Right into
of the event, it was nice to start the flying finish was supposed to Stage 5, Adeytown, was no the stage and caught us on video.
with an easy one. be, there were the yellow "Finish longer on the schedule. So we Actually it was after this second
Ahead" signs. Huh? went straight to Stage 6, Port pass on the Eastport stage that
Day 1 - Stage 2 - Placentia: By then we had already slowed Blandford. we had lunch at the Legion Hall.
http://www.youtube.com/watch? down. So where were they actu- We thought we were right on Afterwards we had a free transit
v=0Hnm4VRq7mw ally measuring our finish time? schedule here, only to cross the to Gander, so Christoph got to
From Argentia, we go straight Oh well, time for a break. We line 2 seconds late. Not really chauffeur my wife in the Subaru
across the street to the start of the get breakfast here, and Chris and sure why. But it was a bit discon- after all, while my mom rode with
Placentia stage. This stage was my mom met us as planned. So certing, considering that by the me in the BMW.
also relatively easy, with an aver- far so good. end of the week we would need to In Gander we went through the
age speed of only 53 km/h. But But we nearly had a mutiny in be within +/- 3 seconds every- car wash, then parked the BMW
it's only easy on the straight- the "support crew". They did not where. in the arena for the car show.
aways. Then it goes into a whole at all enjoy the long scary early http://www.youtube.com/watch?
series of acute left, acute right, morning drive from St John's to Day 1 - Stage 7 - Eastport 1: v=P1oW93-FnJ8
etc. and it suddenly becomes Placentia in the monsoon condi- http://www.youtube.com/watch?
much harder to maintain the tions, and they really weren't look- v=kEZQ8WIvaPE Good car. No problems at all.
speed. ing forward to the even longer "Grey skies are gonna clear up, Just lock the doors, and head for
There was some confusion at drive to the various service points put on a happy face." the hotel.
the finish line. There are sup- between here and Gander. They Things were pretty grim this At the end of Day-1, ten GT
posed to be yellow "Finish Ahead" suggested that after the 2nd Ar- morning, what with the monsoon teams still had zero penalties but
signs, then the red "Flying Finish" gentia stage, they could instead weather and our reluctant support four teams collected penalties.
boards, and finally another set of have Christoph drive the Subaru crew. But now it's all sunny skies. Day-1 was (thankfully) unevent-
red boards marking the "Finish" "support car" up to the following The ladies met us for lunch in ful for us. The first day is not in-
where we slow to read the clock Osprey Trail stage. Eastport after this stage. Big re- tended to be difficult. However, it
displaying our time. Um, hang on, wait a sec. lief. They're having a good time would be bad Karma to suggest it
The finish for the Placentia "Competition Crew" vs. "Support and really getting into it now. was easy. The potential for mak-
stage should have been located in Crew". I need my navigator to Meanwhile we're still trying to ing mistakes is always there, as
the same spot as when I did this navigate us to the next stage on figure out why we're a couple of we would find out for ourselves
five years ago with my brother time. He can't be jumping back seconds off in our timing. It's not soon enough on Day-2...
driving. And we screwed it up and forth between cars.
then, Fortunately, after a good break-
http://www.youtube.com/watch? fast, the weather cleared up a bit
v=pG42kNhD054. and things didn't look quite as
Placentia was run later in the bleak anymore and the mutiny
week then, and we had to do an was narrowly avoided.
average speed of 60 km/h. That
was a bit tougher, and the end of Day 1 - Stage 3 - Argentia 2:
the stage was quite a bit busier http://www.youtube.com/watch?
then. We were already late in the v=L2Orcswf2jI
dash to the finish line, then The second Argentia stage was
backed off crossing the yellow run a bit quicker, at something like
boards only to realize the actual 54 km/h. It was still very easy.
finish wasn't until much further I'm glad we got these ones out
around the corner yet, at the red of the way, because they're rela-
boards. tively boring compared to the next
d'oh. days'. I don't want to turn you off Photo: Craig Lee
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Day 2 - Stage 1 - Appleton: But the Subaru ran out of road on busy once more through Leading see us, took lots of photos, lis-
http://www.youtube.com/watch? the exit of this corner, fell off into Tickles to the finish. tened to our stories, provided
v=6taUZItVQFw the ditch, and rolled multiple The Targa cars go hugs and encouragement, and
Day 2 was gorgeous and sunny, times. It's absolutely astounding WAAAAAAAAAY faster than us otherwise did a great job provid-
and challenging. what a comprehensively spec- on this stage. It would be fun to ing us with "support".
On Day-2 our allowable time tacular job they did of trashing see their in-car video instead. For We enjoyed the moose stew
window tightens up a bit to +/- 20 that car. Even more amazing us, as always, the challenge is to and other delicacies before
seconds. That's still a very gener- though is the fact that there were stay exactly on schedule over the mounting up for the return run
ous window, but our goal was to no serious injuries other than a entire length of the stage. Al- down the long Leading Tickles
be as close to zero as possible at broken wrist suffered by the co- though the speed seems dead stage.
all time controls. Take advantage driver when he, reportedly, slow, this is actually one of the The ladies would be stuck here
of all the "easy" stages to practise punched himself in the helmet. most challenging stages for the until all the Targa cars had left,
for the harder stages to come. The true hero of this incident is GT category because of its long before the road is re-opened. So
And, damn, we nearly screwed MCO's own Maxime Vadebon- length. they would have to wait until then
it all up and almost took a penalty coeur, who calmly and assertively There are very few landmarks before driving straight back an
today. took control of the situation, send- along this route. That makes it hour and a half to Gander to find
Heading west from Gander, the ing his own driver ahead to the difficult to confirm your odometer a good spot to watch the Gander
first stage of the day was Apple- finish to report to the next radio is still accurate. You may think stage, while we did a second pass
ton. location, while Max ran back you're perfectly on time according on the Bobby's Cove and Pleas-
Although Appleton was sup- down the road to set up a warning to the distance shown on your antview stage.
posed to be an "easy" stage, with triangle, and assessed and stab- odometer but, depending on the Unfortunately the long Leading
no ITCs, we still couldn't manage lized the condition of the crashed odo's accuracy, you may in reality Tickles stage had to be cancelled,
to cross the finish line exactly on driver/co-driver while awaiting the be several seconds away from and run as a transit, after commu-
time. We were 2 seconds early. arrival of the emergency crews. where you think you should be. nications broke down between the
That's easily within our allowed +/ Max deserves a medal for the Over a long distance like this, it start and finish.
- 20 second window, so nothing to way he handled that. can make a siginificant accumu- Before I get to the sad mess we
be concerned about. But we're lated difference whether you al- made of the second Bobby's Cove
still worried about how we're go- Day 2 - Stage 3 - Pleasantview ways stay in the right lane, or stage, first a word or two about
ing to ensure that we stay within a 1: whether you take a shorter dis- "average speed".
+/3 second window on Day-5. http://www.youtube.com/watch? tance cutting corners through the We are assigned an average
v=1KbuRB00slo left lane. speed target for each stage, or
Day 2 - Stage 2 - Bobby's Cove: This is the same stage as Late in the stage, when we sometimes several different aver-
http://www.youtube.com/watch? Bobby's Cove, but run the other finally figured out that we had age speed targets for different
v=rn2-69ohlCI direction starting from Pleasant- drifted nearly 10 seconds off portions within each stage.
While we were running the Ap- view. schedule, Christoph punched an A fairly quick average speed of
pleton stage, our "support crew" It was another run with no prob- odo and timing correction into the 90+km/h is relatively easy to
scampered ahead to meet us in lems whatsoever. It's very danger- rally computer. Except he went maintain if the road is straight and
Point Leamington at the start of ous to become complacent the wrong way, adding time when long. A comparatively slow aver-
Stage 2, Bobby's Cove. though. That inevitably results in he should have subtracted time, age speed of 60 km/h can be
They were there to offer silly screwups... or whatever. We quickly realized hellishly difficult to achieve if there
"support" in the way of smiles, that, and it was easily re- are never any straightaways long
cheers, and thumbs up, while Day 2 - Stage 4 - Point corrected. enough to reach that speed.
filming us launching from the start Leamington to Leading Tickles: But our plan had been to enter Another important thing to real-
line. As we did the run out to the http://www.youtube.com/watch? as early as possible, at the front ize is, if let's say the target is an
end of the road in Pleasantview, v=VWaem-vtLgQ end of our allowable time window, average speed of 60 km/h, it does
and back, they boogeyed up the The stage up to Leading Tickles into the tight busy end section of not mean that you simply acceler-
other road before it closed in or- and back is the longest of the this stage. Instead, by the time we ate from a standstill to 60 and
der to meet us up North at the week. It's about 20 minutes long had fumbled our way through the then hold 60 from there on. The
popular lunch stop in Leading for us, too long to fit into a 10- necessary timing corrections, we target is an "average" speed. It
Tickles. minute YouTube clip. You'll be really had to hustle through Lead- would take you until infinity to
The Bobby's Cove stage went happy to hear I edited half of it ing Tickles to make our finish reach an "average" of 60 that
well for us. We zeroed this one out. Happy because it's dead time. way.
spot on. But this stage went badly boring otherwise. I love the Leading Tickles lunch For all the time you spend driv-
wrong for one of the Subaru We start in Point Leamington stop! ing below 60 km/h, i.e. accelerat-
Targa teams. with a run through some tight Chris and my mom, our support ing from a standstill or slowing for
About 4:20 into our video, sections at something like 64 km/ crew, got there early enough to tight corners, you need to spend a
there's a very long right corner. It h average. Then we hit the open have a look around and enjoy the correspondingly similar amount of
was no big deal for us as we're highway to Leading Tickles doing scenery before we arrived. They time driving above 60 km/h in
going at a relatively sedate speed. 91 km/ all the way, until it gets were in good shape, excited to order to hold the average at 60.
