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Letter from the Editor
WOULDJA BELIEVE . . . PICKLE JUICE?
By Carter Hammett
HAT’S JUST ONE OF THE ALTERNATIVES THAT SOME MUNICIPALITIES IN QUEBEC HAVE TAKEN IN AN ATTEMPT TO REDUCE THE USE OF ROCK SALT THIS WINTER. Statistics Canada estimates that about five million tonnes of road salt are used in Canada annually. The cumulative impact of that usage implies a variety of potentially negative effects, including fish mortality, increased salinity of soils, vegetation damage and ground water contamination among other negatives. Furthermore, a five-year study by Environment Canada concluded that with significant doses, road salt posed potential threats to plants, animals and the aquatic environment. It’s estimated that the cost in road salt damage to Canadian infrastructure including bridges and roads tallies about $5 billion. Iconic thoroughfares like Montreal’s Champlain bridge and Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway have both suffered damage, in part to heavy doses of road salt over the years. Another study estimates that the collective damage to cars hits Canadians to the tune of about $3 billion per year. Even your poor dog suffers as vets deal with a barrage of chapped paws every year. But it’s not just dogs that suffer. Moose have been known to have ex-
tremely strong salt cravings and have wandered on to roads because they can’t get enough of the stuff. Finally, there’s pragmatism…some claim that road salt is only effective when temperatures hover at about -15C. So what can be done about the problem? One de-icing option that the Swiss have used for a decade is wood chips and their effectiveness is winning raves in some Quebec localities, including Rosemere, which has successfully been using the material on local streets with great success. The chips are useful to about -30C and particularly effective when mixed with magnesium chloride, which helps them stick to the road surface. The product’s applied with the same equipment used for salting and sanding but the big difference is that the process doesn’t cause oxidation or damage to the application devices. Other Canadian towns are opting for carbohydrate-based concoctions like a mixture of beet juice and salt, reducing salt use by about 30 percent. Part of the problem with that alternative is that it has a tendency to stain just about everything it comes in contact with—including cars, pant bottoms and shoes. Some people also complain about the smell, saying it resembles something akin to stale coffee. More troubling is the fact that it can potentially add sugar to liquid ecosystems which runs the risk of stimulating bacterial growth. The process doesn’t stop there. Our neighbours south of the border have reported experimenting with everything from cheese brine to potato juice. One New Jersey county even reportedly sprayed sidewalks with pickle juice. The weird thing is, it worked. The liquid seemed to melt snow quite well and at a fraction of the cost of salt. In Tennessee, there’s a waste product that remains from its vodka production facilities: potato juice. The liquid is mixed with salt brine and applied to mountain roads with great success. Some engineers are in the early stages of experimenting with solar panels, which would remove the need for salt at all by heating water in pipes under the road. Other alternatives include magnesium chloride and calcium-magnesium acetate, among others, but these concoctions are ridiculously expensive. When you factor in the social costs of road salt however, magnesium chloride doesn’t seem like a bad alternative at all.
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TODAY’S TYPES OF TIRES
By Kenneth E. Seaton
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SON. VARIOUS HISTORIANS – INCLUD-
ING THOSE AT THE SMITHSONIAN – AGREE THAT THE WHEEL WAS FIRST CREATED IN MESOPOTAMIA AROUND 3500 B.C. AND, THAT ITS PRIMARY USAGE WASN’T FOR TRANSPORTATION! IT SEEMS THAT THE EARLIEST WHEELS WERE MADE OF STONE AND USED FOR MILLING OR AS POTTER’S WHEELS. It only took another 300 years or so for man to discover some of its other more indispensable uses, like for chariots and such. We know that the Greeks are generally credited with creating Western philosophy and that they threw in the wheelbarrow as a bonus. Somewhere in Greece between the sixth and fourth centuries B.C., their wheelbarrow began its long trek across China on its way to medieval Europe. Remarkably, the original wheel design hasn’t really changed in over 6000 years. The early wheel design was as simple as it was useful. It was just a solid curved piece of wood. Man of course – as he’s wont to – eventually added leather to it, just to cushion the ride. Over time, the wheel was composed of solid rubber which eventually led to the pneumatic, or air inflated radial tire. There are numerous anonymous individuals whose valuable contributions steered us to the tires that we use nowadays.
Keeping a vehicle can sometimes prove to be an ongoing major expense to its owners. Putting on different tire types, may be a bit like changing your footwear in order that you participate in different types of activities. There seems to be a tire type for every driving climate or mood! East coasters know that you wouldn’t drive in the winter on summer or all season tires. Incidentally, according to a 2017 Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) report, 83 per cent of vehicles in Atlantic Canada operated on winter tires. This rate was only bested by the province of Quebec, where 100% of its vehicles used snow tires. Of course, Quebec does have its winter tire law in effect. The report also doesn’t stipulate whether the vehicles were running on studded or non-studded winter tires. Currently, there are many winter tires that are regularly described as studdable. This chiefly means that these winter tires have very grippy treads or have sipes – thin slits cut into the rubber surface to improve traction in wet or icy conditions – and are made up of a rubber compound that won’t freeze up or get hard when it’s truly cold out. Today’s tire types roll out in many forms; summer, winter (these tires are embossed with the Alpine Symbol), allseason, on/off road tires and there are also low & high performance tires. Additionally, there are tires manufactured, that have tread wear indicator bars built right into the tire itself. The nearly invisible bars gradually appear as the tire’s tread wears down with usage. With sufficient funds and a real passion for getting the most from where your rubber hits the road you could, conceivably, rotate your vehicle through any number of tire combinations. The rotation could be based on seasonality and your personal driving tastes and habits.
THE TIRES OF TODAY MEET TOMORROW’S TIRES It was around 1844 that Charles Goodyear – who is widely credited with
creating the vulcanization process – patented the procedure for vulcanizing rubber and in 1846 the first solid rubber tire was produced. It was closely followed by vulcanized rubber pneumatic tires. Rolling forward the tire industry segued into bias-ply tires, steel-belted radial tires, nonpneumatic tires, carbon fiber wheels, etc. Knowledgeable tire companies, always with one eye firmly focused towards future sales, are developing innovative ways and means to regularly expand their tire lines. These same manufactures are working towards achieving better safety, fuel economy, handling capabilities while addressing social, economic and environmental concerns. Surendra Chawla, Goodyear’s senior director of external science and technology programs, during his keynote address at last September’s ITEC in Focus: Reinforcements for Tire Performance conference, stated that the tire industry must deal not only with technical issues but also with environmental, economic, social and political issues as well. The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) director of operations, Barry Yutronkie, feels that there have been many advances in tire technology over the last several years and that there are a couple of key focus areas that occupy the tire developers time. “The auto and truck manufacturers’ attention of late is related to Green House Gas reductions, so fuel efficient tires are becoming the new norm at the OE levels.” He states that, “These tires incorporate new materials and treads designs which help reduce rolling resistance and therefore consume less fuel. Tire manufacturers are developing various biogenic technology to create materials in tires that will be more sustainable with the goal of recycling more material back into new tires. Overall, tire manufacturers are continuing to make advancements in the key areas of performance, handling, wear and traction to meet the varying needs of the consumer.” Aggressive tire manufactures are determinedly working towards continually march 2018
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surpassing themselves as they 1) develop and innovate while continuously striving at improving existing tire technologies and 2) coining ever innovative designations for their constantly growing competitive array of innovative and upgraded products. These companies are depending, more than ever, on their researchers and ad men to concoct just the right catchy label for its new products. Designations like: Run-flat Tires or Run on Flat tires (RFT), Low Rolling Resistance (LLR) tires, ContiSense, Contiadapt, Infinicoil, Tire Fill Alerts, Self-Inflating Tire (SIT), Electronic Tire Information System (eTIS), etc., just to drop a few names. Manufacturers and similarly individual tire retailers are being directly impacted by the ever rising cost of selling and servicing the newer trending tire technologies. TRAC’s Barry Yutronkie believes that, there are many things that the retailers are doing to adapt to the technology changes. “A tire is installed by similar methods that have been used in the industry for years, yet there are more complications such as wheels with TPMS sensors, varying types of run flat tires, and new generation wide base single tires on trucks.” “The tire dealer must be aware and know the procedures for handling these cases, so training is an important aspect to keep up to date. There are advances in tire changing equipment as well, which can be of benefit to the dealer.” He adds that, “The entire process of maintaining the right inventory has evolved with the internet and ordering tools that enable the retailer to be responsive to the consumer needs.” Moving forward, our tires of today can actually communicate with the vehicle’s driver via newly de-
veloped sensor tire management systems. These systems employ miniature sensors that are built into the tire walls, whose sole purpose is to collect and transmit data. They continually provide driver updates on tire pressure, temperature, torque, tire mileage and wear. These systems are either currently available, or very shortly will be available from a manufacture near you.
