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  1. 17 points
    Hi everyone. This is an email from Cheryl, Don's wife, with an update on his condition as of this morning. Nothing to new to report. Don is on surgical standby for ankles which means everyday they assess if Don is ready for surgery. This might go on for a few days before surgery actually occurs. Back brace will be put on today if pain can be tolerated. Once brace is on Don will hopefully be able to sit up a bit. Blood work is good, which means his body is doing the right things to heal. Everyone says Don will recover but it will be a long tough road. Likely once he is stable, Don will be transferred to Calgary rehab hospital (we hope) or possibly Vancouver. No idea on timeline yet. Thanks Cheryl Ps thank you, thank you to everyone for cards and cash. Don was overwhelmed. Don is calling the car club his support team. I hadn't stopped to think what his rescue was like, til I met Jeff. Thanks isn't enough but thanks to all who were involved.
  2. 13 points
    Hi All, Just a note to thank everyone who has been thinking about me! The last surgery has been completed, back brace is on, I have casts on both legs and one arm, so now I am on the long slow road to recovery. I expect to make a full recovery over the next year. l expect to be a patient at HSC in Winnippeg for the next few weeks while I recover and rehabilitate. Then I will be sent back West for more recovery. As of today there is no exact plan for when I will be leaving HSC. In the meantime people have been asking if they can visit me. The best way to set up a time to visit is to text my wife Cheryl at 204.960.3601 ahead of time to check availability, and plan on keeping visits short. The Docs in this hospital are taking a lot of my time with tests etc but I would be happy to share some of my spare time with you. A lot of people have been asking me when I will be racing next. I am not sure what the answer is. I will need to take a break from racing, and I am not sure how long I will be away. Thanks -Don
  3. 11 points
    We're do you start? Folks, this event is the highlight of my year! I absolutely cannot believe all of the effort so many people put into this event and it gives me chills when I see it all come together successfully every year. Thanks to Matt's team for putting on such a tightly run operation. Al for organizing the tire banding session to make us all feel more comfortable on the track. The volunteers for marshaling and setting up the track facility. Greg' s team for the amazing meat lovers dinner. The wine and beer sponsors were a very nice touch. Dyrk's team for stepping up as the main sponsor for the 21 st time. All of the club sponsors. Helmut' s team for helping out with organizing the event. The officials who have to find a balance between friendship and being the voice of reason. Spencer and Ian for the entertainment and acurrate commentating. Damon for lending the PA system. Timing and scoring personnel. Thanks to all of the drivers and families who made a special trip out to our world famous track. We love having new faces to bond with. And a personal thanks to Damon Hill who converted my car from carbs to fuel injection and lent me his injectors for the last two races as a Hail Mary attempt to solve our last gremlin in the system. It was a success!
  4. 11 points
    I've got to give Thank You's to many people this 2019 HPDE weekend. Starting with track workers keeping us safe, the instructors giving us invaluable knowledge and advice, for me especially my instructor Damon Hill, and the organizing group of people putting in countless hours preparing and organizing the event: Thank-You! My car ended up breaking (right-rear shock broke, not damaging anything else or causing havoc) mid-morning Sunday before the speed limit was lifted. So I feared that I wouldn't be able to finish the course, wasting my time and money. So my biggest THANK YOU is to George Abrahams from Saskatchewan for lending me his BMW M3 so I could successfully finish the course! That was way beyond the call of duty, Thank-you so much! And last but not least, Thank You to Randy Morash, he had his tow truck there and got my car home on Sunday night! I consider by self to be a very fortunate person to have experienced the generosity of so many people of the WSCC! Thank You All! peace, David
  5. 11 points
    in 2018 the WSCC is starting a Gimli Motorsport Park road race track asphalt resurfacing project that over the next couple of years is planning to resurface the road race track and add curbing. The total cost will be over $460,000. The initial work planned for 2018 includes corner one and corner three to eliminate the bumps, cracks and excessive abrasiveness of the track surface. The start and completion dates of the 2018 work is still being determined but we're targeting to start as soon as possible. To complete the entire track in the shortest amount of time the WSCC is open to all ideas for raising that amount of funds. Please contact me at president@wscc.mb.ca with your fund raising ideas or if you or your company are willing to donate to the project. Today, the Honourable Jeff Wharton Minister of Municipal Relations for the Manitoba provincial government, met me at the Gimli Motorsports Park to formally confirm that a Community Places Program grant of $30,489 has been approved to assist in carrying out the resurfacing. Thank you Jeff and also thank you to Bev Arden, Dave Cain and Ian Goodall-George at the Community Place Program for their excellent assistance during our application preparation. This funding is an awesome start to the project!
  6. 10 points
    Just because some individuals are violating the public health order does not mean the WSCC will follow suit. The club will not put itself at risk of fines, penalties and bad publicity by violating the public health order. We want to spend that money in improving our facility, not paying fines. Until the public health order is lifted, this is the situation we find ourselves in and we will continue to structure our events in accordance with the provincial government's requirements.