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Starting from a standstill, the Everything nearly went into the avoided certain catastrophe by froze up completely.
goal always is to accelerate to as toilet from there on... gliding his plane to a dead-stick Poor Christoph. It's not his fault.
high a speed as physically and This next video of the Bobby's ditching in the middle of the Hud- I'm sure he inherited that gene
legally possible, as soon as possi- Cove Long stage turns out to be son River, saving everyone's life. from me.
ble, in order to take the shortest one of the most interesting of the You can't practise stuff like that. I suffered the exact same brain
amount of time possible to reach entire week. It is truly embarrass- It pains me deeply to admit that cramp when navigating for my
your target average speed, in ing. Not quite as embarrassing I'm not like those people. When brother back in 2004. I screwed
case Ross has hidden a surprise though as driving into the harbour, faced with a trivial minor crisis of up on the Garnish-
ITC around the very first corner but still embarrassing. Even our own, Christoph and I did not FrenchmansCove stage back
from the start line. Only once though it's painful to watch, it is cope well with the challenge. then. Coincidentally, this is the
you've attained the correct re- educational. I've got quite a lot to Christoph forgot to switch the same stage where Craig & Ian did
quired average speed can you say about this one, so give me a speed setting on our rally com- their own famous dead-stick land-
slow down and set the cruise moment to compose my puter. No big deal. It happens. ing, ditching their Porsche 944
control to hold that exact speed thoughts... There are a hundred different into the Garnish harbour. In our
for the remainder of the stage. The Grand Touring Category, ways we could have easily recov- case, my brother and I knew we
Of course that's never possible, like any normal TSD rally, actually ered from that. In fact, there was were too slow coming out of the
as you usually still have to slow is easy. no actual recovery even required. tight town section of Garnish. I
for hairpins and whatnot through- You don't need to be able to I knew we were supposed to be then wasted the next four minutes
out the stage. But in theory that's drive like Frank Sprongl. The averaging 90 km/h from that point of relatively easy cruising, bab-
the goal. pace is not that tough. You don't on. I was already doing 90 when I bling nonsense, unable to calcu-
Our first pass on the Bobby's need to have a car like Steve first noticed the computer was still late a correct speed to the finish,
Cove stage was a relatively sim- Millen's. Any street-legal car will incorrectly set to 62. Had I simply then telling my brother to slow
ple run on a smooth flowing road do. You don't need an expensive continued on at 90 km/h we would down because we were 20 sec-
with one constant average speed rally computer. Our toughest com- have had no problem reaching the onds early, when in fact we were
target throughout. On this second petitors, winners the two last finish line on our correct time. On really 20 seconds late, only to
pass, Bobby's Cove Long, we years, were running unequipped. Day-2 we're still allowed a gener- realize my error as we were near-
finish at a similar pace using the You don't need to be a mathema- ous time window of +/- 20 sec- ing the finish, far too late for my
exact same stage as before. How- tician to calculate the times. Any- onds. It's easy. brother to do anything about it. I
ever, this time we start the stage one with a calculator and half a Instead, we panicked and felt like such a moron.
in a short town section running at brain can figure this stuff out. manufactured our own crisis out That's the true test of the Grand
"only" 62 km/h. If you've watched our videos so of nothing at all. Touring Category. It's best to
Looking at a map beforehand, far, I'm sure you will have noticed The challenge in the Grand avoid making mistakes altogether.
we realized that 62 km/h was that it doesn't appear all that diffi- Touring Category is not only in But how you recover from mis-
going to be very tough to achieve, cult. That's the beauty of the reaching the finish line on time. takes after they're made, and
as there are no long straights and Grand Touring Category. It's open We need to be on time every- there will be mistakes made,
several tricky tight turns. to anyone and it's not difficult. where within the stage too, in that's the real test. And we failed
We were totally focused on Anyone can do this. When things case we stumble across a hidden miserably at that.
pushing as hard as possible are running smoothly and every- ITC along the way. We could no I've watched this video many
through here, fully expecting Ross thing's going according to plan, it longer rely on our ALFA to tell us times already, and each time I
to have placed an ITC at the exit really is dead simple. whether we were on time. I'm sure see more ways in which this was
of this first tough section, before The true test however, like in there is a proper procedure for pretty much all my fault. Yes, the
we change speed up to 90 km/h real life, is how well you cope resetting the computer to correct initial mistake was made by Chris-
on the easy stuff out on the rest of under pressure when something the problem. But we had not prac- toph. But nothing I did or said
Bobby's Cove. unexpected happens. tised that process, and if you start from there on helped in any way. I
We actually made the speed by Being first on the scene of a pushing buttons blindly you're should have just shut my mouth
the end of the tough section, feel- potentially serious car wreck, are only going to screw it up even and concentrated on my job of
ing quite pleased with ourselves, you going to handle it as compe- worse. driving exactly 90 km/h, leaving
then were disappointed to dis- tently and confidently as Maxime As a backup, in anticipation of Christoph to figure out a solution.
cover there was no ITC at the did? Flying your Airbus on just something like this happening, He would have had it solved on
corner where the speed changes. another routine flight, when sud- Christoph had cleverly pre- his own much quicker that way.
Well damn. denly a flock of geese are in- calculated arrival times at select He's no dummy, that kid. But my
Unfortunately for us, in the sud- gested by your jet engines and landmarks for each stage. But not "helpful" suggestions only dis-
den mood swing from the elation both quit, are you going react as for this stage. tracted and confused him more.
of having actually reached the professionally as Captain "Sully" Christoph knows how to do the It took us three and half min-
corner on time, to the disappoint- Sullenberger did? He calmly de- calculations for such time marks. utes of fumbling and stumbling
ment of not finding the expected clared an emergency, realized the He's already done it for most of until, a mere 30 seconds from the
ITC there, we completely forgot to powerless plane could not glide the other stages. It's not at all finish, we finally arrived at a solu-
switch the rally computer over to far enough to reach any of the difficult to do. However, in a crisis tion.
the new speed setting. D'oh! many nearby airports, then like this, under pressure, his brain [edit: Capt. Sully took less time
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penalties. But today, on Day-3, it's hand.
starts getting tough. Only three Stage 2 was a little more com-
GT teams survive this day with plicated.
zeroes still intact. First off, there was no board at
the start line declaring a Road
On Day-3 the allowable time Condition. In the absence of a
window shrinks to +/- 10 seconds board, we are supposed to as-
and small errors become more sume it is Road Condition-1. The
costly. road appeared to be dry but, just
Davidsville, the first stage of the to be safe, we asked the start line
day, started under grey overcast crew and they confirmed that it
skies and wet roads. At the stage actually was Condition-1. Several
start they displayed a board de- other teams made the mistake of
claring this stage as Road Condi- continuing at Condition-2 speeds.
Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com tion 2, meaning the road is wet. In The stage starts at 74 km/h avg,
Grand Touring we get two differ- switches to 60 km/h, then goes to
than that, from the moment his Check out this route. It's really ent target speeds for each stage, 88.9 km/h to the finish.
engines died, to safely glide his busy. one for Condition-1 (dry), and Everything seemed to be under
Airbus into the Hudson River!] There are very few straight- another slower speed for either control, we're cruising along right
Poor Christoph, you can hear it aways long enough to get up to Condition-2 (wet) or Condition-3 on time, until about 3:45 into the
in his voice as he's doing the the required speed. We had to (pouring rain and standing water). video Christoph suddenly an-
countdown to the finish line, he push pretty hard on this stage. For the GT category, this unde- nounced that we were either a
was almost in tears of frustration Again, Ross was devious in his manding first stage was to be run whole minute too early, or too
thinking he'd let the team down ITC placements. Once we got into at 89.1 km/h if dry, or 84.1 km/h late, or too something, oh bug-
and we were about to get nailed a rhythm, push hard, rev that when wet. ger...
with our first penalty points. It was engine, brake hard, turn square In comparison, on this stage, Wait a sec. I think I've seen this
just dumb luck that we made it left or square right, rinse, repeat, the fastest Open class Targa cars movie. Except last time the confu-
across the line within our allowed there'd suddenly be one straight- are aiming for an average speed sion arose because Christoph
time window to escape with an- away just a little longer than the of 130.9 km/h in dry Condition-1, forgot to switch speed settings on
other zero. others. Push, push, push, trying to 123.2 km/h in wet Condition-2, or the rally computer. I know he
keep up and, whoa, suddenly 117.0 km/h in Condition-3 pouring switched it all correctly this time. I
Day 2 - Stage 6 - Bobby's Cove we'd find ourselves ahead of rain! ￼ know I've been doing the correct
Long: schedule and needing to slow speeds all along. How could we
http://www.youtube.com/watch? down. And right there is where Day 3 - Stage 2 - Frederickton: be off by a minute now?
v=0a09jymXuqg Ross puts his ITC trying to catch http://www.youtube.com/watch? I'm not going to panic this time,
teams coming in too hot and v=v2rfz-RAlJM just carry on at this speed until he
Day 2 - Stage 7 - Pleasantview2: early. For a little extra treat, we got to figures it out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch? We weren't pushing at 100% by transit over a 7 km length of It turns out he had miscalcu-
v=1_qbsh0VlEA any means, certainly not on the gravel road. Jane and Bruce, with lated his timing point and every-
Our confidence took a beating longer straights where we were their rally suspension equipped thing was fine.
on that last one. So we're a bit forced to lift to avoid being too Subaru, said, "Yeeha, finally a However, our computer timing
more subdued going into the re- early. But it was better than 80% real rally road!" They blasted was off again by several seconds
turn run over the same road, but effort most of the way on this one, through at a healthy pace. We at the finish line. It indicated that
without the tight town section at our first "brisk" stage of the week. took it a little slower. we crossed the line 4 seconds too
the end. This is a great stage. The route instructions said there early, whereas Christoph's stop-
Otherwise, no problems with From the hot Gander stage, were an extra 5 minutes provided watch countdown had us crossing
this one. straight into the car wash, then for teams to stop before the the line 1 second late.
