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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Eurokracy Show on This Saturday

Okay, not a classic car show, but it sounds like a lot of fun anyway. It’s being held on Saturday, June 27, at the ICAR Experience track in Mirabel. For details and to buy tickets, go HERE.

It’s billed as “Canada’s finest European automotive event.” Judging from the ticket information, there will be drag racing, burnouts, a low car contest, and an exhibition. There’s a long list of different groups that are cruising in for the event, from as far away as Winnipeg, so it should really be something.

Vendor and show car roll-in is at 6 am, the general public can enter at 10.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Another Local Car Show This Saturday

Just came across this one on the RebelRidez FaceBook page. I’ve added it to the June page (see link to the right), but am also posting what details I have here.

June 20
5th Annual Plaza Performance Auto Show
10 am to 4 pm
10001 Bruxelles Avenue, Montreal
Contact Plaza Performance at 514-326-0613

Monday, June 1, 2015

June Classic Car Events

You can find a list of classic car events for June in the column to the right. Looks like it should be a great month. It gets off to a good start this week with various Grand Prix related events and builds from there.

One show I hadn’t been aware of before is the Shelburne Museum Classic Car Festival in Shelburne, Vermont. While it’s open to all vehicles from 1990 and before, they’ve issued a special invitation to Cadillacs of any age or condition for a tribute display. Seems it was a native Vermonter, Henry Leland, who founded Cadillac back in 1902. What caught my attention, though, is that they’re planning on having a 1910 Sears Roebuck automobile arrive at the museum’s train station in a crate (as they came from Sears), which will then be assembled, started up and driven. I’d really like to see that.

Unfortunately, I can’t find anything to indicate that Cornwall’s MOPAR Madness is on this year. If anyone knows otherwise, please tell me! In the meantime, I have added a similar show being held in Vermont.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Now Here’s an Autonomous Car I Can Get Behind

Sam Schmidt driving the SAM 2.0 car during the final road course
engineering test drive in Morrison Colorado on March 13, 2015.
(Photo: Business Wire)
There’s been a lot of talk about autonomous cars over the past few years. Some people think they can’t bring them on soon enough, others aren’t so sure. While I’m all in favour of safety features and collision avoidance, I wonder if the self-driving car will soon mean the only place people will be allowed to drive will be on the racetrack. Or that only the well-heeled will be able to afford them. On the other hand, it could mean people who can’t now drive, can once more enjoy the independence of their own car. That’s what the Arrow Electronics Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) Project is about.

The SAM 2.0 car is a 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray modified to allow a quadriplegic to drive it. How cool is that? Former IndyCar Driver Sam Schmidt, paralyzed in a racing accident back in 2000, took it for a spin on the Long Beach Grand Prix track recently. Last year he demonstrated the car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driving fast enough to qualify for the Indy 500.

“Racing has been a dream of mine since I was five years old,” said Schmidt. “I thought I would never be able to drive again after my accident, but this vehicle makes it possible for me to improve every time I am on the track. When I drive the SAM Car, I feel a sense of normalcy. The latest modifications in SAM Car 2.0 allowed me to make sharp right and left turns, as well as synchronize my acceleration and braking more precisely.”

How does it work? It uses infrared cameras connected to sensors on Schmidt’s hat, so he can steer by tilting his head. Brakes and accelerator are controlled by sucking or blowing into a tube with an attached pressure sensor. GPS keeps the car away from the edge of the track. There’s also a computer to keep track of everything. While it would obviously take some getting used to, it seems to work remarkably well.

You can find out more about the SAM Project HERE. I like the fact that they’ve chosen a sports car to modify—not everyone wants to drive a van!

[SOURCE: Businesswire]

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time to Get Your Toys Out of the Garage

It’s finally spring. To celebrate, I’ve put up pages for this year’s cruise nights and for next month’s car shows—links are on the right. I’ll be updating the other months as they get closer.

There are a few cruise nights starting this Friday, including the big one up in Laval. Good news for those of us in the West Island is that Smoke Meat Pete will not only be continuing their Monday night car cruise this year, but they’ll be doing a bike afternoon on Sundays as well.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Thinking About Doing Targa Newfoundland? Check This Out First

The following article by a couple of competitors from last year’s Targa showed up on my Facebook page, so I thought I’d pass it on.

I love the picture of their car at the Timmy’s drive through.