Welcome to the ASCC Website!

Welcome to the Atlantic Sports Car Club website! On this site you’ll find all the information you need to get involved in Motorsports with ASCC. Whether your interest is the against-the-clock competition of Slalom and Time Attack, the accuracy and precision of TSD Rally, learning advanced driving and car control with a High Performance Driving School or the excitement of door to door Road Racing you’ll find what you need right here!

Via links at the top and right of this page you’ll find the ASCC Event Calendar and ARMS Forum. ASCC will continue to use the well-trafficked Atlantic Region Motorsports Forum for all online discussion, we encourage everyone to visit and join in the conversations! The ASCC Events Calendar is now hosted by Google Calendar, which provides us a lot more flexibility in displaying event information and keeping everyone current! Using the Google provided tools you can keep an up to date ASCC calendar on your phone or email application in just a few clicks!

We are continually updating and adding information to this site as we go forward, including some new information never before seen and some great club history going back into the many decades ASCC has been providing access to grassroots motorsport in the Maritimes! Check back often!

– The ASCC Executive – Debbie, Alan, Brian and Evan!

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2017 February General Meeting

February exec meeting

Membership report. Alan G:63 so far.

Treasurer report Brian J:$21,167. Initial dues and levy cheque of $1,500 just written.

Rally report Ian P: this SAT night is a NavX. Route is checked. 11 entries so far, checkpoints arranged. 3pm, elmsdale Sobeys. Ending at pizza delight. Rally sprint last weekend. 5 cars. Rallycross 5 had 40 entrants. Three events left.

Race report: licence renewals out.

Solo report Scott M: talked to stoneridge church. They may allow us some spring events. We are in discussions with shearwater over rental of space there.

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2016 AGM Minutes

ASCC AGM December 13, 2016 Meeting called to order at 7:39 pm.

VP Alan Gray confirmed 27 in attendance and 10 proxies so we had a quorum. Year end member numbers were 197.
Official membership count for ARMS accounting year for 2016 was 179.

President Debbie Miller gave her Presidents report:
What a great summer, good weather and lots of events, good number of entries and fun competition. Perfect!! And our club grew to over 180 members this year!! We are the largest club in the region and make up almost 45% of the total membership, we compete and help organize in all the major disciplines so many members are active all year long.

The club executive makes all this run like clockwork, I want to thank Brian Jarvis for keeping our finances up to date and all our bills paid, Alan Gray for keeping our membership updated and for helping out at so many of our events, I want to thank Evan Williams our club secretary for all our social media updates, and thank you to Ian Pearce for being (along with his many other duties) our rally director and to Joel Nelson and wife Krista for running a very busy and very successful solo season. Race director Brian Gay also put in a full season with running our high-performance Driving School and instructing as well as competing in race. And of course, thanks to George Sheppard for making sure we play by the rules.

We are lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers and to be able, in a small way, to thank someone each year by presenting them with the Ron Johnson Memorial Presidents Award. Ron and his family were active in the marshaling group for many years and exemplified the spirit of volunteering. In reading the many names of past recipients it is nice to see that many are still here, helping out and competing. It is also a good sign that there are many new names who will qualify for this presentation. Last year we also initiated a new annual award, The Lifetime Achievement trophy, which was presented to George Sheppard.

We also have another club member in the Maritime Motorsport Hall of Fame. Joining recent inductees Frank McCarthy and George Sheppard, ASCC nominated me for this year and the ceremony was held Nov 19. I want to thank the club for considering me worthy of their support.

So on we go into 2017, we have many events to look forward to and good friends to share them with. I want to wish one and all the best of the season…

Club Secretary Evan Williams was unable to attend so VP Alan Gray read the minutes of the December 2015 AGM. Motion by George Sheppard to accept the minutes as read, seconded by Chris Ward, all were in favour.

Treasurer Brian Jarvis gave our year-end figures. We have a total of $28,443.90 in the bank. No outstanding accounts.

