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  1. I am sitting here, processing the past weekend in my head. My involvement into this event started when Scott asked me whether I would take the position of HPDE Director, as help was needed. Accepting it, I had no clue what was awaiting me... I was paired with two masters in their field, and my position was almost that of a puppet - and I say this in the most complimenting sense. Darin and Jordan know what they are doing, and I was priviledged to experience how much planning, work and effort goes into making this event happen...especially during CoVid19! And there were so many more people
    10 points
  2. Thank you to the WSCC for having me out to do the event photography this weekend. I am adding the link to the bottom of this post for the photos from this weekend. I believe you should be able to save photos directly from the page I am linking. You can also contact me at r.thomson.photography@gmail.com. https://photos.app.goo.gl/gmz1NTvrCgcpExAu5
    7 points
  3. I've reviewed the Public Health Order in detail and have advised the Executive that it is my opinion as President of the Club that we are permitted to hold our events, provided we observe the Public Health Protocols that apply to outdoor events (i.e. remain in cars unless 6 feet of social distancing can be maintained and we encourage everyone to wear face masks even when outside, and changes to washroom facilities are made so that a minimum of 6 feet social distancing space can be maintained at all times - or in other words - only one at a time). We will be discussing this at the meeting
    7 points
  4. Great summary Roland. I couldn't agree more. But a special thanks to you and Darin and Jordan. As always, this event is the highlight of our year. It is the single most important event for our Club in terms of outreach and engaging new members, new entrants, and hopefully new racers as well. It showcases the best our club has to offer, from the professionalism of our organizers, marshals and event staff, to the caliber of our curriculum and instructors, and ultimately, the quality of our overall competition programs. All of that is delivered in a way that makes it all look so smoot
    5 points
  5. To all of the Volunteers from this past weekend, I want to say a huge thank you, and if I were allowed within 2 meters I would offer each and every one of you a very well deserved pat on the back. I think that was by far our best Volunteer turnout, I could barely keep track of all the names in my trusty book! To those of you who have been out there before, that experience is really starting to show. Other than a few radio mishaps, you all did an excellent job of keeping everything flowing smoothly, and I am super proud of the job you all did. The instructors did a really great job this
    4 points
  6. It was great to watch the progression of the drivers over the two days and see how much fun everyone was having. It was a great group, and special credit must go to the instructors, organizers and helpers who all contributed to a fun and safe event. When passing was allowed on Sunday afternoon, every single pass on the back straight was accomplished cleanly and safely. Every driver given a blue flag responded exactly as taught. Compliments to everyone from the corner marshals!
    4 points
  7. Here is the April 2021 Aficionado. Enjoy. WSCC Aficionado 2021-2 online.pdf
    4 points
  8. Another data point here on the RT660 vs Re71R size. I received my 215/45/17 RT660 and compared them to a new never used 225/45/17 RE71R. Mounted on the same 7" wheels side by side they are almost identical height less than 1/8" difference. If you have clearance issues or already run a pinched Re71R setup absolutely consider going down a size in width if available. And another not so apples to apples comparison. 245/40/15 RT660 are about 10.5" worth of tread from sidewall to sidewall where as a 245/40/17 RE71R mounted on a 8.5" wheel is under just under 10". In theory
    3 points
  9. 225/45/17 rt660 on left, 235/45/17 re71r on right. Stacked two high.
    3 points
  10. Thanks everyone for your input and comments. I can advise that the Executive has assembled the 2021 WSCC COVID-19 Policy and Practices Directive that will govern all events held by the WSCC for 2021. This will be presented at the Club meeting tomorrow night for review and passing. It will be posted here on the Forums later today so that people have an opportunity to review the Directive in advance of the meeting and come prepared with any concerns or comments they may have. Unfortunately, with the recent change in the Province's Public Health Order, it didn't give us as much time to
    3 points
  11. Good question. The wcma time attack regulations list non production cars as "Non-production vehicles, which include: formula, sports racing, open-wheel, tube frame, nonproduction drive configuration, more than one engine". While production vehicles are list as " Production vehicle is defined as a single, specific, make, model and year, entered in any class (excluding Open Modified) and must meet all of the following "production vehicle" requirements: 4.2.1. Have been series produced; 4.2.2. Have been federalized for legal public road use in Canada; 4.2.3. Have b
    2 points
  12. Thanks to everyone for making this past weekend a reality. Awesome job keeping everyone safe both on and off the track. Hope we can continue to adapt to meet the challenges as they come. Really another blast that we won't soon forget.
