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Brian_Earl_Spilner

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  1. Husky and Mohawk used to offer 94 years ago back when I needed 94. Not sure if they still do, but their 94 had ethanol in it (if that matters to you). Not sure who/where else offers 94 these days.
  2. Ha, my mistake. I forgot about that logo. Like I said... It's been a while since I've gone to autox. I still stand by my point about the WSCC logo though. We used to sport those on our cars too back in the day at autox.
  3. All good points, but regarding the stickers and gear, I'm reluctant to put stickers on my car of the WSCC logo that still has a car from the 1930s (or whatever it is) on it. The car on the logo doesn't necessarily accurately reflect the modern sports car club. If I was an outsider/newcomer looking at that logo for the first time, I'd think the WSCC was a bunch of old timers in their ancient vintage cars that wouldn't be particularly welcoming to the younger generation in their modern machines. There had been discussions several years ago about modernizing the logo, and even some prototypes created, but nothing ever came of that in the end. I think it needs to be revisited.
  4. Not gonna lie, the site is why I stopped coming years ago. St. Andrews is a pile.
  5. I don't need one. I'm so fast, the wind blows out any fires.
  6. Is that thing even a fire extinguisher?! Looks like all that would put out is a candle.
  7. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/drive/mobility/article-why-do-we-switch-to-summer-gas-and-why-is-it-more-expensive/ For some reason, this article is behind a paywall for some, but not for others even if you're not a subscriber. I'll repost it here as is: "Gas prices have been going up again. Is that because of the switch to summer gas? Why do they switch to summer gas, anyway – and why is it more expensive? Will prices keep going up this summer for other reasons? – Daryl, Halifax The switch to summer gas sends prices higher every year – but this year has been worse, according to a gas price analyst. “The difference in price between summer and winter gas was always between three and six cents a litre,” said Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, a Toronto-based group that advocates for government policies in support of cheaper oil, gas and electricity. “But that changed a little bit with inflation and everything happening now (including reduced fossil fuel production, supply chain issues and boycotts on Russian oil after the invasion of Ukraine), and costs have gone through the roof. This year, I think it will be seven cents.” Refineries switch the gasoline formula twice a year because of government regulations. The switch to a summer blend is mandatory by April 15 and the switch to winter gas starts on Sept. 15. Summer gas has a lower Reid vapour pressure (RVP) – a measure of how quickly a gas evaporates. Each province sets the RVP according to technical standards set by the Canadian General Standards Board. Simply put, winter gasoline contains higher levels of butane. That butane is needed to start a car in cold temperatures. But in warm temperatures, gasoline with a lot of butane starts to evaporate quickly, producing ground-level ozone that can contribute to smog. For summer gas, some of that butane gets replaced with alkylates, which are “extremely expensive,” McTeague said. Summer gas also reduces the chances of “pinging” – when gas ignites on its own in the cylinder before it’s supposed to, he said. While summer gas is more expensive, it delivers better gas mileage. “There’s a difference and people do notice that,” McTeague said. “The big problem is that in the winter, a lot of vehicles won’t start very well on summer gas.” Alkylate prices are increasing because of growing demand, especially in China and India, he said. More refiners are using them worldwide to meet “more stringent environmental and consumption mandates.” More pump pain ahead? Gas prices rose in April after the switch to summer gas and the April 1 increase of the federal carbon tax. Expect more increases ahead, McTeague said. That’s partly the result of a regular supply-and-demand equation. Gasoline supply decreases every summer as refineries shut down for maintenance, while demand for gasoline increases because of summer travel. That demand fell because of the pandemic, but it’s coming back, he said. “After the May long weekend, watch out. Unless we go into a global recession or depression, we could see oil moving past US$130 a barrel,” McTeague said. “A lot of this simply is due to just lack of availability – supply chain issues and a lack of supply.” He said gas could reach $2.20 a litre this summer, with diesel going even higher. The issues we face every summer add “just pennies” to the cost of gas, said Carol Montreuil, vice-president of the Canadian Fuels Association, which represents the transportation fuel industry. “We can discuss all kinds of smaller details happening regionally, like winter versus summer gasoline,” Montreuil said. “But at the end of the day, when you look at the price at the pump, there are two main components – the price of crude and taxes … which are as high as 30 to 35 per cent [including GST and provincial sales taxes] in Canada.” The price of crude oil – which is used to make gasoline and diesel – has been volatile since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. It rose to more than US$130 a barrel in March. But since that peak, the price has dropped, ending the week around US$105 a barrel. “I clearly never make predictions; your crystal ball is as good as mine,” Montreuil said. “That said, [investment bank] JPMorgan is on the record saying that if the [European Union] sanctions on Russia were to include oil and gas, that could push the price of crude upwards of US$180 a barrel.” So how high could gas prices get? “A dollar per barrel is about a penny a litre at the pump,” Montreuil said. So if gas costs around $1.80 per litre when the price of oil is around US$100, the price of gas will be around $2.60 if the price of oil hits US$180 a barrel. Have a driving question? Send it to globedrive@globeandmail.com and put ‘Driving Concerns’ in your subject line. Emails without the correct subject line may not be answered. Canada’s a big place, so let us know where you are so we can find the answer for your city and province." Has anybody heard of this before? I mean, I've heard of Petro Canada advertising their so-called "Winter Gas", but I've never heard of all refineries being government regulated to have a summer and winter formulation that they switch between twice a year... Not to mention, what about provinces and cities with non-freezing climates like Vancouver? Why would they need butane and other additives in the fuel to help cars start? Plus, wouldn't changing formulations potentially mess with catalytic converters and oxygen sensors? It almost reeks of bullshit to have another excuse to raise fuel prices.