  7. 9 points
    After the first month I am through the worst of it. But there will be many months of work ahead of me before i am walking around like normal. Thanks to all for your kind words and visits. The safety equipment was literally a lifesaver in this crash, especially the hans device which saved my neck and the roll cage that kept the car from being crushed. I cant overstate the importance of making sure your safety equipment is good every time you drive on the track, even if the chance of a crash is unlikely. I would also recommend using a full face helmet instead of an open face. I was using an open face helmet but in retrospect that was a bad decision and it was only luck that allowed me to escape serious facial injuries in a violent crash. Thanks again to the corner workers, paramedics, fire department, and stars who were organized and responded to my crisis. It is so important to be ready for a crash and they all did a great job. My spirits are good as i continue my recovery. The staff at HSC is great and the support i have received from so many has been encouraging. Thank you all! Don
  8. 8 points
    Learning is the attraction. I’ve never been one for classrooms, but always had a thirst for knowledge – a horrific dichotomy for anyone growing up in the dystopian school system of the 70’s and 80’s. ‘Dynamic Classrooms’ are the only way I seem to learn anything, and became autodidact as a result. Sometimes the results are dramatic, other times you really don’t know you learned anything until a few days (or weeks) later. Such is the motivation for this post, so here are the deliverables from my past 2 seasons in Time Attack. 1) Know your car, Ask questions, more power is not the answer. I ran a few events my first year and really had to learn the car. It’s a daunting proposition when you want to make immediate changes, but being able to learn the car only comes from seat time and changes to the car will be less than effective without that intimate knowledge of how your car reacts. Ask yourself questions, was it understeering on entry or exit? Or both? Was it my line, the track conditions or the car? Was I trail-braking there? There is a lot going on and training yourself to address a single component is critical to eliminating variables. It takes time, iron out your car and your line before you make any changes. Make changes 1 at a time or you will never know if it worked. ASK QUESTIONS!! There are so many people who want to help you, so let them – but they don’t know unless you ask! I am super grateful to Wayne S for taking time to talk with me and show me his in car footage to explain lines and track-out options that really worked for me. I’ve been around race tracks and race cars my entire life. I’ve taken schools and built my knowledge base from some world class instructors – but the most important lesson I’ve ever learned is to never be afraid to ask for help. I continue to learn because I still have questions. The Gimli track fosters a family environment, be a part of it. 2) Aero is Good! After much research and learning, really trying to understand the physics of how and what works on what type of car, I embarked on a journey in search of downforce! One of the things I really like about Time Attack is the relative freedom to modify your car in this manner. After designing a splitter, I thought I’d have it ready in short order “it seems simple enough” I thought, until I started to build it – so part B for this point is “its always more complicated than you think”. There’s doing something, then there’s doing something right. My favorite saying is “Cheap, Fast, Reliable – Choose 2”. Most want Fast and Reliable, you don’t get Cheap with that option. So then it becomes an exercise in patience, but the results are better. It took a year to get the splitter on the car doing it all myself, it took a little longer for the wing, but I am happy with the results. Patience is a virtue, but also a key element of success. 3) Brakes are Grrreat! After trying to ‘drive around’ a braking problem that turned out to be inherent to the cars suspension geometry, I went through an interesting learning curve that proved you are never too experienced to make a simple mistake. My Dad always taught me “measure twice, cut once” while this may seem simple in theory, errors can occur in the name of deadlines. It’s imperative to free yourself of deadlines when working on your car – this requires planning. Your hobby/race car is supposed to fun, relaxing (I can hear the murmuring already lol) and fulfilling, getting that “I did it” sense of accomplishment. Part B to this point is “remove the wrong parts that look like the right parts from your work area…” fasteners are an example; metric vs imperial, spark plugs - segregate what you need to avoid errors - espcially when you have multiple vehicles you maintain. Brake pad compound selection has a lot bigger effect than I thought. And I was able to effectively alter front/rear brake bias with pad selection, I was elated to get on the binders for the first time in 2 years and not have the back end bounce all over the track. Just to emphasize the importance of knowing your car (see point 1) in relation to braking, one event I went to had a simple caveat prior to event entry “if you can’t tell us what brake fluid and brake pads are on your car, you won’t be admitted on the track”. Take that to heart. 4) “It’s just bodywork”. This has been the summer of bodywork for me, or maybe just “losing stuff that was supposed to be attached to the car” lol! From the hood flying up exiting turn 9 causing an embarrassing red flag (and an even scarier look from the Steward!!), to losing my transponder (yet another awkward moment), to shattering my hatch while trying to install the wing (more disappointing than awkward lol). Remember the point about never being to experienced to make a simple mistake? It happens all the time. I forgot the hood pins in a rush to get on grid and the hood flew up at 109kmh. The transponder was held on with one zip tie, that wasn’t enough. The hole location to mount the wing turned out to be .020” overlapping the edge of the hatch glass – poof! All over the place in a million pieces in the blink of an eye. The bigger picture is that of how do you react in the face of adversity? Or better yet, Who is around you? I am grateful for Al M. When my hood flew off, I was ready to put it on the trailer and go home. Al was the first guy in my face telling me “it’s all good, no problems, its just bodywork – get back on the track”. This is absolutely critical. He was right, and I followed his advice. Same for Mat L – I lost the transponder, he ran up and gave me his personal transponder to use and put it on the car (with 2 zip ties, I noted…). Then he and Al both spent their own time searching for that lost transponder – a bigger ‘Thank You’ can not be said. Maybe part B for this point should be “Lean on Me”…Remember what I said about family? 5) Cold and Wet. I have raced in the wet, I have raced in the cold – racing in the cold AND wet is an entirely different animal. Typically I like the September races because they yield the best lap times, the formula for fast lap times is cool pavement and hot tires. For a wet set up I always bump up tire pressure and if possible, narrow rear track width (this is RWD, no idea about you modern cars lol). The wet driving style changes as well. Trail braking in the wet is historically a bad idea, so I try to do all my braking in a straight line, and while all this will help, nothing will help the fact that I can’t get ANY temp in the slick tires in a wet, 2 degree track in 5 laps LOL! Then add in that BEAUTIFUL new pavement and it’s like a switch when transitioning from that to the old surface – treacherous at best!! The only thing I can take solace in is that it’s the same day and same track for everybody, I was not alone! …but those AWD cars are fast right away in this stuff, not fair LOL!! So, at the end of this I look back at this season and have nothing but thanks and gratitude for those I am lucky enough to share the track with a few weekends each summer. Perhaps this could also be a ‘WIF’ or “What I Forgot” post. Because its accurate that many of us take things for granted. I forgot to ask questions earlier, I forgot that I need help despite my best plans to avoid it. I forgot that I need time alone and that I need time with friends. We call it Racing, we say it’s about going faster, I call it learning and it’s about whatever you put into it. Roger Penske’s formula for success is Effort = Results, many people put in effort to make my season successful, the results are that I’m going to keep coming back and pay it forward to the best of my ability, so that I can help more people have a successful season at the track as well. I hope this post is the start of that. Matt
  9. 8 points
    Hey all, Last weekend was a blast volunteering for the Vintage Weekend. I just want to say: it's pretty cool to be thanked so much, just for helping out a bit. Almost every post I see, between the forums and Facebook, has a thank you in it for all the volunteers. But I want to say thank you too: To all the big dogs running the show, and to all the seasoned volunteers who are always super helpful in teaching me what to do out there. It's pretty awesome to learn from these folks, they make it look so easy. I've only done it a few times so far, so I don't quite know everyone yet, but I'm comfortable out there, and I'm happy to be a part of the craziness. Dason.
