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EMPIRE OF THE SUN
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By Carter Hammett
Y THE TIME YOU READ THIS, THE COLLECTIVE DREAM OF A GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS JUST MIGHT HAVE COME TRUE.
A recent item on Mashable.com chronicled the goal of a student team from the University of South Wales to get their solar-powered race car on to Sydney streets by July. Christened the Sunswift eVe, the car needs a complete overhaul to meet the strict requirements of Australian Design Rules’ reliability and safety standards, which are among the most rigorous in the world. That means that the entire car, from top to bottom has to be redone before it can become the first solar car to hit the streets in the Southern Hemisphere. . Last year, the eVe trumped existing speed records worldwide for the fastest electric car over 500km on a single charge. The goal is to now build a solar car that the average driver can use. One of the major barriers to that goal, of course, is cost. The prototype as it cur-
rently stands is a mere $500,000 in value. Mass producing the thing would obviously result in a cost drop. Currently, the estimated cost for making it road-ready will be about $100,000. One of the more notable aspects of this goal is the $36,000 already crowdsourced on Pozible as of this writing. The efforts are also being supported by sponsors and the university. And what have they got to show for it? Something pretty cool as it turns out. Indeed, eVe is a fifth generation solar car that’s built for pragmatism, endurance and speed. Originally created for the 2013 World Solar Challenge, the car’s exterior looks remarkably similar to a conventional car but with speeds of up to 140km and distances of up to 800 km from a single charge, the landscape is suddenly chang-
ing. The car set an FIA speed record last year, and has been the culmination of two decades of mostly volunteer work, a claim the vehicle’s closest competition, Tesla, can’t make. The latest incarnation of eVe differs from its predecessors in that it’s somewhat heavier—although much lighter than a gas-powered car due to the absence of a fuel tank. But it’s also somewhat heavier than previous versions weighing in at 320 kg, in part because of the addition of storage space as well as a second seat. The package is designed for comfort and efficiency. Australians have been leaders in solar car racing for years now and Sunswift is one of the latest examples of that. Their latest creation, eVe, challenges assumptions that solar cars can’t travel long distances while carrying cargo. Furthermore, the car offers a sleek design and admirable aesthetic to form a total package. Of course, Australia isn’t the only country in the world to use solar-powered cars, Baka and BMW are both making strides, but the Australians are perhaps leaps and bounds ahead of the pack on the innovation front. But the most remarkable achievement of eVe is the realization that renewable energy can be applied in a variety of compelling methods and that can only be a good thing. While we’re most likely still a long way off from similar developments at home, Maritimers can nonetheless rejoice in the fact that both warm weather and racing season have finally arrived! And from all accounts, it’s going to be an action-packed season with a host of surprises. For all the details, make sure you check out Tim Terry’s excellent round up story that previews everything from Scotia Speedworld to Oyster Bay and everything in between. And if recent attendance figures—Moncton had record turnouts recently--are any indication, racing is only growing in popularity. And that’s a great thing for the fans, the drivers, the economy, and you, our readers. Start your engines!
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IKE MANY ATLANTIC CANADIANS, THOSE WITHIN THE RACING COMMUNITY ARE READY TO SHED THE WINTER BLUES AND SOAK UP THE SCORCHING SUMMER SUN!
The late snow storms in the East have made some stir crazy, as can be seen with the recent turnout at the 41st Annual Castrol Radical Speedsport Show. When the three-day motorsports expo, covering everything from imports, hot rods, racing rides, beautiful women and everything in between, was completed, nearly 20,000 people were through the turnstiles at the Moncton Coliseum complex in Moncton, New Brunswick. The number was the most the show has seen in over ten years and sends a positive message heading into the racing season. So, what can race fans expect this season? Of course, every time you get to a paved oval in Atlantic Canada, you can be sure to see some incredible short track racing. You cannot smell the race fuel and burning rubber on television like you can at the race track. Not to mention, you can get close to the sport and the drivers that make up the show. While some tracks and series offer autograph sessions, a majority open their pit area to the public following the races, so you can get up close and personal with the cars and stars of the sport. There is nothing like witnessing a race live. Beyond that, there are many storylines throughout the region as hundreds of drivers and teams tune on their race car with their ultimate goal in mind - victory lane! Here is where you can find the entertainment in Atlantic Canada in 2015, and what you can look forward to at each of these excellent venues!