Directors Joel Nelson and Ian Pearce gave a year-end solo and rally report.

Debbie Miller read out the race report as provided by race director Brian Gay, who could not attend the meeting:

The 2016 race season has come to a close and while we wait to see what the upcoming
season looks like for us, let’s hope everyone gets race cars under their tree this year as the car count was down and we could use a good boost in numbers. I will echo what I said last year and that is ASCC continues to support road racing with over 50% of the field on any given starting grid and the support continued for 2016, great showing by ASCC members!
This is the spot where I usually talk about change and how it is good for us…well…I wouldn’t talk about change but rather what didn’t change. You show up to AMP on the morning of a race weekend, you meet up with good friends, you chat and laugh and then go have fun on the track together. The race is over, you get out of your car and you chat and laugh some more. You have fun with old friends, you make new friends, you go to have fun and hopefully that will never change. A few people over the years have forgotten how this is supposed to work and unfortunately they have moved on forgetting what good times they are missing. Mabe Leigh’s proposal for ARMS ProStock class will bring a bunch of old timers back out and new people as well to have fun!
On the more exciting side we had 8 students between the two Race schools we held this year on back to back race weekends. These students continued to race for the season and earn their full regional race license before the season ended in October. I look forward to seeing them return in 2017!
On the less exciting side, last year I mentioned that the SM field was almost extinct…well…
this past season with only around 1 car regularly making the starting grid the class was for the most part, was extinct. While I am very disappointed to see the class gone I do know someone is working in the background on trying to revive the SM class. Is it too late, I don’t know, only time will tell. The year ended off with the JCM on Thanksgiving weekend and while that race had the most “interesting” start of the season it all sorted itself out after a few corners as everyone settled in for the 3 hours ahead. We also had a decent car count which made for great racing and a lot of lapped cars but that is all part of what makes the JCM fun, everyone out for the same reason!

I would like to wish all ASCC members and their families a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone in 2017!

OLD BUSINESS. Under old business the ASCC Presidents Award was given to (drum roll) Chris Ward. Chris has been a member for many years and his parents, Dale and Diane Ward were some of the original rally competitors in the club. Chris has been a very active and successful competitor in solo and rally events, still attends meetings and is instrumental in arranging O’Regan’s sponsorship every year. Thank you Chris for being a valuable club supporter and a real gentleman!! Gord Sleigh reported on the club website, everything is working well, our thanks to Gord. We also advised that the Lifetime Achievement award will be presented at the January 10 meeting at Kartbahn.

NEW BUSINESS. Under new business we have 3 members who qualify for honorary membership. The three are: Ian Pearce (moved by Brian Jarvis and seconded by Chris Ward); James Partridge (moved by Alan Gray and seconded by Ian Pearce) and Charlotte Partridge (moved by Debbie Miller and seconded by George Sheppard). These names will be confirmed at our March meeting. Joel Nelson advised that Steve Philips wants to introduce a new solo award, a RAW prize plus novice, fastest time, no PAX. To be sponsored by his auto repair shop, more details to follow. James Partridge made a motion that for 2017 we amend our quorum requirements to be 20% or 20 members, whichever is the lesser. Seconded by Gord Sleigh, all were in favour. In Region news we now have a new ARMS treasurer, Kathy Partridge. Congratulations Kathy, we all wish you the very best and hope for a smooth and successful transition. Also on the region front, ARRCA has offered to host the 2017 AGM in Truro, same location as 2016.

Motion: Moved by Chris Ward, seconded by Ralph Rosere to ratify the actions of the executive and board of directors for 2016. All were in favour. Thank you all for your support. Elections committee chairman George Sheppard carried out the election of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. All the current officers re-offered and, since there were no nominations from the floor, all three were acclaimed. Directors for race, rally and solo will be confirmed at the January meeting. Swap shop was followed by a motion by Bruce Buntain, seconded by Gord Sleigh to adjourn. Then Bruce Buntain regaled us with a rousing game of auto-trivia. The winning table was Team Ralph Rosere and Ralph was awarded the trophy.Thank you Bruce. See everyone in January.

