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  1. Thank you for the reminder!
  2. I have been out of the loop on this and now I have to get #44 car ready in 16 days or less before my vacation. At first read it looks like we're out as i have pallets of used NT01's and a set of 4 new ones left over from two years ago. Who can I call and get the rundown on all of this and what it means?
  3. Oh wow... That is really too bad. I guess the Doctor grounding me from Road Racing and Ice Racing for a year from my crash isn't as bad as it could be.
  4. Forgot to mention; Thank you to Peter M for doing the Timing and Scoring all Ice Race Season. Big thanks
  5. Fist Pump Jamie - you and I tied for the season. Although I would wager that you're better off.
  6. I do own the setup and have for about 4 months although haven't used it yet so it's still in the boxes. I ordered the 12V pump style so it can work off a car battery at the race track. If you're on the the fence and really want some first hand experience we can open ours up and try it out and let you know. FYI - this is distributed in Canada via Babco Equipment and I have dealt with them for years.
  7. A video posted from a Gimli Photographer that was out on the ice with us:
  8. Hello Ice Racers! Hope each and every one of you had a good time racing this past season. There are some Post Season Wrap up points that I need to go through with each of you. In the next two weeks I will call up all the racers and have a discussion from points that came up in 2017 and also what we’re looking at for 2018. Before starting the boring parts below I want to congratulate Damon S for finally being the bride instead of the bridesmaid for earning the Rubber to Ice Champion for 2017, good work Damon! Also a big congratulations to Lee McRae who I call “Mr Constancy” as that dog is always in the hunt; he’s like a bad ex-girlfriend you can’t get rid of. Good work boys and good work to all the drivers! Special mention to Marleen J, great to see you back behind the wheel! Some of the points up for discussion from 2017; Race attire: As you all know the only real rule about racing attire is no nylon as that gets messy if there is a fire. WCMA has it on our radar about using FRC’s or Fire Resistant Coveralls for all racers which is what Alberta has been using for years. A Fire Resistant Coverall is a normal coverall treated (e.g. Nomex) for fire situations and are much cheaper than getting a race suit. Yes Race suits are fine too but still no nylon. Hans Device for Studded: Looking at making the Hans (Head and Neck restraint System) mandatory for studded drivers. Unfortunately I know personally how well these work. Yes I know they are expensive although we can look at getting rentals from the summer guys at $xx per weekend although you will need to make sure your Helmet is Hans ready for the different clips. Mandatory Ambulance Visit on a major accident; One part we’re looking at doing, and making it a policy is: if there is a massive incident and St Johns cannot clear you properly for whatever reason then then ambulance is being called without question no matter what the driver says. I’m probably the only example in the last 25 years where this applies although I need to remove the ‘question’ from St Johns and put it on us so we all know. If you get your bell is rattled and show signs of a concussion or an injury then ambulance is being called, no point in arguing. The ambulance can show up and clear you on their own and that’s fine although if you’re not 100% from St Johns then we’re calling the bus. I’ll chat to each of you about this for input. Roll Cages Certifications and Roll Bar A-Pillar bar addition; this is the biggie and now we’re forced to take it serious as crap can happen and it did. What I am going to do for 2018 is that every single cage in existence new or old is going to be re-inspected and re-certified going forward and there is no exceptions no matter what. This is coming from the guy that lived the dream and I will still be living it for at least 6 months. I will chat to each of you on this and there will be discussion points: Are all your welds seamless? Are there proper gusseting? Are your bars in the normal configuration? Are your floor plates the proper size? Welds in right/decent shape? Roll bar pipe the proper OD and proper thickness with inspection hole? ** We will do inspections ahead of time in case there is an issue and I will personally help anyone that may fall short with material or welding or whatever. Roll Bar A-Pillar Addition: I am going to propose the addition of the extra down-bar for the a-pillar to make a triangle of the a-pillar. It will be a straight pipe (no kinks or bends), please see photo attached below. I was thinking this will be standard for Studded going forward although we ‘should’ do this for every single RTI car too. My roll-over was around 55mph and the RTI cars can do that easily. As it turns out, new cages for 2017 already need this bar as so I’m told. ** Do NOT do any changes just yet to your roll cage until you hear from me (us) just so we’re all on track. Input on venue’s discussion points: Portage Double header? Keep it a double header? Looks like it will be the same Long Weekend next year and we can get on proper hotel rooms right now City of Portage did kick in $1500 towards this race as of 10 days ago whereas it was going to be a deficit I will be better equipped to plan this in 2018 instead of sitting in a hospital bed Gimli Sunday format? I know many RTI guys like the 6 race shootout in the morning as they don’t want to break/risk their cars in Studded Racing I know many Studded racers LOVE Enduro and I am one of those, it was hard to ‘watch’ this past Sunday The worker’s appreciation ride-alongs seems to have grown old so maybe we can do something more purposeful during that period as a thank-you to the workers. Plus still plan some ride-alongs for VIP’s, etc in advance. I could be wrong. Yes I know this sounds like a lot of changes and some of them being expensive; E.g. FRC, Hans, A-Pillar Roll Bar. You can share input here although I will call each of you in the next couple of weeks and go through these points in person. Thanks everyone.
