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Update 2/26/11 -  I just received a call from Dave Burnham that the plow crew tried, but there is simply too much snow at Caroga and Wells to plow a course. He added it is a good possibility to race next weekend.


Update 2/24/11 - Racing for this coming Sunday Feb. 27, 2011 will be held on Caroga Lake, NY. With the continued cold winter we are having combined with the quick melt down of the snow cover a week and a half ago, it has set up perfect conditions on Caroga Lake. The only monkey wrench is the expected new snowfall on Friday of anywhere from 3 inches to 12 inches of snow. A.M.E.C. track workers will be out in force on Saturday morning to plow a course and if anything should change it will be posted on the web site and message board. 


Update 2/21/11 - Well even as our 2011 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships begins to wind down the wheels have already been put into motion for setting up the annual awards banquet. This years event will once again be held at the River Stone Manor on Rt. 5 in Scotia, NY. Directions to River Stone Manor We have been going there for the past few years and everyone loves both the outstanding food and the great entertainment provided by the cast of clowns known as the A.M.E.C. Ice Racers. With great race video's, humorous skit's, and lots of great laughs, along with awards handed out to all the top drivers in every class this event embodies the friendship, camaraderie, and good time that we all enjoy with this sport.  As usual any A.M.E.C. member who has raced or worked a minimum of 3 events this season will be admitted free of charge to this event. If you would like to bring along your significant other than a modest fee of just $35.00 will be charged for them with A.M.E.C. picking up the difference. A social hour will begin at 6:00pm with the fantastic dinner set for 7:00pm followed by the awards and comedy show. Everyone who will attend is asked to contact Mike Glock before March 25, 2011 so that a accurate head count can be given to the staff. Please contact Mike at 518-496-5852 or drop a e-mail to racing1a@aol.com


Update 2/17/11 - A check of Lake George on Thursday afternoon finds that the north country lake is holding it's own and looks to be in perfect condition for this weekends racing on Feb. 19th & 20th. Registration will be held at the same venue as last year, Longshots, located right on Rt. 9 across the street from West Brook Road which takes you down to the lake. Then on Saturday night A.M.E.C. has reserved a reception area at the Holiday Inn for a little racer meet and greet. With the entire Lake George Winter Carnival crowd watching and rooting all the drivers on it looks to be another huge event in the world of Ice Racing.


Update 2/12/11 - We went, we tried, we failed. That pretty much sum's up what happen on Saturday morning trying to plow a track for racing on Sunday Feb. 13. With 2 to 2 1/2 feet of very heavy snow and an entrance which was breaking up badly the A.M.E.C. crew had to throw in the towel. We will be taking a look at Lake George either Sat. afternoon or on Sunday to see what kind of shape that is in so we can start planning a strategy for next weekend. As always check back here regularly for updates as we have them.


Update 2/10/11 - The "BIG" plan for this weekends racing on the 13th is as follows, a plowing crew will be heading up to Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY bright and early Saturday morning to begin plowing a new race course and pits if necessary. We will keep an eye on the conditions and will make a determination around noon as to if we believe the lake surface will hold up for us to run a race on Sunday. The fear is that with all the snow cover that is around, when you plow the course and create snow banks the weight of the banks pushes down on the ice and cause's the ice to sink down and allow water to flow back over the sunken area and cause big puddles. Although not really dangerous to the ice surface we do not like to run in big puddles which will cause freezing of windshields and helmets. So about noon we will make the call if we can race or not then relay that information to our web master Mark, who will in turn put an update on the web page and our message board for all to see. So wish the plow crew luck, or better yet, come on up with a plow and help, then check out icerace.com on Saturday afternoon to see what all of us will be doing on Sunday.


Update 2/4/11 - And now for a message from our most esteemed President; Hello Iceracers,
           The AMEC officials have decided to cancel racing for this coming weekend. (Feb 6) Conditions are still good at Wells just with a lot of snow on the lake but the entrance to get on needs a little work. Hopefully this coming week we can get the sno-cat up there and level out the entrance so it freezes up.
 
           We are not giving up on the season we are just taking a break for this weekend. We will be checking the other lakes and some new ones to keep all our options open so we can get in a few more weeks of racing. We' ll give the plow trucks a breather and go back to pounding the snowbanks next week. As always all breaking news will posted on the website. Get'm fixed and we'll see ya next weekend.
 
 
 John


Update 1/25/11 - Conditions have been checked up at Tupper Lake in advance of this weekends big two day event. The ice is thick and the snow is minimal so everything should be perfect for racing. If you have not made motel reservations yet then I would advice you to do so by calling Shaheens Motel 518-359-3384or the Tupper Lake Motel  518-359-3381, or if you want to stay right next to the pit area and track, Lakeview Motel 518-359-2778.   The pit's and racetrack will be located right in the middle of town across the street from the McDonalds on Demars Blvd. or Rt. 3 as it's known. Registration will be at the Tupper Lake Village Garage, with a normal opening time of 8:30am. on both Saturday and Sunday, which is just up the street when you make a right onto Santa Clara Blvd. You can than look on your left for the civic center with the village garage behind it with all the plows and dump trucks around it. It is a small village and you will find everything very easily.


Update 1/20/11 - Racing for this coming Sunday January 23, 2011 will once again be held on Lake Algonquin in Well's NY. This will be our third weekend in a row on the lovely Adirondack lake as a check of our other normal racing venues shows a lack of the required ice thickness. The only exception to that fact is to be found up at Tupper Lake, NY as there is a reported 14 inches already and a forecast this weekend of daily highs only getting to the 0 degree mark. That should be great news as A.M.E.C. prepares to return to Tupper Lake next weekend January 29 & 30 for our first big full weekend of racing. Ask anyone who has been there over the past few years and they will tell you that this will be the "must see" show of the year as we have great racing and a even more exciting party on Saturday night with all the racers and fans mingling amongst a few cold ones ( and we don't mean polar bears). So be sure to make your plans to attend this weekend or next, or better yet, both. If you would like to book a room were all the racers stay then please give our friends at Shaheens Motel a call and tell them that your there for the races. You can contact Shaheens at 1-800-474-2445.


Update 1/14/11 - Racing for Sunday Jan. 16, 2011 will once again be held on Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY. After a check of conditions A.M.E.C. officials felt that a return to Lake Algonquin was the best place to go. Registration will again be held at Cindy's Diner and will be open from 8:30am until 10:00am. Everyone is encouraged to come a little early and hungry to enjoy the fine breakfast served up at Cindy's.


Update 1/6/11 - The 2011 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships will kick off the coming Sunday Jan. 9, 2011 up at Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY. Registration will be at the Adirondack Diner,  they have offered the use of the diner for registration for Sunday. (diner is on Rt. 30 on the left heading north as you come into Wells before the ambulance building) The diner is under new management and has been remodeled, they have offered to stay open later on Sunday to serve dinner to those that need a bite to eat before heading home. Let's support the local businesses as much as we can. Registration is from 8:30am to 10:00 am with drivers meeting at 10:30, racing starting at 11am. As always lets keep the racing on the ice not in the village. The conditions at the moment are no snow, means no snow banks so we can run a pylon course. Remember to bring you bucket, shovel and spill pillows to clean up any spills or accidents to leave the lake as we found it. Lets keep it clean.  Membership forms will not be accepted on Sunday morning (new or renewals) unless you've made arrangements before Sunday. You can email your completed forms in by Saturday and pay Sunday morning. Or you can come to the club meeting on Saturday night to complete this task
 


Update 12/31/10 - With the cancellation of the first race date of 2011 already done our attention now turns towards the Annual A.M.E.C. Meeting which will be held at Al's Roadhouse on Rt. 29 in Broadalbin NY. on Saturday night Jan. 8, 2011. The meeting is used to elect officers for the next upcoming racing season and to review any last minute preparations for the current upcoming race season. The meeting will be starting at 6:30pm with cocktails and dinner at 7:00pm with your choice of Prime Rib, Chicken, or Fish for $15 per person. You can RSVP John Subik by Jan 6th so we can get a head count by sending an e-mail to John at "jandpsubik @ frontiernet. net"


Update 12/29/2010 - A check of the lakes Tuesday found that Caroga Lake is at the 10 inch mark and that Lake Algonquin in Well's is at the 11 inch mark. Almost but not quite there. With a forecast for warm temps this weekend we are going to wait one more weekend to start the 2011 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. So this weekends races scheduled for Jan. 2, 2011 are cancelled. 


Update 12/14/10 - The final tentative dates have been added to our 2011 ice race schedule with the normal northern venues of Lake Algonquin and Caroga Lake usually being the first lakes with good conditions early in the season. We are looking into another venue in that same area for possible future use and will keep everyone up to date if that should happen. The final draft of the 2011 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Rules will be posted very soon. The only changes from the 2010 version will be just some wording clarifications. There are no technical changes in car spec's for 2011. And don't forget to mark down Saturday night Jan. 8 2011 as that will be the date for the Annual A.M.E.C. Meeting to be held at Al's Road House, Route 29 in Broadalbin, NY. This is a nice sit down dinner with all of the racers in attendance with the election of officers as the main order of business. Of course this is also the best opportunity for you to talk with your competition to see what new tricks they have up there sleeves for the upcoming season.


Update 11/8/10 - Summit Lake, NY has become the latest addition to the 2011 A.M.E.C.Ice Racing Championships calendar. The very popular Schoharie County destination has long been a staple on the A.M.E.C. ice racing schedule and will use February 13 as this years biggest ice racing event south of the Mohawk river valley.


Update 11/5/10 -  Menard tires are now available thru Pete Burgess at 715-876-2681. A fair number of tires are in stock but they will not be making anymore this racing season. Prices are $215 for 13 inch, $235 for the 14 and 15 inch tires. Shipping is around $35 for a pair of tires. Production for next years tires will include an increase in price as the raw materials have gone up just like everything else but our pay checks.


Update 10/26/10 - The first two dates for the 2011 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships are now secured with the big weekends at Tupper Lake set for Jan. 29 & 30, 2011 as well as the biggest event of the year, the Lake George Winter Carnival set for Feb. 19 & 20, 2011. Check out the 2011 Schedule in the weeks to come as the rest of the season shapes up.


 

Update 10/19/10 - With the finish of the Speedway Autocross season now done the A.M.E.C. officers and club members are now turning there attention toward preparations for the 2011 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. The updated rules should be posted soon with very little change from last years. A few changes to wording will allow the rules to be interpreted more clearly and help to eliminate grey areas. Phone calls are going out to all our normal venues to check in with these places to make sure we are welcome as usual to contest this coming years events. After that our always tentative 2011 Ice Racing Schedule will be put out. As usual we will monitor all of the lakes that we can use to see where conditions are the most favorable and then make a final determination as to where the event will be run. We will try to stick to the schedule as best as we can but would rather change venues at the last minute rather than cancel the event. Check back here for more updates as the 2011 season approaches.


  Update 2/20/2010 12:44 - AMEC officials have determined racing at Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY is a go. Thick ice and no snow on the lake. Thanks AMEC officials!

 

 Update 2/20/10 11:40 - As of 9:30 AM on Saturday Morning the entrance to Canadarago lake has turned into ankle deep Slush and is flooded over. All the weight from the snow the past few days and the rain that we got on friday night throughout the night has put a lot of weight and pressure on the ICE. When you drill a hole to check...it comes Squirting up!!! this means there is a lot of weight pressuring the ice. the snow has also soaked up all that rain and the mid-thirties temps are not allowing anything to freeze.
 John subik is on his way to check other venues at this very hour so STAY TUNED TO THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER UPDATES OR CANCELLATIONS.


 

Update 2/18/10 - Racing for this coming Sunday Feb. 21 will be at Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs, NY. We had a great event there last year and the entire town is chomping at the bit to host a A.M.E.C. Ice Racing event once again. Registration will open at 8:30 and will be held at the Genesee Restaurant on Lake Street which is right off of state Rt. 20. After registration you can continue south on Lake Street until you get to the Lakehouse Restaurant where there will be a tall fence with a open section that you can turn into and than continue down the hill onto the ice. Please exercise extreme caution on the entrance to the ice as it can be slippery and we do not want to rut up the driveway. After the races everyone is invited to return to the Genesee Rest. to enjoy some dinner and bench racing before heading back home.


Update 2/5/10 - Racing is on for this Sunday Feb. 7, 2010 to be held on Summit Lake. We again have perfect conditions with just a trace of snow on the lake and plenty of ice thickness. Registration is at the Red Barn Grill and Tavern on Route 10 in Summit, NY and will open at 8:30am and close at 10:00am.   Directions to Summit and the Red Barn. From route 88 take exit 20 The Richmondville route 7 and 10 south exit. At the blinking stop light go up the hill onto route 10 south for 5.1 miles to the Red Barn Grill and Tavern on your right. There are two small parking lots one before the Red Barn and a more trailer friendly (but small) parking lot after the Red Barn. Please pull in do registration and leave so there will be more parking available for other racers. If you need to turn around past the Red Barn with a trailer take the road just past the restaurant (Charlotte Valley Road) up about 1/8th to mile and turn around in the town barn parking lot.    Directions to the lake, Go back down Route 10 and take a right onto Sawyer Hollow Road. About mile down the road there is a break in the guard rail to enter onto the lake. Go slow so we don’t hurt the edge of the ice as you enter the lake.    Some notes:  The town has graciously allowed us to use the lake again, let’s make them happy they did. Pick up your trash and any spills. And spend money in town if you can.    Breakfast is available at the Summit Country Store about mile past the Red Barn.    Lunch is available at the Red Barn, and I encourage all that can to have dinner there, they have great Barbecue!  If you are a spectator and do not want to drive onto the ice you can park at the Red Barn and walk down to the lake. After the races we can park in the Town Barn parking lot and walk down to the Red Barn if there isn’t room in the Red Barn parking lot. With very little snow on the ice this means you can drive anywhere you want on the lake but don’t! There are inlets and outlets and springs on this lake that we know where they are but you don’t so stay where the ice is plowed or inside the race track.


Update 1/28/10 - Tupper Lake race registration will be held in the same place as last year so I have copied the info from the posting lower down on this page from last year 1/26/09. If you want you can scroll down and see the map of the village to get an idea of where everything is.

"Registration will be at the blue area which is just up the street when you make a right onto Santa Clara Blvd. You can than look on your left for the civic center with the village garage behind it with all the plows and dump trucks around it. "


Update 1/27/10 - A.M.E.C. officials took a ride up to Tupper Lake this morning and found 14-16 inches of nice solid ice and very little snow. Although 2-4 inches is forecast for thursday that should be perfect for creating a little berm to keep everyone honest in the corners. At this moment the location for registration is not at my fingertips but will be posted as soon as we are sure. Most people are staying at Shaheens Motel 1-800-474-2445 and there will be a big buffet dinner held next door to Shaheens on Saturday night at the Park Restaurant. Check back as more details unfold.
 


Update 1/26/10 - The latest news from Tupper Lake is that all the snow has been melted on the ice surface and should easily re-freeze during the week. We have reports of around 12 inches of ice so hopefully that should all come together as the week progresses. Right now the plan is to have an A.M.E.C. representative run up on Wednesday to take a final look at conditions and then we can make a call as to running the event as scheduled. We want to be safe but also know that motel reservations, restaurant arrangements and lot's of other things around town need to be addressed before the huge crowd of racers begins the trek northward. Check back here as we will keep you informed as quick as we know things.


Update 1/22/10 - Round 2 of the 2010 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships will be contested on Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY this Sunday Jan. 24. Registration will be held at either the Adirondack Diner which is on most peoples left just as you get into town or at the Well's Volunteer Ambulance Corp. building which is just another 100 yards further but on the right. You can check the message board or your e-mail Sat. for confirmation as to which. As usual registration will open at 8:30am and close at 10:00am. Correct change is always appreciated.


Update 1-21-10 10:30am  -  John Subik has just checked Lake Algonquin in Wells and found at least 13 inches of ice with no slush and 2-4 inches of crusty snow on top. A.M.E.C. will be plowing a course and pits on Sat. in preparation of racing this Sunday Jan. 24.


Update 1-19-10 4:15pm - A check of Warners Lake has found only 10 inches of ice and slush on top of it. That will mean that we will be trying to run up at Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY this Sunday Jan. 24 instead with the slight possibility of returning to Caroga Lake as a back-up. Check back for updates as they happen.


Update 1/13/10 - Well we all finally get our wish this Sunday January 17, 2010 as A.M.E.C. kicks off the 2010 season at Caroga Lake, NY. After a Wednesday morning check of conditions we are happy to see that 12 to 16 inches of ice has formed and has only a dusting of snow on top to provide us with ideal conditions to get the season underway. As is the norm for events at Caroga Lake, registration will be held at Vroomans Hotel and will open at 8:30 am sharp and close at 10:00 am sharp. There is a additional fee if you arrive late, so don't :)       Please get there early as opening day is always a bit hectic and we want to get in a smooth event for everyone.


Update 2/26/09 - Track crews were up at Lake George at 9:00am Friday morning creating both a 3/4 mile track along with a nice sweeping 1 mile course in preparation of this weekends big Lake George Winter Carnival Ice Racing Championships. The ice conditions were a bit wet and slushy but we have the utmost confidence that the overnight low temps will firm everything up and leave a table top smooth race surface behind for the weekends racing.


Update 2/25/09 - All system are go for this weekends big spectacular known as the 2009 Lake George Winter Carnival Ice Racing Championship's Presented By A.M.E.C.  Club officers were out on Lake George on Wednesday to check things out in anticipation of the clubs return to one of it's oldest and most prestigious events. Racing will be held on both Saturday and Sunday with registration to be held at the Longshots Restaurant. inside of the OTB Parlor right on the main drag of Rt. 9N. Longshots will also be the location of the big awards presentation to be held Sat. night at 6:00 where trophies will be presented in all classes from the results of Sat. racing. Trophies will also be presented on Sunday but will be awarded after each race right out on the race track. More info on that at the Sunday morning drivers meeting.


Update 2/18/09 - Racing this Sunday Feb. 22 will be held on Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs, NY. Registration will open at 8:30 and will be held at the Genesee Restaurant on Lake Street which is right off of state Rt. 20. After registration you can continue south on Lake Street until you get to the Lakehouse Rest. where there will be a tall fence with a open section that you can turn into and than continue down the hill onto the ice. Please exercise extreme caution on the entrance to the ice as it can be slippery and we do not want to rut up the driveway. After the races everyone is invited to return to the Genesee Rest. to enjoy some dinner and bench racing before heading back home.


Update 2/14/09 - Racing will take place on Summit Lake this Sunday Feb. 15, 2009. Club members were at Summit first thing this morning and carefully checked the entire lake surface and were pleasantly surprised to find excellent conditions. There was no less than 12 inches everywhere with just a couple of ice fishing holes to detour around which enabled them to create a 8/10th's of a mile course that will be equal parts fast, and slow and tight. With nothing but an inch of snow on top moving the course around if needed will be no trouble at all. There will be an e-mail sent out this afternoon from our humble president Claude which will outline the location of registration and access to the lake surface. Here is what you need to know for this race event;

Registration is at the Red Barn Grill and Tavern on Route 10 in Summit, NY.   Directions to Summit and the Red Barn. From route 88 take exit 20 The Richmondville route 7 and 10 south exit. At the blinking stop light go up the hill onto route 10 south for 5.1 miles to the Red Barn Grill and Tavern on your right. There are two small parking lots one before the Red Barn and a more trailer friendly (but small) parking lot after the Red Barn. Please pull in do registration and leave so there will be more parking available for other racers. If you need to turn around past the Red Barn with a trailer take the road just past the restaurant (Charlotte Valley Road) up about 1/8th to mile and turn around in the town barn parking lot.    Directions to the lake, Go back down Route 10 and take a right onto Sawyer Hollow Road. About mile down the road there is a break in the guard rail to enter onto the lake. Go slow so we don’t hurt the edge of the ice as you enter the lake.    Some notes: It’s been a while since we have raced in Summit and the town has graciously allowed us to use the lake again, let’s make them happy they did. Pick up your trash and any spills. And spend money in town if you can.    Breakfast is available at the Summit Country Store about mile past the Red Barn.    Lunch is available at the Red Barn, and I encourage all that can to have dinner there, they have great Barbecue!  After the races we can park in the Town Barn parking lot and walk down to the Red Barn if there isn’t room in the Red Barn parking lot. There is at least 12 inches of ice and no snow. This means you can drive anywhere you want on the lake but don’t! There are inlets and outlets and springs on this lake we know where they are and you don’t so stay where the ice is plowed or inside the race track.

 


Update 2/13/09 - Here is the latest info regarding this Sunday Feb. 15, 2009 racing. A check of Albany-Saratoga Speedway finds that at this time there is great concern that we would probably dig through the snow and ice that is on the surface and would rut up there racing surface. We have agreed right from the start on this project that we would not use the property if this condition were to exist, so as of right now that venue is out for this week. The good news is that Summit Lake is showing very good progress in freezing over the thin layer of water that it had on it 2 day's ago. It was checked on Friday morning and looked to be about 70% there. The plan as of right now is to go there on Saturday morning and recheck it and if there is any way we can put the event on then that is exactly what we will do. A new update will be posted here around noon on Saturday so check back here at that time.


Update 2/5/09 -  After checking every lake that we have at our disposal the same theme seems to be coming up, barely if enough ice and slush on every lake. In a winter where we are having single digit and below zero temp's almost every night it seems almost imposable that we should have these kind of conditions but yet, there they are. So for at least this weekend we are having to pull the plug on trying to run an event. The plan for this weekend and into next week is to recheck our current lakes and look at a couple of others in hope of finding good conditions for Feb. 15. Hopefully this week off will allow all the race teams to be able to freshen there equipment and be ready for the stretch run of the 2009 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. As always check back here for updates as we forge forward with this unusual season.


Update 1/30/09 - Crews have been working all day on Tupper Lake Plowing out the track, Its roughly a 1 Mile course. The town is very receptive to our arrival and we already have many onlookers curious as to what were doing. All systems are a go!!! Registration will be at 8:30am So get up early and get those warm clothes on, pack up them cars and come out for yet another day of fun.


Update 1/26/09 - Let's get ready to rummmmmmble!!!!!! That was the official word from A.M.E.C. President Claude Hutchings after he spent the entire day up in Tupper Lake checking ice, talking to local officials and firming up plans for what is shaping up to be the biggest event in recent A.M.E.C. history this Saturday Jan. 31 and Sunday Feb. 1. Excellent ice conditions will await competitors and a very unique pit area that will allow us to pit on frozen, iced over ground along side of the race track and will also double as a parking lot for all the overnight rigs will await our competitors. With local law enforcement keeping an eye on things we should be able to utilize the pit area for the entire weekend with many stores, restaurants and other village amenities including a beautiful rest room all within spitting distance. OK, no spitting, we are guest's of there's. Please be sure to bring padlocks for all the enclosed trailers. If you have not made motel reservations yet then I would advice you to do so by calling Shaheens Motel 518-359-3384Tupper Lake Motel  518-359-3381, or if you want to stay right next to the pit area and track, Lakeview Motel 518-359-2778. Registration will be held at the Village of Tupper Lake garage with a normal opening time of 8:30am. on both Saturday and Sunday. As you can see in the picture below the pit's and racetrack will be located right in the middle of town (red area) by the McDonalds on Demars Blvd. or Rt. 3 as it's known. Registration will be at the blue area which is just up the street when you make a right onto Santa Clara Blvd. You can than look on your left for the civic center with the village garage behind it with all the plows and dump trucks around it. It is a small village and you will find everything very easily. The village and town are very excited to have us coming and are rolling out the red carpet for us and providing a super venue for us to showcase our very special brand of motorsports. If you have been on the fence about this event then you better get your butt in gear and get up there for this as these first time events have been truly special times over the history of this club.


