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Table of Contents
Editorial Exhaust 4
Solo 1 Director's Report 5
Solo II Director's Report 5
Rally Director's Report 5
Below Zero Driving is Here 7
Random Thoughts from the Nation's Capital 8
MCO Mailbag 9
MCO Teams Catch Targa Fever! 10
M.C.O. Monthly General Meeting Minutes - November 4th 2003 13
M.C.O. Annual General Meeting Minutes - November 4th 2003 14
Tall Pines Rally 16
M.C.O. Executive Committee Meeting Minutes - November 18th 2003 18
M.C.O. Monthly General Meeting Minutes - December 2nd 2003 20
M.C.O. Executive Committee Minutes - December 16th 2003 21
Brief History of CARS and Revenue-Sharing 24
The MCO Racers 25
Miscellaneous Rumblings II 26
Bonus Miscellaneous Rumbling... 29
The Back Seat 31
Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org 3
A new year rings in different mile- and notable results of MCO members in
stones for each individual. For some it’s outside events. “News of Note” reports
losing a few pounds. While for others various achievements of MCO members
it is quitting smoking. For the MCO, it from the previous months.
means some new executive members, The expanded editorial work has its
a new web mistress and a last but not drawbacks. The Link is now published
least a new look Link. every two months. I believe the expand-
The Link has a lighter and more ed content and updated format is worth
modern style, with more pretty pictures the trade off.
to add some variety. Hopefully the This issue has some great content.
readers will approve, but all show and no Robert Roaldi comments on the Ottawa
go is the makings for a poseur that has driving scene, Jean MacGillivary de-
little substance to back up their good scribes her Targa Newfoundland experi-
looks. The overall goal is to achieve a ence, Andrew Harvey donated his Tall
magazine feel, but also increase aware- Pines Rally photos for the centrefold and
ness of all the different activities that cover, and John Powell has his regular
MCO members can participate in. More and bonus Miscellaneous Rumblings col-
articles from and about the membership. umn. Whew, a bountiful crop of content
Articles about all the diverse driving to start the year!
disciplines from Solo, Karting, Rally and The Link needs your help. Submit
Road Racing. Not to mention driving your articles, or suggestions for articles
schools and lapping days. and pictures of various events. Send
Each issue will have articles that your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
preview featured events, in addition to Hope to hear from you soon.
articles about and contributed from MCO Last year was my ﬁrst year as a
members. The “MCO Mailbag” section member, so please bear with me while I
contains member feedback and notable repeat what is painfully obvious to many
correspondence from outside the club. of you. The MCO is still a volunteer
Send in your rants and raves by email or grassroots organization for the develop-
snail mail. “The Back Seat” has the mis- ment and participation of motorsport.
cellaneous, odd and hopefully entertain- The membership absolutely determines
ing motoring related items. Send in your the quantity and quality of events. Ring
interesting tidbits for The Back Seat. I in the new year by participating, volun-
know you have something, everybody teering and most importantly having fun.
has a back seat story!
The Link will slowly evolve over
the year, depending on reader feed-
back. Here are some planned columns,
depending on the availability of contribu-
tions. The “In the Pits” column will sum-
marize race results from MCO events
The website will shortly
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Ottawa. The opinions expressed in the LINK do not necessarily be getting a new look.
reﬂect those of the LINK Editorial Staff or the Club’s Executive. Anyone wanting to be beta
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The tracks around Ontario may Hello, everyone! My name is Chuck There is a ludicrous amount of mate-
be covered in snow, but there is a lot Payne and I’m your new Solo II Director. rial to cover in this ﬁrst Rally Group report
of activity to prepare for the 2004 If you have any questions or concerns of 2004, so I will attempt to keep the
season. MCO will be organizing our regarding Solo II or any other activity the points short, verging on terse.
ﬁrst Solo 1 weekend on September 11 MCO is involved in, please don’t hesitate to Last November, yours truly navigated
and 12 at Shannonville. I will be look- contact me. for John Vanos (MLRC) in PMSC’s Presi-
ing for a few volunteers as that date I would ﬁrst like to thank Greg Kier- dent’s Prize Rally, in Intermediate Class
approaches. stead for his tireless efforts in the last few (I am ranked Novice in the provincial
The other big news is Solo On- years as Solo II director and send con- series). Yet another lesson in rally humil-
tario’s ﬁrst event at the Mosport GP gratulations to him on a very successful ity! Plenty of cute tricks got us good and
track. It will be a two-day event, with a ‘03 season! lost, but we sure had a good time doing
school on August 28 and a non-points I’m pleased to announce that the Corel it. At least John got some points towards
Solo 1 on the 29th. I will also be look- Centre was impressed with how smoothly his series standings and I learned more
ing for instructors for the Mosport his events were run last year. We didn’t about rallying, and had fun doing it. The
weekend. Other dates of importance receive a single complaint from the public day after the rally I headed down to Fene-
are the open house on March 28th and or neighbours all season. Great job, Greg! lon Falls for a RallySport Ontario (RSO)
Solo 1 school on May 8 and 9. I’d also like to thank all the volunteers who Board Meeting. I have included in this
stepped up and made it a great season! issue an extract from the Minutes of that
Looking forward to our ‘04 season? meeting, which was attended by Terry
Here’s the skinny. The Corel Centre wants Epp, President of the Canadian Associa-
us back in BIG Lot #9. That’s great news, tion of RallySport (CARS) and member
(best 6 of 11 events) and a reﬂection of how well we ran our of ASN CANADA FIA. Terry was speaking
events last year. The MCO plans to run a solely as CARS President and ﬁlled us in
March 28 August 7/8 full season in ‘04 with 10 events; however, on the history of the revenue-sharing and
Open House Event #6/7 the Corel Centre is not allowing us to book origin of CARS, etc. A very interesting
CSC Racing Shannonville dates in advance so it’ll be touch and go read about rival beer companies, motor-
for ‘04. Not to worry, we were in the same ing politics, and money (for Bernie E.).
May 8/9 August 28/29 situation in ‘03 and we made it work! That’s how we got here, apparently!
Solo 1 School School/Solo We’ll be having road trips to interest- On December 6, 2003, Frostbite
Mosport DDT Mosport GP ing venues in the area. Last year’s trips Rally was run by KWRC out of Maberly.
included a Corvette Club Solo II and Pro The roads were so twisty and diabolical,
May 29/30 September 11/12 Solo to make a double header weekend in it’s hard to imagine they exist at all. There
Event #1/2 Event #8/9 TO, a CADL event at the awesome PMG was much puking of navigators (rallying is
Shannonville Shannonville facility and an overnight trip to Central NY such fun!). Several MCO teams competed
SCCA’s annual event at Cherry Valley Mot- in a very tough event. Of 29 starters, 10
June 19/20 September 25/26 orsport Park. Each trip was well planned, were DNF, braking zones were treacher-
Event #3/4 Event #10/11 inexpensive and loads of fun. I promise this ous, reading the road surface material
Mosport DDT TMP (Cayuga) year’s will be even better! was often difﬁcult, and it was plenty
There’s more but I don’t wanna give it brisk. My best ﬁnish in an event of this
July 17 all away at once. After all, I need to leave magnitude came the next morning, plac-
Event #5 myself something to write about next ing 7th overall, 3rd in Novice (should have
TMP (Cayuga) month. Keep reading The Link and stay run Intermediate, would have been ﬁrst
tuned to the MCO forums for more. in class!), and was the 2nd (unofﬁcially)
place in an FWD car. It wouldn’t have
been possible without the very profes-
sional and accurate work of my navigator,
Ian O’Halloran. This event was the last
road rally in the 2003 Ontario Road Rally
Championship (ORRC), with champion-
ships at stake for two MCO teams. In the
end, Ryan Huber was the Novice Naviga-
The next meeting of the Ted Powell committee is at tor Champion and Robert Roaldi became
Louis‛ Steakhouse Monday, Feb. 9th at 7pm. Please Expert Navigator Champion (again, but
for MCO this time). Well done, guys!
come to the committee meeting or see one of the The CARS AGM was held January 10
committee members. in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. A last-minute
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bout of the ﬂu prevented my attendance, the full 2004 National Series in Warren’s next issue. Sufﬁce it to say, if you want
but MCO’s vote was represented by Jim Group 2 Golf (basically open class for to be ‘crowned’ as an interprovincial rally
Morrow, and other MCO attendees were 2-WD cars). Good luck to them for 2004. champion, compete in as many MCO and
Jean MacGillivray and Jane Lennox. Easily Also, we are hoping to see the return of SMCC road rallies as you can.
the post-AGM roundtable topic de jour Greg Brady and Steven Frankovitch in Check out the new RSO website
was concerning the insurability and legal- 2004 to contest the Regional Series and /
ity of rallying in Canada (Ontario, to be a few National events. Good luck to them, tained primarily by MCO member Ryan
sure). This is based on both the written as well. Huber. There is an online forum there,
word in the Ontario Standard Policy (see If you want to know what successful too. That reminds me, the ORRC is being
http://www.fsco.gov.on.ca/) and the rally co-drivers REALLY do, attend Mike sponsored by Subaru Canada this year,
Ontario Highway Trafﬁc Act (see: http:// Koch’s co-driving seminars. Ranked by and awards for ORRC events will be as
www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/DBLaws/Statutes/ CARS as a Master, Mike has racked up follows (for all three classes): First in
English/90h08_e.htm). Does this mean ﬁve Canadian Group 2 co-driving titles class: $60.00 per vehicle, Second in
we’re bad people? No. But it’s time we (1995-1999) and one Canadian Overall class: $40.00 per vehicle. It’s nice to see
set the record straight about sanctioned title, the Deak Trophy, in 1995. Students the manufacturers paying more attention
motorsports with the powers that be. In will get take-home notes and a certiﬁcate. to the real grassroots level of the sport.
response to this situation, RSO asked Many thanks to Mike for putting this Thanks to RSO for facilitating those
Andrew Comrie-Picard (MLRC) and Jim together. Here’s the list: discussions.
Morrow (MCO) to form a committee and The famous Subaru Snowy Safari
devise a strategy and action plan. This is Co-driving Seminar #1, Mike Koch (PMSC) runs out of Minden on January
going to be a LONG ride. We’ll keep you – January 29 31, and the even more notorious Ontario
posted. Winter Rally (MLRC) runs out of Coe Hill
Rallye Perce-Neige (http://www.lino. Co-driving Seminar #2, Mike Koch – TBD (south of Bancroft - Tall Pines-sort-of
com/~rallyperceneige/), to be held in country) on February 21. These are not
Maniwaki on February 6-8, is the ﬁrst rally Rally Organising Seminar #1, Craig generally beginner-friendly events, and
of the 2004 Canadian Rally Championship Hamm (Basic level) – February 26 true novices are advised to ﬁnish, and be
(CRC), and currently the only remaining glad of it! These are road rallies on some
full-snow event. This is due to both the Rally Organising Seminar #2, Robert of the most sinuous, slippery, remote
Rallye International de Charlevoix and Ral- Roaldi (Advanced level) – March 25 roads in Ontario. Check the club web-
lye de Quebec being off the calendar (and sites for info, or results.
Bighorn Rally, Alberta, just pulled out of This year the MCO Road Rally Finally, if the Canadian deep freeze
the championship). Get your carcass up Championship is running fewer events, is making your brass monkey do natural
to Maniwaki to see a full-blown perform- but as it stands two events are listed things, the World Rally Championship
ance rally on snow and ice! Spectator in the ORRC, and we hope to resurrect (WRC) has come to North America! Go
areas are fantastic, but always have a full the Golden Pine Rally. Our rally friends down to Mexico during March 12-14 to
tank of gas, and dress very warmly! Trust in Montreal, the Sports Motor Car Club see the best there is tearing up some
me. (SMCC), have agreed to an MCO proposal cacti (http://www.rallymexico.com/). /).
Related to the CRC, Warren Haywood to run a joint championship. I’ll try to get Thanks for reading!
and Jodie Shay are teaming up to run the basic series regs published for the
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Date: Mon Jan 19, 2004
I have sent a picture or two for a sample of
the reason we cancelled the ﬁrst Winter school.
The school is all set, just waiting for snow.
Top: Winter Driving School Classroom
Bottom Left: Looking down oval straight
Bottom Right: No snowbanks on oval
The winter is here, but that doesn’t
stop the driving fun. Winter driving
schools and Winter Solo 2 provide plenty
of activity during the cold months.
The Ottodrome is the venue host-
ing the MCO’s winter driving activities
(directions available at http://www.mco.
The course has been prepared and
groomed by our own Vice-president,
Bennett Leckie. Rest assured there will
plenty of challenges for the novice and
expert. There have been some rumours
of some unnamed member of the execu-
tive testing the limits of a Suburban on
the course. The turn banking was said
to be ”effective”.
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I have been living in Ottawa for over high- performance, expensive auto- think they are the more attractive model.
a year now and I thought I would report mobiles are sold mostly in large urban Kia Rios and Hyundai Accents are also
on the car scene here. It is quite different centres where there is less opportunity very popular --- much more so than their
from Toronto and the rest of the GTA. to enjoy them. It must be fun to brag larger stablemates.
