The 2015 racing season in Ontario kicked off last weekend with the first round of the Chumpcar Canada season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, which saw a great grid of 40 cars on the track on Saturday. A half a dozen of those didn’t make it to the starting line on Sunday morning.
Why didn’t six cars make it onto the racing surface? Well, Chumpcar is the leader in what some car crapcan racing. Each car must have a market value of no more than $500, meaning that you or I could actually find one for sale at that price. That doesn’t mean that the actual car in question was bought for that amount, just that it could be. Safety gear add to that price significantly. From a reliability standpoint however, competitors are dealing with cars that wouldn’t make the grade at a local used car lot, so breakdowns are common.
That doesn’t mean that the cars are slow by any means, as the quickest lap time of the weekend was a 1:36, set by the #295 Team McQueen 2, Dinoco Nissan, which is a very respectable time around the historic track. The competition is fierce, even if most competitors are there more for the fun than anything.
On Sunday, my son Duncan came along to try his hand at shooting trackside for the first time. Using my old Canon 30D and backup lenses, his results were great, especially for his first time out. I think this kid might give his old man a run for his money!
Photo credit: Duncan Grant