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 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.


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?

So don’t put your ATVs and side-by-sides into winter hibernation

As winter descends upon the world, those of us who opted to go with light-weight, economical off-track options for everyday use can rejoice in the options available from SnoCobra.

So don’t put your ATVs and side-by-sides into winter hibernation. With the SnoCobra ski system, your machine can be transformed into a vehicle resembling a snowmobile with the added space and luxury to do more in the winter than what traditional snowmobiles have to offer. The SnoCobra ski system is used across a wide range of markets from general recreation to both small and large businesses. Whether you’re an angler, hunter, trapper, rancher, farmer, resort owner, government agency or a winter enthusiast who enjoys trail riding, SnoCobra skis can make your life more convenient and a lot more fun.


St LAC’s members accept positions with VARAC

The current VARAC (Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada) Board of 12 Directors are either continuing to serve their terms or have agreed to return for another term and Cameron Crerar and Ed Luce were nominated and seconded as Directors. Cameron will become a Director at Large, Ed will take over membership, initially with Ivan’s assistance, then Ivan will become a Director at Large.

And when you remind yourself that our lovely Emily Atkins also serves on the Board you quickly realize that St LAC members make up more than 20 percent of the executive branch.  Good on you, one and all.  Vintage Racing in Canada is in good hands.


VARAC 2021 schedule announced

Despite the ongoing Covid 19 threat, the Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada has decided to release the 2021 schedule. Here it is in full:

2021 schedule:

May 7 ( test day ) 8,9 BEMC @ CTMP

June 4 ( test day ) 5,6 Shannonville

June 17,18,19,20 VARAC Vintage Festival @ CTMP

July 16 ( test day ) 17,18 BARC @ CTMP

Aug. 20 ( test day ) 21,22 OSSC/CMP @ Calabogie Motorsports Park

Sept. 17 ( test day ) 18,19 BEMC @ CTMP

Oct.1 ( test day ) 2,3 CASC Celebration @ CTMP

Calabogie Ice Racing

Ice Racing 2021  – New location, now closer to Ottawa!

Our ice races will now be located at Capital City Speedway just 9 minutes west of Kanata. All COVID safe protocols will continue to be in place, pre registration, eWaivers, no walk ups, masks required and currently no spectators.  The rules are straight forward, rubber tires and street studs will be permitted. AWD, FWD or RWD cars. This is no contact racing, anyone not understanding this will be removed. We hope the racers among you will join us on the oval this winter!

3 Classes – AWD, FWD, and RWD

Rubber to ice is the most popular class. Street Stud tires will also be permitted in 2021 – contact us before choosing your tires.

SNELL M2010 or SA 2010 minimum helmet standard required.

Entry fee $125 per vehicle – $25 per driver and crew – 4 crew per vehicle permitted.

Race Day 1 – Sunday January 31

Race Day 2 – Sunday February 7

Race Day 3 – Sunday February 14

Race Day 4 – Sunday February 21

Rain Date – Sunday February 28 Continue reading

What you want, what you really, really want this Christmas

Struggling to find that perfect gift for the car enthusiast on your list?  Is your Secret Santa giftee a petrol head?  Then look no further.  These are the gifts you’re looking for.

Gas/Clutch socks.

Available at these socks are perfect for the Montessori trained car lovers on your list.  How can they go wrong now?

Kokkn Clutch Gas Cotton Socks for JDM Fans, Auto, Car Enthusiasts

Fun T-shirts

Once again, comes through with some fun t-shirts.

Classic Cars Coloring Book

Available at fine colouring book stores everywhere including :  yes, you’ve guessed it –

For more ideas that are bound to get you some extra time in the driver’s seat why not see these.