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Ladies and Gentlemen… Start your Canaries! (2008 Canary Derby Technical Kick-off)

Message from Race Director Walt…

Pre-launch technical meeting – Wednesday, January 23 (location TBA)
2008 Race Date – June 14
Things we’ve been working on over the winter
2007 Wrap-up report (attached)

YES – it’s that time of year… time to dust off the rules of gravity and start trying to use them for our advantage – it’s Canary Derby Time! I hope you had a happy New Year’s and holiday season. If you’ve been fretting about the extra holiday poundage you may have acquired… just think – it’ll make your entry in the 2008 Canary Derby go even faster… dieting is for slow people.

Pre-launch technical meeting – Wednesday, January 23 (location TBA):
We will officially ‘launch’ the race in the coming months, but I wanted to bring the technical brains behind last year’s race together to discuss plans for this year. I invite you to a pre-event meeting on Wednesday January 23rd from 5pm to 7pm… (No location confirmed just yet – details to follow) There will be a formal agenda circulated to cover the first hour and the second hour will be brain storming and casual conversation. I know everyone’s busy – so if you can drop in at any time it would be great to see you.

First and foremost, I want to hear from you about what worked and what didn’t… AND – what you think was missing that we can add this year. As we go into year 3, I think we have a good foundation (both technically and procedurally) and I hope we can push forward to do things more efficiently – and make sure everyone has the very best time possible.

2008 Race date – June 14:
This year the race will be held on Saturday June 14. The practice day will likely be held on May 31st. Depending on the ramps and volunteers, we might even do an additional an earlier test day as well.

Things we’ve been working on over the winter:
No… the off-season wasn’t all about turkey and football (what happened to my Dolphins?!?!). There have been some discussions about things to add / change / improve for this coming year… Here are some thought starters.

§ A new ramp set up
§ I want to investigate a “Fun category” that would emphasize creativity / innovation / and fun.
§ Race volunteers from race teams
§ A start area BBQ for team members
§ Car building blog / wiki – better web presence for car builders
§ Improve the process of getting cars up to the top of the track
§ Continue to develop the Archipelago Timing System
§ Improving the movement of cars between the pits and the ramp

If you want the details of these thoughts… come to the meeting. J

on ice

I should have done this earlier, but the blog will be on hiatus until next year’s building begins.


some race day pictures

from Aspreva team member Eric













from Dale at Archipeligo (thanks again to those Archi guys for the timing system)


results in but not in

what a great race. Schneider Electric never faultered and came in first. We came in a close second, and Camosun College third.

I  will post the official times when I get a hold of them, and some pictures.

race day schedule

On the right, in the “sharing box”, is a copy of the racing day schedule.

practice day times

Dale at Archipeligo sent me the times recorded on practice day, here they are.

practice day/tech inspection

A wet but interesting day. The cars this year are varied in design and exceptionally well made. Some cars looked pretty well finished, others (like ours), still had some work to be done. Archipelago’s timing system seemed to work perfectly, I think they will be emailing the recorded times to all the teams.

There was a radar gun on the course but I didn’t record the speeds. Off hand I think the maximum speed at the corner was around 37-39 kph, not really much different than last year, I was expecting someone to hit 40. I do know that Schneider Electric had the fastest radar speed. I think there are about half a dozen cars behind Schneider in a tight pack.

Our car ran unpainted and without bottom or axle fairings. I estimated that the un-faired portion of the total car frontal area was around 25%. Putting those fairings on *should* make the car faster. We also ran without wheel discs (we are using the heat shrink mylar wheel cover technique). Our wheels are larger than the ones we used last year, longer spokes, more air resistance.

Here a few pics of some of the cars… we didn’t get any pics of Carmanah’s car, but if you want to get an idea of what it looks like just glance at the blog’s masthead, ie last year’s Aspreva car (dig-dig).

Archipeligo’s carArchipeligo’s carBC Cancer Agnecy/Canamera’s car

unknown car #1unknown car #1Schneider Electric’s car

unknown car #2unknown car #3unknown car #4

Aspreva’s driver “trying on” carAspreva driver and designerwaiting in line

Aspreva’s car on rampAspreva’s car on course

day before tech inspection

Big day tomorrow, the technical inspection and practice runs. I’ve been having some building problems this last week. Its the underside fairing, I screwed up in concept and in practice. Result is the fairing to axle transitions are not very sleek or sexy. Because of that we won’t have our car painted before tomorrow.

Someone said to me that you’re not a real builder unless your working on your car late into the night before the race.

I hope to post pictures and commentary of practice day.

pit area organisation

From the race director, proposed pit area organisation.


race odds

Keep voting for your top 3 cars. Someone can start a numbers racket 🙂

(poll linked on blogroll)