 


Update 1/24/09 - Racing for this Sunday Jan. 25, 2009 has been cancelled due to poor conditions. After checking all our possible lakes earlier this week the decision was made to go to Caroga Lake this morning in an attempt to create a track to race on this week. After crews spent an hour digging the main entrance out with a skid steer plow trucks were able to finally get onto the ice. After many laps around the lake surface there was just too many area's of slush that were still sitting unfrozen. The crew then decided to check those areas for ice conditions and the results were that only 9 to 11 inches of ice remained in those spots. All of that coupled with 40 mph howling winds that were blowing snow onto the plowed area's as fast as you could plow it off was enough to bring the curtain down on this weeks racing. A huge thank you goes out to all the guy's that gave it one hell of a try this morning in a futile attempt. A.M.E.C.'s attention will now shift to the big Tupper Lake weekend coming up Jan. 31 & March 1st. A.M.E.C. officials will be heading up to Tupper Monday or Tuesday to check on conditions and will then relay that information to this web site. So get out in that garage and spend some time tuning up the race car for a big 2 day event with a ton of fun mixed into it as A.M.E.C. takes it's unique brand of excitement up north for the running of the 2009 Tupper Lake Ice Racing International Championships.

 


Update 1/21/09 - The results of the 1/18/2009 race is posted on our Results page.  Points sheet is being worked on.


Update 1/17/09 - A three man crew of plows spent the better part on Sat. plowing a new pit area and cleaning up the track that we used last week on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY. All SL cars are asked to use the same pit area that they used last week while all the big haulers and Menard Class car's are to use the newer pit area which is on the left as you approach the race track. The start/finish line has been relocated but everything else about the track will be identical to last week. Please don't forget that registration will be at the Adirondack Diner which is on most peoples left about 100 yards before the entrance to the former site, the Vol. Ambulance Corp. building Please try to pull as far off the road as possible so as to not inhibit traffic flow in the area.


Update 1/17/09 - The results of the 1/11/2009 race is posted on our Results page. Points will be posted within the hour.


Update 1/16/09 -  The official word from President Claude;

ICE RACERS
   AMEC officials and members have checked every lake on our schedule and the only place that is fit to hold an event at this time is right back up on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY.
   I know it's hard to believe that with this arctic air that there could be slush on top of many of our lakes but with all this snow we're getting this winter, it insulates the ice.
   WE ARE RACING-SUNDAY, JANUARY 18th in WELLS......Same as last weekend
   There is a very high possibility that we will be on the same identical track as head Flagger Mike Glock just called and said that it is perfectly raceable and any "wet Spots" are frozen solid. We may make the decision to get a small plow crew in there on Saturday morning to try and modify that track and/or make a little different pit area.
 
Registration
   More than likely we will be registering at the diner in Wells. We have been invited to use their facility for registration, use of their restrooms all day, and post race activities and dinner. Jon Wilcox, proprietor, said that he would make a small buffet or possibly, breakfast sandwiches. Please have a little breakfast while you're there and accommodate the folks that welcome us into their typically tranquil, Adirondack village. I will update you all on this tomorrow.
 Claude Hutchings AMEC PRES


Update 1/15/09 - The ice checkers have been very busy today looking at all our lakes and these are the results. Caroga Lake has 15 inches of ice but has areas with up to 3 feet of snow and a lot of slush under the snow that is not freezing even in these cold temps.  Summit Lake has only 8 to 9 inches of ice. Cossayuna Lake has only 10 inches of ice. Round Lake has only 10 inches of ice and has a lot of slush under the snow. So at this point it would appear that our only hope is going back to Lake Algonquin in Well's. We will be going up to check that lake around dinner time today (Thursday) and will look to see if the track from last week could be used again or perhaps some new track could be added. Unfortunately when we go back 2 weeks in a row we have to deal with the sinking snow banks that are now hard as concrete. Check back here for more updates as we have them.


Update 1/14/09 - A check of Caroga Lake today finds that with areas of the lake under close to 3 feet of snow and despite frigid temperatures there is too much slush to be able to hold an event there this Sunday Jan. 18, 2009. A.M.E.C. officials will be checking on a couple of other lakes to see if they are usefull before deciding on a venue for this weeks racing. As usual please check back here often for additional updates.


Update 1/9/09 - The rocket has been aimed at Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY and the fuse was lit today by a very hard working plow crew that put in a tough day, so now all that is left is the big bang that will happen on Sunday morning Jan. 11 as A.M.E.C. throws the green flag on the 2009 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. With 3 plows trying to blast through a foot of snow with a layer of 2 inch ice stuck in between, a 1 mile, nice wide race course has been constructed on the lake. As is usual for Well's, registration will be held at the Well's Volunteer Ambulance Corp. building in town. Please keep in mind the locals will be arriving for church services at mid morning and that we need to not park in the road or right by the church so as to leave them plenty of parking area. Please get there early as registration opens at 8:30am and since it is the first race of the season it may take a few minutes to get through the process. Please also keep in mind the new rule this year that say's that if you have not already sent in your membership form and applied for a car number then you will not be eligible to compete this weekend. So get out there in that garage, or for you serious procrastinators, the snow bank, and put the final touches on that racer and head on over to Well's for some racing excitement, A.M.E.C. style!!!!                                                                                     


Update 1/8/09 - This Sunday January 11 our racing venue will now be Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY. After a check of Caroga Lake it was found to have a number of spots that are below our 12 inch minimum thickness. Lake Algonquin has over the 12 inch requirement and as such will be our primary focus this week. Part of our very dedicated team will be going up on Friday morning to begin the track preparations to be able to give us more of a time cushion if the conditions do not allow us to compete there. We will be posting updates as soon as we have them and as usual please check here often before setting out on Sunday as we all know that anything can happen in this wonderful sport of ours.


Update 1/2/09 - Well here we are on the cusp of yet another A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championship season. Unfortunately mother nature has other ideas for now. With the best ice reports coming in this past week in years we are oh so close to holding our first event. With surface conditions hardening up quickly from the past few day's cold the only thing holding us back is the layer of false ice just below that. With a good 10 day forecast ahead it looks real good to get the 2009 season under way next week. So if your procrastinating on the final prep work on that race car I would advice you to get going on it this weekend as we are just about ready to RUMBLE!!!!!


Update 2-26-2008  E-Mail from our humble President Claude,
ICE RACERS
  I wouldn't be in any hurry to rush off to Maine or Minnesota this weekend as it appears that AMEC will be racing on Cossayuna Lake this coming weekend, March 2nd. As of today, before this storm that's hitting us right now, there is 15-16 inches of nice, hard Ice with only a dusting of snow. The entrance to the lake is in excellent condition I would say that there is a 99% chance that AMEC will be on that lake this coming Sunday, March 2nd.
  In other news:
 Bruce Carlton, Dave Burnham, and Claude Hutchings spent the day in the Saranac Lake region of the Adirondacks yesterday and attended the village board meeting at 7:00 pm . We were there to get approval to race in that area yet this year and also to be added to their winter carnival schedule for the 2009 season. We were treated excellent by the townsfolk's and chamber of commerce, and the village board. We all spoke to represent AMEC at the meeting. The board took up a vote and we were overwhelmingly approved for racing by the board. the next step is for the board to check with the lake Association, and the village lawyers and we should know by Friday (a few days) if we will be there. I feel very confident that with the Village board backing us up that we'll have no problems. What does all this mean??
 IT MEANS........
      That we will be racing on LAKE COLBY, which is just 1.2 miles outside the village of Saranac Lake for a two day event on March 8th and 9th. There is about 16 ices of beautiful Ice and no snow on the Lake, that was Monday afternoon. There are lots of motels and restaurants in Saranac Lake, as this comes together I will be posting motel phone numbers through an email and on the message board. For those of you that don't know the area, Lake Placid, the site of two winter Olympics is only about 5 miles east of Saranac lake Village. This could be quite a mini-vacation for your family as there is much to see and do in Lake Placid. Stay tuned for more.
 
 HELP
We need volunteers to help in the scoring vehicle over these next few weekends. with the rising SL car counts it is getting tougher for Jamie and Pam to score this high number of vehicles and get grid sheets ready for the next set of races. Remember: It is in the AMEC rules that a member must work at the races!!! It is rare that we have to appoint a member to a work station but with the lack of volunteer help lately that is becoming a big reality. If you can volunteer some time in the scoring vehicle let Jamie and Pam know that at registration or email me back at chutch84@frontiernet.net, I will get a list together for them.
                                                                                                                 Claude Hutchings, A.M.E.C. President
 

 
Update 2-16-2008 -  Ice racing is cancelled for Sunday, February 17th. 
 
 AMEC ICE RACING IS CANCELLED FOR THE SUNDAY, Feb 3   GOT ICE????? (NO)

 We are once again in the crisis of searching for SAFE ice to hold an event
on. AMEC officials have been busy all week long.we spent most of the day
Monday sorting out issues from the 2008 season opening event. John Subik,
AMEC VP was back at the racing surface in Wells on Monday and the snowbanks
were "sinking" and there was lots of water coming up through cracks in the
ice. As all of you drivers remember,we had to modify the racetrack about
midway through the program as water was coming up through in the corners.
The temperatures have not been cold enough to freeze it back to the point of
being "SAFE" enough to hold another event this coming weekend.The main
portion of Algonquin Lake is still below our minimum requirement of 12
inches. The weather forecast for the next few days is not cold enough to be
of any help here either,possibly even do more damage as Sleet and freezing
rain is forecast for the north country for all day Friday and into Saturday
morning. WELLS IS A NO-GO at this time.   

  John Subik went to Caroga Lake this afternoon to check out the conditions
there...."It's close, but no cigar" It's amazing that there are area's of
ice on Caroga that are 16 inches of ice and other area's that are as thin as
9 inches. There is plenty of 11-12 inch ice in places, so that may be ready
next week if the weatherman cooperates.

 On top of all this checking and trying to find a place to race,John has
also been trying to get us in on Mayfield lake. The ice is good enough
there, but just cannot get the folks around the lake to allow us to enter.
John will keep working on that situation.

   Round lake only has 6-7 inches of Ice this last week of January.

   Lake George is just starting to "Skim"over around some of the bays and
edges.

   I have a contact at Cossayuna Lake,Former ice racer,Skip Gifford. I got a
call into Skip yesterday and he reports that there is only 8-10 inches of
Ice on that lake...another one in the waiting.

  As you can see,we are once again up against poor,unsafe ice conditions.The
days are getting longer as we approach spring,that means more SUNSHINE hours
on the lake surfaces. AMEC's requirement is to have a minimum of 12 inches
of nice hard ice.When considering an event ,we also need to make sure that
our entrance/exit to the lake is good, and always have an alternative exit
in mind just in case!

   I don't mean to paint a dismal picture here,but if the Ice is not
safe,we're not going on it!! This will give you one more week to get the
"EDGE" on your competitors.We have gotten the first event "Woes" behind us
now...Round 2 when we get there should be a great event. I will keep a close
watch on the weather forecast's over the next week or so,and if it looks
like we will have a shortened season,be ready for a possible 2 day event.

 Claude Hutchings AMEC PRES

 
Update 12-31-2007 -  I made the journey up to Wells this afternoon to get a first hand check of the ICE conditions on Lake Algonquin.
   The lake is completely frozen over with a fresh layer (six inches) of new fallen snow on top.Underneath that snow is a little layer of slush,about a 1/2 inch in places and other places none. There are area's of false ice that are minimal. False Ice is where there is a pocket of unfrozen water underneath the surface of ice. The Luella ave entrance to the lake surface is at best, very marginal at this time.
  Here is the good news
   There is 12-13 inches of depth of ice in the whole bay area and the main body of the lake has 11-12 inches of depth over the whole surface!!! that is amazing for this early in the season!!
   Here is the bad news
  It has the required depth but the quality of the ice is not yet what it needs to be to support our vehicles, It's not that wonderful "Black Ice" that is as solid as an Ice cube from your freezer. The entrance needs to freeze up close to shore a little more and that snow on top needs to blow away or melt and refreeze and we'll be Golden!!
  I highly doubt that it would be sufficient to hold an event on Jan 6th as scheduled but another 10 days of good cold Adirondack nights can work miracles. The forecast for New Years day is 6-10 more inches of snow up there in the Adirondacks, that is not good for our effort but it may also blow away. Keep in mind that large lake surfaces get lot's of wind blowing and if we're lucky it will blow the snow over into town and off the lake surface. Keep an eye on the website for further developments and get those Ice racers ready to go.
 Claude Hutchings-AMEC PRES


Update 3-5-07 - A.M.E.C. will be holding our 2007 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships Banquet at the Rainbow Restaurant in Johnstown, NY on Saturday evening April 7, 2007. We will have a cocktail hour beginning at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm. Everyone is invited to enjoy the evening which will be highlighted by the awarding of trophies to all race divisions. Please call or e-mail Dave Burnham at 518-875-6956 or racing48 "at" nycap.rr.com to let us know of a head count by April 1st.


Update 3-2-07 - A.M.E.C. has made an arrangement with the Central New York Ice Racing Association to hold a non-point event on Otisco Lake in Marrietta NY on Sunday March 4. Otisco Lake is a little southwest of Syracuse, NY and is the eastern most body of ice in the famous Finger Lake's. There will be no A.M.E.C. class points awarded at this event but CNYIRA will be awarding there regular points for there club and it will give everyone who would like to, one more chance to run this year. To obtain directions you can Google or Yahoo the following restaurant where we will be accessing the lake, registration will be right across the street from there at Ryfuns Store and will open at 8:00am and close at 10:00am.

Ryfun’s on the Lake Restaurant (315) 636-8882
1525 Otisco Valley Rd. Marietta, NY 13110


Update 3-2-07 - With a big storm dropping rain over the capital district area all day Friday the lakes are now just big slush puddles which will cause A.M.E.C. to have to cancel this weekends planned event on Round Lake, NY. With the month of March already here we knew it would be a uphill battle with mother nature to hold one more event this year. With this latest storm it looks like mom nature has gotten in the last punch. A.M.E.C. will now turn it's attention to the planning of the annual awards banquet with details on that coming very soon. A.M.E.C. would like to thank all of the competitors that hung in there during a very weird year that only saw us able to race on two weekends. Hopefully next winter will come back strong as usual and we can make 2008 the biggest year in the history of Ice Racing.


Update 2-24-07 - After reviewing the ice it has been determined we can hold a second event this Sunday. It will be the same format as Saturday, 3/8 mile, Menard and Historic class cars only.


Update 2-21-07 - Racing will be held this Saturday Feb. 24 at Lake George, NY as planned. There is a huge format change in that because of the lack of ice thickness coupled with 18 inches of compacted snow (thank you snowmobiles) doing any plowing of the lake is impossible. We will be utilizing an existing 3/8 mile oval track that is left over from ATV/Motorcycle racing. The track is still in good shape as is the surfaces around it. Unfortunately the pit are that is there is only big enough for our planned Historic Race cars and our Menard tire A thru E Class cars. This means that we are not going to be running the Street Legal classes this weekend. We will have registration at the Prospect Mountain Diner right on the main drag of Rt 9 beginning at 8:30am and closing at 10:00am. We will then have a day of racing on the oval and provided that everything goes as planned we will then decide if the conditions will allow us to come back again on Sunday to hold the same series of races. A.M.E.C. apologizes to anyone that these changes affects negatively but we are doing what we can with the conditions that Mother Nature has thrown at us as best as we can. With any luck the weather will work in our favor so that we can still get a normal event in on March 4.


Update 2-17-07 5:12PM Sunday's races at Round Lake have been canceled. After hours of plowing and hard work, the crew went to lunch and returned to the lake to find the snow banks sinking and water coming up onto the cleared areas. Despite our hopes, the snow proved to be far too much and the ice began to give way after the a pit area was cleared and a beautiful track was plowed.

Don't despair... this week will bring more freezing temperatures.

 


Update 2-17-07 - After 6 hours of plowing by a crew of 6 plows Round Lake, NY is ready to host our 2nd. round of the 2007 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. Registration will be held staring at 8:30am at the entrance to the lake in an enclosed trailer. Registration will close promptly at 10:00am so be sure to get there early. Be prepared for some serious snow bank style of racing as keeping your car out of those banks will be the only chance of finishing the races.


Update 2-16-07 - The A.M.E.C. race crew will be attempting to create a race track on Round Lake this Saturday morning Feb. 17. Because of the heavy snow fall amounts (over 3 feet) on our northern and western lakes we believe that Round Lake with only 16 plus inches of fresh snow will be our best opportunity to get this event in. Our main concern will be the presence of slush which may form on the track as a result of the weight of the snow banks. The A.M.E.C. track crew is amongst the best in the world at creating a super fast and smooth race course out of nothing and will be tested this week by mother nature. Please check back here Sat. afternoon or evening for an update on how we made out and if the event will be held.


Update 2-12-07 - Round 1 of the 2007 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships was finally put into the books this past Sunday as 75 drivers competed on a super fast mile and one half track on Lake Algonquin in Wells N.Y. Full results will be posted on the Results page shortly for your viewing pleasure. With continued cold weather forecast for the area we are hopeful that we will be able to run a string of events off over the next several weeks, however as this year has already shown, mother nature could still impact those plans. Everyone should check back here regularly during this week to get updates as to where we will be running this coming Sunday Feb. 18. The schedule calls for a return to Lake Algonquin but that could change as we like to use other venues that are available to us. A huge round of applause goes out to all the track workers, registration and scoring personnel and the A.M.E.C. officers that put in a ton of work to get this first event done during a very challenging winter season.


Update 2-9-07 - Racing will be held this Sunday Feb. 11 on Lake Algonquin in Well's NY. Registration will open at 8:30am and close at 10:00am. Please get there a little early as this is the first race of the season and Registration and Tech. Inspection usually takes a little longer.


Update 2-7-07 - Wow, what a weird winter!!!! Our fearless leader Claude took a ride up to Lake Algonquin this morning to see what progress had been made this week. We still have 12 to 14 in the bay area but a check of the main body find's very little progress. Claude found a couple of spots that showed 12 inches but found even more that came up 11 or even 10 still. With all this cold the lake just seems to be reluctant to make any additional ice. There is still only about 2 inches of crusty dry snow on top which we would normally think would not offer much insulation from the cold but the thin ice seems to be a normal thing this year not only around here but around our fellow ice racing clubs in Michigan and Minnesota where they have not yet raced either. The only club that has gotten any racing in has been a group in Minden, Ontario, Canada which for us would be one heck of a tow. The plan for right now is to go back to Well's on Sat. morning and pray that we have just enough ice to put on a safe race event. We will be having some people check out a couple of other lakes around the area this week also, but the reports that we are  hearing seems to say that Well's is going to be our only real hope.  Hang in there everyone and check back here for updates as we get them.


Update 2-2-07 - A check of Lake Algonquin this morning finds that we do not have enough ice to be able to hold an event there this weekend. In checking it appeared that we may have actually lost a little thickness over the past 48 hours. With forecast temps this weekend and well into next week of 0 or below zero for the Adirondack area we are once again hopeful that next week will be our start to the season. The plan will be to check mid week and access what conditions we have, if we find that we are still in trouble then the club may look into finding somewhere to run even further north. Finding a place to run is a complicated process as we need to have access, registration, and permission from land owners in order to hold an event. As always check back here for up to the moment news as to the prospects of going racing.


Update 1-31-07 -Both Caroga Lake and Lake Algonquin were checked today for possible racing this weekend. The good news is that John Subik reports that Lake Algonquin has 12 to 14 inches of ice in the back bay area that we use for our pit area, the bad news is that as you move out to the main body of the lake where we run most of the race course it only has 10 inches all the way up to the north end. Tom Baird reports that Caroga Lake is now up to 7 to 9 inches over the entire lake. Both lakes have about 3 inches of snow cover. What does all this mean? Well, A.M.E.C. will now monitor Lake Algonquin over the next 3 days to see if more ice forms on the main body. We will make a final decision on Saturday morning as to if an event can be held this weekend. Everyone is encouraged to check back on this web site around noon Saturday to get that final call. In the mean time think cold and maybe open up your freezer door and let the cold air flow out.


Update 1/30/07 - The 2007 race schedule has been changed to reflect the current ice conditions at the previously scheduled lakes. Round Lake is no where near ready for this coming weekend so we will once again be trying to run at Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY. Next weeks races are now scheduled to be run on Caroga Lake if conditions will allow. We will be checking on Lake Algonquin on Wednesday of this week to see how it is coming along. We are very hopeful that the conditions will allow us to finally get our season underway but as always A.M.E.C.'s first priority is the safety of our members and competitors and as such we will always be diligent in checking all aspects of the lake to ensure safe racing and viewing conditions. Check back later in the week as we will update everyone on the ice conditions and prospects of going racing this week.


Update 10/6/06 - The 2007 Competition Rules have now been posted on our rules page. This year we will not be mailing out copies as most everyone can now print them out from the web page. If  you are unable to print them out and require a copy to be sent to you please contact our Secretary, Becky Glock by e-mail at Becky@icerace.com or by calling her at 518-496-5647.


Update 2/17/06 - Ice conditions on Lake Algonquin in Well's as of 3:30 Friday afternoon show's that there is sufficient ice thickness but a layer of water anywhere from 1 inch to 4 inches deep is spread out over the surface. Caroga Lake looks to be about the same. The forecast is calling for near 0 temps tonight and below -0 Sat. night. We are hoping that the 2 cold nights will refreeze the moisture and we will be all set to go on Lake Algonquin come Sunday. The plan right now is to recheck the lake on Sat. afternoon to see what progress is being made and then make a final decision from that info. Check back here late Sat. afternoon or early evening and we will have a final word on racing for this Sunday.


Update 2/14/06 - At last nights 2/13 A.M.E.C. monthly meeting a revised schedule was formulated due to the ice conditions that we are facing this year. We will be planning to run on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY this coming Sunday Feb. 19. At this time we are still committed to running on Lake George on the weekend of Feb. 25 & 26 but do realize that the temps. are not really cooperating with us. Therefore we have devised a backup plan that would have us use Caroga Lake that weekend if Lake George does not have enough ice. We should have a good idea of which venue we will use around the 20th. Then to close out our season we will try to attempt an event on Mar. 5 on Canadarago Lake which was originally scheduled for this weekend. Obviously we have only been able to use Wells and Caroga this year so far and are very grateful to those communities for allowing us the opportunity to stage events there this year. Check back frequently for updates as they happen and lets all get ready to run a couple more weeks of the greatest Ice Racing to be found in North America!


Update 1/30/06 - Our very mild winter continued again this past Sunday Jan. 29 making for less than perfect racing conditions but that didn't deter a full field of rabid ice racers from showing up at Caroga Lake, NY to contest Round 2 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships Presented by Bridgestone. Full results have been posted over on the Results page for your viewing enjoyment. We now turn our attention to next Sunday and Round 3 which will in all likely hood be run at Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY once again. With a week long forecast of mid 30s for the capital district area we are fortunate that the Adirondack Mountains offer us a sheltered area that seems to be holding just enough cold air to allow our racing season to go forward. As usual please check the web site later in the week to see exactly what is going on as we continue with the preparations for yet another weekend of the best ice racing action to be had in North America..