  10. 8 points
    I need to make a few mentions here. Firstly all the event day volunteers who showed up in huge numbers and covered all stations and jobs so well. All the planning in the world could not be executed without all of you! To my team of misfits who worked all day Thursday on a decades old problem of having a lack of a dedicated women’s shower area as well as proper lighting and a few other details. Horhey, Kim, Ian and Brooke. Johnny Armatas. The upgrade you followed through on and have planned for the washroom facility is a massive step towards having facilities we can finally be proud of. This was a huge commitment and a massive improvement. Spencer and Ian. Two full days of banter is no small feat. You guys did a great job. I’ve heard some good quotes from your “performance”. Not to mention the cringeworthy ones. Kim Ambrose. You stepped up huge this weekend...all weekend. From concession to banquet prep and service. It was an absolute pleasure working beside you that evening. Well done! Jen Bell. I’m not sure how you take my horribly communicated talking points and turn them into such a clear and concise message. Your meetings are so efficient and on point. You’re always one step ahead and looking to improve every aspect of our club. The way you handle race control sets the standard for how we should all treat one another no matter the position. Scott McDonald. Without you Road Race would not be what it is today. You’ve made the WSCC one of the friendliest groups around. You are legendary and quite worthy of your award this weekend. Ken Hilash. Ken you are constantly leading by example. You always make yourself available for any task large or small. I’ve not known the executive board for very long but I have trouble believeing we will ever be able to replace you. Thank you for handling the presentations during the dinner and everything else you continue to do for our club. To all the others who pitched in and filled the gaps. Thank you all so much. Thank you to Classic Motor Works for 20 years of vintage race weekends.
  11. 8 points
    Hi all, This weekend was a bit of a roller coaster weekend for Autoslalom. We attempted to hold a double header where we raced on the skid pad in the afternoon and then run on the road course in the evening. The skid pad event went off without any issue and in fact we finished up ahead of schedule. The road course event got off to a good start but we soon ran into issues with the timing system and as a result Run Group B never took to the track. As a result, Event #5 will not be included in the championship points. An email will be going out to those that attended regarding a refund for the event. Please keep an eye on your inbox. We are investigating what went wrong and truthfully it appears we had more than one issue. I will leave that for a followup discussion including what we will be doing differently going forward. To say this is disappointing is a huge understatement and besides trying to express how sorry I am, I really need to just say THANK-YOU to everyone. Thank-you to the drivers that had to hurry up and wait as we tried to resolve the issues Thank-you to the workers that got to bake in the sun but didn't get to get their timed laps in Thank-you to Josh for handling all the registration stuff, including figuring out worker assignments and handling the aftermath of Event #5 Thank-you to Matt who took the brunt of this as he was trying to hold the crippled system together and find a way to get us times. That timing trailer was a very unhappy place. Thank-you to everyone that was helping us formulate ideas how to get the timing system operational and actively troubleshoot what was going on Thank-you to everyone that even after we made the call to shutdown the event, stuck around and helped tear down the course and repack the trailer And through all of this, with how frustrating and annoying it was, not a single person gave us a hard time. Everyone rolled with it and for that I am immensely grateful as it keeps a stressful situation from getting unbearable. But the thank-yous don't stop there because that was just for the turmoil of running Event #5. There is a tonne of work that goes into the events and without the help, well, the events would never happen. Thank-you to Road Race crew for working with our group during the weekend, coordinating our track crossing and directing people for us, for the use of the radios and for just being great hosts Thank-you to Mat for working with me to facilitate the events and lending me gear to prep for my event and making sure we were properly taken care of. I promise I will find your missing 12 cones and get them to you..they are somewhere in the stacks of 350 cones we brought. Thank-you to Shane and Bryce for hauling the timing trailer between Gimli and St Andrews and to Jim for relocating the trailer between the events. Thank-you to Tim for the use of the Jeep and trailer as a cone hauler during the events Thank-you to the guys that helped get the road course setup in record time Thank-you to Chris for chalking both courses, for organizing the setup of course 2 and the tweaks to the courses to keep them safe and fun Thank-you for everyone that took on tasks that I just randomly threw at you especially when you are doing things I know you'd prefer not to be doing...you guys told me to learn how to delegate, how am I doing? 8-) Thank-you to everyone that helped with set-up, and tear down and all the packing and unpacking the trailer Thank-you to Brian and his wife Judy for all their help (hours and hours of help this weekend) in setting up both courses in the evenings prior to the events, not to mention for running the Drift event Saturday in between all the work I was making you do. And one final note just to prove how much you guys rock...at the end of the day as I was leaving, Mat and I were chatting and he mentioned how cool it was to see how so many people would pitch in and help do whatever was needed to be done to either get the event going or get the event closed. He said it looked like we had an awesome crew...and that made me feel like a proud dad. You guys rock. Shawn
  12. 8 points
    Wow! I LOVE Gimli! Smooth, open course design possibilities, grippy, and part of the bigger WSCC club event so you have a constant background of road racing just behind us. I vote to move as many events out there as possible! Food is complicated (I'll pack a lunch next time), and you're kind of trapped until there's a break in the action. Still worth it! My 4th run: (52.3) My 3rd fun run: (51.3)
  13. 8 points
    Winnipeg Sports Car Club member Frank Mancini is being inducted into the Manitoba Motorsports Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Frank is a founder member (member #4) of the Winnipeg Sports Car Club back in 1952 and still attends our events. In 2016 he was at our booth at World of Wheels, the vintage race weekend at Gimli and our annual banquet. I believe the induction ceremony will be at the convention centre and more details will be posted here once we know the time, the room, etc. Please plan to attend and support Frank and his motorsports achievements.
