First PMSC Rally Event of 2018 April 28th.

MARCH 26, 2018  –  The first warm weather competition of the 2018 Peterborough Motor Sports Club schedule is the annual Spring Run Off Rally on Saturday, April 28th.

The three to four hour event, run on public roads at below posted speed limits, will start and finish in Cobourg.  There will be three classes of instructions: Expert, for experienced teams, Novice, for less experienced teams and a Touring Class for those out for an afternoon drive with very elementary introductory instructions.

The event starts and finishes at the Home Plate Restaurant, 955 Elgin Street West, Cobourg, Ontario.

Registration opens at 9:30am. Car “0” at 11:00 am.  Appx. 200 kilometres.

The Spring Runoff is part of the Ontario Road Rally Championship series sanctioned by Rally Sport Ontario.

Contact:  Louis Cabardos   905-376-0591



PMSC Members Collect Awards at RSO Banquet.

PETERBOROUGH – March 24, 2018  – Kudos to four PMSC members who took away awards at the 2017 Rally Sport Ontario (RSO) Awards Luncheon held Saturday at Bakers Hill Banquet Centre.
Left to right: Louis Cabardos of Cobourg finished third navigator in the Expert Class of the Ontario Road Rally Championship (ORRC). His son Alain collected the Second Driver Award in the Expert Class.
Matt Ballinger of Oshawa took home three awards in the Ontario Performance Rally Championship (OPRC); The Novice Driver Award, Second Driver in the 4WD Production Class and Third Overall Driver. Not present was Phillipe Benoit of Montreal who won the Third Place Driver Award in the Two Wheel Class.
The next ORRC event is the Spring Runoff Rally on April 28th organized by PMSC. The next OPRC event is the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally on May 5th hosted by the Ottawa Sports Car Club.


Final Events 2018 Schedule

April 22 – Cobweb Solo – Douro     CANCELLED – RESCHEDULED TO MAY 13TH

April 28 – Springs Runoff Rally – Cobourg
May 27 – Watch Winder Solo – SSFC
June 3 – Watch Winder Rally – Hastings
June 17 – Speed Weekend Solo – K.D.
June 27 – GPS Rally – TBD
July 22 – Mid Summer Solo – K.D.
July 25 – Poker Rally – TBD
Aug 22 – Golf Rally – TBD
Aug 26 – Dog Days Solo – K.D.
Sept 16 – Fall Ball Rally – TBD
Sept 23 – Fall Ball Solo – SSFC
Oct 14 – Last Chance Solo – SSFC
Oct 28- Pres Prize Rally – Prince Edward County. (Note change of Date)


All are the Fourth Wednesday of each month.
Dinner 6:00pm   Meeting 7:00pm
The Souvlaki Pit, 75 George Street North, Peterborough

February 28th
March 28th
April 25th
May 23rd
June 27th – Fun Rally night #1 (Off site start/finish)
July 25th -Fun Rally night #2 (Off site start/finish)
August 22nd – Fun Rally night #3 (Off site start/finish)
September 26th
October 24th
December (at the call of the President)


ICE RACING – How to get involved


The 2019 Ice Racing season is is o that far away.  Want to know more on how to get into this inexpensive, “grass roots”,  door-to-door racing?

I include a pamphlet we published in 2016 explaining Ice Racing for “Newbies”.

I also have a link to a professionally produced video on the sport.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me, Dan Demers or Tim Fleguel.


