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:  StLAC, (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.

Find out more at What We Do

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 at danbya310@gmail.com .***  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) . We are still ironing out the payment method, but I can confirm the cost to members will be $250 for the full day.  We will be limiting the event to 48 participants.  Our goal will be to run all four track configurations with a variety of run groups to accommodate the non mini crowd.  I am hoping to have the full details for registration, payment and the schedule available within the next couple of weeks.

So please mark the dates now in your calendar,  please renew your memberships, and plan on some seriously masked fun coming your way this spring and summer, all the best from your executive team: Dan Wilson-President, Rob Metcalfe- treasurer, Danby- membership and Roger Ramjet-web guru .  All the best for 2021.

Danby

Editor’s note:  in case you’re wondering, Roger has left town and was last seen here:

Rumor has it he was seeking asylum.  Additional rumor’s have it he was denied access.  CCTV footage spotted him leaving the premises muttering something about no one appreciating fashion.

Brack Driving Concepts: the driving force in Eastern Ontario

Brack Driving Concepts is perhaps the longest running supporter of St LAC and are the folks to turn to should you wish to become a better driver on and off the track.  I, for one, profited immensely thanks to their instruction.

Brack Driving Concepts 2021 Program Outline

Scheduled Dates

Friday May 21st
Friday, July 2nd
Friday, August 6th
Friday, August 27th
Friday, September 24th
Friday, October 8th

Lunch is provided for all participants (guest lunches may be purchased on day of event).

Cost

High Performance Driving Programs
We offer a wide range of programs suited to a driver’s skills – $560.00 +HST
Discount Programs available

Racer Programs
As a sanctioned race school we have programs and bundles to suit any driver from license certification to race craft coaching.
Programs range from $560.00 to $595.00 and a special bundle for $928.00 (+HST)

Be sure to book early – Registration closes 7 days prior to each event.

Become the best driver you can be and experience the thrill in a safe and controlled environment. COVID 19 procedures in place. Visit brackdriving.com for full details on our various programs. Continue reading

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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Do you know a Paul Houle?

A while ago I bought a 1958 Elva Courier Mk1 that had spent its entire life in Canada.
I was told, the car originally belonged to a Mr. Paul Houle that must have lived in or around Greenfield/Maxville Ontario Canada and would have bought it new from the importer in Montreal, Graham Locke.
The previous owner, Mr. Ian Cameron, was told by the chap who sold the car to him, that the original owner used to race the car in the Ontario region and that he’s regularly driven it to Montreal for work as well.
As your club, founded 1951, might well be the one Mr. Houle was a member of, I thought it might be worth to ask, whether you are able to fill in some of the gaps in the cars history?!
I’ve attached pics for you – the car used to be powder blue when new!
Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Kind Regards
Markus Tanner

Classic Car Connection AG
Unterer Flooz 3043
9620 Lichtensteig/SG
Switzerland
If you can help he would be pleased to hear from you at: classic.car@bluewin.ch

Tires Made in Southeast Asia Will Be More Expensive in the US

Tires Made in Southeast Asia Will Be More Expensive

By   December 31, 2020  https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/12/mach-e-delivers-everything-but-the-mustang/tiresTires from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are about to get more pricey, as the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced yesterday preliminary duties in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of passenger vehicle and light truck tires from those countries.

The DOC issued a preliminary decision that passenger and light truck tires imported from South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam are being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value, or dumped. The dumping margins were calculated at 14.24 to 38.07 percent for South Korea, 52.42 to 98.44 percent for Taiwan, 13.25 to 22.21 percent for Thailand, and 0 to 22.30 percent for Vietnam. The DOC instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect deposits from tire importers based on those preliminary rates.

The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC, also known as the United Steelworkers Union, petitioned the DOC to investigate alleged dumping and subsidies for the tires. The DOC had already issued a preliminary ruling that Vietnamese tire producers received unfair subsidies associated with their undervalued currency.  The DOC calculated duty rates ranging from 6.23 percent to 10.08 percent, with final anti-dumping and countervailing duty decisions by mid-March 2021. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has already made a determination that the industry in the U.S. is being harmed by alleged dumping and subsidies.

Tires

Gardena, California-based Tireco, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest distributors of private-brand wheels and tires, which includes Forté wheels, Sendel wheels, Milestar tires, WestLake tires, and Nankang tires. Taiwan-based Nankang would be among those impacted by a 98.44 percent dumping rate, the highest of any cited.

Since the beginning of the Trump Administration, the DOC has initiated 306 new AD investigations, a 278 percent increase from a comparable period in the Obama Administration. A strange alliance, the AFL-CIO Steelworkers Union and the Trump Administration, or is it?