MANUFACTURES ADVANCING TOWARDS TOMORROW’S TIRES Many individual tire manufactures are developing, are close to, or have already released tires, that are made comprised of new and advanced technologies: General Motors of Canada Company (GMC) is promoting its new Tire Fill Alert convenience feature. It was developed to work hand in hand with their Tire Pressure Monitoring System and alerts drivers when they are developing a lowering of the air pressure in a tire. It also provides visual and audible alerts outside the vehicle, to warn drivers that they may be under or over inflating their tire. The technology is intended to help drivers determine how much air has been added to an inflated tire without having to use an air pressure gauge. Michelin North America Inc. Some of Michelin truck tires now come with its Infinicoil technology. This technique employs a giant steel cord -- up to 400 meters long – that’s wrapped underneath the rubber layer. The steel increases the rigidness of
the surface of the tire, and allows them to be made wider than before. This technology leads to a longer lasting tire. Continental has developed a tire noise-reducing technology that they named ContiSilent. It is designed to reduce interior noise on all road surfaces. These tires are equipped with an inner tyre absorber. Polyurethane foam is attached to the inner surface of the tread area with an adhesive. Continental maintains that regardless of the temperature, the structure of the foam stays intact. The tires use the same mounting, storage as standard tires and there will be no change in any other driving performance characteristics. Continental also has ContiAdapt tires. It combines micro-compressors that are integrated into the wheels to adjust the tyre pressure with a variable-width rim. The system can modify the size of the contact patch, which under different road conditions is a decisive factor for both safety and comfort. There are four different combinations that should allow perfect adaptation to wet, uneven, slippery and normal conditions. Goodyear is using new technologies, such as its Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID), to allow tires to become increasingly intelligent through the use of embedded electronics. Individually programmed coded microchips are built into the tires and will permit readers to identify a tires size and type by its unique identifying number. Manufactures are producing more and more run-flat tires, self-supporting tires, and just around the corner, 3D tires are waiting in
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the wings. TRAC’s Barry Yutronkie maintains that the tire we envision for the future will look very similar to the tire of the today, but internally it will be constructed with materials that are much more sustainable. “Car sharing, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles are all on the near horizon, yet tires will remain a constant requirement as those few small patches that make contact with the road still must transmit the ability for the vehicle to move, stop and turn on the road surface.” He adds that, “The tire is a very effective way of enabling vehicles to move people, goods and services as it performs its duty to get you from point A to B in a multitude of weather and road conditions.”
ENTIRELY FUTURELY It may take quite some time for what we now consider as concept tires, to be totally road worthy. Many manufacturers are definitely eyeing the future. Goodyear’s R&D employees for example, are visualising that it will be entirely possible that magnetic levitation could be used to connect spherical tires to vehicles. The tires tread pattern would stiffen in dry weather and the car would be able to drive sideways to make parallel parking a snap. Steering the vehicle would be possible via the rear wheels. Researchers at the Goodyear’s Innovation Center have discovered that by utilizing soybean oil in tires, they can potentially increase tread life by 10 percent. This would reduce Goodyear’s use of petroleum-based oil by up to twenty six million liters each year. Once landfill fodder, rice husk waste – ash left over from the burning of rice husks – will begin being used to produce electricity as an environmentally friendly source of silica for use in its tires. Not to be left behind, Michelin has also unveiled its 3D printed Visionary Concept tire. Unlike traditional air-pressurized tires, the 3D printed prototype doesn’t need to be in-
flated. Instead, the tire employs Michelin’s own honeycomb pattern based on generative design models found in nature, such as coral and the air sacs in human lungs. Michelin declares that this design will diminish the risk of a blowout or flats due to tire punctures. While traditional rubber tires gradually lose their tread as a result of friction, this prototype uses 3D printers to replenish its tread as needed. A series of sensors built into the tire will monitor tread wear and provide real-time information about performance and maintenance. Drivers will use an app to receive tire info and will also be able to then pre-emptively order 3D printed tread replacements. The Vision tire will be made from bio-sourced and biodegradable materials, including (but not limited to) natural rubber, bamboo, paper, tin cans, wood, and plastic. Michelin plans to minimize the amount of rubber in each of its organic tires, thus further reducing the tires overall environmental impact. And, very possibly coming soon to a dealer near you, Omnidirectional Wheels, or more specifically Liddiard Wheels – which were conceived by Canadian inventor William Liddiard – are specialized rims and tires that give any car the ability to move sideways, consequently making parallel parking a breeze. Liddiard claims that these wheels can be bolted onto any car without modification. Rapid technological advancement is bringing us closer and closer to a world traveling on Buck Rogers or the Jetsons type of vehicles. Tires and tire technology is evolving at such an expediential rate that it’s exceedingly tough to keep pace with all the changes. One has to but wonder what the near future will bring us, never mind what’s going to appear 25 years from now!
LOOKING BACK AT SOME ODD WHEELIE BIG LITTLE USES
Originally the Wheel of Fortune was NOT a TV gameshow. Historically, it has made many appearances as; a medieval philosophy concept that symbolized fate, where the goddess Fortuna spun the wheel to decide the fates and misfortunes of mortals. Ancient scholars Cicero and the Greek poet Pindar both reference the Wheel of Fortune in separate works. Such immortal writers as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare also reference the Wheel of Fortune in separate works. Used as a Torture Device - During medieval times persons were stretched across the face of a wheel and were tortured or bludgeoned to death with blunt hammers. Also some unlucky lawbreakers were strapped to the spiked rim of a large wheel and then it was rolled along the ground. Used for Gaming & Toys - Archaeologists in Vera Cruz, Mexico discovered ceramic toy animals with wheels for legs. This allowed the children to play with the toy by pushing it along the ground. In the 18th century the French combined several existing games to come up with the idea for the roulette wheel. The Fifth Wheel - By definition was not really a fifth wheel. Rather, it was a portion of a wheel that had two parts rotating on each other that sat on the front axle of a carriage and added extra support so that the carriage didn’t tip over. But it really proved no useful purpose and that’s supposed why, calling someone a “fifth wheel”, is a way of calling them superfluous, or naming them as a tagalong!
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REFUGE FROM THE ROADS: MENTAL HEALTH APPS FOR TRUCKERS
By Carter Hammett
S MENTAL HEALTH BECOMES LESS OF A TABOO SUBJECT AND MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO OPEN UP AND SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES, WE DECIDED TO TURN THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE WELL-BEING OF TRUCKERS AND PEOPLE WHO WORK IN TRANSPORTATION.
Truckers often work crazy, long hours and suffer in isolation. Since it’s a mobile profession, why not take along some mo-
bile assistance in the form of these mental health apps? Here’s a practical primer to help get you started. It almost seems like a life time ago now but the Walmart truck that struck and severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his fellow passenger James McNair finally got settled in 2016. You might remember one of the key factors in the case was “driver’s fatigue.” The driver of the Walmart truck, Kevin Roper hadn’t slept in over 28 hours and reportedly drove 800 miles to work. Tracy spent months in recovery and was left with brain damage. Unfortunately, accidents like this tragedy are more common than you might think.
