News you can use and our annual survey too

Dear St Lac Members,  I will start off with providing the link below to our annual 2022 club survey. Here it is:


Last year we had an excellent response rate so I am appealing to you all again to take a couple of minutes to answer the 12 questions as this anonymous survey format is our best tool  for collecting your valuable feedback.   More importantly, it’s your chance to provide the executive  with your own ideas for future events, improving the ones we have or just giving us a two thumbs up if you think we are doing a good job or the stink eye if we let you down.
As you will see from the survey/questionaire  2023 is looking like another very busy year for the club ; however, my gut instinct tells me it’s going to be a year of belt tightening for many as inflation  takes hold. Therefore, it’s even more important than previous years that we take stock of your opinions as members.  Being a gearhead is expensive and we know the club’s costs  will reflect these rising prices so it’s very important that the club executive plans our events strategically and in proportion to our members’ interests and attendance at events. Even if you don’t take part in any of our regular motorsport activities we still want to hear from you so please don’t be shy. Please do your part and click on the link.
In other news in early November the CASC- Ontario region held its annual AGM in Toronto.  It was my first attendance on behalf of the Club and I was amazed  by how many other  club members showed up.   In total I counted 9 St Lac members which was a surprising number considering there were approximately 50 people in attendance.  You may not realize it but your $55.00 membership makes you part of the largest Motorsport organization in Canada with over 2000 members in Ontario spread among 30 regional clubs.  The meeting highlighted similar challenges and wins  facing St Lac but on a much larger scale.   For example attendance at regional races weekends is shrinking with a total of 630 drivers, or on average 101 drivers per event.  That  low average means  active race licence holders are attending just 1.9 events per year.  St Lac’s new VP, Pat Cyr, was nominated to take up the challenging role to improve these low numbers as the  new drivers representative for the  CASC GT classes for 2023, (way to go Pat). The Time Attack group  saw a 25% increase in attendance with all their events selling out.  Much like our own St Lap events. The Autocross division saw regional events dwindle but St Lac successfully hosted  the only CASC sanctioned event in Picton this past August.  This Picton event, as many of you know, is still the backbone of the club and our President, Dan Gray, will ensure this passion for autoslalom continues in 2023. The meeting  covered a lot of ground including the awards ceremony where a stream of club members accepted their trophies and cheques.   Pat  and Mark Busscher were in attendance and Danny Corcoran was an honorable mention for their success in the GT Sprints classes where Pirrelli provided a prize fund of $30,000 to be spread among all the class winners-  So well done guys.  Lastly, I was amazed to find out there are two $12,500 scholarships offered to open wheel rookies in either the F1600 or formula V classes.   So if you know any up and coming young racers here is a financial carrot worth noting.
Before wrapping up this email I want to emphasize the incredible news that St Lac turns 70 years old in the New Year .  I find that quite humbling as the collective efforts of past members, their experiences and memories running back all the way to 1953 is something to celebrate.  We also have several active members who have held memberships since the early 1960’s  so I am very proud to be able to be a part of this collective of volunteers. So when you answer question #9  consider the bigger picture of how becoming a volunteer affects those around you with positiveness and goodwill.
 In closing I hope we can continue to grow the membership base among a younger generation of men and women who can be proud to be part of a grassroots motorsport.  With this goal in mind we are in the planning stages of an introductory program designed to  help young women enter motorsport through an online webinar/discussion forum to break down the hurdles towards  becoming  racers (Emily and Michelle we’ll be counting on your input). What a great way to celebrate our 70th birthday.
All the best DC
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ST LAC welcomes Pat Cyr as VP

ST LAC is pleased to announce that Pat Cyr has joined your Executive in the role of  VP.  Pat is a successful racer in a variety of categories associated with CASC and supporter of our many events.


