NS Cancels the Festival of Speed in Cape Breton!
The Cape Breton TT Festival of Speed has been cancelled, following official news from the provincial government that it will not permit the event. The 53 km motorcycle road rally had been planned for over a year, with knowledge and tentative support of the Provincial Department of Tourism as a signature event.
Losing this promising race is a real shame
“The official word delivered by the province came as a devastating blow and without notice after almost a year of work and official filings for sanctioning and insurance were completed,” says Maureen Carroll, chair of the Cape Breton Festival of Speed Association. “The province has been well aware of the event and designated it as a Signature Event, with no indication that they had fundamental issues, beyond the understandable need to pass the public safety requirements which were being organized by a professional technical team and race director.
It appears that the process of proper and formal evaluation and communications were flawed within the departments.” The Festival of Speed was initiated by the Membertou Development Corporation, and was based on the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) event. There have been 5,000 room-nights booked six months in advance; the Association estimated a forecast of $15 million dollars in economic impact.
The event had the support of the municipality, federal government and the economic development agencies on Cape Breton Island, along with community groups and organizations, Carroll says. “As a community-based volunteer organization, we are very disappointed to have to cancel the event,” Carroll says. “The abrupt decision is being forced by the provincial government in what can only be described as a very heavy-handed manner.
The province allowed the time, effort, expectations and investment of the community to continue to build for the best part of an entire year, without a formal response from all departments until no."
Freedom 55 for Steve Main
To be precise, Stephen Main is not yet 55 and would take issue with the heading. However the popular NAPA Associate is retiring after a long career in the Automotive aftermarket. Stephen began his career in 1974 working for his father, Charlie Main, at Petitcodiac Auto Supplies.
Stephen Main and new NAPA owner- Allan Perry
Then came a 17-year stint at Sussex Auto and during that time the Main family opened (UAP) Associate stores in Chipman and Minto N.B. Main opened NAPA Hampton (below) in 1988, when Allan Perry was also hired as manager.
The original Hampton store moved across the parking lot to its present NAPA location in 2001. Main says he’ll miss the action, “We’re always very busy at the store and I know Allan will continue the great NAPA tradition. I’ll be just another customer now dropping by occasionally for my purchases.” NAPA Auto Parts wishes Stephen Main at NAPA Hampton “All The Best on his “early” retirement!”
NAPA and ‘rock my ride’ at the july atlantic nationals!
The 2006 Atlantic Nationals Automotive Extravaganza returns to Moncton, July 6th to July 9th, with another tremendous calendar of events! Vehicle owners and enthusiasts from all over North America flock to Moncton for this 4-day showcase of Antique & classic vehicles, outdoor attractions, vendors, live entertainment and four fun-filled days.
NAPA AUTO PARTS is returning as one of the major sponsors and the winning gets better! This year, a completely overhauled NAPA Delivery vehicle, a 1999 Chevy S10, will be awarded to a lucky key holder. NAPA’s ‘Rock My Ride’ promotion involves a number of Moncton-area Automotive installers and companies and is a huge success. NAPA & Castrol are also providing the ‘NAPA-CASTROL Montreal F1 Grand Prix Experience -2007”. All these outstanding prizes will be awarded on Sunday, July 9th at Moncton’s Centennial Park, the venue for the Summer Nationals (visit them online for vehicle registration and events calendar).
NAPA St. John’s now ‘New & Improved
After many, many years in the tight confines of 181 Mundy Pond Road in St. John’s, NAPA Auto Parts made the big move in May. NAPA moved into it’s new home at 342 Freshwater Road. The new NAPA store features a very large well-stocked showroom and the biggest advantage is the mezzanine feature for more product and inventory.
Manager Kris Lomond is elated, “we simply outgrew Mundy Pond and this new store is perfect for our installer customers plus the new huge retail area has all products priced and is very functional. Customer feedback has been great.”