In 2014 in Canada, there were over 2114 traffic fatalities according to the World Health Organization while in the US, 2012 figures hovered around the 4000 mark, while a whopping 104,000 were injured in collisions with large trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that up to 31% of all accidents involving trucks present with fatigue as a factor. And while it’s easy to point to fatigue as an isolated variable in traffic accidents, the reality is that it’s only one factor that contributes to a job with challenging conditions. When you look at the bigger picture, fatigue can be associated with burn out. Truck drivers are more likely to smoke, have diabetes and have a dispro-
portionately higher rates of obesity than other jobs. Perhaps more troubling, they are also susceptible to more mental health conditions as well. Drivers often spend half their time away from their families, working in isolation. Some are prone to depression and anxiety. If accidents occur, rates of PTSD are often disproportionately higher compared to the rest of the population. Luckily there’s an app for that. And yes, let’s just leave that right over here, shall we? But as of this writing, Bell Let’s Talk Day (January 31; https://letstalk.bell. ca) is casting a long shadow down the highway, and people across the country are gradually opening up and sharing their stories. Mental health no longer carries the stigma it once did. And yes, while the subject is very real, mental health is still often seen as a sign of weakness to discuss, let alone admit. Did it ever occur to you that talking about mental health is actually a sign of strength? Auto and Trucking Atlantic is pleased to introduce this, the first in a two-part series covering mental health and truckers. Next issue we’ll profile some truckers willing to share their stories and the resources that exist to support them. In this issue however, the focus is on self-care. Since trucking is a mobile profession, it makes sense to have supports you can take on the road with you. We’ve therefore done a survey of the best mental health apps available. When you’re feeling stressed or burned out or faced with a delivery deadline but Mother Nature’s winning out, it’s easy to lapse into unhealthy behaviours. Here then are some apps that might help depending on your situation. They’ve been tested and are here because they work. Some are practical in nature and focus on things like Mindfulness or music to chase the blues away. Others take a bit more of a cognitive-based approach and “get you involved” in recording your own progress. We’ve also tried to select apps that are either no-cost or low-cost as well to increase accessibility for everyone. Whatever preference you display, we’ve tried to select a range of apps that will help you take ownership of the struggles you might be experiencing. Be warned: not all apps are created equal. You may have to try a few before finding something that clicks with you. You might feel more comfortable talking things out or connecting with others online anonymously. There’s apps for that too. While every effort has been made to ensure the information in this article is both useful 14
and current, please bear in mind that information evolves and changes all the time. The hi tech world is always moving on to the next hot thing and sometimes resources become dated quickly as something comes along to replace it. If you notice any errors or have discovered apps that you like, please feel free to share and we’ll be happy to include them in the next issue. And if you aren’t struggling with some kind of mental health issue, perhaps you know someone who is. Feel free to pass on these resources to them. It’s all about watching each other’s backs and keeping our livelihoods alive. You got this! And so, without further delay, welcome to our “App Store.”
BEST SLEEP HYGIENE This app allows you to track your current sleep hygiene habits, and generates a list of additional sleep hygiene recommendations that can be added to your routine to increase quality sleep.
CBT-I COACH This app uses the theory behind Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia. It teaches users to develop positive sleep routines, and to improve sleep environments. It also reviews strategies proven to improve sleep and reduce symptoms of insomnia. Available for both Apple and Android.
CATCH IT Claims to help you manage anxiety and depression and teaches you to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. Free on the App Store and Google Play.
CHILL PANDA Helps you relax by measuring heart rate and suggesting breathing techniques and light exercises. This one also claims to be family-friendly so kids can use it too. Free on the App Store and Google Play.
COVE Is unique in that it helps capture your mood by creating music that reflects your emotional state. You can store the music in a personal journal or send the music to other people. Free on the App Store.
DEPRESSION CBT SELF-HELP GUIDE This app uses the concept of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you challenge the inaccurate thoughts which may be playing a role in your depression. The app also suggests helpful behaviours
that may work to reduce the intensity of your distressing emotions.
HEADSPACE This app will review meditation and mindfulness exercises that will help reduce feelings of stress. Available on both Apple and Google.
LIFELINE LifeLine: is the Canadian “free suicide prevention and awareness app that offers access and guidance to support those suffering in crisis and those who have suffered the loss of someone from suicide. The app provides awareness education and prevention strategies to guide people in crisis all around the globe.”
MOODTOOLS- DEPRESSION AID This app uses the concept of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to help you challenge the inaccurate thoughts which may be playing a role in your depression. The app also suggests helpful behaviours that may work to reduce the intensity of your distressing emotions.
OMG I CAN MEDITATE! This is a mobile and web app that offers guided meditations by a meditation coach. It aims to bring a sense of calm and clarity into daily life.
PTSD COACH CANADA This app provides information about PTSD, allows you to track symptoms, and suggests easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms. Available for both Apple and Android.
CBT THOUGHT RECORD DIARY Do you feel like you’re stressed, anxious, sad, frustrated, or unmotivated? The centerpiece of cognitive-behavioral therapy is changing your emotions by identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns. With a thought diary, you can document your negative emotions, analyze flaws in your thinking, and reevaluate your thoughts. It may even help you recognize ways to deal with your negative behaviors and emotions. Apple and Android.
SELF-HELP ANXIETY MANAGEMENT This app provides a range of selfhelp methods that work to reduce anxiety. Ways to challenge anxiety provoking thoughts are explained, and ways to incorporate relaxation techniques to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety are reviewed. Apple and Android
Bob’s Business Development
ARE YOUR LABOUR BILLINGS IN PLACE?
By Bob Greenwood
HE FUTURE FOR THE INDEPENDENT SECTOR LOOKS VERY PROMISING, AND WILL PROVE TO BE AN EXCEPTIONALLY PROFITABLE PERIOD OVER THE NEXT 5 TO 7 YEARS COMPARED TO THE LAST 15 YEARS BUT ONLY FOR THE SHOP OWNERS WHO TRULY UNDERSTAND THEIR CLIENT BASE, THEIR BUSINESS, AND THEIR INDUSTRY. The supply / demand economic equation is clearly understood by most shop owners as the supply of competent technicians has dried up, but the demand is forever increasing throughout the industry, which will force wage levels to rise quite dramatically over the next two years. When $35 to $50 per hour technicians takes hold in a sector these levels of wage rates can add to the “brain-drain” situation in certain areas that is affecting our country. Finding competent technicians is certainly one issue, but what will happen to our industry and the independent shop itself, under this financial scenario. In the long run, this is excellent for our industry, as competent technicians finally become recognized by the public, and the industry, that they are working in a “profession” rather than a “trade”, and that technicians are highly skilled individuals deserving of a professional income for their knowledge and analytical skills. In the short run, it could cause absolute financial ruin, as most shop owners are not aware of all the detailed numbers of their business and how they contribute to the net income of the business, or, properly versed on how to pass on the right labour costs to their clients. They are running their business based mainly on “price”, trying to tell everyone they are the best, and at the same time, the cheapest. They have failed to educate their cli16
ents about the level of expertise that is required today to maintain today’s vehicles, and that competent expertise does have a price tag to go along with it. Shop owners must change how they measure their labour revenue component. Rather than measure by one labour revenue department, labour should be broken down into a minimum of four categories, namely, a vehicle inspection department, a maintenance/mechanical labour department, a diagnostic labour department and a reflash department. Some shops will have five rates with a tire install labour department. Each labour department has different skill level of technicians.
The new labour rate setting formula has changed from a multiple of the technician’s basic hourly wage to a percentage factor that is affected by the efficiencies of the operation known as the true cost per billed hour. The more inefficient you are the more you will be forced to price a higher rate which could put you right out of the market. The more efficient you are, the shop will remain competitively priced, very profitable and is still able to attract and retain higher skilled, higher paid technicians. Until the client labour mix of the shop is measured and understood, (“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”) manage-
ment will be stuck in inertia using the old aftermarket measurements that have been proven that business model measurement is broken. When shop management understands who they are selling to, how to implement the new strategy and sell these various levels of rates with client satisfaction, the contribution to gross profit of the shop can be tremendous. When gross profit is enhanced, net profit is enhanced. Management expertise now drives future growth of the business and the future bottom line of the business. Are you up-to-date in your Management expertise to embrace the new profit potential available in our industry? If not book yourself into a business management class that teaches the mathematics behind your shop efficiencies and how labour rates have to be established in the new aftermarket. Moving forward in 2018 is not an option.
