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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.
  • Not sure how to install your new Flux Capacitor?  We might just be able to help with that too.

Find out more at What We Do

Protect yourself & your passengers from Coronavirus

by Bob McJannett on

Is there Coronavirus in your car?

Here’s how you can protect yourself from COVID-19.

This year we have all learned the hard way that every time we sneeze or cough, we spray aerosols into the air. Some you can see, some are invisible to the naked eye, while some are small enough that they can float around in the air. Unfortunately, this isn’t happening ONLY when you cough or sneeze. You release aerosols all the time when you’re just talking and breathing normally.

That presents a particular problem for this COVID-19 virus for three reasons:

  • Many people have no idea they have it as they are asymptomatic.
  • People can shed a high viral load from their throat before they have symptoms.
  • There is evidence a lot of asymptomatic transmission is happening.

Outdoors, the shedding of virus during normal talking is not much of a problem, because we can social distance, and the wind dilutes airborne virus quickly. While inside a vehicle, whether you are a Ride Share Driver, Passenger, or carpooling with a group of kids, Social Distancing is not an option.

Typical family car interiors have a volume of about 100 cubic feet, a 10th the size of a bedroom. And we sometimes cram four, or sometimes five, people into that small space. It’s impossible to social distance.

Here’s the problem as it relates to COVID-19 and your vehicle.

Over the years, we’ve done a great job of sealing up our cars. Ever notice how quiet they are on the inside nowadays? That’s because every effort has been made to seal up every gap possible for better acoustics. The result is that the amount of fresh air coming into your car — can be quite low.

This one little change while driving reduces risk

To show what this means for COVID-19 and to give you a simple step to protect yourself and others while in a car, usatoday.com modelled a simple scenario: riding in a car for 72 minutes with an infected passenger who seems fine other than coughing every few minutes.

Coronavirus accumulation in Cars

OPEN YOUR WINDOWS. SARS-CoV-2 (in fine aerosol particles) accumulates in the car cabin when the windows are closed. With each new cough, the concentration builds up with no significant dilution happening. But even cracking one window open just 3 inches can keep this at bay.

So the next time you’re in the car — be it your own vehicle with others or in a taxi, Uber or Lyft — it’s all the same advice: Open up the windows just a bit, even if everyone is feeling fine.

If you’re using your air conditioning or heat and want to keep the windows closed, make sure the car is not in recirculating air mode — select the mode that brings in fresh outdoor air. While using the air conditioner in recirculation mode improves efficiency so the air conditioner works more quickly, it should not be used with others in the car. When looking at instruction manuals and explanations on the websites of automobile manufacturers, most say that fresh air mode should be the default for normal use. Having everyone in the car wear a mask can also help and is a must in a taxi or ride-share vehicle.

Track and Time presents Shannonville Lapping, July 26th 2020

Track and Time is an independent not-for-profit organization run by experienced car race enthusiasts for amateur racers. The highest safety standards are used for drivers, cars and tracks.  With this uncommon year presenting its share of restrictions the club decided to open a lapping group for Shannonville on Sunday, July 26 and you’re invited.

Registration can be done directly at our website under the Inscriptions tab. A standalone technical registration form is available under the same tab. The Track and Time time attack license will not be necessary for the lapping group, but the annual form is mandatory. 

Our rules are open passing with point-by. We will have official flaggers and medical staff on site. Here is the announcement that we published on our website (www.trackandtime.ca). Registrations are also made online on the website. Any questions can be sent to info@trackandtime.ca.

Shannonville 2020

De l’equipe Track and Time…

Bonjour à tous / Hello everyone

L’événement de Shannonville approche à grands pas. C’est le dimanche 26 juillet prochain que se tiendra la 2e manche du championnat de time attack 2020. Nouveau cette année : le groupe de lapping sera géré directement par Track and Time. Les inscriptions pour ce groupe se font sur la page web de Track and Time. Un formulaire annuel technique dédié est aussi en ligne sous l’onglet « Inscritions ». La licence time attack ne sera pas nécessaire, mais le formulaire est obligatoire. Si vous connaissez des participants potentiels pour ce groupe, n’hésitez pas à transmettre l’invitation.