From here, it's the long transit parked in the arena for the car gravel, to allow their sticky R- Our odo calibration is off by a
back to Gander, during which show. compound tires to cool before tiny bit, and this makes the com-
Christoph constructively used the Good car. "Ridden hard, put heading onto the gravel. We didn't puter believe we've come further
time to beaver away at his notes. away wet." need to bother with that, but with than we actually have, whereas in
Up next, the first really challeng- our relatively slow pace on the reality we should already have
ing stage of the week through the rough road, we only just barely been 3 seconds further down the
in-town subdivisions of Gander. made our start time at the next road.
Day 3 - Stage 1 - Davidsville: stage. I can't imagine how any of Our target speed of 89 km/h on
Day 2 - Stage 8 - Gander: http://www.youtube.com/watch? the stiffly-sprung, low ground the Musgrave Harbour stage was
http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=VcQ7SDJqiLs clearance, all-out race cars made quite "brisk", but certainly not
v=yUaoO-BPyFE At the end of Day-2 there were their start times, if they actually impossible. As always though,
The Gander stage is amazing! still eight GT teams tied with zero stopped for 5 minutes before- what makes it tough for us GT
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competitors is that we cannot go 10-sec window, but we know the anyone got was the eventual slooooooooooow pace of only
much faster than that on the few road gets tougher from here on. overall winning team of Roy Hop- 36.7 km/h. This was painful.
straight sections to put time in the I managed to make up 5 sec- kins & Adrienne Hughes in their It's a legitimate challenge
bank. We cannot run ahead of our onds, but every time I hesitated BMW 2002, whose target speed though. Driving this slowly is frus-
allowed +/- 10 second window over a blind crest, or lifted for a was 110.3 km/h, giving an ET of trating, but it's not at all easy. It's
without risking an early penalty at corner that I couldn't see far 03:08. They only missed by 2 tough to accurately maintain such
a well-hidden ITC. enough around, time slipped seconds. a slow pace while staying within
We knew that it would be im- away again. The 18-wheeler trac- your window the whole time. Only
possibe to maintain an 89 km/h tor trailer parked outside of a hard Day 3 - Stage 4 - New-Wes- four GT teams zeroed this one.
around the tight U-shaped drive- -right near the end kind of freaked Valley: The other eleven of fifteen teams
way in front of the school. So we me out too. http://www.youtube.com/watch? incurred a penalty, getting nabbed
aimed to be as early as possible Still, I didn't realize quite how v=wqRXJ0jmmVE early at the ITC halfway through
starting into the driveway. late we were until Christoph After the adrenaline rush of the stage.
The school driveway is an ideal started his countdown to the fin- Musgrave Harbour, our pace on Back in 2004, our target speed
location in which to hide an Inter- ish. Crap, he hit zero already as the much-shortened New-Wes- was 55.0 km/h
mediate Time Control. You'd we were passing the yellow Valley stage felt a lot slower. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
catch those teams trying to cheat "Finish Ahead" boards. There's Nothing exciting here. v=aLz-qgYmyvs
coming in too early, and you'd still an acute Tee-Right and a 100 The highlight of this stage, one This year, the Open Class
catch those other teams who metre dash to go! of the best of the entire week, was Targa cars were shooting for an
would be slow because they had- Here's a Google Map of the passsing the Memorial Academy average speed of 86.8 km/h.
n't realized yet that it's impossible route. The school driveway, not school on the transit to the next
to hold 89 km/h through there. shown, is at the middle dot. The stop. All the school kids were
Naturally, being such an obvious last Tee-Right, at "Doting Cove", lined up in their chairs out in the
location, there was no ITC there. is just before the finish at "B". You parking lot waiting for the Targa
Well damn! can see on the map that it's a tight cars to pass by, at which point
Five years ago, when I ran this corner. I didn't realize just how they erupted into loud cheers and
same stage in the opposite direc- tight that was until we got into it. waves. That was really cool.
tion with my brother, there was a I went into that last corner a There's a photo on Jim Kenzie's
surprise ITC hidden behind a little too hot, and was surprised blog, here.
bush right in front of the school. At when the ABS kicked in. For a Following the New-Wes-Valley
2:00 into this video, you can see bad moment there, I thought we stage, we headed to the Barbour Day 3 - Stage 7 - NorthWest
the yellow ITC board on the right might yet end up in the ditch Living Heritage Village for a Brook (Start Moved):
as I say, "That's nasty." straight across the intersection. I great lunch stop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Five years ago we only had to grabbed the handbrake to get the v=uI5Xxxq0OzA
do an average speed of 78 km/h car turned in, then stood on the Day 3 - Stage 5 - Greenspond: The Northwest Brook stage was
on this stage. But the road has gas to the finish. Phew. We just http://www.youtube.com/watch? supposed to be one long road all
been re-paved since then and is barely made it. v=L1vyO324z-A the way out to Gooseberry Cove,
much smoother now, hence the Four GT teams zeroed this Greenspond is a classic. It's a where we have a snack break
significantly faster 89 km/h target stage. short stage that starts and fin- while waiting for the other teams
speed. The school driveway how- The Targa teams all have much ishes with relatively easy straight to finish, then turn around and run
ever has not been re-paved. It is tougher target times than us. We sections, but in between it has it back in the other direction
nasty bumpy and has an evil frost "only" had to make an average of incredibly narrow, steep, uphill, again. But road construction
heave across the road near its 89 km/h. The fastest Open-Class downhill, tight, hairpins, etc. And forced the organizers to break this
exit. Targa cars had to achieve 124.9 it's beautifully scenic. into three sections.
I'm so glad we decided to use km/h! Even the slowest Targa My memory of this stage, from This first section was not timed,
my old stock 14" rims instead of category had a target speed of five years ago, was that the start just run as a demonstration for the
the expensive 15" BBS rims that 99.7 km/h. and finish sections were dead spectators who would have been
came with this car. With their low Our target speed of 89.0 km/h easy. In the tight stuff in the mid- hosed otherwise.
profile 15" tires, I'm sure we would over the stage distance of 5.76 dle though, it was really difficult to You can see, at the end of this
have smashed the BBS rims over km works out to an Elapsed Time maintain a proper average speed video, why this stage couldn't be
this "bump". Wha-Bam! That hurt. of 03:53. through there. So we did need to run in one piece.
Exiting the school driveway, we The fastest Open-Class target push pretty hard to keep up. edit - Stage 7, Adeytown, would
Tee-Right back onto the main of 124.9 km/h works out to an ET This year however, Ross played have been Stage 6, but was
road. Worried that both front tires of 02:46. Yikes. a nasty trick on the Grand Touring dropped from the schedule.
may have gone flat over that The slowest Targa Class speed Category.
wicked bump, I took it easy into of 99.7, gives an ET of 03:28. Rather than asking for an im- Day 3 - Stage 7 - NorthWest
the Tee-Right. And just like that, None, not one, not a single possibly quick pace through the Brook (Part-A):
now we're 8 seconds behind Targa Category team made their difficult tight section, Ross instead http://www.youtube.com/watch?
schedule. That's still within our +/- time on this stage. The closest imposed an excruciatingly v=BUnunLEeCWw
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Pretty scenery, rough pave- Day 3 - Stage 8B - Gooseberry At the end of this stage our Here's a small sample of some
ment, otherwise uninteresting. Cove (Part-B): "support crew" was waiting for us of our photos…
http://www.youtube.com/watch? providing snacks and good cheer, At the end of Day-3 only three
Day 3 - Stage 7 - v=btDdKRRolXA while I put air in their tires for GT teams remained without pen-
NorthWestBrook (Part-B): Another snoozer. But we got to them. alties, us in the BMW, twice be-
http://www.youtube.com/watch? honk the horn at Ross at the fin- Gooseberry Cove was the last fore GT winners Alan Kearley &
v=hVJ4J6S0rHk ish. That was amusing. stage of Day-3, after which we Greg Martin in the Mazda3 (who I
This stage was a snoozer. I headed for an overnight stay in didn't realize until the end of the
forgot to start the video recorder Day 3 - Stage 8 - Gooseberry Marystown. But on the way we we ek w er e r un ni ng U n -
until a 1.5 minutes into the stage, Cove: stopped at Vernon's Antique Equipped!), and Targa Category
totally missing the only interesting http://www.youtube.com/watch? Toy Shop in Swift Current, New- veteran Brian Jarvis running GT
portion. Then Christoph was snor- v=mdyWy1GSTT0 foundland. this year in a Mini Cooper S JCW
ing by the end and I had to wake It's too bad that this long stage You gotta see it to believe it! It's with Daphne Sleigh wife of event-
him up to give me a countdown to had to be split into three parts like not a museum. It's Vernon's own photographer Gordon Sleigh.
the finish line. this due to construction. This last collection of lovingly restored Very close on our heels, and cer-
bit, which doesn't count now, antique cars. It's absolutely jaw- tainly not yet counted out, were
Day 3 - Stage 8A - Gooseberry would have been tough to do. dropping! Jane and Bruce Leonard in their
Cove (Part-A): Subaru with only 8 seconds of
It's too bad we didn't bring our Day 4 - Stage 1 - Little Bay
camera with us, because Goose- East:
berry Cove itself is a very scenic http://www.youtube.com/watch?
harbour village. We had a break v=fzCaGLleAKw
here while we waited for all the Day 4 dawned sunny and beau-
Targa cars to finish before we tiful. Today was going to be
turned aorund to start back in the tough, with our time window nar-
opposite direction. rowing to +/- 5 seconds.
