|Posted on September 12, 2016 at 7:45 PM|
This past Saturday saw the closing day of the dirt track race season @ Can Am Speedway. A quick check of the radar and weather before leaving showed it was looking pretty good.
Once I hit the 401 the Sun fadded away and the clouds appeared. As I crossed the last bridge to cross the St. Laurence river I noticed Sund and clearing to the South/West. I arrived at the track to the clouds and wind.
As I made my way towards the pit gate, it became clear that fans would be in for a treat as a few sprint teams were parked outside the pit gate and the pits were full. Thunder Stock and Vintage Modifieds were parked on the infield. Before hot laps began few sprinkles of rain came down. They were short lived and hot laps followed by heats got underway. The Clouds were still present however that clear spot was to the South West.
After intermission as Features got underway sheet lighting became present to the west of the track. It wasn't looking to good with the lightning and strong wind. Those same strongs wind would bring clear skies and a visble moon. Much relif to racers and fans.
Fans were treated to a great Fireworks show. I left the track and got on I-81 and got a sudden intense down pour. It soon stopped and light rain fell. The lightning continued in the sky all the way home.
On the bright side the car got a free wash on the way home which washed away most of the NY Dirt tracks dust.
|Posted on May 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM|
Saturday May 7, 2016 was opening day @ Can Am Speedway in La Fargeville, New York. Pit gates opened @ 3pm and there was a steady stream of drivers coming in. At one point in was announced 100 cars registered and then the last update said 111. A very good turnout of cars for opening night. Fans in attendance were treated to great racing in every class. With the threat of rain, feature photos were done after 3 feature races. Rain drops started to fall just as the last feature photos were taking place.
|Posted on March 18, 2015 at 5:15 PM|
Well the Snowmobile Season is winding down. As I type this, the only areas to go trail riding in Ontario, Canada are North West of Ottawa. For some with acreage on their hands, there is still some off trail riding to be had. The trail riding season was a little delayed this winter, however the conditions were perfect, very little freezing rain and no major thaws until March.
A sure sign of Spring’s arrival is the Snowmobile Manufactures Sneak Peak next week in Kanata, Ontario. Many “Die Hards” will be trailering to the snow to get that last ride in. For others, it’s time to prep the show car, race car etc etc.
|Posted on January 13, 2015 at 7:40 PM|
At this point in January, those who enjoy snowmobiling are all set and ready to go. Those who ride trails are doing the snow dance. More snow is needed before trails can be groomed and then opened.
This past weekend I had the chance to take in the old snowmbile show in Eganville Ontario. I was quite pleased to see a large number of sleds in the show. The variety and quaility to sleds is always amazing. Taking in this show should be a must for anyone who enjoys vintage snowmobiles and is able to drive to Eganville.
|Posted on October 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM|
Mother Nature greeted Drag Racers and Fans to beautiful day on Sunday October 5, 2014. I made my out to Capital City Dragway just off Highway 7 to get my last fix of the season. A few bikes, cars and a few new drivers made for a great afternoon of racing. The clocked ticked 5 O'clock and as things were winding down from the beer garden I noticed a Doe crossing to the center of the drag strip. I pointed it out to Pit Road Mom, who keeps everyone fed. She said just wait, she's checking it out and there will be a little one coming along. Sure enough, a few minutes later a little fawn came out from North. They jumped wall and were feeding along the grassy area parallel the access road. All in all it was a nice way to end the drag season. Mother and fawn crossed into the woods.
|Posted on July 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM|
The month of July has seen some great racing at Capital City Speedway. Stock Car Racing is Wednesday nights, Drifting is Thursday night and Drag Racing is Friday Nights. Saturday/Sunday saw Monster Madness. The saturday show saw a 100 lap enduro with 100 non-stop laps. There are some great action shots of recent racing in my photo gallery.
|Posted on June 20, 2014 at 11:25 AM|
As the Legends Cars took to the track for the first heat the Sun shawn down. This night also saw the Sportsman make their first appearance of the season and the second Enduro of the season. In the second Four For Fun Heat the 99 took home her first win and was quickly given the checkered flag for her victory lap. In the feature races there was also some great racing in all classes.
|Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM|
On March 4th, 2014 I had the chance to take in the 8th annual Constance Bay Old Sled Run. This event had been on my list of events to attend for a few years. Things finally aligned and I was able to attend. I had planned on riding my 1973 Elan, however it was running to hot. I had just gotten my Touring sled back from the repair shop and decided I would take it. A short ride February 28, established the machine was good to go. However on this ride I met the groomer and the trails were pretty hard. Cooling was an issue.
Naturally on March 1st when I woke up and saw fresh show I was happy and made my way to Legion in Constance bay. The old sleds set off just after 10. Even-though I wasn’t riding an old sled, riding in the group was quite pleasant. Making it to the Ottawa River is the first major accomplishment for all of the old sleds. From there we crossed the ice towards the Quebec shore. Then travelled parallel to the shore and arrived Quyon, Quebec. I ended up following a group of old Polaris and Arctic Cat snowmobiles. First ones to arrive at the Hotel parking lot in Quyon which was empty at the time. I then headed in for some food. When I came back out there were tons of sleds in the lot. At the end of day in discussions with the event organizer I was informed 141 registered snowmobiles made the trip.
Here are the links to some video I took, some photos are in my photo gallery as well:
Part 1: http://youtu.be/jmqH83PFVkc
Part 2: http://youtu.be/eUdqbsASCyw
Part 3: http://youtu.be/62jF5pIQH0k
|Posted on February 9, 2014 at 8:25 PM|
This winter has been very good to the snowmobiliers. Snowmobiliers are quite happy. I was out trying the trails in Quebec yesterday. It was their free weekend. Tons of sleds. Saw atleat 50 parked in Ladysmith.
Here is the link to a play list of video I have taken while riding aroudn Ottawa Ontario, Canada.
|Posted on August 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM|
Wednesday August 21, 2013 was a regular race night out at Capital City Speedway. I arrived at the start of the first heat race. I was making my usual rounds in the pits. Mom asked where all my gear was. I said too tired to carry it all. You see, I had been up in the Wilderness of Quebec on a ATV camping Trip and we had left Wednesday afternoon so I could make it to the races. I partied hard into Wednesday morning and was going on little sleep. Mom is the person in the pits who keeps the mouths fed.
There was some great feature racing with legends cars #1 and #7 going back and fourth. Right off the start for the late models, there was a wreck that saw the 10 go over on the hood of 8. Both cars got tangled up and the tow truck had to be used. Then once that race resumed there was some great chasing going on with the 00 chasing the 2 for the lead. The 2 got spun out by the 00 and with a few laps to go and those cars at the back the 14 took home the win. In the four for fun the 5 car took home its first feature win, but the 86 fought to the end to try and come back up front. Intermsision also saw a carshow/parade around the trank with two groups of 30 cars making their way around.
Friday August 23, 2013 I made my way back out to the track, but this night was drag racing and a fundraiser for a drag racer who has helped the drag strip get up and running. It was great to see so many people out supporting the cause. As I write this the drag racer who was injured in a work acident remains in hospital. There were many a cars taking to the drag strip and lots of people came out to watch. There were a few battles going on, battle of the mustangs and battle of the trucks. Video to come on that shortly.