Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all.   Firstly I want to thank everyone who responded to our 2022 annual survey as we had 54 responses. That’s very  close to 50% of the membership who replied, so that’s an excellent return rate.  The Coles notes from the questionnaire are as follows:

  • St Lap IV will retain its traditional 5 evenings over the course of the summer-  the dates for 2023 are May 25th, June 29th, July 20th, August 24th and Sept 7th  * registration will start early next month
  • we will be hosting a go karting road trip to Mosport as 35 of us are keen to do so-  details for the date/pricing  will likely be announced in late March
  •  we are still in the discussion phase with SMP over the financing for the CASC regional race weekend in early June but regardless of whether ST Lac is the sole host we have enough volunteer interest to help run the event
  • our medical clinic date is set for Feb 3rd ( see details below)
  • the clubs’ social media will be an area of growth for 2023
  • 15 members expressed an interest in I racing so we will see if we can appoint a volunteer to make that happen- likely not till next Fall

So now for the Current News.

  • Jan 26th is our next wing night/AGM at the Oarsman from 6 to 9..  It will also be our first annual in person AGM since Covid began. Dan will be sending out a  brief summary of the AGM agenda prior to the meeting
  • Medical clinic Feb 3rd -7:30 -9:30
  • please mark Feb 23rd and March 23rd as wing nights in you calendar
Medicals:  As mentioned above Dr Chris Evan’s , our passionate Formula Ford advocate, will be hosting a race licence medical clinic on the 3rd of February at the Oarsman for 7:30 to 9:30 for our racers.  Chris is cc’d above so please reach out to him directly to schedule a time slot .  The donations for the medical fee ( starting at 75.00) are given to the scholarship fund that helps our best open wheel racers attend the Formula Ford Festival in the UK held each fall.  So if you need a medical completed please come and support Chris’ efforts and share the news with any friends in VARAC or other clubs.  If needed , a secondary date can be arranged so don’t worry if this timing doesn’t work for you. For those planning to attend the clinic Chris will provide you with a checklist once you have responded to him in person so that you have your paperwork organized in advance.
Lastly, I just want to thank all the folks behind the scenes for their encouragement and goodwill as St Lac celebrates its 70th year since its incorporation. That’s a real milestone and all the moral support helps us stay motivated to make your experience with the club worth paying for. From all the Executive –  thank you.  Stay well everybody and don’t forget to renew your membership at the following link: https://members.casc.on.ca/   If you have forgotten your user name just email the club and I will forward you the info.  All the best for a great 2023.   DC

RIP Ken Block

Hoonigan Racing has confirmed the passing of Ken Block.  Mr. Block lost his life in a snowmobiling accident.

The tributes are pouring in from all aspects of power sport racing including the retiring of his number 43 from World Rally racing.  He was 55.  His belief in ‘go fast risk every thang’ could be seen not only in his driving process but in the world of business as well as co-founder of Hoonigan Racing and DC shoes.

You can see his talent for yourself on his YouTube channel.

Picture credit:  CTV News