This time I remembered to start The first stage of the day starts
the camera, and it records the in Bay L'Argent, takes a small but
more interesting bit at the end. intense detour through Little Bay
Again the speed on this road East, and then finishes in a long
was tediously boring. But, that's run out to Harbour Mille, where
part of the test. we stop for breakfast before turn-
Remember that Grand Touring ing around and running the same
cars are not required to have stage back in the other direction.
rollcages. Because of that, the The first section was quite easy,
organizers purposely have to limit but the bumpy tight stuff through
the speed at which we can travel Little Bay East was nearly impos-
on these potentially very fast sible. Then the long run to Har-
roads. There are tight sections on bour Mille was also surprisingly
other stages, where the pace difficult. Not difficult driving, but
feels ridiculously difficult to we had issues with the timing.
achieve. But, because of the tight On long stretches with no in-
nature of the road, our actual structions our odometer tends to
speed is still quite modest. This drift a bit. When there are obvious
way, the risk of a serious crash is landmarks accurately located
minimized for the GT category. along the route, Christoph will
That's a noble and worthwhile make adjustments to correct our
goal as far as I'm concerned. timing. But sometimes it's not
It's important to realize that we clear exactly where the routebook
are not racing. The test, as al- notations are measured to. For
ways, is to see if we can drive example where does a "Long
accurately to a precise schedule. Crest", or a "Long Curve" begin?
The test is made considerably We thought we had it pretty
more difficult if you're struggling to much under control approaching
stay awake and focused at the the finish, only to discover that we
same time. were running nearly six seconds
slower than we had expected. I
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thought we were safely running 3 slightly in its mount. The car speed it's very easy to overshoot because it's really educational
or 4 seconds ahead of schedule, thumps through those bumps the time window, so you find the watching that display.
when in fact we were 2 or 3 sec- pretty hard, but it doesn't sound speed oscillating back and forth, Anyway, it got me thinking that I
onds too slow. If you only have an nearly that bad in reality. too fast, too slow, too fast, before wish we had our time display
allowable window of +/- 5 seconds At the finish line, I was expect- finally stabilizing at the correct captured on video too. So I calcu-
to play with, a 6-sec inaccuracy ing us to again be later than we speed. lated the Elapsed Time to each
could become a serious issue. thought. So I came at it a little hot. [edit: I had incorrectly written route instruction for this stage and
But Christoph had already made the 19-sec penalty for the Mini compared it to how much time we
Day 4 - Stage 2 - Harbour Mille: the odo correction, so it actually was for going too slow because of actually took to reach that point,
http://www.youtube.com/watch? was displaying accurately. I was using a slower Condition-2 speed. then added a caption to the video
v=wit2vLvctbM aiming for 3 seconds early to be In fact they were too fast because so you can see how close we are
The breakfast stop in Harbour safe, and instead of being late, they had mistakenly used the to being on schedule.
Mille was fun. We had to wait for this time we crossed the line 3 Condition-1 speed from a com- On a straight highway we could
all the Targa cars to complete the seconds early, but still safely pletely different stage.] simply set the cruise control to
stage behind us before we could within our +/- 5 second window. hold our speed steady at the re-
line up again for the return trip. Day 4 - Stage 4 - Marystown quired average. But on in-town
With lots of time to wait, every- Day 4 - Stage 3 - Mooring Cove: South: stages like this, you need to slow
body had a chance to chat and http://www.youtube.com/watch? http://www.youtube.com/watch? for tight corners and speed up on
enjoy the sunshine. v=l11o-u9YIyc v=yKauDON9fak straightaways, constantly chasing
There was a group of about ten Okay this one was painfully Marystown is fabulous! I love the target speed up and down.
of us standing around when a slow. Ross pulled this trick on us this stage! It's a good combination If you're just watching the video
couple of cute girls came up and earlier at Greenspond and caught of bumpy challenging subdivision and listening to the engine revving
asked if they could have their out several teams. Now he's done roads mixed with faster straight- up and down, it often makes no
photos taken next to us. Sure it a second time at Mooring Cove aways, and there are lots of great sense at all. You start wondering,
thing, go right ahead. and caught out another three spectator locations, like on the why is he pushing so hard to ac-
Except they didn't want their teams. Curiously, it was all three overpasses overlooking the stage. celerate here, but then suddenly
photos taken with us. They of the Mini Coopers entered in I tried something new with this easing way off the throttle when
wanted only Christoph! ￼ Grand Touring that missed their video. I got the idea from watch- he could easily be going much
On the return run on this long time on this stage. ing this in-car video of Brian & faster on the straights?
stage we had the same issue with Tragically for them, it included Daphne in their Mini Cooper at With the time displayed in the
our odometer reading too high. the Mini of one of the only three Gander. On the dash above the video at calculated landmarks, it
The rally computer then thinks teams who to this point still had a steering wheel, you can see the makes more sense.
we're further down the road al- zero. That must have been very two red numbers of the driver's You can also see how this really
ready than we actually are. Mean- painful for them. They mistakenly display from their TimeWise rally is not easy. At 1:30 we're exactly
ing in reality we are running later used the faster speed from a dif- computer. on schedule at a Tee-Left, but just
than we think. ferent stage, Fortune @ 52 km/h, The lower number shows the 10 seconds further up the road
I wanted to hit the start of the and thus finished this Mooring driver his current speed, and the we're suddenly 2 seconds too
tight Little Bay East section early, Cove stage 24 seconds too early. upper number shows how many slow. That's because we had to
and was coming at it running Minus the 5-second allowance, seconds ahead or behind they are slow down for the sharp left Tee-
about 3 or 4 seconds early. Just that slapped them with a 19 sec- compared to their target pace. intersection, then it's uphill and
before we got there Christoph did ond penalty. Ouch. When they are less than 4 sec- bumpy from there, and in only 250
a mileage correction and adjusted Our average speed target on onds off the pace, the time is metres we have to slow down to
the odo. So, instead of entering this stage was a ridiculously slow displayed to the tenth of a sec- turn square right again.
the tough section early as 39.6 km/h. This was embarrass- ond, like ":038", meaning they're It's really easy to lose time like
planned, we actually got there 1 ing. The Grand Touring cars run off by 3.8 seconds. Above 4 sec- this, and often very difficult to
second late instead. Sheesh. before the Targa cars. Spectators onds the display rounds to the make it up again. So you get it
We had to push hard through were waiting for us to put on a nearest second. into your head that you should be
that section. And it's really rough show and instead we came crawl- This display is very similar to pushing much harder now to keep
with lots of bumps and potholes. ing past at this snail's pace. ours, except we're using an ALFA up. But then the road gets easier
By the way, it sounds much worse It feels silly going this slow, but Elite rally computer. again and suddenly you're 5 sec-
on the video than it was. The it actually is very difficult to main- Back on Day-2 when we ran the onds too fast and ahead of sched-
video sound is recorded by the tain such a slow average speed. I Gander stage, our allowable time ule. Whoa! Back off.
built-in microphone on the video nearly blew it at one point when I window was +/- 20 seconds. It's In a stage like Marystown, with
recorder. The recorder is hard- slowed down thinking the com- interesting to see that, at one its mix of easy fast straights and
mounted to the ceiling of the car, puter was saying we were 3 sec- point near the end of their video, bumpy slow twisty stuff, it's very
above the rear view mirror. Evi- onds ahead. Except we were Brian was having fun going fast very easy to lose track and drift
dently a lot of noise is transmitted really 3 seconds behind at that and risked going as high as 17 well outside of your +/- 5 second
through the car's body to the re- point, so I had to step on it for a seconds ahead of schedule. I window.
corder, or the recorder is rattling moment. But at such a slow wish he'd post up more videos, At about 3:10 into the video, just
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after the first overpass, we come board marking an ITC located at in Garnish. If you watch the video, turn square-right off the highway.
to a Tee-Left with a stop sign. The the distracting 4-way intersection. you'll get the idea though. The driver's display on our rally
road goes a bit off-camber past When we finally noticed the The problem with this stage is computer was telling me that we
that stop sign, so you can't see yellow board and realized we're that the relatively straight fast were 3 or 4 seconds early, as
the surface of the road beyond too early, I just about had to come sections leading to and from Gar- planned. But of course that didn't
that. We were turning hard left, to a full stop to get the car slowed nish are easy, whereas the twisty line up with what Christoph's stop-
with the weight of the car really down enough. Christoph, wonder- slow bits in Garnish are super watch was telling him. He counted
leaning onto the right front tire, ing why I'm going so slow, tells tough. down to zero, right at the top of
when Wha-BAM, that wheel went the crest.
through a nasty unseen pothole. I And then he confused me by
was worried we had torn the tire saying the countdown was to the
clean off the rim... corner where we're supposed to
Distracted by that hard impact, turn! So it appeared as though we
and suckered in by the easy were actually 5 seconds late al-
straight that follows, I got a fright ready, before even starting into
when I suddenly realized we were the tough stuff. That's not good.
well ahead of our allowed 5 sec- Checking the math, and timing it
ond window! I had to jump on the on the video, we were bulls-eye
brakes to bring us back into our on zero turning off into Garnish.
window. That's not quite as bad as being 5
In Grand Touring, all it takes is seconds late already, but it's no-
a brief moment of inattention like where near the 5 seconds early
this and it can cost you penalties that we had planned.
if there happened to be an ITC As you can see from the video,
located at that point to catch you. it's very bumpy, tight, and narrow
That constant threat and worry Photos: Craig Lee through Garnish. I suppose it's
gets to be very tiring after five theoretically possible to average
long days of this stuff. 62 km/h through there, but I didn't
Exactly such a small mistake me to "Pick it up." want to pound the crap out of our
cost our closest GT competitors, Alan and Greg came into the poor car. We still need to drive it
Kearley/Martin, a 7-second pen- same corner even earlier than us home, eh.