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February Club Meeting Postponed

The ASCC General meeting scheduled for today, February 14th, will be postponed until February 21. It will still be at the Riverside Pub in Bedford, but they are closed today due to the storm.

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January 2017 Meeting Reminder: Venue Change

This is a reminder to all members that January’s general meeting (Tuesday the 10th) will be held at Kartbahn in Bayers Lake, not at the usual location. We’ll have karting after the meeting!

We would also like to remind you that we are collecting donations for Feed Nova Scotia at the meeting, so please bring in any cash or non-perishable food items.

Debbie wants to let everyone know that she will be bringing a Jeep full of old books and magazines from former club president Richard Russell.

February will return to our normal location at the Riverside Pub in Bedford.

 

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2017 On Line Membership form

2017 ASCC Membership Application

For family members living at the same address, each additional person registered after the first is an additional $12.50. If you would like to register online using this option, please fill out a registration form for each person registering. If using paypal for payment, you can then log into your paypal account and submit the correct total amount for all members and list the names being paid for in the comments section.

Cards will be mailed out a short time after full payment has been received.

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2015 AGM Minutes

Called to order 7:32. 29+ 7 proxy.
President’s report, Debbie.

2015 was another great year for ASCC, with 160 plus members, a full season of events with our club supporting race, rally and solo all over the region and some even rallying away. We also celebrated our 60th birthday and enjoyed seeing many “old” faces at the ARMS AGM Awards banquet on Nov 21. Which, I’ve been told, was the best AGM party the region has had in many years.

We will continue to work on growing the club and continuing it’s mandate of providing safe and competitive motorsport events for our members. The search goes on for parking lots where we can play. We have been fortunate to have had the support of the Stoneridge Church here in Sackville but we should always look to add locations to our schedule. Solo Sport is growing and we must make sure we can continue to present challenging courses.

At this time I must thank the exec and directors for working so hard and providing such good support all year long. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that these guys do to make the events run as smoothly as they do. We would not be much of a success without them.

And finally, we are lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers and to be able, in a small way, to thank someone each year by presenting them with the Ron Johnson Memorial Presidents Award. Ron and his family were active in the marshalling group for many years and exemplified the spirit of volunteering. In reading all the names of past recipients it is nice to see that many are still here, helping out and competing. We are lucky to have the help and support of such dedicated people and it is also a good sign that there are many new people who will qualify for this award in the future.

This year’s recipient has been very long time club member and, even when living far away, he managed to keep us informed with his Chapters from China. Always educating and entertaining and ready with a lame joke, may I present our master of the trivia contest, Bruce Buntain !

Reading of 2014 AGM minutes, it was suggested to add election of club officers to last year’s minutes. Motion to accept as amended Owen S, 2nd Chris W.

Solo report, Joel N.

Debbie expressed gratitude to all solo volunteers.

Rally report, Ian P.
2105 was a year of some improvement for rallying in the Maritime Provinces.

ASCC’s January Navigational event had 18 entries, a decent turnout by all accounts. Navex in general is still struggling with only two events on the calendar. A lack of organizers and time for already busy volunteers seems similar to previous years.

Rally X had a strong year, and the fall events thus far have been showing record high attendance in the high 30’s.

Whlie the Lookoff hosted an excellent event in August, it suffered last minute when expected teams did not join due to mechanical issues and and event conflicts. A rescheduling to July for next year will hopefully assist in the area of conflicting dates.

The end of the year in performance rally has seen strong signs. The Trout Lake event saw 7 cars, a highwater mark since the return of stage rally events in 2009. On a continuing theme, several teams made the trip to Quebec for Rallye de Charlevoix, in late October, and showed well. Local teams put their names on trophies for the MEQC.

Returning from the Quebec events, several new to the region log-booked shells were brought to the area and are undergoing preparation for 2016. This puts the car count of Performance Rallycars into the double digit area, hopefully a sign of good things to come.

