Our frequently-updated log of happenings and events, shown in reverse order.
Upcoming events are noted in the calendar.
- Sun 14 Oct 2007
- Today Ken and John took the car to one of sponsors garage to remove the skid
pan, change the oil and drain the water from the cooling system and add some antifreeze,
given cooler temperatures are ahead.
For those that are wondering why the car did not have antifreeze well that's because
regular glycol based coolant is very slippery on pavement. So if you get a leak,
you and anyone following get a chance for a quick and violent slide, not a good
thing when you are in the heat of competition!
As previously mentioned we felt that the skid pan had saved the car and with its
removal there is no doubt. It was very bent and scraped not to mention the mounting
points that were also badly bent. It did its job and the car looks in very good
shape even taking into consideration the dents in the shock towers!! Another story
for another day.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and crew who made
our success this year happen.
The team paid particular care and attention to making sure every piece of the
car not only worked properly but all components were checked and rechecked before
our departure, every day of the Targa. This attention to detail, needless to say,
paid off and without our sponsors we could not have been as well equipped.
Also, a thank-you goes out to Andrew at Eurojap for his assistance in making this
- Thank you.
Concepts on Wheels
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The Saab Owners' Club of Canada Inc.
If you want to see all our pictures and get first hand details join us at the
Saab Club meeting on November 21st, Katz's Deli, 3300 Dufferin St, just south
of Hwy. 401. Visit saabclub.ca for details.
- Sun 13 Oct 2007
- More photos provided for web site.
- Fri 5 Oct 2007
- Car shown and driven at the SOCCI enhanced
driving school at Shannonville Motorsport Park. Many guests and visitors given
- Sun 23 Sep 2007
- The weekend was spent clearing out the car, cleaning it, unpacking spares,
Wed 19 Sep 2007
- Brian, George, truck, trailer and T-car arrived safe and sound in Toronto.
Tue 18 Sep 2007
- The truck was ready for pickup when Brian and George arrived in North Sydney
Ken and Blake went to the Saab club meeting at Aktive Motors. Ken briefly discussed
Targa adventures and showed off the bling bling medals received. Blake received
1 billion photos on a CD...
- Mon 17 Sep 2007 - 7:00 PM
- Ken and John are back in Toronto. Ken phoned Blake to say he has many, many
photos. Rendezvous planned Tuesday evening at the Saab club meeting to receive
CD of images...
Sun 16 Sep 2007 - 9:55 AM
- Ken and John are on their way home, by plane, with Randal.
George and Brian are preparing to drive the car to Argentia. They will cross with
the ferry. The truck should be fixed by now. They'll pick up the truck and then
tow the car back on the trailer.
The good news from the banquet... We finished first in class8 small modified.
Received an award for that! A special treat for us. Everything else was just wonderful.
A good banquet.
More news when we get home...
Sat 15 Sep 2007
- The Gala.
Fri 14 Sep 2007 - 6:35 PM EDT
- Ken took a 30 minute shower.
Drained, but really happy.
John didn't put a mark on the car. Ken scratched the mirror ever so slightly apexing
an oil barrel.
We did not win Targa trophy. We were 15 seconds plus 30 seconds behind on a couple
of stages, in an event where the top competitors are tenths of seconds apart.
We thank everyone for their support!
Fri 14 Sep 2007 - 5:45 PM EDT
- Ken phoned in the daily report--he sounded really tired... They had completed
the South Avalon Leg 5, travelling through Marystown, Osprey East, Spaniards Bay/Bishop's
Cove, Upper Island Cove, Brigus, Marysvale, Colliers/Conception, Torbay, and Torbay
North. Finished in St. John's, Newfoundland.
"It's Friday, whatever date it is, September something, I think it's the
14th. [Ken broke his watch a couple of days ago.] We've completed the Targa, every
"Car is still running but a little worse for wear. The last couple of stages
were really, really rough on the car. The underside of the car got banged around
a lot! One bump was so violent that it popped out one of John's contact lenses.
Even some of the transit stages were rough!
"We received our Targa Completion Medal which was very nice. It was satisfying
to complete it after last year. It was good.
"Lots of compliments on the car, lots of compliments on our driving. The
whole thing felt good.
