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>Hi Guy, Here is some info I dug up.August 3rd the Livingston Fair is
on the SCORR schedule. I found the flyer while in Michigan this
weekend going through all my old directions. Mark's number is 716-998-
0960 or e-mail Dave Dave@...
or Mark Mnotost@...
hope this helps.
> I managed to add three new tracks this past week. A solo run on
Wednesday, and another great getaway weekend for Pam and I were the
two trips. It was the 11th week in a row that I got at least one new
track. Hopefully, I can keep it going until Labor Day weekend, at
> After our five mile morning walk, I didnât want to tire myself
out too much as I had eight and a half hours of driving to do later
in the day. So instead of following the walk with ten miles of
biking, or working on my never ending landscaping stone project (Pam
calls it my âStonehengeâ), I tried again with the electricity in
the garage that I screwed up earlier in the week. Surprise! I fixed
it myself. That was a pleasant surprise. We have not finished the
sauna yet, however.
> In the afternoon, I headed solo to the Ontario County Fair in
Canandaiqua, NY for the figure 8 race. Pam had her last night class
of the summer session. We had learned of this race in 2004 after the
fact, then both Will and I forgot about it in 2005 and I missed it
again. This year, when I decided not to go to Ohio for the two
figure 8âs on Tuesday and Wednesday, I knew I would make the day
trip and finally get Canandaigua.
> I arrived about an hour and a half before the 7:00 p.m. starting
time. Admission was $4 without the races, and $9 with the races.
Parking was free. They had a decent turn out of 19 stocks for the
figure 8 races, and a good crowd. Of course it was not full, as
Canandaigua Speedway has a lot of seats.
> This show was put on by Total Destruction Demo Productions. They
donât have many shows, running at Black Rock, Ontario, and Otsego
in NY; and at Tioga in PA. One good thing about this show is that
they do run it quickly. They can run a figure 8 show in 60-90
> The fair was smaller than I expected. I picked a good stand and
got a roast beef dinner with salt potatoes and baked beans for $7.
Later I had more salt potatoes. I looked around for Paul and Eleanor
or P. J., expecting them to show at any minute. But I did not see
> They ran four heat races with the top two qualifying. With only a
couple of minute break, they ran a consie with ten cars. This was a
mess, as ten cars were too many on the tiny course they had set up.
Since the feature also had ten cars, they made a smart call and moved
the barriers out to make the track a bit bigger. Even though they
started 20 minutes late, the feature was over around 8:40 and I was
home before 1:00.
> We left home Friday morning and headed to Quebec as planned. The
destination was the Autodrome Chaudiere, a track that Will and I had
visited in 1997 when it was a dirt track. I donât remember that
much about it, as we went to another track in the afternoon and when
we arrived at Chaudiere it was already dark. Several years ago, the
track was paved.
> The layout is different than when we were there before. Now you
park at the bottom of the track and walk up to the seating. When we
were there you parked behind and entered from the top like at Big
Diamond. The old parking area is now pit area. There are new seats,
and the track itself is really nice.
> They had a good crowd and a $15 admission. There were the normal
four divisions, plus the Canadian legends. Oddly, all four of the
regular divisions had the same car count, 11. The legends had 17.
The track is really well laid out and the racing was exceptionally
good for a paved stock car track. There was a lot of passing, side
by side racing, and very few cautions. I also like the format that
is used at the Quebec paved tracks. Instead of a meaningless heat
and a feature, the whole show is feature racing, and the races are
broken up into segments. Each class ran two or three segments. I
enjoyed the evening at Chaudiere. Iâve now been to every NSD
listed weekly Friday track on the eastern seaboard, from the top of
Newfoundland to the bottom of Puerto Rico, except the track in
Ringgold, GA; where I was rained out last year.
> After the races we made the final hour drive to Beauport, a suburb
of Quebec City.
> The plan when we left home was to make the four and a quarter hour
drive from Quebec City to Ste. Felicien and finally get one of the
far north Quebec tracks, where Will White has been running amuck for
years. But we ended up going elsewhere.
