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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. 5 points
    Not sure who's idea it was to make the rescue trucks park in strategic areas around the track but I'm damn happy you did. During the Aussie Pursuit I broke a hub and tried to make it close to rescue truck but didn't quite make it and stopped in the grass and within seconds a grass fire started and Mat L was on it and put it out. If he wasn't there, a simple broken rim would have cost me an entire race car plus who knows what could have happened with the grass fire. Thank you organisers for this decision, saved my car and possibly a lot more. Volunteers rule!
  6. 5 points
    Excellent event. Thank you Ian and Brooke, the Road Race crew and especially all the fantastic volunteers. Absolutely outstanding effort by all with superb results. Even the weatherman ...person, co-operated. I would also like to give some big Kudos to Echlon Wealth Management for sponsoring such a fantastic weekend.
  7. 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.
  8. 5 points
    Winnipeg Sports Car Club member Dino Calvert is being inducted into the Manitoba Motorsports Association Hall of Fame this Saturday, March 17, 2018. Dino is a long-time member of the Winnipeg Sports Car Club and in addition to his decades of competing in rally and road racing he has spent an enormous amount of time volunteering to organize and officiate Manitoba’s motorsports. Dino has also forever been the club’s regional representative at our sanctioning body, the Western Canada Motorsport Association. Dino’s ability to fairly and consistently apply the rules without making enemies is a gift and is one of the reasons that the club is able to repeatedly attract racers and cars every year from all over Canada and the States due to the quality of the racing. Dino has and does everything from chairing drivers’ meetings, inspecting tracks, discussing rule changes, ensuring safety standards, organizing large race weekends and generously sharing his extensive experience. Dino is the race track go-to-guy and at every club event you are sure to hear someone say "...you better ask Dino”. The presentation will take place at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, 375 York Avenue, during the World of Wheels on Saturday, March 17 at 4:30 pm in the 2nd floor theatre. Please plan to attend and support Dino and his motorsports achievements.
  9. 4 points
    Hi All, I have taken the last few weeks to put together a website to host all of our event results, dating back to 2016 (when I became the Chief of Timing and Scoring). This site also includes updated class and pax standings for the season. It is a work in progress and I plan on adding a few more pages and features to the website. If there are any suggestions, or things you'd like to see in terms of stat tracking etc, please post below. The site is: www.wsccautoslalom.com Thanks.
  10. 4 points
    I will be heading up to Gimli late afternoon on Friday to setup the course. If anyone wants to come out for a bit, maybe after hot laps if you are up at the track, and lend a hand that would be good. My timing completely depends on how work goes but I think I'd be there by 530. The general plan is lay out the course, trim weeds from the racing line and then clean off the course with a leaf blower. Sounds like a fun Friday night right? This is why I am not in sales or marketing or really any public facing job.
  11. 4 points
    Events 8 and 9 have been added to the site as well as up to date PAX and Class Season Standings. NOTE: Event 5 has been scratched (Gimli Road Course), so there will only be 8 events displayed on the season standings. @justkickin I have addressed the timing discrepancy between you and Chris. @Curtis I have added your fastest run from event 8 that had mysteriously gone missing. @dark_daku89 I have updated the previous events where you were incorrectly classed, as per your request. If there are any other timing questions/issues please feel free to post them here.
  12. 4 points
    Echelon Wealth Partners Present The Honda vs Mazda Challenge Race Weekend A full race weekend with a Mazda vs Honda feature race each day. 8 Races in total! This is an incredible amount of track time!!! We’re offering a $250 tow fund for any closed wheel driver or $100 for any Time Attack driver doesn’t call GMP home! $750 in Cash prizes for the fastest Time Attack Pax Lap of the weekend. Any Honda or Mazda can compete in the feature. This is a team race in which the winning team will claim the trophy! We’re calling you out Alberta! Come race at GMP for the Echelon Honda vs Mazda Challenge Trophy! https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2018-wscc-rr-3-hl-ta-echelon-honda-vs-mazda-gimli-motorsports-park-244030 WSCC 2018 - Echelon Honda vs Mazda Challenge & Time Attack Shootout Supplemental Regulations.docx Echelon Wealth Partners Present - Honda vs Mazda Challenge Schedule - July 21 22nd 2018 (1).xlsx
  13. 4 points
    Shawn, You couldn't have said it better and you took the time to thank everyone involved in the event. However, there is one thank-you that is missing. Thank-you Shawn!! It's incredible how much effort you put into organizing the weekend events and how none of this would've been possible without your determination to get it done. I can't believe anyone would consider this last weekend as anything other than a success. Well done, and looking forward to helping with the July double-header.