  14. 7 points
    What an amazing start to our season! Great weather, great people, great competition, and great cars. Thanks to all that helped put these events together on short notice! Here's my best run from Saturday: https://youtu.be/xugqZzUixvQ Check out that slide through the chute at 0:43! Here's my best from Sunday: https://youtu.be/LDY0Hh8k7qY I'd love to see other's videos here too! See you back at St. Andrews airport on June 13 & 14!
  15. 7 points
    Hey All, Thanks for making the trip out today! It was feeling a bit chilly by the end of the day, but the racing was intense!! I am always a bit freaked out on the morning of any event, I never know who is going to be there until right before we start. But I cannot tell you enough how relieved I am when I start seeing the familiar cars rolling in, just like you did again this morning. From the little grey Civic to the big brown van, and everything in between, I am thrilled to see you come join us for the day. We had a really good turnout, and we even had people doubled up in most places, which is awesome! I'm going to try to figure out a way to maybe get an early sign up of some sort rolled out, so that I can get a better idea of how many of you might be coming out for the day. But I need to start with finding you the best way through my keyboard. I could start a list here on the Forum before an event, or I've been told there is a possibility of signing up on MSR in a Volunteer section, like the racers do. I believe this has been done before. Any thoughts or opinions on this? Please post up and I will do my best to figure something out that works easily for all of us. Then maybe I can get some sleep the night before, and you guys won't have to see me hurt myself doing backflips in the pit area because I'm so happy to see you on the morning of the event. You guys are awesome, and I have a hard time thanking you enough for the hours that you all put in at every event. Especially when it's out on a frozen lake somewhere, and the wind keeps biting you in the face. Dason
  16. 7 points
    As the Rolex 24hr is coming up this weekend, I figured I would re-visit this topic and provide addition insight into what really happens during the Rolex 24 race weekend. A common misconception about any 24hr race, is that the crew needs to be alert and awake for 24hrs straight. Certain crew members such as mechanics are only required during pit stops so they will often sleep between stops. The time between stops varies for each class in IMSA since each class burns a full tank of fuel at different rates to ensure that under green flag running, there are not multiple classes pitting at the same time. In the GTD class, time between stops from a full to near-empty tank can be anywhere from 50-65 minutes. IMSA positions teams from different classes beside each other on pit lane in an effort to maximize the chance of having clear pit box entry and exit for drivers. If there is a full-course yellow (FCY) and the safety car is dispatched, pit lane will only be open to specific classes following the order of DPi/LMP2 then GTLM/GTD. The opening and closing of pit lane to specific classes under FCY safety car is controlled by the race director over the race control radio channel. For other crew members such as the engineers and crew chief, the Rolex 24 is closer to 36hrs than 24. Teams arrive at the track around 6am on race day to complete final vehicle checks, spares preparation and pit equipment servicing. The race starts at 1:40pm and provided your vehicle makes it the entire 24hrs to Sunday afternoon, you need to tear down and pack up your pit lane and garage setups and vacate the track by 5:30pm on Sunday. The fact that a 24hr race is significantly more than just 24hrs was the biggest eye-opener to me last year and made me gain even more respect for teams who make it look so easy. A lot can happen in a 24hr period regarding position changes on track and teams who have been more than a lap down at some point in the race have come back to win. As important as outright pace is to maintaining or gaining track position, I learned early in the season last year that the easiest and most effective way of passing a car ahead of you is by fuel saving. Through saving fuel, if you pit on the same lap as the car ahead of you, there is a significant chance that you burned less fuel than them. While filling the tank back to full, you require less fuel and thus less time in your pitbox. Often the ability to fuel save while setting competitive lap times is what differentiates the best drivers from the mediocre ones. The most common strategy for fuel saving is lifting off of the throttle early and coasting into braking zones after high speed sections of track. Drag force is equivalent to the square of air speed so the faster the car is going, the greater the "braking" effect caused by aerodynamic drag will be. Remarkably, a good portion of IMSA documents are accessible by the general public. For timing reports, weather reports, official schedules, team briefing slides and other race event-specific documents see the following: http://results.imsa.com/notice-board.html. For technical bulletins regarding regulations and BoP tables see the following: https://competitors.imsa.com/102019/2020-technical-bulletins.
