This is a cut and paste from Weebly in 2017 and I think it's still valid today:
Yeah, it's me again ... "Mr. Let's Keep this Going"
First of all, thanks to Helix for initiating this topic with "Novice Taxi" and to Dale for resurrecting it with "Promoting Autocross". Here's a brief summary of the ideas submitted so far:
Promote awareness by producing business cards for random distribution.
Create a promotional video highlighting the action and excitement of the sport. Could include some testimonials from certain photogenic members (leaves me out).
Develop a relationship with local car clubs such as Unrestricted Empire (UE) and Top Tier 1 (TT1) to spread the word about AutoSlalom, which could become a win-win for everyone.
Consider introducing a new event at the beginning of our 2018 schedule called "Introduction to AutoSlalom". See this thread for details.
Simplify the constraints of our current classing rules by introducing a casual class called "Open Class" or "Raw'. Basically, if the car is street legal and registered, it's qualified.
Offer promotional items, such as T-shirts, ball caps, at each event to novices and spectators to help spread the word that AutoSlalom is alive and well.
Consider reducing the number of events over the season so as to consolidate the entry levels to a more sustainable number. Maybe 30 - 40 per event. However, this is a "Catch-22" in that less events could equal less entries over the span of the season.
"Make Autocross Great Again (MAGA). Got to love that suggestion! Should that become our mission statement?
End of event "casual" run. This would expand the "Introduction to AutoSlalom" (proposed at beginning of season) to each and every event. No need to register or go through tech inspection (this could be an issue), but it would allow people who arrived as spectators to take their car for a spin (no pun intended) on the course.
Need an improved location. Do we adopt an "it is what it is" attitude or do we dig deeper into avenues that we've already explored? There's been talk about Red River Ex, the water treatment "sludge pond", Springs Church, and the Cirque de Soleil property across from Ikea. Springs Church might work as a once per season promotional event. Might be hard to get the hot-dog guy to come to the sludge pond.
Mix it up. This suggestion encourages variety to maintain interest throughout the season. Not only should we use the Gimli skid pad for our AutoSlalom, but what about adding another Gimli AutoSlalom event on the road course?
Stimulate interest by introducing a "Team Challenge" event where you're competing as part of a team rather than one-on-on class completion.
Add a sponsored charitable event to our schedule that would draw attention from a larger audience.
Waive the entry fee for first time entrants.
Add a "Novice School" to the schedule which would minimize anxiety issues or reluctance to compete. Strictly casual runs with no timing and no mandatory course work.
If in reality there really is a $25K allocation set aside for improvements (sounds too good to be true), how to we use a portion of this fund to promote our sport?
Allow a little more leniency with late arrivals if they are newcomers or rookies.
Establish a core base of attendees by offering a discount on a "season ticket". Details need to be worked out.
Select certain events in the schedule to be a combined car show and AutoSlalom event. This might be better suited to Springs Church for the required display area.
Encourage attendance by offering prizes at each event.
Consider splitting the season into two mini seasons of 9 events each. This would give individuals with conflicting schedules to still have a chance at winning a trophy ( or would that be a half-trophy?)
Encourage spectators by providing bleachers or maybe a sheltered area (tent) near the start/finish area.
Post individual videos and any other commentary that would help identify new members. Sort of a "get to know each other" kind of thing.
Post the point standings on a more frequent basis to encourage not only competiveness, but to minimize the laissez-faire attitude of "what's the point of coming out". Instead, wouldn't it be nice if it resulted in the " holy crap! ...if I attend the next 3 events, I could actually win this thing!!"
Lastly, I apologize for any of the great suggestions I may have missed. Do not hesitate to respond to this thread and add any more suggestions you may have. Thanks everyone for your input to promoting Autocross and encouraging me to write this summary.
Back in 2017, there was a discussion about promoting autoslalom and I really think we all need to look at this again. Our sport is awesome but not enough people know about it. I remember when we had 60+ drivers every event and I want to get back to that. I believe that the root of our low numbers is our site. I know it's all we have but it doesn't need to be. We need to take another shot at getting the sludge lot or find other suitable sites. Does anybody have the address of the sludge lot? I have a connection to a government lobbyist who knows all the right people to get us the sludge lot but it might cost us something (sorry, this is how our city works).
A big thank-you to the organizers for putting on the Western Canada Time Attack Championship event this past weekend. And a special thanks to the volunteers for letting us have fun and keeping us safe.
The competition was close, with some positions being decided by tenths of a second. The GT class was well represented and proved that our PAX system is fair and working quite well across all classes. The GT and T classes use a linear PAX system, so no one can complain that one class is favoured over another.