"John drove 4 stages in the morning; I drove 4 in the afternoon. The stages
today were much tougher than before. I suppose this is when they try to sort out
the true competitors.
"We still don't know who the overall winners are. As of this morning, it
was being led by Adrienne Hughes and Roy Hopkins in the "Sponge Bob"
BMW 2002 tii. Next one was a Porsche, after then that an E30 M3... Then a couple
of Subarus, and a Mitsubishi EVO, all rally cars, all done up for exactly this
kind of thing. So they were all laughing...
"It was nice to complete. We feel good. And tired. We're gonna wash up and
go for dinner..."
Fri 14 Sep 2007 - 6:45 AM EDT
- We've been really tired in the evenings. By the time we get back to the room
it's really late at night...
It's Friday morning. We're on a transit stage right now. 189 km to go on the transit...
John will be doing the morning stint; Ken will be doing will be doing the afternoon.
We've got tons of photographs in the camera. Haven't had a chance to hook up and
download. So haven't looked at them yet. Will be doing that over the weekend...
Thu 13 Sep 2007
- Beautiful sunny day. Wind was a little strong. Some very, very long stages
during the Heritage Leg 4.
Travelled through Clarenville, Little Bay East, Harbour Mille, Mooring Cove, Marystown,
Garnish, Fortune, and Frenchman's Cove.
We started off in the stage where we had gone off last year, in Harbour Mille.
Got that off our back, which was really good. We realised why we went off. After
we completed the stage, we walked the route. We saw the off camber road. It's
a very narrow road, uphill. At the crest, it cambers the opposite way. That's
where we must have dropped a wheel or hit gravel and spun out.
The Marystown section was very interesting. A lot of gravel at the corners. It
almost looked as though the locals had tossed gravel onto the road to make it
interesting. And it was interesting. Really good stages. Really having fun.
The tires, the front two, after 4 days, were completely bald. So we put on the
Car's working extremely well. No problems at all. Handling is good. The car is
much more stable than last year. The height is good. We've hit a few pot holes.
The aluminum undertray has saved the underside of the car. We've hit it quite
a few times.
Wed 12 Sep 2007 - 6:00 PM EDT
- Complete the Kittiwake Leg 3. Travelled through Gander, Main Point/Davidsville,
Frederickton/Carmanville, Musgrave Harbour, New-Wes-Valley, Newtown, Greenspond,
Eastport, Port Blandford, and Clarenville.
Raining all day. Really rough conditions. We completed every single stage on time,
within the trophy time.
It was a good day for us.
It was scary a few times; there were wild moments. In one stage we got passed
by 5 cars and 3 of them in the same stage ended up in the ditch. We were being
a little bit conservative but still made trophy time so that was good.
Wed 12 Sep 2007 - 5:20 AM EDT
- Learned of a web site, FOC, that
reports on rally events throughout North America. Visit them for results, reports,
- Tue 11 Sep 2007 - 5:30 PM EDT
- We're in Gander tonight. Very tiring day, completed Exploits Leg 2. We were
out in Gander yesterday. Went all the way to Leading Tickles, a very long stage,
and then all the way back, travelling through Glenwood, Lewisporte, Point Leamington,
Botwood, and Appleton. John drove it in; Ken drove it out. Drove 3 stages each.
Completed all of the stages each under Targa time. So that means we're still up
for the Targa trophy!
The car is beautiful. No complaints at all. Nothing's wrong.
Rotating the tires today, front to back. Fronts are worn just over half. They
are wearing... Especially in the tight city sections. The last stage, in Gander,
was very, very tight, very quick. 6½ km long. Basically twists and turns
all the way through.
Very few mishaps today. No one in the ditch (that we know of).
Today was cloudy but no rain, which was surprising. Tomorrow, again, we're expecting
raina lot of rain. It's coming up from Ontario. It should be an interesting
Off to Clarenville tomorrow, and stages in between.
Basically, everything is working well. The car is good. The boys have been working
on it every night tearing apart suspension pieces and brakes to make sure everything
is fine for the next day.
- Tue 11 Sep 2007 - 5:21 AM EDT
- Very busy day yesterday. Drove 540 kms. And 6 Targa stages. No major events
(for us) through a wet day. 8 cars were heavily damaged or in ditches. Will give
you all the details later. Car is behaving beautifully.