  17. 7 points
    If you are reading this, you are into motorsports. At least a little bit. Welcome, you are in the right place! Maybe you have been out to a race event at some point, even just to hang back and watch the action. In the summer, hearing the screaming engines and squealing tires, or maybe kicking up a cloud of dust. In the winter, watching the cars get sideways, fighting for traction, and throwing up massive rooster tails of snow. You have to wonder, how do people actually get into this adrenaline rush? Maybe you have a car, and maybe you are the next great racer waiting to get started. You can get through all of the proper channels and hop right into full out competition. Maybe you are already a racer, but you broke a part and you are done for the weekend, or you just want to take some time off from racing. But maybe, you just want to get a closer look at the action, and you don’t know where to start. We can help you with that too. We are officially one race weekend into the 2020 season. With the second Ice Racing weekend coming up soon, February 1st and 2nd at the Lake Shirley Ski Pond, to be exact. There are a couple of things that are always guaranteed. There will be action. There will be cars flying around a challenging track. There will be volunteers needed, and this is a major part of what keeps our club running smoothly at every event. So here is your chance to be part of our team. As a Volunteer Track Worker for the WSCC, the only major ask is that you are at least 16 years of age, and that you are willing to help out in any way needed, on any days that work best for you to join us. This is a very unique opportunity to learn about how things work behind the scenes. There are lots of important skills to pick up, and you will receive “on the spot” training for any of the tasks involved. You could be stationed on a corner of the track, learning the radio or communicating flags to the drivers. You could be working the Gate, smiling and welcoming our traffic and spectators and signing some waivers. You could be on the Grid, helping get everybody set up where they are supposed to be, based on their race group. Last but not least, this is the closest you can get to the track, without being the actual race driver. And it is absolutely free. If that doesn’t sound interesting enough, let me mention some of the perks of being a Volunteer. If you are helping us out, we will cover your lunch for the day. There are opportunities for some free time on the track in your own car, usually at the end of a race event. You could even get enough time built up that you could have your club membership paid for the next year. And you will get to meet many awesome, experienced, helpful people and race drivers as well. This is a very positive environment, and as a Volunteer, you are offered the best seats in the house for the action on the track, nobody is closer to the action than we are. If you would like to help us out, please send me your info, and I will get you started. Consider me your guy, I will help you any way I can! See you at the track! Dason Wowk Volunteer Director 204-291-7728 justaviperguy@gmail.com
  18. 7 points
    The Aficionado for October 2019 with banquet and AGM details, SCCA Nationals experience, HPDE annual review, 2020 Ice Racing and more. Aficionado_2019_10.pdf
  19. 7 points
    The Aficionado for January 2019 with the 2018 club results and the description of the Gimli Motorsports Park Asphalt Resurfacing Project. Please email any updates, corrections or suggestions regarding this newsletter to: khilash@mac.com. Aficionado 2019 01.pdf
  20. 7 points
    I don't normally post something like this but I have to from what I saw during race weekend. Those of you that had the excitement of running the track this past weekend, did you notice that the grass areas are the best you have ever seen them groomed? Did you notice you can see from corner 3 to corner 5? Did you notice the nicely cut workers flag areas? Did you notice the pits where already trimmed and ready? The grass was even cut where the braking cones are on Corner 3. I want to give a shout out to Mat Leveile and Interlake Yard Care for taking care of the GMP track areas, camping areas, sweeping the track, sweeping the overrun areas, washing my truck and whatever else he does. Thank you Mat and IYC. Have you thought of moving closer to Portage and my yard?
  21. 7 points
    Hello everyone, thanks for the get-well wished from all of you. Had my back operation on Thursday and I'm told it went well. Basically I close my eyes in one area and wake up in another area 14 hours later. They are trying to get my off my IV today and do excertcises in prep so I can leave. Hopefully by Wednesday/Thursday I'm told that Portage is proceeding as normal and we should be good to go. Thanks everyone
  22. 7 points
    Hello guys and girls, I am very proud to announce our 2017 Fire On Ice Title Sponsor: Winnipeg Truck Exhaust We are very excited to have Jim Antosko and his team on board to sponsor our 2017 Ice Race Season. Many of you know Jim specifically for his countless hours of volunteering for AutoX and Ice Racing. I would like to thank Jim Eh for his contribution and we are looking forward to working with Winnipeg Truck Exhaust For the racer's; you will need to get a new Windshield decal from Al Marcoux although not yet. Please wait for more information for Decals in other posts.