Len Arminio


ICE RACING – A Truly Canadian Motorsport
Get On The Ice for High Fun Factor at Minimal Cost
Ice Racing started in Ontario more than 60-years ago, and the Peterborough Motor Sports Club was one of the original organizers of the sport in the mid-1950s.Ice Racing continues as an inexpensive, fun part of the Ontario motorsport scene.The events were originally held on frozen lakes and rivers including, Chemong, Clear, and Bass in Orillia.   However changes in weather patterns resulted in the Ontario championships being moved to more consistent and permanent facilities at the fairgrounds in Minden, Ontario provided by the Minden Kinsmen Club. The one km track is laid out and then repeatedly coated with water until here is a thick layer of ice between the snowbanks that delineate the course. The ice race season starts in mid to late January and runs until early March, usually consisting of six two-day events.ICE RACE COMPETITION CARS
For competition purposes ice racing cars are divided into classes, all with engines up to 3000cc:RUBBER TO ICERubber-to-ice classes are restricted to un-studded tires. Other than an approved helmet, no other specialized safety equipment is required – the manufacturer’s original three-point safety harness is acceptable. In order to increase competitor participation and to further reduce the costs, there is also a ‘second driver’ series for each of the rubber-to-ice classes. This allows two drivers to compete for the entire season by sharing one race car.
overall length as measured at the racetrack.

CLASS 2: Front engine, front wheel drive up to 3000 cc

CLASS 4: Specials, modified, and 4WD, up to 3000cc



CLASS 11: Second driver in Class 1 Cars

CLASS 12: Second driver in Class 2 Cars

CLASS 14: Second driver in Class 4 Cars



For drivers who want to go slightly faster, there are Street Stud classes. Essentially these classes conform to the above classes regarding engine location, displacement and driven wheels, but the regular tires are replaced with studded tires providing close competition while helping maintain Minden’s ice surface. The tires and studs are available through a specialty supplier.
CLASS SS1: Cars conforming to Class 1

CLASS SS2: Cars conforming to Class 2

CLASS SS4: Cars conforming to Class 4



Class SS11: Cars conforming to Class 1

Class SS12: Cars conforming to Class 2

Class SS14: Cars conforming to Class 4

As noted above, any car with an engine capacity of less than 3.0 litres is eligible to compete for a Class Championship. It doesn’t matter whether the car is a sedan, coupe, station wagon or small pick-up, equipped with an automatic or standard transmission, front wheel, rear wheel or all-wheel drive, just as long as it is mechanically sound – and within your budget.

A competitor can spend as little as $300-$500 on a car, or as much as $5,000 or more. Most ice race cars are older models. The average is about 12-years old but are still mechanically sound.

For the rubber-to-ice classes, the minimum car preparation would involve the removal of headlights, tail lights and any exterior plastic trim that could break in a collision. Bumpers must be modified so that they cannot ‘hook up’ with another car and cause a crash. The brakes, steering and safety equipment must be in proper working order. Airbags must be removed.

All cars must have a bright running light at the rear and at least one working brake light.

The only somewhat pricey safety equipment a driver is required to buy is a helmet that meets the standards outlined in the CASC Ontario Ice Racing Rules. These rules also provide information on roll bar construction, seat belt anchor points and other modifications should the competitor desire them.

If you wish to improve the car there are many simple things you can do. The most common is to remove as much weight as possible from the car, particularly in the area of the non-driven wheels. This usually involves the removal of the rear seats, all upholstery panels, and anything else that is not necessary in a racing car.

Weight can be added in the area of the driving wheels to improve traction. The amount of weight necessary might be small in the case of a front wheel drive car, or as much as four hundred pounds for a rear wheel drive car.

Probably the most important element of ice racing is tires. There is a fine balance between the weight carried over the tire, the power transferred, and the co-efficient of friction of the contact patch. As the condition of the ice can change from lap to lap, it’s a challenge to get maximum power down while maintaining traction.

In rubber-to-ice classes, the tire surface can be improved by tractionizing, a process which mechanically chews up the surface of the tire to improve its grip. Many clubs own a tractionizing machine, or you can get it done trackside for a small charge per tire. To stay competitive, the average rubber–to-ice driver spends about $300-$500 a season on tires and/or preparation.

In order to participate in ice racing in Ontario, you must be a member of a CASC Ontario affiliated club. Contact them – they’ll be glad to hear from you. Ask about their club’s philosophy, experience, number of active racing members, and try to attend one of their meetings. Once you’ve identified the club you’d like to join, do so – it will prove to be your biggest source of information and ongoing help as you get started.


Information, tips and sources are available on the Ice Race Forum on the

CASC website and on Facebook- Ice Racing in Minden.