I will try to answer a few questions about MCO or Solo 2 or Auto-X as some call it. I cant give you much information about Rally, but you should find stuff on the MCO website as well ... just have to look for it.
I know, the MCO website (and a few of the Directors) are not very newby friendly ... they give some news, but do not provide links for information and expect everyone to just find it.
On their main page is a menu on the left side that sends you to the various categories. Here is the Solo 2 link that should clear a few of your questions:
In regards to their schedule, MCO is holding the Auto-X event at the Scotia Bank Place (former Corel Centre) Parking Lot. The SBP does not give ANY dates available until the Senators are out of the Play-off. Right now there are only 'Tentative dates' on the schedule (it's listed on the Home page)
2010 Tentative Solo2 Season Schedule
Solo 2 School May 21/22
1: Saturday June 12 [MCO members only event] -TENTATIVE
2: Saturday June 19 Interprovincial cup -TENTATIVE
3: Sunday July 4 -TENTATIVE
4: Sunday July 18 -TENTATIVE
5: Sat July 31st -TENTATIVE
6: Sat Aug 14th -TENTATIVE
7: Sun Aug 15th [limited attendance: possible pro solo] -TENTATIVE
8: Sun Aug 29 -TENTATIVE
9: Sat Sept 11th -TENTATIVE
10: Sat Sept 26 - + Shootout [MCO members only event] -TENTATIVE
Once dates are CONFIRMED by the SBP, on-line registraion is opned with links provided for each event. I am not sure what the price will be for this year, previously it was $25 or $30 for members,
Basicly to start at Solo 2, you dont need much, a safe car, dont worry about how fast you will be, you will NOT be in the top fo rht efirst few races. If you dont have a helmet, it can be rented on site, if you intend to do more events it is worthwhile to become a MCO member. If you have questions in regards to the classifications, ask on the forum, the Tech guru (Bruce) will give clarifications. Like I said, dont worry about how to modify your car, keep it simple (stock) and learn how to drive.
Lately this series has become a victim of it's own success and attendance has often exceeded 100 participants that caused delays and few runs. So last year they decided to put caps on the numbers allowed at the event ... with mixed results. I think it will take a little while until this levels out again. They also now schedule events that are "members only", so better join to be part of this.
These are good event, the SBP is a great lot, I have participated for years there, but not very much lately. Last year I went on the road with the Ontario Regional series and also went to the US driving in the SCCA National Tour. This is pretty serious stuff and nowhere near as relaxed as the Ottawa events.
One thing for sure, Auto-x is the best way to learn how to drive, get a feeling for the limits and a great stepping stone before you go on the track.
Hope to see you out there this year, I will probably be instructing at the School and maybe do a few events ... just look for the fastest car ..