We’re not worthy: an update on the Honda race car progress

From the ‘I ain’t lettin’ no stinkin’ coronavirus get me down.  Heck, I don’t even drink beer!’ Department comes this update on one-man’s effort to keep St LAC firing on all four cylinders.

‘Managed to reassemble the flywheel, clutch and tranny after replacing the pilot bearing…one less pile to trip over.  All the new motor mounts look good.’
Thank you, Danby.  We’re not worthy.

How to buy a tank and why you should

With all of the extra time many of us are finding during these difficult days comes a desire to find new things to do.  So, if you’ve ever wanted to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger you might just want to go shopping for a tank and here’s how to go about it.

The U.S. Army made a deal with automakers back home to leave most of the vehicles in Europe to avoid flooding the domestic market, so it’s far easier to find an authentic model where it actually saw combat.

Today, the truly big stuff—tanks, bulldozers, tow trucks, and troop carriers—are largely restricted to those blessed with very deep pockets. “A good Sherman tank is $350,000 now,” Robinson says. Those collectors aren’t the initial saviors of these massive vehicles, however. “Welders or those who worked with heavy equipment were the first to get into it in the early ’80s when the government started shedding all this stuff,” Robinson explains. “They weren’t afraid of it. They were the first ones to rescue these machines from the scrapper.”

Armored vehicles require many headache’s worth of paperwork in the states, but for those who are truly enthralled by them, it’s worth it. For those who are in the market, Robinson lists a few of his favorite sites in the video (eBay, he says, has a decent selection but naturally limits you to stateside vehicles). One armored vehicle that’s proving popular among collectors is the British Daimler Ferret, built between 1952 and ’71. Powered by a Rolls-Royce inline-six, the Ferret sports not just one, but two driveshafts. It’s not only mechanically fascinating; with its low turret and side-slung spare tire, it looks seriously cool. “It’s the Jaguar E-Type of the military world,” Robinson says, “but [driving one] makes a Lamborghini feel like a fishbowl.” [Ed’s note:  at least you won’t have any trouble finding a parking spot!]

Daimler Ferret. And if you think this looks tough, try donning a pair of Ferret Downing pants and enter a contest. Remember: no underwear allowed!


Robinson also discusses another post-WWII Atomic Age battlefield truck called the Alvis Stalwart. This gigantic British troop- and general-stuff-hauler has a water-cooled Rolls-Royce eight-cylinder engine and six wheels that are each driven independently. Oh, and it’s amphibious. “It has this submarine-meets-Star Trek: Enterprise setup for its propellers,” Robinson says. If you’re curious, put the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, on your post-pandemic road trip list; it has a Stalwart jammed into its parking structure. “It’s the only place they could fit it!” Phillips says with a laugh.

It’s all well and good to discuss multi-million-dollar Ferraris, as Robinson and Phillips agree. Military vehicles quite literally saved the world in WWII; they’re in a category of their own when it comes to vehicles truly worth saving and passing on to the next generation.

Source:  Hagerty Magazine

CTCC launches the new 2020 TCR Canada Virtual Championship





Shannonville (ON) – May 3, 2020 – CTCC presented by Pirelli will be joining the virtual world of TCR SIM Racing and announces the only TCR North American 2020 calendar. CTCC presented by Pirelli will showcase its TCR class as TCR Canada presented by Pirelli.  The virtual championship is set to start on June 20, 2020.

Based on the Assetto Corsa SIM platform, this new TCR SIM Racing championship has been developed with an impressive attention to details to meet the specific criteria of the TCR series around the world.

TCR Canada presented by Pirelli is open to a maximum of 25 competitors and will feature existing homologated TCR cars based on genuine race car liveries to attain the best experience.

TCR Canada presented by Pirelli – 2020 Calendar
June 20, 2020 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
July 4, 2020 – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
July 18, 2020 – Circuit Of the Americas (COTA)
August 1, 2020 – Watkins Glenn International
August 15, 2020 – Sebring International Raceway
September 5, 2020 – Calabogie Motorsports Park
September 18, 2020 – Road America

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Game on!

If you think you’re fast, try this easy game:

Name five cars with an animal in its name in five seconds.

Now see if you can do this with five car names in an alphabetical order starting from the letter f.  So its f,g,h,I,j.

Think you can name five cars that refer to place in five seconds?

Good luck!  And be sure to let us know how you did.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park announces Castrol Victoria Day eSpeedFest

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) is excited to announce plans for a virtual version of the long-time racing event on Canada’s May long weekend. The virtual Castrol Victoria Day eSpeedFest will go ahead this weekend on May 16 and 17.
The e-schedule will include three virtual races throughout the Victoria Day weekend all hosted on the iRacing platform. These races will be shown live to our fans staying safe at home.
“Racing at CTMP on the Victoria Day long weekend has been a long time tradition. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis we are not able to hold the event this year, so to do something special for our fans we have decided to bring the event to you,” said CTMP President & General Manager Myles Brandt.

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FIA finds a new home in Canada

The delegation of the sporting power to GDS follows a selection process initiated at the FIA Annual General Assembly in December 2019, where a mandate was given to the World Motor Sport Council to appoint a new governing body in Canada.

GDS was selected by the Council on the basis of the quality of its application and the significant motor sport experience of its leaders François Dumontier, President and Ron Fellows, Vice-president, as well as its intention to create an advisory committee composed of presidents of regional organisations and other motor sport stakeholders.

GDS joins the FIA’s membership of 242 motor sport and motoring clubs in 146 countries.

FIA Secretary General for Sport, Peter Bayer, commented: “The World Motor Sport Council is confident in the credentials of GDS and the quality of its application, and its executives, in delivering the favourable exercising of sporting powers in Canada. It has a strong commitment to the growth of national and international motor sport, from grassroots competition to world championships.”

François Dumontier, President Sports Development Group – ASN, Canada, commented: “I am honoured to have been elected to represent the Canadian National Sporting Authority within the FIA. The goals and vision for the new ASN in Canada will be aligned with the FIA and will concentrate on creating long-term stability through cooperative efforts from the various Canadian regions and motorsport disciplines.’’

:  FIA.com/news