friday morning july 6th. arrive at mosport (ctmp) at 7am. grab a mcmosport and a milk for “breakfast”. it’s already 30C! sign in at registration and head up to the grid. terry is already there and has dug out the numbered grid discs’ and together we lay out “our” grid. 8:30 is the drivers meeting and we hold our own along with lee, justin and phil! at 8:50 the d.e.cars begin to arrive and we line them up in two straight rows. we check them for correct wrist band, todays inspection sticker and any obvious defects. we release them to the track. later the 1st race cars arrive and we go thru the same checks before releasing them. in the afternoon it’s hot, hot, hot at 37C and humid. jack webb in the print room(tower) has the fridge stocked with cold water and I brought 2 water spray bottles for us. we have long pants,shoes and hats on along with lots of sunscreen. the race cars begin to get serious and we angle grid them according to their lap times. this is when it gets exciting and somewhat dangerous for us. together we guide and park the cantankerous beasts in their correct spots. tower calls 5 minutes and I sound the air horn and hold up the 5 minute sign. repeat same with the 1 minute board. tower says release the “hounds” and off they go as we “grid nasties” breathe a collective sigh of relief. a shower and supper can’t come soon enough !
By Neil Dowdell