> On the way to Chaudiere, we went through East Broughton. I decided
to go look for the track. This track had been in the NSD for a long
time, but was not listed at all this year, not even as âplans
uncertainâ like the tracks that may run are listed. However, Will
said that he read on a message board that they were going to race.
We didnât know when or how often.
> I found the track and it looked like it was in operation, but I
couldnât tell for sure. I went into the bar on the property and
asked. I was happy to hear that they would be running Saturday
evening. When leaving the bar I saw a poster for the track. They
run every other Saturday. This weekend was not a scheduled race
weekend. I later found out they were rained out last weekend so they
were using this weekend as a makeup date. If I had seen the poster
before going in the bar I might have just assumed we were there on
the wrong weekend and not even asked. That was lucky. So even
though it would have been good to get the much farther Ste. Felicien
out of the way, I opted for East Broughton because it is much harder
to get information about this track. Better to get it while we were
there and they were running!
> This freed us up for other activities on Saturday morning and
afternoon. Pam found that there was a 50 km bike path that went
along the river from the Old Port out to the suburbs. She figured we
werenât too far from it, so we decided to look for it to get our
daily workout in, especially since we would not get to exercise on
Friday or Sunday. She was unsure of parking when we found it. We
left the hotel parking lot, made a left, and a half block later at
the stop light found the path! So we went right back to the hotel
and left the car there and went for an hour and a half walk. Next
time we bring the bikes.
> In the afternoon we went to the Old City and Old Port. It was
beautiful. We were very, very impressed. It seemed nicer than the
Old City of Montreal, which is a little seedier with a lot of tacky
souvenir shops. We found a nice little cafe and had a nice late
lunch outside. We ended up walking around over two hours, and with
the hour and a half on the path we were pretty tired as it was hot.
> But it was time to head to East Broughton. On the way, I had my
all-time record fill up cost of $69. Gas is about $4.50 a gallon. I
didnât know what to except at East Broughton, because it is
somewhat run down, but it tuned out to be decent. They had five
divisions of stock cars. Car counts were not great by any means, but
38 total cars was probably more than I expected.
> The best thing about the track is that it was very well watered.
Then ALL the cars came out to run in the track and wheel pack. The
result was that the track was in very good condition, tacky and with
no dust. The crowd was decent, but certainly not great.
> Overall I was very pleased to get a Friday track out of the way, as
well as a Saturday track that is hard to get info about. In
addition, we had a wonderful time in Quebec City. That gives me 98
tracks in Canada. I plan to get to 100 Canadian tracks (as well as
100 figure 8 tracks) before returning to school on August 23.
> THIS WEEKEND
> This weekend is VERY up in the air. The only new track that seems
likely is the Otsego County Fair figure 8 race on Friday. There is a
possibility of the Livingston County Fair for a jalopy car race on
Thursday. But the fair website does not mention jalopy cars and the
SCORR website no longer mentions them as being part of the show. So
that doesnât look good. To make matters worse, I no longer have
the SCORR guyâs phone number. I didnât save it because I thought
it was on the website, but it is not, I got it off the Farmersville
flyer, which I gave to Rick Schneider as a souvenir. But Rick is on
vacation so I canât call him to ask him, and Mike K. no longer has
the other copy of the flyer that we had. I have e-mailed SCORR but
race tracks and sanctioning bodies response rate to e-mails is
probably about 25% so I am not optimistic.
> Will also lists two Ontario fairs that are held this weekend as
active for figure 8 races. These are sanctioned by ODD. They have
demo derbies advertised at both fairs this weekend, but the ODD
website does not mention figure 8 racing at all. I also have an e-
mail in to them, but I donât expect a response as I didnât get
one the other time I e-mailed them. However, I do have a phone
number and I will call on Tuesday and hopefully can talk to someone.
> I would say it does not look good for Livingston, NY on Thursday;
Peterborough Exhibition, ONT on Saturday; or the Gooderham Horseshoe
Days Festival, ONT on Sunday. Most likely, Morris will be the only
new track this weekend, unless I get ambitious and go to Cashmere,
which is unlikely.
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