NEW BRUNSWICK SPEEDWAY 660
New Brunswick’s only weekly operating track enters the third year of operation under the Roy/Foley family ownership. The track comes off a season which saw incredible competition across the board, including a down to the wire battle for the Martin’s Home Heating Sportsman championship that saw Brent Roy on top, Dave O’Blenis capturing a fifth championship in the Re/Max Group Four Realty Pro Stock class, Luc McLaughlin climb to the top of the Street Stock class and two first time track champions in Jeremy Doran (Fredericton Gun Shop Sharp Shooters) and Cole Tanner (Westwood Estates Bandoleros). While a winter typically brings change to many teams, four of the five track champions will be returning to the seat to defend their championships. With Cole Tanner moving up to the Legend division, the Bandolero division will be the only division that is guaranteed a new champion this season. It does not mean drivers in the other four classes will roll over for the kings in their classes. You best believe the teams of the oval in the “Geary woods” have been doing their homework over the off-season to try and better their programs. The major schedule change sees racing action begin every Saturday night at 6:30pm as opposed to the 7pm post time. While the program may start earlier, it does not mean there is less action packed into a Saturday evening. The schedule is highlighted by many extended races for each division racing at the track, three Enduro 200s throughout the year, an appearance by the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour for the July 4th running of the Cummins Eastern Canada 100, the Best of the Best Pro Stock 150 on July 25th and is capped off by Speedweekend 2015. Often touted as one of the best Late Model Sportsman races of the year in the Maritimes, the Irving Oil Blending & Packaging 150, this season taking place on Satj u l y 2015 n autoatlantic.com
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urday, September 5th, attracts top talents from around to race for Speedweekend glory. The running of the Re/Max 250 will take place on Sunday, September 6th and with $15,000 on the line for the winner, the race is sure to lure the top Super Late Model drivers from the Maritimes, New England and Quebec to the track to run for the top spot. Speedway 660 is located off Highway 7 on Route 660 in Geary, New Brunswick. For complete information on Speedway 660, you can click on to their website at Speedway660.com.
Petty International Raceway speeds into 2015, their fifth season under with another slate of special events scattered throughout May to September. The track will host five divisions throughout the year that will vie for track championships at the River Glade, New Brunswick oval, including the Petty Pro Stocks, Sportsman, NAPA CMax Street Stock, Mister Transmission Four Cylinders and Leisure Days RV Bandoleros. Four regional touring series, the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, Atlantic Modified Tour, Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Series and the Eastern Super Mini Cup Series, will also contest races on the high banked bullring. The Atlantic Nationals Weekend at Petty International Raceway will see the first Demolition Derby event at the track. Along with a card of Street Stocks, Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Bandoleros on July 11th, the Demolition Derby is expected to bring teams from across the region to bash in front of a big crowd on a big weekend in the Moncton area. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will visit the track thrice in 2015 (May
30th, June 27th, August 22nd), with the third visit being a part of the 51st River Glade International Weekend. The Saturday, August 22nd will feature action with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Tour and the Atlantic Modified Tour, with the Sportsman, Street Stocks, Bandoleros and Mini Stocks going at it to open the weekend on Friday, August 21st. The Third Annual Caleb Dunn Memorial will go green on Sunday, August 2nd and will once again feature a big card including seven divisions. The season will close on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th with the second annual Mike Stevens Memorial weekend. The Third Annual Petty International Raceway Flea Market will take place on Saturday, October 10th. To get complete information on Petty International Raceway, check out PettyRaceway.com.
Speedway Miramichi may have created the most waves in the off-season following the announcement that track owner Jason Carnahan was putting the facility up for sale. Carnahan, who owns and oversees Carnahan Property Management, is looking to focus on his business after it has grown in the last two years and is looking to put the Speedway in hands that will see the track be run as just that, a track, for years to come. Regardless if someone purchases the track between now and the end of 2015, Carnahan has said the new owner will be contractually obligated to run the current season as set out by current track management. The popular Demolition events will
return to the McKinnon Road oval in 2015 with four on the schedule for the upcoming season. The biggest Demolition event returns to Saturday, October 17th with the Fourth Annual Halloween Spooktacular. The event will also feature Four Cylinder Mini Stocks and Street Stocks. The Mini Stock and Street Stocks will be on every stock car and demolition card over the season, including two stock car only shows on August 15th and September 19th. The September 19th event in the annual ‘Chi City Showdown event, which will feature an open invitational 200-lap event for Pro Stock competitors, a 100-lap Sportsman race, along with Street Stock, Mini Stock, Bandolero and Atlantic Modified features. The Eastern Super Mini Cup Series is scheduled for four stops at their home track of Speedway Miramichi in 2015. Complete information on Speedway Miramichi can be found at SpeedwayMiramichi.ca, with breaking news on their Facebook page, facebook.com/ speedwaymiramichi.