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Team Canada Scholarship says ‘thank you’ ST LAC

Team Canada is extremely proud and honoured to have amazing support from our sponsors back home. Getting us here is a lot of work behind the scenes and we couldn’t do it without the sponsors we have on board this year!
A big thank you goes to ST LAC
We aim to make you proud!
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We’re wingin’ it again

Hi Everybody. a couple of quick updates. As the subject line reads please note that our second fall/winter wing night is happening this Thursday the 24th in the rear room of the Oarsman in Kingston township from 6 to 9pm. We had a great turn out last month so I’m hoping for a repeat again this week.

I was hoping to have the club’s annual survey out this past weekend but the unexpected snowfall put a damper on my office time as I scrambled around the place to combat mother nature. It will be out soon. The questions are written and it’s just the final survey format that is required to be completed. I hope like last year we beat the average response to this type of questionnaire as the feedback is very helpful towards how we steer the club in 2023.

That’s it for now, stay warm and dry . I for one am thankful we got off lightly compared to our southern neighbours. All the best DC


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Is it Back to the Future all over again for Deloreans?

Kat DeLorean, daughter of legendary automotive engineer John DeLorean is following in her father’s footsteps by building a new sports car. This historic endeavor will be filled with some of the top automotive minds in the industry, alongside a portion of the original team that helped create the first iconic DeLorean more than 40 years ago. The car will be named the Model-JZD in honor of John Zachary DeLorean. With DeLorean DNA, there is one place to build the car, the Motor City. DeLorean Next Generation Motors will begin assembly of the Model-JZD in Detroit, Michigan in January of 2023, with an expected unveiling by the end of the year.

Kat was integral on countless engineering projects with her father, including the next cutting edge sports car before his unexpected passing in 2005. Her engineering background, and direct involvement, make Kat the perfect successor to finish where John DeLorean left off. Kat is putting her father’s final business plan to work creating a car company based on the principles John DeLorean believed in such as quality, safety, longevity, and affordability.

Kat begins the journey of rebuilding the DeLorean name and brand into the ethical company her father always wanted it to be. This is a new kind of mobility company the industry has never seen before, one that focuses on people and gives back to society. Besides just building cars and creating jobs, Kat plans to introduce an exciting new engineering program to public high schools that will provide a direct pathway to apprenticeships and engineering programs at major universities. She also plans to partner with other manufacturing companies to help meet some of the challenges faced by the automotive industry today.

source:  Hagerty News, 10/28/22

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Club news October 26, 2022

Alan Pawling Celebration of Life
John Pawling’s has invited club members to come and celebrate Alan’s life and St Lac legacy on the 5th of November at the RCAF Hall at Norman Rogers airport. I have attached the invitation with the timing and details below.




Club Social
I also want to thank all of you that showed up last Thursday for our club wing night as I didn’t get a chance to say hello to all of you in person. It was a well attended evening out and I received several emails and comments saying how much individuals had enjoyed the evening out.. A shout out to Yoma and Victoria for coming all the way from Toronto , on a dark raining evening, to join us .

Behind the scenes
We are working on a variety of plans for next season which are highlighted by our investigation into running a CASC race weekend. This is no small endeavour and the club really needs the commitment of 20-25 individuals to run the race weekend. Based on our turn-out last week I strongly believe that we can do so. We’ll be sending out our club survey in November and polling you all to ask for your help. So I hope the passion for racing is a s strong as our members’ passion for chicken wings .

Hundai update
Lastly, I am able to report that a certain blue Hyundai hatchback is about to receive it’s new windshield and will be back on track next season despite its topsy-turvy history. 
That’s it for now – wishing you all well.



Alan Pawling Celebration of Life

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Take your helmet to work day


Don’t forget, our annual Wear Your Helmet to Work Day Presented by HMS Motorsport, the event that lets you show everyone just how much you love racing, is THIS FRIDAY!

So, wear your helmet to work on Friday, take a selfie (or have someone else take a staged photo — we’re not picky), post it with #HelmetDay and tag the Grassroots Motorsports magazine official account.  If chosen by our staff, your picture could win you a brand-new Schuberth SP1 helmet worth $1949. Not bad for a day at the office!


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