- Mon 10 Sep 2007
- New photos, of car 802, some at speed, uploaded to gallery!
Completed South Avalon Leg 1. Travelled through St. John's, Argentia, Placentia,
Normans Cove, Northwest Brook, Gooseberry Cove, Adeytown/Deep Bight, Eastport
Junction, and Gander.
- Sun 9 Sep 2007
- Prologue day. Officially started is at 12:00 PM. Travelled through Pouch Cove,
Torbay, and St. John's.
- Sat 8 Sep 2007 - 8:40 PM EDT
- Registration day in St. John's, Newfoundland. George and Brian arrived in
Argentia by Atlantic Ferries and Randy arrived by Westjet. We have set the odometer
on the Terratrip rally computer and got it accurate to 0.01 km. Had a good day,
checked the car and took it through scrutineering, with no problems. We have a
driver's meeting at 9 tomorrow and 2 qualifying (prologue) stages. Forecast for
rain is still holding for Monday through to Thursday. We feel we have an advantage
over a lot of competitors with the awesome General Exclaim UHPs. The ones on 'R'
compound tires are going to find it hard.
Sat 8 Sep 2007 - 6:59 AM EDT
- Car arrived 'safely' of the ferry. Lots to do today.
Fri 7 Sep 2007 - 10:53 AM EDT
- John and Ken have arrived on the Rock. Car is on the Ferry with all the "stuff"
on a rented Pontiac something. It's packed......no elbow room. Plates for car
being transported from St. John's to Argentia to meet the ferry. Arrived at noon
and completed registration.
- Thu 6 Sep 2007 - 5:25 PM EDT
- Backup helmet communicator system picked up from Blake. Randy picked up his
- Thu 6 Sep 2007 - 5:05 PM EDT
- Rental SUV found (at a great rate to boot)! Gear, tools, etc. being transferred
to the SUV.
Original truck going to hospital to be operated on...
John and Ken put under strict orders to not crash or roll the race car!
- Thu 6 Sep 2007 - 1:30 PM EDT
- Cell phone not lost by Ken. Testament to smooth driving.
- Thu 6 Sep 2007 - 12:30 PM EDT
- Truck broke 2 km from ferry! The transmission has failed in some way and
won't come out of 5th gear. A local shop can affect repairs but not until next
week. So the current plan is to leave the truck in Sidney and get a rental. U-Haul
is an option being explored. If they don't have a truck, another option is to
get a van for just the cargo and crew and drive the car. The only problem with
that scenario is the plates were removed from the car... So, you wanted some excitement?!
- Wed 5 Sep 2007
- Car left on time at 12:30 PM from Toronto with George and Brian. The ferry
crossing at North Sidney, Nova Scotia is at 10:00 AM. They zoomed! The truck drivers
said the single-car trailer felt like it was a toothpick being pulled (compared
to the large covered trailer last year).
Photos of the engine coming soon.
- Mon 3 Sep 2007
- Trailer finished today. Lights working. Car washed and waxed and on the trailer.
Gallery updated with many photos!
Wed 29 Aug 2007
- The web site got a major upgrade thanks to Blake! One of the things we did
was change the web address URL to used mixed case. It's a little easier to read.
So, when you get a chance, adjust your browser's bookmarks or favourites. Pass
it on! Changed from http://computer-ease.com/blindanddeafmotorsport/ to http://computer-ease.com/BlindAndDeafMotorsport/
(with upper and lower case letters).
We also sent in some more photos to Blake. They'll show up soon in the gallery...
Finally... All items for car's preparation are completed!
- Wed 22 Aug 2007
- Trailer painted and new side marker lights installed.
- Mon 20 Aug 2007
- Trailer sandblasted to keep up with the George factor level of
beauty and preparedness.
- Sat 18 Aug 2007
- Last item on the car completed... Gae and Chris completed the design and installation
of the Helmet net, placed behind the driverss seats.
- Mon 13 Aug 2007
- We rolled out our web site for the 2007 season. Blake Nancarrow of Computer
Ease is graciously providing his web development skills and time and server
space for our site.
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