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Welcome to the website of the St. Lawrence Automobile Club or as it is better known:  St LAC, (pronounced “Saint Lack”).  The Club calls Kingston, Ontario, Canada home and is the motor sport group to join for any enthusiasts in South Eastern Ontario.

Why Join St LAC?

  • It’s a social thing!  Whether it’s at a meeting or some other automotive event, you’ll meet fellow car nuts who are more than happy to share stories and more.
  • Want to try your hand at racing? We’re more than happy to help and who knows — we might even be able let you try a fully-kitted car.
  •  Need to install a new Flux Capacitor?  We might just be able to help with that too.
  • For more information about joining or renewing your membership please click here.

September club news

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all doing well. If you are looking for action on track look no further than this weekends’ BEMC races at Mosport. We have seven St Lac club members in attendance:

  • Andrew Atkins in his Mustang,
  • Danny Corcoran in his late model stock car in GT1,
  • Pat Cyr in his BMW in GT2,
  • William Ferguson in a Piper Honda F1600,
  • Gary Allen in his Alfa GTV and
  • John Kinnear in his MGB.

So how cool is that? Basically, we are represented as a club in most classes and in most races. If you have never attended a racing weekend at why not start this weekend? Viewing from the top of the hill overlooking corner 2 and the fast downhill descent into corner 3 is always thrilling. Similarly, walking down to the inside of corner 4 can lead to an assault on the senses in the GT races during the opening laps as drivers compete for the inside entry into 5a and the famous Moss Corner (for you youngsters that’s named after the great British driver Sir Stirling Moss not the green stuff growing on your parent’s deck). Or be a bit lazier and opt for sitting next to the pedestrian bridge as drivers jockey for the inside line leading into the very fast right-hander ,corner 8, at the top of the back straight. I guarantee if you spend the time and money to attend on Saturday or Sunday you will not be disappointed. Both Pat and William can come away with title wins in their respective classes if their weekend goes smoothly. William is also on his way to the UK in October as he won the very prestigious US scholarship placement for the best young open wheel driver in the US. He’ll be racing against Europe’s best young talent in the Formula Ford Festival where many famous drivers cut their teeth – Jenson Button and Mark Webber were both winners whom you will all know well from F1… Trust me when I say William has talent as we may be watching a future champion So I hope the “announcer’s curse” does not come into play as it did last week at our final lapping session.

ST LAP III

For those not in attendance last week I started the drivers meeting by complimenting everyone for not having had any mishaps throughout the year. So it was alarming, to say the least, to hear over the radio we had a car upside down in corner 1 midway through the evening. Fortunately, the driver was out of the car and, most importantly, uninjured. The car remarkably was lucky too as the soft bottle bags in front of the tire wall absorbed most of the impact to such an extent that the airbags didn’t deploy. Thanks to the quick response the car was righted and returned to the owner the next day by several club members and, I believe, will be back on the road with a little bit of hammer and dolly work and a new windshield. Needless to say this incident put a damper on the evening and made for a shorter night than anticipated. It has also led to many discussions among the Executive towards implementing changes to our future events in an effort to prevent a repeat of any future accidents. Notably, we will be striving towards better scrutineering vs the self check mechanical safety forms we currently use, more emphasis will be placed on ride-a-longs with any newcomers to watch their lines and better communication regarding all the basic rules will be our main goal. So next spring we will have a large track map clearly visible at the registration highlighting the passing zones etc along with a sandwich board outlining the key points towards a safe and fun event. There will also be a mandatory check in for late arrivals that miss the drivers meeting to ensure everyone is up to speed with the evening’s events

New people, new directions

On a lighter note we have obviously stoked the creative juices with some of our younger members. So look forward to our social media numbers improving as Yoma takes on the responsibility of both the Facebook and Instagram club accounts ( I guess I’m going to have to subscribe — argh!) and in an effort to drive new membership among a younger demographic, Al is preparing several proposals for the fall and winter months – notably a Sim Racing league for us to get together and compete on line and in the Spring a karting event at Mosport . This karting event would mean chartering a bus or van, and attending the fabulous karting track at Mosport for practice and a race for the group. Costs will need to be looked into in more detail based on how many members show an interest in this event but I for one think it’s a great idea and would be fun to go to a new venue. So stay tuned over the next month or two as these proposals develop.

CRX workshop

I will be hosting another CRX workshop the afternoon of the 24th of Sept from 1-4pm, as we want to try and keep the momentum on the club car headed toward the track for the spring. That’s it for now . On behalf of all the volunteers and executive thank you for making this summer’s Picton and St Lap III events a great success and for your ongoing support.

All the best DC

RIP: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This picture is of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II checking the oil of Pink Floyd’s drummer Nick Mason’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.  She was a Mechanic in the British army when she was a young lady!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo source:  Hagerty Insurance

Performance Improvements to close their doors

A Letter From Performance Improvements

Friends,
We have some emotional news to share.