  14. 4 points
    Nish became distressed after realizing that even with an R8, he still couldn't beat me. So he sold the car, picked up his ball, and moved to Ottawa, hoping to try his luck against some less fearsome competition.
  15. 4 points
    Just toured the Gimli Race Track 0.85 Km perfectly placed in front of the hotel and pier. Track was built by grader so there’s nicely sloped gentle banks not harsh brick walls to smash your car up. Even after the sun and temps we’ve had there is ZERO slush or water on the track. We should have some great racing this weekend!!
  16. 3 points
    If you are thinking about going, sign up NOW! There are already 1271 entrants, out of 1350 available spots: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/2018-tire-rack-scca-solo-nationals-lincoln-airpark-national-828885 Cancellation fees before August 13 are only $20, so if you think you're going, sign up now before the spots are gone. Entrants list is here: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.status/uidEvent/CF331522-B0C3-254D-4A0E8088E2E888C5#class1-4A2329FE-D031-DC80-FE79C3F92B5CD59B For those that are debating, this is the largest amateur motorsports event in the world. The scale is staggering, the courses are fun, the competition is intense, and the people are great. It's a bucket-list item if you love autocross.
  17. 3 points
    Wow, that was a really fun course! The wide-open design really felt like national SCCA courses with lots of line selection available. Kudos to Shawn for the design. Here's my third and best run:
  18. 3 points
    Unbelievable how smooth things really went with such a large turn out. Mucho kudos to all the volunteers. A-may-zing! Thank you.
  19. 3 points
    Agreed Scott. It seems that there are too many fingers in the pie. Ultimately it should be the director (and/or assistants) who generates a schedule that has our sponsors input and guest racer interests at its core and not impacted by external people or groups who want to modify it for their own personal daily agendas.
  20. 3 points
    Hey everyone, thanks so much for coming out! It looked like everyone had fun and learned lots even though it was hot. I was pretty dehydrated by the end of the day, but it's all worth it. A big thank you to Shawn for the behind the scenes work setting everything up, and to Mark at Speedworld for giving the students some free passes.
  21. 3 points
    Good evening everybody! Some exciting news is in the air. For our July 21-22 event, there is going to be CASH prizes! Up to $750 total cash to be given out! Make sure you get yourself registered to secure a spot. You need to be registered for both Saturday AND Sunday to qualify. Prizes will be awarded for the top 10 fastest PAX times for the weekend. Long track will be run Saturday and short track on Sunday. Cash prises for TA event #3 as follows: 1st $250 2nd $150 3rd $100 4th $75 5th $50 6th $25 7th $25 8th $25 9th $25 10th $25 Register here: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.dashboard/uidEvent/20D48A2F-B1AA-299A-8BA9F32B440FA30A/uidMember/356036C4-93A8-7E91-09C51A9358AFE68F Also, don't forget that you can have an extra day of fun on Friday for only $50! Select Friday Hotlaps as an extra when registering for the event. See you all soon!
  22. 3 points
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/borishphoto/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2170732569836793 Boris took some pictures on our afternoon runs
  23. 3 points
    Anyone interested in co-driving my Focus RS this Sunday? Looking to partner with a mature, responsible adult. Must have driver's licence, a sense of humour, and enjoy long walks on the beach. Ha -ha, just kidding about one of those requirements. You don't actually have to be "responsible". Send me a PM if you're interested.
  24. 3 points
  25. 3 points
    The morning pictures from Saturday's HPDE/Race school are now online. I'll have more up from the afternoon sessions this week. https://www.flickr.com/photos/40991851@N03/albums/72157690762383160