    2 points
  13. There is likely three things that caused fire... Paint boiling off stock Pads caliper getting hot, slider boots melting, seals failing and sending fluid past the cylinder you have a pressure leak in the rubber lines @ the crimp locations Changing to DOT4 or 660 won't help the fire situation. All brake fluid will ignite if sprayed onto a hot rotor. I lit my wheels up last season with Motul 660 in the caliper. The rest is subjective but I will argue that EBC yellows are the best bang for the buck for all-round double duty use. Are there better track-day pads? yep! Are th
    2 points
  14. Those are track pads, you will not get them nearly hot enough to be fully effective at autox. The preferred Hawk pad for autox would be the HPS or HP+ depending on what your priorities and what you drive. For the Carbotech, you are looking more along the lines of an AX6. I run EBC Blues at autox, and would swap in RP's or the DTC for track days. On National level courses, you are only touching the brakes to change balance and rotate the car. At St Andrews you have big stops at the pivots, kind of like turn 3 in Gimli, but from half, or lower, the velocity. And like others have ment
    2 points
  15. These photos are all sized for social media use as well so fell free to share. On a little self promotion note my instagram is rpt_sports_photography . Feel free to tag me as the photographer if you share on instagram.
    2 points
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  17. Just an FYI, some people missed a yellow flag radio call from station 2 last weekend. Thankfully, Jen heard it at Race Control, although it was very quiet. (Trust me; I was talking quite loud.) Thankfully, it was just a car off the outside of turn three. He managed to thread his way in between the tire barriers on the outside of three and rejoin safely. I tested out the radio with an alternate radio and found the speaker microphone was at fault. I tested out a couple more speaker mics, and found another one that was completely dead. They live a hard life and don't last forever. With
    2 points
  18. Two new speaker mics and ten new radios, programmed, charged and labeled. Will check the rest of the speaker mics and radios next track weekend. I think a few antennas on the older radios might be bad as well, so I will order some new ones. These should last us many years to come.
    2 points
  19. The Aficionado is rapidly becoming my most favourite read! Outstanding idea to interview Damon Surzyzchyn...does that make the Aficionado now an international publication? Great work, Mia and Brad!
    2 points
  20. There's no definitive answer for tire pressure. Lots of variables involved such as what tire you're running, weight of car, driving style, or even road surface. Typically we chalk the outside edge of the tire so we can see how far over the tires "roll over" so we can reduce the pressure as low as possible without rolling over onto the sidewall. Maybe start at the factory recommended pressures located on the sticker on the inside of your door and adjust from there. Highly recommend getting a tire pressure gauge that allows you to adjust pressure while measuring. You'll probably need to let
    2 points
  21. Many variables.. front wheel drive? rear wheel drive? AWD? weight of the car? alignment? track conditions?.... as you can see the answer can get interesting.. for example I drive an MX-5 weighing 2300 lbs, with max camber dialed in and my ideal pressure is 28 psi all 4 corners to start and that might get changed a psi or two depending on track conditions that day... My advice, experiment, the best way to do that is attend every event and practice practice practice...