One of the ﬁrst things I noticed after about the performance of your Inﬁniti 35, I have seen quite a few oddball cars.
moving here was how thin the Auto Mart I’m sure, but awfully frustrating to know In my neighbourhood, there’s a high-
magazine is. This is the car-ad magazine that you spend the majority of your time school student who drives an early ‘80’s
that the local car dealers publish. The in it idling at red lights. When I lived in Honda Civic CVCC to school. I have seen
name and the look is the same as the one Toronto, I maintained for years that the a two-tone red and white Volvo 122, a
in Toronto, but it’s only the thickness of most important components of a car are Saab V4 with Cibie auxiliary lights, two
the Tall Pines spectator guide and is only the seats and the stereo. Citroen Deux Chevaux, a recent model
published every two weeks. I was reading Of course, there are Audis and Opel Corsa with diplomatic plates, a
it quite a lot earlier in the year when I was Benzes on the roads, but they are not mid-70’s Corolla, several Ford Festivas
trying to sell my ‘97 Jetta, just to com- as common a sight as in the big smoke. and Aspires, and a couple of weird look-
pare prices. I saw the same car ads in it I see lots of BMWs, though, and Volvos ing micro-van-type vehicles that I didn’t
for months on end. Judging from that and are not rare. By the way, although it’s fun recognize. And the other day I saw an
from the fact that it took me nine months to bash BMW drivers, I won’t gratuitously early ‘50’s British Zephyr for sale on
and seven price drops to unload my
Jetta, I conclude that people here don’t
like to buy used cars.
What I also noticed was that lower
priced models are much more common
than in Toronto. I see more Accents than
Elantras, more Corollas than Camrys, etc.
This is almost certainly a demographic do so here since it has become such a someone’s front lawn.
thing but I don’t know if it’s because peo- cliché. But, one of our neighbours owns I think that Ford is the most-sold
ple are more reluctant to spend money a Beemer 3-series, and watching him and brand in the east end of Ottawa, where I
or just not inclined to spend it on cars. his wife wash that car is like witnessing live. Late 90’s Escort Wagons are all over
A lot of federal government employees an erotic ballet. If they treat each other the place and I still see lots of second-
are contract workers, so there may exist as gently and tenderly as they wash and generation Tauruses that haven’t rusted
a tendency not to spend much of one’s wax that car, their marriage will last for- yet. I may be stereotyping, but it always
disposable income on an automobile if ever. I heard them pull away one day and seems to me that those Tauruses belong
your job security is always in question. the car is an automatic. to retired civil servants. They have grey
Another factor may be that, in general, From what I can tell, the Toyota hair and are never in a hurry. There are
distances traveled are less here so there Echo is the ofﬁcial car of the National Focuses everywhere. If you lump the
is less emphasis on luxury and comfort. Capital Region. I have been waiting at red hatchback, sedans and wagons together,
If you’re not in the car much, there’s no lights when I have counted ﬁve or six of they probably outnumber the Echoes, and
need for it to be as comfortable as your them idling with me in various lanes and that’s saying something. The number of
living room. heading in different directions. It’s funny, Focus Wagons on the road is a constant
That last thought makes me pause. but I have not noticed many of the new surprise, unless you stop to realize that
Maybe it’s just me, but I ﬁnd it ironic that hatchback versions yet, even though I there aren’t that many wagons on the
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market these days. A Focus Wagon will
likely be our next car; there’s no shortage
of parts around here, I’m sure.
Of course, there’s no escaping SUVs
. . . much as I’d like to. As with BMWs,
it’s easy to pick on SUVs and it’s quickly
becoming a cliché as well, so I’ll restrain
myself. Because of the close proximity
to water and cottage country here, a lot
of those SUVs have boat-trailer hitches,
so at least some of them are being put
to good use. But there are a fair number
of folks who own full-sized 4x4 pickup
trucks as their family vehicle. Why you’d
want an expensive and uncomfortable
gas-guzzler as the main family driver is a
mystery to me. One day the trend will end
and they will become an embarrassing
memory, like disco. Archaeologists will
scratch their heads in wonder.
Driver behaviour here reminds me
a little of what Toronto was like in the
late’70’s when I ﬁrst moved there. That
is, by and large drivers are courteous,
but there are more and more exceptions
to that all the time, surfacing especially
at rush hour. The reasons are the same
as always: gridlock, overpowered cars,
societal encouragement of aggressive
behaviour on TV, on the job, and else-
where. Most people’s jobs are crap, so
why are they in such a dangerous hurry
to get there?
One of the beneﬁts for us in moving
here is that public transit is so good in
Ottawa, and distances so much shorter,
that it has enabled us to get rid of one
car. Being a single-car family is such a
blessing that I think it would be difﬁcult
for us to go back to owning more than
one again. Also, my taste in cars has
changed over the years. I no longer feel
the need that my car should entertain
me. We have a ‘96 Golf CL with nearly
200,000 km at the moment and although
we have vague plans to get a Focus
Wagon, or its equivalent, at some point
in the future, I feel no urgency to look
for another car. This is a new feeling for
me. At one time, I was willing to change
cars at the drop of a hat. I say that, but
at the same time I do enjoy occasionally
dropping into dealerships to talk to car
salesmen. It’s pure entertainment and
free. In Toronto, I could always count on
Ed Richardson to come with me to test
cars, but it’s not as much fun doing so by
myself so I am not harassing Ottawa deal-
ers as much. I hope they appreciate it.
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Jodie Shay hasn’t known Ralph Grant
for much longer. An amiable transplant-
ed Aussie, Ralph was plagued with car
problems at last year’s TN. It was great
that he had such a good run this year,
with Jodie’s contribution.
These two teams did themselves
proud, ﬁnishing second in class
(Clarke/Gamblin) and third in class
(Grant/Shay). In fact, because of
I ﬁgure the elements of a great treal-South Shore area in the Classic Glen and Evan’s standing, they, along
vacation include hot summer weather, category, in his right-hand-drive 1970 with Craig and Steve, Jim and I, won
like-minded friends, motorsports, and Volvo 142 GT (# 405). the President’s Plate Award for best
enough time away to forget about The Targa started with a Demon- team performance! All of us earned
the cares of the world. (Just think: in stration Day for ofﬁcials to assess driv- ﬁnishers’medallions, and Craig and Jim
mid-September, Newfoundland was ing talent and competitors to address went a little further by creating a Bald
enjoying record hot weather, up to any mechanical quirks. The next day’s Head Racing Trophy (courtesy of our
37-degrees Celsius.) Great scenery, a Prologue was to seed the cars (from favourite designer, Mike Rouleau) that
welcoming population and droves of the slowest to the fastest, to encour- they awarded to the Novice Targa crew
little kids, starry-eyed about cars, are age passing and reduce the time roads with the fewest penalty points.
pluses. For these reasons and more, were closed). Then there were ﬁve long For the Targa veterans, Craig and
the 2000-km Targa Newfoundland days of competition, with “offs,” a host Jim, the story was a little different.
2003 was the perfect vacation! of automotive failures and a lot of hot Craig’s Porsche suffered hard-to-diag-
In the Modern category, the MCO competition. In the end, Glen and Evan nose electrical problems on Day 1,
teams were: Jim Morrow and I in our placed 14th overall, Ralph and Jodie earning him a ﬁstful of penalty points
1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS (# 908); - 18th, Craig and Steve - 24th, and Jim from which he never recovered. We
Craig Seko and Steve Carrick in Craig’s and I - 28th. The Targa ﬁeld amounted knew our Subaru had brake issues
1990 Porsche 944 S2 (# 701); and to 39 cars, four of which did not ﬁnish. on Demonstration Day; despite be-
Glen Clarke and Evan Gamblin in Glen’s Glen and Evan only met this sum- ing bled, they failed on Day 1 and we
1979 Porsche 911 (# 602). Jodie Shay mer, after Evan won a free entry to the went off into the brush on a corner. We
navigated for Ralph Grant of the Mon- event and began his search for a ride. completed the stage just ahead of Car
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99, who patiently waited while we were age of us as “the fastest car,” driving refreshing swim. Jim and I contented
pushed out by spectators. That night, the stage behind this talented national ourselves with pushing up the legs of
John and Clarke Paynter, kind-hearted team. (They placed ninth overall.) our driving suits and wading in up to
brothers who represented the national My spookiest moment came on our knees. Back on the pebbly shore,
Subaru rally team, loaned us their Prologue day, when we passed the we examined the little jellyﬁsh that the
mechanic and donated a set of Ferodo damaged 1965 Mustang driven by tide had brought in. The smarter teams
race pads, which he installed. Thanks Jeremy Hill and Lennox McNeely (who had brought shorts to change into, and
to their generosity, the car performed came second overall), part way up an seemed to thoroughly enjoy their sum-
better, although we still carried those embankment. Neither of them were mer afternoon.
penalty points with us and accumulated hurt, but still . . . knowing their compe- It’s hard to nail down a “spirit of
others along the way. There were other tence and experience, it was all I could Targa” moment, as there were many.
situations that are perhaps best left for do to keep my eyes on the TerraTrip One of my favourites involves Peter
“the pot” at an MCO meeting, but com- (our rally computer) and stay focused. Ross, a.k.a. “Parking” Pete, he of the
bined they dropped our placement. It turns out their brakes had failed, loud voice and engaging personality
But there are great memories, too, which somehow foreshadowed our own who was responsible for shoe-horning
and far more good ones than bad. experience. several million dollars’ worth of special-
My favourite memory involves ized cars into arenas each night. On
driving the Gander North stage on Day
3. It ran through a subdivision and was
the ferry both ways, we shared a cabin
with Richard and Rick Harper, a father-
like a huge autocross. The stage had
44 lefts and rights, with 29 turns at and-son team who drove a beautiful
1969 Jaguar XK-E in Touring. Rick told
junctions over 6.85 km. The Impreza is me that at the awards banquet, he
set up perfectly now, and it responded
beautifully in the corners. I’m afraid I
saw Parking Pete. Having earned two
medallions, for ﬁnishing and Touring,
forgot driver etiquette: as we crossed
the ﬂying ﬁnish, I shrieked several he asked Pete if he’d like one. He then
removed from his own neck one of
times into the headset and nearly deaf- these prized Targa medallions, and
ened Jim, who cranked up my happi- My “this is heaven” moment oc- gave it to an astonished Pete. What a
ness another notch with the news that curred at Leading Tickles on Day 4, tribute to someone who works so hard
we had beaten the Targa time! where we spent a relaxed two and a each year for the Targa!
Another memory that still makes half hours. It was 37 degrees Celsius, At this point, I should mention that
me chuckle happened after our “off.” so after lunch provided by the local all the thousands of volunteers took a
Jim asked if we could run last, as I was community, I stretched out under a week off work so that we could go out
still unnerved by the experience. We shady bush, listened to the live enter- and play! And that doesn’t count the
went out after the Paynters, who, with tainment and enjoyed the soft breezes thousands of people who agreed to
their modiﬁed 2002 Subaru WRX, were caressing my face. I may have even have their roads closed down, including
the fastest car and thus scheduled to drifted off a little . . . . the only road to Leading Tickles, which
drive the stage last. As we waited to be Leading Tickles is a beautiful was shut for about six hours. Only in
counted down, I heard someone shout, spot and the water was so tempting. Newfoundland, you say!
“Get the Subarus!”, so somewhere out Rumour has it that the Dutch team Targa Newfoundland was an in-
there is completely unrealistic ﬁlm foot- braved the cold Atlantic for a brisk, tense experience! It was physically and
Jean MacGillivray driving this stage! Glen Clarke and Evan Gamblin in Gander.
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mentally challenging, and sometimes
emotionally draining. We were up by
Half MCO 6.00 a.m. each morning and in bed by
team of 10.30 p.m. if we were lucky. I spent an
Jodie Shay hour or two each evening going over
the next day’s route book, so there
wasn’t much spare time. But it was
transplant also very social, and we had wonder-
Aussie Ralph ful meals with fellow competitors and
Grant (driver) shared lots of laughs with friends new
in right hand and old. There were more acts of kind-
ness and support than I could possibly
mention here (e.g., Evan teaching me
hand signals after our intercom failed;
Parking Pete arranging for the three
MCO cars to be parked together;
Clarke Paynter comforting me after our
It was great to meet the Newfound-
Craig Seko land people, especially the little kids,
and Steve who lined up for our autographs (it’s
Carrick true!) and the small Bald Head Racing
in Gander decals that Craig, Steve, Jim and I
handed out. The whole thing was abso-
lutely fantastic, and not a day goes by
that I don’t long to be there next year.
The Targa event cost $4500, with
accommodation, travel and some
meals being extra. The Touring event,
which was more like a fast TSD rally,
cost $3500 and attracted 15 entries.
What: MCO Karting League
Where: Top Karting, 200 D‛Edmonton, Hull (779-0000)
Monthly Schedule: Thursday evenings only at 7:00 p.m.