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UNI-SELECT EASTERN HELPS CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY Meaghan Bennett and Kathy Locke with Uni-Select Eastern Inc. present a cheque for $3,386.00 to Norma Chase with the Canadian Cancer Society from their Silent Auction Event held in October 2017. A big thank you to Uni-Select Members and Suppliers for their continued support. march 2018
Atlantic Racing News
PEERING INTO THE STOCK CAR CRYSTAL BALL By Tim Terry
N A SPORT THAT IS ALL ABOUT SPEED AND MOVING FAST, IT IS SOMETIMES HARD TO GET A GRIP OF WHERE THE SPORT IS TRENDING INTO THE FUTURE. As much as everything changes, a lot stays the same which can be said to sum up stock car racing in Atlantic Canada. Whether it is year to year or five to ten seasons in the rear view mirror, a lot of things have changed. Some of those changes have been miniscule and some
have been quite radical but they all have shaped the current landscape of the sport and the changes in the future will continue to shape what fans will see in coming years. What will we see by the time this sport turns the calendar to 2025 or 2030 in the region? Well, letâ€™s take a quick look back to see some changes to try and forecast the future. Just in the last ten years alone, the stock car landscape in Atlantic Canada has changed. Iâ€™m not talking about proverbial landscape; I mean the tracks that are still physically producing stock car races. Over the last decade, only four oval tracks have maintained the same ownership group with only two of those maintaining the same management group for each of those ten seasons dating back to 2008.
While both Lake Doucette Motor Speedway and Scotia Speedworld remain under the same ownership, they have seen a management change within the last ten years. Riverside International Speedway and Shediac CENTRE For Speed have both been owned and managed by their same respective groups over the last ten years. River Glade Speedway was closed, Island Speedway in Sydney saw a reopening as Cape Breton Miners Memorial Speedway but was closed before the 2017 season. Miramichi City Speedway, now Speedway Miramichi, has seen three sets of owners over the last decade and continues to operate after a successful 2017 season. Petty International Speedway was re-opened in 2011 with new owners while AME took ownership of both New-
foundland ovals and gave new life to the Avondale oval as Eastbound Park in 2014. Speedway 660 and Oyster Bed Speedway saw their tracks change hands and Valley Raceway was opened as a dirt track in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. What will change for venues looking forward for the next few years? Certainly the challenges for race tracks change. Race fans, and everyone in general, digests information differently now. At what point was a call from a landline or watching your local media (radio, print, television, etc.) for a glimpse at results that may have drove more race fans to the track has evolved into a social media world where results, photos and videos are at your fingertips without having to leave your couch. If you don’t feel like venturing out to the track, you can rely on your smart phone or laptop to deliver your coverage. Regardless of the information you have at your disposal, nothing beats being at a race track to make all your senses dance as drivers run millimetres apart as they whip around corners at high speeds. What has changed is personal budgets and the options for ones entertainment dollar. In such a short summer season, does a family head out to the track to see a big Pro Stock or Super Late Model race, do they go to the big outdoor concert or maybe they head across the country to that family reunion or vacation? Tracks, like any other entertainment venue, have to get creative to try and attract new fans outside the current lifelong racing fans. It seems like the sweet spot is for most tracks to run eight to ten weekends a year, while some opt to run a “weekly” schedule which will push their total to over 15 weekends a season. A number of tracks, like the aforementioned CENTRE For Speed and Riverside Speedway, run special event weekends and will see their gates open no more than six weekends a year. At the end of the day, every track is a business and has a bottom line to meet. How they meet and exceed that business goal is different in every market. Some use promotional nights and nights where front gate admission is reduced to bring new fans in or will find other ways to mix it up in their program with the goal of a higher attendance number. We could go on and on, but if the current number of 11 stock car oval tracks in Atlantic Canada is to stay at that number, tracks will have to continually evolve with the times and work together to keep the sport at the forefront and to build it into the future. Now, race tracks cannot stay open
without the support of the race cars that go around their ovals. It’s simple really, without race fans and without competing teams, there is no race track. Those tracks also need the revenue, whether it is from the fans we just spoke of who come in the gate, or merchandise and food sales, to sponsors who showcase their products and services on signage at the tracks and on the cars. The sport’s health and success relies on multiple par-
ties to keep it afloat. Let’s back up a bit though and talk about those stock car chariots that battle each night to provide the entertainment on the track. The automotive sector is ever changing. When you look at road cars, you have technologies like self driving systems that guide your car if you get too close to the center line. While self driving cars would defeat most of the purpose of short track
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racing where we search for the best car and driver within them each night, the technology keeps changing in these cars. The Pro and Super Late Model division (Pro Stock for those around these parts) are ever changing. Whether it is in the engine, transmission, rear ends, axles, shocks and virtually anything else from bumper to bumper - if they can find an innovation to ultimately increase performance and shave fractions of seconds off
lap times, they will find a way to dance in the grey areas of the rulebooks to make it happen. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour, for example, has strict rules on what motors can be run and has a rule that only “blue shocks” manufactured by AFCO can be run on their cars. Their set of rules is aimed to keep costs down but with other tracks that host open races for the division allowing different shock and motor com-
binations, will it eventually force the Tour to change with the times?! A change could potentially grow the car count but could also hurt by driving costs up slightly. It is something many teams have expressed that would be good for the series. The potential rule changes are something to definitely keep an eye on moving forward. Sometimes changes are not met with the greatest of approval from drivers and teams. For example, the NAPA Sportsman Series released rules amendments just prior to press time. The amendments included changes to spring rates, requiring heavy springs in the front of the cars, and motor rules for those teams that drop in for a race throughout the year. A number of teams were vocal on social media following the announcement of the rule changes but only time will tell when the series hits the track in June whether it will have any ripple on car count with the Antigonish based Series. A new look is on the way for Late Model cars as well. Five Star Bodies are currently in the process of getting a new body approved for Late Model competition. According to Five Star, the body updates the look but does not give any aerodynamic advantage and is approximately the same price point as the current body approved for competition. The new body is expected to roll out in March. In some grassroots short track divisions, such as a Mini Stock (four cylinder) or a Street Stock, change is inevitable with parts and cars getting older and becoming harder to source. Whether it is factoring in “newer” generations of cars to combat the aging current cars or replacing authentic body panels with new manufactured replacements, the slight changes in rules are something to look forward to in the future. One other major trend that we’ve spoken about in this space that should continue in the future is younger talent continuing to flood the upper levels of stock car racing. With the likes of Wayne Smith and Shawn Tucker stepping back from full time competition, we have seen a number of drivers make their way into the upper levels of our sport. For example, Ryan Messer, Ashton Tucker, Brandon Skidmore, Ian Rasmussen and Shawn’s son Dustin, to name a few, have made the leap up to the Pro Stock class at Speedway 660 in recent years as the likes of Glyn Nott, Brad Mann and Brian Gillespie have hung up the helmet. Cole Butcher and Dylan Blenkhorn have led that young charge on the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour with Waylon Farrell and Braden
Langille expected to join the series in 2018 as rookie contenders. So what does the future hold looking ahead for this sport in Atlantic Canada? There is sure to be change, which is a continuing trend in many factors of the sport. Everyone will have to continue to put in hard work to make the sport work for everyone involved. There will likely be tough decisions made that will impact the whole community, whether it is a rules adjustment or a bombshell dropped from a track or a touring series. The sport in the region is currently healthy in all provinces and fans have lots to look forward to. The Pro Stock division will headline the Oyster Bed Speedway card in 2018, the NASCAR banner continues to sanction racing at Newfoundlandâ€™s Eastbound Park, the Pro All Stars Series will make its return to New Brunswick and debut at Petty International Raceway and Riverside International Speedway will ride into 2018 after a successful visit from Mark Martin last year. The immediate future looking forward is bright. How can you ensure the future remains promising for stock car racing in Atlantic Canada?! Get out to a race track in 2018 - whether it is in your area or take a vacation to visit a new oval. That goes for fans as much as it goes for teams. An extra car at your home track means more eyes on your car and you never know who may be sitting in the stands out at the next autograph session that could potentially change your racing program. If you are a fan, support the drivers and teams, cheer them on and give their social media pages a follow or like. Give your business to racing sponsors when you can and be sure to tell them you are supporting them because they support your favorite sport through a track, team or your favorite media outlet. Hereâ€™s to 2018 and the year leaving a positive lasting legacy on the sport we love! march 2018
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ATLANTIC ROAD REPORT BITS AND PIECES OF HIGHWAY-RELATED NEWS COLLECTED FROM AROUND THE ATLANTIC REGION. NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Significant Improvements Made to Bridges, Roads and Highways in 2017 Innovative ways to develop and improve vital road infrastructure in Newfoundland and Labrador has led to more than 600 lane kilometres of highway being paved and more than 300 culverts being replaced throughout the province in 2017. Among this year’s highlights to improve highway infrastructure are: • The province’s first ever nighttime construction pilot project that saw sections of the Trans-Canada Highway from Kenmount Road to Salmonier Line paved at night to reduce traffic delays; • An asphalt testing pilot project that will help determine the best type of asphalt to use for our province’s climate and highway conditions; • The province’s first five-year provincial roads plan that prioritized road
projects based on safety, traffic volumes and input from motorists and the department’s engineers; • 180 lane kilometres of the Trans-Labrador Highway paved from Red Bay to north of Lodge Bay; • Approximately 110 lane kilometres of the Trans-Canada Highway paved between Whitbourne and Goobies; • New pavement for sections of Peacekeepers Way, Robert E. Howlett Memorial Drive, and Pitts Memorial Drive; and • The opening of the new Sir Robert Bond Bridge. The five-year provincial roads plan committed to issuing tenders for road work earlier in the year to allow contractors to take full advantage of the province’s short construction season. As a result, tenders for road work began being issued in January and all tenders were issued by the end of March, leading to contractors beginning road work when weather permitted.
