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Those sticky tires don't work very well on grass. emoticon

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sacré bleu! I have no idea how I missed it. Thank you.

11h00 : Enregistrement & Ravitaillement / Registration and Fueling
11h45 : Réunion de pilotes / Driver's Meeting
* * * 12h00 : Voiture "0" / Car "0"


Anyway, it's still tentative as it would be about a 6 hour drive for me from CT and also if I can get the children watched, but it sounds like a good excuse to go to Montreal for the first time.

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Doesn't look like much but I averaged 43MPG from CT -> MS 2 weeks ago. I got less coming back because the family required A/C. I don't usually EOC and usually drive on 55MPH highways so I'm hoping with the slower roads and some EOC to hit 50 at least.

Also, my wife really wants to come too, so I will probably bring her and my 4 month old (unless you have any suggestions about why that would be a bad idea).

I already looked at tickets because I had no idea F1 was so close and would love to see it, but for some reason Sunday only tickets were a LOT more than the other days and with the family it doesn't make much sense, but I lost a few hours yesterday watching F1 vids on the Montreal course....

The street festival sounds great. My wife has never left the country and I've never been to Canada so we're hoping to spend the evening and Sunday getting as much of a feel for the place as we can. I've visited europe once, a few years ago and fell in love with the design and layout of the roads and citys (walking-centric - lost 30lbs in 3 months while eating/drinking(lived in Germany) myself silly) and economy/efficiency mindedness, so I'm very curious to see what a similar mentality did with 'new' construction (ie. cities that aren't 500 years old).

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Hi Chris,

My gut feeling is that bringing along a little one might be stressful during the rally, and likely a very long ride for your wife. There is navigation to do at this event. The route isn't a walk in the park like the AMEC events were. The rally is 123 miles, that's after you have driven the 6 hours to get there. Plus the border crossing might be on the busy side because of the F1 race. I believe you'll need to bring the child's birth certificate for the border crossing. You and your wife both have passports right?

It's up to you!
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I figured she should learn to navigate :-). Yes, we have everything in order for the border crossing. I'm mostly coming for 'fun' and so my Wife and I can see Montreal, if I end up late at some of the checkpoints because of stopping for the baby then so be it.

A couple more questions for you, if you don't mind, are you sure we don't need an orange triangle, I can't seem to find one at auto parts stores but don't really want to be DQed.

Also, just Canada in general, but do debit/credit cards work mostly or is it best to have cash and if so, I guess CAN cash is best? I'm guessing the Economy Run is $40 CAN, but was wondering about fueling and hotels and food.

Thanks, hope to make it.
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Are you sure we don't need an orange triangle, I can't seem to find one at auto parts stores but don't really want to be DQed.

No worries there. Jeff posted on ecomodder that they won't be mandating them for this outing.
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itjstagame wrote: Also, just Canada in general, but do debit/credit cards work mostly or is it best to have cash and if so, I guess CAN cash is best? I'm guessing the Economy Run is $40 CAN, but was wondering about fueling and hotels and food.

I brought US cash for the two prior events and it was accepted at the places I ate. I tried my credit card at the Ultramar gas pumps and it did not work. Luckily my Canadian navigator [David Wood] used his card for me and I repaid him in US cash as well. I just checked the Discover site and it said that it is accepted in Canada. I will try to find out why my credit card did not work last year.
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Finished touching up and buffing out the car today. I drove it to and from work for the first time today and got 54.3 mpg on the Scan Guage.

Not bad for the first drive. emoticon

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Yeah, I know few will be impressed with an old bone stock Metro at this weekend's event in Montreal, but I'm really proud of what I made out of a $200 rust bucket. It's still riding on the Michelin X-Ice winter tires that came with it and I didn't even have time to check the toe in.

I'd like to thank Jeff for planning this event again this year, because it is the sole reason I bought this car. It has provided me with the motivation to save it from the crusher.

For me this weekend will be all about camaraderie and the fun of participation. I plan to have it a lot better prepped for competition at the Tri State Fuel Economy Run [the date hasn't been announced yet] later this summer.