Update 1/27/06 - The 2006 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships Point Standings has been updated following the first race of the season. Just go back to the main page and look for the link. This weeks racing action looks to be on schedule for Caroga Lake, NY. The plow crews will be working on the track Sat. morning and the final official word will be out probably by mid afternoon. With a good 6 inches of snow on top of 12 to 14 inches of ice we should be OK but we'll make a final decision after working on the track. So check back here Sat. afternoon or evening and be ready to rumble.


Update 1/21/06 - A Sat. afternoon check of Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY finds that the conditions are just fine to begin the 2006 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships this Sunday Jan. 22, 2006. 12 to 14 inches of ice along with just a rough coating of snow on the surface means pylon racing at it's best with no snow banks to run into for the rookies. Registration info is in the below posting.


Update 1/20/06 - This weekends races, Jan. 22, 2006 will be held on Lake Algonquin in Well's, NY. A check of the conditions on Friday at 2:00pm found 12 to 14 inches of perfect ice with only a little dampness in some isolated area's. We will check the conditions again on Sat. afternoon as a rainstorm is predicted for the area Fri. night and Sat. The Sat. night temps are predicted to drop down to the low teen's which we hope will make the surface just perfect for us. With the added unpredictability of the Sat. rain we ask everyone to please check back here on the web site late Sat. afternoon or Sat. evening in case we need to cancel the event at the last minute. As usual we will be holding registration beginning at 8:30am in the Wells Vol. Ambulance Corps building ( which is on your right just after you come into town on Rt. 30 from the south) with racing set to begin at 11:00am sharp.


Update 1/13/06 - Sorry folks with temps in the 50's we have not been able to make the extra couple of inches of ice that we needed so this weekends races for 1/15/06 are cancelled. Keep checking back as we will hope for colder temps this week.


Update 1/6/06 - This weekends races at Lake Algonquin have been cancelled. The lake has 8 to 10 inches of ice at the present but a forecast of overnight temps. in the teens for the next few nights may be just what we need to get the start of the 2006 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships underway next weekend. Be sure to get those last few things done on your race car so you don't miss out on what is promising to be the biggest season in the history of the club.


Update 12/14/05 - Next up on the A.M.E.C. schedule is the annual election of officers banquet to be held on Sat. night Jan. 7, 2006. We will be trying out a new location this year as we have booked the party at the Foresters Club on 213 East State St. (Co. Hwy. 349) in Gloversville. For most members you will find it by taking Rt. 30a north up thru Johnstown and Gloversville till you get to a light that has a Burger King on your left and a Mc D's & WalMart on the right. If you go to the next traffic light you will turn right onto East State St. and will see the Forester Club just up on your left. Everyone is asked to please RSVP as soon as possible to our Secretary, Becky Glock by e-mailing her at becky@icerace.com or by phone at 518-496-5647. Please contact her by Jan 2nd. so we can have an accurate head count. On the menu will be Sirloin Tips, Alaskan Lasagna, Chicken Francais, Roast Pork Loin, Smashed Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Antipasto Salad, and Garlic Bread. All this great food will only cost $20 per person. This is always a great party to kick the season off so be sure to come on out for a fun evening.


Update 11/23/05 - Check out some new photos from the 2005 season on our new photo page.


 

Update 9/28/05 - The new 2006 Rule Book is now posted on the Rules page for your reading enjoyment. Please take particular note of this years changes such as Turbo Charging your A Class Super Modified, a class for AWD in Street Legal, and the Super Modifieds will be experimenting with a new tire design this year.


Update 9/27/05 - A new "Historic Class" web page has been added. A new link has been placed on the main page.


Update 9/9/05 - A new classified ad featuring a complete ready to go Ice Racer has been added to the Classified page. We've also added some info for a neat speaking engagement you can attend to see Janet Guthrie along with info on our Halloween Havoc race are on the "Other things to do" page.


Update 3/4/05 - The point standings are now updated to include both days of racing last weekend up at Lake George.


Update 3/2/05 - Round Lake, NY will be the scene of  Round 7 of the 2005 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. With perfect ice conditions and some fresh new snow being blown off the lake by mother nature we should have ideal conditions. Registration will once again be inside one of the enclosed haulers at the entrance to the lake. There are some tight battles still going on for Class Championships so the action should be hot and heavy. Registration will be open from 8:30 to 10:30 so get there early.


Update 2/24/05 - Once again our most esteemed point calculator Dave Reulet has totaled up the finishes from last weekends racing on Round Lake and has allowed us to post the new standings on the Point Standings page.


Update 2/17/05 - The point standings have once again been updated following our third event of the season this past Sun. on Caroga Lake.


Update 2/14/05 - 3 rounds down and the next thing up is tonight's Feb. monthly meeting at Poor Johns Tavern on Rt. 50 in the town of Burnt Hills, NY. Come on out and talk about all that's been going on this season as we prepare for the final couple of weeks of the season. Meeting time is 7:30pm.


Update 2/3/05 - The updated points standings after Round 2 at Caroga Lake are now posted for your viewing pleasure over on the 2005 Points Standings page.


Update 2/2/05 - Round 3 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships will take place this Sunday Feb. 6 at Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs, NY.  Registration will be held at "SHERRYS WILDLIFE CAFE" on Lake St. starting at 8:30 am. and closes at 10:30 sharp. Please get there early as the registration personnel need to have time to get the grids ready prior to beginning the races. Getting there at 10:30 put's a lot of extra burden on the team and causes delays in getting the day off to a good start. So please get to the track a little earlier from now on so even the workers can have a little bit more enjoyable day. Directions to the registration place and access to the lake are as follows.

 To get there from the EAST:

Take US Route 20 West to Richfield Springs ,The first red light in town is where you will turn left on to "LAKE STREET", travel south on Lake St. , you will pass "BRONNER STREET" which is on your right, just past the big Mill on the right you will see "SHERRYS", It is exactly 1/4 mile south of Rt. 20 to "SHERRYS". There is plenty of parking for big trailers (something we're not used to!!!) Don't forget "BRONNER ST" because I'm going to tell you how to get to the boat launch from there!!!

After you register and want to head to the racetrack you will leave "SHERRYS" and turn "LEFT" onto "BRONNER ST", It is exactly 1/2 mile out to Rt. 28 ...there is one "STOP" sign in between there so beware! Turn left onto Rt. 28 south and go exactly 2.7 miles and turn "LEFT" onto the road that heads out to the state boat launch. Just before you get to that road you will see a few GREEN signs that say "CANADARAGO BOAT LAUNCH" on the right hand side of the road. You will follow that road down a 1/4 mile or less and turn left into the state parking lot and proceed right down the boat (race car) launch!!

Update 1/27/05 - The point standings following our first race of the season are now available by clicking on the 2005 Point Standings button on the main page.


Update 1/24/05 - Nobody ever said that A.M.E.C. Ice Racers are fair weather wimps!!! With a major Northeast blizzard wreaking havoc over much of the country 47 of the hardiest A.M.E.C. racers made there way in blowing snow and sub-zero temps. to compete in the opening round of the 2005 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. After a monumental club effort to plow a 1.4 mile race course and oversize pit area in just 2 hours, the race cars took to the track to start the opening event which featured the Bridgestone Street Legal Unstudded Class that was won by none other than 76 year young Dick Vedder of Johnstown, NY. The wily veteran stalked the early leaders of Mike Kamm and Ed Tucker and as the laps wound down finally made his race winning move when the pair least expected it. The entire race day results are now posted on the 2005 Results page for your viewing pleasure. All attention now turns toward Caroga Lake, NY for the second round of competition as even more cars and drivers are expected to turn out as they play catch up in the season long point standings.


Update 1/20/05 - A check of conditions on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY on Thursday morning finds that we have 13 to 14 inches of solid ice with the prospect of even more by race day with the forecast for sub-zero temps in the remaining nights. Everyone is reminded to be sure to get there early as the first race of the season is always a bit of work with tech. inspection. As usual we will be holding registration beginning at 8:30am in the Wells Vol. Ambulance Corps building ( which is on your right just after you come into town on Rt. 30 from the south) with racing set to begin at 11:00am sharp.


Update 1/14/05 - A check of Lake Algonquin shows the effects of this weeks warm and rainy weather as we have not lost any ice thickness but the surface is now covered with 1 to 3 inches of water and slush. With night time lows in the single digits forecast for the entire week it looks like we should be in excellent shape to kick off the racing season next Sunday Jan. 23. So one more week to do those last minute details on your race car and then be prepared to load it up and head on up north to do some serious Ice Racing in the only way there is, the A.M.E.C. way!!!!!!!!


Update 1/6/05 - An overnight check of both Lake Algonquin in Well's and Caroga Lake has found both to be just a little shy of the required thickness of ice necessary for A.M.E.C. official's to give the go ahead to start the 2005 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. There fore Round 1 of our season has been cancelled for this Sunday Jan. 9, 2005. With Algonquin registering an nice solid 9 inches of ice and Caroga being in the 6 to 9 inch area all it will take is just a couple of cold nights to bring about perfect conditions to go racing. The extra week off will give some of the harried racers a little more time to put the finishing touches on their all new racing machines or to dust off the old reliable mount and have it ready to do battle once again. Keep your fingers crossed for a couple of cold nights this week and be sure and mark down Sunday Jan. 16 on your calendar as A.M.E.C. will once again try to kick off the greatest season yet of hardcore door to door racing action on the coolest race tracks in the sport.


Update 1/5/05 - All the info for the upcoming Studs On Ice 2005 event is now posted on the web site. Just click on the link on the main page or you can just click here, Studs-on-Ice 2005


Update 12/20/04 -  The annual January meeting and election of officers is the next item on the A.M.E.C. calendar. This year we will be returning to the Rainbow Restaurant on East Main St. in Johnstown, NY on Saturday night Jan. 8th. We will be having  cocktails and snack platters being served starting at 6:00 pm with an all-you-can eat family style dinner at 7:00 pm. Dinner will offer a choice of two entree's including roast beef and baked chicken with all the fixin's. Prices are $15 for adults and $7 for kids, followed by a regular monthly meeting and the traditional election of officers. If you plan to attend we would ask you to please give Dick Vedder a call at his residence at 518-762-8382 or you can e-mail him at rcvedder@frontiernet.net so he can give the restaurant  a head count a couple of days ahead of time.


Update 11/22/04 - The official Menard racing tire order has now been submitted to Menards and should be shipped within the next week or two. All competitors that ordered tires will be notified as soon as the shipment arrives.


Update 11/9/04 - A.M.E.C. President Claude Hutchings is now accepting orders for Menard Ice Racing tires to be delivered in time for the upcoming 2005 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. You can contact Claude by e-mail at claude@icerace.com or by calling him at 315-839-5064 during the day or you can jostle him out of bed in the middle of the night at 315-839-6086.


Update 11/2/04 - The November monthly meeting of A.M.E.C. which will be held on Monday night Nov. 8 has a new venue. We will now be holding that meeting at a bar and grille in Schenectady called Pinhead Susan's. It is located at the corners of North Broadway and Liberty St. If your unfamiliar with the city of Schenectady then your best bet is to pretend that your coming from our old meeting place in the Rotterdam Square Mall. You would get onto I-890 going into the city and get off at the Erie Blvd. exit. At the 3rd. traffic light you should see the Amtrak station on your right and a Burger King on your left. Turn right onto Liberty St. and go under the train overpass. At the next traffic light you will see Pinhead Susan's on your left. Meeting time will be the same as usual, 7:30pm but you may want to come early and enjoy dinner with a great number of club members who like to dine before the nightly activities begin.


Update 10/27/04 - The tentative 2005 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing schedule has now been posted up on the Schedule page. There are still a couple of dates to be determined as to where to run but at least we have an idea as to where and when we would like to hold these events. As always these dates are all subject to ice conditions and can be moved to other locations as needed. As such you should always check back here late in a racing week to be sure and get the latest update as to where we will be running that weekend.


Update 10/13/04 - It has come to the attention of the A.M.E.C. webmaster that some people that use the AOL web browser have been having difficulty seeing some of the updates that have been occurring on this web site. After an exhaustive search for an answer to this problem we have come up with a solution. A.M.E.C. would strongly advice all AOL members to change the following setting on there web browser by doing these simple steps. 1. On your AOL browser page tool bar look for the little icon that is marked "Settings" and click on it. 2. On the page that opens click on the folder tab marked "Essentials". 3. Look down the list and click on "Internet (Web) Options". 4. Look at the lower box called Web Graphics and click on the little dot in front of "Never Compress Graphics". 5. Then click on the "Save" box on the bottom. That's it!!! You will now be able to see all of the latest news and features that A.M.E.C. has on there web site with no delay.


Update 10/7/04 - The brand spanking new 2005 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Competition Rules are now posted on the Rules page. Everyone should pay close attention to the changes this year as a couple of them do make for some work by the competitors to be able to remain competitive in their class. Just take a look 2 posts down and you will see a general overview of the changes implemented this year. If anyone has any questions regarding the rules then please contact one of the A.M.E.C. officers or the Tech Inspector. Otherwise go out to the garage and blow all the dust off that race car and get it ready for the soon to begin 2005 A.M.E.C Ice Racing Championships.


Update 9/29/04 - A.M.E.C. will once again be the officiating body for the Arthritis Assc. Mini Grand Prix to be held this Sat. Oct. 2, 2004 at the Glenville Mini Sportsplex on Freeman's Bridge Road in Scotia, NY. Entrance is just a few yards south of the railroad tracks. All A.M.E.C. members are encouraged to help out at this worthwhile cause as we need track workers, gridding help, and just all around problem solvers. So please try and come over for the day and help out in what has been one of A.M.E.C.'s greatest charitable donations over the years. Helpers are asked to try and get to the Sportplex in the 7:00 to 7:30 range on Sat. and with any luck we will wrap up the event by mid afternoon.


Update 6/15/04 -  The 2005 competition rules under went a slight change at the June monthly meeting. With a number of competitors and members in attendance the following changes were adopted; (1) There will no longer be a handicapped start in the Street Legal Class, all races will line up according to the finish of the most recent race. (2) A new Unstuded Class will be added to the Street Legal races allowing competitors to choose which type of tire they would like to run for the season. (3) A third race per event will be added to the Street Legal Class allowing them to get more track time. (4) All turbocharged or supercharged cars will be placed into B Class allowing more cars to be competitive in the C Class. (5) All C & D Class cars will now be allowed to lock up there differentials or use a limited slip or Quaiffe type diff. (6) And professionally built chassis's such as sprint cars will now be allowed to compete in the A Class provided they are built from 1 3/8 inch Chrome Moly tubing and use a triangulated design side nerf bar of the same spec. tubing. So those are the changes for the upcoming season. Put on your thinking cap and start forming your idea's on how to make your car go faster, or how to build that new racer for the 2005 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. Remember, the first race is only 7 month's away!!!!


Update 3/17/04 - The 2004 photo page has now been put up. You can see it by clicking on the Photo's link on the main page. If anyone has any pictures that they would like to add to the page, please drop Mike Glock an e-mail at mike@icerace.com


Update 3/8/04 -  The 2004 A.M.E.C. Awards Banquet will be held this year on Saturday night April 3, 2004 at Attanasio's Banquet House at the corner of Rt.5 (Mohawk Ave.) and Rt.50 (Ballston Ave.) in Scotia, NY. Doors open at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm and awards to follow. This is the same venue that A.M.E.C. used for the past few banquets. It will be a serve yourself buffet.  Every competitor or event worker who raced or worked at least 2 of this years events is eligible to attend free of charge. A head count of all persons planning on attending this event is necessary by Monday, March 29, 2004. Please contact Mike Glock at (518) 393-0093 Days, or (518) 399-5711 Evenings or E-mail him at mike@icerace.com  which can also be accessed on the main page of the A.M.E.C. web site, www.icerace.com  Due to problems encountered over the past couple of years, anyone who sign's up to attend the banquet and does not show up will be charged $26.00 for there meal as the club must pay for all meals in advance. Over 100 people attended this event last year and even bigger and better things are expected of the evenings host's Mike Kamm and Claude Hutchings. So sign up now and come on out for a great meal a few beers or wine's, and have a great time congratulating this years champions and reliving the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. And don't forget to bring along a grab bag present, everyone who brings a grab bag, will go home with one too!!!!!


Update 3/5/04 - Here's the latest message from our most esteemed president Dave Burnham;

Hi, Here's the weekend race update. Claude Hutchings looked at the Lake this morning and the top is getting worse. There is 1 to 3 inches of slop which we are sure will not freeze up overnight on Saturday. If we only had about 24 hours of below freezing we could race because there is 18 inches of good ice under that. Who knows maybe we could try next week but we need to discuss that. We really need to thank Claude for all his work on this. He wrote lots of letters and talking to various state agencies to get permission to run on Canadarago Lake again. He set up a new registration and awards place and we may get connected with the Richfield Springs Winter Carnival for next year. Great job Claude. This coming Monday, March 8 is  the AMEC monthly meeting at Brooklyn's American Grill in the Rotterdam Mall at 7:30 PM. Come and lets talk about the season, the banquet and our 50th anniversary party in July. See you Monday, Dave Burnham AMEC PRES.....Till April 1st, yippee!!!!

Update 3/2/04 - Wow what a weekend!!! With absolutely picture perfect weather and a huge turnout of race cars, the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships at the Lake George Winter Carnival couldn't have been ant better. Thousands of spectators flooded the pit area all weekend along, and with a film crew documenting every aspect of what ice racing is all about, this had to be one of the most successful racing weekends ever. All the results have been put up on the Results page and we should have the latest point tallies in just a day or two. Our focus now turns to our last scheduled event of the season to be held on Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs, NY. Check back here at the end of the week as it will probably be a last minute decision to run the event or not. As of Monday afternoon the ice looked to be in perfect condition with just a inch or two of snow cover. But with forecast temps. in the 40's all week we will need just a touch of luck to be able to put on another great show this Sunday. And just a little reminder, be sure to circle Saturday evening April 3, 2004 on your calendar as A.M.E.C. will present the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships Awards Banquet to be held once again at  Attanasio's Banquet House at the corner of Rt.5 (Mohawk Ave.) and Rt.50 (Ballston Ave.) in Scotia, NY. This is the same venue that A.M.E.C. used for last years banquet. So cross your fingers and get that race car ready for one last run as we try to close out the season with Round 8 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships.


Update 2/25/04 - As final preparations are made for this weekends big doubleheader show up at Lake George, we would like everyone to know that we will be using the Prospect Mountain Diner on Rt. 9 for our after race spot also. We will be running down the finishing order for the day and handing out trophies in all classes immediately after each days races. You can also get your dinner while sitting around and shooting the s#@t.


Update 2/24/04 - Well it's that time again, time to load up the race car and kids and head off to the north for the annual Lake George Winter Carnival. Two days of exciting wheel to wheel racing action, it don't get any better than this!!! This year we will be doing our registration at the Prospect Mountain Diner on Rt. 9 which is right by the bowling alley as you come into the village of Lake George. Registration will as always open at 8:30am and close at 10:00am so as to allow us ample time to get our scoring team situated on the ice for the days activities. So pack up everything and get up to Lake George early for the biggest event of the year, the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships at the Lake George Winter Carnival.


Update 2/17/04 - Everyone will get a one week vacation as A.M.E.C. has decided that after 5 grueling weeks of racing everyone should get their cars and equipment freshened up for the big annual Lake George Winter Carnival on Feb. 28th and 29th. Each day will provide a complete day of racing in all classes with trophies being handed out after each days activity. Be sure to use the off weekend to go over your car real good or to help out a fellow racer that may need a hand to get their car ready for Round 6 of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships at Lake George, NY.


Update 2/10/04 - With a check of both Caroga Lake and Lake Algonquin in Wells, we have determined that we will be running at Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY this coming Sunday Feb. 15. A completely new track will be plowed on Saturday with the possibility of having a tribute to Daytona, a big triangle of a track. Stay tuned for more news as it happens.


Update 2/9/04 - Racing for this coming Sunday Feb. 15 will not be held at Warners Lake as the rumor mill has been saying. A recent meeting of the lake association there has ruled out our return to that venue this season. Plans are to check both Caroga Lake and Lake Algonquin as to there ability to host Round 5 of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. Be sure to attend tonight's monthly meeting for an update or check back here later in the week for final plans for the weekend.


Update 2/7/04 - A.M.E.C. plow crews were out in force again this morning plowing a brand new race track and pit area on Round Lake. Although the snow was very heavy from rain the night before it was no match for the might of the A.M.E.C. attack. A 1 mile track has been made and now it's just up to you to bring your race car and enjoy Round 4 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. See the below post for info on were to register, and remember that it's open at 8:30am till 10:00am. so get there early and get there often.


Update 2/4/04 - And now a message from our most esteemed leader, Dave Burnham;

Here are the race details for this weekend. Check the web page Saturday night before the race to make sure nothing has changed.
 Sunday, February 8th, we will be racing at Round Lake. Thanks to Pat Stringer, we even have a place to go for registration. Registration will open at 8:30 at The Grape Vine Deli and Citgo gas station.
Directions to the Grape Vine Deli:
Take exit 11 off the Northway and head west a few hundred feet, and you will see the Grape Vine Deli on the right. It's across the street from the Sunoco station. Go around the side of the building to the rear (back by the gas pumps) to park. 
    You can get breakfast sandwiches and muffins, etc., at the deli. They also make subs and sandwiches for lunch...  and they have bathrooms, too! If you need to purchase food items, please do it there. The owners are very kind to let us use the facility for registration.
    If you would like to help plow, please let me know. We plan on plowing a course Saturday morning.
    Please thank Pat Stringer for setting up registration, and Bruce Carlton for going to the Round Lake Town Board meeting to get permission to race there.
    I will have a new list of drivers for Sunday to work a corner. I want to thank the drivers that worked last Sunday for not complaining and happily flagging, etc.
    We are into our 4th week of racing! It's time to start thanking the people that make these races happen every week...  all the people that don't race and just work. I don't know what we would do without them.

Update 2/2/04 - Full results from this past weekends big double header of racing has now been posted on there respective pages. A huge thank you goes out to all the A.M.E.C. members who did a Herculean effort to build a immense race track facility and pit area, then score, time, and officiate 2 days of racing. A.M.E.C. can be very proud of the fact that we attracted nearly 100 drivers this past weekend to compete. It is because of the dedicated members that A.M.E.C. continues to grow in it's capacity as a world class leader in Ice Racing.


Update 1/30/04 - A.M.E.C. track crews were out in force this morning at Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY to plow a 1.6 mile track for this weekends big racing double header of Studs on Ice this Saturday and then Round 3 of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships on Sunday. Registration will open tomorrow morning at 8:00am for the Studs on Ice event and then at 8:30 on Sunday morning for our regular racing.


Update 1/27/04 - Dave Reulet has just sent us the latest points totals following Round 2 of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. You  can find where you stand in the standings by going to the link on the home page and clicking on 2004 Point Standings.