  8. I'm more curious if the drag racers have to abide by the same standards... Their cars on drag days are WAAYYY louder than anything running around during a track/race day.
  9. These policies are from 3 months ago... mid-April. Restrictions have become quite relaxed since then. I don't think the strict policies in this document apply much anymore for our outdoor racing events.
  10. It already has. If you go to any Shell, they have removed those stickers on the pumps saying that V-Power/91 does not contain any ethanol. All three grades now have "up to 10%" ethanol. Been like that for several months now.
  11. Any news on this from the meeting? (I couldn't attend)
  12. Is the car full-time AWD? or does it only send power to the front when slippage occurs? If it's mainly RWD (part-time AWD), you can probably get away with swapping just the front or rear two. But if it's sending power to all four all the time, yeah, I wouldn't have just one tire spinning at a different rate.
  13. Everyone who lives in Gimli knows there's a racetrack nearby. Do they really need an explanation for what that noise is that they're hearing? I'm sure they can put two-and-two together. It's likely more a case of "who cares" for most of them. I imagine a large majority of the town find the noise obnoxious, if the recent kaiboshing of St. Andrews' drag racing is anything to go by. Us racers and racing car fanatics are a niche crowd. I don't disagree that we need to focus on the track's strengths and the people that it brings into town, but I wouldn't hold my breath for magic to happen either. Gimli already sees TONS of Winnipeggers going there on weekends that have nothing to do with racing or the track. The boardwalk, pier, beach, ice cream stands and restaurants are packed nearly every weekend during the summer. The racers going into town to spend money, which likely represent a tiny percentage of visitors that the town already receives, won't be any sort of make-or-break, in my opinion. I may be wrong, but I just don't see that as a huge selling point.
  14. Not sure how the townsfolk wouldn't know racing is happening. You can hear the track in action all the way in town.
  15. Racing driver and Top Gear star Sabine Schmitz has died aged 51. The German, widely known as the "Queen of the Nürburgring", had suffered a long illness with cancer. https://news.sky.com/story/sabine-schmitz-dead-top-gear-star-and-queen-of-the-nurburgring-racing-driver-dies-aged-51-12248488 Sad news. She was pretty awesome.
  16. Did the dealership compensate you anything since it happened on their lot/property? Or was it solely through MPI?
  17. Nah, you weren't that far behind. Not bad for a first-timer.
  18. Haha actually we didn't take any. It was pretty cloudy, drizzly and cold so we kept the stops to a minimum. We were going to stop at the generating station/falls at Seven Sisters, but the road leading in was messy mud road, so we skipped it. And at West Hawk, we all parked all over the place.
  19. Pffffft. Cameras can still be a deterrent in a residential settings. They'll just head off to the next house without them. Plus, even if they do still steal stuff, I'd rather see the dickhead doing it than not knowing.
  20. Awesome drive, guys. Lots of fun. Ingolf is always a riot. Nice meal in West Hawk too. Thanks again Jim for the route. Sitting in a restaurant again for the first time after months and months was very strange. So glad things are becoming somewhat normal now.
  21. I wouldn't necessarily say there's a set time that we make it to West Hawk... Probably a couple of hours after we set off. But West Hawk is pretty much the end of the line though. It's a straight shot back to Wpg on the #1 after that. Unless people decide to drive the back roads some more. I myself will have to head home at that point.
  22. Southwest corner of the parking lot, 10:30am. I'll be in a white BMW. We'll eat at West Hawk.
  23. Since we'll be hitting Lagimodiere right away, how about we meet up Sunday at 10:30am in the Kildonan Place parking lot. Hit the road around 11:00am. Everybody welcome, of course. Tell your friends! The more the merrier.
  24. That looks like a fantastic route. Might as well do that one to change it up a bit. Tim, we can sneak into Ingolf.
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