Motor sport

The Moncton Motor Sport Club encourages new racers

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There’s a strong motoring community on the East Coast, and it’s aided by local groups like the Moncton Motor Sport Club that welcome newcomers and seasoned pros alike.

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Based in a major New Brunswick population center, the club regularly hosts autocross events in the parking lot of the Moncton Coliseum. The range of cars showing up for laps is as wide as the day is long, ranging from a well-sorted 1969 Datsun 610 to late-model Civics and the scattered Abarth. Thanks to the inherently distanced nature of motorsport, the crew was able to continue the events while respecting local health decrees.

“There is no doubt that we had bigger crowds around our events last summer and so far this year,” MMSC President Mike McCrea said in an interview with local media. He went on to explain that after seeing an increase in interest from local gearheads, the group decided to put together a “beginners guide” to help drivers assimilate the basics of autocross and learn how to do it. an experienced driver. They also hold meetings before certain events for rookies or anyone who wants a little extra help to save a second or two of their time.

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It all makes for a refreshing take on the sport, given that power has a reputation for being a jerk magnet. According to the club’s website, they incorporated in 1963 with the main purpose of facilitating grassroots motorsport events such as races, rallies and slaloms. Their events are run with a first-time participant in mind and are spectator-friendly, which explains the growing popularity in these socially distant times. Participating in one of the club’s events is suggested as the best introduction to motorsport, as they do not require special preparation or equipment for the car; in fact, many participants compete in their family vehicle or daily driver with little or no modification. If you ever wanted to take the van through a course lined with cones, now is your chance.

Entry fees are kept to a minimum nominal cost, which also helps keep everything accessible for both car enthusiasts and casual fans alike. The next autoslalom event is June 9 at the Moncton Coliseum, and a slalom course at Slemon Park on Prince Edward Island is planned for later this summer.