alty on this stage. At the second then, noticing the ITC too late, Our allowable time window is +/ As a result, we were 15 sec-
overpass it's easy to get dis- couldn't scrub off enough speed - 5 seconds. The plan is to enter onds late leaving Garnish! That's
tracted by all the spectators without a full stop (which isn't Garnish 5 seconds early. Knowing 10 seconds outside of our allowed
watching from the bridge. The allowed), and got whacked with a we're going to be slow through +/- 5 sec window. But, surpris-
road goes straight and long under 7-sec early penalty. Their first of here, that gives us an extra 10 ingly, there was no ITC located in
this bridge, then across a bridge the week. seconds before we fall 5 seconds Garnish.
over the river, before we reach a Here's a good photo of us in behind and drop out of our win- On the "easy" run leaving Gar-
further distraction at a 4-way inter- Marystown taken by Gordon dow. nish to Frenchman's Cove, we are
section blocked with a barrier Sleigh. Of course nothing ever goes supposed to be averaging 93.6
where we encounter other rally I like it because I can see our according to plan... km/h. But we had to push quite a
traffic coming straight back at us. "support crew" on the bridge, It's very tempting to arrive a bit harder than that to make up
With all those distractions it's doing their best to support us. My minute early at the start of the the 15 seconds that we were late.
easy to overlook the fact that this wife, Christoph's mom, is the tall tough section. But it would be That was tough. It took forever to
portion of the road is all downhill one in blue, left of centre, snap- really dumb to get caught trying to claw back that time.
too, meaning we're drifting ahead ping a photo of us. My mom is "cheat" like this. So the maximum Just as we finally managed to
of schedule again. And it's easy to next to her, clapping her hands early we can safely shoot for is 5 bring the clock back up to zero,
overlook, until it's too late to react, and cheering for us. seconds. right there we hit an ITC! Wow,
the fact that there is a yellow But we don't entirely trust our that was lucky.
Day 4 - Stage 5 - Garnish: odometer calibration. On some of
http://www.youtube.com/watch? the longer stages we've been Day 4 - Stage 6 - Fortune-1:
v=Aaq1_-5ldUo surprised to discover that we're http://www.youtube.com/watch?
This stage is pretty much im- actually running several seconds v=fh6EyJgaL7s
possible. It didn't help that we also later than we thought. So I wanted This is a short stage in the small
screwed it up. Christoph to confirm our odometer town of Fortune.
Here's a Google Map. Note that (and time) readings at the last It starts off fun, then becomes
the satellite view shows an mage available landmark before we too easy. Compared to Garnish,
of all the roads, but Google's map start into Garnish. That's at a the pace seems slow again. But
doesn't include all the twisty bits crest in the road, just before we still the challenge is to stay within
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hasn't happened more often. But for a while, until right near the
ever since MCO's own Craig & end. We had been running com-
Ian demonstrated how quickly this fortably 3 seconds ahead of
corner can go dramatically wrong, schedule. Then it gets a little busy
everybody else has treated it with through the two detours past the
a lot more respect. apartment buildings.
We exited Garnish 11 seconds When I next looked at the com-
behind schedule, well outside our puter display it said we were
allowed +/- 5 second window. But nearly 4 seconds off our sched-
again we got away with it because ule. Whoa. Getting a little too far
surprisingly there was no ITC ahead now. So I eased off the
located in Garnish. throttle.
But instead of the number get-
Day 4 - Stage 9 - Marystown ting smaller, it got even bigger.
Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com North: That's when I realized it was actu-
http://www.youtube.com/watch? ally telling me we were behind
v=Kc9eO8Q7oPI schedule, not ahead. D'oh.
our +/- 5 sec window. earlier than allowed by our +/- 5 This is the same great stage we Time once more to, "Get on it."
second window. ran earlier in the day as Stage 4, Rounding the last corner we
Day 4 - Stage 7 - Fortune-2: Again, even though our rally run in the opposite direction. were still 4 seconds late, with
http://www.youtube.com/watch? computer promised us we were 4 I very nearly blew it several another 170 metre dash yet to go
v=yvCDD-DRBtY seconds early, Christoph's stop- times on this stage. to the flying finish. But then some
After a lunch top in the Fortune watch more accurately told us we First I dawdled a bit too much strange timewarp happened and
Legion Hall, we did another run were only 2 seconds early. off the start, then I hesitated at we crossed the finish line 1 sec-
on the Fortune stage. From there through Garnish, a 1:10 searching for where to turn ond early.
Just to make me appreciate him 64 km/h average is a tough task. for a hairpin left, and just like that How'd that happen. One mo-
all the more, since I was becom- At 6:04, just as we turn square- we're 6 seconds behind and out of ment we're 4 seconds late, the
ing complacent and spoiled by his right away from the water, there's our +/- 5 second window. Chris- next we're 1 second early.
so-far excellent navigational skills, a little house on the outside of the toph helpfully suggested that I It turns out there's an error in
Christoph threw me a curveball on turn. This "little-house-that-could" should, "Get on it." the routebook instructions and
this stage. He forgot to start his has stopped BMWs dead in their After that everything went fine timing. The routebook said the
stopwatch, or stop his startwatch tracks two years in a row. We
or whatever, so he didn't have a were going to make damn sure to
countdown ready for me at the avoid hitting that house and not Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com
finish. make it a hat-trick with our own
I had really come to depend on BMW.
that countdown, since we didn't At 6:30 in the video, after round-
always completely trust what the ing the hairpin in front of the
rally computer was telling us. But church and crossing the tricky jog-
this time it was spot on. The ALFA right-left, we're already 11 sec-
said we were 1 second early onds behind again.
crossing the line, and that turned Following that, there is what
out to be true. looks like an easy 180 metre
downhill straightaway. It's really
Day 4 - Stage 8 - Frenchman's tempting to stand hard on the gas
Cove: down that straight section and try
http://www.youtube.com/watch? to make up some time. But that's
v=kt6FFqxSfAA a nasty trap. It's quite bumpy and
This is the return run, in the ends in a notoriously famous cor-
opposite direction, of the earlier ner with this daunting instruction,
Garnish stage. All the same prob- "CARE - bump INTO square
lems plague us again. RIGHT at TEE exposure to
This stage would be no problem ocean".
at all, if only we were allowed to If you're pushing just a tiny bit
enter the tight section in Garnish too hard on that downhill straight,
well ahead of schedule. But we the bumpy stuff at the end makes
don't know whether there will be the car skip, then the ABS kicks
an ITC located at the entrance to in, and next thing you know you're
town. So we can't risk being any in the harbour! I'm amazed it
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flying finish was supposed to be rainy. could be drifting off by a signifi- At the end though, the road
located another 5 seconds up the The first stage is a long 24 km cant margin and we wouldn't starts to get more twisty again,
road. If we had been running ex- run from Boat Harbour out to Petit know it. and the brand new oily pavement
actly on schedule, instead of 4 Forte on a beautiful paved road On Day-5 our timing window is nasty slippery when wet. And
seconds late, we might even have that is so new, it's not even shown shrinks to only +/- 3 seconds. At here's where our wandering odo
been nailed with an early penalty on Google Maps yet. It is visible in 88 km/h that represents a dis- almost bit us. I'm watching the
here. Too bizarre. the satellite view, but doesn't tance of +/- 73 metres. Over the time display on my computer
At the end of Day-4 we were the appear on the map view. Even full 24 km length of this stage, +/- readout, thinking we're right on
only GT team left with no penal- our GPS shows it only as a dotted 0.073 km requires an odometer schedule. But when Christoph's
ties. Alan & Greg in the Mazda-3 line. accuracy of +/- 0.3% and we can't stopwatch countdown gets down
had 7 seconds, Jane & Bruce in Even though our Condition-2 guarantee that. So this is a tough to only ten seconds left, and I still
their Subaru had 8, and Brian & target average speed of 88 km/h challenge. don't see the finish line coming
Daphne in the Mini had 19, etc. seems quite slow, this stage was The Grand Touring cars always up, we really have to stand on the
run first, before the Targa cars. throttle and GO!
And, since we were the only ones The finish line is just around a
left with zero penalties, after the slight bend in the road. I took a
reseed that meant Christoph and I big shortcut across the gravel
would be first car on the road shoulder, nearly running over the
today. We had to get up well be- timing light at the finish line, and
fore sunrise in order to leave the we only just barely squeaked by
Marystown arena before 7am to within our allowed window, 3 sec-
get to our 8am start time at Boat onds late. Phew.
Harbour. Then we had a bit of a
panic when we couldn't find any Day 5 - Stage 2 - Petit Forte:
gas stations open this early in http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Marystown. Luckily we found one v=NnhOIyCtRn0
later on. This one was tough! We run the
Waiting to start, I was still half same stage back in the opposite
asleep when Christoph launched direction.
us into the stage with this mouth- There are three possible Road
Photo: Craig Lee ful, "5-4-3-2-1-Go, 170 easy left Conditions with decreasing target
over crest downhill into turn easy speeds assigned for each. 1 is
Targa is sort of like golf. If you surprisingly difficult and we nearly left at Y onto wooden bridge..." dry. 2 is wet. 3 is pouring rain.
make a mistake, slice a Tee-shot blew it at the finish line. I'm like, "Huh? Say what? The GT category only gets two
into the woods, you lose a stroke We always seem to have the Waaaay too much information. different speeds. For dry condition
to your competitors. You can play most difficulty with these long What comes after 'Go'?" -1 we would have done this stage
like Tiger Woods after that, mak- stages. Our odometer drifts off, We didn't get off the start line at 95 km/h average. For Condition
ing par from there on, but unless losing accuracy over the longer quite as quickly as we should -2 or Condition-3, doesn't matter
your competitors also make a distances. There's nothing wrong have. which, our target speed is 90 km/
mistake and hook a shot into a with the rally computer itself. It's With all this rain, and standing h.
water hazard, you cannot ever just a question of how accurately water, the pavement was ex- The raining was pelting down
recover that lost stroke. our odo correction factor is set. tremely slippery. And the opening hard. The safety officer came
Going into Day-5 our nearest We don't want to mess with the section of this stage is very twisty down the line jokingly referring to
competitors have 7 seconds of calibration setting though. On and seems like it's all steep uphill. this as "Condition-5!"
penalties. The only way they can some stages it has been perfectly I wasn't feeling at all confident yet Just before we were due to
catch us is if we make more than accurate. On others is has been in these conditions, so it took us start, the stage captain warned us
7 seconds worth of mistakes of bang on, except for a couple of until a whole two minutes into the to expect, "Ponding on the road".
our own. There's quite a bit of instructions which seemed way stage before we finally caught up On the initial twisty portion of
psychological pressure that off. We're starting to suspect that to our correct time window. the stage, leaving Petit Forte with
comes with that. some stages simply are not accu- At 3:25 into the video we cross the rain banging off our wind-
The more you try to ignore the rately measured in the routebook. a very slippery wooden bridge. It shield, the road was incredibly
pressure, the worse it gets. Don't If there are plenty of landmarks was like ice. That would be a treat slippery!
screw it up now. Don't screw it up noted along the way in the route- coming back the other way later The road climbs up a steep hill
now. Don't screw it up now... book, then Christoph can com- on. in a long, long left bend. Christoph
pare mileages at each of those The long 24 km length of the tells me we're 7 seconds behind.
