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  1. Everything you said equally applies to any infectious disease, including influenza. The flu killed 29 people in MB 2019/2020 season and hospitalized 400 as per our Government's own record keeping. For some reason, it never caused any alarm or curtailing of day to day life. Perhaps we should cancel September and October racing dates because that is the start of flu season. Can't be too careful! There is nothing rational or scientific about the advice we are receiving from the Government. They are so invested in their response to COVID that they have to keep pretending that they didn't completely overreact to the situation and cause tremendous harm to people and businesses. The active case count of COVID has been falling for nearly a month now and currently sits at 30 something cases in a population of 1.3 million people. They can barely find more than 1 or 2 news cases a day out of hundreds of samples. This is an "emperor has no clothes" moment happening in real time, a farce. If the club has to follow these rules, then there's nothing we can do. But please don't pretend this isn't anything other than cover your ass politics as usual. Our lives are being sacrificed in order for Pallister and Roussin to not take any blame at any cost to public at large.
  2. Why would autocross be delayed or cancelled because of COVID? It's outdoors and no one is required to come close to each other. Not to mention that MB's "outbreak" is currently on life support with something like 30 active cases in the entire province. If people can go golfing, they can go autocrossing.
  3. It was my first real event on the Gimli skidpad and it was great to have that large area to incorporate some different elements in to the course design. As far as format, I would have been satisfied with 5 runs with one change over.
  4. http://live.axti.me/live/55126306d4db9e0e00a12aa1/5d501cd5acd177101dd3254f
  5. I think the OEM tires on my RS3 have thrown in the towel. Pirelli junk! Other than that, it was a fun day with great weather.
  6. The results start with 2nd place, there's no first. Maybe we don't even need any runs, 1st place will be awarded to the best course walker. You're fast in 2 runs? I was fast during the course walk!
  7. Sounds like a fun guy to have around.
  8. I'm in favor of 5 runs. The biggest issue I have with autocross is the amount of time spent relative to the amount of racing you get to do. Even adding one run helps justify the outing for those of us with a scarcity of time. Fun runs aren't quite the same, certainly with respect to the level of seriousness employed. I'd like to suggest that 3 runs at SCCA Nationals is a practical move to get through the massive number of cars racing.
  9. When I go to Chevy Canada right now and choose 2019 Corvette Grand sport it gives me a $76,895 MSRP before adding any options. You can easily upgrade to $90k plus if you add in performance packages and different wheel sets. So the new mid-engine is going to be cheaper? That's a tough pill to swallow. We shall see. The exterior looks great, like a Ferrari crossed with a Ford GT, but the interior is the typical sore spot. It appears the driver is walled off from the passenger by a bulkhead containing a row of 25 buttons and the steering wheel is aesthetically dreadful. There will certainly be a lot of complaints about the lack of a manual transmission, but the reality is many modern performance cars are just too fast for manual transmissions. If the car can do 0-60 mph sub 3 seconds, 1st gear is probably over in 1-1.5 seconds.
  10. What about the lot for the horse race track? It is massive, no curbs. https://www.google.com/maps/@49.8878951,-97.3295146,3a,51.7y,63.61h,85.13t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-OnJH4MxSBUdkJK39EHVjQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  11. Why at Gimli with so much space are the course starts still 90 degree turns? Let's have some cars launch hard, generate some smoke and excitement like the old days. These kinked starts are such a buzzkill.
  12. I think the biggest thing holding back autocross is St Andrews as a venue. Limited course variations due to the shape, no running water, isolated. Gimli offers better courses but driving two hours round trip for 4, 45 second runs is hard to justify from a cost/benefit perspective. A better lot inside the city would change everything.
  13. So this is open to those that did not attend the HDPE this year? I attended in 2010 and did the open lapping session last Oct 3rd. No racing license or whatever.
  14. Modern gen V haldex systems are not reactive and do not require slip to activate. This is the AWD system in the A3/S3/RS3/Golf R/TTRS, plus Volvos, Saabs and a few more. Throttle induced oversteer in winter is no issue. Power is transferred proactively depending on driver inputs. If you give a healthy amount of throttle engagement of the rear wheels is instantaneous. The 2018 Audi TT RS just won the one lap of America with 2nd and 3rd being Porsche 911s so I guess Haldex isn't that bad.
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