  9. I'll hijack this thread to send out a big thank you to all the driver's for stepping up and getting a worker's schwag donation. I know we all scramble packing up our race car stuff and it's easy to forget a donation for the workers but every single one of you came through except for only one driver which I will have a personal conversation with. We need to remember these volunteers are the ones driving themselves to and from the race on their own dime just for the honor of standing on a frozen pond in minus 6 million windchill while we race our tin cans around and around with smiles on our faces Thank you to all the volunteers that made the 2017 Ice Racing Season what it was. We all salute you!
  10. From Jordan S: it's BR's or Pryme's please. Do you have some rubber?
  11. I may have some BR's available too for some strange reason.
  12. Updated posted, change of activities: GIF 2017_Variety Entertainment Night_Poster2.pdf
  13. Now that's what I'm talking about.... Thank you CLD Crew
  14. Sunday is Race Day #7 for RTI plus Studded Enduro plus Ride-a-longs (Manditory). Schedule is same as last year. * Schedule is tight so be prepared. RTI cars should be ready to go for 10am sharp; make sure your tin cans are already warmed up, suited up, tuned up, oiled up, belted up, fueled up, pressured up, tired up, axel’d up and wrenched up. You should only need to grab your helmet and go racing on time. No practice so race starts immediately. 9:30 worker meeting at Mega Trailer. Track is hot at 10am and RTI racing action starts sharp. If you need more time to get track hot then schedule Worker Meeting earlier than 9:30am.9:45 SHARP! Driver meeting for RTI drivers only. Don’t wait to be called, be at Mega trailer for 9:45am and ready to listen. To organisers: only need to speak to RTI guys and get them ready to go. FYI; there will be a different meeting later for Studded Enduro. 10:00am - 11:00am RTI Races and no practice. 12 minute races with 5 minutes in between checker and release of grid. For the RTI Drivers; have your crew ready for adjustments. RTI Race #1 RTI Race #2 RTI Race #3 11am -12:10pm Lunch Break 12:10pm to 1:10ish RTI Race #4 RTI Race #5 RTI Race #6 ** For T&S – We’ll need a weekend total of 1st, 2nd, 3rd for RTI races for Michael Lazer, Lakeview Resort Trophies please. 1:15 pm to 1:25 pm - Driver's meeting for Studded Enduro Race; Whoever wants to participate in the Studded Enduro needs to be at this meeting at Mega trailer. Meeting will be run by Jen B and Bob W with Jordan S as backup. Quick meeting discussing: - You must attend and give Jordan S your Car # as the starting grid is a random draw. Late takers will be at the back of the pack. - 15 min break for RTI guys to bolt on studded tires and check oil, fuel, etc. - Make sure your car numbers and plackers are clear as we need to record your standing manually during a long period of time. No number = no standings. Some points for the race and driver’s meeting and you may as well have the info now: * The entire session shall be 30 minutes * Split it to 2 x 15 minute sessions with a 10 minute break in between sessions * You can change drivers during the break with another properly licensed racer * Time does not stop during Red Flags * Race will not stop for you if you stuff it in a safe place * Race “will” stop for you if you stuff it in a dangerous spot but “time” won’t. If your car is stuffed in a dangerous spot and towed out you will be asked to go to the pits and park it for that session, you may come out for 2nd session. * Pay extra attention to the flag station workers and pay attention to your mirrors. It’s not about being fast, it’s about being consistent. * The initial start will be dual lanes, if there is a restart then it will be single file and all other starts will be single file * If there is a red-flag AND the field is stopped mid-field then back-markers will be sent around the track (slowly) and put at the back of the field prior to re-start. Their drive-around lap shall count as crossing S/F even if that puts them back on the lead lap. ** Ask Jordan questions on this if you aren’t sure what I mean. * Remember that black flag means to pull in to the pits in to the Staging lane and Red Flag means you stop racing and pull off the race line and stop safely on the track and wait for someone to come get you. 1:40pm: 10 minute Studded Practice then you pull back in to Staging grid for line-up. If you have an issue with your car then make sure you crew helps you out quick as there is only 5 mins gap. If you’re late then you lose your spot in the grid and you’re at the back. 1:55pm: Fire on Ice Studded Enduro 30 minute Shoot Out * Staging will have the random starting order by now. Go where you are told and get ready to start. 