Entry fee: $40.00. (The fee will be reduced if
numbers are sufﬁcient.) Because of Top Karting's
business policy, entry fees will be collected at the
MCO monthly meetings prior to each event.
MCO members and non-members are welcome.
12 Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org
Location Dave Butler (Chair), Cindy Armstrong and
Louis’s Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. Jim Morrow for their outstanding work on Treasurer
the Nominating Committee. He also took Bob Benson provided copies of his re-
PRESENT this opportunity to introduce Dave as the port (att.), and provided a verbal summary
new Membership Chairman. as follows:
2002/2003 Board of Directors: Total income for 2002/2003 was
Ron Woltman, President; Bennett Annual Banquet $111,925.41, up from $97,017.82
Leckie, Vice-President; Richard Muise, Ron then noted that Sam Mandia was the previous year, and expenses were
Closed Wheel, and Greg Kierstead, Solo present and had tickets to the banquet $108,994.63, up from $87,748.63. Net
II, Directors. for sale. Sam added that 58 tickets had income for 2002/2003 was $2,930.78,
been sold to date, and that those who down from $9,269.19 in 2001/2002.
do not have tickets can reserve them by Accounts showing net income were: Rally,
Appointed Ofﬁcers and contacting him through the e-mail address $2,206.33; Membership, $6,608.35;
Members of the Executive on the Club web site. Race School, $8,477.37; Solo II,
Committee: $1,191.45; and Lapping, $1,446.15.
Bob Benson, Treasurer; Jeff Graves, Rally Accounts showing net deﬁcits were:
Solo I; Paul Swinwood, Karting; Dave But- In the absence of Warren Haywood, The Link, (-) $6,266.58; 50th Anniver-
ler, Membership; Aleida Dikland, Website Bennett Leckie reported that the Lanark sary Book (-) $4,770.08; Insurance
Manager; John Powell, Secretary. Highlands Rally had been a success, with Costs, (-) $6.633.00; and the TPSTR, (-)
29 entries, some from as far away as the $1,994.35.
Members: Kitchener-Waterloo area.
35 Full Members were present, which MCO Incorporation Papers
constituted a quorum. Solo II Ron Woltman gave a brief overview
Greg Kierstead noted that it had been of attempts, including those of Steve
ABSENT WITH EXCUSES generally a successful season. There Greiner, to get the incorporation papers
was a net positive income, although lower up-dated by the Provincial government,
2002/2003 Directors, than previous years due to increased with little success. He than asked for a
expenses. Greg added that next year will volunteer to take over this task.
Appointed Ofﬁcers, and
see a new car classiﬁcation system, and
Members of the Executive the Club’s timing equipment needs to be 2004 Racing School
Committee: up-dated. He then closed by introducing Rob Microys announced that Shan-
Warren Haywood, Director, Rally, Charles (Chuck) Payne, who has volun- nonville had been booked for April 24th
& Club Merchandise Co-ordinator; Jean teered to replace him as Solo II repre- and 25th, and Ron gave a brief up-date of
MacGillivray, Club Display Coordinator. sentative. progress so far.
NOTES Closed Wheel CASC Elections
Richard Muise advised members Rob Microys, who is chair of the
1) Copies of documents marked that the will be attending the up-coming CASC Nominating Committee, advised
“Att.” are ﬁled with the original copy of Drivers’ Meeting at the CASC AGM, and if members that ﬁve positions on the CASC
these minutes. anyone has issues to bring forward, they Board are up for election. He added that
2) The 2002/2003 position of Past should contact him or any other member there has so far been one person nomi-
President is inactive and one 2002/2003 who will be attending. nated for each of these positions, but if
position of Director is vacant. members have any further nominations
3) The Executive Committee positions they should contact him.
MCO 50th Anniversary History
of Open Wheel representative, Editor of
The Link, and Public Relations are vacant, Book
Crystal Pomeroy reported that pages Solo I & II Competitor’s Meeting
and that of Club Display Coordinator will
for the ﬁnal text up to 1998 had been for- Jeff Graves attended the Solo
become vacant effective at the close of
matted, that 40% of the book has already Competitor’s Meeting and noted that
the Annual Awards Banquet.
gone to print, and that the remainder there will be no major changes for next
will be sent within the next week. Ron year, except that a national set of safety
The President opened the meeting for
Woltman added that the team is working standards and rules for lapping and driver
business at approximately 7:15 p.m. and
ﬂat-out and they are pushing for a Christ- education events are intended to be
mas publication date. Members should implemented. Jeff added that four MCO
contact Don Tarte for orders, and 15 members received trophies at the meet-
AGM Nominating Committee pages are still available for sponsorship. ing.
Ron Woltman opened by thanking
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Club Web Site CASC Issues The Link
Aleida Dikland reported that there Ron gave a brief account of the Ron Woltman announced that we
have been just up-dates and no major proceedings of the last ORO meeting, need a new editor or co-editors for The
changes recently, but such changes may including race dates, and advised that Link.
be coming soon as a result of sugges- July 3rd and 4th have been reserved for
tions received. If anyone has further the 2004 TPSTR, but that August 15th The meeting was adjourned at 8:10
suggestions, they should contact her. and 16th remain a possibility. Changes in p.m. on a motion by Nick Berry, seconded
the administration of Afﬁliation Fees are by John Blouin. Carried without discus-
Calabogie Motorsports Park expected to be implemented in 2004. sion.
Ron Woltman attended an ofﬁcial Note: The 2004 Annual General Meet-
Open House on October 25th, and gave Membership ing followed this meeting after a short
members a brief account. Ron has had Dave Butler advised that we currently break.
discussions with the track management have 218 members, of which 182 are Full
regarding the possibility of MCO events Members. He also announced that Albert Prepared by John Powell, Secretary,
at Calabogie, including a race. Those Cohoe has volunteered to be Assistant MCO, November 16th 2003, amended
wishing to submit letters in support of the Membership Chair, that 35 Full Members December 17th 2003.
track may do so through Ron or may write were present at this meeting, and advised
to local newspapers. those with membership problems to Tel. 613-835-2910; e-mail,
contact him. email@example.com
Location NOTES published in The Link of December 2002.
Louis’s Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. Paul Swinwood moved that the minutes
1) Copies of documents marked “Att.” are of the 2001/2002 AGM be accepted as
PRESENT ﬁled with the original copy of these published in the December 2002 issue of
minutes. The Link, seconded by Terry Dale. Car-
2002/2003 Board of Directors 2) The 2002/2003 position of Past ried without discussion.
Ron Woltman, President and Chief President is inactive and one
Executive Ofﬁcer; Bennett Leckie, Vice- 2002/2003 position of Director is 2002/2003 President’s Report
President; Richard Muise, Closed Wheel, - Ron Woltman
and Greg Kierstead, Solo II, Directors. 3) The Executive Committee positions of
Ron gave an overview of the year’s
Open Wheel representative, Editor
events, noting the ﬁnancial successes of
of The Link, and Public Relations
Appointed Ofﬁcers and are vacant, and that of Club Display
the Winter December 17, 2003 Driving
Members of the Executive Schools, Winter Solo II (Slush ‘n Slide),
Coordinator will become vacant
and the Racing School. He added that
Committee effective at the close of the Annual
the Ted Powell Summer Trophy Races
Bob Benson, Treasurer; John Powell, Awards Banquet.
were also a success despite a modest
Secretary and Clerk of the Board of Direc-
loss, which was offset by the net income
tors; Jeff Graves, Solo I; Paul Swinwood, Dave Butler, Chairman of the Nomi-
generated by the Racing School, and the
Karting; Dave Butler, Membership; Aleida nating Committee, opened the meeting at
costs of the Barbeque were well worth
Dikland, Website Manager. 8:30 p.m., and the following business was
its positive acceptance by competitors,
ofﬁcials and workers. He continued by
Members noting his satisfaction with the Club’s cur-
35 Full Members were present, which Opening Business rent ﬁnancial position, our active voice at
constituted a quorum. Dave Butler welcomed those present, CASC meetings, the progress of the Solo
gave an outline of the purpose of the II series despite an increase in facility
meeting, and introduced the outgoing costs, and the quality of the members of
ABSENT WITH EXCUSES Board of Directors present as noted the Executive Committee, most of whom
above. John Powell was appointed as have volunteered to continue in their cur-
2002/2003 Directors, Secretary of the Annual General Meeting. rent positions. He closed by stating that
A quorum was established, also as noted there is a good possibility that MCO will
Appointed Ofﬁcers, and above. be organizing a Solo I weekend next year,
Members of the Executive and that, through his involvement with
Committee Minutes of the 2001/2002 the MCO 50th Anniversary book, he had
Warren Haywood, Director, Rally,
Annual general Meeting learned much about the Club’s history.
& Club Merchandise Co-ordinator; Jean
The Secretary informed those
MacGillivray, Club Display Coordinator.
present that the minutes could be either 2002/2003 Vice President’s
read in full and then voted, or approved as
14 Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org
Report - Bennett Leckie earlier in the evening at the November Steven Fong
Bennett noted that this was his General Meeting. Steven noted that he was a ﬁrst-year
second term as Vice President, and member, and had competed in Solo II. He
that he has been involved in a variety of Ratiﬁcation of the actions mentioned that getting people to show up
disciplines, including schools and lapping of the 2002/2003 Board of for events was half the battle.
events. He commented favourably on the
number of volunteers from the member- Craig Hamm
Nick Berry moved that the actions of
ship at events, which showed the depth In the absence of Craig, Dave Butler
the outgoing Board of directors be rati-
of the Club, but would like to encourage brieﬂy outlined his work on behalf of the
ﬁed, seconded by Rob Microys. Carried
more of their involvement in disciplines Club, especially in Rallying.
other than their own. He next noted the
success of the Instructional Lapping Day Sam Mandia
and that he hopes to make it a stand- Old and New business
There were no items under New Sam outlined his love of working for
alone event in 2004, and closed by the Club, and noted that his priority would
commenting on the help of the BMW Club, Business. Under Old Business, Paul
Swinwood gave a brief overview of the be to get more people involved.
which was reciprocated at their school at
Mt. Tremblant. results of MCO members who competed
in various Karting series. Richard Muise
Richard stated that he was just com-
2002/2003 Director’s Report pleting his ﬁrst term as Director, having
Election - Report of the
- Richard Muise previously been editor of The Link. He
Richard opened by noting, amongst Nominating Committee
would like to ﬁnish a second term, as he
other items, that 12 of the 35 members Dave Butler reported that the Com-
thought he now had a better understand-
present were active road racers, and went mittee had approached a large number of
ing of the issues, especially those regard-
on to give an overview of possible rule members, and that this year an election
changes for 2004. He asked that anyone will be required for the Director positions.
with comments to make at the CASC The candidates for election to the Board
of Directors are as follows: Charles Payne
Driver’s Meeting send them to either Charles noted that he thought that
Cindy Armstrong or himself. Other items it was important that each discipline be
mentioned were that Nov. 15th will be the President - Ron Woltman (incumbent
- acclaimed). represented on the Board of Directors,
date of both the CASC and VARAC AGMs, and that he would like to see the Club run
Stefany Malanka is a ﬁnalist for assist- Vice President - Bennett Leckie
(incumbent - acclaimed) events in all disciplines.
ance from the Driver Development Fund,
and that those worked at Regional events Directors - there are six candidates for the
should submit their WRRC forms. For four positions; John Blouin, Steven Election – Results
next year he noted that MCO will have a Fong, Craig Hamm, Sam Mandia, After receiving the report of the
very busy schedule, that he would like to Richard Muise (incumbent), and Scrutineers, Dave Butler announced that
institute a bi-weekly e-mail bulletin to brief- Charles Payne. the successful candidates for the four Di-
ly up-date members on important news, rector positions on the Board of Directors
and that he would like to be involved in Election - Appointment of for 2003/2004 were John Blouin, Sam
Mandia, Richard Muise and Charles Payne.
more aspects of race organizing. Scrutineers
Albert Cohoe was appointed as Chief
2002/2003 Director’s Report Scrutineer, and Alan Ritchie and Paul Election - Destruction of Ballots
Swinwood as Scrutineers. There being no appeals or protests,
- Greg Kierstead Dave Butler called for a motion to destroy
Greg stated that the past year had the ballots. This was so moved by John
been his second term as Director, that Election - Candidates
Blouin, seconded by Chris Krepski. Car-
it had been a great experience from an Addresses ried without discussion.
organizational perspective, and that it has
broadened his awareness of the Club’s
John Blouin The meeting was adjourned at 9:30
activities and business. Although he is p.m. on a motion by Nick Berry, seconded
John mentioned that he thought that
not running for Director in the coming by John Blouin. Carried without discus-
it was time for him to “put his money
election, he will still be involved in Solo sion.
where his mouth is” and offer himself as
II, and would like to increase the number
a candidate for the Board. He gave a
of the core group of competitors in this Prepared by John Powell, Secretary,
brief overview of his 27 years in the Club,
discipline. MCO, December 3rd 2003, amended
stating that he was most satisﬁed with
his encouragement of the entry of new December 17th 2003.