Day 5 - Stage 1 - Boat Harbour: points and make corrections as stage was mostly boring at 88 km/ Still 7 seconds behind. Now we're
http://www.youtube.com/watch? necessary as we go along. But if h, so I've spared you that and cut 8 seconds behind.
v=CVc_HBeFljA we have to go several kilometres most of it out to fit YouTube's 10 Damn.
Friday morning was dark and with no instructions, then our odo minute video size limit. At 2:08 into the video, in the
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following long right bend, the car that beforehand eh, thus we landmarks along the route. That Harbour Grace, is a brand new
starts hydro-planing. Okay, this is couldn't risk coming into this criti- way he has a method of verifying super tight and twisty in-town
actually scary. cal corner any earlier than 3 sec- whether we're on time or not, stage, and aptly described as
I tell Christoph, "It's slippery as ond early. Unfortunately, the road independent of the rally computer. "gnarly". A full gas tank is only
hell!" But I get no sympathy at all is qute tight and slippery already And still inexplicable things going to weigh us down. We de-
from him. He just says, "Ya, 8, 8 well before this corner. That, cou- happen. cided it would be better to run this
behind..." pled with the trepidation inflicted Near the end of this stage, one light, and wait until after that
At 2:28, we're finally caught up on us by the serious Triple- about 5:00 into the video, we turn to refill the tank...
to our time window, when the car Caution warning, meant we actu- right at a junction. I have to slow
hydro-planes again through some ally arrived at this corner already up a bit for the corner, so I plan to Day 5 - Stage 4 - Harbour Grace
deep puddles. Christoph says, 1 second late, rather than our approach it a bit ahead of sched- This one is most decidely
"Ya, you still want to be ahead planned 3 seconds early. ule. In the process of slowing "Gnarly", with a capital "G"!
though..." The run to the finish line from down though, I lose those extra After a long delay at the start,
He's such a slave-driver, that there was another squeaker. We seconds and the computer then several show-stopping issues
guy. only just barely made it in our showed us hitting the corner ex- eventually forced the cancellation
At 5:00 we come to the slippery window, 3 seconds late again! actly at zero. Right on schedule. of this great stage. The entire field
wooden bridge. It is followed im- It's uphill from there, so I have to of cars was instead led through
mediately by a square-left turn. Day 5 - Stage 3 - Osprey Trail accelerate hard to stay in our time the stage in a slow parade behind
You have to slow for that turn, but East: window. the course car.
the wet bridge offers zero braking http://www.youtube.com/watch? As we turned the corner, Chris- There were some major prob-
traction. We made sure to take it v=46v7dWf7-sw toph checked his watch and an- lems, not least of which was the
real easy on the bridge. Wet This is a fast flowing stage that nounced that we were 2 seconds incredible depth of water covering
wooden bridges have caused must be fun to do at speed in the early there. But when I do the much of the roads. But the sched-
Targa havoc in the past. http:// Targa category, but our 86 km/h math using the routebook dis- ule could not be delayed any
www.youtube.com/watch? target speed in Grand Touring tance for that instruction and our longer without jeopardizing the
v=oT3UuTPQe6M seems slow. required average speed, and time remaining stages of the day.
We knew the finish sectin would Still our challenge, as always, is it on the video, my calculations This was an enormous disap-
be difficult. Just before the end to stay precisely on schedule. show us to be 2 seconds late, not pointment to everyone, specta-
there is a "Triple-Caution, big With a time window of +/- 3 sec- early, at that intersection. tors, organizers, competitors, and
crest into hard left downhill". A onds, that's not easy regardless of So we were either 2 seconds especially to all the hundreds of
Triple-Caution indicates a seri- whatever speed we're doing. early by Christoph's timing, bang volunteers standing out in the rain
ously dangerous corner. They Again we have issues with our on schedule by the rally com- waiting to see us run this stage.
don't use this term lightly. A Triple clocks all telling us different times. puter's timing, or 2 seconds late This one would certainly have
-Caution in the routebook is not I'm constantly relying on our ALFA according to my math now. If the been THE biggest challenge of
something you'd want to ignore. Elite rally computer to tell me how goal is to always be within +/- 3 the entire week!
We knew we would have to many seconds we are ahead or seconds, that sort of variance is The stage is about 13 kms long
slow right down for this corner. behind the pace. If the odometer not reassuring. and uses almost every square
Ideally we'd like to get there right is calibrated accurately, the preci- Approaching the finish line, I'm inch of the "roads" in Harbour
at the front of our allowed window, sion of this instrument is always still relying on the rally computer Grace, steep uphill, downhill, and
3 seconds early. That way we bang on. In theory, this is dead to get us there on time, until criss-crossing back and forth.
could safely lose 6 seconds here, simple. I just have to drive faster Christoph starts his countdown Some portions were smooth and
and still make the finish line within or slower to keep the display using his watch. When I have the fast, others unbelievably narrow,
our window, 3 seconds late. reading zero. finish boards in sight, I try to cross rough, swamps full of bottomless
Knowing that people are going However, on long stages, the the line when Christoph hits zero. potholes. Some of the route is on
to try getting to this corner as odometer calibration factor has At the line, our rally computer wide highway, while other por-
early as possible, would Ross put not always been accurate. Some- said we were 2 seconds early, tions make you think you must
an ITC here? You're damn right times the odo reads too high, Christoph had us as 1 sec late, have mistakenly turned down
he would. Check out the Triple- meaning the computer thinks and the time on the official scoring someone's driveway surely to
Caution in Marysvale, Stage-7, we've come further than we actu- clock at the finish was completely finish at a dead end inside their
coming up later on Day-5... How- ally have and, although it's telling wrong. I eventually obtained our garage.
ever, he did not put an ITC here, me we're right on schedule, in fact official timing scores from Mark
where we fully expected one, near we might be several seconds late. Williams, and those show us hav- I LOVE IT! I vote, next year, we
the finish of the Petit Forte stage. Christoph, being a clever navi- ing crossed the line bullseye at come back and run only this one,
Well damn. He did it to us again! gator, has a backup system. He zero. Go figure. back and forth fives times in one
Made us slow up for nothing. Had punches the required Elapsed At the completion of this Osprey day!
we known there woudn't be an Time for the stage into the count- Trail East stage, we were trying to There is NO WAY that we
ITC here, we could easily have down timer on his wristwatch. And decide whether we should stop for would have come out of this one
snuck in 30 seconds early here. he pre-calculates what time his fuel. We have a 60 km transit to with zero penalties! A +/- 3 sec-
Nonetheless, we didn't know watch should be displaying at key the next stage. But this next one, ond window was going to be im-
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gas. were there to cheer us on. At the
But then, a lucky break. At a beginning of the week I had been
busy crossroad, the traffic lights really worried that they were not
changed to red just as the course going to enjoy this week. But here
car ahead and only us got through they are, soaking wet, bouncing
the lights. Everybody behind us up and down with excitement at
had to stop and wait. We ducked how well things are turning out for
straight into the first gas station their boys, so far. Chris shot some
for a splash and dash, losing video of us taking the start.
merely a few places in line, before And then everything nearly went
rejoining the train. wrong for us.
But still, when we got to the Rallying has way too much
start of the Brigus stage it was hurry-up-and-wait. We were fran-
mayhem, with cars jammed in tic about not getting to the start in
there every which way. We were time, after we had to stop for gas
very worried we would miss our and were then caught up in the
Photo: Craig Lee start time, as we honked and traffic jam. Now we're sitting here
waved and pushed our way back waiting at the head of the line,
possible here. they're not there, then maybe, just up to the front of the line, only to missing lunch, all to make sure
Because we drove through it so maybe, the fences will stay where find out that Brigus had been we don't miss our start time. And
slowly, the video is much longer they belong and not suddenly cancelled too! then all too suddenly, it's 3-2-1-
than the 10 minutes allowed by jump out in front of you to block Well, only the first pass of Go!
YouTube. Out of respect for the the road. Brigus was cancelled. We were Being first car on the road is not
organizers of this awesome stage, Christoph and I did not ap- supposed to run the Brigus stage easy.
