What has to be just about the best entertainment bang for a buck, if not the best, in Ontario are the CASC Regional races at Mosport. You can go to any of the three remaining races for either one day or both days for the huge sum of zero. That is correct. Nothing, Nada, Zip. Well almost. You do have to drive to get there. Judy and I came from Victoria Harbour on Georgian Bay and our total gas usage was less than a half tank for the round trip in a Cobalt. Judy made sandwiches for lunch and we bought a 6 pack of beer. We were there just for Saturday as Judy had to work Sunday.
Free tickets are available to the races through the CASC website and follow the link for complimentary tickets at the top right of the front page.
As mentioned you can take your own food and drink, unlike a certain race in Toronto. That includes booze. You are going to eat if you stay at home anyway.
Of course, you can eat at the track restaurant where the food is fairly good and reasonably priced. For the Region races the various concession stands around the track are not open.
If you want to stay at the track camping is free. I would suggest you bring firewood as just about all loose wood has been found already and the track does take a very dim view of their trees being cut down. There are running water washrooms throughout the grounds and they are well serviced and kept clean. There are even ones with hot water and showers. However, the water is not safe to drink.
Action starts at either 8:30 or 9 with practice and goes until about 5 or 6. Each organizing club runs slightly different schedules and often not all classes although there are races for everyone who shows up.
BEMC have a 3 hour War Bonnet Enduro at their race September 18/19 and there are GT Challenge races of 1 hour at the others. Most races are of 20 minute duration and usually each group gets three races over the weekend so there is lots of action. There are even free programs in the paddock by the restaurant. The GT races often feature up to 50 cars in 6 classes.
Sometimes the organizing club has a feed on Saturday night. Earlier this month, BARC had a BBQ with either a hot dog or a burger, potato salad and a cob of corn plus a pop for everyone there. No cost. Plus they later had a live (as opposed to dead) band. Not all clubs or events do this and some do limit the food to workers, drivers and crews.
You can also wander through the paddock and talk to drivers and crews and have up close looks at the cars. Unless the driver is about to go out on track or has a major problem most are quite willing to talk and explain their cars to you. Often the Vintage cars compete so you can see beautifully restored cars from years ago. The GT cars vary from space framed Vettes, the odd stock car to almost completely stock driven to the track mom and pop types. You won’t believe how fast a well prepared and driven turbo Subaru can go! In the sports racers and pure race cars you have quite modern technology including carbon fibre parts. The F4 Gamma 2’s are beautiful modern formula cars powered by 750 cc motorcycle engines. The class champion Bob Long is 73 years old, racing since 1958, and still very very quick. He designed and built the Gamma. Jim Morton’s Gamma 2 has a complex diffuser. But Richard Walker’s Phoenix (originally a P&G MK6) was built in 1972!!!
Most drivers are in it for fun with very few in the GT classes having any intention of becoming pros, although a few do. Sometimes a pro or two will show up.
The Formula Ford class is where you will find more drivers with aspirations to become pros. Many of Canada’s famous drivers such as Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve, Paul Tracy, Ron Fellows and Scott Goodyear raced in CASC races at Mosport on their way up. That is just a few! Gateway Racing have a retail shop on the premises with everything from racing equipment to auto accessories.
In addition to the War Bonnet 3 hour race BEMC have a full schedule of regular races and the weekend is heavily involved with the Terry Fox Cancer program with various ways to contribute including I believe a silent auction with some real racing memobilia.
The remaining schedule is as follows:
Sept. 4/5 organized by BARC-OC
Sept18/19 Organized by BEMC
Oct 2/3 Celebration of Speed by the Clubs
Now you tell me where you can get a couple of days of entertainment for less!