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 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.

From your executive

Hello St Lac Members, I hope you are doing well as it’s been a while since reaching out to you all. Just a warning if you are reading this on your phone I apologize in advance for the length of the email to come as I find at work these days if I write anything longer than a paragraph colleagues don’t realize there is more content to come when reading on a tiny screen. So you might want to check back from a laptop or tablet as the club needs your advice and opinions on where to focus our efforts next year. You’ll find at the end of this email a link to an online survey and we are counting on your help to fill it in to provide us with important feedback for the 2022 calendar and proposed events. So unlike your internet provider, utility, or workplace we actually give a $hit what you think about the Clubs’ activities so please take a couple of minutes to fill it in. Roger who graciously accepted the challenge of finding a free survey tool ( as survey monkey now charges a steep annual fee) says that if we receive 10% feedback we are doing well with an above average response- I for one hope we can do much better and i will be disappointed if we don’t hear back from you. The survey tool is active for one week so please make an effort because there are some great things brewing for next year and we need a collective point of view to move forward with our planning.

2021 was a very busy year for the Club despite Covid and the roadblocks it created and as it turned out getting together at the race track (SMP) or at Picton for our annual Regional Slalom were almost normal with the exception of social distancing. For me it was a great privilege in fact and an opportunity to meet many new members and extend the tradition that St Lac has provided since 1953 — bringing like minded car enthusiasts together to have fun and improve their driving skills. As previously mentioned the membership grew to 112 members this year. So well done everyone for sharing your enthusiasm among friends as we are a grassroots organization so keep recruiting like minded gear heads as its a collective effort and the results showed this year. Again it was gratifying to see teenage drivers among our ranks this year and their friends showing up to see what all the old farts were doing. It put a smile on my face.

So let’s get down to the plans for 2022 (the year of the Tiger). Firstly, St Lap III is already in the planning stages and our goal is to expand the experience. In case you missed it, St Lap is our monthly evening lapping session at Shannonville which takes place traditionally on the third Thursday of the month for the ridiculously low fee of $265.00 for the 5 evening lapping pass. One of the complaints this year was the discrepancy of watching two open wheel cars tootle around for 15 minutes while 20 street car drivers awaited their turn to queue up for a more crowded next session. With this in mind we are now looking at a dual pass system – a racing pass and a street car one. To make this work the Club is looking at renting SMP at noon on our lapping dates. The afternoon sessions would be dedicated to open and closed wheel race cars and would run until 5:00 at which point we’d switch to the street cars that currently populate the majority of St Lap pass holders. This plan is in the working stages and is not a done deal by any means. The goal is to draw racers from other CASC affiliated clubs and we now have the support of the CASC race director, Ray Arlakas, to reach out to them on St Lac’s behalf. In addition the steering committee member Brian Graham, for the Toyo F1600 Series, is supportive of this scheme. Ed Luce, who many of you will know as a long term St Lac member also sits on the Varac board of directors and will be speaking to the other decision makers within Varac to garnish their support. Varac has the largest group of racers so hopefully this will be a win win for all the local clubs with race car owners. We are also awaiting some details from SMP before we can plan a calendar as it might be necessary to mix up the dates somewhat to accommodate all the regional race series dates- what’s clear though is there is a definite interest to provide a value packed race car pass.

The second interesting development this fall is that the Race Director for BEMC (Canada’s oldest organized car club) has asked St Lac to poll its membership to see if there are any individuals among us that would be willing to volunteer for BEMC’s Casc sanctioned race weekend at Shannonville next June 4-5th. So if you have ever dreamed of marshalling at the F1 race in Montreal here is your first step. There are a wide range of voluntary positions that are open to mentorship and training over the weekend with the goal of having you continue to volunteer at other regional events – for example there are grid marshals, mock grid marshals, paddock marshals, pit lane positions, registration roles as well as coveted ones like driving the pace car or being the starter. From my own racing experiences the volunteers are a wonderful crew and are welcoming to newcomers like myself so I hope we can stir up some interest among you all.

‘Be a marshal they said. It’ll be fun they said.’

In a similar vein we have been asked by the organizers of the 2022 Kingston Corvette Invasion to ask our membership for voluntary help over their weekend event in June but those details will be released in the New Year; but my understanding is that this event rivals the Poker run for the revenue it creates for the local area. I am looking forward to this weekend and hoping the Kingston police might sanction driving the C4 on a street cruise- that would be fun…

Please note I will be updating the membership once we tally the poll results and move forward with the dates and details for 2022- sadly it look like the Picton event may be in jeopardy but i am not writing that venue off yet. All the best everyone and stay safe.

Helping us to make the upcoming season merry and bright.

Events for the 2022 season are well into the planning stage but you can help. Members are asked to check their email for a link to a survey inviting the faithful to tell us about the past year and assist with future endeavours. Card holders are asked to not share the link with non-members. The accompanying note should get you thinking about the upcoming season!

Barstool what?!