We look forward to 2016 with enthusiasm, and hopefully good pacenotes.

Race Report: Brian G.
ASCC 2015 Race Report

The 2015 race season has come to a close and while we have not had so far the same amount of snow as last year the track is closed and playtime is over for 2015. I mentioned last year that ASCC continues to support road racing with over 50% of the field on any given starting grid and the support continued for 2015, great showing by ASCC members!
Every year I talk about change, so to not upset my trend I will of course mention it again! 2014 was a trying year on volunteers, officials, Stewarts and Marshalls. I mentioned Dave Hull had an action plan in place to deal with rules and situations that happen on and off the track. Personally I feel that for 2015 the plan was executed well with new officials trained over the past winter and put to the test this past season. It’s unfortunate that I have to use the words tested because we are all supposed to be there for fun, but a clear set of rules never hurts when some people choose to test every possible loop hole they think they can find in the rules. I know this is an ongoing process with updating rules and it can only continue to make our region more robust for moving forward.
On the more exciting side we had 6 students in the May race school and a few new cars on the starting grid. These students continued to race for the season and earn their full regional race license before the season ended in October. I look forward to seeing them return in 2016! The GT field saw a few new cars and old ones return to make for a great season of sedan racing. Lap time records continued to be broken this past season as everyone has stepped up their prep levels. GT-1 saw the new closed wheel lap record broken, GT-3 continues to set fast laps as they represent a more modern touring car and the front wheel drive record is now down into the 1:14’s! These lap times are a lot different than even just a few years ago when a 1:17 would make for an eye popping lap time.
On the less exciting side, the SM field was almost extinct this past season with only around 4 cars regularly making the starting grid. I know ARMS and the future promoter of SM will work together in growing the series back up to what it is capable of being. I think ARMS and the member clubs realize that better communication moving forward is required to help keep people heading in the right direction and to eliminate people jumping to conclusions. There were a lot of rumors, misguided information and a few drama queens that all spilled over from the 2014 season to help diminish the 2015 SM starting grid. Let’s hope the new promoter and ARMS will ride out this low and turn it back into a high!
The year ended off with the JCM on Thanksgiving weekend and just for fun this year we decided to try 2 mandatory pit stops. The idea behind the 2 stops was to help encourage 3 member teams to participate and to challenge the 2 or 1 member teams into putting more thought into their race strategy. While there was a few people who kicked up quite the storm over the 2 pit stop change on the ARMS forum and even social media without ever stating any facts behind their objection, I believe even they ended up having a great time in the end. The JCM saw a good increase in numbers from the 2014 year, was it because of the pit stop rule change, I don’t know, maybe, but one thing is for sure and that is when the numbers are decreasing it’s time to shake things up a bit. This race is all about having fun and 2015 was a great example!
I would like to wish all ASCC members and their families a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone in 2016!

It was asked who the new spec miata promoter was. It has not been decided.

Membership Report: Alan G. 167 members. Some 2016 cards already issued, are available now.

Joel N: Toyo tire sponsorship for solo. Dave H won $200 off set of toyos

Treasurer’s report: Brian J.

Thanks to Brian and Joel for hpds and solo comitee for help to club

Thanks to Oregans for Scotia Speed World Solo event sponsorship. Atlantic Acura for Agm. Thanks to PBM Construction and kraftwerx for ongoing solo Support

Ian P, Scott M to accept treasurers. All in favour

Debbie: AgM went well, will look at hosting for club’s 65. Possible format change going forward. Trivia was great, probably won’t have band. Many alumni members. That is for help. Jen Harrie put together a video of hi lights of 50 years of as cc. Available for $10, profits to club.

New: Talk of skidpad or kart track at amp, hopefully plan will come to fruition over next year or two.

Brian g: cost will be very high. How will we recoup this cost? Will have to be a high cost of entry for this.

