JULY 28 UPDATE
The Quebec races are cancelled due to lack of interest and comitment.
MAY 24 UPDATE
Stu Talsma has a few things for sale that I have added to the For Sale page. Check out his Class 1600 buggies and the spare parts!
MAY 16 UPDATE
Quebec races are a go! Check out the Motopark site at http://www.motoparkracing.com/parcduquebec.htm or the message board at www.offroadaction.ca for more info!
APRIL 4 UPDATE
The OORA rules are now online at www.offroadaction.ca . Just click on the Racing Rules section.
MARCH 3 UPDATE
The Ontario Off Road Racing Association is proud to welcome two new sponsors. TOWER SCAFFOLD sells scaffolding as well as rents and installs grandstand seating. BADLAND BUGGY sells mini buggy parts and plans.
FEBRUARY 19 UPDATE
The mini buggies are coming to OORA! We will be developing some new mini buggy classes this year. These mini buggies are powered by snowmobile or motorcycle engines...odyssey's are also welcome. The rules will be voted on at the upcoming general meeting. For more info, check out the mini buggy and OORA sections of the Off Road Action Message Board .
FEBRUARY 1 UPDATE
GENERAL MEETING SUNDAY FEBRUARY 29 IN CONCSECON
Feb 29th 2004 11.30am.
Same location as last year.
Cascades's in Consecon, Bar opens at 11.00
Kids welcome as well.
Take 401 exit Wooler Rd South to Hwy 33, Go south on hwy 33 till you come to Consecon, Turn right into the village and the Cascades is on your Left hand side just after the bridge.
Sign's will be posted from 401 to the Meeting. Contact Ed Sanderson at 613-399-2915 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
JANUARY 22 There is two new racer profiles posted! Keep sending them in to email@example.com !
I have added some more stuff to the profiles page and started the For Sale page. Check them out and let me know what you think!
DECEMBER 13-NATIONAL MAGAZINE COVERAGE!
Check out the year end article featured in the new Inside Track magazine. It is a full page with 3 pictures of Paul Robertson, Steve Martel and Marc Chartrand. Inside Track is a national racing magazine that you can pick up at most magazine racks. I get mine from Chapters.
DECEMBER 12-TWO NEW RACES ADDED TO 2004 SCHEDULE
I have added two Brockville dates to the UPCOMING EVENTS page.
A NEW POWDERPUFF RACER JOINS US!
Congrats to Jason Mckenzie and his girlfriend Lisa on the recent birth of their daughter, Rene Ashleigh. She was at a little over 7lbs and was born on Wednesday, Nov 17. Best of wishes from everyone!
2003 YEAR END REVIEW
Paul Robertson looked a little shocked and dazed as he accepted the 2003 Ontario Off Road Racing Association Driver of the Year award. In the past, the Driver of the Year award went to the person that accumulated the most overall points for the year. However, a vote was made earlier this year to give the award to the driver that not only displayed the best all around driving talent, but also demonstrated an incredible amount of sportsmanship on and off the track. Probably the most interesting aspect of this award is that the drivers themselves voted for whom they felt deserved the Driver of the Year namesake. The Guelph resident is also the 2003 Class 10 Champion and the new owner of the #1 plate for 2004, which is given to the racer that has the most overall points in the series. Robertson, who has been racing in the OORA for almost 30 years, mentioned that "I am not a trophy guy, but this one is definitely going to be out where it can be seen. This means more to me than all the other trophies on this table combined. A good car helps you win a championship, but to be voted as the best driver by your pears...not only the drivers in my class, but by the truck and buggy drivers...that means more to me than I can explain."
Robertson was not the only award winner in shock. Kathy Joseph gratefully accepted the Sportsman of the Year award while unsuccessfully trying to hold back the tears. For many years, Kathy has been the back bone of the club and is very rarely thanked for the many hours that she puts in. While her position as secretary/treasurer keeps her busy with the day to day bookkeeping for the club, she also takes care of the payouts, points tally, score keeping and so much more that the racers do not know about. The Sportsman of the Year award goes to a person that has helped out the club and its members without ever asking for a thank you. Kathy has gone above and beyond what her position calls for constantly over the years and was finally rewarded.
Randy Guenther, the 2002 Buggy Rookie of the Year, ended up as the 2003 Class 1600 Buggy points champion with 295 points, followed by Jeff Zoskey of Stoney Creek (181pts), Jamie Sanderson of Consecon (87 pts), and Ray Jennings (71 pts). Randy, from Hamilton, proved that consistency is what it takes to win by showing up at each race and ending the year with a near perfect finishing ratio.
As mentioned earlier, Paul Robertson took the Class 10 Buggy and overall Points Championship with 319 points. It was not without a fight though as veteran Stoney Creek racer Bob Joseph brought out his newly purchased buggy and Ken Sherret from St. Thomas worked to get the bugs worked out of his new Class 10 Datsun powered buggy.
Class 6 is a fairly new class to the OORA and therefore only had one car out this year. Marc Chartrand of Ottawa brought out his Toyota Tercel to race in the stock vehicle class. While there is about four other vehicles currently being built, none of them made it to a race this year. Therefore, Marc was crowned the Class 6 Champion.
The Heavy Metal trucks had a great battle all year long and in the end it was Steve Martel and his big blue and white Ford that ended up on top. His brother Neil and Ed Sanderson were both fighting for the championship all year long, but the Ottawa area racer ended up sneaking by both of them in the last race to secure the championship with 281 points. In the end, Neil Martel, who brings his little Ranger from the Ottawa area and Ed Sanderson, who runs the big yellow truck from Consecon, ended up tied for second place at 272 points. Another Ottawa area racer, Kevin Kern brought his brightly painted Chevy in for fourth with 89 points, followed by Telly Serroul in his lime green Chevy with 83 points, London racers Ric and Scott Tichbourne in their Dirt Eater Chevy with 76 points, Jason McKenzie in the graffiti GMC and Brent Campbell, who was having some new car blues with new exotic Dodge gathered 29 points.
Overall, there was some great racing this year. Unfortunately, some weekends were hampered by dusty or muddy conditions. But that is all a part of off road racing. The Ontario Off Road Racing Association is already working on next years schedule. 2004 will be a year that the racers, spectators and sponsors will not forget!