  23. 6 points
    Here is the latest with stories from the winter and updates on the upcoming season. Let us know if you have additional stories, updates or corrections. Thanks Aficionado 2020-2.pdf
  24. 6 points
    Hey Everyone, I have been watching this section for a really long time and truth be told, this might be my favorite stuff to read. But I have to say, all I can hear are crickets chirping in here, for quite some time now. Forums in general have been pretty quiet since we all got hooked on Facebook, Instagram or whatever else might be at the tips of our fingers with just a swipe today. This section in particular hasn't seen much activity in some years, and I think it is one of the more "fun" places to do some reading. I am hopeful that maybe there are still quite a few of you who come in here and might want to see something new. So short story long, I'm interested in chirping too, if anybody wants to listen. It is no joke that the World feels a bit upside down at the moment. It's like a scene from "I am Legend" if you are still lucky enough to be driving to work these days, except the potholes are deeper. Nobody has any idea when we will all get back to our version of "normal". But who needs normal anyways? So here I am. My absolute favorite thing about this club is our people, and there are so many different worlds coming together it blows my mind. Every single event brings such a variety of vehicles, driving styles, and attitudes. It would be next to impossible to showcase every single member, but I think it would be an intriguing challenge to try to touch on as many familiar faces/grilles as I can. I believe this also helps in the long run with people just getting to know each other. In my experience, after you attend a few events, you start to recognize the cars, and especially if you are out on the track with them, you end up talking and getting to know them a little bit. This could possibly become a slightly less adrenaline filled version of that same excitement. This is just an idea in my head of course, but please let me know if there is any interest in something along these lines. Dason
  25. 6 points
    Dason, thank you for being who you are. You've already made a positive change in the volunteer world. I am so happy you said "Yes!" when I asked you to consider this new position. And to start your list for the Gimli weekend coming up March 7 & 8, I'll be there both days. Others can sign on here to make Dason's night-before-the-event sleep more peaceful. Scott
  26. 6 points
    Here is our first Aficionado for the the new decade! Thank you Mia for pulling this all together! If you have story ideas, pictures or comments please send them our way so we can keep making it better. Aficionado 2020 1.pdf
  27. 6 points
    I had the chance to make it out for a few hours last Sunday. Here is the photo album link from it. https://www.flickr.com/gp/40991851@N03/a8Xn26
  28. 6 points
    Hey Volunteers, I just want to say thank you for coming and helping out in Beausejour this past weekend. We started the season out on a cold one, but I feel like everything went really smoothly, so great job everyone! That was a really neat setup, I had never actually been out there before this event. We get back to normal at the next event without all the nice heated facilities, but it will be a lot of excitement as always. I will post up again before the next one, just to help everyone stay up to date on information. And as a quick heads up, I will be looking for more volunteers next time around as there will be more stations to be filled. If you have any questions or anything, please feel free to reply, and I will throw my phone number at the bottom if you would rather text me. Thanks again for donating your time! See you on the ice, Dason Wowk Volunteer Director 204-291-7728
  29. 6 points
    What great day we had yesterday in Beausejour! Thank you Darin and Mat, all the instructors and volunteers that came out on a cold day so we could have some fun on the ice (and learn few things too)! The venue was great with the figure-8, slalom course and of course the big wide oval (which I needed most of to get around the corners). I now have a much greater appreciation for the skill the ice racers have as they blast around a course at full speed. Thanks again and good luck to all the ice racer this season! Brad
  30. 6 points
    A few more tidbits of information to share while watching the on-board live streams tonight: The additional lights that you see mounted on the GT cars for night races are actually referred to as "apex lights" and are angled outwards so while braking in a straight line, the apex of the corner is illuminated. While not highly effective at Daytona, they are incredibly useful for the after-dark portions of the Sebring 12hr and Road Atlanta 10hr races. The GTD cars actually have driver air conditioning systems installed that either blow air at the driver, into their helmet, at their back or all of the mentioned. In the Porsche, the system had varying intensities from completely off to being on all the time. The most commonly run position during hot weather was the "performance" setting which would engage the A/C compressor clutch only when under the throttle pedal position was below a certain threshold. Similar engine performance favouring logic is used for battery charging as well. If the battery state of charge (SOC) is below a certain amount, then the alternator would always be engaged. If the SOC is at 100% or close to it, the alternator would not engage at all and if the SOC is just below full-capacity, the alternator would only engage under braking. Electrical failures do happen and sometimes the crew will loose radio communication with the driver. At tracks were crew members can access the front straight wall from across pit lane, IMSA allows the usage of signs to communicate with the driver. Our protocol was that as long as the car was functioning mechanically sound, the driver was to stay out until the low fuel alarm came on. The fuel system in the car is designed such that you can only see the exact level of the last 6L of fuel in the central collector. The cell has 4 pumps (one in each corner) that feed a central collector at the top of the tank. It is in this collector that the level sensor is located and from here that two high-pressure fuel pumps (one primary and one spare) feed the engine. In the Porsche 911 GT3R, the 6L capacity was enough for at least 2 full green-flag laps at every track we competed at. The car also has selective engine maps that vary how rich/lean the engine runs. Under FCY behind the safety car, the driver would use map 0 which is the most lean and under normal running would use map 3. Map 4 is the richest and is only used when an opportunity to pass is present. The last 6L in the fuel cell are all that really matter when it comes to knowing exact fuel level. The car does have a fuel-flow meter installed so we were able to keep track of how much fuel had been burned since the last fueling. The ECU also outputs fuel usage data based upon injector duty cycle for where the engine is operating within the loaded engine calibration and fuel maps. It is nearly impossible to mount a level sensor in the fuel cell to measure the entire level because of capacity blocks that have to be added to ensure cell capacity matches the specified amount as outlined by the BoP tables. The fuel cell has a full capacity of 120L but the car typically has to run in the 94L capacity range. The fuel rig in pit lane has load cells attached to it so we know exactly how much fuel was put in the car at each pit stop. Even when the car is filled in the paddock for practice sessions, it is common practice to measure fuel capacity by weight and not outright volume. This leads to my next point, one of the most over-looked positions on an endurance racing team is that of the fueler. The IMSA BoP mandates that GTD cars cannot fill an empty car to full during a pit stop quicker than 40s. A typical 4-tire change takes no longer than 20s so the remainder of the pit stop is dependent on the fuel going in the car. If the fueler does not plug the head in perfectly straight or bobbles it slightly, the flow will be disrupted significantly and slow the rate of fuel passage to the car. Another massively over-looked position is that of the tire guy. Though he may not be any of the mechanics going over the wall to actually put the tires on the car, the tire guy is responsible for ensuring their preparation. Each set that comes off the car needs to have their balancing weights removed, cleaned and inspected for any cracks or damage. They then are taken to a designated area where Michelin technicians are set up to dismount the used tires, mount new ones then balance them. Tire pressures are highly critical to vehicle performance and tire longevity, especially on the Daytona banking. Pure nitrogen is used in the tires to ensure repeatable pressure ramp-up and maintenance since target hot pressures need to be accurate within 0.15 psi. The mounted tires from Michelin are purged of whatever pressurized gas is put in them then the tire guy fills them with nitrogen from one of our own tanks. The pressures are always set higher than required, then bumped down a lap or two prior to the car coming in to pit. This is because the engineer may call for a change in cold pressures based upon driver feedback or change in ambient weather conditions.