CENTRE FOR SPEED
After a schedule in 2014 that presented a handful of stock car events, management at the Centre for Speed, located in the shadows of Shediac, New Brunswick, has trimmed their stock car program even further to just one stock car race in 2015. The event they have on the schedule though is an iconic one, the 16th Annual Atlantic Championships will roll on the weekend of Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. Saturday’s action is slated to produce a 125-lap Sportsman feature, a 75-lap Mini Stock/Four Cylinder show and a 20 lap Eastern Super Mini Cup Series event. The Sunday portion of
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the weekend has a 200-lap Pro Stock and 75-lap Street Stock event scheduled. The past champion list of the Atlantic Championships boasts a Who’s Who of top short track talent in the region and is sure to draw the attention of many teams looking to get one more “big race win” under their belts. While the track will only produce one stock car weekend, the Grand Barachois oval will be alive with motorsports action all season with “Car Wars” demolition events, along with “Street and Drift Wars” for street cars. Their annual Atlantic Monster Nationals event featuring Monster Trucks will take place on Saturday, September 11th and 12th. Looking for a complete schedule for the CENTRE For Speed? Visit their website at www.centreforspeed.com!
NOVA SCOTIA RIVERSIDE SPEEDWAY
Riverside International Speedway, just outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia at Exit 30 on the Trans Canada Highway, returns in 2015 with an exceptional lineup of special events from June to September. The high banked oval continues to be the only stop east of Quebec for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil1. Last season, hometown favorite Donald Chisholm captured his first NASCAR win and will look to successfully defend his home turf once again when the cross-Canada series rolls into Nova Scotia
on Saturday, August 15th. The night will be complemented with an Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Series 50-lap feature. The appetizer to Saturday will be a 100-lap NAPA Sportsman Series feature on Friday night, August 14th. The Street Stock division is expected to be the undercard event on the Friday evening. Highly anticipated by race fans coast to coast, the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body continues to be one of the best races this region sees annually. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour cars and stars will put on the 250-lap crown jewel event on Saturday, July 18th. Last season, John Flemming squeaked in and stole the show from Chisholm on a restart with three laps remaining to take his second IWK 250 title. The aforementioned Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Series and NAPA Sportsman Series will run features on the night prior, Friday, July 17th. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will bookend the Riverside International Speedway season. The season gets fired up on Saturday, June 13th with the Ron MacGillivray Chevrolet Buick GMC 150 while the Riverside season closes on Saturday, September 12th with the Lucas Oil 150. On both dates, the NAPA Sportsman Series will also be on the card. Both events are critical on the NAPA Sportsman Series and Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour schedules and will go a long way to determining a champion in both series.
Complete track information, including results, camping and ticketing information, among other information, can be found at RiversideSpeedway.ca.