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HE AUTOMOTIVE TRADES ASSOCIATION IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MATTHEW BURGESS IS THIS YEAR’S A.T.A. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNER. THE ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP IS FOR $2000.00 AND IS AWARDED TO ANY SON OR DAUGHTER OF AN A.T.A. MEMBER. Matthew is the son of retailer Gerald Burgess of NDM Burgess Service Centre Ltd in Fall River. Matthew is currently enrolled in his second year of business administration, in the accounting concentration at NSCC. After graduation he will continue on to SMU to complete a bachelor of commerce. He is currently manager and bookkeeper for NDM Burgess Service Centre Ltd., and will continue working for the family business throughout the school years with the aim of assuming ownership. He views small business as an important part of Nova Scotia’s economy and culture, and looks forward to growing their business in the future. Congratulations Matthew and all the best in your future endeavors. We look forward to working with you. 22
As part of the department’s Summer Maintenance Program, department crews also: • Graded more than 30,000 kilometres of gravel roads throughout the province; • Applied 520,000 litres of paint for line painting; and • Used approximately 18,100 cubic metres of gravel to repair shoulders. Progress was made on the Team Gushue Highway extension from Kenmount Road to Topsail Road, including the installation of storm sewers, electrical work and foundations for light poles, a pedestrian underpass near Topsail Road, and sub-grading and berms near Topsail Road and Blackmarsh Road. Work on the Team Gushue Highway extension has progressed to allow paving to be completed in the new year.
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The newly twinned section of Route 11, between Route 15 and Shediac River, officially opened to traffic December 21 2017 “Your government is committed to investing in strategic infrastructure renewal to improve the safety and efficiency of our transportation network,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “Route 11 is an important trade corridor in the eastern part of New Brunswick. This upgrade will support economic development in the region.” The federal and provincial governments invested a total of $64.8 million
LeBlanc spoke on behalf of Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi. Strategic investments in infrastructure are a key component of the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan, the province’s framework for growing the economy and creating jobs.
Five-year plan revealed Nova Scotia will invest $285 million in capital spending on its highways, bridges and roads in 2018-19, $60 million more than this year.
ment’s approach, year by year, to repair and maintain the province’s 23,000 kilometres of roads and highways and its 4,100 bridges. “The 100-series highways are the backbone of our transportation system while gravel roads are critical for parts of rural Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Hines. “The injection of $60 million in additional spending is expected to create more than 3,000 new jobs for the construction industry as well as spinoff benefits for local businesses.” The Five Year Highway Improvement Plan is subject to approval in the 2018-19 budget.
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in the project. The 6.8-kilometre, fourlane controlled access highway bypass includes a new interchange, as well as a new grade separation and modifications to three existing interchanges. Reconfiguration of the Route 15/Route 132 interchange in Scoudouc to a diamond interchange will take place in 2018. “The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in transportation infrastructure help improve traffic flow along vital highway corridors,” said Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Minister Dominic LeBlanc. “This important Route 11 improvement project will allow Shediac residents to spend less time on the road and more time with their families. It will also make it easier for businesses to get their goods to market.” 24
“Transportation is critical to ensure safe and connected communities and that is why we are making the third largest investment in transportation infrastructure in our province’s history,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. Major construction on new highways and bridges accounts for $50 million of the increase, with much of that additional funding focused on twinning portions of Highways 101, 103, and 104. The 2018-19 Five Year Highway Improvement Plan also earmarks $10 million in new spending for a Gravel Road Program. It will proactively rebuild existing gravel roads in rural Nova Scotia, improving safety and reducing maintenance costs. The five year plan maps out govern-
New driver licences will be more secure, cost effective The enhanced security features of Prince Edward Island’s new driver licence and photo identification card will better protect Islanders from identity theft and fraud. A process that began in November 2017, cards will be produced from a centralized system that will increase the security of the cards. It will add new features to deter counterfeits and provide the ability to investigate possible fraud quickly. “The province of Prince Edward Island is committed to providing Islanders with the most secure and convenient solutions for the issuance of driver licence and identification cards,” said Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar. “Our new system will not only enhance security and fraud prevention features, but will ensure personal information is housed in the most secure of production facilities.” While Islanders will still visit an Access PEI location to purchase a driver licence or identification card, the cards will now be mailed directly to individuals within 14 days. Individuals will be given a receipt at the Access PEI service counter, which will serve as a temporary licence good for 30 days. Individuals can also use their existing card (if they have one) until the new card arrives. The process is similar to that used to deliver Canadian passports, credit cards and other important documents. The Province of Prince Edward Island has joined with the other Atlantic Provinces in this initiative. This will mean cost-savings for all provinces and consistency when travelling across the region. For more information, visit www.princeedwardisland. ca/secureID.
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AND THE WHAT THE HECKS ALL COMPILED FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE. YOU’LL THANK US. TRUST THAT. DRUNK GUY TOOK A $2,852.46 (£1,640) CAB THROUGH THREE COUNTRIES ON NEW YEAR’S EVE And you thought 2018 started out rough with this bloody cold spell that’s essentially kidnapped these last few weeks?
asleep in bed and, after officers woke him, he agreed to pay the fare – 18,000 Norwegian kroner. He has no previous criminal record. A recovery vehicle was called to assist the taxi driver. Police told the bizarre tale in a series of tweets on Monday, most of which were quickly liked by hundreds of people.
TELE-CAR-NESIS? Nissan is hoping to bridge the evergrowing gap with its brain-to-vehicle technology, and apparently all it takes is some weird fashion and good thoughts?