Update 1/25/04 - The racing today at Caroga lake was so hot that the ice was melting (yeah right, not when it's -15 degrees out). But the competition was burning up the track as once again 53 drivers took to Caroga Lake for Round 2 of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. Taking convincing wins in there respective classes were, A Class-Matt DeLorenzo, B Class D-Darryl Carl, C Class-Dana Hutchings, D Class-Bill Lawyer and Mike DeLorenzo, Open Class-Andy Stewart, Street Legal Menard-Gerard Michney, Street Legal-Phil LePore, Modified Finale-Dave Burnham, Stock Finale-Mike DeLorenzo. Congratulations to all of the days winners. The full results are now posted on the Results page. The next event on the A.M.E.C. calendar will be the 3rd Annual Studs on Ice time trial event to be held on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY this coming Saturday Jan. 31. If you would like to run in this event then be sure to follow the links on the main page to register online and reserve your spot for this great once a year spectacle. The following day Sunday Feb. 1 will see Round 3 of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships take to the ice of Lake Algonquin. As always please check back here on Friday night to check that there have been no last minute changes before you head out to the lake.


Update 1/24/04 - Track crews were at Caroga Lake this morning to clean-up the abundant drifted snow which covered last weeks race track. After a few hours of work the entire track and pit area are now ready to host the 2nd. round of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. A reminder to all participants that registration will open at 8:30 and close at 10:00. Make sure and get there early to be registered and unloaded in time for practice and racing.


Update 1/19/04 - A.M.E.C. kicked off it's 2004 and 50th Ice Racing season in grand style this past Sunday Jan. 18, 2004 as 53 drivers converged on Caroga Lake, NY. Taking the top prize in both A Class heats as well as the Modified Finale was Matt DeLorenzo, taking the B Class heats honors was Darryl Carl, C Class heat wins and Stock Finale went to Dana Hutchings, D Class heats were won by Mike DeLorenzo, Open Class heats were split by Andy Stewart and Mike Kamm, Street Legal wins went to Phil LePore, and the new Street Legal Menard Class was dominated by Gerard Michney. A.M.E.C. will be hosting Round 2 of the 2004 Ice Racing Championships this coming Sunday Jan. 25 once again at Caroga Lake, NY as many more cars and drivers are expected since many were not yet ready for this past weeks opener. As always check back here late in the week for any updates or changes to the schedule.


Update 1/17/04 - A.M.E.C. track crews were at Caroga Lake this morning to plow a 1.5 mile track. A large pit area was also created as we would like to see the large enclosed trailers now park about 30 feet apart to maximize safety on the ice. So load up that race car and head out to Caroga Lake for Sunday and the start of the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships.


Update 1/14/04 - The words that everyone has been waiting for will be spoken this Sunday Jan. 18, 2004 as A.M.E.C. members will hear, "Gentlemen start your engines" for the first time this year. All systems are go and everything is in place to kick off the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships at Caroga Lake, NY.  A.M.E.C. plow crew's will be up at the lake on Sat. morning to make a track as there is a foot or better of snow on the lake. This will also give us a chance to be sure that everything looks good for the opener on Sunday. Just in case though make sure and check back here on Sat. evening to double check that nothing has changed before heading out on Sunday morning. Assuming that everything is ok  registration will take place at Vroomans Rest. at 8:30am with practice and racing to start at 10:30am. So get those last minute final preparations done as the green flag is ready to fall on another fantastic season of the best Ice Racing in the world, A.M.E.C. Ice Racing!!!!


Update 1/8/04 - Racing for this Sunday January 11, 2004 has been cancelled due to ice conditions. A.M.E.C. officials checked Caroga Lake and Lake Algonquin today but found only 10 to 11 inches of ice. With forecasted lows of sub-zero for the next few nights A.M.E.C. officials feel quite confident that next weekend will be the charm to get the 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships underway.


Update 12/31/03 - Due to just a little less ice then A.M.E.C. officials would like to see, this Sunday's Jan. 4, 2004 races have been cancelled. With 10 inches of ice already, we should be in good shape for the next weekend. Since were not racing this weekend you could now join us at the Jan. monthly meeting which will be held on Sat. night Jan. 3 at 6:00pm in our usual meeting place  Brooklyn's American Grill  in the Rotterdam Square Mall. We will be electing officers for the next season and going over final plans for the 2004 ice race season. Come on out and do some bench racing and get all geared up for some fun on the ice.


Update 12/18/03 - Well it's that time of year again folks, time to get ready to go racing and time to do a little house cleaning here at A.M.E.C. The annual January monthly meeting is held on the first Saturday in January and serve's to allow us to elect the officer's of the club who so diligently lead us on our quest to be the biggest and baddest ice race club on the planet. So don't forget to get your behind over to Brooklyn's American Grill (our normal meeting place) in the Rotterdam Square Mall on Saturday night January 3rd. at 6:00pm. You can order anything that you like off there great menu and then sit back and vote or be voted on for one of our most revered leadership positions. All we ask is that you give Dave Burnham a call sometime before December 31st. at 518-875-6956 to let him know how many of you will be there so that we don't overwhelm the restaurant wait staff.  As of right now we have nominations in the following positions; President - Claude Hutchings, Mike Kamm, Eric Roscoe and John Subik. For Vice-President - Eric Roscoe, Mike Kamm and John Subik. For Secretary - Jamie Burnham. And for Treasurer - Mike Glock. Of course anyone who would still like to nominate or be nominated for any of these offices can still do so at the meeting that night. So come on out and have a great meal, a great time and get involved with your favorite ice racing club, A.M.E.C.


Update 11/20/03 - The 2004 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing calendar is quickly filling in as we plan for another spectacular season on ice. The 2004 Studs On Ice time trial event has been scheduled for Saturday January 31 at Warners Lake in Berne, NY. This hugely popular event has drawn competitors from all over the New England area and should once again be a highlight on the A.M.E.C. race schedule. Please be sure to visit the 2004 Schedule and check out what is planned for the upcoming season.


Update 11/10/03 - A fine field of nearly 50 cars turned out for what would have been an ideal day for Ice Racing but instead got to have fun turning laps around the Fulton-Montgomery Comm. College International Raceway. Ok it's not international but it's as close as we have. The full results will be posted in just a day or two so everyone can see just how they did. A.M.E.C. would like to thank all the competitors who turned out for both of our Autocrosses this year as this was the first time in many years that we have put on such events. The learning curve for the club has been steep but we are eagerly looking forward to next summer to put on even better events with a emphasis on making the track design the most challenging possible for all the competitors. We also want to invite all our Autocross competitors to come on out this winter and watch or even better, compete with us on the ice. And don't forget to check back often as the annual Studs on Ice time trial event will be run sometime during our season which allows you to try your hand at getting around a one and a half to two mile road course on ice.


Update 11/6/03 - With sunny weather predicted and nearly 60 entries ready to heat up the asphalt, A.M.E.C. is expecting a fantastic race day this Sunday Nov. 9, 2003 as we play host to the second round of our 2003 Autocross series at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. If you have not already registered and plan to attend than be sure to go to the Autocross Registration page and get your entry in. And as usual all A.M.E.C. members are encouraged to come out and give the club a hand in running this event as well as bringing there Ice Racer to run on the asphalt (sorry no studs allowed).


Update 10/17/03 - The online registration form to enter the Nov. 9 Autocross is now up and running. You can access it by clicking on the Autocross 2003 hyperlink on the main page and then following the instructions. Everyone should use this handy device as it will make life for the officials much easier come race day.


Update 10/14/03 - The 2nd. A.M.E.C. Autocross of the 2003 season is now all set to be run at the Fulton-Montgomery Comm. College on Sunday Nov. 9. The info has been added to the Autocross 2003 page and a brand new online registration form will be added in just a couple of days. Everyone, including the A.M.E.C. members who come to help run the event are encouraged to participate to ensure that a healthy field of competitors are trackside. A.M.E.C. will be using the NASA rules this time around to help streamline the event as we learn how to run a Autocross event with the same professionalism as we are known for in our Ice Racing programs. So come on out for what will probably be the last competitive event of 2003 for all the Autocrossers in the Northeast as we all blow some leaves off the track and turn up the thermometer for a fun day of racing.


Update 9/22/03 - The new rules for the 2004 race season are now posted on the rules page. Everyone should take a few minutes and read thru the entire document as a number of things have changed. The most note worthy changes are the creation of the new Street Legal Menards Class, allowing up to 360ci. motors in both the A & B Classes, the absorption of E Class into D, allowing more modifications for the B Class, and letting the Street Legal Class have some minor performance enhancements.


Update 9/3/03 - This is short notice but every year A.M.E.C. does our part for charity by officiating the Arthritis Foundation Mini Grand Prix. We could use your help for this event. Its fun and away for us to give something for a good cause. This year it's being held on Saturday, September 20th at the Clifton Country Mall. We need to get workers there about 7AM (yes its early) The rain date is Sunday the 21st. If you can come please call Bruce Carlton to let us know we need to know how many are coming. Call Bruce at 518 885 5329 days or 518 885 5048 nights.
In past years there was a pre party and a pit crew contest the week before the Mini Grand Prix, but because of the poor economy and short car count this year that part of the event is being bypassed. Please come and help if you can.
 
Monday, September 8th is the next A.M.E.C. meeting at the usual place Brooklyn's American Grill 7:30 PM. We will be preparing for the Mini Grand Prix and also going over plans for our next Autocross in October at F.M.C.C.
 
One last item, 2004 is the 50th year A.M.E.C. will have been incorporated as a club. We are planning a huge weekend long deal for sometime next summer. All past and present A.M.E.C. members are invited. We are trying to get all the members and familles from the 50's thru 2004 to attend. If you ever wanted to do some serious bench racing this is your chance to do it. Please click onto the 50th anniversary page at  www.icerace.com   every couple of weeks or so as new and interesting items from A.M.E.C.'s past will be posted along with details of the event as it comes together. We will also be keeping a list of the past members that will be attending so the other members can see who's coming and it will hopefully peak every ones interest. Remember a club only has an opportunity like this once in every 50 years so don't miss it.

Update 8/2/03 -  The July 27 AMEC Autocross results have been re-tabulated and all the class bumping has been reevaluated. If you didn't receive a trophy and think you should get one please contact Dave Burnham at racing48@aol.com or call (518) 875 6956.  If you got one and you really weren't supposed to get one, put it on your mantle and tell some lies (enjoy it). A.M.E.C. would like to thank Fulton Montgomery Community College for allowing us to use their student parking lots. We very much appreciate the participation we got from all the drivers and workers that made this Autocross a success. 67 drivers took times from as far away as Lake Placid, Brooklyn, & Utica, NY drivers also came from Massachusetts & Connecticut. AMEC is considering doing another Autocross at FMCC in September or October we hope you all come back and see how much we will have improved in making the next one better.  If you would like to be added to our Autocross e mail list send me an e mail racing48@aol.com  Thanks, Dave Burnham A.M.E.C. PRES.
PS If you like Autocrossing you should really try ice racing sometime, its just about the same price and you get 1.5 to 2 hours of track time not 1 to 3 minutes!


Update 7/28/03 - And now a message from our President, Dave Burnham; Hi Everyone, thanks for participating and helping at our first Autocross in over 20 years at FMCC on Sunday, July 27. Please feel free to write your comments on what could be done better, what you liked, what you didn't like. I personally don't like using SCCA classes, there are to many of them and the bumping schedule is a pain in the butt. What do you think? Go to the AMEC Message board and let us know. A full report on the autocross with updated results will be out this week and posted on the icerace.com web page. If you attended and want to be put on an AMEC summer event e-mail list please e-mail daveb@icerace.com  Hope you all had a good time, please thank our great workers it was a long day and they did a great job!


Update 7/25/03 - As of Friday afternoon we now have 56 cars entered for Sunday's Autocross with more calls coming in every hour. We will have a small food and drinks vendor on site for the event which is now drawing cars from all over the Northeastern US including Vermont, Mass., New Jersey, Penn., and of course New York. Make you don't miss this one as it has become on of the biggest happenings of the summer!!!


Update 7/17/03 - Dave Burnham reports that all systems are go for the 1st Annual Autocross next Sunday July 27th. at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. A brand new state of the art timing system has been purchased by A.M.E.C. in anticipation of running these autocrosses every summer and using the new equipment for our annual Studs on Ice event. Dave reports that 35 entries have already pre-registered with Saab's (go figure), BMW's, Nissan's, Honda's, and even a Maserati all ready to take on the challenging course that A.M.E.C. has planned for the college parking lot. If you have not yet pre-registered for this event then be sure and give Dave Burnham a call right now and reserve your spot. And if your wondering just where the Fulton-Montgomery Community College is located, try going to Amsterdam ( Exit 27 NYS Thruway) and then heading west out of the city on Rt. 5 about 1 mile till you see a traffic light and the intersection with Rt. 67 west. Take Rt. 67 west towards Johnstown and you will wind your way up the hill about 3 or 4 miles when the college will appear on your right hand side. We will have some small sign's posted to direct you thru the campus to the Student Parking Lot. Get there early to register and have time to get your car thru Technical Inspection and then strap on that helmet that you brought ( oopp's almost forgot that huh ???) and get ready to have some serious Autocross Racing Fun!!!!!


Update 6/13/03 - Here are the results of the voting from Monday nights meeting on the 2004 AMEC ice race rules. Thanks to everyone that voted by e mail, fax, and phone. Special thanks to the 20 or so people that came in person to vote. This was a good representation of what the club members want. There was one vote which did not make it into the newsletter which will be voted on at next months meeting. That is as follows.
All fog lights on Menard type race cars must be wired to the ignition switch. This is thought to help eliminate the need to stop cars on the pace laps at the beginning of a race to tell the driver to turn on their light, saving time and keeping every one safe on the starts. This will be voted on at the July meeting

Here are the vote results.

A CLASS
1. Allow up to 360ci engines.     
PASSED
B CLASS
2. Change rules to include all of the following:      PASSED
a. Any engine up to 360ci in any position in the car.
b. No restrictions on suspension.
c. Car must be based on a full-bodied car that fits within the general guidelines of weight and wheelbase.
d. Body must retain the original silhouette.
e. No tube chassis cars with a stock body added.
f. Car must retain some of the original floor pan and rocker panels.
g. Firewalls can be modified as needed.
B/C CLASSES
3. Move all turbo and supercharged cars to B Class.   NOT PASSED
E CLASS
4. Eliminate it. Any cars eligible for E Class would be moved into D Class    PASSED

PROPOSED NEW CLASS: STREET-LEGAL MENARD CLASS   
PASSED
1. Includes the following:
a. Cars based on SL rules (i.e., no engine modifications, complete interior, etc.)
b. Use Menard or screw tires as outlined in current ice race rules.
c. Require a four-point roll cage, rear fog lamp, and five point racing seat belt.
d. Recommend side bar protection.
e. Disconnecting air bags is optional.
f. Must be able to pass NYS safety inspection.
g. Race with Open class and pay the same entry fee.

STREET LEGAL CLASS
1. Add the following:      
PASSED
a. Must be able to pass NYS safety inspection.
b. All body parts must be intact including bumpers.
c. Must present a neat and clean appearance with no graffiti.
d. The following items often found on sport compact cars will be permitted: header, cold air intake, camber plates, adjustable cam gears, ground effects kits, trunk spoiler, suspension-lowering kits.
e. Disconnecting air bags is optional.

2. Eliminate handicapping car lineups for the first SL race of the day.      
NOT PASSED

FUEL SYSTEMS       
PASSED
1. Electric fuel pumps inside passenger compartment must be completely enclosed with a half-inch drain hole leading outside the car.
2. Fuel tank filler necks and tanks must be completely enclosed and behind a firmly mounted metal partition away from the driver.
NEW SECTION IN RULE BOOK: PASSENGERS        
PASSED
1. Passengers are only allowed during practice sessions and must have permission from the Chief Steward. Only individuals 16 years-old and over may be in the passenger seat. They and their parent/guardian must also have signed the release form at registration.
WORKERS     
PASSED
1. Add:
The Chief Steward will determine the number of workers needed and the positions they will fill. Workers can be reassigned or relieved as needed. Non-driver workers are volunteers. No compensation is provided. However, this does not preclude the club or any of its members giving gifts of gratitude to the workers.

POINTS (a.k.a. "THE BILLY LAWYER RULE")      
PASSED
1. Add:
One car and driver may not get points in more than one class during one race.

Some other AMEC NEWS.

AMEC will be holding an Auto cross on July 27 the day after the summer picnic at Dana and Donna Hutchings house. It will be at Fulton Montgomery Community College. If there are any people that want to be involved in setting this up please contact me right away. There are various things to be done before the event and one or two planning meetings will be held in the next few weeks. This is our first Autocross since the late 70's so let do it right.
 


Update 4/2/03 - This just in from our most esteemed videographer Mike Kamm,
     Hello everyone,  It's been a time consuming process, but I now have the much anticipated "Ice Racing 2003" video completed. My lateset production is 5 hours in length, and is available on one tape for $30.00, or on three 2-hr. tapes for $40.00. The only difference is the recorded tape speed [LP or SP] which allows the  three tape set to have better picture and sound quality. This is a quick list of features that are extra special this year: Lens splashing, close up Menard class racing coverage from four different upstate NY lakes, including the metal bending mayhem that the D class is known for. I included two of this year's Street Legal class races, from Warners and Round Lake, [although there is also a separate 2-hr. tape featuring just the SL class races available: see below]. Crystal clear in-car video coverage from three different cars [special thanks to Rob Reed, Pat Stringer, and Mike Mollura] which features Mike's unfortunate rollover on Lake George. Also included is music dubbing, featuring great audio soundtracks, including some from Darryl Carl's CD repertoire. Also, there are numerous video interviews with drivers and pre-season shop tours, including shop visits with Matt DeLorenzo, Claude Hutchings, Glen Watkins, and Bruce Carlton. Bruce narrates a great technical spotlight on one of the most heavily modified Corvair race engines ever built. Then there's the #48A's 3.2 liter Maserati V6 engine dyno session with Dave Burnham, on Jack Boyd's dyno. I also interviewed Sam Patterson, a former AMEC ice racer who talked about the early days of ice racing, featuring vintage Lake George home movie footage courtesy of Dick Vedder. The tapes will be available at the AMEC banquet [April 5th], at AMEC monthly meetings, or by mail, [just add $5 for postage]. Please reserve your copy[s] by contacting me at mkamm@juno.com, or at [518]674-0520. 
 
Also available: "Street Legal Class 2003", a two-hour production featuring huge the unmodified street studded tire class. These also include driver interviews and music dubbing, and are just $10 each.

Update 3/14/03 - The 2003 A.M.E.C. Awards Banquet will be held this year on Saturday night April 5 at Attanasio's Banquet House at the corner of Rt.5 (Mohawk Ave.) and Rt.50 (Ballston Ave.) in Scotia, NY. This is the same venue that A.M.E.C. used for last years banquet. It will be a serve yourself buffet of Baked Lasagna, Stuffed Breast of Chicken, and Roast Beef in Gravy. It will also include Tossed Salad, Italian Dinner Rolls, Roasted Red Potatoes, Soda, Beer, Wine, and Marble Cake for Dessert. Every competitor or event worker who raced or worked at least 2 of this years events is eligible to attend free of charge. This year you will also be able to bring one guest of each racer or worker at a one time low price of just $10.00. Any additional guest will be charged $26.00 each. A head count of all persons planning on attending this event is necessary by Monday, March 31, 2003. Please contact Mike Glock at (518) 393-0093 Days, or (518) 399-5711 Evenings or E-mail him at mike@icerace.com  which can also be accessed on the main page of the A.M.E.C. web site, www.icerace.com  Over 100 people attended this event last year and even bigger and better things are expected of the evenings host's Mike Kamm and Claude Hutchings. So sign up now and come on out for a great meal a few beers or wine's, and have a great time congratulating this years champions and reliving the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. And don't forget to bring along a grab bag present, everyone who brings a grab bag in will go home with one too!!!!!


Update 3/12/03 - The results for this past Sunday's races at Warners Lake and Round 8 of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships has been posted to the Results page. We have also just posted the Final 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships Point Standings. Congratulations go out to all the Class Champion's as well as the overall Modified and Stock Champs.


Update 3/7/03 - Racing this Sunday March 9, 2003 will be held on Warners Lake in East Berne, NY. As usual registration will open at 8:30am. with the racing set to begin at 11:00am. This will probably be our last racing event of the winter so be sure and come on out for the last dance.


Update 3/6/03 - The 2003 Point Standings have been updated to include this past weekends races at Round Lake. Stay tuned for info regarding this weekend and were we will be racing.


Update 3/3/03 - The full results of this past Sunday's races at Round Lake have been posted in the Results page. Sorry I don't have a new picture to put up on the main page, but I forgot the camera this morning and will have to wait till tomorrow to get it.


Update 2/27/03 - A.M.E.C. officials have checked out many of the local lakes this week and have decided that Round 7 of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships will be held on Round Lake this Sunday March 2, 2003. Rough ice conditions or the presence of water and false ice still plaque many lakes while Round Lake is in perfect shape. So registration will take place once again at the entrance to the lake at 8:30am. with racing set to begin with warm-ups at 10:30am.


Update 2/26/03 - The Points Standings have been updated with the Saturday results from Lake George. Stay tuned for the updated points that will include the Sunday results shortly.


Update 2/26/03 - The full results from Sunday's races at Lake George have now been added to the results page.


Update 2/24/03 - The full results of Saturdays race at Lake George is now posted in the Results area of the web site. Sundays results will be coming along in just a moment.


Update 2/21/03 - At 3:30 Friday afternoon Dave Burnham has reported that the race track is all complete and the ice conditions are perfect up at Lake George. The warm air that has engulfed the area has not seem to affected the ice on the lake. The forecast for Lake George is leaning more on sleet and snow with a high temp. of only 32 forecast for Sat. and Sundays forecast about the same. So it looks like ideal conditions for the Lake George Winter Carnival and for Round 5 & 6 of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships.


Update 2/20/03 - The 2003 point standings have been updated after round 4 at Round Lake this past Sunday. Be sure and check out the tight battles in almost every class as we head into the big double header weekend up to Lake George this weekend!!!!!


Update 2/17/03 - Round 4 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships were held this past Sunday Feb. 16, 2003 and the key word on everyone's lip's was, Brrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!! With wind chills staying in the -10 to -20 range the entire day, it was all the competitors and A.M.E.C. officials could do to get in another great day of racing. All the results are now posted on the Results page of the web site and a rousing mitten covered applause goes out to all the winners. A.M.E.C. now turns it attention towards our biggest event of the year, the Lake George Winter Carnival held in Lake George, NY. We will be having a complete regular show of racing on both Saturday and Sunday. We will be having a get together Saturday immediately after the races at the Shepard's Cove Restaurant to hand out trophies. The restaurant is located by the pier at Shepard's Park, on Lower Montcalm St., along the main street of Rt. 9. Everyone is encouraged to hang around afterwards and enjoy some bench racing and perhaps get dinner. Registration will once again be held at the Shepard's Cove Restaurant in the village with access to the lake at the Million Dollar Beach. Registration as always is open 8:30am to 10:30am both Sat. and Sun. with racing each day kicking off at 11:00am. There will be trophies awarded to the top 3 finishers in every race, both days. If you haven't made your arrangements yet you had better get going as this is a don't miss show with huge crowds expected each day.