Located at Exit Six on Highway 102, across from the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport, Scotia Speedworld is gearing up for an exciting 2015 season full of events that will have both fans and drivers on the edge of their seats! Announced just shy of press time was the inaugural Fanfest at Scotia Speedworld. On Friday, June 12th, fans will enjoy action in five Weekly Racing Series divisions, a pre-race autograph sessions and giveaways throughout the evening - all for the low price of FREE with a Fanfest 2015 ticket available at select track sponsor locations. Friday, July 10th and Friday, September 4th will also see the return of the $20 per carload admission price, which was a popular addition to the schedule in 2014 that will return twice in 2015. Scotia Speedworld, at $12 for an adult admission to a Friday night show, remains the lowest priced ticket of any established oval in Atlantic Canada. While amounts are being worked on as of press-time, the rumor is that there will be at least one race for each of the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman, Chickenburger Thunder and Chickenburger Lightning divisions that will see extended laps and a bigger winner’s purse. Fans will also
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be treated to racing in the Coors Light Trucks, Hydraulics Plus Bandolero and Strictly Hydraulics Legends throughout the season as they all strive to be in victory lane as a track champion come September. The season also sees four stops by the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour at Scotia Speedworld. The anchor track for the series will see the Pro Stocks light up the track May 23rd (Lucas Oil 100), June 20th (Nova Truck Centres 150), August 8th (Atlantic Cat 250) and September 19th (Dartmouth Dodge 200). The Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Tour will be at the track on May 23rd and August 8th, while May saw the return of the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour, featuring their biggest show in Halifax history with eight trucks pulling through the back gates of Scotia Speedworld. You can expect racing every Friday night from June to September, but if you want a complete listing as to what is going on this Friday, or any information on Scotia Speedworld, head over to ScotiaSpeedworld.ca.
CAPE BRETON MINERS MEMORIAL SPEEDWAY
Cape Breton’s only stock car facility and only paved oval heads into their second season under the management of Bill and Lynne Vasil. After a successful 2014 season featuring four events, the couple has announced the expansion to five races and the commitment to improving infrastructure around the facility, including a new five position scoreboard and working towards adding lights for night racing. Lighting at the facility will give the management flexibility of running a racing event without being held at the mercy of Mother Nature (sun setting, darkness, rain pushing an event back, etc.). The NAPA Sportsman Series will return for all five races, which kicks off Saturday, June 6th and is expected to run their finale there on Saturday, September 26th. Chris Reid, formerly of Sydney but now calling Fort McMurray, Alberta home, used the strength of finishes on his “home track” oval in 2014 to capture his first NAPA Sportsman Series title. The Cape Breton Trailer Sales Street Stocks and Cat Rental Mini Stocks will also play support on all five events at the track. Mid-summer events include July 4th, August 1st and August 29th. All dates
are on Saturday and all start times are to be announced. With the return of the track being very well received amongst the community with strong crowds in 2014, this is one track you will want to put on your bucket list for 2015. To keep up to speed on any schedule changes, throw them a like on Facebook (Facebook.com/CBMinersMemorialSpeedway) and bookmark their home on the web at CBMinersMemorialSpeedway.ca.
LAKE DOUCETTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Lake Doucette Motor Speedway, located just south of Digby in Salmon River, will host seven stock car events this season on June 7th, June 21st, July 5th, July 19th, August 2nd, August 23rd and September 13th. All start times for events are 1pm, and are overseen by the Southwest Stock Car Association. Divisions racing at the track include a Four Cylinder Cavalier and Sunfire division, along with an eight cylinder division. Up to date information can be found on the Southwest Stock Car Association Facebook page at facebook.com/swsca
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While not a paved oval, Valley Raceway is sure to supply you with your horsepower fix. Opened in 2014 by Greg Banks, Valley Raceway is the Annapolis Valley’s only dirt track, hosting racing in the Unlimited (eight cylinder), Eight Cylinder Stock and Four Cylinder divisions. The track, located on the Vault Road in Kingston, will host ten events on Sunday afternoons, two per month from May to September. All the information you need about the “newcomer” to the racing scene in the region can be found at nsvalleyraceway.net or by searching “Valley Raceway” on Facebook.