How about this? Metro UK reported a story about a drunk reveller racked up a £1,640 taxi fare after ordering the driver through three countries on New Year’s Eve. The man in his 40s, who wasn’t identified, sent the driver 372 miles from Copenhagen in Denmark, through Sweden, and finally to Norway’s capital, Oslo. The journey took more than six hours. But once he arrived at his home in Oslo, he refused to pay the driver and staggered into bed. The man told the driver to go to Oslo in Norway The journey, which lasted more than six hours, took him through Sweden He left waterfront district Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark The furious cabbie’s battery went flat outside the house and he called the police. Oslo Police said they found the man 26
The concept is about using brainwaves to control your car. According to Nissan, this new B2V tech is intended to achieve two things. First, it will predict a driver’s goal to create movement like changing lanes. The system is supposed to assess user comfort and adjust the driving mode accordingly. It’s all very vague, and Nissan’s preview doesn’t go into a lot of detail on how the whole thing works. Nissan says it will make cars more engaging than ever, something enthusiasts have worried about since cruise control was introduced decades ago. We assume that day will come. We just don’t want it that quickly.
TORONTO NEIGHBORS FIX DANGEROUS INTERSECTION USING CHALK, RAKED LEAVES CBC produced a story about an innovative group of neighbors who were sick of watching cars blow through a three-way intersection in their neighborhood, recently. They initiated a rather cool temporary solution: they redesigned it with help from children, their chalk and
dried leaves. The three-way intersection at Regal Road and Springmont Avenue in Toronto’s west end has three stop signs, but neighbors say lots of cars virtually disregard them and use the street partly as a cut-through from busier streets nearby. So local resident Dave Meslin asked some of his neighbors for their ideas on how to make it safer. They measured other roads in the area and determined the intersection had 185 square meters (about 2,000 square feet) of surplus space that could be better put to use as public space with benches or trees and still allow cars to pass safely. “We filled that whole space with tens of thousands of leaves using children and their skills of sweeping and raking,” Meslin told the CBC. “We created this temporary example of how the neighborhood could be safer.” Originally, the neighbors planned to leave the chalk and leaves in place for just a day. Then they saw that it was actually working, and they left the redesign in place for a few days. “It worked,” neighbor Adrian Griffiths told CBC. “For those few days, people actually saw that they needed to slow down, there was a different flow through this intersection and they actually paid attention to the signs.”
FORD SUES JOHN CENA FOR FLIPPING HIS 2017 FORD GT It seemed like a lot of work to manage Ford’s Application Program for the Ford GT, but not for wrestling actor John Cena. A few eyebrows were raised after Cena purchased a custom 2017 GT early last Fall and then promptly sold it…less than 30 days later. There’s just one little problem. The purchase contract he signed holds cus-
right, after snagging “a handsome profit.” The Blue Oval wants restitution for that profit, for “damages and losses, including, but not limited to, loss of brand value, ambassador activity, and customer goodwill due to the improper sale,” and for attorney and court costs. The whole thing seems a little odd considering that not only does Cena’s car collection number 22 vehicles, but also includes a 2006 Ford GT. He also has a You Tube series that tells the story of each car he owns. Guess this is one that has an abrupt ending.
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tomers to two years ownership of the vehicle. Ford turned around and sued Cena for a whopping $75,000. Ford contacted Cena after hearing about the sale around Oct 20. The former WE wrestler is alleged to have later texted Ford, “I completely understand and as stated am willing to work with you and Ford to make it right. My sincerest apologies,” and explained the sale was “for cash to take care of expenses.” Cena had paid $466,376.50 for the liquid blue coupe with the “Dark Energy” interior Ford’s lawsuit alleges Cena never made it
Australian media reported that Michael Garbutt, the driver of a red Mazda hatchback, found a note on his windshield after a walk in a nearby Sydney community . The note read, “Hi. This afternoon a red-belly slithered up into your front left tyre. Please be careful.” Garbutt quickly opened the vehicle’s hood and uncovered the large animal curled up on his engine. “To say I was shocked is an under-
statement,” he told a local paper. “On reflection I don’t think I would have put my hand out to pop the bonnet if I had known it was there.” Garbutt quickly rang a local snake wrangler, Andrew Melrose who was able eventually extract the beast. “It took about an hour for the snake catcher to coax it out,” said Garbutt. “The snake was trying to bite the snake hook. The guy ended up catching it with his hand and just chucked it in a bag.” Thankfully the driver of the Mazda, the wrangler, and the snake all walked – or slithered, rather – away from the incident unharmed. Here’s hoping the reptile will avoid engine bays in the future.
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Would you believe a car that offers massage? Well, that’s among the bonus “gifts” Audi’s A8. Simply climb into the so-called “relaxation seat” in the rear right hand and away you go. The long-wheelbase sedan features a footrest attached to the backrest of the front passenger seat and enables the person relaxing to get a massage while warming their feet. How cool is that? In addition, there’s also a back massage feature thanks to no less than 18 triple inflatable air bubbles incorporated into the seat. The head restraints are electrically operated to give the person kicking back an optimal seating position during the journey while being cocooned in the most luxurious cabin Audi can offer. In a promo clip made by Audi, everyone’s impressed with the feature, including a tough guy in snazzy socks, though he didn’t want to admit it at first. “As big as a smartphone,” the OLED display nestled between the two rear seats is the device used to fiddle with the seats, climate control, lighting functions, and the media. It’s not built into the rear center armrest as the passengers can simply take it out.
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REGULATIONS TO MAKE ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL & ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES MANDATORY
O IMPROVE SAFETY FOR ALL OF CANADA’S ROAD USERS, THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS ALWAYS EXPLORING WAYS THAT TECHNOLOGY CAN MAKE ROADS SAFER.
With this in mind, Transport Canada is requiring commercial trucks and buses to adopt two new technologies. New regulations require electronic stability control technology on new truck tractors and heavy buses sold in Canada. Electronic stability control systems are a crash avoidance technology that can reduce collisions by helping drivers maintain control, preventing rollovers, and improving directional stability. Electronic stability control technology is now required in new truck tractors, and school buses and intercity buses will require electronic stability control by June 2018. Separate proposed regulations will introduce mandatory electronic logging devices for federally regulated motor carriers (trucks and buses) and their commercial drivers. Electronic logging devices help a driver to remain compliant with the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations, which reduces the
potential for driver fatigue. Electronic logging devices also reduce the administrative burden related to paper log books. Electronic logging devices that meet a new National Safety Code technical standard will become mandatory 2020. Devices now in use will be permitted until 2022. Canada’s new regulations for both technologies are closely aligned with similar regulations in the United States to improve safety and to support economic growth, trade, and shipping. “We’re constantly looking at how technology can improve road safety, and electronic stability control and electronic logging devices fit the bill. These new measures not only make trucks and buses safer, but they also have a trickle-down effect of making the roads safer for all Canadians.” The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport “Electronic Logging Devices are going to ensure optimum compliance with hours of service regulation for truck drivers, which is going to reduce commercial vehicle collisions related to fatigue and cognitive driver distraction. Every Canadian travelling provincial roads should be applauding this measure introduced by Minister Garneau and encouraging their provincial government to enforce this critical safety rule as soon as possible.” Stephen Laskowski - President, Canadian Trucking Alliance
“The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada and its members are extremely pleased about this announcement. Our membership has been involved in the consultations with the department and are firm believers that this regulation will benefit the entire industry. Electronic logs will make compliance easier to verify, ensuring all carriers are following the hours of service rules. This will result in a leveling of the playing field within the industry and improved road safety for all.” Mike Millian, President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada
QUICK FACTS Electronic stability control technology has been mandatory on all new cars and light duty vehicles sold in Canada and in the United States since September 2011. Electronic logging devices automatically record a driver’s driving time, are synced with a vehicle’s engine, and are designed to be tamper resistant. As part of the regulatory development process, Transport Canada is committed to aligning with vehicle regulations in the United States to the fullest extent possible provided that it is in the best interest of Canadians. By further aligning Canadian and U.S. logging device regulations, Canadian operators could use the same logging device in both countries.