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It looks great, extremely clean in the photos. Its crazy that it'll be almost your first time driving it. Did you have time to throw in a kill switch or do you think you'll block the radiator at all?

From your report of last year it didn't see they had too many mods among them and I feel like, especially with how they designed the event TSD like, that driving skill will matter more than mods anyway.

I think fun of participation is the goal. I am still planning to come, I might actually have all of my kids with me, my parents were busy. I hope that it won't cut too much in to the camaraderie or how I'm viewed, but I do think it'll be fun to make a strong showing (I hope) with a car-ful.

Either way, its more participation than not coming and it leaves Saturday evening and Sunday to do something with the family in Canada.
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It looks great, extremely clean in the photos. Its crazy that it'll be almost your first time driving it. Did you have time to throw in a kill switch or do you think you'll block the radiator at all?

I did get a kill switch mounted today, but nothing more.
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itjstagame wrote: From your report of last year it didn't see they had too many mods among them and I feel like, especially with how they designed the event TSD like, that driving skill will matter more than mods anyway.

I agree, for success at this event driving style and being on time for checkpoints weigh more heavily than aerodynamics.
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I think fun of participation is the goal. I am still planning to come, I might actually have all of my kids with me, my parents were busy. I hope that it won't cut too much in to the camaraderie or how I'm viewed, but I do think it'll be fun to make a strong showing (I hope) with a car-ful.

Hey, maybe you'll win the ton mile category. emoticon

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SMCC Economy Run - Montreal - 6/9/12


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Kudo's to Jeff and the SMCC for another great event up north. I couldn't have been more pleased with second overall in my stock Metro. I was really fortunate again this year to have David Wood as my navigator. His quick math with mileages got me out of quite a few jams. When we started the rally we immediately realized the route instructions were in kilometers and my odometer was in miles. Duh! Some quick math was required and John didn't miss a beat. More quick math was needed later on because I kept forgetting to reset the odometer at the check points. Luckily, nothing rattled John!

The nice thing about this event is that it uses the same route each time so you can compare your results from year to year.

My raw mpg results to date:

2010 - [sign in to see URL] '93 Sentra SE-R: [sign in to see URL] mpg
2011 - [sign in to see URL] '77 Datsun B210: [sign in to see URL] mpg
2012 - 1.0 L '97 Geo Metro: [sign in to see URL] mpg.

Due to road construction there were a couple of twisty road sections where that were unpaved. They were a dry dirt and gravel surface and they were fun! I found out that the FWD Metro can drift like a rally car. Too funny!

There is more good news, participation for this event was up again this year. The number of vehicles competing:

2010 - 6 cars
2011 - 10 cars
2012 - 16 cars

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Parked next to Ken Snowman's wild 1990 gas powered "FrankenJetta".

My trip home yielded 55.2 mpg at between 55-60 mph on the Adirondack Northway. This was my first Metro experience and I loved it. I should have bought one years ago!
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Raw results converted to mpg's:

Gas Class:

1. Darin Cosgrove, 2000 Insight: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
2. Mike Kamm, 1997 Geo Metro: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
3. William Morin, 1999 Toyota Tercel: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
4. Francis Reid, 2005 Toyota Echo: [sign in to see URL]
5. Jeff Dungen, 1992 Toyota Levin GT Apex: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
6. Luc Lachambre, 2013 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
7. Patrice Quenneville, 2008 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
8. Ken Snowman, 1990 VW "FrankenJetta": [sign in to see URL] mpg.
9. Chris Werner, 1997 Saturn SW2 wagon [with four passengers]: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
10. Nathalie Wing, 2010 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
11. Stephanie Beaulieu, 2009 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.

Diesel Class

1. Frederic Bedard, 2005 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
2. Marc-Andre' Lajeunesse, 2006 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
3. Michel Cuerrier, 2005 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
4. Martin Boisvert, 2005 Smart ForTwo: [sign in to see URL] mpg.

Hybrid Class

1. Mathieu Laframboise, 2012 Toypta Prius C: [sign in to see URL] mpg.
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