Update 2/14/03 - Everything is all set for Round 4 of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships to be held this Sunday Feb. 16, 2003 on Round Lake in Round Lake, N.Y. Registration will take place just as you enter onto the ice, in the trailer of Claude Hutchings #84. Access is gained right about in the middle of the lake along Rt. 9.  Registration will open at 8:30am sharp and close at 10:30am. Racing will begin at 11:00am and will continue until the checkered falls on the Finale. As this is our one venue that does not afford us bathrooms or food you are encouraged to bring your own. Some folks may get together after the races for dinner but there is no planned A.M.E.C. get together scheduled. All racers who earn a sticker for there finishes can pick them up at registration at the Lake George Winter Carnival races set for Feb. 22 & 23, 2003.


Update 2/12/03 - A.M.E.C. is looking for some volunteers to help out this Saturday Feb. 15 at Round Lake. We need people for just a short while to break up the ice snow bank that is blocking access to the lake. If everyone would show up at 9:30am sharp and bring a pointed shovel or pick, we can make quick work of cleaning up the entrance area onto the lake so we can have fun on Sunday. Round Lake is on Rt. 9 just south of Malta, NY and is within easy driving for many of our racers so we expect a small army of people Saturday morning so the racers can do there thing Sunday. On a second note, registration will be held on the lake Sunday, whether we will do it out of Dave's trailer or if Jamie can do it from her car has not been decided yet. If you want to really help that process, please bring exact change and be on time.


Update 2/10/03 - Thanks to the hard work of Becky Glock there is a new hyperlink on the main page that will take you to a complete listing of the race results of each A.M.E.C. event. She just got this past Sunday's program of racing from Cossayuna Lake posted. She will work on the first 2 weeks of racing results and we will post them on that page as soon as they are ready.


Update 2/10/03 - Another Sunday and another great day of racing for the car's and star's of A.M.E.C. After some last minute work by Nate Wright we were able to secure Cossayuna Lake in Argyle, NY for the days racing, and what a day it was!!! Taking wins in their respective classes were; Matt DeLorenzo taking both A Class victories, Claude Hutchings doing the same in B Class, Dana Hutchings and Dick Stewart splitting the C Class, Mike DeLorenzo completing the DeLorenzo juggernaut as he dominated D Class, John Subik sweeping up in E Class, Andy Stewart waving bye, bye in the Open Class races, Gerard Michney and Mike Kamm sharing the hard fought Street Legal races, Matt DeLorenzo coming back for the Modified win in the Finale as Dick Stewart was not to be denied in the Stock portion. Next up is Round 4 which we will be trying to run at Round Lake, NY. Stay tuned for any changes as they occur.


Update 2/7/03 - Racing this Sunday will be held at Cossayuna Lake. Cossayuna Lake is the red star in the middle of the map below. Look on the map for Greenwich north east of Saratoga..........From the corners of route 29 and 40 (Carmody Ford is on the corner) go north on 40 for 5.9 miles to South Argyle. Take a right on Rt. 338 ( according to map below) or it might have signs that say County Route 49. Go 3 miles take a left on County Route 48 (also known as Lake Road, There is a Restaurant on the corner called Quackups) Go about 2 miles on Lake Road to the Cossayuna Fire house on the left. That's where we will register. Do not block the fire house doors.

We get onto the lake by taking a left out of the fire house go north on Lake Road until you get to east Lake Road on your right. Take that around the lake to White Lane Take a right on White Lane and then take a right onto the Boat launch road.

A note about Cossayuna....... there is nothing there so bring food we may be able to get some hot dogs from the fire house guys but don't count on it its to late of notice. If we can set up a place to meet for after the races we will let you know. There is a Dunkin Doughnuts and Hannaford food store near the Carmody Ford dealer.

This lower map shows you the way once you get on Rt. 40 heading north out of Greewich, NY. Be sure to turn right on Rt. 338 or it might have signs that say Rt.49, and then a left on County Hwy. 48 as you approach the lake.


Update 2/5/03 - Be sure and check out the 2003 photo page that you can access thru the Ice Racing Photo's link on the main page. We have posted all the photo's thus far submitted for the season and will add more as they become available. With everyone now having digital camera's we have a lot more pictures to be able to show off our great sport!!!!


Update 2/5/03 - Full results of the 2003 Studs on Ice time trials have now been posted on the Studs on Ice link on our main page.


Update 2/4/03 - Dave Reulet has sent along the updated points following Round 2 at Warners Lake on Feb. 2, 2003. Just go to the Points link on the main page.


Update 2/3/03 - Whew, what a weekend!!! With racers hauling in from all over the northeastern U.S. this past weekend, A.M.E.C. was able to host racing for over 100 race cars and 119 drivers. On Saturday the 2nd annual Studs on Ice event ran under ideal conditions with 64 entrants running on a high speed, challenging track layout. A full set of results will be posted shortly for that event. Then on Sunday the 2nd round of the 2003 Ice Racing Championships was held with Dave Burnham and Darryl Carl splitting the A Class heat runs, it was also Darryl's first A Class victory of his storied career. In the other classes domination was the story as Claude Hutchings took both victories in the B Class, Dick Stewart reigned in C Class, Jeff Lehner did it to 'em in D Class, Andy Stewart ran and hid in Open Class, and Mike Kamm slid by everyone in Street Legal. John Subik and Mike Deweese were able to each take a victory in the E Class with Dave Burnham coming out on top in the Modified portion of the Finale, and Dana Hutchings prevailing in the Stock portion. A.M.E.C. will now turn it's attention to Round 3 of the 2003 Ice Racing Championships with Caroga Lake as our next target. Officials will be checking the lake at mid week and we will have a report as to the final decision on where we will be running this coming Sunday Feb. 9, 2003.


Update 1/30/03 - Everything is all set for a big racing weekend double header this Saturday and Sunday at Warners Lake in East Berne, NY. Saturday Feb. 1 will be the 2nd running of the "Studs on Ice" time trial event where anyone who has pre-registered for the show will get to make a 2 lap timed run around our usual track layout. If everything runs smoothly all competitors should get in at least 3 runs and perhaps more as time permits. Then on Sunday Feb. 2 the A.M.E.C. Ice Racers will be staging Round 2 of the 2003 Ice Racing Championships. After missing the opening round last weekend, many stars and cars that were not in attendance have indicated that they are now ready to take on the best that A.M.E.C. has to offer. Racing will begin at 10:00am Saturday with registration and Tech opening at 8:00am. Then on Sunday it's the usual 8:30am registration with a 10:30 drivers meeting and 11:00am race time.


Update 1/27/03 - Well the racing god's gave A.M.E.C. and all it's competitors a perfect day Saturday to open the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships with a healthy car count of  43 shiny new race cars and 59 different drivers. And as expected there were still quite a few cars that were not yet ready for competition which should swell the car count past the 60 mark for next weekend. Under ideal conditions the heat race winners were; Matt DeLorenzo in both A Class races, no winners in B Class as they were all  DNF's, Dana Hutchings took both C Class wins, Jeff Lehner took the glory in both D Class races, John Subik took the first E Class race with Mike Deweese taking the honors in the second race, Dave Clark dominated the AWD Class with two wins, Josh Wortzel did likewise in the Open Class, Gerard Michney and Mike Kamm shared the Street Legal runs, and then Matt DeLorenzo took home the big Finale win in the Modified Class with Dana Hutchings doing likewise in the Stock division. Next weekends schedule shapes up to be a two day run for A.M.E.C. with the annual Studs on Ice time trial event to be run on Saturday with a regular show of A.M.E.C. racing to be held on Sunday. Both days of racing will be run on Warners Lake in East Berne, NY. All regular A.M.E.C. competitors are reminded that there is a class for them on Saturday in the Studs on Ice competition.


Update 1/24/03 -   Are you all ready for racing Saturday on Warners Lake? Hope you are. Thanks go out to this week's plowing crew: Darryl Carl, Bill Lawyer, Tom DeLorenzo, and J.J. Cramer. The track is about 1.2 miles long and 8 cars wide, we have a very large pit area ready and waiting for race cars.

Registration opens at 8:30 AM and closes by 10:30 sharp.

Please be on your best behavior there may be some local town and state officials watching this weekend.

Directions to Warners Lake are as follows:

From the East:
Mass pike to exit B1; follow I-90 west to exit 4 route 85 Voorheesville/Slingerlands; follow to second light; take right, now Rt. 85 and New Scotland Road, follow straight through two lights on Rt. 85/New Scotland Road (pass Hess on left and Price Chopper on right by next light) 2 miles past second light; New Salem SAAB on right (landmark). Follow straight four miles to base of mountain in New Salem. Head up mountain (route 85) to top and bear right on Thatcher State Park Road (route 157). Follow road through park (watch out for police)! Warner's Lake Road on right approximately 8 miles from route 85 split. If you hit STOP SIGN AT END OF ROAD YOU MISSED WARNERS LAKE ROAD BY 1/4 mile GO BACK.

From the West:
From NYS thruway:   Exit 24, through tolls straight ahead on 90 east.  Take exit 4; route 85 Slingerlands, follow to second light; take right, now Rt. 85 and New Scotland Road, follow straight through two lights on Rt. 85/New Scotland Road (pass Hess on left and Price Chopper on right by next light)  2 miles past second light; New Salem SAAB on right (landmark).  Follow straight four miles to base of mountain in New Salem.  Head up mountain (route 85) to top and bear right on Thatcher State Park Road (route 157).  Follow road through park (watch out for police)! Warner's Lake Road on right approximately 8 miles from route 85 split. If you hit STOP SIGN AT END OF ROAD YOU MISSED WARNERS LAKE ROAD BY 1/4 mile GO BACK.

 


Update 1/20/03 - A.M.E.C. officials were out in force on Sunday in search of proper ice conditions somewhere in upstate New York. Although Caroga, Algonquin, Round, and Canadarago Lakes all are suffering from the effects of some false ice conditions A.M.E.C. officials did find near perfect ice on Warners Lake in East Berne, NY. Next weekend's schedule for Warners Lake finds the AMA Motorcycles racing there on Sunday so A.M.E.C. officials have decided to run on Saturday Jan. 25, 2003 instead. The Saturday date is a little unusual for A.M.E.C. but since Warners was the only lake to have favorable conditions right now the decision was the most sensible one since trying to run on the same day as the bikes would create some technical and financial problems. So everyone should get there cars loaded on the trailer and hooked up to the truck and call anyone that they know and spread the word that our 2003 Ice Racing Championships season is about to begin this Saturday with registration taking place in the back, downstairs of the Scholz Rest. starting at 8:30am. with the first green flag set to wave at 11:00am. sharp.


    Update 1/16/03 - This just in from the most venerable President Dave Burnham;

      Here's the latest on this weekend's scheduled ice races. On Friday, some of us are going to try to plow a track on Caroga Lake. It is not good enough to race on at this time as there is some slush on the lake, but since Friday is predicted to be the coldest night of the week, we are hoping everything will freeze and be good for Sunday. Thanks go out to John Subik for checking Caroga (for about the 4th time this season).  Anyone who would like to volunteer to plow on Friday morning should call or e mail me. I only have one other plow committed so far.  A final decision on racing will be made on Saturday at the latest, and possibly Friday late in the day. Some other ice reports:
Summit Lake, I walked out and walked back after drilling 2 holes... I was scared.
Round Lake, Bruce Carlton checked it today and says it could be ready in a week or so.
Lake Algonquin we have to pass on this week since it still has too little ice.

Here is a copy of the forecast for Caroga Lake, NY;

Thursday: Sunshine along with a few clouds. High 17F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night: Cloudy skies with a few snow showers after midnight. Low 8F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday: Snow flurries ending with a few breaks in the clouds by afternoon. High 12F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Friday night: A few clouds. Low -7F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday (24 hours): Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid teens and lows 2 to -2F.
Sunday (24 hours): Light snow. Highs in the low 20s and lows 1 to -3F.

 


Update 1/10/03 - A.M.E.C. official's were up to Lake Algonquin on Thursday night to inspect the lake in hopes of having races there this weekend. Unfortunately the unfrozen slush that formed on top of the ice has not hardened up yet and as such will mean the postponement of the opening round of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships for yet another week. Officials checked both ends of the lake but found similar conditions in both places, 10 to 12 inches of ice covered with 2 to 3 inches of slush and water with an additional 6 to 8 inches of snow on top of everything. The forecast for the area calls for sub-zero temperatures the next 4 or 5 nights so A.M.E.C. officials are hopeful that next weekend will find much improved conditions at both Lake Algonquin and over to Caroga Lake as well. As of right now Caroga Lake has about 8 inches of ice with a healthy covering of snow as well. As always, check back here often for updates as we will be trying to get Round 1 of the season in next Sunday Jan. 19, 2003.


Update 1/7/03 - A.M.E.C. officials will be heading up to Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY this coming Thursday night to check on the conditions of the ice. With forecasted temps of only 20 during the day and near or below 0 at night, officials are very hopeful of getting Round No.1 of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships in this Sunday Jan. 12, 2003. Check back frequently for updates as we think them up and pray for cold weather.


Update 1/2/03 - A check of Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY the site of this weekends scheduled opening round of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships finds that we have reached the magical 12 inches of ice in many areas of the lake, however there is a good 2 inches of slush on top of it with 2 to 4 inches of snow on top of that. What that all means is that the racing for this weekend 1/5/03 is cancelled, but if we get a few cold nights between now and next Saturday the chances of racing look very good. On the positive side, this will free up anyone that was not going to attend the season opening pre-ice racing banquet/monthly meeting/election of officers dinner on Saturday to come! If you want to go, call Dick Vedder now! His # is 518-762-8382.

             You will be happy to also know that the Menard tires have arrived. They are at Mike Glock's shop at 172 Freeman's Bridge Road in Scotia. Call him to set up a time to get your tires. The shop # is 518-393-0093, his home # is 518-399-5711, you can also e mail him at racing1a@aol.com . The prices are $143.50 each for 13" and $157.50 each for 15". Bring a check made out to A.M.E.C. or cash to pick up the tires. Mike may be able to deliver a small number of the tires to the dinner on Saturday.

              This is your last reminder to renew your membership.... before you have to pay the additional $10.00 for dues received after the due date! You can renew your membership at the January 4th banquet, or mail them in by that date. Thank you to the 50 members who have renewed so far!
 


Update 12/23/02 - A.M.E.C. officials were up to check the ice at Caroga Lake and then over to Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY on Sunday. Caroga Lake has about 2 inches of snow covering 6 to 8 inches of ice. Up a Algonquin we found 10 inches of ice right at the bottom of the ramp to access the lake with 8 inches the average in the bay area. Once we got out to the main body of the lake 10 inches was found everywhere. With 2 weeks left to firm up that ice and make just a couple inches more, the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships look to be right on schedule for a Sunday Jan. 5 start. As usual be sure to check back here often to be kept up to date on conditions and scheduling as it develops. 


Update 12/10/02 - The annual January meeting and election of officers is the next item on the A.M.E.C. calendar. This year we will be returning to the Rainbow Restaurant on East Main St. in Johnstown, NY on Saturday night Jan. 4, 2003. We will be having a family style meal (all you can eat) followed by a regular monthly meeting and the traditional election of officers. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm. If you plan to attend we would ask you to please give Dick Vedder a call at his residence at 518-762-8382 so he can give the restaurant  a head count a couple of days ahead of time.


Update 12/3/02 - The 2003 "Studs on Ice" Ice Trials event has now been added to our 2003 race schedule. This years event will be held at Warner's Lake in East Berne, NY. With the close proximity to the Albany and tri-state area, this years event should easily be a full field. With registration being open to the first 60 entrants anyone wanting to take part in this should get their entry in as soon as possible. All the info can be had by going to the main web page and then clicking on the 'Studs on Ice 2003" link. With ice already covering most of the upstate lakes as of Dec.1, this could mean a early start to the 2003 Ice Racing season. That means about 4 1/2 weeks to race time!!!! Some guys might be ordering a refill of midnight oil.


Update 11/14/02 - Be sure and check the main page for a new link to a article written by Mike Kamm about preparing Street Legal Tires for competition. It is a real treat for the beginners to be able to read a technical article like this before they have to go out and learn it the hard way. Thanks go out to Mike for his contribution to the A.M.E.C. web site.


Update 10/30/02 - The 2003 A.M.E.C. Competition Rules have now been posted. You can scroll down this page to the 6/11/02 posting to see the changes that were voted in this year. Please be aware that we will be using weight scales this year to enforce the rules. Look over the rules carefully so that there will be no conflicts at the Tech. Inspection line.


Update 10/29/02 - Well it's that time of year again that we all start getting serious about the upcoming 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. You will now see that on the Schedule page that the dates for the Lake George Winter Carnival have been set along with the first two weekends in January. Check back as the schedule fills in with the additional sites. The Membership page has also been updated as you will see at the bottom that membership dues are now being taken before the annual officer election meeting held on the first Saturday in January. That is to say that you must now renew your membership before January 4, 2003 or you will have to pay an additional $10.00 late fee. This move has been made to try an alleviate some of the paperwork load on the scorers the first couple of racing events. Check back soon as the new copy of the rules will be up next.


Update 9/11/02 - Hi all, Matt Galusha has just informed us that the AMEC ice racers have been invited to race at Albany Saratoga Speedway on October 26. As part of the Halloween Havoc race. It is open to all fully prepared ice race cars, no street legal cars. We would get a practice, one heat race and a feature race of probably 20 laps. If you are interested please notify me by e mail or phone within one week. We need to get at least 10 cars or we will not do it. We need to let the track know in about a week if we are going to do it. This is your opportunity to test out your race cars before the season starts.
        All ice race rules would apply except the tires, we will allow only a street type DOT tire. We have done this many times before and its been fun. Please let us know if you want to come. There will be a few other divisions of cars running also for your viewing pleasure, I think there's 200 lap enduro that day. The AMEC cars only run with the other AMEC cars. The rain date is the 27th. Thanks, Dave Burnham A.M.E.C. PRES. 518 875 6956


Update 9/4/02 -      Next Monday, September 9th, is the next AMEC meeting. This is a very important meeting. If you are planning on helping out at the Arthritis Foundation Mini Grand Prix this year, please try to attend this meeting. We will be going over the details of the event and the rules we will be enforcing at the race. We will need a head count of who will be attending the Mini Grand Prix so that we can plan the job assignments for the event. So, please attend this meeting if you can. If you can't, please come join us for the Mini Grand Prix anyway...  just let us know if you can be there and we'll be sure to get you any information you need.    
            *****Some people give money to charity and some give in other ways. If you would like to do something for a worthy cause, this is a way to give something that is at times more rewarding, and makes you feel that you did something good for your fellow man.*****
         {The Mini Grand Prix is Saturday, September 28, with a rain date of Sunday the 29th. It will be held at the same place as the last 3 years... Taft Furniture on Central Ave.}
   
Some other items we will be going over at the next AMEC meeting include:
       Picking another date to go back to the Glad Rag Speedway for a day of racing. The most likely date is September 22 or October 6.  We had a great time there a couple of weeks ago. Mike Kamm will be showing some video of our race there for our after-meeting entertainment.
       Another possible date to use your race car or street car is September 29 (assuming we don't have to use it as a make up day for the Mini Grand Prix). The Corvette Club is running their fall time trial at the Edinburg go-kart track. Many of us have attended that over the years. It's lots of fun.
       See you next Monday, Sept. 9th at the Knotty Pine Restaurant in Rotterdam Junction!!!
Thanks,
Dave Burnham
AMEC PRES


Update 8/19/02 - Hey! Is your ice race car feeling neglected this summer? How about bringing it out next Sunday August 25th with us to the Glad Rag Speedway near Corinth, NY???
      Here are the details: All B,C,D,E, and AWD cars are eligible. The track is a small paved oval (did I say small, its really small, but fun). Run any tires you want. All classes run together... power doesn't mean that much there. There is somewhere around a $20 entry fee but almost everyone gets their money back if they race. The winners get more! It's a really relaxed, fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
      We can pick the number of laps we want to race.... 20, 50, 100..... whatever we decide.
      Call Bryan Burnham for directions or info (518-882- 1547). It starts about 11 AM. Don't spend a lot of time preparing.... just come and have fun! Sorry, no A cars or Street Legal cars. Watching the other regular classes run is very entertaining too! Quite a few of the AMEC guys are coming. If we have fun, we can do it again in September.  When the AMEC cars come, we are the top class and considered all modifieds. AMEC cars run with only AMEC cars... we do not intermingle with the regular classes that run there every week.


Update 8/13/02 - The A.M.E.C. racers were all covered in sweat,  as visions of snowflakes danced in their heads.                As 95 degree weather swirled all about, everyone knew what they were thinking about.  It was time to start planning for the season to come, as the 2002 season had long ago been done. "It's time to call the engine builder" one was heard to say, and "lets drag out the race car before it gets buried in hay".  So after they all got done with the lawn and the yards, they picked up the phone and called up Menards. So jump out of that pool and get under that hood, so this season you'll be the one who's running out front. And all the young racers started working away, hoping this would be the season  they'd be the one to say, Dammed Saab, Volvo and Sprint Car, "Get out of my way"                                                                                             


Update 7/11/02 - Because of some scheduling conflicts the next monthly meeting of A.M.E.C. will be held 1 week earlier than usual. We will be meeting on Monday night Aug. 5, 2002 at the Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt.5s in Rotterdam Jct. at 7:30. Be sure and spread the word about this schedule change as we would hate to have anybody miss out as we continue making plans for the fast approaching 2003 Ice Racing Championships. Also be sure to check back on the main page and click on a new page entitled "Getting started in Ice Racing" which was penned by "Mr. SL" Mike Kamm. It should be very helpful in explaining to the uninformed just how easy it is to come out and have fun with us all on the ice. And if anyone is doing anything fun this summer and can send along a photo or two, we will be glad to include you in our " What I did on my summer vacation " series on our main page. Send to Racing1a@aol.com


Update 7/9/02 -   Once again this year, Randy Koehler is throwing his annual pizza and picnic party on Sunday July 28th at his home in Castleton N.Y. Over the years this has turned into a great event for car enthusiasts and this year should be no exception. In addition to the Citroens related to Dave Burnham that are on the scene, there should be a couple of Minis from Massachusetts, (possibly a new one), as well as other interesting "iron" that may show up for the day. The picnic officially starts at 1pm., but there is a 40 mile gimmick road rally that starts from his house at 11am. Come a little early for coffee and donuts as well as pre rally instructions. Bring a dish to share for the picnic if you like. Pizza and beverage is provided. Directions to Randy's from the west:
       I 90  East to exit 11east, Routes 9 and 20 east -  Right at Red Light onto Route 150.- Left at "STOP" sign to stay on 150 -  Right on Western Rd. - Go 1 mile, 911 is on your right
Randy's phone number is (518) 732-2436 or you can reach him at Morrisawhat66@aol.com


Update 6/11/02 - The rules were counted at the latest meeting of A.M.E.C. and the results have been tabulated. Below is a list of what rule's passed and which ones didn't.