I'm not going to give it all away by proach this stage with the proper twice, back-to-back, with a quick If you have other cars starting
showing you the entire route now. frame of mind. We were a little lunch break in between. But, be- ahead of you, you can count back
You're going to have to enter the discombobulated right from the cause of the earlier long delay at 30 seconds for each car to figure
event next year to see it for your- start. Harbour Grace, they'd also had to out exactly when you are due to
self. It all began with the cancellation cancel the first Brigus stage, and start. Then you can leisurely pro-
I did piece together some of the of the Harbour Grace stage. We shorten the lunch break. gram your rally computer, set your
highlights, though not in the cor- had planned to stop for fuel after It was pouring rain again. There clock to the correct start time,
rect order, so you get a taste of completing Harbour Grace, some- was hardly enough time to get out program your wristwatch to do the
what this one is like. Note the where during the road transit to of the car, get soaking wet while countdown, make sure you're on
deep water in some spots. Brigus. However, because we had running for lunch, then get back in the correct page of the routebook,
all driven slowly through the stage the car with the windows all make sure the video camera is
Day 5 - Stage 4 - Harbour in parade behind the control car, fogged up, before we [first car on recording, and attend to all the
Grace: rather than being spaced out at the road] were due to start Brigus- other hundred and one critical
http://www.youtube.com/watch? the usual 30-second intervals, we 2. So we decided to just stay in little things that must be done
v=RNWEWFQyAhE were now all bunched tight to- the car. before starting into any stage.
gether in a long train doing the Meanwhile Chris and my mom When it's time, you simply roll up,
Day 5 - Stage 6 - Brigus-2 transit as a group.
Brigus is the signature stage of This meant, if we stopped at a
Targa Newfoundland. It's like the gas station, EVERYBODY would
Monte Carlo of Newfoundland. It get ahead of us. Normally that's
is a picturesque little town, with not such a big issue. But the
very narrow streets lined every- streets in Brigus are very narrow.
where with white picket fences. If we drop out of the correct order
Running a Targa stage through now, we'll never be able to fight
here must be what it's like to race our way up to our proper start
an F1 car between the guardrails position up at the head of the
in Monaco. train.
When competing in the narrow But we HAD to stop for gas. We
streets of Brigus, one must con- wouldn't have enough fuel to
centrate fully on watching the reach the finish, and there aren't
road, and never so much as cast many other opportunities to refuel
a glance at the any of the picket after this. Here we are, the last
fences. If you never look at the team still without penalties, and it
fences, don't even acknowledge would be worse than awful to not Photo: Craig Lee
their existence, just pretend make the finish by running out of
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zero the odo at the line, and wing it. Better hope there's no ITC
you're all set to go. anywhere within the stage, and
We'd been sitting here forever, good luck trying to maintain an
waiting patiently with the engine average speed of 47.7 km/h
running to keep the windows de- through all these stop and go
fogged, when they told us to roll corners...
up to the line. Then the clock lit up Christoph is amazing. He's so
to display our start time and..., calm and cool. This is an incredi-
hey, wait a moment, hang on bly busy, tight, twisty stage. Yet,
here, wait just a cotton-pickin' in the middle of all this chaos,
moment here! while reading the routebook, and
That says we're starting in less calling directions to make sure I
than ten seconds! kept turning the correct way, he
Watch the video. The display on still managed to fiddle with and
the clock lights up at 4 seconds reset the computer to the correct
into the video clip, and then the settings halfway through the
start light goes Green a mere 9 stage. Photo: Craig Lee
seconds later! I didn't get much chance to look
Go, go, go! laugh about somehow scoring
After that I was again trying another zero despite making such
really hard to NOT look at the a mess of the tricky Brigus stage.
fences. But, damn, there are Why don't we ever have this kind
picket fences EVERYWHERE in of luck at lotteries though?
this town! They're right there, Our Marysvale speed target
lurking at the edge of the road, was only 63.4 km/h average. That
ALL the time. It's really distracting. shouldn't be a problem. But the
Since I can't take my eyes off road is very rough with lots of
the road long enough to look at potholes and deep puddles. About
the computer, in my mind I'm still 1:00 into the video we splash
thinking we're 5 seconds behind. through what looks like just an-
So, approaching the finish line other puddle. But there's a bot-
when Christoph said, "Slow tomless mineshaft, straight down
down", in my head I heard, to the centre of the earth, hiding in
"Speed UP!" When it finally that lake. We hammered that one.
clicked, we almost had to come to Ouch! Poor car.
Photo: Craig Lee a halt to avoid crossing the line At 2:00 we come to the notori-
too early. ous Triple-Caution dip and com-
I sure would like to go back pression that has bent several
That was my fault. What we at the computer anyway. My at- again and do this one properly. Targa cars in the past, once scat-
SHOULD have done is refuse to tention was mostly focused on tering expensive Porsche parts all
accept that start time and demand NOT looking at the picket fences. Day 5 - Stage 6 - Brigus-2: over the countryside.
a proper 30-second countdown to But we had been doing surpris- http://www.youtube.com/watch? I've seen this spot featured on
give us enough time to get our- ingly well without the computer up v=-eXvgrZlZWY previous TV broadcasts and told
selves set up. to that point. Christoph to make sure to high-
Christoph was NOT ready. In I subsequently calculated our Day 5 - Stage 7 - Marysvale light and underline this one in the
the panic he managed to do most times and marked up the video Grand Touring is not supposed routebook and force me to slow
everything else, but missed zero- with late/early notes at known to be difficult. It really isn't, as long down. If I don't slow enough, he is
ing the odo. routebook mileages. I'm amazed as you never make mistakes. supposed to hit me with his book.
So now we weren't really certain that we were nicely within our When everything is running The road we're on crosses a
if the computer was telling us time window most of the way. smoothly there's nothing to it. main road. At the transition be-
anything useful about whether we But, half way through the stage Anybody can do this. tween the two roads there is a lip,
were running on schedule or not. out of the corner of my eye, I no- We made several mistakes this sharply convex on one side of the
Christoph did manage to start ticed Christoph re-jigging the week, and so far have been lucky main road, and sharply concave
his countdown stopwatch though, computer and asked him if the to get away with them without at the other side. One launches
clever guy that he is, so we would readout was accurate now. He penalties. But I think we made you into the air, the other drives
have an accurate count to the said it was, so I got a fright when more mistakes on this last day you into the hillside.
finish line. But he was not happy the display showed us as 5 sec- than all the other days combined. Knowing everybody would have
with this turn of events. onds too slow, well outside of our At the start of the Marysvale to go really slow through here, of
Okay, so just drive, and we'll allowed 3-sec window. stage, Christoph and I had a course there had to be an Inter-
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mediate Time Control (ITC) located right there! up their equipment. At the Tee-Left, 5:00 into fore starting.
Even though we came in as early as possible, our in-car video, this guy got a good shot of Christoph claims his watch was correct, and
we were still 2 seconds slow passing the ITC everybody else, but missed us. http:// that the time on our computer was now wrong.
board. That was nasty. www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8iGDsevwlY What does this mean? When the computer
And, even though we did slow right down, At the end of our video, as we're waiting to says we're right on time, are we actually 3
the car still bottomed out and whacked the skid turn left on the highway to start the 80 km tran- seconds late or 3 seconds early now? That
plate. sit to Marine Drive, look at the dark clouds kind of stuff makes my head hurt.
racing across the sky and watch how the wind It took us until about 2 minutes into the video
Day 5 - Stage 7 - Marysvale: is whipping the trees. to eventually decide that, when the computer
http://www.youtube.com/watch? It's been raining all day, but now there's a big says zero, we're actually 3 seconds late. With
v=VSayRCPtYRg storm coming. our +/- 3sec window, we should be okay if we
aim to keep the computer reading between
Day 5 - Stage 8 - Conception Harbour - Day 5 - Stage 8 - Conception Harbour - zero and 6 seconds early. Makes sense?
Colliers Colliers: Damn, I dunno. I'll just concentrate on driv-
The countdown timers used to start cars into http://www.youtube.com/watch? ing. The road is really slippery, it's raining like
each stage, and the timers at the finish line, v=cVJSAwDZB2s mad, and there's a strong wind trying to push
are controlled by "atomic clocks" which, in us off the road.
theory, always display exactly the correct time. Day 5 - Stage 9 - Marine Drive: Not really certain whether we're on schedule
It's not just us. Others have also noticed that http://www.youtube.com/watch? or not, we just drove to the finish. Here, using
the clocks are not always synchronized accu- v=vWBaVecvFRI his stopwatch, Christoph gave me the count-
rately. When trying to stay within a +/- 3 sec- Holy cow, was it ever raining hard! down to the finish line. As we crossed the line
ond window, one or two seconds difference The video camera automatically adjusts the computer readout said we crossed right on
can cause problems. exposure. It was really much darker out than it zero. Huh? For an actual zero, shouldn't that
The serious guys have been coming up to appears on the video. The wind was howling, have said 3 seconds early now? I'm so con-
the start control at each new stage to compare thunder and lightning, and torrential rain was fused.
their watches against the official time. That's coming down in buckets. The official clock at the finish had us 1 sec-
not a bad idea. So, while we were waiting with Remember how we were worried about run- ond early. Go figure.
nothing else to do, Christoph went and ning out of fuel before reaching the finish. Totally confused, we had no idea now
checked his watch against the official clock. Well, on the transit to this last stage, in the whether we were on time or not at the two
The countdown timer usually goes 3-2-1- middle of this ferocious thunderstorm, John ITCs we passed along the way.
