The St Lawrence Automobile Club

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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 regular meeting or some other 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.

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A memo to the membership from our man in charge of memberships

Firstly, I hope everyone is well and has had a good start to the new year.

Looking back at 2020 I have to say one of the highlights was the success of the St Lap series of evening lapping sessions.   Despite all the COVID-19 hurdles and the odd rain cloud or Canada goose the 5 evening sessions were a great reminder that seeing old friends, running some hot laps and breaking race cars makes helping to run St Lac all worthwhile.    St Lac grew significantly under the pandemic increasing its numbers from 45 to 76 members.  Sadly, we were unable to host our regular Regional Auto Slalom in Picton which in turn meant that the Club’s main revenue stream was absent. I remain optimistic that the Regional series will be back on track (ed:  get it?!) this year but it’s anyone’s guess how things will look in late May.

However, I  have some great news that should put smiles on many faces. Firstly, St Lap II is booked. The dates are:

May 27th, June 24th, July 15th, Aug 26th and Sept 9th.  I have attached the St Lap rules and Covid advice as a refresher and like last year the passes are transferable.  We are limiting the pass holders to 36 just like last year and the best news of all is the rate will remain the same at $265.00 for all 5 evenings.  eTransfer payments can be sent to my email   Please don’t forget to renew your St Lac membership BEFORE sending the St Lap payment at the CASC portal link on the St Lac website at https://www.stlac.ca/2017/12/joining-st-lac-renewing-membership/

Secondly, based on the success of the lapping events the club was asked to host a lapping day for the Mini Club of Ottawa.   I am very happy to confirm Sunday July 25th  is booked for this full day event at Shannonville motorsport park (SMP) .

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How to join St LAC or renew your membership in 2021

Joining St LAC has never been easier and once again, we ask all members — new and returning — to join through the CASC portal.  This will require that you ‘join’ the site and then login.  If this is a problem you can drop us a line at st.lac.club@gmail.com
(And don’t worry if it’s a problem for you.  Your secret will be safe with us.  Maybe.)

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Project Arrow, Canada’s home-grown vehicle of the future

Project Arrow, Canada’s home-grown vehicle of the future, is slowly becoming a reality

What the Avro Arrow did for Canadians in the 1950s, Canada’s Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) wants to do today with Project Arrow (minus the cancellation, of course). Given the APMA’s position within the industry, they’ve challenged Canadian companies to develop a home-grown, cutting-edge, production-ready, alternative-fuel vehicle.

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CRX update: March, 2021

I spent the full day Saturday reinstalling the front suspension after receiving some new hardware from Kingston Honda including the bolts that retain the casting which supports the shock as well as the brace washers for the bump stops on the shocks.  Needless to say but these were in pretty bad shape. So the front end looks great with new longer Hummer wheel studs, new wheel bearings and all-new urethane bushing in place of the old and deteriorating rubber ones. So, I am happy to report progress is happening despite my other projects…thank goodness most of the sand blasting and painting is finished …just the calipers remain which require new seals and pistons…more to come…  DC

Editor’s note:  Thank you Danby, this is one lucky club.

Ludwig Heimrath, Canada’s first national driving champion has died

Ludwig Heimrath, Canada’s first national driving champion and the second Canadian to race in Formula 1, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age 86.The photo of Ludwig at Mont Tremblant — he won the first race there when the track opened in 1964 — was taken by Lionel Birnbom of Ottawa.

Heimrath won the Canadian Sports Car Racing Championship in 1961 and ’64, and ranked second in ’62. ’63 and ’65. He entered the U.S. Grand Prix F1 race at Watkins Glen in 1963 as well as USAC Indy car races in 1968 and ’69, and teamed with Craig Hill in a Triumph at the 1966 Sebring 12 Hours (pictured above, Heimrath in blue, fourth from right). Heimrath went on to win an SCCA Trans-Am Category 2 championship title with a Porsche 934 entered by his own Heimrath Racing team, in 1977. He remained active in endurance racing for many years, and was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2000.

Heimrath’s son, Ludwig Jr., raced in the CART IndyCar Series as well as IMSA’s Camel GT Series in the 1980s.