  31. 6 points
    Wow, what an amazing event! Cool cars everywhere, fun courses, ludicrous grip. Here's my fastest scratch time, would have been 0.9 out of the class lead: Cone hit on left side at 0:40. Now on to day 2 action! Still sitting 7th of 16 in CM, in striking distance of the trophies. Courses close for walking at 7:35 AM. LOL, our local crew might die if we did that.
  32. 6 points
    Photos should be available to download if you wish to do so.
  33. 6 points
    Despite an unfortunately low car count this season there continued to be an exceptional commitment from our group of dedicated organizers, officials and track volunteers. Given that this was apparently the coldest winter in 40 years a huge shout out is warranted to all those that helped make this season happen. Much appreciated!
  34. 6 points
    2019 Championship Points, Final Standings Studded: 1st #55 Al Marcoux - 112 2nd #9 Lee McRae - 65 3rd #44 Dean Smith / Trevor Hudey - 42 4th #20 Jim Antosko / Greg Eastwood / Wayne Kehler - 33 5th #80 Trevor Hudey - 26 6th #52 Mathieu Léveillé - 18 Rubber: 1st #11 Damon Surzyshyn - 140 2nd #79 Tim Gordienko - 98 3rd #40 Morris Drysdale / Stephen Leiding - 87 4th #88 Mike Demchenko / John Armatas - 70 5th #09 Lee McRae - 50 6th #08 Manuel Fetzel / Jim Shaw - 41 Please let me know of any errors, or omissions. Congratulations to all our winners! A Big Thank You to all the track volunteers, drivers, support teams, and organizers for braving this year's wind-chill. It takes a huge commitment to put together a season of racing, six events and five different venues. Big thumbs up to everyone for making this happen. Let's make it bigger and better next year. See you all at summer racing. - Steve
  35. 6 points
    Huge shout out to Matt and Cheryl and Jen and all the volunteers whom bust there buns to make a huge event like this weekends. THANK YOU!
  36. 6 points
    Time to say thank you to the Autoslalom Executive and all other volunteers for all your hard work. The racing this year has been great. Salutè
  37. 6 points
    Hi all, My name is Matt and I will be taking over Josiah's position as Chief of Timing and Scoring for the 2016 autocross season. Similar to last year, we will be using this thread to display the results from our events this season. After every event this post will be updated with the results. The results will also be posted on the http://www.wscc.mb.ca/autoslalom/ webpage. If anyone has any suggestion or concerns about how results are being displayed feel free to let me know. Season Standings Dropbox Folder TnT Apr 30 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #1 May 1 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #2 May 15 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #3 May 21 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #4 Jun 4 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #5 Jun 19 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #6 Jun 26 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #7 Jul 10 Gimli Motorsports Park Results TnT Jul 23 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #8 Jul 24 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #9 Jul 30 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #10 Aug 13 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #11 Aug 27 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #12 Aug 28 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #13 Sep 11 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #14 Sep 17 St. Andrew’s Airport Results #15 Sep 18 St. Andrew’s Airport Results
  38. 5 points
    Thank you Randy's Towing for delivering stacked tires twice, one unstacked batch of tires to my shop and bringing a donor car to GMP for extrication demonstration purposes this weekend. Cheers AL
  39. 5 points
    Here's my fastest time 56.338. Not very happy with the first half and didn't take the line I wanted going back through the wall. I really like this course, simple and fun.
  40. 5 points
    Nice idea, but way too short to change for the 7th! How about 'bring-a-friend'? One entry fee covers two people. One of them must be new to autoslalom.
  41. 5 points
    It is 100 for the entire day regardless of whether both disciplines are being practiced. The autocross side will be a little looser in terms of schedule but we have the same lunch break and have Autox instructors there to offer guided course walks, ride alongs, and demos to everyone. It’s a Test & Tune with some free Level 1 schooling thrown into the mix!
  42. 5 points
    I got a call at 5pm on Friday on my way back from Winkler from the guy we lined up to help finish the track, pits, security road and access road and he had broken down that day at noon. I was then panicking as lapping was 10am next morning and now it's 5:05pm on a Friday. I got on my phone and made a call to Todd Allard from Southern Ground Landscaping and he was already booked solid with removing all the snow that fell earlier that week and said he'd call around. He called me back a couple of times trying to arrange something then finally said "how thick is that Ice?" and next thing I knew he had two units on the way to do this for us. They didn't get at it until much after dark and it was quite the site to see a 9' wide blower shooting snow 100 yards in to the air. Looked like a geyser. Not sure what I would have done if Todd and crew didn't come through for us in the 11th hour.