Green Light. This time it went 4-3-2-Red-Light! Hurda and Steve Greiner's Corvette ran out of Whatever, I guess we'll find out at the finish
What the heck? At one second to go, it flashed gas somewhere out on the highway! Steve has back in St. John's...
a red light, then died. a hilarious story about how, soaking wet, they
Too funny. The clock expired. It's dead and hijacked a taxi, dumped the paying customer Day 5 - Finish - St. John's Harbourfront:
gone. in the nearest ditch, and forced the taxi driver http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Without an official "atomic clock", the stage at gunpoint to take them to a gas station. v=l7ieTZBsSzA
captain then came to us to ask what time we [Actually the taxi-driver, like all generous New-
had on our clock. Since we had just synchro- foundlanders, was happy to help, but first they Those videos and stories show only a tiny
nized ours moments before, they now used had to take a long detour to drop the fare at his portion of all that makes Targa Nfld such an
our clock to set their backup timepiece and destination.] awesome experience. They're just a very nar-
then used that to verbally count down every- After our splash-and-dash on the way to row view of our own experiences while on the
body on their way into the stage. Brigus, we were okay on fuel. But we had actual stages. Much, MUCH, more of the other
Another competitor eventually submitted a more issues with the timing on this last stage. enjoyable stuff that goes on during the week
written protest, which was accepted, claiming Christoph had synchronized our clocks with happens behind the scenes.
this time was off by 3 seconds. I don't under- the official atomic time at the previous stage, There are sooooooo many interesting people
stand how that could have happened. But, it before their clock blew up. But the time on this at this event, organizers, spectators, volun-
would explain why we ran into timing difficul- stage was off by three seconds. Three sec- teers, and co-competitors, that it's impossible
ties on the following Marine Drive stage... onds is a big deal, since that's our allowable to even begin to do justice in trying to describe
Stop the video at 2:35, just as we're coming time window. any of them. Everybody has their own stories
steep downhill to a Tee-Left. On the left edge That's another problem with being first car and adventures to share. But it's difficult to find
of the screen you can see the rusty hull of a on the road. If you're behind another car, you enough time during the week to get together
ship beached high on a rock. can always watch the start clock do it's count- with others. They're either frantically trying to
Then at 4:03 Christoph scared me when I down, and compare it to your own clock to repair their cars, or rushing off to their hotel
heard him say, "1km, square left at Tee, ensure you're synched properly. rooms to study up for the next day's acitivities.
MOOSE!" Yikes. We're the first the car to start though. Chris- One of the best opportunities to get to know
Another disadvantage of being first on the toph did his countdown watching the clock on the other people is during the lunch stops, or
road, other than the likelihood of meeting a our rally computer. But the official countdown during the waits between stages. There usu-
moose, is that photographers and videogra- timer was three seconds slower than our clock, ally is ample time alloted for the transits be-
phers are not ready yet and have not yet set so we had to wait an extra three seconds be- tween stages. That gives you time to get to the
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start of the next stage, and time to line up in the
correct order. Usually there is enough time to
relax, get out of the car, and enjoy talking with
On the Targa website, the logo says,
"Targa Newfoundland, It's About the Drive."
However, one of our "newfound" Grand Touring
friends much more eloquently put it like this,
"I now know that hanging out waiting by the
car with all of you, peeing by the road to-
gether, was as important as the drive itself."
Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com
Photo: Gordon Sleigh—www.gordonsleigh.com
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Motorsport Club of Ottawa
2009 Year End Banquet and Awards
SOLO I / SOLOSPRINT SOLO II CLASS AWARDS: Rally Driver Trophy
Awards presented by Craig Seko Highest ranked Club Rally Driver
A Class Rob Shotton
MCO Solo I Champion 1st – James Bergeron
Fall Night Rally Trophy
Brad Merkel 2nd – Ralf Koulaib
3rd – Bryan Olynyk
MCO Solo I runner-up
Ian O’Halloran B Class Best Performance Rally Driver
1st – Kevin Schenk Motrosport Club of Ottawa
2nd – David McNicoll Martin Walter
SOLO II 3rd – Christian Arseneau
Awards presented by Don Laberge
and Luc Saumure Best Performance Rally Co-Driver
C Class Motorsport Club of Ottawa
Overall Solo II Champion 1st – Peter Mosher Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff
Kevin Schenk 2nd – Gilles Pilon
3rd – Stephen Bolt Top Novice Performance Rally Driver
Order of the Bent Valve Vince Landreville
Overall Runner up D Class
James Leveille 1st – Patrick Sheehan Top Novice
2nd – Brendan Zietak Performance Rally Co-Driver
Dows Lake Summer Slalom Champion 3rd – Jeremy Mitchell Chuck Storry
E Class WORKER AWARDS
Bridgestone Blizzak Cup – Winner presented by Paul Swinwood
Winter Solo II/Snowcross 1st – James Leveille
Clive Catt 2nd – Pierre Gagnon
Worker Awards for 2009
3rd - Kevin Greening “To recognize those who unselfishly helped
Solo Fanatic Award promote Motorsport, through their year long
someone who put forth more than required for RALLY AWARDS devotion of time and energy”
the love of the sport
presented by Jeannie MacGillivray
Naresh Debidin Bennett Leckie, Paul Swinwood, Terry
Order of the Halda Dale, Ron Woltman, Nigel Mortimer,
Novice Slalom Champion Donated by Bennett Leckie
Highest placing first year Club member in the to the worker who supported Rallying
MCO Autocross series
Nick Berry, Chuck Payne, Luc
throughout the year
Jamie Leveille Saumure, Greg Van Dalen, Don
The Ladies Cup The L. Smith Trophy
Awarded to the top female competitor
Highest ranked Club Navigator
Greg Kierstead, Mike Nilson, Mary
Karin Kubicek Cheryl Urban McClure, Anne Heide, Craig Lee, JP
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Robert Roaldi , Peter Brownhill,
BryanOlynyk, Naresh Debidin, Patrick MICHAEL S. LOWE AWARD
Sheehan, Awarded to the non-Club member Frank Hicks Technical
who made significant contributions MCO members who demonstrate good
that were beneficial to the Club sportsmanship in contributing to the sport
Guy Parent, Clive Catt, Vernon Peter Manganelli
Liboiron, Pat McDermott, Mike Physk, Arek Wojciechowski
Peter Mosher, Gilles Pilon, Stephen And
Gary Hunt Memorial Award
Bolt, Pierre Gagnon, Kevin Greening, Worker of the year
Christian Arseneau, Sam Mandia
MCO Race Champion
Championship Driver of the Year
Isabelle Tremblay, Bill Olders, Jean Ian Grant Mechanic’s Award
donated by Ann Heide
MacGillivray, Dave Goddard, Chris
Skene. John Arthur
Helped out wherever and whenever he could –
James Bergeron, Christophe Leroy, Top Female Worker of the Year was a tough competitor – never had to be asked
Glen Clarke, Darryl Malone, Steve Jean MacGillivray to help out or assist fellow MCO members
Greiner, Ralf Koulaib
MCO Club Karting Award
Jay Saslove, Dave Butler, Steve Chris Healey Annual Achievement Award
Carrick, Craig Hamm, Ian O’Halloran, For the member who achieved notable
Chris Krepski, Alan Ritchie, Richard ROAD RACING accomplishments
Awards presented by as a competitor, worker, or official
Muise, John Powell, Lew MacKenzie, Terry Dale and Sam Mandia at Regional level
Merrill Smith, Chris Pye, or as part of a major event
Paddock Engineer Award Ron Woltman
Jeremy Wallace, Ferdinand Donated by Bailey Desjardin
Trauttmansdorff, Christof to The MCO crew member(s) who contribute to
Trauttmansdorff, the success of Club competitors.
Jaak Laan, Jane Laan, Evan Gamblin Mortimer Racing
Nigel Mortimer, Wendy Mortimer,
The Hard Luck Trophy Adam Mortimer, John Arthur, Rex
Awarded to the Club member who perseveres Wallis, Herb Henning, Dan Southcott
Frank Hicks Sedan
Order of the Holed Piston Club Sedan Racer of the year
Hardest working MCO volunteer Greg Kierstead
Frank Hicks Formula
The Golden Pen Award Club Open Wheel Racer of the year
Contributor of most Link articles Pat McDermott
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Solo II Profiles
Photos: (Top Right) Mike Physk (Bottom) Gasket (Left) Unknown
up with a team of 3 close friends, ap- By now, you should have noticed that
plied for a part in the show and com- David isn’t driving a conventional
pleted the selection process. The team model. That JDM import is a 1990 Nis-
was awarded a spot on the show. Af- san Pulsar GTI-R, sometimes referred
ter racing against the clock for a full 2- to as the “baby Godzilla” by Nissan
weeks build-up, the car and the team enthusiasts or nicknamed “Darth Va-
David McNicoll was chosen by the viewers as the out-
standing winner of the show. This ex-
der” by our home announcer Seb F.
When bought in 2006, it only needed
was born and raised in the Montreal perience led to many opportunities in a few laps at Calabogie to discover
area. He completed his engineering the following year, including finalizing major weaknesses that helped bridge
degree at Sherbrooke in 2001 and and fine tuning the actual winning the gap of priorities and to where the
then began his professional career as project car, which had subsequently car needed to be. After hundreds of
a computer engineer at DnD, in the been won by the team as part of the countless hours of wrench time, this
capital region. So to get away from the prize on the show. Once the car fully 19 year old car is reliable, and now
pressures of his day job, and always tuned, the team began competing in outperforms its original factory specs.
knowing he had a profound interest in car shows for a season, even hosting a Once piece of advice: if you are look-
car mechanics, he decided to join one radio show on Énergie 104.1, etc. The ing to own one of these, ensure you
of the local evening night classes. Af- car was since sold to another young can do the work yourself or see if re-
ter only a short period of time, he enthusiast and can be viewed on Car- mortgaging is an option!
came to realize that these courses Domain : http://www.cardomain.com/
would certainly teach him the basics, ride/742447 As an owner and enthusiast, David is
but not the science, or “art” of per- David first joined the MCO events in always thrilled to talk about cars,
formance car tuning… share race lines, chat about others’
2005 and attended the winter driving experience and if Vader’s left seat is
One morning, in early 2004, while school with his spouse and some co- empty, grab your helmet and jump in
reading the online news and sipping workers. In 2007, these same cowork- for a ride!
coffee, David was attracted to this ad ers (thanks to Subaru brothers Marc L.
that talked about a competition on and Francois L.) challenged David to
one of the TV shows called: “ZTélé - join them for a first autocross event….
Projet Tuning”. The competition was And this is where it all began… 2008
looking for teams of enthusiasts (non- began as the first full season and with
professionals) to essentially compete surprisingly good results as he was
against one another in a “Pimp my named the 2008 Novice Champion!
Ride” type reality show… David came
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