ATLANTIC MOTORSPORTS PARK
While Atlantic Motorsports Park hosts a variety of road course divisions, the North Salem road course will serve as the stage for the Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Tour finale on Sunday, October 11th. The event will run in conjunction with the Jack Canfield Memorial Endurance race and will be sponsored by R&D Performance. Last season, Cole Butcher went to victory lane in the event, while Justin MacNeill drove to his second straight championship over freshman Nicholas Naugle.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND OYSTER BED SPEEDWAY
What were you doing 30 years ago? The group at Oyster Bed Speedway will have you getting nostalgic this year as they celebrate 30 years of racing at the Oyster Bed Bridge oval. Beginning as a dirt track before being paved, Oyster Bed Speedway will officially have their 30th Anniversary party on Saturday, July 25th at 6pm. The celebration is smack dab in the middle of a busy schedule, that will see a majority of their events run on Saturday nights at 6pm, with the exception of the first two events in May and their annual Labour Day event on Monday, September 7th at 2pm. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour and Atlantic Tiltload Maritime League of Legends Series will make their only stops on the Island on Saturday, August 1st at 6pm. They will be joined on the card by the Oyster Bed Speedway Street Stocks, which will contest a 50-lap feature. The Eastern Super Mini Cup Series will make two stops at Oyster Bed on June 27th and July 18th, while two Bandolero events will be held July 4th and August 29th. Two annual Demolition events will be held on Holiday Mondays on May 18th and September 7th. The track will also host their first Figure 8 event on Saturday, August 8th. Prince Edward Island’s only paved stock car oval plays host to four stock car divisions weekly. The Mini Stock division is where most get their feet wet in racing before moving up to the Mini Outlaw division. The Street Stock division has provided some of the best racing on the Island over the last few seasons, with drivers in the division not afraid to hang it all out on the edge and swap a little paint in order to get to the front of the field. The Central Engine Services Late Model division is the top class at the high banked oval and is an excellent proving ground for the Island’s top drivers. Do yourself a favour and get out to Oyster Bed Speedway and enjoy some wonderful Island hospitality this summer. Your complete guide to the oval can be found at OysterBedSpeedwayPEI.com.
NEWFOUNDLAND EASTBOUND PARK
Newfoundland’s ultimate destination for motorsport and entertainment roars into their second season in Avondale. Eastbound Park hosts stock car and drag racing events, will put on their first Demolition Derby (June 6th and September 12th), hosted the Parts Canada Sled Wars and Powersports Expo in March and will wel-
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come the World Series of Monster Trucks on July 24th and 25th. In addition to the horsepower action, the speedway also hosts the “Eastbound Hoedown” music festival, which is headlined by the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Big Town and Rodney Atkins on the August 21st and 22nd weekend. Ten acts will take to the stage over the two jampacked days of racing. On the stock car side of things, Eastbound Park will host ten stock car events from May to the last week of September. The September 26th event is expected to be the return of the Toromont Cat 150 for the Islander RV Sportsman Series, which was won in 2014 by Cornwall, Prince Edward Island’s Dylan Gosbee. The track also fields competition in the Hanlon Realty Legend, Bandolero and Atlantic Dodge Dealers Hobby Stock (four cylinder Mini Stocks on the mainland) divisions. The facility, built from the ground up for last season’s opener, is touted by all as one of the nicest facilities in Eastern Canada for motorsports action and is a must attend if you find yourself in Newfoundland this season. There is something for everyone at Eastbound Park, and most weekends from May to September will
have something going on at the track. Complete information can be found for all events at the track, including the Eastbound Hoedown, at EastboundPark.com.
TOURING SERIES PARTS FOR TRUCKS PRO STOCK TOUR
The top touring series in Atlantic Canada and premiere Late Model touring series in Canada returns for their 15th season in 2015. The series competes in the biggest races in the region, including the IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis Auto Body at Riverside Speedway, the 16th Annual Atlantic Cat 250 at Scotia Speedworld and the River Glade International at Petty Raceway, just to name a few. Twelve events at five different race tracks in all three Maritime provinces from May to September comprise the run to the 2015 Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour title. The anchor track for the series is Scotia Speedworld, located just north of the city of Halifax, across from the Halifax International Airport on Highway 102. The track will host the series four times, while Riverside International Speedway (NS) and Petty International Raceway
(NB) will each see three visits from the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. Speedway 660 (NB) and Oyster Bed Speedway (PE) host single events on the series, but with the point standings being tight after every race and each race track layout being unique, every single race is critical in the “big picture” for the overall championship. The 2014 season saw a plethora of different storylines littered throughout the season. At the top, it was John Flemming recording his fifth series championship, tying Greg Sewart for second for the most career Maritime touring championship and sits one behind “The Oval Outlaw” Wayne Smith for the benchmark. Flemming, who has the most titles in the Maritime Pro Stock Tour era (2001 to present) with five, had to outlast a late season charge by Brudenell, PEI’s Jonathan Hicken to hang on to the title. Hicken and Flemming rubbed fenders at the season finale Dartmouth Dodge 200, which put Flemming from the winning spot in the race to the pit area with a flat tire. Hicken’s victory in the final race of the season still wasn’t enough to top the full season effort of Flemming’s #97 Happy Harry’s
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