Treasurer’s Report - Bob competitors into racing through “Team
Benson Pumpkin”. Tel. 613-835-2910; e-mail,
Bob reported that there was no firstname.lastname@example.org
change from the report that he gave
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Location 2003/2004 Appointed Ofﬁcers Ron next advised those present to
send their contact information to the
Louis’ Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. and Members of the Executive
Secretary, and that this should also be
Committee shown on the masthead of The Link.
PRESENT Bob Benson, Treasurer; Craig
Hamm, Rally; Albert Cohoe, Assistant
2002/2003 Board of Directors Membership Chairman; Warren Haywood,
Ron asked Allen Ritchie, the new
Ron Woltman, President; Bennett Club Merchandise Co-ordinator.
Assistant Editor, to contact Mark Atos,
Leckie, Vice-President; Richard Muise, the previous Editor, to arrange for the
Closed Wheel, and Greg Kierstead, Solo transfer of equipment and ﬁles. He
II, Directors. NOTES also asked that members of the Execu-
tive Committee ensure that they submit
2002/2003 Appointed Ofﬁcers 1. Copies of documents marked “Att.” monthly reports to The Link for publish-
and Members of the Executive are ﬁled with the original copy of ing. He closed by noting that Jean
Committee MacGillivray had offered to assist with
2. The position of Past President the proof-reading of Link submissions.
John Powell, Secretary; Jeff Graves,
is inactive and one 2002/2003 Later in the meeting, Steve Fong, the
Solo I; Paul Swinwood, Karting; Dave But-
position of Director was vacant. new Editor, reported that the December
ler, Membership; Aleida Dikland, Website
3. The 2002/2003 Executive Link is planned to be a catch-up edition,
Committee positions of Open Wheel and he is considering a new format for
representative, Editor of The Link, 2004. It is expected that it will possible
2003/2004 Board of Directors and Public Relations were vacant.
Ron Woltman, President; Bennett to catch up on outstanding Link submis-
4. The 2003/2004 Executive sions within two weeks.
Leckie, Vice-President; John Blouin, Committee position of Club Display
Closed Wheel; Sam Mandia, Open Wheel Coordinator became vacant effective
and Public Relations; Richard Muise; and at the close of the Annual Awards
Club Representatives for Major
Charles Payne, Solo II; Directors. Banquet, November 8th 2003.. Meetings
5. Sufﬁcient members of the Board of Ron Woltman advised that he would
2003/2004 Appointed Ofﬁcers Directors were present to constitute like to have representatives, and prefera-
and Members of the Executive a quorum for those matters requiring bly also alternatives, delegated to attend
a vote. major meetings, such as the ORO, Race
Committee Committee and RSO. He noted that he
John Powell, Secretary; Jeff Graves, usually attended the CASC Presidents’
Solo I; Paul Swinwood, Karting; Dave But- The President thanked the outgoing
and welcomed the new BoD and Execu- and ORO meetings, Cindy Armstrong the
ler, Membership Chairman; Steve Fong, Race Committee, and Ryan Huber, who is
Link Editor; Alan Ritchie, Assistant Link tive members present, and opened the
meeting for business at approximately currently residing in Toronto, RSO meet-
Editor; Aleida Dikland, Website Manager. ings. Richard Muise then volunteered to
be the alternate representative at ORO
Members/Guests meetings. Ron next asked if it would be
None Executive E-mails
preferable for the Race Committee repre-
Ron noted that our e-mail practices
sentative to be a member of the Execu-
are resulting in an over-use of the Execu-
ABSENT WITH EXCUSES tive Committee, to which Paul Swinwood
tive e-mail address. This address is for
replied that such an appointment would
the purpose of conducting business, and
2002/2003 Board of Directors is being over-used for protracted discus-
require a formal process.
Warren Haywood, Director, Rally and sions. He advised that it is not a discus-
Club Merchandise Co-ordinator. sion forum, and such are best conducted Business Cards
in person at meetings, or on the Club There was a brief discussion on
2002/2003 Appointed Ofﬁcers Forum on the website. Also mentioned the beneﬁts of printing business cards
and Members of the Executive by John Powell was that members should for BoD and Exec. Members and the
not use e-mails on old topics to discuss information to be shown thereon. Sam
Committee Mandia will coordinate implementation.
Bob Benson, Treasurer; Jean MacGil- new ones, especially without changing
livray, Club Display Co-ordinator. the subject title, as this unduly compli-
cates the keeping of Club records. Executive Committee
2003/2004 Board of Directors Appointments
None BoD and Executive Contact The appointment of persons to the
Information various positions on the 2003/2004 Ex-
ecutive Committee was ﬁnalized as noted
18 Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org
in the Header to these minutes, and There will be a new layout, retaining that she would like to include photos and
approved by the members of the BoD two tracks, and volunteers are needed videos of members in action on the web
present. The position of Club Display for the coming Sunday to rough them site, and asked for contributions.
Coordinator is still vacant, but later in the out. Negotiations are also under way for
meeting Dave Butler advised that he may us to dig a pit to provide water for laying Monthly E-mail Bulletin
know of a possible candidate and will an ice foundation for the tracks. From interest expressed in respons-
contact him. The rental for 2004 will be es to his post on the Club forum, Richard
$3,500.00 for our Club dates, with oth- Muise suggested the institution of a pe-
Ottawa International Auto ers to be negotiated. The Ottodrome riodical e-mail bulletin to members. This
Show will retain two Sunday dates for winter would contain brief up-dates on current
There is a possibility that CASC Enduros on the oval, and we will have to information in a more timely manner than
would be willing to support the Club in arrange our own snow plowing for our The Link, and Richard volunteered to help
having a joint MCO/CASC booth at the area. in its implementation.
Ottawa International Auto Show. This Bob Armstrong has again volun-
show would be an opportunity to gain teered to be Co-Chief Instructor. Monthly Club Meetings
more exposure than at Speedorama. During a discussion on this topic, the
Rob Microys has volunteered to investi- Solo II (Summer and Winter) following points were raised:
gate further. Chuck Payne reported as follows: Sam Mandia stated that he would
A competitors’ meeting for Summer like to get more members out to the
2004 Racing Events solo II will be held, probably in March, Monthly General Meetings, and that per-
Ron opened the topic by noting and the storage shed needs a new lock- haps we could make the January meeting
that July 2nd to 4th has been reserved at ing arrangement. a “bring a friend” night, perhaps with
Shannonville for the Ted Powell weekend. There was a brief discussion regard- some incentives, although they hadn’t
There was some discussion on what to ing alternate sites to the Corel Centre, worked that well in the past.
do about the August 14th/15th reserva- especially if the Senators reach the John Blouin mentioned that we
tion. We could pass it on to the BMW playoffs. should get the business portion over
club or cancel it, and the general feeling Repairs are required for the timing quickly by just giving a summary of the
was to cancel the weekend and perhaps equipment, and there is need for a new main points, with the details published in
notify the BMW club that the date could tent better suited to our needs. The Link. We could then return the meet-
be available. The status of the Winter Solo II ings to more of a social occasion with
Calabogie Motorsports Park should (Slush >n Slide) rules has yet to be ﬁnal- guest speakers, movies, etc., as had
be ready for use by mid-summer, and ized, and there was some discussion been done in the past.
they are interested in having MCO on this topic, including the use of RallyX Ron Woltman suggested that
organize a race. Ron Woltman men- rules instead of Solo II. another, more central location might be
tioned that this could possibly be done better, such as the St. Anthony’s club
in conjunction with VARAC, possibly with Membership on Preston St., and perhaps the topic
the FF1600 series present, but it would Ron Woltman asked Bennett Leckie, should be brought forward to a future
have to be “invitational” as it would not Dave Butler and Albert Cohoe to develop Exec. Meeting..
be part of the CASC Regional calendar. options regarding the use of potential
Bennett Leckie suggested that we run a savings from the new Afﬁliation Fee Shoppers Drugmart Proposal
lapping weekend as a shake-down if we structure to be implemented by CASC. Ron has received a proposal from
had an open weekend, and John Powell He also asked Dave to participate on the Shoppers Drugmart to use some of the
suggested that we could try to revive the Club’s behalf in the CASC pilot project services offered by MCO as gift certiﬁ-
“Thanksgiving Speed Weekend” that was for on-line membership applications and cate incentives. Ron will meet with their
run by BARC in the ‘60s, as this may ap- renewals. representative to discuss details and
peal to VARAC for its historical aspects. report back to the BoD/Executive Com-
Those present thought this event to be Solo I mittee.
desirable if it could be organized, and the Ron next broached the topic of the
proposal will be investigated further. proposal that MCO organize a Solo I The meeting was adjourned at ap-
Also discussed brieﬂy was the pos- weekend for 2004. Jeff Graves outlined proximately 9:00 p.m..
sibility of assisting VARAC with an event details of what the Club’s commitments
at Mt. Tremblant in 2004. would be as organizer, following which Prepared by John Powell, Secretary,
Later in the meeting Sam Mandia the Members of the BoD present author- MCO, November 24th 2003,
stated that he would like to see more ized him to contact SoloOntario, conﬁrm amended December 17th 2003.
racing members on the Race Organizing our commitment, and take a lead role in
Committee. its organization. Tel. 613-835-2910; e-mail,
Winter Driving Schools Club Web Site
Paul Swinwood reported as follows: Aleida Dikland advised those present
Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org 19
including Mark Coughlin (?) of NCKC.
Location are performing a service for the sport.
Louis’s Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. Ron answered that this question had been
Club Incorporation Papers posed to CASC, and as they could ﬁnd no
Ron Woltman opened by announcing
PRESENT reason in their records for its existence,
that Albert Cohoe had volunteered to take there will be no such fee in future.
over the up-dating of the Incorporation
2003/2004 Board of Directors papers.
Ron Woltman, President; Bennett Ted Powell Summer Trophy
Leckie, Vice-President; Sam Mandia, Open Races
Wheel and Public Relations; Richard Muise;
Winter Driving Schools Ron then gave a brief up-date on the
Paul Swinwood gave an up-date, in-
and Charles Payne, Solo II; Directors. race weekend, and noted that a decision
cluding that there will be 5 events starting
will need to be made on whether to run a
on January 18th 2004, one school for the
2003/2004 Appointed Ofﬁcers BMW club, and he is looking for volunteers
test day or other event on the Friday. He
and Members of the Executive also noted that there are still openings for
as instructors and workers. Bennett Leck-
volunteers on the Race Organizing Com-
Committee ie added that there will be two new track
John Powell, Secretary; Bob Ben- layouts, with the Trackside course being
son, Treasurer; Jeff Graves, Solo I; Craig longer than Treeline. Cindy Armstrong sug-
Hamm, Rally; Paul Swinwood, Karting; gested that we consider offering student Possible Race Weekend at
Dave Butler, Membership Chairman; Albert discounts, to which Ron Woltman replied Calabogie
Cohoe, Assistant Membership Chairman; that this is an excellent suggestion, and it This is under active consideration, and
Steve Fong, Link Editor. will be considered. if the event is to be held, it will probably be
on the Thanksgiving weekend.
Members Winter Solo II (Slush ‘n Slide)
Sufﬁcient members were present for Charles Payne informed members that At this point there was a break from
a quorum. the dates have been set up but the rules 7:50 to 8:00 p.m..
have yet to be ﬁnalized.
ABSENT WITH EXCUSES Membership
Rally Dave Butler reported that we currently
Craig Hamm gave an up-date, the have 161 members, and that membership
2003/2004 Board of Directors cards have yet to be printed. Ron Woltman
John Blouin, Closed Wheel. major points being:
Next year’s Lanark Highlands Rally will added that the issue of what to do with
be on the Regional calendar, there will be savings from the new CASC ﬂat rate afﬁlia-
2003/2004 Appointed Ofﬁcers tion fee is currently under review.
no MCO winter rally this year as efforts are
and Members of the Executive being devoted to the Winter Solo II, and
Committee next year’s rally calendar is on line. The re- Treasurer
Alan Ritchie, Assistant Link Editor; cent RSO minutes contain a history of the Bob Benson mentioned the previously
Aleida Dikland, Website Manager; development of CASC, RSO and CARS. The reported income and expenditure ﬁgures
Warren Haywood, Club Merchandise Rally Group will be conducting seminars for 2002/2003, and up-dated members
Co-ordinator. this winter on rally administration, organ- on the 2003/2004 situation to date as
izing, etc., and will initiate investigations on follows (notes att’d.): There is $35,896.44
NOTES running a closed road performance rally in in the bank, from which must be deducted
2005. Ron Woltman added an up-date on accounts payable of $17,559.00 for the
1) Copies of documents marked “Att.” the Waupoos Winery Rally/Tour, to be held TPSTR, Racing School, and 50th Anniver-
are ﬁled with the original copy of these in the spring of 2004, and Richard Muise sary History Book. Cash ﬂow to-date for
minutes. has volunteered to be the organizer. this ﬁscal year are: income, $3,008.00;
2) The position of Past President is disbursements (including the foregoing
inactive and the Executive Committee posi- MCO Racing School accounts payable), $34,166.30; leaving a
tion of Club Display Coordinator became Rob Microys up-dated members on balance of (-)$31,158.30. Disposable cash
vacant effective at the close of the Annual progress to date, including that tuition currently sits at $18,337.44, with up-com-
Awards Banquet, November 8th 2003. fees will be the same as last year and ing Winter Driving School expenses of
registration is now available on line or by $3,500.00 to $7,000.00 all totalled.