The passing of our founder and father in June caused a lot of soul searching for the McJannett boys. After a long discussion about work/life balance, Andy and Rob made the difficult decision to pull the plug. September 30, 2022 will be the last day of regular operations at the Toronto, Barrie and Hamilton stores.

Our mom and dad began P.I. with a single retail store at 1268 the Queensway. As it’s been said before, they turned that tiny store into a successful, multi-chain performance parts empire, er, business. But changes to the retail landscape make it difficult for us to justify the work we put in for the return we get back. As car nuts know, it’s hard to keep spinning your wheels without gaining traction.

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Late August news

CRX workshop:  Hello St Lac members, well the dog days of summer are upon us and I for one tend to freak out more than usual with all the tasks at hand as the weather cools down. Thank goodness the humidity we had earlier in the week has passed as trying to accomplish anything outside was grim… on that note Saturday’s weather looks decent, so we are going to take another kick at the can for getting the crx into primer. If your labour day weekend isn’t booked please rsvp me if you can come and help sand all the various parts and panels in preparation for the top coat of polyurethane paint , We put a good dent in the prep work several weeks ago but there is still a bunch of grunt work to do. So, if you are free Saturday afternoon from 1-4 please come and join us for a laugh or two and a cold one.

August 24th ST LAP III:  Last week’s lapping session ran very smoothly despite the shorter day length and next week’s event on the 8th will be similar. Fortunately we were able to get onto the track at 5:30 so that helped allow three sessions for all three run groups. We had an assortment of race cars from a TVR gran ventura right up to a wickedly fast street legal corvette that has competed in 1lap in the USA.. Our goal next year is to fill the grandstand with spectators as we put on a great free show. So even if you are not a pass holder, come out and mingle and grab a hot dog from the canteen and “shoot the shit “with some old buddies and fellow gear heads. You might even get a ride along as we have loner helmets on hand and many drivers willing to take passengers out for a rip.

Auto Biographies:  Lastly, we are working on a new feature for the website to allow any of you to upload your auto bio’s. We have such an array of talented drivers that we would like to profile and I am hoping many of the racers can provide a summary of their past year’s on track activities. With just two regional CASC race weekends left there are several stand outs – namely our young American F1600 racer from california, William Ferguson, who is leading the points race in the very competitive Toyo Tires open wheel series and Pat Cyr who is going into the last two weekends of racing with the lead in the GT2 class despite competing against several racers who should by all rights be running in to the GT1 category. I know we all like to keep to ourselves as car introverts but the whole point of the club is to provide a fraternity of similar minded petrol heads so I hope many of you will take a few minutes and fill in your profiles (past and present) once we get this up and running over the next few weeks. If nothing else take a picture of your car and let us know why you support the club so we can share the success we have as an organization that is turning 70 years old.

All the best and have a safe labour day if you are travelling – DC

ST LAC’s Young American driver William Ferguson headed to the Formula Ford Festival

ST LAC’s Young American driver William Ferguson who runs in Toyo F1600 is headed to the UK this fall as the US’s driver representative at this year’s Formula Ford Festival.  William who is 18 and heralds from Pacifica, CA – currently leads the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship (Canada).

What an incredible opportunity, I’m extremely grateful to have been a part of the 2022 @teamusaschol Shootout!! Thank you Jeremy Shaw for having me, and to all of this years judges. I had a lot of fun and learned so much from everyone. Such an honor to be surrounded by so much talent.

You can read more at https://www.briangrahamracing.com/

ST LAP III reminder for August 25

Hi Everybody, just a quick reminder that we are back at Shannonville for round four of St Lap III tomorrow evening. Can you please make sure to have the speed waiver ready at registration as we will push to get on track asap due to the shortening day length. The link for the speed waiver QR code is attached We have been pounded with rain the past few days along the 401 corridor so I wont be surprised if the forecast has a shower or two predicted but as is so often the case Shannonville is often dry as showers tend to skirt north of the 401.


Unfortunately, the CRX is still awaiting primer as we were rained out this past Sunday but progress was made on Saturday with added help from Ian, Lee, Andrew, Dan and myself. The newly painted glossy white floor is encouraging as we were able to tackle the first stages of prepping for paint.
All the best and looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow- Stay well DC.

speed waiver for August 25th

Clean spRay fiX workshop August 20-21st

Hi Everybody-  just a quick note to say we’ll be working again next weekend on both  afternoons of the 20th and 21st to get the CRX ready for the remaining  lapping evenings.  The goal on Saturday will be to clean, prep and tape up the car for primer-  spray it if we get that far and then on Sunday complete the assembly of the doors and fenders and bumper covers.  So if you are interested please contact me at danbya310@gmail.com  We’ll aim for 1-4 each afternoon.   I can also be reached by phone at 613 386 3851. all the best DC