By Mario Marrello, PCA UCR Autocross Chair. Photos By Wolfgang Lott Provinz Contributing Photographer (from Provinz September 2015 page 30)
July this year gave us 2 autocross events and each was great success on its own!
On July 5, UCR participated in an autocross event hosted by the BMW Trillium Club at the CTMP Driver Development track. John Venditti and Randy Sparre organized a great event with about 32 cars, 8 of which were UCR members who were regular participants at our own autocross events.
The DDT event used the entire track, laid out of course with cones at strategic places to keep the course interesting and speeds down. Regardless, there were some pretty impressive runs. The Trillium team definitely put on an impressive event along with a showcase of classic and modern BMW’s held in the DDT parking area for the BimmerCruise event. If the opportunity presents itself again for next year, UCR should definitely consider participating again if UCR members want it.
The second event, held on July 26 at our regular location at the Toronto Star Press Centre in Vaughan was also a super success. Regular followers of the autocross know that we had a late start this year because of construction around the area. However, the construction cranes and excavators flanked the western field well off our regular asphalt area, allowing us to set up and run the event.
When we arrived early that morning, there were some trailers and construction vehicles taking up space that challenged us to set up a very different course layout.Changes to our start and end points and with the opportunity to use the upper trailer level, we were able to configure a stimulating, but safe and rewarding layout that everyone enjoyed.
I want to personally thank Geoff Sheffrin and Mike Lemmon who both braved the exceedingly hot summer weather to marshall the event. Geoff took over the Start and Mike handled marshalling the upper trailer level. We also got help for many of the participants who had the opportunity to marshall the stop box and upper level. Welcome help, given the hot weather.
In addition to the heat, we also were challenged with a technical failure of our timing equipment – the stoplight would not work leaving us with no option but to manually use the equipment to mark a car’s stop. Although it sounds challenging, it did work well but it looks like it’s time for the equipment to go in for inspection and repair.
Please note there are only 2 remaining autocross event dates for this year and the September date is rapidly approaching so register now!
- September 13
- October 4
Once again, any thoughts or ideas on other autocross locations would be appreciated!
Take care and drive safe!