I’m sure we’ve all been there.  Watching a football game or horror film and yelling instructions and comments at the screen all the while basking in our superior knowledge and intellect.  And, if you’re like me, you’ve watched a NASCAR or similar race and found myself coaching the driver (‘Turn left!!!’) and his or her team.  Ahh, the comfort of home.  Fewer of us, however, have ever got off our barstool and actually anted up.  If this sounds like you and you’re ready for the next step there’s good news:  it’s called Barstool Racing.

Think of it as kart racing taken to a new high.  Or should that be a new low?

So grab a stool such as those found in your favourite bar and attach it to a go-kart frame powered by a single cylinder motor.  Handlebars with throttle and brake levers provide steering and control (such as it is).

Racing is usually held on a small dirt or grass track.  The whole idea is not to kill yourself when you fall and by the sound of things, this happens a lot.  Naturally, most events take place in the US and Canada including the Calgary Stampede.  Oh those Albertans.

If this says ‘yesh’ (hic) to you there’s help.  No, not that kind.  For building instructions and tips be sure to visit Build Your Own Race Car.  And even if you’re not a winner at some upcoming event, you can probably beat everybody to the Hospitality Tent.

And if that’s not enough fun for you, there’s always the winter editions.

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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Soon to be available for auction: Lambo Hurry-in-a-Can

After taking possession of a brand-new Huracan, (Lamborghini’s newest entry-level car) a Norwegian resident couldn’t resist opening it up while driving through Denmark.  Bad idea.  Danish authorities can seize and sell any vehicle which is being operating in a manner that is just too stupid for words.  That’s what you get when you go more than a 100 kph over the posted speed limit of 130.And if you want one, expect to pay upwards of $250,000 Cdn for this little number.  As for me, I’ve still got my hopes firmly pinned to owing an ’84 Countach.

And then there is the Ontario man who had the same lead-foot affliction.  He’s out over $18,000 for speeding in a rented Huracan.  And that’s not including the cost of the rental!

Not to be outdone, it seems, a Toronto man decided he had time to overtake a street car in his Huracan.  Nope.  And now his passenger is in hospital with critical injuries.

People, there are clubs and tracks for this kind of thing.  Sheesh.

 

FIA approves Oro Station track design

The owner/operators of the Oro Station Automotive Inspiration Park have announced a successful design review of the proposed park.  This included an assessment of the track layout, safety installations, and proposed medical facilities by the FIA’s circuit safety commission.

The park plans to be operational in 2023.

From their news releases:  Through events and on-track experiences, manufacturers blake-wheeler-398797-unsplash.jpgPicture credit:  https://www.orostation.ca/oro-station

will have a venue to engage with customers and showcase their technology. From museums and restoration garages to interactive displays of new technology, Oro Station will provide an experience that is part entertainment, part education and all automotive.  The developers also plan to build to spec homes for the rich and famous.  Undoubtedly, Robin Leach would approve.

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Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel will drive for Aston Martin in 2022

F1 drivers and teams 2022

Final Lapping Evening for 2021

It’s hard to believe we are down to our last of 5 lapping nights for the season this week on Thursday evening.  .  We have averaged 35 drivers over the four previous nights with our peak at 44 drivers so well done everyone who ponied up and bought a pass.   John Bondar, SMP’s CEO/GM, has been equally impressed by the support ST Lac has provided this year. With the addition of the OMG (Ottawa Mini Group) event in July it’s a rejuvenation of sorts for the Club with our  relationship with SMP and one I hope will continue and  prosper.  As you all know 54.00 bucks for 45-50 minutes of track time is a bargain and we hope next year to try and maintain this excellent value with St Lap III. Inflation being what it is at the moment we may see an increase next year in the track rental but our success this season gives us some extra leverage so again well done to all the pass holders for spreading the word about our fun evening events. This is grassroots motorsport at its best.

Free use courtesy of suncatcherstudio.

Free use courtesy of suncatcherstudio

Interestingly, we have had three new memberships over the last week which has put our membership numbers up to 110-  not including our corporate sponsors, so this is also a great reward for putting the time in to make things happen for  those on the Executive.   I also want to remind the membership that your 35 dollar membership also provides a 500.00 rebate off a new Subaru if you have been a member for 2 consecutive years. This perk comes on behalf of the club’s annual support for Rally Sport Ontario.   I mentioned earlier in the year that we will be putting out a survey to the membership in the fall, using the survey monkey tool, to poll you all on  the following:
  • membership fees/ sponsorships
  • swag
  • number of events
  • hosting an AGM
  • hosting virtual membership meetings
  • sociability/ mini tours

So stay tuned over the next couple of months as we want your feedback and advice for maintaining and inclusive and fun atmosphere.   Lastly, if you have been sitting on the fence all summer regarding  lapping the final evening is just 54.00 bucks-  we don’t have a ton of space left but will make every effort to fit you in.  Our Race Car group was thin at our last event and due to the darkness by 8:00 we will only be running 2 race car sessions versus the regular three stints this week.. The street car groups will get their normal three sessions.   Like the August 26th evening we’ll be running a giddy up grid  and back on the Long track. Registration will be open by 4:45 and the drivers meeting will be at the regular time at 5:15 so please don’t be late.  Looking forward to seeing all in a couple of days- the weather is saying possible showers so hopefully we will get lucky and have a fifth dry night-  cheers DC