Fredericton Motorsports Club
About Fredericton Motorsports Club
Welcome to the home of the Fredericton Motorsports Club. Based in Fredericton, NB. Originating at the University of New Brunswick in the 70's, the club continues the tradition of making motorsports accessible to anyone, new and old alike, with members being car driving enthusiasts interested in friendly competition.
what is autocross
what is autocross
Autocross is a low speed motorsport that emphasizes car control and handling over raw speed. The most popular type of Autocross is Autoslalom, which involves navigating a course laid out with cones. Only one competitor is on course at a time.
Who can participate?
Anyone with a valid driver's license and who is a member of an Atlantic Region Motorsports Club. Membership of the Fredericton Motorsports Club is open to anyone.
What are the requirements and limitations on the car I can use to compete?
Cars must be able to pass a basic safety inspection. Suspension components, tires, brakes, seatbelts and any other components related to safety must be in proper working order. The battery must be securely tied down and all bodywork be securely fastened. The car must also not be leaking any fluids. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs, trucks, and minivans are not permitted. Vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts and other recreational vehicles are also not permitted.
Is any special safety equipment required?
Yes. You must wear a SNELL M2005 or higher helmet during competition. The club has loaner helmets if you don't have one, but currently they cannot be shared amongst entrants - once you borrow it, it's yours for the day.
How much does it cost?
We do our best to keep costs down for our members. As of the 2021 season, a number of costs have gone up, so we've had to adjust a bit from previous years. Where previously we would only charge $20 for each of the morning & afternoon sessions, this year we have settled on $40 for the day, whether you run 1 session or two.
How do I prepare for competition?
Check the fluid levels in you car and top them up if they are low. Check your tires to ensure they are at the recommended pressures and are not showing unsafe wear. Some competitors prefer to add additional pressure but this should be done at the event. Ensure your battery is tied down securely. Remove any loose items from your car, including floor mats. Pack a lunch. Bring sunscreen and bug spray. Bring your helmet if you have one.
Where and when are events held?
Most FMC events are held at Speedway 660 in Geary. The event schedule can be found under the Events section of our FaceBook group.
What else should I know?
Competitors will be broken into two separate run groups. Each group will get the same number of runs (4-6 usually). Your best run will be your official time. People in the run group not currently running will be expected to work as corner marshals.
Is Autocross dangerous?
Safety is the top priority when running an autocross event. There is always some level of danger when cars are being driven near their handling limits. The course is designed in such a way that it is not near any hard barriers or objects. This allows for plenty of runoff area should you lose control. Everyone is reminded to keep an eye out for any dangerous situations that are developing and marshals will red flag a competitor, if necessary. Everyone in the paddock and competition areas will be required to sign an insurance waiver.
I have a 1988 Topaz. Should I even bother?
Yes! You can have fun doing autocross in pretty much any car. Your goal should be to learn how to better handle your car and improve on your own times. Don't worry about what anyone else is driving or how fast they are going.
How much track time to i get?
A few years ago (2017), we decided to have 2 sessions per day for all events - a morning school session / test & tune, then afternoon timed, competitive runs.
Members are encouraged to join us for the morning, to practice their skills, tweak their setup, and enjoy the day - we've seen some members get in runs in the morning!
In the afternoon, we ensure each member gets 4 timed runs, and time permitting, will extend that to 6 runs, with runs varying from 50-80 seconds in length. The number of runs is often influenced by the number of attendees per event, as well as weather & scheduling.
You may ask what a typical track day looks like. Check out below, and if you have any questions, let us know.
Weekend Event Schedules
For event dates, please check our event post on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/frederictonmotorsportsclub/
The per-event schedule is as approximately as follows. Check the per-event posts on facebook for any additional details
Tentative Schedules - Weekend Events
9.00 - 9.45 - Registration, Course Setup and Scrutineering
9.45 - 10.00 - Course walks
10.00 - 10.20 - Driver's Meeting, Group Course Walk
10.20 - 12.30/1pm - Test & Tune, School
12.30 - 1.00pm - Break
1.00 - 2.30 - Group 1, Competitive/timed runs
2.30 - 4.00 - Group 2, Competitive/timed runs
4 to 6 runs per group, depending on group size, start times, delays, etc.
ARMS Membership - $20 - all individuals entering an event must be a member of an ARMS affiliated club.
Event Entry Fee - $20
Note, the test & tune & competitive events are separate events, or $20 per event. Your typical first day, if attending both the test & tune/school, event, and club membership, is $60. EMT transfers as well as credit cards (via square, $1 fee for the credit card fees) are fine.
Note - Club Memberships run for the calendar year, January to December.
all drivers must have a current valid driver's licence
all street-legal cars must have a currently valid MVI sticker and past a quick tech inspection on site. make sure your battery is secure!
all drivers and passenger must wear a safety helmet (Snell-approved M or SA 2000 or newer). Club has helmets which can be borrowed.
wear tight fitting, closed-toe sneakers. Sandals, even sport sandals, should not be worn.
all participants must serve as track marshals when they are not driving their vehicle in competitive runs.
remove all loose items from vehicle, both in the trunk and in the car to avoid items moving around during your runs
if you bring friends along, ensure they sign the insurance waiver. ride-alongs are permitted during the morning and afternoon (timed, competitive) events.
top off oil and consider bumping tire pressures a bit. Suggest at last a half tank of gas, though the nearest station is only about 10 minutes away.
fly repellent & sun block are a good thing to bring along
if you can help out cleaning up the course after the event, it's much appreciated!
keeping in touch
Most of our club discussions happen on facebook. However, other spots to get information about FMC are available.