The President opened the meeting for downloading the form in PDF and mailing
business at approximately 7:00 p.m. by it in. Ron Woltman added that there will Public Relations/Marketing
introducing the new Board of Directors and be a ﬂat CASC fee of $500.00 for the Sam Mandia reported as follows: We
members of the Executive Committee in at- school. Cindy Armstrong asked why there currently have 30 active racing members,
tendance, and welcoming guests present, is a fee for instructor’s licences when they and they are invited to attend TPSTR Or-
20 Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org
ganizing Committee meetings and provide MCO Information Bulletin CASC Race Committee
input on promoting the race to their fellow Richard next announced that he is Cindy Armstrong reported as follows:
competitors. Attendance at the Annual looking at the introduction of a bi-weekly The Race Committee was in need of a
Awards Banquet was sixty-six members members’ e-mail bulletin containing late- Training Coordinator, and Cindy has volun-
and guests, and 82 prizes were awarded. breaking news and information. teered for the position. One of her objec-
Of those who were approached to donate tives is to develop an Operations Manual.
prizes, there were no refusals. Themes The Link For the 2004 season a registered number
were announced for some upcoming Steven Fong reported that a catch-up will be required for drivers to score points.
General Meetings. For example, January issue will be sent out in December, and There will be no cost for numbers from
will be “Bring a friend”, February “bring starting in mid-January a “new look” Link 00 to 299, and $50.00 for numbers
your wife or spouse” (an Hon. Member will be introduced. He intends to include outside that range. There has been a
“Or both?”, other Hon. Members “laughter more “in depth” articles and a more organ- huge increase in yellow ﬂag infractions for
and ribald comments”), and so on. Sam is ized lay-out. 2003, and new rules will be implemented
planning an MCO Karting League starting regarding disciplinary measures.
on January 15th at 7:00 p.m.. Informa-
tion will be on the web site. Post meeting
Chuck Payne up-dated members on RSO
entertainment this month will be a video of Craig Hamm reported that RSO is to
scheduling issues at the Corel Centre if the
the SCCA HP run-offs. Rob Microys gave a start training performance rally marshals.
Senators make the play-offs, and that he is
brief up-date on the proposed MCO/CASC
looking at getting a Regional event back on
booth at the Ottawa International Auto
our calendar. Ron Woltman expressed the NCKC
Club’s appreciation to Pat Weightman for Mark Coughlin (?), a new member of
the use of his timing board. the NCKC executive gave an up-date on
Performance Rally School the karting situation in the Ottawa area,
Craig Seko announced that a Perform- and the need to grow the karting commu-
ance Rally School will be held in New-
Jeff Graves gave an up-date on the nity.
foundland in October of 2004, and invited
prospective MCO Solo I event on Septem-
members to express their interest for one The meeting was adjourned at 9:00
ber 11th and 12th 2004 at Shannonville.
to be held in Ontario. p.m. on a motion by Richard Muise, sec-
MCO/VARAC Partnership. Ron Woltman
informed members that there is a possibil- onded by Craig Seko.
Closed Wheel ity that we may partner with VARAC on an
Richard Muise reported that Stefany event in 2004, possibly at Mt. Tremblant, Prepared by John Powell, Secretary,
Malanka has won a CASC Driver Develop- and if not, at Calabogie. MCO, December 16th 2003.
ment Fund scholarship, and that there has
been some debate over possible Touring/ Tel. 613-835-2910; e-mail -
GT Series rule changes including introduc- email@example.com
ing Rewards Weights.
Location Aleida Dikland, Website Manager; Warren
Louis’ Steak House, Ottawa, Ont. Haywood, Club Merchandise Co-ordinator. 1) Copies of documents marked “Att.” are
ﬁled with the original copy of these
PRESENT Members/Guests: minutes.
None 2) The position of Past President is
inactive and the Executive Committee
Board of Directors position of Club Display Coordinator
Ron Woltman, President; Bennett ABSENT WITH EXCUSES
became vacant effective at the
Leckie, Vice-President; Sam Mandia,
close of the Annual Awards Banquet,
Open Wheel and Public Relations; Richard Board of Directors November 8th 2003.
Muise; and Charles Payne, Solo II; Direc- John Blouin, Closed Wheel. 3) Sufﬁcient members of the Board of
Directors were present to constitute
Appointed Ofﬁcers and a quorum for those matters requiring
Appointed Ofﬁcers and Members of the Executive a vote.
Members of the Executive Committee
Committee Albert Cohoe, Assistant Membership The President opened the meeting
John Powell, Secretary; Bob Benson, Chairman; Steve Fong, Link Editor; Alan for business at approximately 6:30 p.m..
Treasurer; Jeff Graves, Solo I; Craig Ritchie, Assistant Link Editor.
Hamm, Rally; Paul Swinwood, Karting; Winter Driving Schools
Dave Butler, Membership Chairman; NOTES Paul Swinwood reported that the
Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org 21
facility is all set to go; stone dust has Event Flags Shoppers Drug Mart Life
been put down where needed, plowing The Club’s current collection of ﬂags Experiences Program
has been arranged, etc. Sam Mandia is in need of some replacements. Rich- Ron Woltman gave an up-date on
added that information has been sent out ard Muise will investigate the cost of two the request from Shoppers Drug Mart to
to radio stations and newspapers. Paul new Starter’s sets. include our events as “extreme sports”
then opened a brief discussion regard- in this program. Paul Swinwood volun-
ing tuition fee discounts. Bennett Leckie Ottawa International Auto Show teered to take the lead on this opportu-
questioned the possibility of WDS tuition Rob Microys has advised the Execu- nity and prepare a business plan, etc..
discounts but no reduction in the fees for tive Committee that he has hit a snag
the Racing School which has also shown regarding high booth costs, and this was
a very good return on investment. Ron
discussed as follows: From page one of his monthly report
noted that in his opinion the two could not Apparently CASC has offered their (att.) Bob Benson presented his com-
be compared as the WDS is a service to display set-up, but there has been no ments regarding selected ﬁnancial issues
the general public, whereas the Racing ﬁrm commitment of funds to offset booth for consideration as follows: Regarding
School is not. He added that we should costs. the issue of membership fees vis a vis
focus on the positive public relations Bennett Leckie asked if there was the reduction in CASC afﬁliation fees,
impacts of offering discounts to regis- a ﬁrm dollar ﬁgure given to Rob that the Bob noted that membership fees should
tered students. Paul suggested that we Club can justify, and Paul Swinwood sug- always be at least sufﬁcient to support
offer the Club member’s rate of $125.00 gested that the show would be worth an The Link. He added that the 2003 end
to qualiﬁed students and seniors over the expenditure of $500.00, but not one as of business year expenses shown for
age of 60 years, with no piggy-backing high as $1500.00. The Link are lower than what they would
of discounts for those who were already Bennett then suggested that we ask have been if a full year’s issues had been
members. This was approved by the Rob to submit a budget for $500.00, published. On the question of a test day
BoD members present. with justiﬁcation for any amount in excess preceding the 2004 TPSTR, he noted
of that ﬁgure. that this would expose us to the same
Winter Solo II (Slush ‘n Slide) ﬁnancial risk as in 2001, when the net
Warren Haywood reported as follows: Club Flyer loss for the event was $(-)5,015.94.00.
The Winter Solo II should be separate Ron Woltman noted that he would like He added that our loss of $(-)2,115.40
from the WDS for insurance purposes the ﬂyer to tie in with CASC’s “Take it to for the 2003 event would have been
and be covered as a Solo II series. The the track” booklet so that the two would considerably higher had we paid a
ﬂyer and Supplementary Regulations have work together. John Powell noted that worker’s subsidy as we did in 2001.
been sent out for review. The ﬁrst event so far only two rough drafts had been Yearly cash ﬂow has shown a downwards
will be run on January 11th ‘04, and there prepared, one by Steve Fong and the trend in year end net income since 2000,
will be an on-line registration form. other by himself, and he and Sam Mandia when we were paid for our assistance in
There followed some discussion on stated that this point would be included organizing the Canaska Cup races. (Sec.
the topic of entry fees: in any design. Regarding printing of the Note. The actual end of business year
Bennett thinks that the fees of ﬂyer, Sam advised that glossy paper net incomes as a percentage of gross
$30.00/members and $35.00/non-mem- would cost more than plain, or we would incomes were: 2003, 7.13%; 2002,
bers per event are too high, and that this have to print fewer ﬂyers for the same 9.55%; 2001, 8.50%; 2000, 31.69%;
decision should be reviewed. Warren amount. and 1999, 3.72%.) Bob closed by noting
replied that the fees were the same as for that our ﬁnancial status to-date for the
Summer Solo II, and that we have 30 to 2003/2004 business year is: income,
35 competitors currently interested with
Sam went on to report as follows: $3,863.00; expenses and accounts
none questioning the entry fees. payable, $34,670.57; net negative cash
Business cards for the BoD and Execu-
Bennett responded that the Summer ﬂow, $(-)30,807.57; and disposable cash
tive have been printed and are available
Solo II faces higher facility costs than the of $18,688.17.
to those present at the meeting, and that
Winter series, and he still disagreed with
he can arrange for MCO event banners
the level of the fees.
Craig Hamm noted that the differ-
in order to present a more professional TPSTR Test Day
image. He reminded racing members that Discussion on this topic was col-
ence between member/non-member
they are welcome to attend Race Com- oured to some extent by the Treasurer’s
event fees should be at least $10.00 to
mittee meetings and offer their opinions comments. The main points were:
promote the beneﬁts of Club member-
regarding promotion of the event. He has Bennett Leckie observed that the TPSTR
ship. He added that he thought that this
not received any refusals by the radio date was not conducive to a ﬁnancially
provision had been agreed upon in the
stations and newspapers contacted to successful test day, and that we need a
past, and was surprised that we were still
publicise the Winter Driving Schools. His decision now regarding changing it to a
forfeiting $5.00 to non-members.
marketing goal is to have MCO consid- Lapping Day/School. John Powell noted
The consensus was that the entry
ered as the main contact point in our area that it was already on the CASC calendar
fees would be reviewed if problems arose
for motorsports resources. as a test day even though it is still tenta-
with the number of entries.
tive, and that CASC should be informed
22 Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org
of this in order to avoid the confusion During a brief discussion on the Solo I
regarding the test day that occurred in advantage of using wristbands for the Jeff Graves advised those present
2003. Paul Swinwood stated that the Winter solo II series, Craig Hamm noted that the next Solo I Organizer’s meeting
TPSTR Race Committee should be asked that they will be used at Club rallies in will be held on January 8th 2004, and we
give their input regarding the viability of a 2004. He then suggested that wrist- will need to make a track deposit.
test day. Bennett then added that our rep- bands should be used at all MCO events,
resentative at the next ORO meeting must and it was agreed that this should be The ﬁrst meeting adjourned at ap-
have the authority to tell them whether implemented. proximately 9:15 p.m., but those mem-
or not we will be running a test day. Ron bers of the BoD still present re-convened
Woltman advised that he wanted a deci- Rally at approximately 9:30 p.m. to consider
sion by January 20th 2004 so that out Craig Hamm gave an up-date on the a request for a special expenditure which
representative could inform the ORO at rally situation, including that the upcom- was missed during the BoD/ Executive
their meeting on January 21st. He added ing CARS AGM will be held at Dorval, meeting, as follows:
for information that the next TPSTR Race Que., and that he would like to attend.