From the Showroom Floor
A STAR IS REBORN . . . 50TH ANNIVERSARY FORD MUSTANG BULLITT REVIVES SILVER SCREEN LEGEND WITH NEW LEVELS OF POWER
• New limited-edition Mustang Bullitt features retuned 5.0-litre V8 engine that packs at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.ft. of torque and tops out at 163 mph • New version salutes 1968 movie car with effortlessly cool appearance, available classic Dark Highland Green exterior paint and subtle chrome accents; interior highlights include 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and available RECARO® black leathertrimmed seats with unique green accent stitching • Original 1968 Mustang GT fastback that starred alongside Steve McQueen in award-winning movie “Bullitt” drives onto Ford stage at North American International Auto Show, ending 40- year mystery about the film car’s whereabouts DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2018 – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of iconic movie “Bullitt” and its fan- favourite San Francisco car chase, Ford introduces the new cool and powerful 2019 Mustang Bullitt. Third-generation member of the McQueen family, Molly, starred in a special movie of her own introducing the new third-generation Bullitt at the North American International Auto Show. In the film, Molly races a new Mustang Bullitt through a parking structure battling a Dodge Charger for the final free space. Helping it win that particular spot was the Bullitt’s upgraded 5.0-litre V8 engine that will deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, pushing the new Bullitt to a top speed of 163 mph – an 8 mph increase versus the latest Mustang GT. Special Edition As a special-edition model due out 32
this summer – the all-new Mustang Bullitt is equipped with a manual transmission, and the gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original. The vehicle packages all Mustang GT Premium and Performance Package content into a vehicle that maintains the original Bullitt’s understated persona. An active valve performance exhaust system is standard with new Black NitroPlateTM exhaust tips, and retuned to give the car a signature burble, as well as new Open Air Induction System and Shelby GT350 intake manifold with 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module calibration for optimal performance. Other standard equipment includes a heated leather steering wheel and a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster, identical in function to the cluster introduced on 2018 Mustang, but with a unique Bullitt welcome screen that starts in green with an image of the car rather than the pony. “This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “As a designer, it’s my favourite Mustang – devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything – it’s just cool.” Exterior paint choices are limited to Shadow Black and the classic Dark Highland Green – as worn in the movie. Other features that pay tribute to the car McQueen drove are subtle chrome accents around the grille and front windows, classic torque thrust 19-inch aluminum wheels, red painted BremboTM brakes, and a unique black front grille. Inside and out, the vehicle uses minimal badging; only the circular faux gas cap Bullitt logo on the rear centre is visible on the exterior. The leather-trimmed interior features unique green accent stitching on the dashboard, door panels, centre console and seats. Aside from the two exterior paint choices, Mustang Bullitt buyers are limited to three factory- installed options: • Bullitt Electronics Package includes navigation, driver memory seats and mir-
rors, upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert that can alert customers of vehicles detected in difficult-to-see places – standard in Canada • MagneRide® semi-active suspension system optimizes driving performance – standard in Canada • RECARO® black leather-trimmed seats “When making a Bullitt, there are certain things it absolutely must have,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “It has to have the right attitude, it has to be unique in some way from a Mustang GT, and more than anything, it has to be bad ass.” That reputation was born after a Mustang GT fastback played a prominent role in the 1968 movie, and most notably in a chase scene that set new standards in filmmaking. The film’s nearly 10- minutelong sequence followed McQueen chasing down two hitmen in his Mustang through the streets of San Francisco. The Original Two identical 1968 Mustang GT fastbacks were used in the filming of the classic Warner Bros. movie “Bullitt” that debuted in theaters on Oct. 17, 1968. After filming, the cars went their separate ways: the hero vehicle driven by McQueen in the movie was sold by Warner Bros. to a private buyer, and the other – used in many of the jumps during the famous chase scene – was sent to a salvage yard. That jumper vehicle resurfaced in Baja, California, in early 2017, but the other was lost to history. Until now. Sean Kiernan, owner of the hero vehicle, inherited the car in 2014 from his late father, Robert, who had purchased the vehicle in 1974. To fulfill his family’s lifelong dream, Sean contacted Ford and the two parties worked together to reveal his movie star car alongside the all-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. “You know, it was never our intention to keep this car a secret from everybody,” Sean said. “It just kind of happened with life. I’m just completely buzzing to join with Ford and the new Bullitt and show this car to the world on one of the biggest stages there is.”
From the Showroom Floor
2018 GMC TERRAIN SCORES AN AERODYNAMIC TOUCHDOWN GMC AND WILSON FOOTBALL ENGINEERING TEAMS SHARE A COMMON GOAL
HAT DO A FOOTBALL AND AN SUV HAVE IN COMMON? BOTH RELY ON EXCEPTIONAL AERODYNAMICS TO PERFORM TO THEIR FULLEST, AND THE GMC TERRAIN AND WILSON LEATHER NFL GAME FOOTBALLS ARE PERFECT EXAMPLES.
GMC Terrain engineers clocked more than 300 hours in the wind tunnel to refine every surface of the Terrain, from the front grille to the rear spoiler. “Reducing the aerodynamic drag of an SUV is always a challenge,” said GMC Aerodynamic Engineer Alicia Bidwell. “Our engineering team paid attention to even the smallest details to deliver the size and cargo space our customers want.” The Terrain’s lifted stance means that more air can flow under the vehicle and pressurize the chassis components, which increases aerodynamic drag. To reduce this drag and optimize aero performance, Terrain aerodynamicists used testing and simulation to craft features that effectively guide air to the back of the vehicle. This attention to detail and craftsmanship delivered the next chapter of GMC’s
design language and assisted in providing more athletic handling and bold performance for Terrain customers. “The styling that you can see — and the mechanical components that you can’t — work together in perfect aerodynamic harmony,” said Bidwell. “Ultimately, this means that fuel efficiency has been improved by 11-percent, resulting in a fuel consumption rating of 9.0 L/100km combined for AWD models.” Just like airflow is essential for vehicle performance, football aerodynamics are critical for game time performance. While the vehicle and a football are vastly different in size and function, the aerodynamics teams for both analyze air trails using tools such as computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analytics. “Many look at our NFL football and see it as a simple object,” said Daniel Hare, aerodynamics research engineer, Advanced Innovation, Wilson Sporting Goods. “However, the amount of engineering, particularly in the area of aerodynamics, that has gone into the ball is pretty extraordinary. Every millimetre of the football has been designed to maximize the airflow around it so we can extend its flight, reduce drag and help maintain stability as much as possible.” Hare points to the classic football shape and how Wilson researchers have
enhanced that shape over time to reflect today’s passing-centric game, where aerodynamic properties such as velocity, direction of motion and spin rate are critical. Beyond shape, Wilson researchers also look at the pebble pattern of the leather on an NFL game football as well as the height of the laces, both of which are aerodynamic levers engineers utilize to optimize laminar airflow (the airflow that is smooth and consistent) while mitigating turbulent airflow, which is highly unsteady and unpredictable. The stakes are high in Super Bowl LII and the crossover segment, but both GMC and Wilson feel confident they’ll score.
ABOUT GMC CANADA GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuelefficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible fivestar Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year.
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At The Car Wash
PASS THE SALT . . . PLEASE
By Bill Kaprelian
HERE ARE NO IDENTICAL SNOWFLAKES IN THIS WORLD AND THE SAME CAN PROBABLY BE SAID FOR SALT CRYSTALS.
It’s winter-time in the towns and roads I frequent and that means snow plows, sanded intersections and salted roads/medians/driveways alleys/parking lots and every other place I might be driving on. It’s as if we are in the Middle Ages in the wake of the Romans “salted earth” policy and as a result our “chariots” get pretty dirty/chalky and salty for sure. Fortunately we have the ultimate weapon to road salt/sand/slush and snow that every winter brings on and off for at least 4 to 5 months depending on the Farmer’s Almanac and how quick the acorns start dropping in Fall – the car wash.