    2 points
  22. I’ve got some Falken RT-660’s being fitted today. I WAS supposed to have new tires today! Falken had production/shipping delays and they only just today arrived in Canada, NOT in time for this weekend of Open Lapping. Grrrrrrrrrr! Oh, yeah AND SpeedFactor didn’t bother to tell me until after I arrived to pickup my car from the shop, only to find my old blistered, chord showing, tires still on the car. Grrrrrrr! & Grrrrrr!! maybe they were on that container ship diagonally parked in the Suez Canal :-(>>>
    2 points
  23. Asking for a tire to last a full season of autocross, (all or most?) open lapping and 300km a week is not likely for most cars. RE-71R was the easy answer for most Winnipeg autocrossers for years however Bridgestone has discontinued the tire and the replacement RE-71RS is not available in North America. further complicating things there's been a few new tire options available in the last 2 years each with their strengths and drawbacks. No clear tire choice at the moment, it will depend heavily on your cars characteristics, tire size option and your needs. If you want l
    2 points
  24. Given the recent updates to the Province of Manitoba Public Health Order and concerns raised by members and other potential attendees to WSCC club events, the Executive Committee has prepared the following Policy and Practices Directive based on our review and interpretation of the current Public Health Order and regulations. This Policy and Practice Directive will be presented at the Regular Club meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 pm. Instructions on how to attend the meeting are posted on the Forum. We hope that all members will attend for this important discussion and vote. With t
    2 points
  25. I'd be surprised if we cannot run our races. The club may not want to do so, however Unrestricted Empire had a huge meeting last weekend with a 100+ people unmasked walking around. That was something extremely risky and should never have happened, however they said that they had police and inspectors on scene and did not violate any regulations. They quoted an order that was just published (on April 8th), which basically allows "car meets" in the province. So if something as dangerous as a meeting with hundreds of vehicles that absolutely anybody can simply walk in and join is allowed, I'd be
    2 points
  26. I also camp at track. But buy my food and beverages once there. I can actually buy my beer that is brewed in Saskatoon for less there than at home. I will eat out at restaurant and also buy from grocery store for ice and snacks,it just easier. Also purchase fuel there all the time. Bruce
    2 points
  27. I've been going to GMP since the the beginning 1974, I remember going to buy fuel in town with my dad or his mechanic then in 91 got my own thing going and still buy food or fuel in town or the airport. Why would anyone want to transport 40 plus liters of fuel, that's an accident waiting to happen, plus fuel is sometimes cheaper in Gimli. Just because Jen and I along with others camping at the track, mean we ignore the town . We go in town for supper on Saturdays and we always see club members eating at the same place or recognize other members vehicles at other restaurants or g
    2 points
  28. I have a pretty good understanding of the Time Attack Classification, and I am also willing to help anybody to get their car in the right class. Two things to remember: 1) If you don't tell me all the modifications you have done, I can't help you to classify properrly. That means I show you your class based on the info I have...there is no guarantee that it is right if you give me the wrong information to start with! 2) I have zero tolerance for people trying to cheat by intentionally giving wrong information about their car. We are at a clubsport level, and you won't make it into the bi
    1 point
  29. Hey Everyone, I've been working with Ian and Brooke to reformat the look of our Time Attack Supplementary Regulations. The latest Version 2.0 is mostly about formatting but also includes some changes from Version 1.3 that was posted on 12 Mar 2021. These additional changes include: COVID-19 compliance with health orders Event liability waiver now required to be completed online, via MSR SpeedWaiver, prior to the event. No paper copies. Mandatory requirement to have car classed and PDF copy submitted (see separate post on car classification requirements) Clarif
    1 point
  30. That was not a misprint. Typically, in amateur motorsport electric cars are not allowed due to the battery they utilize to operate the car. While NiNH batteries are already a major safety concern, the Li-Ion batteries (and derivatives) that modern BEVs and PHEVs utilize are a real problem. After any major mishap the rescue personnel does not only have to deal with lethal electricity, but there is a real danger of fire. And we are not talking a fire like we see because engine oil dripped onto an exhaust manifold and ignited. We are talking a seriously hot, ongoing fire that is nearly impos
    1 point
  31. I think the main issue was mentioned near the start, steel doesn't conduct heat as well as aluminum, so it kept building up in the wheel rim and brake rotor. Compounding that material issue your average steel wheel shape usually just have small holes in what would otherwise be a smooth disk, and not thick spokes like alloys to get into the airflow and create more turbulence, so it's probably safe to assume that the air flow through the wheel is reduced compared to your average aluminum rim design, and also that in this case potential cooling air flow was further blocked by the plastic covers t
    1 point
  32. A huge thankyou to all the volunteers and instructors that spent their weekend making sure none of us students screwed up too badly. It was a very professional, smoothly run event. There was never a time when I didn't know where I was supposed to be and what I was supposed to be doing and that speaks to the huge amount of organizing that must have gone on behind the scenes. I and every other student I spoke to had a blast the whole weekend and that was only because of the time and effort put in by the organizers, volunteers and instructors. Thank you!