2:40pm (ish) - Checker Flag 3:00pm: Mandatory Drivers meeting for all drivers for VIP Ride-Along and Workers Appreciation at Mega Trailer: The Ride-alongs went extremely well last year with Bryce running the grid and Marcoux harvesting the crowd for ride-along people plus the drivers lining up to Bryce for the next rider. *** Hamish and Scott; Can you make sure VIP’s are here during this time plus Mike Lazer already knows 3pm for his trophies but can probably use a reminder. For this year we'll get Jordan S or Marcoux running the staging area for ride-alongs 1) All workers come in and leave their stations 2) This is mandatory for all drivers; if your car is broken then you will go out to a corner and work during this session so dress warm. If there is already workers for corners then to go to Grid and help with tee’ing people up with helmets and drivers and lining up 1 + 1 so it runs smooth. On the grid you will need to help passengers with the seat belt as they are not used to harnesses. 3) We need to make sure all St John’s Ambulance People get a ride plus all the workers get a ride 4) For Driver’s: Same as last year: Line up in the two grid lanes with RTI in the left and Studs in the Right. Do your three or four hot laps at 80% with your rider then pull back in to the grid line waiting for the next rider. Remember to remind your passenger to fold their arms and not grab on to the roll cage. 5) Please bring extra helmets with your name on it and put at Bryce’s truck so others can use them. 6) Michael Lazer should be here right now for Trophies prior to ride-along. FYI trophies will be: RTI it will be top points for the Gimli weekend, for Studded it will be the top three of the Studded Enduro. 7) Once Michael is done his trophy’s then the ride-along starts right away. Get your cars in line or get out to the corners. 8) Remember this is ride-alongs and not racing. Pay attention to your mirrors, stay away from Pit Entrance or Pit Exit, use hand motions if coming in the pits, you don't need to drive at 100%. That’s it for instructions and I’d like to that all the volunteers that make this happen plus congratulations to everyone for another season of Ice Racing in Manitoba. 4pm: Done 2017! And track is closed.
  15. Hey everyone, Here is our Gimli Lakeview Resort “Fire on Ice” race schedule Saturday is Race Day #6 and final race day for Studded. Schedule is a normal race day with practice starting at 10am sharp for Studded first then RTI. Workers lunch 11am at Lakeview Resort. 9:30 am - worker meeting – Lunch at Lakeview for workers 9:45 am - driver meeting at Mega Computers white trailer. Don’t wait to be called, make sure you are here at this time. Studded drivers should have cars running and ready as you are the track right after meeting 10:00 am – Track hot at 10am Sharp! Studded practice 15 minsRubber practice 15 mins Studded practice 15 mins Rubber practice 15 mins 11:00 am LUNCH – Worker lunch is good to go at Lakeview in Lounge ** Track is closed** Plow on track 12:00pm *** One caveat is that organisers may swap Rubber to run first from comments from last weekend. You will hear officially at driver's meeting. Studded Race 1 Rubber Race 1Studded Race 2Rubber Race 2** 15 Minute Ballet of the Plow Studded Race 3Rubber Race 3Studded Race 4 Rubber Race 4** 15 Minute Ballet of the Plow Studded Race 5Rubber Race 5Studded Race 6Rubber Race 6 4:30(ish) Finish 5pm to 6pm – Track is open to race cars and race drivers only. Ride alongs are permitted following our normal rules. ****For all RTI Drivers ****; No practice Sunday morning; if you need practice then do it now. 6pm – Track Closed – We got the CLD Crew as track security. ** Note to T&S; may we please have the points figured out by this evening for the starting order for RTI for Sunday morning? Thanks.