1.  Passed     Change 3000lb. curb weight to 2800lb. maximum race weight for A, B, C, D, E & AWD cars without driver (p.1).
2.  Passed     Raise the maximum allowable displacement to 3.8liters (General Rules, p.1, section D).
3.  Passed     Remove 4 valve/cylinder “bump” rule; add‘ multiply all 4v/cyl. displacements by 125% and place car in appropriate class. Add clarification: if the 4v/cyl engine is greater than 3.6 liters after multiplying displacement by 25%, it is moved to B class; no penalty for 3v/cyl cars (Note 5, p.3).
4. Passed     Eliminate reference to split drive cars in E class. All split drive cars are in D class (p. 2).
5. Passed      Raise allowable registered curb weight for SL cars from 3000lb to 3200lb (p.4, 2).
6. Passed    Any and all contact in Street Legal class will be subject to penalty. The car(s) at fault will be disqualified from the heat race at the discretion of the corner worker(s) witnessing the incident and the chief flagger (p. 4).
7. Passed      Any conduct deemed detrimental to the well-being of the club and its members will be grounds for suspension from participation in racing and/or withdrawal of club membership at the discretion of the officers (p. 12).
8. Passed     Dues renewals will be due no later than the first Saturday following New Years Day of each calendar year (corresponding with the AMEC Annual Elections Banquet). All car numbers belonging to drivers who have not renewed by that date will be made available to other members. Any dues received after the date of the Annual Elections Banquet will be subject to a $10.00 late fee.
9. Passed    All workers must be current members to participate in scheduled events.
10. Passed    All proposed rules changes must be submitted prior to or during the meeting preceding the scheduled voting date. No new proposals will be considered on the scheduled voting date.
11. Failed    Split SL class into 2 sub classes according to “novice” and “experienced drivers”.

12. Failed    Raise the allowable engine displacement to 4.3 litre normally aspirated, in A Class only.

 


Update 6/4/02 - We will be having the annual rules voting at the next monthly meeting which is this coming Mon. night June 10, at 7:30pm at the Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt. 5s in Rotterdam Jct. Our esteemed President Dave Burnham and his defiantly better half Secretary Jamie Burnham have just sent out the latest newsletter which accidentally left out 1 more rule proposal. I have included that proposal at the bottom of the list and highlighted it for everyone. Please be sure and come out and vote, or send a e-mail to Dave Burnham with your proxy vote so your voice can be heard.

Rules Change Proposals
 

A page number is included after each proposal to reference the location of the current associated rule in the 2002 Ice Racing Rules book where applicable.
1.       Change 3000lb. curb weight to 2800lb. maximum race weight for A, B, C, D, E & AWD cars without driver (p.1).
2.       Raise the maximum allowable displacement to 3.8liters (General Rules, p.1, section D).
3.       Remove 4 valve/cylinder “bump” rule; add‘ multiply all 4v/cyl. displacements by 125% and place car in appropriate class. Add clarification: if the 4v/cyl engine is greater than 3.6 liters after multiplying displacement by 25%, it is moved to B class; no penalty for 3v/cyl cars (Note 5, p.3).
4.       Eliminate reference to split drive cars in E class. All split drive cars are in D class (p. 2).
5.       Raise allowable registered curb weight for SL cars from 3000lb to 3200lb (p.4, 2).
6.       Any and all contact in Street Legal class will be subject to penalty. The car(s) at fault will be disqualified from the heat race at the discretion of the corner worker(s) witnessing the incident and the chief flagger (p. 4).
7.       Any conduct deemed detrimental to the well-being of the club and its members will be grounds for suspension from participation in racing and/or withdrawal of club membership at the discretion of the officers (p. 12).
8.       Dues renewals will be due no later than the first Saturday following New Years Day of each calendar year (corresponding with the AMEC Annual Elections Banquet). All car numbers belonging to drivers who have not renewed by that date will be made available to other members. Any dues received after the date of the Annual Elections Banquet will be subject to a $10.00 late fee.
9.       All workers must be current members to participate in scheduled events.
10.     All proposed rules changes must be submitted prior to or during the meeting preceding the scheduled voting date. No new proposals will be considered on the scheduled voting date.
11.     Split SL class into 2 sub classes according to “novice” and “experienced drivers”.

12.     Raise the allowable engine displacement to 4.3 litre normally aspirated, in A Class only.
 

 


Update 5/6/02 - Everyone will want to be sure to attend the next monthly meeting of A.M.E.C. on Monday night May, 13 2002 at the Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt. 5s in Rotterdam Jct. at 7:30pm. At that meeting all the proposed rule changes will be discussed and any other rules ideas that anyone may have can be brought up for discussion. The proposed rule changes have been sent out to all members via newsletter and E-Mail. But just in case you have not seen them, then hear they are;  

     Rules Change Proposals A page number is included after each proposal to reference the location of the current associated rule in the 2002 Ice Racing Rules book where applicable.
1. Change 3000lb. curb weight to 2800lb. maximum race weight for A, B, C, D, E & AWD cars without driver (p.1).
2. Remove 4 valve/cylinder “bump” rule; add ‘Multiply all 4v/cyl. displacements by 125% and place car in appropriate class.
Add clarification: if the 4v/cyl engine is greater than 3.6 liters after multiplying displacement by 125%, it is moved to B class; no penalty for 3v/cyl cars (Note 5, p.3).
3. Eliminate reference to split drive cars in E class. All split drive cars are in D class (p. 2).
4. Any and all contact in Street Legal class will be subject to penalty. The car(s) at fault will be disqualified from the heat race at the discretion of the corner worker(s) witnessing the incident and chief flagger (p. 4).
5. Any conduct deemed detrimental to the well being of the club and its members will be the grounds for suspension from participation in racing and/or withdrawal of club membership at the discretion of the officers (p. 12).
6. Dues renewals will be due no later than the first Saturday following New Year's Day of each calendar year (corresponding with the AMEC Annual Elections Banquet). All car numbers belonging to drivers who have not renewed by that date will be made available to other members. Any dues received after the date of the Annual Elections Banquet will be subject to a$10.00 late fee.
7. All workers must be current members to participate in scheduled events.
8. All proposed rules changes must be submitted prior to or during the meeting preceding the scheduled voting date. No new proposals will be considered on the scheduled voting date.

 


Update 4/1/02 - A great crowd of right about 100 people showed up this past Saturday night for the 2002 A.M.E.C. Awards Banquet. A great buffet meal was followed by the annual honoring of all the Class Champions and the racers that chased them home this year. A number of gag awards were presented to some of the more notable personalities of 2002, along with a possible new set of racing flags that could be used in the future. Mike Kamm and Claude Hutchings did an outstanding job as co-hosts, and everyone enjoyed watching Mike's video of the Moosehead Madness Tour 2002. If you missed the event then you missed a good one, and that can only mean that you better make sure your there next year. After all it's only 10 months till the start of the 2003 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series.


Update 3/21/02 - This just in from Mike Kamm in reference to his great work videoing the A.M.E.C. Ice Races;

         Hello everyone,  It's been a long process, but I finally have the "Ice Racing 2002" video completed. This year's video is certainly is my best work yet, [and the most time consuming].  My lateset production is six hours in length, and is available on one tape for $30.00, or on three two-hour tapes for $40.00. The only difference is the recorded tape speed, which allows the  three tape set to have better picture and sound quality. This is a quick list of features that are extra special this year: AMEC's inagural Ice Trial highlights, featuring Alex Erisoty's ex-works Audi Quattro Pro Rally car on screwed tires, Awseome, crystal clear, in-car camera footage, [in three different cars], courtesy of Rob Reed, and for the first time ever, aerial footage from Pete Deierlein's 1947 Piper Vagabond. There are more racer interviews than ever before, and some
great audio soundtracks, including some from Darryl Carl's CD repertoire. The tapes will be available at the banquet, at AMEC monthly meetings, or by mail, [just add $5 for postage]. Please reserve your copy[s] by contacting me at mkamm@juno.com, or at [518]674-0520. I also will have the 75 mintue,"Mooshead Maine Madness Tour" video available at the banquet, which will only be $10 [or $15 mailed]. Kindly refer to the AMEC message Board if you are not aware of the "Insane Maine" race that seven AMEC people attended, with four cars entered, on March 16th. You'd have to see it to believe it!        Thanks, Mike Kamm
 


Update 3/18/02 - Just a reminder to everyone who has not contacted us to reserve their spot at the 2002 A.M.E.C. Awards Ceremony. It is just 1 week till we have to give the head count to the banquet house. Next Monday March 25th is the deadline to let us know. If you are reading this and haven't called or E-Mailed, or if you know anyone who might be coming and aren't sure if they called, give them a reminder. We have gone out of our way to make sure this is going to be one of the best meals and award shows, ever. Some really trick new awards, racing video's, great food and a lot of bench racing are only a couple of reasons to attend. And if you haven't already done so, be sure to check out the A.M.E.C. Message Board to read the great reports of all the A.M.E.C. Ice Racers that went up to Maine to run with the West Cove Ice Racing Assoc. Sounds like a lot more of our racers might want to consider running there event after our season gets done next year. You can check out there site at www.geocities.com/iceracers/index.html


Update 3/9/02 - Racing has been cancelled for Sun. Mar. 10, 2002 due to the extremely warm temps. A late afternoon check of Caroga Lake found a inch of standing water and very soft ice underneath it. This will now conclude the 2002 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series with our attention now focused on the March 30th awards banquet. A.M.E.C. would like to apologize for the last minute cancellation but does not want to run a event in unsafe conditions. Don't forget that A.M.E.C. will be having it's monthly meeting Monday night Mar. 11 at 7:30pm at the Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt. 5s in Rotterdam Jct. Hope to see everyone their to discuss the racing season we just concluded.


Update 3/8/02 - The ice has been checked and despite a forecast of near 60 degree weather for today and Sat. the weatherman says it will drop below freezing on Sat. night and stay there for Sunday. That should mean a hard slick ice conditions for Round 7 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series. As is the case every week, registration will open at 8:30am at Vroomans Rest. with racing set to begin at 11:00am sharp. The ice does look good right now, but we caution everyone that it is March and conditions can change. So come on out Sunday but bring a second set of shoes just in case.


Update 3/6/02 - Hi everyone, I walked thru the pits and asked all the racers and workers last Saturday if they wanted to race another time. Almost everyone said yes. Almost everyone wanted to run Sunday but would do Saturday if needed. To bad we couldn't have raced yesterday! The forecast for this weekend isn't as cut and dry as the last few weekends. We are checking Caroga Lake Friday morning and will attempt to make a decision that day as to the plan for the weekend. The workers and a lot of the racers only want to race one day so if we can do it plan on only one day. This would be the last race of the season also. The shore line at Lake Algonquin was beginning to go away at the end of the day Saturday so we must be very sure we can hold a safe race this weekend. If we don't feel it will be safe we wont do it. Thanks go out to everyone that attended the race last Saturday on such short notice I know a lot of you stayed up late because you thought you had Saturday to work on your cars. It just shows how bad you all want to race. I cant say enough for the workers this year they are doing an awesome job with multiple two day weekends. Thank them when you see them next!
Thanks,
Dave Burnham
AMEC PRES


Update 3/3/02 - Great weather and a terrific turnout of race teams greeted everyone on Sat. Mar.2 as A.M.E.C. held Round 6 of the 2002 Ice Racing Series on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY. Taking wins in their respective classes were, Dave Burnham taking both Class A wins, Claude Hutchings doing the same in Class B, with the trend continuing in Class C with Andy Stewart, Dana Hutchings and Dave Reulet shared the Class D wins, Pete VanDeCar took both Class E wins, Bryan Burnham took  both Open wins, Gerard Michney dominated the Street Legal Class, and Matt DeLorenzo took the honors in the Modified portion of the Finale as Dana Hutchings took the same in the Stock portion. A.M.E.C. will be keeping a close eye on the weather this week as well as the ice conditions around the area as we will try and sneak in Round 7 on either Sat March 9th or Sunday March 10th.


Update 3/1/02 - We will once again be returning to Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY for Round 6 of the 2002 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series. With a Sunday forecast of moderate to heavy rain to start Sat. night, the decision has been made to run this weekends races on Saturday March 2, 2002 instead of Sun. This may cause some race teams some difficulty but we are afraid that if we wait till Sun. that we may not get to race at all. As usual we will be holding registration beginning at 8:30am in the Wells Vol. Ambulance Corps building ( which is on your right just after you come into town on Rt. 30 from the south) with racing set to begin at 11:00am sharp.


Update 2/28/02- Be sure to check out the complete wrap up of the 2002 Studs On Ice event that Mike Kamm has put together along with a bunch of great photo's of the event as well. Just click on the message about it on the main page.


Update 2/25/02 - An another great weekend of racing concluded on Sun. as A.M.E.C. ran Rounds 4 & 5 of the 2002 Ice Racing Series. Saturday saw a hint of what was to come as we had dominating performances turned in by each driver in their respective class. Taking double wins in each class were; Dave Burnham in Class A, Jeff Lehner in Class B, Andy Stewart in Class C, Mike DeLorenzo in D Class, Pete VanDeCarr in E Class, Jeff Lehner in Open Class, Mike Kamm in Street Legal, and Andy Stewart in the Stock portion, and Dave Burnham in the Modified portion of the Finale.  Winners on Sunday were; Matt DeLorenzo taking both heat wins in the A Class, Claude Hutchings doing the same in B Class, Andy Stewart doing ditto in the C Class, Dana Hutchings and Mike DeLorenzo splitting the D Class, Pete VanDeCar taking both heats in E Class, Richie Frohlich taking both Open Class wins, Mike Kamm taking both Street Legal wins, and Andy Stewart taking the Stock portion of the Finale, and Matt DeLorenzo taking the Modified portion. A.M.E.C. will try and run Round 6 of the 2002 Ice Racing Series this Sunday March 3 at a location to be determined later in the week.


Update 2/22/02 -       These are the weekends to be glad your not an AMEC official. We have to make an educated guess on how it will be tomorrow, we will be heroes or zeros!  The news from Caroga Lake is that it is 32 degrees right now, there is some water on parts of the lake which we feel will solidify by morning if the temperatures go down as far as the weather men say they will. There is more than enough ice to support a race. So this is the official word we are going to attempt to race Saturday and Sunday. Registration opens at 8:30 and will be held at Vroomans Restaurant. We will meet at Vroomans after the races for awards, food and drinks. Please bring your pylons there are no snow banks. We can use some plows for clean up between races. If you have any questions you can call me at 518 875 6956 or call Claude Hutchings AMEC VP at 315 839 5064 or 315 839 6086. Lets race, Dave Burnham, AMEC PRES.    PS don't forget your spill pillows buckets and shovels!


Update 2/20/02 - Visit the new and improved AMEC message board on the main page! The old message board will be on the main page for a short time. This will allow members who wish to "copy" their old posts that are important and "paste" them into the new board.


Update 2/19/02 - Dave Burnham has just confirmed that A.M.E.C. will indeed be running at Caroga Lake, NY this weekend Feb. 23rd. and 24th. Registration will take place at Vroomans Rest. at 8:30am with practice and racing to start at 10:30am on both days.


Update 2/18/02 - Congratulations go out to this weekends winners; In A Class it was Matt DeLorenzo take both heat race wins, in B Class Jeff Lehner did the same, Mike Migliori and Andy Stewart split the wins in C Class, Mike DeLorenzo dominated the D Class, while Pete VanDeCar and John Holden shared the E Class wins. Some outstanding racing in the Street Legal Class saw John Lutes and John Hynes battle each other to the wins, while Matt DeLorenzo took the Modified portion of the Finale and Andy Stewart did likewise in the Stock portion. A.M.E.C. had a excellent turnout of cars for the "Studs on Ice" time trials on Sat. as all kinds of cars were able to make their way around a tricky full up Ice Racing road course. Many of the competitors said they had a great time and can't wait for the 2nd. annual running of "Studs on Ice" in 2003. A.M.E.C. will again try to run a two day show this coming weekend Feb. 23rd & 24th, with a good chance that Caroga Lake may be the venue. As always keep checking back here each day for updates and information.


Update 2/15/02 - Everything has been checked out and were all set to return to Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY this Sat. and Sun. Feb. 16th and 17th. "Studs on Ice" will kick off the weekend double header on Sat. with Autocross type time trials for just about any kind of motor vehicle out there. We will then run a regular card of A.M.E.C. Ice Racing on Sun. The only thing we are asking people to do is to check back here on Sat. night to make sure that there are no new updates for Sundays racing. A.M.E.C. is going to use Caroga Lake as an emergency back-up on Sunday if the surface on Lake Algonquin should deteriorate on Sat. The head web master will be out of town on Sat., so if everything stays as scheduled there will be no more updates this weekend unless we have to move the races on Sun. So to summarize, races at Lake Algonquin unless you see a new update on Sat. night.


Update 2/14/02 - A check of Lake Algonquin last night finds that the two days of racing last weekend combined with the rain it received have left the ice surface a little on the rough side. False ice pockets that are 5 to 6 inches deep have formed in a few locations, making this weekends events questionable at that location. A quick run over to Caroga Lake found that they have 15 to 16 inches of perfectly smooth ice with perfect access onto the lake. The bad news is that a small fishing tournament is scheduled there for this Sat. Dave Burnham is in talks with the locals there as you read this and is trying to formulate a plan that will make everyone happy. So keep a eye on this page as we may run at Caroga or we may have to make Well's work for us. A.M.E.C.'s goal has and always will be to provide a safe and competitive racing environment for it's members, so bear with us during this wacky winter.


Update 2/12/02 - Congratulations go out to the following winners from this past weekends racing held at Lake Algonquin, Wells, NY. On Saturday Feb. 9th the winners were; Matt DeLorenzo in both A Class heats, Steve Erickson in both B Class heats, Andy Stewart in both C Class heats, Mike DeLorenzo and Eric Parham in the D Class heats, Pete VanDeCar in both E Class heats, Dave Clark and Brian Dates in the Open races, John Lutes and Mike Kamm in the Street Legal races, and Matt DeLorenzo in the Modified Finale, and Andy Stewart in the Stock Finale.

On Sunday Feb. 10 the winners were; Matt DeLorenzo in both A Class heats, Claude Hutchings and Steve Erickson in the B Class heats, Bill Lawyer and Andy Stewart in the C Class heats, Mike DeLorenzo in both D Class heats, Rich Hill and Bob Reepmeyer in the E Class heats, Jeff Lehner and Dan Carlton in the Open races, John Lutes and Mike Kamm in the Street Legal races, and Matt DeLorenzo in the Modified Finale and Andy Stewart in the Stock Finale.

The plans for this weekend are for the Studs on Ice Rally to be held Sat. and a regular racing card on Sun. probably to be held again at Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY. As usual check back here for the confirmation on Thurs. or Fri.


Update 2/11/02 - The 2002 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series finally got going this past weekend with 44 race cars taking the green. Due to the hectic race and travel schedule the results that we post here will be delayed one day so I can get the info. Thank you to all of the drivers, workers, spectators and supporters that came out for our first race weekend of the season!! Sometime within the next few days, the points of this weekend's races will be posted on the website. In case you've forgotten, tonight is the monthly AMEC meeting. We will be discussing some of the issues that came up over the weekend and our final preparations for next weekend's ice trials. You won't want to miss this one! Also, we have a message about this coming Saturday Feb. 16, "Studs On Ice" rally from event organizer Mike Kamm; We just got back from our first ice racing event, held on Lake Algonquin, in Wells, NY. The racing was fantastic. I can now say, that there is no way the "Studs on Ice" event can be held on Warner's Lake, as originally planned. AMEC will recheck all of the lake possibilities on Wed. or Thurs,
and only then, will we have the final word. Right now, Lake Algonquin surely looks to be the most likely sight. IF the event is held there, the directions are as follows: NYS Thruway [I-90] to Exit 27 Amsterdam. After paying toll, go right and follow the signs through Amsterdam for Rt. 30 North. Stay on 30 for about 40 miles, and when you come into the town of Wells, you'll see a steel truss bridge on your left. Make note of it, because after sign in and paying your entry fee, you will use this bridge to get to the lake. So, you'll pass the truss bridge, and proceed about .5 miles until you see a church on your right, where you'll turn right onto a side street called Buttermilk Hill Rd. Just after turning onto Buttermilk Hill Rd, bear left into the parking lot for the Wells Ambulance Corps building. That is where you will register. Once registered, you'll back track out to Rt. 30 South [by turning left], and go back .5 mile to the aforementioned steel bridge, and make a right to go over the bride. Proceed about a mile, and look for a sudden right turn, which is the public boat launch for the lake, Proceed to where the
others are parked and get ready to have some fun! Motel bookings might be tricky. It is Presidents Week and the snowmobilers might have most of the places booked up. You can go to our website, http://www.icerace.com, click on Message Board, and you'll see three posts, that I have for the region's motel lists. We don't yet have nearly the maximum of 60 cars yet, so if you can bring others, Please do!     Best Regards,  Mike Kamm Event coordinator


Update 2/7/02 - It's now official, the 2002 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series will finally get underway this Saturday and Sunday Feb. 9th and 10th. We will be racing up at Lake Algonquin, in Wells, NY. As in past years, registration will take place beginning at 8:30am in the Wells Vol. Ambulance Corps building ( which is on your right just after you come into town on Rt. 30 from the south) with racing set to begin at 11:00am sharp. The reasoning behind two days of racing are two fold. We want to try and make the most of a very unusual winter and get as many events in as possible, and the forecast for Sunday is for possible rain which could screw us up even more. Everyone should have their cars eager to run so we look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday and Sunday.


Update 2/7/02 - If you had reservations in Richfield Springs for this weekends proposed races at The Lake house Restaurant on Canadarago Lake please cancel them. The ice is not good enough yet to race on and the weather is not getting better its getting worse. We are checking all other possibilities and an e mail will go out later with details of "Plan B" if we can figure out a plan B. Dave Burnham, A.M.E.C. PRES.


Update 2/5/02 - Hi, Ice Racers! Next weekend is (possibly, hopefully, please, please...) the first event of the season. Here is what we have planned and why: Assuming we get to our 12 inches of ice - we plan on racing Saturday and Sunday at Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs, NY. Final confirmation will come out on Friday. Canadarago Lake is big enough for us to move the race track or corners as needed to get two days of racing out of the ice. We don't think we could get 2 days of racing out of Summit Lake, the only other Lake with close to 12 inches of ice.  If Canadarago Lake does not get the ice we're hoping for, we will try and go to Summit Lake on Sunday only. We will be registering at the Lake House Restaurant. The owners are excited to have us come and race.  They are willing to let us use their restaurant on both Saturday and Sunday. (We were last there about 4 years ago.) The Lake House is also a Bed and Breakfast with eight rooms. You can check out the rooms and directions by going to http://lakehouse-cooperstown.com/Lakehouse.html  There are other motels in town also if anyone needs a place to stay. Drivers should be prepared to help out in the pits or on a corner as needed. Some regular workers have already confirmed whether or not they can help out, but we would like to request that all other workers that can come for one or both days please e-mail and let us know. We would like to have 3 to 4 plows for each day also. This will be the first race of the year, so please bring all related items to work a race: pylons, safety gear, radios, flags, etc. We need to get back into the swing of putting on a race.

Thanks,
Dave Burnham
AMEC PRES


Update 2/1/02 -      Here's the deal on this weekend's ice races....   guess what....  canceled again. Thanks go out to Mike Kamm, Jessica Rossman, and Claude Hutchings for checking the lakes that were very close to being ready.
      Looking at the extended forecast, be ready for next weekend. At this point it looks very promising. The Lake George Winter Carnival is scheduled for next weekend. Since a water skiing show is taking our place, we are prepared to do a two day event somewhere else. If the lake we find can only take one day's worth of racing, we will schedule it for Sunday. If we think it will be good for two days, we will do the whole weekend. We may also switch from one lake on Saturday to another on Sunday. If you are adventurous, the New Meadows Ice Racing Club is racing in Maine, or you could tag along with Josh Wortzel and Dave Clark and go up to Quebec and race with the Champion at Du Quebec DE Courses Sur Glace...... Rules are at  www.autoquebec.ca/courseglace/reglements.php (Most of or our cars don't fit their rules but it would be a fun road trip.)


