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Letter from the Editor

For the Love of Racing!

By Carly Peters

My dad wasn’t, and still isn’t, the quintessential Hockey/Football Father. He watched Indycar races, read European Car magazine and travelled to Mont Tremblant, not to golf, but to be in a Formula Ford Race School

Me, being his only child, was therefore introduced to unique cars and models from a very early age (i.e. What young lady knows about CitroŽn?), and knew only sports names like Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher.

To him, winter was a bore - no Sunday afternoons at the speedway, or show and shines on a warm night. But, as soon as the snow melted from the track, the VCR, now PVR, once again began to fill up with Speedvision shows, and evenings were spent kicking tires with the local classic car “gear-heads.”

This issue Auto Atlantic has extensive coverage of the 2010 Atlantic racing season to bring you out of the winter doldrums. From pro stock car events, to drag racing, this year will prove to be exciting for both die-hard fans and racing dabblers.

Mainstays, such as the CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour, which is celebrating it’s 10th year, and the NAPA Sportsman Super Series, are once again making the rounds to several Atlantic tracks, while some notable new events/division are enticing the whole family into the racing scene. The Bandolero, an all new division at Speedway 600 in New Brunswick, features purpose-build race cars for drivers eight to 15 years-old, while the 4-cylinder entry-level division welcomes racers as young as 14-years old to its 2010 line-up.

Getting the itch to become more than a spectator? Atlantic Motorsport Park is now offering lapping and driving classes, which are a great way for people to get some time on the track in their street car with little extra equipment, making it very affordable to get into.

This edition we’re also pleased to showcase the FIX Auto show in Halifax, a great start to the summer season. FIX Auto, who only recently expanded into our region, for the first time hosted their annual National Conference in Atlantic Canada.

We are also excited that this summer brings with it new readership. Auto Atlantic is now going to every police, fire and municipal department in Eastern Canada, making the magazine more visible to the car community and beyond.

With the summer of 2010 upon us, and another season of great racing ahead, I wonder when my dad will be home on a Sunday night? Maybe when the first snowflake flies.

Carly Peters

Much, much more in the print addition of Auto Atlantic.
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