Ignition - - Front Page - By Doug Camp­bell // Pho­tog­ra­phy by Shawn Bishop

GO RAC­ING is our new slo­gan, whether you want to go rac­ing in your daily driver at an Au­toslalom event, or want to start rac­ing a fully pre­pared race­car, WCMA.CA is the site for you.

WCMA.CA is com­prised of six­teen car clubs in al­most ev­ery city in Western Canada. These clubs hold all types of mo­tor­sport events, from Au­toslaloms, where you can have some fun in your ev­ery­day street car, to full-blown race­tracks, where you can race wheel to wheel with track pre­pared race­cars.

Most of your lo­cal sports car clubs hold spring au­toslalom schools, where you can learn the ba­sics of handling your car at low speeds on cour­ses laid out around traf­fic cones in park­ing lots, or closed ar­eas. This is the grass­roots of mo­tor­sport where many get their start into the world of au­to­mo­tive com­pe­ti­tion. From this you can progress to Re­gional and Na­tional com­pe­ti­tions in Au­toslalom, test­ing your skills against many of Canada's best driv­ers. The best thing about Au­toslalom is that it doesn't take a large time or fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment to par­take and have fun!

Per­haps you're in­ter­ested in go­ing to the next level, and com­pet­ing in track events in a real race­car? WCMA.CA holds ASN Canada FIA sanc­tioned Rac­ing Schools, where you can get your Rac­ing Li­cense to com­pete in rac­ing any­where in the world of Fia-af­fil­i­ated rac­ing. In Western Canada spring li­cens­ing schools are held at Cas­trol Race­way in Le­duc Al­berta, and at Gimli Mo­tor­sport Park in Gimli Man­i­toba. The North­ern Al­berta Sports Car Club, which holds the Al­berta school, has been rac­ing for 60 years. Reg­is­tra­tion for these schools is open right now, and can be taken in any street car. Pass­ing this school will al­low you to go rac­ing any­where across Canada. Many of the pop­u­lar classes in Western Canada are rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive, uti­liz­ing Mazda Mi­atas or Honda Civics, which com­pete with min­i­mal prepa­ra­tion apart from roll cages and safety equip­ment. At the other end of the spec­trum, there are Porsche Cup cars and Open Wheel For­mula cars for those in­ter­ested in go­ing REALLY fast!

New this year is our WCMA.CA Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship and For­mula Car Cham­pi­onship Runoff Event, which will be held in Gimli Man­i­toba. Plan­ning is un­der­way to make this in­au­gu­ral Runoff Cham­pi­onship some­thing spe­cial. The event will be hosted by the Win­nipeg Sports Car Club who are cel­e­brat­ing their 65th An­niver­sary this year. It will at­tract com­peti­tors from across Canada to duke it out and be de­clared as Western Canada Cham­pi­ons.

o you bought your­self a sporty car, and now you want to have some fun with it. But how? Where do you go? The an­swer is the Western Canada Mo­tor­sport As­so­ci­a­tion. It's your gate­way to am­a­teur mo­tor­sport in Western Canada! We are af­fil­i­ated with ASN Canada FIA, which sanc­tions ev­ery­thing from your lo­cal Au­toslaloms, right up to the For­mula One Race in Canada! We know mo­tor­sport, and can get you in­volved at the ground level so you can have FUN WITH YOUR CAR!

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