Committee meeting would be held in the He added that Ryan Huber, our represent- PRESENT
week of January 5th. ative at RSO meetings, will raise the topic
of having training sessions for perform- Board of Directors
Membership ance rallies in Eastern Ontario. Ron Woltman, President; Bennett
CASC has sent us the information Leckie, Vice-President; Sam Mandia,
package on the new website including the Solo II Open Wheel and Public Relations; Richard
pilot project for central on-line member- Chuck Payne reported as follows: Muise, Director.
ship applications in afﬁliated clubs, and SoloOntario is moving to adopt the CNAC
Dave Butler has downloaded it. Ron Wolt- rules for the 2004 season. The organ-
man asked Dave if we could participate
izing of a Regional Solo II event by MCO
in the pilot, and Dave answered that we is in question as the Corel Centre will not 1) Copies of documents marked “Att.” are
could. commit to any dates this far in advance. ﬁled with the original copy of these
There was a discussion on the delay During a short discussion Chuck asked minutes.
in issuing membership cards, and Ron if anyone knew if Calabogie would be 2) Sufﬁcient members of the Board of
asked if we were holding them up. He acceptable for insurance purposes, and Directors were present.
noted that we should get something tem- Jeff Graves replied that it would probably
porary out to members on receipt of their be acceptable. Ron Woltman added that
application or renewal, with a reasonable at the present time Calabogie is unwilling
Donation to the Almonte
turn around time, possibly two weeks, to commit themselves to event dates as Amateur Radio League (AARL)
for the permanent card and membership planning approvals are not yet ﬁnal. Jeff Craig Hamm reviewed for the BoD
package. He added that, as advance no- Graves then noted that he has run Solo II members present the proposal contained
tice was sent out for renewals, this would events in the past on oval tracks, and the in his e-mail of December 12th 2003 (att.)
only apply to such if they were submitted discussion continued regarding possible for a donation of $150.00 to the AARL.
in advance of their membership expiry sites. He explained that, despite motorsports
date, and the Club could not reasonably not being the prime area of interest of
be held responsible for the consequences the AARL, they have made a signiﬁcant
MCO Recreational Karting
of late renewals. contribution to the success of the MCO
Sam Mandia advised those present
rally series, and that a contribution would
that the series will be held at Top Karting
Financial Impacts of New CASC not only be an expression of our thanks,
in Hull starting on January 15th 2004 at
but an indication to the community of our
Afﬁliation Fees 7:00 p.m.. Registration will be $40.00
good faith. The BoD members present
Ron Woltman gave an overview of per event, and must be paid in advance.
unanimously approved the donation of
the potential effects of savings due to
$150.00 to the Almonte amateur Radio
the new afﬁliation fee structure on Club 2004 Ferrari and Race Car League for the reasons noted above.
ﬁnances including a suggestion to reduce Parade
membership fees. A study is underway Ron Woltman announced that the The supplementary meeting of the
with a report to be submitted to the BoD. two parties contesting ownership of this Board of Directors was adjourned at ap-
Bennett Leckie is conducting that part event will be brought together to settle proximately 9:45 p.m.
of the review of the current afﬁliation their dispute in the near future. The City
fee portion of membership dues, esti- of Ottawa has said that no party can go Prepared by John Powell, Secretary
mated to be $5.00 per member. He will ahead with the event without the involve- and Clerk of the Board of Directors,
liaise with Bob Benson to get other cost ment of MCO. He closed by noting that MCO, December 22nd 2003, amended
ﬁgures. due to the high proﬁle of the Ferrari and January 2nd and January 9th 2004.
Race Car Parade, he wants a dedicated
Use of Wristbands at Club team for the event. Tel. 613-835-2910; e-mail,
Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org 23
The following is extracted from the bodies. CARS had been formed just CARS now needed to reach agree-
Minutes of RallySport Ontario Board in case a national Rally body would be ments with the territories. The ﬁrst
Meeting of November 16, 2003, held in needed, and CARS was acting as organ- agreement was with CASC-OR regard-
Fenelon Falls, Ontario. izing committee for Ontario’s Rally of the ing licence revenue-sharing. This later
Welcome from Terry Epp, President Voyageurs. One by one, the Voyageurs’ became cumbersome and was discon-
of CARS, who gave a history of CARS organizing committee resigned and tinued, but other revenue-sharing (club
and its revenue-sharing agreement with appointed a CASC National Rally Commit- member levies) was agreed upon, as per
CASC-OR, a copy of which is distributed tee member in their place, so now they the existing contract between CASC-OR
to board members. Current contract had national authority for Rally and CARS and CARS. By signing the original agree-
distribution is as follows: was born. They signed up 76 people as ment, CASC-OR validated the ASN Cana-
the charter members of CARS and they da FIA contract that gave Rally in Canada
1. ASN Canada FIA + CASC-OR continued to run Rally across Canada. to CARS. CARS quickly reached similar
2. ASN Canada FIA + CARS ASN Canada FIA did not like what agreements with ARMS and WCMA. CARS
3. CARS + CASC-OR was happening, since CARS would not could not reach an agreement with FAQ,
sign with them. ASN Canada FIA signed as Quebec did not want to give sanction-
Before 1991, CASC (National) was up eastern Canada and that became ing power to CARS. FAQ has a seat on
the sporting authority in Canada for the ARMS. ASN Canada FIA also signed the ASN Canada FIA advisory board, as
FIA and Rally was within CASC. CASC with FAQ and now had four territories, does CARS.
comprised of ﬁve territories: Atlantic, but Rally was now outside of organized The 27 clubs that are members of
FAQ, CASC-OR, CASC-West and CASC- motorsport and operating on their own. CARS control all rallysport in Canada.
BC. A conﬂict arose over who would CARS needed to change its bylaws to CARS member clubs, by ﬁve regional divi-
get the sporting rights for the Canadian reﬂect their national perspective. They sions, appoint the ﬁve directors of CARS.
Grand Prix. CASC had an opportunity to required that licence-holders be mem- Each CARS director is responsible for
sign with Molson’s as a sponsor for the
event, and went to FIA (who gave the
race sanctions) to get approval. Labatt’s
also wanted to sponsor the event, and
went to Bernie Ecclestone (who had the
teams and drivers). The result was that
the event would have been sponsored
by two competing breweries, and a
stalemate arose. Bernie wanted to take
sporting authority away from CASC to
end the stalemate. FIA then appointed an bers of clubs. ASN Canada FIA wanted rally where they were elected and could
individual, Benoit Mailleux, and sanction- CARS to return to the regions, but CARS form committees/organizations to effect
ing powers (ASN) for Canada were turned refused. ASN Canada FIA continued to be this. In Ontario, RSO was set up. RSO
over to him. Benoit called the organiza- recognized by FIA, who were mainly con- needed a committee, which was elected
tion ASN Canada FIA, and asked Roger cerned with racing as major source of according to RSO bylaws established
Peart to run it. money. After much brow-beating, CARS on incorporation. RSO incorporated to
CASC was displeased, and not all of ﬁnally met with ASN Canada FIA. protect directors under the Corporations
its regions were going to sign with ASN In the end, CARS agreed to sign Act. All member clubs of CARS must
Canada FIA. Paul Cooke established the with ASN Canada FIA, with the condition have ASN insurance. If a club has trouble
Western Canadian Motorsport Associa- that all rallysport would be assigned to paying premiums, they can ask CARS for
tion (WCMA) for all of western Canada. CARS only, and that CARS sign agree- help and they are prepared to pay.
Benoit agreed to give amateur sporting ments with the ASN territories. CARS The current revenue-sharing agree-
authority in the west to WCMA, that being also agreed to abandon direct member- ment with CASC-OR was altered twice, but
Regional Racing, Solo, Karting, and Rally. ship and institute a club- membership not formally changed. Agreements were
ASN Canada FIA approached Ontario re- concept. CARS would not be an ASN made in principle and verbally changed.
gion and wanted them to sign with ASN. territory, and all CARS member clubs Terry believes if RSO can become closer
CASC-OR agreed to sign (after a secret in Canada would have to be members to CASC-OR, there will be some advan-
meeting of ﬁve race-club president and of an ASN territory. CARS had already tages; however, certain protections need
the executive of CASC-OR). begun to create GCR’s, licences and to be built in so that race clubs don’t end
If it had happened, there would have procedures. CARS has the mandate for up running ally. RSO has not recognized
been no national authority for rallies, and all rallysport in Canada, including national enough advantages in aligning with CASC-
Rally would have be divided into regional rally championships. OR at the present time.
24 Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org
Nigel Mortimer pictured above
The Motorsport Club of Ottawa I had just got my licence at the age of
has currently 34 active road racers. I sixteen, to see Jackie Stewart, Jackie
recently posed a series of 4 questions Ickx, Graham Hill, et al. at the Canadian
to them. GP.
I got involved in racing at the age
1) How did you get involved in racing? of eighteen doing local slaloms. This
2) Why do you race? led to helping some local slalom racers
3) What are your short- and long-term and then an offer from Ron Woltman
goals? to build the motor in his Datsun 2000,
4) What have you learned from which he then graciously allowed me to
racing? drive. Subsequently, Martin Handforth
asked me to prepare and drive his
The following Link articles answer Brabham sports racer and Chevron For-
these questions. The ﬁrst question-and- mula Atlantic cars. I was able to afford
answer session features open-wheel a Formula Ford and never looked back.
racer Nigel Mortimer. Racing has taught me numerous
things, namely to control my temper
Nigel Mortimer on Racing and have a methodical, organized ap-
I race because it has been in my proach, plus a multitude of mechanical
blood since I was three years old. My and analytical skills, and an ability to
mother bought me a red pedal car, function well under stress.
and I used to amaze her with how fast I My long- and short-term goals
could corner on our walkway. She took are to keep racing my Formula Fords
me to see Stirling Moss race at Crystal with Lew Mackenzie and to work on
Palace in England and the die was a Formula One team. I have already
set. I didn’t know this until my father achieved some dreams that I never
introduced me to car magazines, and thought would happen, such as rac-
at ﬁfteen years of age I spent my sum- ing with my son, going to Goodwood,
mer school vacation reading Car and and testing a Formula Ford in the wind
Driver and Road and Track. As a result tunnel. I am a very happy man, which I
my dad and I drove to Mosport, after owe to racing.
Jean-Guy Fournier, the recent winner of the Frank Hicks Open Wheel Award, sent
along his personal web site.
Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org 25
“Power to the People” “hydro”.
Little did I know when I started this All did not go exactly as the visionaries
piece in early September that some politico intended. There were some concessions
would hijack the title for an election slogan. made to industry, largely in the form of rate
Anyway, now that the August 2003 black- discounts for large volume users, and many
out is behind us, at least for now, it’s time rural and northern areas did not get electric-
for another of my “rants”, starting, as is my ity until after World War II. There were also
wont, with a an historical overview. some smaller private and municipally owned
About a century ago, there were men generating stations which were allowed to
of vision (sorry ladies, but given the culture sell power into the grid, and later on, some
of the time …) who saw that an abundant, coal ﬁred steam generating stations had to
reliable and economical supply of electri- be built to supplement the water powered
cal energy, available in all areas of the generators due to increasing demand. By
province, was the way to economic growth and large, however, by the late 1960s, all
and a better way of life for all sectors of but the remotest areas of the province were
society. For several reasons, including the receiving abundant, reliable, and reasonably
immense capital costs and the provision of priced electric power, a large portion of
economical power to both industry and ordi- which was still being generated by water
nary consumers, Ontario chose to generally power. Then, beginning in the latter dec-
follow the European model of a publicly- ades of the twentieth century, things began
owned utility rather than that of the privately to go off the rails.
owned utilities of other jurisdictions, notably Due to post war immigration, both
I used to be a volunteer
those in the USA. The founders of our domestic and foreign, and to the “baby
interpreter at the Cumberland
Heritage Village Museum, system deemed that electric power should boom”, Ontario’s population ballooned
and one of their buildings be a public good, and that its generation to the extent that, nearing the end of the
is the ﬁrst Esso station in and distribution should be for the beneﬁt of twentieth century, it was greater by several
Eastern Ontario (and perhaps all and not for the private proﬁt of individu- millions than that of all Canada at the end
the oldest still in existance als or companies. of the nineteenth. With this also came
in Canada). It was called There were two main reasons for industrial growth and a boom in electri-
Watson’s Garage, and used to this approach. One was that, in spite of cal consumer goods, and together they
stand at the corner of Queen resulted in an increase in demand for power
a plentiful supply of falling water to drive
St. and Dunning Rd. in the
generators, the cost of developing and con- far beyond that which had been projected.
present village of Cumberland.
It was moved to the Museum structing the infrastructure for a widespread The result was a rush to build more coal-
site around 1990, and Imperial system was so high that it was largely ﬁred steam generating stations, the addition
Oil paid for the moving costs beyond the means of domestic private of natural gas and nuclear ﬁred steam
and provided some old gas capital at the time, and the use of foreign plants, and an extension of the transmission
pumps. The photo was taken capital, and thus foreign ownership of the system to deliver the increase in capacity,
sometime in the mid ‘90s system, was not favoured. On the other all of which dramatically increased Ontario
during one of the annual Herit- hand, government involvement in such capi- Hydro’s debt load. At the same time, due in
age Steam and Power shows some measure to political pressure, hydro
tal projects for the public good would be
held at the museum, and I am
in line with previous projects regarding the rates were not increased enough to cover
playing the ﬁrst owner of the
garage, John Watson, in the construction of canals and railways, both by the escalating costs, and this was espe-
year 1925. I grew the beard the former Colonial governments, and, after cially true concerning the discounts offered
because I always wanted to try 1867, by the Dominion government, includ- to large volume industrial and commercial
one, and also so I could play ing Sir John A. MacDonald’s Conservatives. users.
various village old farts when I The other, more philosophical, reason was Then there were the well known
worked at the Museum. the concern that proﬁt-oriented private problems with the nuclear ﬁred generating
By the way, for anyone capital would concentrate on geographical plants. The technology was innovative and
interested in local history, the expensive, and Ontario was a world leader
areas and types of users from which an
museum village is a gem (and
immediate return on investment could be in its practical application, but as with all
one of this city’s best-kept
secrets, it often seems). The realized; in other words, industrial concen- new technologies, there were teething
Museum is located on Queen trations, the rich, and large urban areas. problems. Personally, I am not anti-nuclear,
St. (Old Hwy. 17) just east of This would be in contradiction to the goal but I must say that these plants have yet to
the present village, their phone of cheap, plentiful, and dependable electric achieve their full promise. One reason for
number is 613.833.3059, and power for all areas of the province, and all this situation, and problems with other parts
they have a web site at segments of society. Thus was formed a of the Hydro system, stems from what I
http://collections.ic.gc. provincial publicly owned utility, the Hydro consider an unwise decision - and here
ca/cumberland/ we’re starting to get into my “rant”.