Debbie: Brian J is presenting gift to members Evan and Brenda, Joel and Krista on their weddings. George S was inducted to the Maritime Motorsports hall of fame this year and ASCC has awarded him the new lifetime achievement award. George has been a member since 1972, first trophy in 1974. George will be featured in next issue of Inside Track.

Motion to ratify the actions of the Executive: Gord S, 2nd George.

Nominating committee Ian P. Current exec is willing to reoffer. No nominations from floor for any positions.

Swap: old t-shirts and hats are available for some events.

Chris W. motion to adjourn, Pidge P 2nd.

Adjourn 8:19

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2016 ASCC Annual General Meeting Dec 13

This is to provide you with notice of the 2016 ASCC AGM.

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Atlantic Sports Car Club will be held at the Riverside Pub (1552 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS) on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 commencing at 7:30pm.

Club by-laws require a minimum of 20% of the membership to be present for a quorum. With a membership base of ~179 members, a minimum of 36 members are required. Your attendance and input would be greatly appreciated, but if you cannot attend, please consider using this proxy.

Motions made at the AGM (pertaining to matters such as By-Laws/Constitution and Honorary Memberships) will be voted upon by the membership at the March 2017 General Meeting, as our by-laws require 3 month notice to the membership.

Also attached is a membership form for the convenience of renewing your membership for 2016. You may return it with your membership dues ($30 per individual + $12.50 for each family member if required)

Note: Any members attending the meeting will receive a $5 food voucher for the Riverside Pub. They will also receive a voucher for a free session of karting at Kartbahn following the January 10 meeting (which will take place at Kartbahn).

If you have any questions please feel free to contact any member of the executive at exec@ascc.ca

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November General Meeting

Membership: 179 members for voting purposes.

Treasurer: $25496. 79 member levies for ARMS not yet billed. Last regional slalom not invoiced.

Solo report: Joel is speaking with Debert about using apron.

Rally: BAC is lookig to have navx in january or Feb. Trout lake ran well. Charlevloix had two local teams. Finished well. Big local rally will be Aug in 2017. Trying for a snow rally. Rallycross starts Nov 20. Rules for prepared class are now determined. Any changes = prepared. Novice class added.

Race report: nothing to report

Old business: ASCC AGM: trying for kartbahn. Food drive, pizza, club will pay for one session. Region AGM is dec 2-4 in Truro. Debbie is being inducted to Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame Nov 19.

New business: Joel suggested business cards with solo contact info and schedule on back.

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2016 August Minutes

Called to order 8:05 by Debbie M. 175 members. $24k in chequing.

Next solo event Aug 20. Other clubs allow non competing passengers. Should we allow this? How should we handle instructors as if they run their times are supposed to be included? Topic for AGM. 14 club members at nationals. Slemon, sept 2. Moncton doesnt have a lot for Sept 25 yet. Region Time Attack Oct 1 and 2.

Rally: lookoff july 23 and 24. 9 competitors, including from Vermont, PQ, and Ontario. Ran smoothly despite some road crew issues.
Rallysprint planned for Aug 27, but may be affected by current dry conditions.

Race: no chumpcar event. Next race Aug 21

Old business: Harold Merklinger’s photos on display at Fisherman’s cove in Eastern Passage until mid sept.

New business: no

2016 AGM still does not have a location.

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July general meeting minutes

Called to order 7:33. No treasurers report.
168 members as of meeting

Solo report Joel N. 4 events plus school since last meeting. 57 at first SSW event. 19th had 40ish. 10 students at digby school. Test and tune ran well. 49 at digby day 1. 52 Sunday. Next is this saturday at church. 15 club members now registered for nationals in Montreal.

Rally: 23rd is lookoff rally. Volunteers still needed. Next is in August.

Race: Double race weekend was last weekend. 11 cars. Chumpcar is coming up soon.

Old:no

New: harold Merklinger is having a photo show at fisherman’s cove in eastern passage July to Sept. Pidge is looking at re-running 1000km long 1962 valley ralley.

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