Update 1/29/02 - Not a lot of news outside of the lack of weather, but we do have some more competitors sending in pictures of their new rides for 2002. This one was sent in from Josh Wortzel and Dave Clark, the Boston, Mass. guy's that will be looking to dominate All Wheel Drive Class and possibly show the A Class cars the quick line around. just click on ; www.icerace.com/05awd


Update 1/25/02 - And now for a message from our most esteemed President;

Here is the latest word on ice racing for this weekend:   

Forgetaboutit!
Many lakes were checked including Saranac Lake, and Chazy Lake (near Plattsburg - we ran a 3 hour enduro there in the mid-eighties), Caroga Lake, and Lake Algonquin. All now have slush which makes them unusable until a major thaw and refreeze. Canadarago Lake still doesn't have enough ice to race on. The rain will probably help to get rid of the snow and slush but we need a big cool down to finish the ice making. Put some suntan lotion on and enjoy your weekend.
Dave Burnham, AMEC PRES
      PS: If by some chance we get enough ice, be prepared to possibly run two day events. That would be the only way we may be able to recoup the cost of the mandatory insurance that we must purchase if we have even one race in a year.

Least we forget to look for the silver lining, a report from Claude Hutching’s say’s that Canadarago Lake is still holding at 9 to 11 inches of ice with no slush or anything for that matter on top. And a local radio station has just reported that the Lake George Winter Carnival organizers will have some Native American Indians up at the lake on Monday to perform a “ice dance” to summon in the cold weather that is needed for them to have any kind of Winter Carnival this year.


Update 1/17/02 - The report has just come in and we might as well just repeat the posting directly below this. Caroga Lake and Lake Algonquin both are sitting on 8 inches of ice but now have a fresh 5 inch cover of snow on top. The weather reports look to be about the same pattern as we have had for the last couple of weeks. So all we can do is cancel this weekends, Jan. 20, 2002 races and keep our fingers crossed that a cold snap happens soon. The only good thing about this situation is that just a couple of years ago, 1999 to be exact, we did not get started with the racing season until the last weekend in January and still ran 6 weekends after that. As a contingency plan, A.M.E.C. will be looking into some other venues to hold our races if the weather does not cooperate. We'll keep you informed if any of those ideas pan out. And lastly, we are not the only ones with this problem this year as the Minnesota and Michigan racing organizations have not been able to get out on the ice there either.


Update 1/10/02 - Well the news for this weekends racing will not come as a surprise with the weather we're having. A run up to Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY finds that there is still about 8 inches of ice to be found. The good news is that the big snowstorm that most of us got on Monday seems to have only dropped a couple of inches up in Wells. With the warm weather of today, that snow has turned into a 80% water and slush combo on top of the ice. So as soon as we get a cold day or two we should have that water on top harden up and form an additional 2 - 3 inches of ice. That would put us in the 10 to 11 inch range real fast. So as you can see with just a few good cold nights between now and next weekend, we could be racing. So to make it official, this Sunday's racing, January 13, 2002 is cancelled but it sure is looking good for the 20th.

If your looking for some Menard racing tires then be sure to check into the Classified page as a new ad is posted there. And as you can see on the main page, new cars are being finished as we speak so they will be ready for the opening of the 2002 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series. How about you?


Update 1/4/02 - A quick check of the lakes today has found 5 to 7 inches of ice on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY and about 5 inches over to Round Lake. So unfortunately that means no racing this weekend but does look like a real good chance that perhaps next weekend we can get the 2002 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series underway. Keep checking back for all the details.


Update 1/2/02 - Many of you have been wondering if the Menard tire order would ever come, well it did today! Please call Mike Glock at 518-393-0093 to arrange picking up your order at his shop. There are still about 5 or 6 of you that need to pay. Please bring a check with you when you get your tires.
      A note on the ice conditions, we will probably have to cancel this weekends scheduled race because we haven't got the 12" minimum of ice yet but please check the web page for sure every Saturday.


Update 1/1/02 - A.M.E.C. officials made a check of a couple of our racing lakes today and found favorable conditions on both. Up at Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY, there was snowmobiles buzzing all over the lake. A quick check found about 4 to 5 inches of ice. A ride over to Caroga Lake then found similar conditions with 2 to 3 inches of ice over the lake. With a check of the forecast for Wells showing near zero temps forecast for Wed. and Thurs. nights, we should be up to 6 to 8 inches by the weekend. This will not be enough ice to get our 2002 Ice Racing season under way, but will go a long way toward possibly getting out there for the following weekend. Don't forget this Saturday nights Election Banquet at the Winner's Circle Restaurant on Route 5 in Fonda. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm. If you didn't call Dave Burnham yet to tell him you'll be there then call right now!!!


Update 12/28/01 - A call to the trucking company that is slowly bringing our tires to us indicates a delivery date of Wednesday or Thursday Jan. 2 or 3rd now. The recent snow in the Buffalo area seems to be the excuse this week, but sooner or later they should make there way here. As usual we will update everyone as soon as we hear something.


Update 12/24/01 - January Elections Banquet; The 2002 Ice Racing Season is nearly here, and it is time to come together for our January banquet and election of 2002-2003 officers. This year’s banquet will be held on Saturday, January 5th, at the Winner's Circle Restaurant on Route 5 in Fonda. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served at 7:00pm. The evening will include a brief meeting (in lieu of our usual monthly meeting), so please try to attend. A family-style dinner will be provided for just $13.50 per person. Dishes will include a Relish Tray, Soup, Salad, Sliced Roast Turkey and Roast Beef with Gravy, Poultry Dressing, and Mashed Potatoes, Rolls and Butter, Dessert, and Coffee or Tea. Please e-mail or call in your reservation to Dave or Jamie Burnham no later than January 1st (Racing48@aol.com,(518)875-6956). If you need further directions to the Winners Circle, please call (518)853-3094.\

If you take a look at the Classified page you will see that former racer Paul Hacker is giving a discount on racing helmets for all A.M.E.C. members. It's always a good idea to update your safety equipment often and this is the guy to see about it.

And last but not least the first ice condition report of the year shows that Caroga Lake has a thin layer of ice over about 3/4 of the lake surface as of Dec. 23. A couple of cold nights and it will be frozen over and can make as much as 1 inch of ice a night after that. So keep getting those cars ready as we will be racing sooner than you think.

And finally, all of the A.M.E.C. officials would like to extend their wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a terrific New Year to everyone involved in our sport. It was a very tough year for motor sports in 2001, but together we can make 2002 a banner year for Ice Racing and maybe help get the entire sport of racing off to a great new year.


Update 12/20/01 - Just wanted to give an update on the Menard tire order. Just got off the phone with the trucking company and they say that the trailer there on has to go thru Detroit first and then onto us. They expect the trailer into Albany no sooner then Wednesday the 26th, and then to deliver them on Thursday or Friday the 27th or 28th. As soon as they arrive we will get a posting up here and get the word out to all you people that are awaiting your tires.


Update 12/6/01 - About 2 weeks ago AMEC placed an order for 88 ice race tires from Team Menard in Wisconsin. They will be shipped some time next week. Because of the bulk order they have given us a 5% discount on the tires and we saved some money by getting them all shipped by truck to one spot. It's time to start sending in your checks. If you placed an order for tires please send a check payable to AMEC to Mike Glock at 172 Freeman Bridge Rd. Scotia, NY 12302. 13" Menards with all the shipping and handling charges are $138 each --14" & 15" Tires are $152 each. The tires will probably be shipped to that same address. Please pick them up as soon as you can once the tires come in (88 tires take up a lot of room). You can call Mike Glock with any questions you may have at (518)393-0093. You could bring your checks to the next AMEC meeting also.
      The next AMEC meeting is Monday, December 10th at the Knotty Pine Restaurant in Rotterdam Junction. On the agenda: We will be discussing last details for the upcoming ice race season. Voting on an AWD clarification needed for the rules. More discussion of whether we should do a bulk fuel purchase. Some changes have taken place regarding AMEC's plans for holding an Ice Trials      event this season, the latest developments will be discussed. The floor will be open for nominations for officers for the election of officers at the January meeting/banquet. And many more items .... Please attend if you can.
      Former ice racer Scott Stickle has 6 used Menard tires for sale $150 for the tires or $200 for all 6 on SAAB wheels, call Scott at work during the day at (518)798-1577.
      If you haven't sent in your membership dues, please do so ASAP. Memberships can also be taken at the monthly meeting.
See you all soon, Dave Burnham , AMEC Pres.


Update 11/20/01 - As we approach the upcoming racing season a couple of rules clarification questions have come up. To further define our rules the following changes will be voted upon at the next A.M.E.C. meeting on Monday night Dec. 10 2001 at Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt.5s in Rotterdam Jct. at 7:30pm.

Page 1, under General, add:

G.     All ice racing cars are to be two-wheel drive except for the cars in the All Wheel Drive class.
H.     All ice racing cars must be regular production cars available in the USA. This excludes cars specially imported for racing (or other reasons) that were not available from US dealers.

All-Wheel Drive(AWD)
           At this time the rules clearly state that an AWD car with positraction (limited-slip) will be bumped to A class. Because many AWD cars come equipped with limited slip stock, we will review this rule in the December meeting and the club will vote on whether to allow or disallow limited-slip equipped AWD cars to run in AWD class.
           AWD was created as a stand-alone class without the option of multiple modifications that would move the car into other classes. For this reason, if the above proposal passes and limited-slip AWD cars are allowed in AWD class, there will be no modifications allowed that would move the car out of that class. Only the preparation and modifications allowed for cars in C, D, and E classes that are allowed without bumping the cars up to another class will be permitted. Otherwise, such things as locked differentials and illegal carburetor or fuel injection changes are forbidden. Engines must be those within the make and model range. For example, if an engine did not come with an AWD model from the manufacturer in the US, it is forbidden even if it was available for 2WD cars of that make.
           If the limited-slip rule for AWD is not changed, then any AWD car with limited slip will run in A class. This does not, however, permit any further modifications to the car other than those permitted in stock C, D, and E class cars that do not move them up a class.

We have also had a request from a past Ice Racer who could use a little help from one of us, Jon Landry wrote to us to say, It's Jon Landry, former ice racer and more recent Lime Rock entrant (Stingray #78 / Ford Mustang #70). I have been considering returning to the ice this year, and I'm going to try to hunt down some used 14" Menards, via the AMEC classifieds. But more of an issue is the extremely long commute that I face, coming from Springfield, MA. Do you have any contacts that would just love to have an ice race car and trailer stored on their property ?? I'm not looking for a free ride (although that would help keep the $ down), but anything in the general area would help assure my regular participation
during the season.  Previous year's tows (especially in snowy conditions) were just to treacherous to do on a regular basis. If you or anyone you know can help out Jon you can contact him at jonathanlandry@hasbro.com

And if you check out the Classified page you will find a couple more cars for sale via the Central New York Ice Racing Assc.


Update 11/13/01 - The 2002 Ice Racing schedule is now posted on the schedule page. As is always the case the schedule is at best tentative as the racing conditions will dictate where we are able to race, but at least this gives us a idea of where we would like to be on those dates. Bruce Carlton has available a muti page article he has written that covers the set-up of a car for Ice Racing. The article covers in detail how you can maximize performance with the proper suspension settings on your car. Caster, camber, toe out, tire pressures and lots more are all detailed in the article that could be a great help to the novice Ice Racer or the the experienced runners that have never taken advantage of properly setting up there suspension. You can purchase the article from Bruce for just $6.00 by contacting him at Blton@aol.com

Just a reminder to all Ice Racers out there, the start of the 2002 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season is just a scant 7 weeks away now so be sure to start burning that midnight oil to be prepared for what looks to be a repeat of last years record breaking season. The long term weather reports all point to a very cold winter with moderate snowfall that should set us up with perfect ice condition everywhere. If the rumor mill is even half right we may be looking at 60 or 70 cars per event this season, with reports of the A Class doubling in size and new cars entering C, D, and E Class to god only knows how many Street Legal cars may be showing up at each event that could make the points races a real cat fight right down to the wire.


Update 10/22/01- The 2002 Competition Rules are now on the rules page. Please be sure to read thru them as there have been some changes since last year such as the addition of a flag, penalty for crashing into parked cars, simplified Street Legal Class Rules, and a Do's and Don'ts of Ice Racing. Don't forget the next A.M.E.C. monthly meeting is coming up on Monday night Nov. 12 at Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt. 5s in Rotterdam Jct. Topics at this next meeting will include the 2002 racing season schedule, bulk race tire and race fuel purchases, and absolutely anything else that you would like to discuss.


Update 9/24/01 - A.M.E.C. and the Arthritis Foundation would like to thank the many people that turned out on this past Saturday to help out with the running of the Mini Grand Prix. Everyone did a professional job and the praise from the organizers and racers proved it again that A.M.E.C. is one of the most organized and professional racing groups around. Everybody got to have a great lunch from the the folks at Outback Steak House and help out a great cause in helping to find a cure for the many forms of Arthritis. On the racetrack, it was a fairly uneventful race other than the one kart that burst into flames and the two drivers that were sent to Albany Medical Center for a broken shoulder and a concussion respectively. To say these guys get the "Red Mist" in their eyes is putting it mildly. If you didn't attend this year than you better make plans to be there next year for this must see show. A.M.E.C. will now turn it's entire focus on the upcoming 2002 Ice Racing Season as the Farmers Almanac is predicting another winter just like last year when we got in a near record 9 weekends of racing. Just a reminder that the next meeting of A.M.E.C. will be on Monday night October 8 at 7:30pm at the Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt.5s in Rotterdam Jct.


Update 9/16/01 - MINI GRAND PRIX 2001 The third annual Arthritis Foundation Mini Grand Prix is set for September 22 at the Taft Furniture Parking Lot on Central Avenue in Colonie (rain date is Sunday). Since the first event in 1999, AMEC has been an integral part of planning and officiating the races. We are proud to contribute to this worthwhile endeavor while doing one of the things we enjoy most (helping out at the races, that is)!!
We need everyone to pitch in for this 9 to 5 event (workers must arrive by 7:30am). If you can't come all day, come and help out for a few hours. We need corner workers, pit people, and grid workers to chip in. Bring your AMEC sweatshirts and/or t-shirts so that we can easily find each other and so that others know who we are.
A pre-race party for drivers and their teams, sponsors, media reps, and volunteers will be held on Tuesday, September 18 at 6pm at the Armory Center on Central Avenue. Free food music and beer!
The event will feature mini NASCAR-style cars during all-day competition. The Mini Grand Prix pits teams from local businesses and organizations against each other to reach the checkered flag first - all while helping to raise money for arthritis education and research. A celebrity race will be held at noon. 
The Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern New York Chapter was established on February 13, 1953. The Chapter's service area includes the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton,  Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington. The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.

If anyone is interested in an AMEC exhibition race at the Albany-Saratoga Race Track on October 20th, please call Dave Burnham with a firm commitment by September 21st. We need at least 10 cars before we pursue arrangements with the racetrack. Last year's event was a success and a great opportunity to show off our club and our cars.


Update 9/6/01 - This just in from the President of A.M.E.C.,  -   The next AMEC meeting will be Monday, September 11, at 7:30PM at the Knotty Pine Restaurant on Route 5S in Rotterdam Junction. This is the last meeting before AMEC officiates the Arthritis Foundation Mini Grand Prix on September 22nd. We will be making final plans for the running of this charity event. We have several workers signed up but can always use more. It's fun and rewarding to contribute to such a good cause. If time allows, we may show a video on the history of Lime Rock. It's about 50 minutes long and quite interesting.
    Hope to see you all there, Dave Burnham, A.M.E.C. PRES.


Update 8/22/01 -     We were saddened to hear of the death of former AMEC President Vern Pashley. Vern was president in the late 70's or early 80's (I have to check to be sure). The whole Pashley family used to be very active in AMEC with Vern, Bob, and Dick all having served as former presidents.
    Vern was 83 years-old and passed away on Sunday. Calling hours are Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at the Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home at 21 Midline Road, Ballston Lake. Memorial contributions can be sent to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
    Vern was a very memorable person and helped the club out for many years. He raced with us for ten or so years and retired from ice racing when he was about 70 years-old. Some of us still talk about the time Vern rolled his Ford Fiesta over at Round Lake in the eighties; he was going pretty fast and as the car went over it was sliding backward on its roof!! The rear window blew out and the car started filling up with the snow on the track. Before the car stopped, it had packed Vern in the car like a fish in an ice chest. We all can still hear him yelling, "Get me out of here!!!!" with his scratchy voice. It took us a while to dig all of the snow out of the car with shovels. Just one of those memorable ice racing experiences.
We will all miss him


Update 8/8/01 - Just got word that the place and date have been set for the 3rd Annual Arthritis Foundation Mini Grand Prix. The place is the same as the last two years, the Taft Furniture parking lot on Central Ave. in Colonie, NY. The date has been set for Saturday Sept. 22 with the rain date for the following day Sunday Sept. 23. A.M.E.C. members and it's officers have been running the events for the past two years with great success and are looking forward to it again this year. With the addition of a fully electronic scoring system that the club has been looking into it should be both a privilege to work with the great people at the Arthritis Foundation as well as a learning experience to see first hand the scoring system in action. As in the past we hope that many of our A.M.E.C. members will step forward to volunteer their efforts for one day to help with this project and more importantly to help in the fight to one day rid ourselves of the effects of Arthritis. More info can be obtained on this by attending our next monthly meeting that is coming up this Monday Night Aug. 13 at 7:30pm at the Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt. 5s in the town of Rotterdam Jct., just 3 miles off Exit 26 of the NYS Thruway-I-90


Update 7/27/01 - And now a message from our President; Just a reminder, Randy Koehler's summer road rally and picnic is this Sunday. All AMEC members and families are invited. The rally starts at 11:15 from the Schodack Plaza @ Routes 9 and 20. The party starts at 1pm. For more info or directions call Randy at (518)732-2436. AND, don't forget!!! Our next AMEC meeting is in two weeks.... the second Monday of every month as usual. And just as a reminder we are now meeting at the Knotty Pine Tavern on Rt. 5s in Rotterdam Jct. Dave Burnham AMEC PRES.


Update 7/11/01 - Monday night was the monthly AMEC meeting. It was fairly well attended. We voted on the proposed rules that were written about in the last newsletter.  All of the proposals passed and are now rules. In case you were wondering, some of the votes were very close. In fact, the new carburetor rule passed by only one vote!  We don't want to hear that you don't like the new rules if you didn't vote.  We also opened the floor to other rules changes that could be voted on if a motion was made and seconded. You may also find it interesting to note that A class almost allowed V8's up to 358 cubic inches. This rule was voted down by a scant 2 votes! 
    The Knotty Pine Tavern in Rotterdam Junction will be our new meeting place until further notice. It was more centrally located for most of the members in attendance and everyone thought the room met our needs well. Thanks go to Mike Glock for setting that up for us!
    Eight of the AMEC guys got together with their wives and friends to run their cars at Lime Rock Park on Saturday, July 7 with the Corvair Club. The weather was great and we all got about 70+ minutes of track time. The people attending were Bruce Carlton in his new competition Corvair, Dave Burnham in his Maserati Bi-Turbo, Dick Vedder in his 2000 Ford Escort ZX2,  Nathan Wright in his C class VW, Jeff Lehner in his B class VW, Scott Coloney in Jeff's VW, Mike Glock in an Enterprise Rent-A-Car Chevy Impala (no joke) and Rob Reed in his C class VW.
    The next AMEC event is Randy Koehler's summer party. All AMEC members are invited. The party will be preceded by a 40-mile road rally designed by Randy. The rally starts with a drivers meeting at 11:15 AM at the Schodack Plaza, Routes 9 & 20 in Schodack, NY. For more info call Randy at (518)732-2436. The party starts at 1pm. Randy is supplying the pizza. Everyone else is asked to bring a side dish or desert.
    If you are an AMEC member and are involved in some sort of performance oriented activity this summer, let us know what it is. We would like to share it with the rest of the group. Here are two items one sent in by Randy Koehler and one by Eric Parham (44D) ice racer and Summer SCCA racer. It's interesting to see how many ways you can have fun with cars. Dave Burnham AMEC PRES
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Update 6/25/01- A.M.E.C. will be trying out a new monthly meeting place for it's next monthly meeting on Monday night July 9, 2001. We will meet at the Knotty Pine Tavern on RT. 5s in the town of Rotterdam Jct. It is easy to get to as it is just 2-3 miles west of NYS Thruway exit 26. A newsletter should be out to all members soon to outline the new rules proposals that will be voted on at that meeting. Also be sure to try the new links that Matt Galusha has gotten us. By adding A.M.E.C. to these other racing sites we continue to spread the word about the "Coolest" form of motor sports known to mankind.


Update 6/6/01- Howdy racin' fans and competitors. Thought we would give you just a couple of notes at this slow time of year for Ice Racing. The fact is that this is a very active time of year with monthly meetings of A.M.E.C. now planning out the 2002 Ice Racing season. Tonight ( June 6 ) the rules committee will be meeting to go over some new rule proposals and try to think some more thru to present at our next monthly meeting on next Monday night June 11 at Carney's Rest. in Ballston Lake, NY. at 7:30pm. Anyone who has a idea on a new rule or wants to change an existing rule should make it to this meeting to get your voice heard before the voting takes place. You will also want to check over in the Classified Page to see that another good quality race car is available for the new or improving driver. And one last note while on the Classified Page, if there is something on there that anyone knows has been sold or is no longer for sale please let us know so we can keep it up to date.


Update 5/5/01 - Just a reminder during this slow time of year for Ice Racing, the next monthly meeting for A.M.E.C. is on Monday night May 14 at Carneys Rest. in Ballston Lake, NY at 7:30pm. There is also a new race car for sale in the classifieds so make sure to check that out.


Update 4/7/01- Monday, April 9th is the next AMEC meeting at Carney's Restaurant in Ballston Lake. Hope you all can attend. Remember we are a year-round club please come and enjoy the summer with us.


Update 4/3/01 - Coming up on Friday, May 18th, is the Northeast Corvair Council's first track event of 2001, which will be held at Pocono Intl. Speedway. AMEC members are encouraged to join in, and run their cars on one of the three infield road course, called the "East Course". It utilizes a portion of the NASCAR super speedway. The second event, will be at Lime Rock Park, in CT. The date is on Saturday, July 7th. For more details, contact either Bruce Carlton at 518-885-5048 eves. or at bruce@icerace.com or Mike Kamm at 518-674-0520 or mkamm@juno.com . Both plan on running both events and if you check the message board you can see that quite a few A.M.E.C. members will be running at Lime Rock. . I hope to see some more AMEC people out there!


Update 3/31/01 - A huge crowd of nearly 100 people turned out for the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Awards Banquet. Class championships and Stock and Modified awards were handed out after one of the best seasons of racing in recent memory. Congratulations go out to all the award recipients and to the core of what makes A.M.E.C. tick, it's loyal and hard working race day track crew. It was mentioned at the banquet that the change in A.M.E.C. Officers will now take effect with Dave Burnham taking the helm as President, Claude Hutchings as Vice-President, Jamie Burnham as Secretary, and Mike Glock as Treasurer. A.M.E.C. will now turn it's attention towards a few summer events that it will either participate in or officiate. News of these events will be posted here as they are ironed out.