Electric Power Commission, later Ontario
Hydro, which, by the way, is the reason that In order to reduce costs and maintain
Ontarians generally refer to electricity as lower rates, the bean counters at Hydro
26 Motorsport Club of Ottawa The Link Jan/Feb 2004 http://www.mco.org
convinced management to reduce the nothing right, and their “free-market” god in the Federal Public Service. In fact, it has
workforce and cut back on maintenance was the divine benefactor of all mankind. been my experience, both personally and
at generating plants, including the nuclear The founding belief of classical liberals was gathered from other sources, that when
ﬁred plants, and of the transmission sys- and is that the rational man, acting in his public services or enterprises do perform
tem. I can remember when Hydro works own self interest (the “free” market), will inefﬁciently or ineffectively, it is because
crews routinely trimmed back tree growth automatically act to the beneﬁt of all. Have there has been political interference at the
around local feeder lines and regularly these people learned nothing in the two behest of some pressure group or vested
replaced older transformers, but I haven’t hundred and ﬁfty years since the inception interest, or unwise decisions by political ap-
seen much of this for the last ﬁfteen years of their ideology? Although humans can be pointees in senior management who know
or more. And when was the last time you educated in the beneﬁts of rational behav- little or nothing of the operations under their
saw a Hydro helicopter ﬂying along the iour, and do occasionally use reason, the charge, and who ignore the advice of their
high-voltage transmission lines scanning classical liberal idea of such perfection is “in house” experts. It is my view that, as
them for problems? You can’t remember? frequently brought to nought by baser in- demonstrated by the privatization of electric
Neither can I. I have often wondered if the stincts such as greed and selﬁshness. The utilities in other jurisdictions in recent times,
damage from the Ice Storm of 1999 would proofs of this are the facts of history which and our experience to date with hydro
have been so severe if the maintenance categorize the failings of the “free market” privatization, there is no guarantee, or
had been kept up. In my experience, and and private capital since the dawn of the even likelihood, that such privatization
I’ve had a few years of it, any skimping on Industrial Revolution. Some failings were of Ontario Hydro will result in greater
regular maintenance is “short term gain in the economic sphere, but most involved efﬁciency or produce any beneﬁt to
for long term pain” to reverse a common “human capital”. There were stock swin- consumers! Furthermore, electrical
saying. So we had difﬁculties with new dles, short-sighted abuse of resources, raw energy today is not a commercial com-
technology, a heavy debt load for new materials and the natural environment, child modity, but an essential public service.
infrastructure, reduced maintenance, and labour, long hours, low wages, suppression As such, its management and opera-
incompetent management due to the policy of workers’ rights, abuse of the political tion belongs in the public sector where
of governments to appoint political hacks power which resulted from their wealth and it can be under the control of, and
to executive positions at Ontario Hydro. No inﬂuence, and, well, the list goes on. operate for the beneﬁt of, society as a
wonder there were problems. Now to the best of my knowledge, whole, and not just for private gain. If
Instead of ﬁxing the existing organiza- there is no natural law or economic prin- they had concentrated on better manage-
tion, the simplistic answer of the recent ciple which guarantees that private enter- ment of the existing structure, maybe the
Progressive Conservative government prises are more effective and efﬁcient than Conservative government wouldn’t have had
was privatization. With the election of the public ones. Members of my family have to resort to such slight-of-hand as subsidiz-
Harris government, there came into power worked in the private sector all their lives, ing lower electricity rates for consumers
in Ontario a gang of classical free-market mainly in small and medium sized business- from taxes paid for by those same consum-
liberal ideologues masquerading as tradi- es, and their horror stories of inefﬁciency, ers. They were bribing us to support
tional Canadian-style “Conservatives”. To ineffectiveness, waste, nepotism, and poor them with our own money!!!!
these idiots, private enterprise could do no worker relations, to name a few, top any
wrong, government enterprises could do that I ever encountered in thirty-seven years Speaking of power …
Ever wonder where the term “horse-
power” comes from?
Paul Sontrop Photo – from Ontario Farmer, Sept. 30, 2003
These horse powered treadmills were
once common on farms, and were used to
power a drive belt for other stationary farm
machinery. They were eventually replaced
by stationary steam and internal combus-
tion engines, tractors, and electric motors,
and gave us the term “horse power” as a
unit of measure of the rate of doing work.
There were similar treadmills powered by
other animals, such as oxen, men, and even
dogs. So, how much dog power (dp) does
your car’s engine produce?
It’s over …
…at least for this year. The length of
my rant on Ontario Hydro precludes here a
full season wrap-up, so I’ll content myself
with an outline of our misadventures during
the Test Day and Celebration weekend
at Mosport, the last race meeting of the
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season. to hiccup again, this time in the corners, behind which turned we part way around
We started still on the “sh*t wagon” and the ﬁrst suspicion was that it was low and I went off sideways. Apparently a GTA
mentioned in October’s column. After a on fuel. A few laps later the old miss at Porsche coming up to lap me had also
complete check of the ignition system back high revs reappeared, to the consternation locked up in trying to avoid my lock-up,
in the shop, I found what I thought to be of all. Back in the paddock the ﬁrst thing and bumped my hind end. Again I watched
the cause of the misﬁre, a faulty distributor we checked was the fuel level, and it hardly trafﬁc go by and lost another two class
rotor. Jeff Graves was along for the Test registered on the dip-stick. And no, the positions, ﬁnally ﬁnishing 7th in class thanks
Day and the Saturday of the race meet- fuel gauge isn’t working, but that’s another to two cars breaking out.
ing, as he had rented the RX7 to get some issue. We ﬁlled her up and checked that In my second race I managed to cope
racing experience and a signature on his gas ﬂow, and got a stream that would do a with the lack of grip and locking front
Novice licence. In the ﬁrst test session, peeing drunken elephant proud. Problem brakes a little better by not pushing quite
with me driving, the car seemed to run solved. as hard. I started and ﬁnished 4th in class,
ﬁne, although I did notice a slight hiccup Saturday was Jeff’s race day, and although my times averaged about 2 ½ sec-
near the end. Jeff drove the car in the next other than the pouring rain and fog, things onds slower than what I was normally capa-
session, but after a few laps the gremlin in went well and Jeff got his signature for his ble of. But the car otherwise ran ﬁne, with
the engine returned. As Jeff needed some licence. The car ran ﬁne, and Jeff quali- no hint of a miss throughout the rev range.
track time, he ﬁnished the session, and ﬁed 6th in GTC. In his race, in the rain and Altogether it was another weekend of mixed
then it was back to the head-scratching. mist, Jeff did a best time of 2:01.893, blessings. We cured the engine problem
After checking the ignition system again, which was 3rd fastest in GTC and 7th fastest and Jeff ran well on the test day and in the
which included replacing the older of the overall. He started 7th in class, gridded wet on his race day. I had problems trying
two coils, I became convinced that, while behind the car that qualiﬁed in that posi- to convince the grid marshal that I was
the faulty rotor was indeed part of the prob- tion. Why I don’t know, as he qualiﬁed 6th, really me, lost several class positions in
lem, there was also something going wrong but the gridding was not the best organized my ﬁrst race by not coping too well with a
somewhere else. all weekend. During the race he picked up green track, but recovered reasonably well
Going on the assumption that if an en- three places, one in a pass, and ﬁnished a in my second even though I was slower than
gine isn’t running properly, and there are no well-deserved 4th in class. And I think I now I would have liked to be.
expensive mechanical sounds, the fault lies have him converted to racing.
in either no spark or no gas. I had checked My turn came on the Sunday. During Parting Shot
the fuel system back at the shop, and the warm-up, the weather was dry but the “They” haven’t given me much “ammu-
noticed that the fuel ﬂow, although higher car didn’t have much grip, which I put down nition” lately, but seeing how we’re putting
than the stock speciﬁcation, was lower than to the cold temperature and the lack of military terms to civilian use here, I’ve often
I thought it should be for a bridge-ported rubber on the track due to all the rain. It wondered about the origin of the term “a
engine, so I decided to check it again at the was pretty much the same in my ﬁrst race, parting shot”. Well, a little while back, as a
track. The fuel ﬂow was less than someone with the addition of an occasional front-end birthday present to myself, I bought a book
with kidney stones trying to pee! As there lock-up under braking, which was to cost on sale at 50% off (I can’t resist a bargain
were no fuel leaks this could only mean me four class positions. As I didn’t qualify on a book) called “Swinging the Lead &
a problem with the pump, the ﬁlter, or a the car, I was supposed to start at the back Spiking his Guns: Military and Naval Expres-
blocked fuel line or pick-up. We ﬁrst tested of the grid, but they tried to line me up in sions and their Origins” by … hmm, they
the ﬂow after the pump but before the ﬁlter, 9th spot. We found out that they still had don’t give the author’s name here. Anyway,
and got a beautiful, steady stream, so we Jeff as the driver and hadn’t been informed it’s a compilation by Castle Books, of
took out the ﬁlter and could hardly even that there was a second one-day entry for Edison, New Jersey, published in 2002, and
blow through it! What? I was told that these me (something that they didn’t get right all in it I found several expressions of interest
are supposed to only require replacement day). Eventually they told me to wait and which I may share with you later. There was
once a year, and this one’s nowhere near they would wave me off when everyone one, however, which reads as follows:
due. Time to re-examine the ﬁlter replace- else had gone through. They didn’t. After I “Parthian shot
ment schedule (they’re cheap enough) and pulled out on to the track for the formation In the ancient world Parthian warriors,
clean out the gas tank during the off-sea- lap, I noticed there were still cars coming who at one time held sway over a large area
son. Anyway, a quick trip to Canadian Tire out behind me. Well, ﬁgured if there was a of Asia stretching from present-day Iraq to
in Bowmanville for a new ﬁlter, and the next protest, we could at least show that we had Pakistan, were renowned for their skill as
ﬂow test back at the carburetor produced tried to be honest. mounted archers. While riding away from
a stream that ﬁlled a one litre drink bottle in That ﬁrst race was pretty much an an enemy, either in a real or feigned retreat,
about twelve seconds. Problem solved in adventure in searching for grip and coping they could turn back in the saddle and ﬁre
time for the last test session. with locking front brakes, with mixed suc- arrows at their pursuers. So a Parthian
As Jeff needed the seat time, we cess. On lap six I locked up going onto shot became, by analogy, a ‘parting shot’, a
nominated him as Team RRSP’s “test driver” three and slid straight off. This cost me ﬁnal remark passed in such a way that your
for the last session. The car ran ﬁne, and two class positions as I watched a whole opponent has no chance of responding.”
after several laps Jeff got down to a time in bunch of cars go by before I could re-join. So, I guess that this is my “Parthian
the mid 1:40s – a little over a second faster Then on lap nine I locked up going into nine shot”, but think you now, are my retreats
than my best time in the car. Towards the while trying to pass, and was yet again real, or feigned????
end of the session, however, the car began headed straight off when I felt a bump from
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by John Powell
Don’t “dis” the Navvy gradient instead of perfectly level ground, kicks in, giving a nice, relaxing foot
The term “navvy” has a long history. they turned to the “navigators” for their massage as the brake pedal pulsates.
The “mechanicks” who built and worked expertise. With the coming of the railways For those of you without ABS, it’s a
the canal network of the early Industrial there was a decline in canal building, and chance to stretch your legs.
Age in Britain were called “navigators”. so many navigators, from what we would 7) Never pass on the left when you can
Because inland navigation required long now call civil engineers down to common pass on the right. It’s a good way to
stretches of water at a constant level, labourers, found new employment laying scare people entering the highway.
they became expert at choosing suitable out and constructing railway road beds, 8) Speed limits are arbitrary ﬁgures,
routes through varied terrain and, where tunnels and viaducts. At the same time given only as a suggestion, and are
necessary, building locks, aqueducts, em- there began the trend to professionalize apparently not enforceable in Toronto
bankments, cuttings and tunnels in order the higher trades, and the term “naviga- during rush hour.
to maintain such constant levels. With the tor” came to be used mainly for semi- and 9) Just because you’re in the left lane and
introduction of steam-powered railways unskilled labourers. And, as is com- have no room to speed up or move
in the early 19th Century, the builders mon practice with users of the English over doesn’t mean that a Toronto driver
of the lines faced similar topographical language (at least it was until the coming ﬂashing his high beams behind you
challenges to those of the earlier builders of modern techno-babble and politically doesn’t think he can go faster in your
of canals, and perhaps even more so, correct English), the term was soon spot.
as the ﬁrst such railways were built from shortened to “navvy”. Although it remains 10) Always slow down and rubberneck
remote areas down to sea ports in order common in British usage, and despite its when you see an accident or even
to transport coal in bulk. crossing to North America with Irish and someone changing a tire.
