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NER SCCA Club Racing at Lime Rock on Father’s Day Weekend

Thanks to Jamie Dzencelowcz the chief starter for inviting me to work on the start stand for this NER Club Racing event at Lime Rock over Father’s Day weekend.

For some odd reason everyone I met was very surprised to see me there, which was odd… my guess the rumor mill is churning based on something I said at some point or something someone else said about me. But frankly I don’t give a shit. I paid my dues this year, I’m perfectly allowed to be at any SCCA event. That said it was a very much welcoming atmosphere at the track. I wanted to get more experience working start, and I got precisely that. I was glad to find out that the Driver’s will put on a paddock crawl again. And they did a fantastic job. And the quality of racing was good too. We had a mixed bag of weather. It rained one day and was fine the next. We had plenty of incidents of bodywork flying off various cars on the front straight. So that was good to see too, some action.

Most importantly though I had a blast doing what I like. I especially enjoyed doing lap charts for the bigger groups. It’s basically recording the position of every car as they crossed the start finish line every lap. As a blue flagger it’s something that I’ve always done in my head anyway, keeping track of the leaders and the backmarkers so that I could blue flag them on the appropriate laps. But now there’s an official record on the Start stand. That was amazing. And I was somewhat impressed with myself that I managed to memorize the look of a lot of cars from a distance. Something I struggled with during PWC weekend where I made a few mistakes pointing out the wrong cars even though I always thought I had knew those cars very well already.

As always it’s super neat to see cars from bird’s eye view, especially the winners when they come in to pick up little checkered flags to do their victory laps.

Love the Brasil colors on this E46 M3

Mazda MX-5: Canada Miata Meetup in Ontario that Never Happened, Sorry!

What’s more Canadian than saying “Sorry?”

I had high hopes of meeting up with some local MX-5 Miata owners in Ontario on my latest trip to Bowmanville to volunteer for some amazing racing over the Victoria Day Weekend at Mosport – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park…

Unfortunately the mini-meet, little get together, a foodie cruise never materialized due to the lack of interest… Sorry!

I’m really disappointed with myself for not being able to make this thing happen… surely there are Miata owners in that part of Ontario right? I was willing to drive an hour out of the way to Toronto if anyone had gotten in touch, but it seems people didn’t care. Too bad!

So instead I enjoyed all the American Miata’s that showed up to race in the Pirelli World Challenge TC and TCA class… their paddock area was along the main route to the marshal Chalet at the top of the hill in Mosport so I got to drive past them every morning and afternoon… the only thing I pussied out to do was park my car next to all the race cars and take some photos… Oh well, maybe in the future I’ll grow some balls… maybe as soon as next weekend at Lime Rock where the PWC TC/TCA cars will be next…

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I had such a fantastic time on this trip, I’m not down one bit for not meeting other Miata owners… even though it was a perfect opportunity wasted. Instead I focused my free time on supporting race sponsors, like Petro-Canada who sponsored the Canadian Porsche Carrera / GT3 Cup with their Ultra 94 brand… I learned that Petro-Canada took over the distribution of this product from Sunoco (that’s why Ultra 94 may seem familiar) but either way, it was like a mission to me to find this gas which isn’t available at all stations… I found that staging a little photo shoot at Petro-Canada was a very cool and patriotic setting for this trip… so, the pix:

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The Petro-Canada station where I ended up getting a fill-up with Ultra 94 was some 30 miles along 401 heading home, where the price was cheaper than Shell 91 I filled up with when I first arrived Bowmanville… One thing’s for sure, Gas Buddy lied to me!

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By the way, Petro-Canada calls it Ultra 94 in Ontario and Alberta, while in Montreal, Quebec they call it SuperClean 94. Speaking to one of the marshals about octane levels and such, he suggested that from his experience filling up his bike, Shell fuel 91 Nitro+ is the best option out there… but having tried both, I’m not convinced.

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Maybe next time I’ll be able to organize an actual Canadian MX-5 Miata get-together… I have high hopes! Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a perfect venue for Mazda Miata mini-meets!

 

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