It was also interesting to note the “Time to Beat” for each class. It just goes to show how hard our first-place finisher was driving on the weekend and posting a significant spread between his closest competitors.
So, congratulations to our undisputed champion - well done, Roland!
Many thanks to all that worked so hard to make this event great!
Special thanks to Gerd Uebele, who gave me great advice, Saturday afternoon, on improving my line, on tire pressures, and on car balance. I said to him that it would be worth a couple of tenths for TA on Sunday . . . he said ‘more’!
Well, he was right, it was more like 7 tenths plus consistency. On the second session on Sunday, all 5 of my laps were below my previous personal best!
I had 2 unique experiences this weekend with some RCMP officers. 1) I was able to tell one officer where to go (how to drive the line); 2) I had occasion to take 2 officers as passengers, 180+km/h many times, no dangerous driving or speeding tickets, lots of fun!
Times are posted - https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/2029065
Thanks to all who participated - and the great volunteers who kept the 'Ship sailing.
It was nice to see old friends and make new connections.
As always comments and concerns will be addressed ASAP.
If you or a friend want to assist with T&S - please let us know.
Will do, planing to head up Saturday with the family for a bit. I’ll be sure to stop by and introduce myself.
Yes I was up at the track the first track day of the year for an couple hours after work. Met Rocky and his girlfriend.
It was kind of funny after driving over the toughest mountain pass in Canada with no issues to then have the transmission fail pulling out of Brandon. Hope once I get it replaced I’ll have a few trouble free year's out of it here.
Brent, I can help you with hotlapping reserved number, but you'll have to reserve your Time Attack number through the link at WCMA which takes you to MSR reserved numbers. Western Canada Motorsport Assoc | MotorsportReg.com
Be sure to stop by and say Hi to Roland #328 Mazda RX8 and myself, Brian #65 Focus RS. We'll be more than happy to show you around and introduce you to the gang. I believe you've been to the track once already?
Now that you're on the prairie flatlands, you shouldn't have to worry about overheating transmissions while towing your race vehicle. Hope you got that problem resolved.
Thanks @donrolandofuriosofor keeping on top of all these hot lapping requests and getting our new members the information they need. Looking forward to meeting some new faces and hanging out with the regular hot lapping and Time Attack crew. See you all soon!
As per registration site on MSReg:
OPEN TO ALL EXPERIENCE LEVELS
PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR RUN GROUP PRIOR TO REGISTRATION
HELMETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN LIMITED QUANTITIES AND SIZES.
GATE OPENS: 9AM
WORKERS MEETING: 11:20AM
CLASSROOM SESSION 11:00AM
DRIVER'S MEETING 11:50AM
TRACK HOT: 12:00PM - 7:00PM
TRACK CLOSED: 7:00PM
***BE ON GRID @ 12PM SHARP!***
Wednesday evening, and there are only nine racers signed up for Time Attack - what gives?
Where are all the competitors? The weather is forecasted to be great, the track is considerably smoother since the last track repairs, and we will have Hotlappers in between runs to allow us to cool down our cars.
It doesn't get better than this! Sign up and race this upcoming weekend!
This is a reminder for all you folks out there who want to try your car on the track:
This upcoming weekend is Hotlapping Heaven! On Friday everybody can sign up and bring their car to the track, providing the car is safe and wider than it is tall. Novice, yellow wristband holder or green wristband holder... everybody can go!
Drive on Friday, earn your green wristband and come out on Saturday and/or Sunday! Alternating with the Time Attack racers, green wristband holders can spend hours on the track perfecting their lines and testing the limits of their cars! (No yellow wristbands, please...Hotlappers are being incorporated into the race schedule on Saturday and Sunday!)
This is your opportunity to pit side by side with T/A racers from Western Canada fighting for the inaugural Western Canada Time Attack Championship!!!
Sign up at MSReg.com! Tell your friends, tell your co-workers... it doesn't get any better than this!
(btw. great weather forecasted, as well!)
I have a set of Bridgestone RE71-R sitting in my garage. I had bought them from a fellow member and thought I would try to fit them on my car.
I have since set up my car to run 17".
They are about five years old, worn at least 70% or more and are most certainly not top spec anymore. But they will do for a few Slalom events, quite a bit of hotlapping, or will be good for drifting.
Both Hotlapping and Drifting will be happening this upcoming weekend, and I can bring the tires with me to Gimli. Or pick them up before the weekend and have them ready for any of the upcoming events.
$150 firm for all four. Don't have a picture handy right now, will try try to get one posted within the next two days.
BTW: Sign up for hotlapping or Time Attack this weekend! here will be plenty of track time even for Hotlapping on Friday, Saturday AND Sunday!