  43. 5 points
    One entirely separate comment from above... If you want to become a better driver in all conditions...go to MPI/kijiji/FB-MP or wherever, buy a inexpensive, mechanically sound, manual trans lump (for enviro reasons) and partake in ice racing hot laps this winter! This might even include the winter beater you already have! I can't stress enough how much you will learn. Or how much fun you will have doing it.
  44. 5 points
    So I am pretty sure I found the location of this shot, I cropped it down a bit: My family went for a hike to the Pembina valley provincial park today. On the way home I took this portion of 201 near the provincial park: the trees are much taller now but check out the clearing of grassy arias on both sides of the other side of the valley along side of the road in the far side of the photo they are the same. in my photo you can not see the bridge at the bottom of the valley because the trees are much taller but it is there.
  45. 5 points
    I would encourage everyone to come out and experience lapping at GMP. The amount of tire and brake wear is controlled by the driver. The track surface at Gimli is abrasive. It's old ash-fault, suffering from years of erosion, we are kinda lucky to have it our backyard. It's much the same surface as St Andrews airport. The duration that the tire is under load from cornering is greater at GMP compared to St Andrews, resulting in more heat, more wear. Below are my thoughts on Lapping Days. Excessive wear on the road course occurs primary for two reasons... 1 - You're over driving the car. Most street cars tend to understeer at the limit, carry too much corner speed, primary on entry, you end up plowing your way through. You can feel the front sliding, scrubbing off speed and tire tread. Happens all day long during HPDE events. Corner 1 will destroy tires if you drive like this. 2 - You're actually driving at the limit, using 100% of the available grip, you've done 1000's of laps at GMP you know your car and track. The car is neutral through the corner, all four tires are sliding at their optimum slip angle. You're hitting all, your marks, primary concern is getting the best lap time. Brake, tire and vehicle wear are secondary. Ninety percent of tire wear occurs in corner 1, the right front taking the most abuse as it sees the greatest load and overheats. Overheat a street tire and it will chunk. Every other corner you can be messy, with minimal tire wear, but not corner one. Don't dive bomb corner one, there's so much else you can work on. Slow it down and be smooth, lapping is not racing. I'd suggest rather than trying to set the fastest lap time, concentrate on actually learning something. Lap days are NOT timed events, so slow it down and conserve your car, brakes too. Come out for lapping and learn some new skills, or improve the ones you already have. Learn the proper race line, it will take you at least a hundred laps. Keep your eyes up, you'll see things when your not it the tunnel of trying to go as fast as you can. Practice your brake release, learn to trail brake, get your heal-toe downshifts smooth, and much more. Concentrate on just one thing for a session or two, feel what the car is doing, what do you hear? There's so much you can learn, it will take more than day, perhaps a lifetime. It's all about having fun with your buddies. The amount of wear & tear is completely up to you and your wallet size, so drive accordingly.
  46. 5 points
    Let’s take this opportunity to train the next generation of volunteers with open arms. The road race crew is looking forward to 2018. A new outlook on how important our volunteers are and how to compensate the massive commitment they make coming out to Gimli and dealing with the various extreme conditions they endure. Scott & Mat
  47. 5 points
  48. 5 points
    I keep trying to post in this thread but keep getting errors. It appears that when the forum software tried to embed the video it fails. Here is my fourth and fastest run of the day (until I shaved another 2 tenths off on my 1 fun run of course): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DktREMrrMXk Here is a link to my various course map files. This is the first time I have shared documents like this so please let me know if you can see them. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B8B9UShCfDHAMDJ6RkJOSEY5Z1E?usp=sharing If you look at the Excel file that I used to build the original map (yeah I know, not very fitting software), I actually had to strip 300' out of the design just because I ran out of time to clean that portion of the track. Like St. Andrews there are certain things that we have to look out for. Some of the cracks are patched in the middle where the drag strip run-out area is and we got lucky for the most part that the course lined up with it. I think we could go up to 1600' next time if we can clean the track of more grass; this time we only went to 1300'. Lunch I think is an easy work around, we can simply start racing at 1 so that we can join Road Race for their lunch break at 12-1. Problem solved. Or we can start racing at 11 so that we end the first run group around noon, but I figured with being even further out of the city, I didn't want to force people into waking up too early. Either works for me as I was on site by 7:15. There actually is a different access road and we were planning to us it. Mat from road race was busting his ass trying to get it done for us but I told him to just leave it for this event. On Friday night at 9:30 he was heading back out to try to finish in the dark at the expense of getting his race car back together so he could race. So a huge thank-you to him. I will post up a map of the road but that road will give direct access to our site so we can come and go as we please. Part of the road is heavily potholed which is what Mat was fixing and by the time we get back there in August it should be finished and have had some traffic on it from the drift crew to pack it down. For those that don't want to use that access road can continue to use the main entrance and we just have to coordinate with race control. Speaking of that, like Corey said, I enjoyed the racing atmosphere out at Gimli, although talking was difficult sometimes when cars are accelerating out the front straight...damn some of those cars are loud. I also enjoyed to formality of coordinating with race control to time crossings to and from the gate and the general race chatter over the radio. And a big thank-you to all the road racers and crew that shared the day with us and guiding me through the processes...I think it worked out well. Regarding repairs, we should totally talk to road race and drift about this. As part of the rental agreement we have we pay toward venue development. I would like to see some of the development happen on the skid pad since that is the surface we use and drift uses. We can look at spending some (all?) of our venue refurbishment budget out at Gimli too and I suspect we should get a small committee of our own together to see what we should spend and where. I have been working on a plan for fixing some of St. Andrews and in fact have a proposal from St. Andrews regarding that, but I think now that we have had an event out at Gimli and it is not as horrible as some suggested it is, we should discuss options. Shawn
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