Over time car washes have evolved, or maybe I have? I recall a few years back I actually took advantage of the typical winter thaw and connected hoses to wash cars – hey it was my 1970 Gremlin (Big Bad Orange) and it had all the appearances of scurvy; crusted totally in white and not looking very “bad” or “orange” for that matter. It cleaned up great and gave me hope for Spring! As is the case of every January thaw it always gives way to another helping of winter. Of course it happened that night after I cleaned Roy Chapin’s answer to the VW and I was greeted in the morning to a homemade hockey rink, formally my driveway. I evolved. I was never going to be swayed by balmy 40 degree weather (4.4 celcius for those of you scoring at home) in the middle of winter to hand wash my Gremlin or any other car or truck in my possession again. I was heading to the car wash – or as my dad said on his business card (he was
a carpet layer….try it some time you’ll be happy sticking with cars and trucks) “let the professionals do it.” True in installing carpet and definitely gospel when it comes to washing cars and trucks especially in the beginning, middle or end of Winter! My media career has relocated me from California back to wintery Wisconsin, my old stomping grounds sans the Gremlin and now tooling around in “Bear” a gold ’95 4Runner aptly named after the state animal and a symbol of the 49ers….no not those guys….the gold seekers. Regardless my now gold rust-free with delightful timeless chrome bumpers – classic (almost) the-last-year-built-on-atruck-frame-veteran of Schnebly Road in Sedona or commonly referred to as Bear was living through his first winter. I couldn’t keep it clean enough especially with the on again off again weather patterns hitting and missing the Midwest this year. So the local gas station and the
At The Car Wash
“Ultimate Wash” option became my frequent destination and selection at the pump. But now as a long-time veteran of automatic car washes (like 4 months, but I am a quick study) I have come to witness certain types of behavior and from it I have formed a loose creed in and around the car wash experience. Never expect the car wash to be operational below 10 degrees (-12.2 celcius) even if your car looks like it could blend in to the bonneville salt flats…tough luck, it was 12 degrees yesterday and you put it off…. Do not get in line without a backup form of payment (sometimes cash is not king) and then proceed to gesture from your driver’s window like we understand arm language . . . hand signs are fairly universal right down to the digits sometimes . . . but a waving arm I can’t decipher and of course you are snug against the cement payment island and you are unable to open your car door . . . ah your backup lights just came on . . . that is now causing a reverse chain reaction throughout the 7 vehicle caravan I am situated in. I get it, but next time . . . Go for the “Ultimate Wash” cycle and
rest easy that your under carriage is getting pummeled with enough high pressure water/steam to slow and maybe reverse the affects of Winter at least until you pull out on to the road and start the
process all over again…. 4. Repeat. Keeping your beloved ride looking like you love it as you roll down the road this winter is as easy as 1,2,3,4.
Around the Atlantic
CHESTER AUTO SUPPLIES THE FIRST STOP FOR PARTS ON NOVA SCOTIA’S LIGHTHOUSE ROUTE
By Andrew Skaling
N NOVA SCOTIA’S FABLED A ND BE AUTIF UL SOUTH SHORE, CHESTER AUTO SUPPLIES HAS BEEN THE GO TO RETAIL NAPA STORE FOR AUTO PARTS IN AND AROUND THE HISTORIC SEASIDE COMMUNITY OF CHESTER FOR FORTY PLUS YEARS.
Servicing an area that includes Hubbards. the Aspotogan peninsula and the western shore of St. Margaret’s Bay along the popular for roadtrips, Lighthouse Route they are the first stop for parts on that winding and scenic roadway. This NAPA associate, beyond serving the local professional garage and DIY enthusiast community, delivers the full NAPA inventory of parts and accessories that has, due to the high tourist traffic, been called on a few times over the decades for travelers who have hit the “curse of the road” and suffered a breakdown on an otherwise idyllic Nova Scotia holiday.
That vacation frustration quickly fades between the areas good garages and their local NAPA. (This scribe can personally attest to this nuissance and Chester Auto Parts saving the day having lost a wiper blade in an ugly Atlantic snow storm some years ago.) Current owner and manager, Rufus Sweet, bought the current business about six years ago after having worked for the previous longtime owner and operator, Irvin Parker, for three years. Typical of the NAPA family, however, this was not his first foray into the auto parts business or the company. Rufus has been under the NAPA umbrella, in one capacity or another, for thirty-seven years now, in various locations around Halifax and the South Shore.
Over his nearly four decades of working with NAPA stores and service centers, and now as an auto parts store owner himself, Rufus has certainly seen lots of changes in this retail sector and the larger industry. Like many of his fellow associates in the Atlantic Provinces, he is quick to laud the ease and efficiency of the NAPA inventory and ordering system and how the outstanding regional and head offices’ staff support really adds to his ability to maintain the industry standard of customer service that the unmistakable Blue and Gold logo and signage represent. Rufus and his seven full and part-time employees serve their loyal and valued customers from their large stand-alone building (in NAPA Blue) just outside the oft photographed and artist favored summer resort town and sailing mecca of Chester. Located at 3764 Highway 3, just a hop from the village of Chester NS on the Lighthouse Route, Chester Auto Supplies is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and 8:00 AM to Noon on Saturdays. Drop by or drop Rufus and his team a line at 902-275-3531.
Atlantic Racing News
PARTS FOR TRUCKS PRO STOCK TOUR ACTION PACKED 2018 SCHEDULE
HE PARTS FOR TRUCKS PRO STOCK TOUR (PST) IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THEIR 2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS. THE SCHEDULE FEATURES 12 STOCK CAR RACING EVENTS AT FOUR UNIQUE VENUES THROUGHOUT THE THREE MARITIME PROVINCES FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER. THIS YEAR MARKS THE 18TH SEASON FOR THE POPULAR LATE MODEL TOURING SERIES. A number of small changes highlight the 2018 schedule. Petty International Raceway in River Glade, New Brunswick, will open the season on the Victoria Day weekend with a Saturday, May 19th event. The series will then head to Scotia Speedworld in Enfield, Nova Scotia for Round Two on the Series and the first of four events at the 3/10-mile oval. While Petty International Raceway and Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, Nova Scotia will each host three events on the 12-race schedule, Oyster Bed Speedway will regain an event in 2018. The high banked 1/3-mile oval will host two races on the series for the first time since 2012, taking place on Saturday, June 30th and Saturday, August 4th. For the first year since Series inception, Speedway 660 will not host a Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour event. Returning by popular demand, all feature races will be a minimum of 150-laps in length. There will also be four extended distance races including the prestigious IWK 250 on Saturday, July 14th at Riverside International Speedway. Race sponsors, support classes and times for each event will be released in the coming weeks.
2018 PARTS FOR TRUCKS PRO STOCK TOUR SCHEDULE DATE TRACK LAPS TIME LOCATION Saturday, May 19, 2018
Petty International Raceway
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Riverside International Speedway
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Oyster Bed Speedway
Oyster Bed Bridge, PE
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Riverside International Speedway
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Petty International Raceway
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Oyster Bed Speedway
Oyster Bed Bridge, PE
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Petty International Raceway
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Riverside International Speedway
Saturday, September 15, 2018
ABOUT THE PARTS FOR TRUCKS PRO STOCK TOUR: The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST) is considered the highest level of stock car racing in Canada. The Tour is recognized in the industry as one of the healthiest stock car racing series in North America. PST visits four tracks throughout the Maritimes during its May through September season. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour is owned and operated by Maritime Pro Stock Tour Limited. For more information, call our administration office at 902.481.2531 or click www.maritimeprostocktour.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/prostocktour and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prostocktour
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As part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to providing first responders and emergency planners with the tools and resources they need to respond to a dangerous goods emergency, Transport Canada convened a meeting of the Steering Committee on First Responder Training recently. The meeting brought together stakeholders and government representatives to help steer the development of a national training curriculum for personnel who respond to railway incidents involving the transportation of dangerous goods. At the meeting, Transport Canada announced the publication of a quick reference guide, You’re Not Alone!, which is designed to help first responders at the scene of an incident involving flammable liquids. The guide outlines important safety measures and groups them into five steps as part of emergency planning. The guide was added to Safety Awareness Kits published by Transport Canada in 2017 and is aimed at first responders and communities. Transport Canada published these kits and the quick reference guide to raise community awareness of existing available resources on dangerous goods. “Communities and first responders need to know that if a dangerous goods incident occurs, they’re not alone, and there are resources available to help. The safe transportation of dangerous goods by rail remains one of my top priorities. We all share a common goal of making sure everyone is prepared for a dangerous goods emergency and the ‘You’re Not Alone!’ quick reference guide is an important piece of that preparation.” - The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
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