Les nouveaux propriétaires de la piste ont amorcé quelques améliorations pour l’année, dont le pavage des paddocks, l’amélioration des zones de dégagement et le repavage du virage 9. Comme par les années passées, nous utiliserons la piste Pro le matin et la Longue piste l’après-midi, permettant à tous les types de voitures de mettre en valeur leurs caractéristiques propres.

Malgré qu’il subsiste toujours les consignes de distanciation physique entre les personnes, le camping sur place la veille sera permis. La barrière fermera samedi soir à 20h00. Vous pourrez amener avec vous une équipe d’au plus 4 personnes. Les douches ne seront toutefois pas disponibles. La cantine sera ouverte.

Inscrivez-vous tôt et en grand nombre! Track and Time a besoin de votre soutien pour survivre à cette année peu commune. Vous avez jusqu’au dimanche 19 juillet inclusivement pour vous inscrire. Les tarifs tardifs seront en vigueur à partir du 13 juillet.

Au plaisir de vous revoir à la piste.

St LAP: a first of many

It was a perfect evening for lapping as bright sunshine, little wind and warm temperatures greeted participants on the first night of St LAC’s St LAP event.  But you don’t have to take our word for it:

Just wanted to send out a Thank You for a great night at the track last night! I liked the format and found it more funner than the GO and stop from last year
Well done 
I hope everyone’s car survived
BC
And survive they did.  Oh sure, there were the usual aches and pains as it was the first time this year for many participants but there’s nothing that time and money can’t fix.
St LAC would also like to send a big shout-out to Brad Hulton who served as starter/flagman, Mario Locatelli and someone else I know I’m missing who toiled as marshalls the whole evening.
And now, for your viewing pleasure…

St LAP is go!

To quote the inimitable Scott Tracey:  ” Boys, I think we’re in business!”

Hi Everyone, so great news today as SMP is opening in June which means we’ll be able to host our first lapping evening scheduled for June 25th. We are also in the process of confirming a second evening event in July to make up for the loss of the May date scheduled next week. So the second tentative date will be the evening of July 16th and we should be able to confirm this soon.

I hope everyone has been keeping well. Please be aware we will be applying common sense and social distancing rules to the events. Its important we put our safety on track on par with our health safety in the paddock as it may be a little awkward logistically to host the events but we’ll send out some basic rules as a follow up email closer to the date in June. St Lac had planned to offer the use of club helmets but due to Covid restrictions these helmets will not be available for use so please ensure your supply your own. As a reminder they can be DOT or better from 2010 and up… so inexpensive helmets are allowed. Additionally we will not be able to provide in car ride along coaching to new drivers, however we don’t want this to be a deterrent and will ensure that any new track drivers needs are met. I would ask that everyone try and be on time for the first event as the registration forms, self tech forms and waivers may take a little longer to process than normal. So far Eastern Ontario has been let off lightly with viral cases but we want to ensure we comply with Shannoville’s rule set ( email sent but available below) and not to become a statistic ourselves.

Speaking for myself I have been procrastinating when it comes to cars but I’m glad i have a reason now to get off my butt and work on the race car. I hope the rest of you are looking forward as much as i am to clearing out the driving line cobwebs and i look forward to seeing you all soon – all the best DC

St LAP rules

 

Ed Luce and his wife Dorothy are awesome

Most of you must know by now that Ed Luce is not a member of St LAC but recognized officially as a righteous dude in auto racing circles (see earlier post).  You can now add Covid Crusader to his list of palmares.

He was seen at Shannonville providing racers and accompaniment alike with Lotus themed face masks.  Ed is awesome.