2001 Western Canadian Ice-Race Championship
The 2001 adventure began the moment I arrived in Edmonton. To ensure I'd spot him in the crowded airport (there must have been at least twenty people there), Jim Graham made himself conspicuous by waving a "McLaren F1" sign over his head. And, he was accompanied by a lawyer!
|No sooner had greetings and handshakes been exchanged before Jim was waving a "Contract" in my face. There was a reference to the number of man-hours expended in restoring car #79 to race-worthy condition following last year's misadventures. The contract obliged me to hand over my Ottawa return air ticket, which would then be held hostage until such time as the aforementioned #79 was safely returned post-race in a "generally rectangular condition".|
To her credit, the lawyer advised me not to sign the "Contract" until
I'd had a chance to read it over carefully, which I promised to do after
a good night's sleep. But, as always, sleep was in short supply
this weekend and I never did get around to signing the contract.
So Jim and his henchmen resorted to Plan-B, which involved a subtle engine
modification designed to keep me out of trouble... (more on that later).
| My race results were somewhat less than stellar this year.
Look for me, Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, in 12th place in
the weekend's full Results listed at the Chevettes-on-Ice
website for Rounds 6 & 7. The modest results do
not accurately reflect the high level of fun experienced. Besides,
I did manage to achieve one GLORIOUS VICTORY, which unfortunately is not
documented in the official results (more on that later too).
Most importantly, despite the best efforts of my closest competitors, car #79 was successfully returned to Jim at the end of the weekend in a "generally rectangular condition".
I have lots of stories and video clips to share. Click on the links listed below.
|May 5, 2001||A spin in the first practice session.|
|May 9, 2001||The first 3 hits.|
|May 22, 2001||Paul's Confession.|
|May 11, 2001||Another near miss.|
|May 13, 2001||Mark and Jay tangle in the first Rubber Class race.|
|May 17, 2001||Passed by Jay.|
|May 17, 2001||Passed by Mark.|
|May 18, 2001||The next hit.|
|May 22, 2001||Passing #92.|
|May 28, 2001||Two more hits in Chevette Race #2.|
|August 21, 2001||Red Flag on first lap of Chevette Race #3.|
|August 25, 2001||Awesome Restart for Chevette Race #3. Video of one complete lap.|
|August 30, 2001||Passed by three cars in one lap.|
|September 13, 2001||Passed by Landon, and another near miss.|
|September 13, 2001||Scrapping with #92.|
|September 13, 2001||A better passing opportunity.|
|September 13, 2001||An inevitable collision, and good pass.|
|October 21, 2001||The GLORIOUS VICTORY!!!|
|November 21, 2001||The dastardly details of Plan-B revealed.|
|November 28, 2001||Hate to Lose.|
|December 5, 2001||Another Wild Start.|
|December 5, 2001||More Hairpin Shenanigans.|
|December 12, 2001||First lap collision in the just-for-fun special event Relay Race.|
|December 12, 2001||Lap 2 of the Relay Race, A Wild Lap.|
|December 12, 2001||One full lap of Chasing Down #15.|
|December 12, 2001||Next year's Top Secret Performance Upgrades.|