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Old 02-25-2008, 09:37 PM   #1
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Ban on leaded fuel

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BAN ON LEADED FUEL

You may not be aware that although the use of leaded gasoline is banned in Ontario, there has been a temporary exemption for competition motorsports, in our case, drag racing.

In the past the exemption has been extended several times. The federal Department of the Environment recently announced that it would not extend the exemption again. The use leaded fuel for motorsports will not be allowed after December 31, 2008.

This ban will have serious consequences for drag racing enthusiasts in Canada. Racers here will not be able to obtain leaded fuel. However the US government will continue to allow the use of leaded fuel for drag racing in the United States. The end result is that we may no longer see many of the top US racing teams coming here, because they are unlikely to convert to alternate fuels just to race in Canada. That could jeopardize events like the IHRA Canadian Nationals as well as the regular participation of Canadian and US racers at other events here.

The loss of racers who use leaded fuel will be a major blow for our sport. The level of competition could suffer. The result may be a decline in drag racing interest in Canada. This would be very unfortunate, as track operators have spent several years trying to improve facilities and increase the popularity and safety of the sport.

In the end it appears that the Government will eventually ban leaded fuel altogether. Toronto Motorsports Park has written to the Department of the Environment asking for an extension of the exemption for a few more years. We want the opportunity to work with sanctioning bodies and both the Canadian and US Governments to find a long-term solution that will benefit everyone.

We suggest that as someone who will feel the effects of the Government legislation, you should let the Government know what this means to you. We encourage you to email the Department of the Environment at the address below. They have indicated that they will consider comments received by February 13, 2008.

Lorri Thompson
Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Division
Department of the Environment
RE: Proposed Amendment to the Gasoline Regulations
Email: lorri.thompson@ec.gc.ca



If you do not wish to write your own letter, you may sign an online petition by going to the following link: http://www.petitiononline.com/Snakepit
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:19 PM   #2
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Why not use ethanol like F1 does?
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:28 AM   #3
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No kidding ... adapt already.

However, it does suck that the avgas is still legal!
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Old 02-27-2008, 11:18 AM   #4
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Lead has no place in automotive fuel anymore. Almost any motor can be rebuilt to run without it. If all the other industries can spend many millions to eliminate lead from there processes and products (are you aware of "RoHS" ? ) then drag racers and other auto enthusiasts should also.

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Old 02-27-2008, 01:53 PM   #5
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Lead has no place in automotive fuel anymore. Almost any motor can be rebuilt to run without it. If all the other industries can spend many millions to eliminate lead from there processes and products (are you aware of "RoHS" ? ) then drag racers and other auto enthusiasts should also.

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Thanks for the info. But why ban it in the first place? The amount of leaded fuel racers use is very minor compared to other large industries.

Consider this too:
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US government will continue to allow the use of leaded fuel for drag racing in the United States. The end result is that we may no longer see many of the top US racing teams coming here, because they are unlikely to convert to alternate fuels just to race in Canada. That could jeopardize events like the IHRA Canadian Nationals as well as the regular participation of Canadian and US racers at other events here.
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:46 PM   #6
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The tracks in Canada get their highest revenue from the major events that usually are U.S based, which means if they go ahead with the ban it would most likely force the tracks to close down. On one hand they want kids to take their cars to the track and not race on the streets, on the other hand, they are forcing the tracks to close down.
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