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1  Event Forums / Tall Pines Rally / Nov 11th - Tall Pines test at a new testing venue
 on: 11/02/18 at 13:54:50 
Started by CrazyLeo | Post by CrazyLeo  

2  General / Rally / A new, VERY GOOD venue, for testing rally cars
 on: 11/02/18 at 13:52:46 
Started by CrazyLeo | Post by CrazyLeo  
Im happy to share, that we have a new, VERY GOOD venue, where we can test rally cars.

The venue is located off Highway 401, 3 hours from Toronto, just under 3 hours from Montreal and 1 hour 45 mins from Otta wa.

The venue is a LARGE quarry, with roads in it. The total length of the stage, that we can run through the quarry is 4.5 5.5 kms.

This is NOT Millhaven Quarry, which we regularly use for public Race Lab events, this is another, much larger venue, that weve used in the last 2 years for the military training, and now we are ready to offer rally car testing there.

There is A LOT of elevation changes, jumps and big jumps are possible Smiley

When testing on roads, co-driver is essential to be able to push, because roads are hard to memorize. In this venue 70-80% of the corners are visible or easy to remember, therefore it is possible to push without having your race co-driver present.

The surface is not very hard packed, which makes this a great place to test and setup for rallies like Tall Pines, with soft surfaces.

Soft gravel tires are recommended (unless it will snow last minute), and tire wear will not be high.

The surface is smooth enough for us to run street cars there during military events, so its definitely not rough for rally cars.

We are running a test day there on Sunday November 11th, with free access for recce on Saturday November 10th. If you wish to come for Sunday only, recce opportunity will be available on Sunday also.

Pricing is the same as at public Race Lab events (which means youre getting a bigger venue for the price of a smaller one):
4 hours of unlimited lapping is CAD $299 + 20% for a caged car (because insurance and more road repairs) = 337.87 + tax = $381.79

8 hours of unlimited lapping is CAD $499 + 20% for a caged car (because insurance and more road repairs) = $598.80 + tax = $676.64

Private coaching (if you wish to get any) prices with me, in a rally car: $200 + tax per hour.

Hanging out, spectating, taking pictures, videos etc. free Smiley

3  General / Rally / Re: Why low entries at Pines?
 on: 10/31/18 at 16:05:17 
Started by Peter K. | Post by RPRacing  
I've also been on a hiatus due to financial reasons. Having said that, the Insurance/Safety and Etest are all issues for me. The Etest looks as though it may be no more as of April next year thanks to the PC's. Insurance I can deal with through a company in Quebec. Safety I'm hoping to get sorted soon.

Financially, I made the mistake of moving into a more powerful open class car due to the hunger of wanting to try and be competitive with the top guys. If I was to do it again, I'd go a less expensive route, pump gas, lower power etc, 2WD maybe.

It would be really fun to see a bunch of fast drivers in cheap 2WD cars. Kind of like the Suzuki that Pete ran a few years back, where it comes down to the skill of the driver and less about the car.  

There's varying reasons for the decline, one reason is the availability and accessibility of rally cars. If you want a new one you're looking at potentially over 50k easy for a somewhat competitive Subaru. With older cars being retired for various reasons it seems to just be out of reach financially for the common guy who loves motorsport.

This topic could be debated for years, due to so many reasons, but when it comes down to it money is the driving factor for probably 99 percent of people. The sport ain't getting any cheaper, and the divide between the rich and poor in this country is only getting bigger.

4  General / Rally / Anyone from Mississauga going to the Pines?
 on: 10/22/18 at 10:47:28 
Started by RedRocket | Post by RedRocket  
I would like to buy a set of rims/tires in Mississauga but never get to that area (I'm in Ottawa). I'm asking if someone in Miss could buy them for me and bring to the Pines. I would pay up front; cost of wheels/tires plus your fee (I was thinking $50 but am negotiable). The package is near 401 & 403 and are only available M-F between 8:30 and 4:30. This will be my 14th straight Pines and I am well known in this community. Thanks in advance.
Mike Roome

5  General / Buy and Sell / Re: FS: 2007 Impreza Wagon (As-is)
 on: 05/19/18 at 21:01:22 
Started by Jeff_Hagan | Post by Jeff_Hagan  

6  General / Rally / Re: Why low entries at Pines?
 on: 04/15/18 at 14:45:27 
Started by Peter K. | Post by Alexei S  
Just to clarify, I wouldn't necessarily say I'm permanently retired. I may consider coming back when the 2 kids are older and I have a better idea of how time and finances look. Right now I can't even get the time to go out and volunteer, much less run. The young one won't even sleep for more than 3 hours at a time Cheesy

Safety/insurance will make that a permanent retirement though if it's still the same situation or worse then when I ran.

7  General / Buy and Sell / Re: FS: Peltor helmet, HANS and other rally stuff
 on: 04/15/18 at 08:30:02 
Started by Alexei S | Post by Alexei S  
Well, I've been busy as heck (2 young kids == fun!) but I think it's time to bump this. I'm looking to get this stuff sold and gone. Price drop on the helmet too.

8  General / Buy and Sell / Spring cleaning sale at Four Star Motorsports
 on: 03/29/18 at 19:47:58 
Started by dan sprongl | Post by dan sprongl  
The full shop clean up is underway, with great pleasure that we here at Four Star Motorsports-Sprongl present to you our online garage sale!
Lots of old and new parts available at the lowest prices we can set. Whatever we have stock piled over the years needs to go - that space is needed for us to make more fun rides for you, our customers. Bulk discounts are available. Can ship smaller items. Everything is AS IS - no warranty or returns. There is still more to post, so keep an eye out for new items.
Head on over and see what we have available. Buy yourself something nice!
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9  General / Buy and Sell / FS: 2007 Impreza Wagon (As-is)
 on: 03/23/18 at 22:53:49 
Started by Jeff_Hagan | Post by Jeff_Hagan  
As-is. Needs blower motor to certify.

Condition is generally good for a car of this age and mileage, but has a few issues:

- blower motor (as mentioned above).
- a couple of rust spots and scuffs on the body - see photos.
- engine loses oil.
- one of the auxiliary lights has a broken lens (will fix if I can source a replacement).

Car has done two rallycrosses and a handful of recce runs for rally.

Mods and value-added features:

- Rally Armor mudflaps
- Rally/Race Developments skid plate
- wiring harness for an Alfa Pro rally computer
- Hella 4000x auxiliary driving lights (one lens broken)
- Currently on BF Goodrich winter tires on steel winter wheels, probably good for a few more winters
- Comes with 4 OEM Subaru alloy wheels with used-up summer tires. Can have tires removed if wanted.

Car is located in Leamington. Can arrange for viewings in the GTA (or along the 401 between Windsor and the GTA) when I'm out that way.

Photos available in the Kijiji ad:


10  General / Buy and Sell / Re: Subaru Impreza Wagon Rallycross car
 on: 02/04/18 at 00:49:48 
Started by GuyLePop | Post by GuyLePop  
SOLD for parts.