The initial solutions of the railway English railway labourers in the mid -19th 11) Learn to swerve abruptly. Toronto is
builders were to use cable systems Century, the use of “navvy” in Canada and the home of high-speed slalom driving
powered by stationary steam engines to the U.S. is almost unknown today. Except thanks to the Provincial Highway
pull the cars up inclines and to control in rallying, where once again it is used as Department, which puts pot-holes in
their descent on the down slopes, or to an abbreviation of “navigator”. key locations to test drivers’ reﬂexes
build larger and more powerful locomo- So, rally drivers, don’t “dis” your and keep them on their toes.
tives. The ﬁrst of these was cumber- navvy. He or she is the successor to a 12) It is traditional in Toronto to honk your
some, expensive in terms of plant and long line of those skilled in ﬁnding the horn at cars that don’t move the instant
equipment, and slowed the movement of best route to your intended destination. the light turns green.
the trains of coal cars. The second was (Hear, hear! Ed. Jean) 13) Remember that the goal of every
limited by the technology available at the Toronto driver is to get there ﬁrst by
time, as prior to the introduction of steel, Basic Rules for Driving whatever means necessary.
locomotives were built of wood and many in Toronto 14) In the Toronto area, “ﬂipping someone
cast-iron parts, which made larger ones (E-mailed to me by a friend who lives in the bird” is considered a polite Toronto
extremely heavy. At the same time, most the Big Smoke.) salute. This gesture should always be
locomotives still used vertical cylinders, 1) Turn signals will give away your next returned.
which limited the conversion of the power move. A real Toronto driver never uses 15) At least four more cars should proceed
of a downwards- moving piston rod into them. on a left turn after the light turns red. If
rotary power at the driving wheels, which 2) Under no circumstance should you you fail to do so, you will be rear-ended.
was required for tractive effort. There leave a safe distance between you and 16) The highways can also be used to
was also the problem of controlling the the car in front of you, or the space dispose of any messy garbage that
train when descending steep grades, will be ﬁlled in by somebody else, may be lying around. These items are
as the braking systems of the day were putting you in an even more dangerous better off cluttering the side of the
rudimentary at best, and in fact would situation. road than cluttering your car’s interior,
remain little improved until the adoption 3) The faster you drive through a red light, where they may distract you and cause
of the Westinghouse air brake late in the the smaller the chance you have of an accident.
century. Finally, the design of and mate- getting hit. 17) If someone cuts you off, you should
rial used in the tracks and roadbed of the 4) Never, ever come to a complete stop return the gesture by speeding around
day could not stand the weight of larger at a stop sign. No one expects it and it them on the right, pulling in front of
locomotives, nor the pounding caused by will result in you being rear-ended. them and slamming on the brakes. This
the vertical force of the piston rods when 5) Never get in the way of an older car works even better when your car is of
on the downstroke. So what to do? that needs extensive bodywork. Ontario lesser value.
As the early railway builders realized is a no-fault-insurance province and the 18) Never make eye contact with
that the challenges they faced were simi- other guy doesn’t have anything to lose. another driver when passing through
lar to those of the canal builders, except 6) Braking is to be done as hard and late Scarborough. ’Nuff said!
they could accept slight changes in as possible to ensure that your ABS
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I’ve Decided to Buy a Cell annotated; a 500-name directory, immediately available to answer the
Phone ... with full personal and business phone, and that they would lose their
(I hear a chorus of yawns and “so details; wireless e-mail capacity; a “image” if they weren’t “connected”,
what” from my readers – come on, you palm computer with keyboard and which leads me to the conclusion of
should know me by now. There has to be web access; a calculator that does this rant.
a story or rant here somewhere, right?) fractions, percentages, logarithms,
… but not just yet. Well, Susan’s and even walks your dog; and Most modern “high-tech” electronic
old “big box” cell phone, and by that I soon to come, no doubt, a view- goods are marketed on the basis of
don’t mean where she bought it, died phone and who-knows-what other image and conspicuous consumption,
at the CASC Celebration weekend last gimmicks. However, I don’t need or even over-consumption, and not as
September. Its use was mandated by the them, and there are probably many household tools. Although image is a fac-
Terms and Conditions for Returning to more like me. What we would like tor with items such as freezers, washers,
Racing which I was given (married men is a reasonably priced phone with driers, vacuum cleaners and other such
understand these things), the other main greater range and area of coverage appliances, i.e. tools, they are marketed
item being preparation of a Will. I’ll get instead of the “image” and “tie-me-to- mainly on the basis of efﬁciency, utility,
around to that eventually, too. No, really, the-ofﬁce” toys. reliability, longevity and repairability. Even
I will, honest! In any event, I dutifully • Then there is the fee structure. Why motor vehicles, once the pinnacle of
lugged “the lump” around all season in should I pay for incoming calls from “image” marketing, especially in North
order to check in as required. Except, of god knows who? I don’t pay for these America, are now paying more attention
course, when the battery was ﬂat or the calls on my regular phone, and I to practicality. Not so with “high-tech”
air time hadn’t been topped up. shouldn’t have to on a cell phone. tools and appliances. Here the marketing
Now as those of you who’ve read my And the service access plans are concentrates on emotional responses
previous rants will know, I am decidedly confusing. None of them can be – keeping not just up with, but ahead of
“underwhelmed” by modern electronic directly compared with ease when the Joneses. And the Smiths, Tannen-
“high-tech” gadgets as tools, and cell making a choice, even on the one baums, and whoever. If you don’t have
phones are no exception. Up until re- web site that I found that lists them the latest (insert here the name of any
cently, their range and area of coverage side-by-side. “high-tech” item), with all the bells, gongs
was seemingly limited to the GTA and 25 • Finally, there is the issue of idiots and whistles (most of which you’ll prob-
miles each side of the 400 series of high- who insist on driving with cell phones ably never use, especially as the user
ways. The cost of the phone and usage glued to their ears. They’re not manuals are written in such a way that
fees were high, batteries could run down entirely to blame, as they have been you’ll never ﬁgure them out), then you’re
quickly if you didn’t keep on top of them, conditioned by the marketers of cell a (shudder) “technology challenged” no-
and their replacements cost an arm and phones to be paranoid if they’re not body who is to be scorned or pitied! Oh,
a leg. In an emergency, there was the
same issue with unanswered calls and
busy signals as with regular phones, and
so on. To me, a CB radio was a much
better tool for emergency use, and has
been since the mid-1960s. It had better
range and coverage; cost of the unit was
comparable, and in some cases still is;
air time was and still is free; they worked
off your car battery, or the electricity
mains for a base station; and someone
always monitored Channel 9 for emer-
True, some of the early deﬁciencies
of cell phones have been addressed. Ar-
eas of coverage are now better, and the
cost of the phone itself is much lower,
with more features, but there are still
points that irritate me:
• Cheaper units seem to have more
limited range and coverage.
• Most phones, including some less
expensive ones, have a multitude And if you want an original, real, REO Speed Wagon … this
of features, but are they really classic 1948 stake truck, from an ad in the January Eastern
necessary? Some may have a use Ontario edition of the “Ag Dealer”, can be had for a mere
for call answering and waiting;
a 10-year electronic “day-timer”,
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the shame of it all!! Oh, how this irrational
claptrap insults my sense of logic!!!! And
yes, someday I will be looking for a cell
phone that meets by needs, but …“Aux
armes, citoyens! Formez vos battaillons!
Marchons! Marchons! A bas le market-
ing, regagnez votre vie!”
Before pop-rock bands … Pay Attention to
… there was the real REO Speed the Road Signs
Wagon! In 1904 Ransom Eli Olds founded
the REO Motor Car Company in Lansing, Location
Michigan, after leaving the Olds Motor Pretoria, South Africa
Vehicle Company, which he had organ- (also the home of the
ized in 1897. Olds Motor Vehicle were personal car ﬂamethrower
makers of the famous “Curved Dash” Old- security system)
smobile, and later became a division of
General Motors. Ransom Olds is credited Guess the hi-jackers can’t
with building the ﬁrst automobile factory read
to use the assembly line (Henry Ford was
a pioneer in making popular priced cars,
but was not the ﬁrst to use an assembly
line), and with offering the ﬁrst practical
automatic transmission in 1933. As a re- Name that Part!!!
sult of the Depression, the car company
was closed in 1933, but the sister truck
company continued to operate.
The REO Motor Truck Company
dates from 1910, and soon introduced
the “Speed Wagon” line of trucks, which,
as near as I can determine, lasted until at
least the late 1960s. The company was
merged with Diamond T Trucks in 1967
and became the Diamond REO Trucks
division, maker of “The World’s Toughest
Trucks”, of the White Motor Corpora-
tion. Despite its excellent reputation, the friction vs. solid valve lifters for better engine efﬁciency and higher revs!
division folded in 1974 due to ﬁnancial Who cares?: The simple additonal roller bearings greatly reduces valvetrain
problems, and the rights were sold to Answer: Roller rockers for a VTEC camshaft (S2000)
private investors in 1975. Production
was resumed shortly thereafter in Har-
risburg, Pennsylvania, and as late as
1995 they were still producing 150 Class
8 Diamond REO trucks (highway tractors)
Parting Shot Where
This one’s for long-suffering wives in the
and girlfriends. I was driving up the 5th
line (Dunning Road) one day in Novem- World?
ber, when just past Innes Road a tour
bus with a male driver passed by going
the other way. The thing about this that Paris
caught my eye, though, was what was France
displayed on the route sign of the bus Europe
– “WE’RE LOST”. Well, ladies, at least Answer:
there’s one male driver out there who’s
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From: “OTC Invitations” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 5:58 AM
Subject: 5 Tracks, 5 Days: 2004 Paul Mumford Memorial Open Track Challenge
Welcome to the world’s premier time trial and “season in a week” racing program, Open
Track Challenge (OTC) Have you ever wanted to be a part of a Formula One, World Challenge,
or LeMans team? Do you think you have what it takes to be competitive with some of the best
drivers in North America over a week of non-stop motorsports decision-making and racing?
Open Track Challenge (OTC) will put you to the test as we compress an entire season of rac-
ing and team strategy into one week. The OTC Grand Prix (OTC GP) was designed to accom-
plish two things:
1. Provide a simulated racing season for the top club racers on the cusp of turning pro (a
development program for the “Stars of Tomorrow”, if you will.)
April 19 (Monday) 2. Incorporate the best practices of all the major motorsports programs around the world
Willow Springs Int’l Raceway and put it in one endurance event.
The format for the The OTC GP calls for one practice, one qualifying session, and one
race each day. The ﬁrst four races will be 30-minute sprint races from a rolling start. The last
day’s race will be a 50-minute race from a standing start.
OTC’s Touring Challenge was designed to be the ultimate test of production vehicle com-
petition. There are a number of magazine tests out there but they all sell the process short
through some component of subjective criteria. Other motorsports venues that try to do the
same, but lack the duration, environment, and sheer track time to fully distinguish a winner.
Using our format, OTC Touring Challenge has become the benchmark in street car competi-
April 20 (Tuesday) tion. Each car will be given roughly two hours of track time at each venue to lay down its three
Thunderhill best laps. Those three laps are then added together and your cumulative time is your score
for that day. As soon as you have three laps that you are happy with, you are free to begin
traveling to the next venue. OTC’s
Unlimited Challenge was designed to be the ultimate test of the weekend track day partic-
ipant. While the Touring Challenge is limited to road-going production vehicles, Unlimited Chal-
lenge opens the door to all closed-wheel vehicles and allows the competitor more resources
to compete. Each car will be given roughly two hours of track time at each venue to lay down
its three best laps. Those three laps are then added together and your cumulative time is your
score for that day. As soon as you have three laps that you are happy with, you are free to
begin traveling to the next venue.
Visit www.opentrackchallenge.com for more information about the hottest motorsports
April 21 (Wednesday) series in North America.
OTC GP Requirements Touring Challenge Requirements
• You must have a Competition License • You must drive the car from track to
from a major sanctioning body (FIA, track.
SCCA, IMSA, NASA, BMWCCA, PCA, etc.) • All track competition is on street tires with
• Your car must have a full roll cage as a treadwear rating of 140 or higher.
well as meet our other safety items. See • 3 sets of tires allowed for the week.
Rules page for more information.
• DOT-R or slicks required. Unlimited Challenge Requirements
• You must submit a driving resume to the • Cars may be trailered to each track.
Organizers evidencing a safe competition • Tire choice is open, DOT-R and slicks
April 22 (Thursday)
2003 Unlimited Division Champion 2003 Touring Division Champion
April 23 (Friday) 2002 Radical SR3 2002 Mosler Photon
Arizona Motosports Park DJ Johnson/Mark Dalen/John Morris Rupert Bragg-Smith/Mike Vietro