    1 point
  33. Changing your brake fluid won’t improve the fireproofing, but using something like MOTUL RBF660 reduces the possibility of your brake fluid boiling at elevated temperatures Boiling produces vapor, which compresses easily resulting in loss of braking, liquid brake fluid doesn’t compress. Get stainless steel brake hoses, when they get hot, they don’t expand like ordinary rubber ones do. If you’re using your brakes hard, regular street pads will wear very quickly when you operate above the designed temperature range. So you need pads that will operate at elevated temperatures. Even street p
    1 point
  34. I would definitely recommend starting with upgrading your brake fluid first and then start looking at brake pads. ATE Type 200 or Motul RBF 660 are popular options. I believe Speed Factor stocks Motul regularly so it is easier to get a hold of. Another potential upgrade to consider would be swapping our your rubber brake lines with some braided stainless steel lines. They won't improve braking performance but they may improve the feeling of your brake pedals (firmer pedal under braking) as rubber brake lines tend to expand under high pressure. This is definitely not required but might be a wor
    1 point
  35. It's over here this year, https://forums.wscc.mb.ca/index.php?/topic/12083-2021-autocross-permanent-number-reservation/
    1 point
  36. Finally got to going through some of my video footage from last year. Can't wait to get on the track again. A big thanks to the workers who brave the elements to let us have fun on the track!
    1 point
  37. I know.. lol. I don't drive it much so it wasn't such a priority.
    1 point
  38. I can check with Patrick Swayze, but I think he is busy. Plus, I always thought he would be bigger.
    1 point
  39. I'm trying a new brand this year. There was an article on them in Grassroots Motorsports. We'll see how they hold up. Nankang CR-1 255/40r17
    1 point
  40. Please note that those dates are tentative and are subject to change.
    1 point
  41. Chris Boettcher 6417 Thanks Helix.
    1 point
  42. Lots of interesting perspectives here. Good to see that people are invested and want to discuss solutions. I think everyone shares the view that we need to spend as much time and money in Gimli as possible, and engage with the community at every opportunity. Remember that each and everyone of us is an ambassador for the club and the future of GMP. I hope to see you all at the meeting on Thursday for more discussion of the article that appeared in the Weekly Express at the beginning of the month and the impact this development is likely to have on the future of the track.
    1 point
  43. There is also the section on Sporting Events, which I believe is where Autox falls under which says "Organized practices, games and competitions at outdoor sporting facilities may take place, but the operator of a facility must ensure that no multi-team tournaments are permitted at the facility." We are all solo entries so I assume it would be fine. We'll have to wait and see but as Roberto said, I doubt we'd be cancelled.
    1 point
  44. I too spend my money in town, my gas ( except for my VP), food and lodging is there. I am not a big camper but understand the fun and the comradery that this brings and is an important and necessary part of the sport. In my eyes it is hard to promote smaller grids as not much fun for spectators to watch 4-10 cars drive around. But then we have another issue and that is how to grow the grids to have a "show" to promote. Kind of chicken and the egg thing. And then that brings another issue to light and that is the big elephant here. With the track in poor shape, looking run down, its hard to get
    1 point
  45. Thanks @Jim Eh. What I find to be the most Interesting statement is when Counsellor Palson uses the daycare reference where she questions why there’s been no discussion around the sale of the race track – just a vote. A possible lack of transparency is evident.
    1 point
  46. I do, however, need to point out something that disturbs me a little bit: many of the people who use GMP do not spend much money in town. I take the liberty to exempt myself from this statement. I have always had the attitude that I should leave money wherever I go. And even to this day, when I don't earn too much money anymore in outlying communities, I still abide by the rule of leaving money where I am, as the communities have spent money to make me feel welcome there. And I know that there are a few others who think like that...a few! Yet, many people do not have this attitude.
    1 point
  47. So say a Wednesday night with a start time of 8pm?
    1 point
  48. As many people in this club know, I grew up in Germany. Living about 5km away from the next Hill Climb track, I watched motorsport from an early age on. Nevertheless, I did not get hit by the the racing bug until I was about sixteen years old. Not being able to attain a driver license for another two years, I got involved with one of the three motorsport clubs in our valley and offered my services as a co-pilot during rallies. Not too many people can read notes at full vehicle speed over jumps and through turns without throwing up, so I became a valued -albeit not well paid- commodity very qui
    1 point
  49. I apologize guys, I just realized I totally missed that part! My favorite track toy has been a 2014 Viper GTS. It is completely stock, right down to the Pirelli PZero tires. 295s in the front and big fat 355s in the rear. The StopTech brakes, lightweight wheels, and carbon fiber aero bits are all exactly the same parts as the TA model which was the most "racey" Viper at the time.... until the ACR came back the next year and really raised the bar. I got it on the scales at the track last summer and it weighed in at 3490 lbs with me in it, and on my last dyno day the huge V10 made 591wh
    1 point
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