Update 3/20/01 -   We just received word from Mike Kamm, that his latest production, "Ice Racing 2001" has been completed. Mike has been working full-time on it for about ten straight days and nights.

"Hello everyone, As usual, I plan on having the new video available at the AMEC Banquet this year. This will be quite a challenge, because at 7hrs. and 55 min. in length, I can only make about 1.5 tapes a day. This is like producing two seasons tapes, in one season. I am currently seeking to borrow an extra VCR, [four head type], to augment my three. Then I can double production. This year, I am offering a choice. I can put it all on an eight hour tape, for you, for $20. Or, for better clarity and sound quality, I can put it on four-two hour tapes, for $30. I consider this tape to be more of a documentary, than simply just race coverage. Remember, there are eight weekends included, plus the ubiquitous interviews and shop scenes. There is quite a nice mix of music this year, thanks to Darryl Carl. Also, there is some nice in-car camera footage, thanks to Dick Stewart, and late season Street Legal class footage, thanks to Chris Zeh. If you would like one or more tapes this year, email me at: mkamm@juno.com , or call me at: [518]674-0520, to reserve your order. For those who would like them sent, I can do that too, just add $5.00 for shipping.   Thank you, and see you at the banquet             Mike"


Update 3/13/01- The AMEC Awards Banquet is set for Friday, March 30, at the Colonial Inn on Perth Road near Galway. Cocktail hour will begin at 6pm and a family style dinner will be served at 7pm.
Dinner entrees will include a chicken dish and roast sirloin. Dessert and coffee are also included. There will be plenty to eat, so come prepared to have an excellent meal!
The club will be providing dinner for all drivers who have entered on at least two weekends (or worked one full weekend and driven once). Workers that have worked at least two full weekends are also invited to come at no cost.
Guests can join us for just $20 per person. Please pay at the door.
Drawings for grab bags will be available for those who bring one to the banquet

Please make your reservations now!!!!!
Those who plan to attend must contact Dave Krasucki at (518)882-1631. The final date for reservations is March 21! If you know of anyone who is not on this e-mail list but who may wish to attend, please contact them and pass on this information.


Update 3/11/01-The Final 2001 A.M.E.C. Point Standings have been posted on the points page. A quick look at them will reveal a couple of interesting notes. A tie for the E Class Championship, the C Class champion getting the most points for the season, and thus the most consistent finisher, and what has got to be the most impressive stat, 68 different race cars( actually more like 70 or 71 as a couple guys brought out more than one car for the year), and 98 different drivers. With those kind of numbers A.M.E.C. has got to be probably the single largest Ice Racing organization in what I would guess would be all of North America. All the members and especially the organizers of A.M.E.C. Ice Racing should be very, very proud of what this club has accomplished over the last few years in bringing A.M.E.C. Ice Racing back up to the status of one of the most professionally run racing organizations in all of motor sports.

Also a reminder that our next monthly meeting will be held tomorrow night Monday March 12, 2001 at Carney's Rest. on Rte. 146a in Ballston Lake, NY at 7:30pm. Arrangements for our huge 2001 Awards Banquet will be discussed as well as beginning to break down the 2001 racing season to see what if any improvements can be made.


Update 3/5/01 - A spectacular day of weather greeted 42 cars and 55 drivers for the 9th and final race of the A.M.E.C. 2001 Ice Racing Championships on Warner's Lake Sunday. Keeping the winning ways Sunday were; Mike DeLorenzo and Rich Frohlich in D Class, Rich Hill taking both ends of E Class, Dave Burnham and Matt DeLorenzo splitting up the A Class, Claude Hutchings and Darryl Carl doing likewise in B Class, Bill Lawyer keeping C Class all to himself once again, John Lutes and Pete Zeh sharing Street Legal, and Kevin Dates and Jesse Ruppel doing the same in Open. In the final race of the season Matt DeLorenzo passed under starter Mike Glock's checkered flag first in the Modified portion, with Bill Lawyer following right on his heels in the Stock portion. With racing concluded for the year all eyes now turn to the big year end awards banquet which will be held on Friday night March 30 at The Colonial Inn in Galway, NY. More info will follow shortly on that.


Update 3/3/01 - Everything is set at Warner's Lake for Sunday March 4. The track team was there this morning making final preparations and found 19 plus inches of ice. The weather forecast looks perfect with 30 degrees and no wind for a change.


Update 3/1/01 - Warner's Lake has been confirmed as the location for Round 9 this Sunday Mar 5, 2001. Track crews will be at the lake Saturday morning to file down a couple of hard snow banks so that a new track configuration can be made. Check back here Saturday afternoon for a official OK after the track crew checks in. The 2001 Points Standings have been updated after Round 8 at Warner's Lake this past Sunday. With what will probably be our last event of the season this Sunday, there is still 6 of the 9 points titles still up for grabs in what has got to be the most competitive and successful season for A.M.E.C. in quite some time.


Update 3/1/01 - After a careful inspection earlier this week of Caroga Lake it was found to be in unraceable condition due to rough surface and false ice problems. A new venue is being looked into, very possibly Warner's Lake once again. Stay tuned as the weather looks perfect for Round 9 to be run this Sunday.


Update 2/26/01 - Just got a note from ice race central to let us know that the updated points standings will be slightly delayed as our trustworthy point man Dave Reulet has been called out of town for a few days on business. The rumor mill has him testing for either Williams or Ferrari's F1 teams but nothing can be confirmed or denied as of this writing.


Update 2/26/01 - Despite a forecast of ice and rain 35 race teams and 45 drivers showed up at Warner's Lake sunday for the 8th round of the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships. Track conditions were actually quite good as the rain and warm air made the ice much more tacky than usual. Taking wins for the day were Dana Hutchings and Rich Frohlich in the D Class, Bob Reepmeyer taking both E Class heats, Eric Roscoe doing the same in A Class, as did Darryl Carl in the B Class, Nate Wright and Billy Lawyer split the C Class runs, and Pete Zeh continued his dominence over the Street Legal gang. In the Open Class races Scott Coloney came away with both class wins , and in the days big Finale Race the ever popular Dave Burnham was able to return to victory lane coming home first in the Modified portion, as Bill Lawyer once again took the Stock division. If the weather will permit it A.M.E.C. is planning to run yet another race this Sunday Mar. 4 up at Caroga Lake, NY. Stay tuned to the weather channel and right here as we attenpt to get in our 8th race of the year.


Update 2/22/01 - After careful consideration A.M.E.C. officials are changing the site of this Sunday Feb. 25ths. racing from Round Lake to Warners Lake in East Berne, NY. The change was in consideration of having proper facilities to hold registration and a awards party afterward which Warners Lake has both of. The lake conditions as of 2:00pm Thursday afternoon show 18 inches of ice with a smooth as glass surface which will require a pylon course be set up on Sunday morning. All members who are holding onto pylons for the club are asked to be sure and bring them to the event. As usual the 8:30am registration opening and 11:00am race time apply.See you all this Sunday Feb. 25 for Round 8 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Championships at Warners Lake in East Berne, NY.


Update 2/20/01 - We interupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you a message from the Vise-President of A.M.E.C. ;

    AMEC would like to thank all the workers and racers that helped to make last weekend's big race in Lake George a success!!. I counted at least 29 separate people that worked in various capacities at the event. You all did an excellent job. I don't know if AMEC has ever been stronger in its very willing work force. Hope you all had a good time! We sure did....! We had over 50 cars race this past weekend. Things are looking good for a race Sunday on Round Lake. We are working on a spot for an after-race get together. Stay tuned for details, or check the www.icerace.com web page.We are also looking at going to Caroga Lake for the week after Round Lake. Caroga has finally shaped up.
See you all Sunday! Dave Burnham, AMEC VP


Update 2/19/01 - Another glorious sunny day greeted 40 cars and 50 drivers for day 2 of the 2001 Lake George Winter Carnival. Picking up wins in there classes were, Dana Hutchings and Mike DeLorenzo in D Class, Rich Hill taking both ends of the E Class, Matt DeLorenzo doing the same in A Class, Claude Hutchings and Lucas Weston shared the B Class honors, but Bill Lawyer was not to be denied in taking the C Class laurels, and likewise in the Street Legal as Peter Zeh took both ends. In the Open Class Kevin Dates and Jim Cramer Jr. split up the wins. Then to close out the big racing weekend Matt DeLorenzo outdistanced the field in taking the Modified portion of the Finale, with Bill Lawyer doing the same in the Stock portion. A.M.E.C. would like to thank all the workers that make a huge racing event like this happen and also the Lake George Winter Carnival Assc. for allowing us to showcase our incredible style of racing in front of thousands of people. We look forward to returning again in 2002.


Update 2/17/01 - Day one of the Lake George Winter Carnival is in the books after a very windy but good day of racing. With wind gusts of up to 50mph 44 race cars and over 50 drivers took to the beautiful Lake George, NY for some spirited racing. Capturing wins today were Mike DeLorenzo taking both halfs of the D Class, Ira Gelber and Rich Hill splitting the E Class, Matt DeLorenzo despite a second week of wing problems taking the A Class honors, Darryl Carl taking the 1st B Class win then Claude Hutchings notching a big win in the second heat of B Class, Nate Wright having the C Class all to himself, as did Pete Zeh in Street Legal and Mike Kamm in Open Class, and then ending the day with Matt DeLorenzo taking the Modified portion of the Finale race with Mike DeLorenzo taking the Stock portion. Another full card of racing is on tap for Sunday Feb. 18 with quite a few more cars expected as many had to work on Saturday.


Update 2/16/01 - A.M.E.C. official's toured the Lake George facility this morning and found what was hoped for. The week of warm weather and light rain has done a fantastic job of resurfaceing the lake with a smooth and hard layer of fresh ice that should be perfect for racing on. The forecast for the weekend could not be better with single digits at night and upper 20's for daytime highs. Refer below for registration and dinner party information.


Update 2/14/01 - The point standings have been updated thru our 5th event and everything is set for our big weekend up at Lake George, NY. This being our biggest race of the year the car count should be up there as over 50 teams are expected to battle for the Lake George Winter Carnival Championships.

Registration will begin at 8:30am, Saturday, February 17, at the Shepard's Cove Restaurant on the south end of Shepard's Park along the main street of Rt. 9. Walk down the short dead end road towards the lake to find the Shepards Cove Restaurant on your right, it is on the water. Drivers should be prepared to register for both days of racing on Saturday morning. Also, a sign up sheet will be available for the awards buffet on Saturday night. A buffet will be prepared by the Shepard's Cove chef for us on Saturday night. The time will be announced during the drivers meeting at Saturday's races. The cost is $12.00 per person for ice racers and guests. Workers volunteering for the entire day (i.e., corner workers/flaggers, scorers, pit line-up crew) will be admitted for free. Members who wish to attend must sign up and pay for the dinner at registration on Saturday morning. Trophies will be presented following the dinner.

Drivers racing on Sunday only may register at the Shepard's Cove Restaurant from 8:30 to 10:00 on Sunday morning. A post-race party will be held at the restaurant again to present Sunday's awards and to wind up the weekend. AMEC T-shirts. sweatshirts, and "www.icerace.com" stickers will be available for purchase at registration and on the lake during the races for the following prices: T-shirts $10.00 - Sweatshirts $20.00 - Stickers $3.00 for non-members, and $7.00, $18.00 & $3.00 for members of A.M.E.C.

As usual, lodging in the village itself may be difficult to locate. Make your reservations now if you haven't already. Queensbury, NY and Glens Falls, NY may also have hotel/motel rooms available. This is the biggest weekend of the carnival. Many out-of-towners will be occupying the hotels to enjoy the 3-day weekend.


Update 2/12/01 - Well just as predicted the ice hardened up and we had a perfect yet blustery day to get Round 5 of the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season in. The winners on the day were, Bruce Carlton taking both of the D Class honors, Richard Hill doing likewise in the E Class, Matt DeLorenzo shared A Class with Dave Burnham this time. but the track preparation crew of Darryl Carl and Bill Lawyer must have had something up there fire suits as they both dominated thier respective classes of B and C Class. At least the Street Legal Class was a race as Peter Zeh and John Lutes battled it out for a win each, but back to domination it was as Rick Demo Jr. took the Open Class both times around. In the featured race of the day Matt DeLorenzo despite the loss of most of his wing was able to come out on top in the Modified portion of the Finale Race and Bill Lawyer (there's that track prep guy again) was able to pull the hat trick in the Stock Portion. The next race up is the famous Lake George Winter Carnival this Saturday and Sunday Feb. 17 & 18. Our beloved President Bruce Carlton will be making a trip up there on Monday morning to check on conditions and will report to everyone at tonights (Monday Feb. 12) monthly meeting of A.M.E.C. at Carneys Rest. in Ballston Lake, NY at 7:30pm. Hope to see everyone at the meeting as we get set for the biggest racing weekend of the year.


Update 2/10/01 - The races are on for Sunday, February 11, at Warner's Lake. The ice is wet in spots with the recent thaw, but with the temperatures dipping down, it should be raceable by tomorrow morning. Overall, the track and pits are safe to race on. The ice is still 12 to 14 inches thick. The entrance may still be wet when you drive in, but the pits and the track will probably have little, if any, water. We have paid the insurance for the weekend and we will attempt to race, but there is a SMALL chance that we will cancel in the morning. (If you have a long ride, you may want to decide if you want to take the chance of a possible cancellation before coming out.)


Update 2/9/01 - An update from Bill Lawyer up at Warners Lake at 5:00pm friday shows just a little slush in spots on the track but the temperature is dropping already and the forecast looks good for racing on sunday. Bill also reports that the rest. will have some lite breakfast fare available if anyone comes hungry. He will check the track again on saturday but as of now it looks good.


Update 2/8/01 - The track has been plowed and barring any interference from Mother Nature this Sunday's racing at Warners Lake in Berne, N.Y. is all set. Darryl Carl and his crack team of his other brother Darryl have come up with a trick track configuration that will get everyones attention. Registration will take place in the back downstairs of the Scholz Rest. as usual starting at 8:30am. with the first green flag set to wave at 11:00am. sharp. The 2001 Points Championship Standings have also been updated so be sure to check out where you stand in the standings.


Update 2/5/01 - Here is a reprint of a story in this mornings Albany Times Union on our races at Round Lake. Special thanks go out to the Times Union and there staff on some unexpected puplicity.

By MIKE FRICANO, Staff writer
First published: Monday, February 5, 2001

Competition is red hot in ice racing

Round Lake -- Drivers depend on skill to keep high performance cars on course

Zooming along at 100 mph across the frozen surface of Round Lake might be scary and fast, but on Sunday it wasn't fast enough.

The winners of the Adirondack Motorist Enthusiast Club's ice races were topping out at about 120 mph.

"I've got a need for speed,'' proclaimed 22-year-old Rick Demo Jr., a car salesman from outside of Syracuse.

And so did the nearly 50 other racers who spent their morning and afternoon streaking and sliding, but rarely spinning, across a roughly bone-shaped mile course. It was the first ice race on Round Lake since 1997.

Mild winters and warm weather, which wouldn't allow the necessary minimum 14 inches of ice to form, forced a hiatus on meets for the club, which is in its 37th year of ice racing.

The cars use special carbide-studded tires to gain traction on the frozen surface as the drivers race to the finish line.

There are nine classes of cars, which compete on approximately 1 - to 2-mile courses on frozen lakes in eastern New York from mid-January until early March. The street-legal class is open to any car, provided it has regular snow tires and a fire extinguisher. All drivers have to wear helmets.

"Safety is the number-one thing,'' said Rick Demo Sr. He first got into racing more than 20 years ago after noticing a crowd of front-wheel-drive Saab cars competing on frozen Oneida Lake.

All cars, except those competing in the street-legal class, must have studded tires, interior roll bars and a fire extinguisher.

"We've had rollovers, but everyone walks away,'' said the elder Demo, who compared the traction on ice to a regular car driving on wet asphalt. Demo said that Sunday's conditions were excellent: very little wind and thick ice, with a crusty top, although the fishtailing was far more pronounced during the street-legal class.

"We've had it sometimes where you couldn't stand up,'' said Demo, who along with his son and their two partners hit the road at 5:15 a.m., towing two Volkswagen Rabbits in a trailer. Like most racers, the Demos and their partners, Brian and Kevin Dates, race reconditioned cars.

"It's the most inexpensive form of racing,'' said Michael Kamm, a seven-year-racing veteran from Poestenkill.

Kamm, a Nissan mechanic, said he was hooked the first time he saw ice racing. "It gives me a place to race,'' he said.

The people who ice race compete for bragging rights only, no cash. "It keeps costs down,'' Kamm said. "We do this because we love to do it.''


Update 2/4 /01 - A.M.E.C. Officials were saddened to hear immediately following today's racing event of the passing of 7 of our beloved pylons. Although all advanced life saving techniques were tried, including duct tape, the pylons will be laid to rest on Monday. A private ceremony has been requested. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Don't Be A Conehead Foundation care of A.M.E.C. On a beautiful day with no snow on the lake, a pylon course was set up for the 42 cars and 51 drivers that attended Round 4 of the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season. Although all the drivers did an excellant job of driving, there was some carnage left afterwards. Making their way thru unscaved were Class D winners Dick Stewart and first time in '01 winner Rich Graham, as was Bob Reepmeyer in E Class along with fellow combatant Ira Gelber. The domination continued in Class A with Matt DeLorenzo sweeping the heat events, but the B Class was turned upside down when Darryl Carl was only able to scrape together one win on the day as Turbo Jeff Lehner scored the big upset in the first heat. Nate Wright and Andy Stewart split the C Class races, and John Lutes and Pete Zeh came out on top in the quickly growing Street Legal Class. Domination did rear it's ugly head once again in the Open Class races as Pete VanDeCar came back from a rare snowbank encounter 2 weeks ago to destroy the field in both races. The Finale was then run with the DeLorenzo Brothers Jugernaut taking the honors with Matt out front in the Modified portion and Mike taking the Stock portion. Correction; I screwed up thinking that the C Class was in the Modified portion and it is not. So the correct finish for the Stock portion of the Finale would find Nate Wright winning yet another finale and closing ground on his arch nemisis Bill Lawyer who would end up second in the Stock Finale.


Update 2/2/01 - Everything is set to run Round 4 of the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season this Sunday Feb. 4, 2001. Racing will take place as scheduled at Round Lake, NY. Round Lake is on Rt. 9 half way between the towns of Clifton Park to the south and Malta to the north. It is also just off Exit 11 of I-87 also known as the Adirondack Northway. Registration will be at the entrance to the lake off Rt. 9. As this will be a pylon course due to very little snow on the lake, anyone who might have some cones to contribute to the cause is encourged to bring them along. And a small note that Bruce Carlton has 2 Menard 13" tires for sale, brand new in the wrappers for just $270.00.


Update 2/1/01 - This message just in from our vise-president and his lovely wife the secratary;

Don't worry be happy!!! We needed this warm spell and rain. This has melted down some of the bad ice and snow on top of the lakes, as it gets colder it should freeze up nice for the second half of the season. The report from Round Lake which is on the schedule for this weekend is that it is in quite good shape and will hopefully be race ready by the weekend.
Dave Burnham
AMEC VP


Update 1/26/01 - The racing for this Sunday Jan. 28, 2001 has been cancelled. Due to unfavorable conditions at a number of lakes that were checked over the week the decision was made to let everyone have a week off to fix up there cars and prepare for Round 4 of the season. If you really have the racing bug then you may check on Central New York Ice Racing Assc. as they may run this weekend. As of this posting they have not made a decision to run or also cancel. It may have been possible to go back to Wells, NY but we feel that four weeks in a row may hurt our relationship with the good people of Wells, and we certainly don't want to burn any bridges. So use the time wisely to prepare the cars for the second half of the season and we'll let you know how things shape up for next week.


Update 1/24/01 - The up to the minute points standings are now over on the points page, and this weekends race site is up in the air as of this minute. Summit Lake is out but we have people checking Warners Lake, Canadarago, Cassayuna, and any otherplace we can think of. Check back here often for updates as they happen.


Update 1/22/01 - Round 3 of the A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season in now in the books as a slightly attrition bit field of 38 race teams retraced there steps back to Well's, NY. Congratulations go out to Matt DeLorenzo on doubling up in Class A once again as did Darryl Carl in the B Class, Nate Wright and Bill Lawyer split up the wins in C Class, but Mike DeLorenzo was not to be stopped in taking both checkerds in Class D, and Richard Hill and Ira Gelber traded off wins in the E Class. John Lutes got his first win on ice in the first Street Legal Class, but Peter Zeh was up to the challenge in the second race, and Kevin Dates and Rick Demo Jr. took care of buisness over all the other Open Class runners. In the days Finale Race, Matt DeLorenzo added to his win total on the year taking home the Modified portion as Bill Lawyer triumphed over all the others in the Sock Class portion Hopefully the weather this week will fix up some of the other lakes that are on our schedule so we can run elsewhere. Next weekend is of course Super Bowl Sunday so we hope to get all the racing in and everybody heading home in time for kickoff.


Update 1/20/01 - Everything is all set for Round 3 of the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season to be held once again at Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY. Trip three to the lake will find once again the crack team of plow operators designing a totaly new track design that should test the skill of all the race teams.


Update 1/18/01 - Fresh off the red hot pencil tip (and the all to used eraser) of points tabulater Dave Reulet comes the standings after Round 2 of the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Series. Just back up a page and hit Points Standings and off you will go to see where you or your beloved stacks up against the fierce competion.


Update 1/17/01 - After a check with local goverment officials in Well, NY it has been determined that we will again be racing there this Sunday Jan. 21, 2001. As uasual please check back here later in the week as the only varible that can be forseen is the arrival of a snow storm predicted for friday nite and saturday.


Update 1/16/01 - The track crew has taken a look at Caroga Lake and was disappointed to find a lot of slush and false ice covering the lake, therefore the races scheduled there for this Sunday are cancelled and will be held elsewhere. As of this moment a decision has not been made as we are checking several other lakes. A last resort would be to once again return to Wells, NY but we don't want to wear out our welcome there. Stay tuned for updates as they happen.


Update 1/14/01 - Another great weather day and another spectacular day of racing greeted the nearly 50 drivers and 40 race cars for round 2 of the A.M.E.C. 2001 Ice Racing Season. Although a few drivers tested out there abilitys to drive upside down again this week, everyone had a great day of racing. Doubleing up in the win column seem to be the story of the day as 7 drivers scored twin win's on the day and 2 drivers even scored the hat trick of 3 wins on the day. Bruce Carlton in D Class, Richard Hill in E Class, Darryl Carl in B Class, Nate Wright in C Class, and Peter Zeh in Street Legal all pulled out the double while Pete VanDeCar in Open and Matt DeLorenzo in A Class and the Finale both came away with triple wins. Despite the numerous red flag periods the days events were run off right on schedule and the tight door handle to door handle racing so far this season is second to none. All the teams will now begin preparations for A.M.E.C.'s first visit of the year to Caroga Lake, NY for next Sunday Jan. 21, 2001. As always keep checking back here for updates and news.


Update 1/13/01 - Track prep. crews have just finished up building a brand new 1.1 mile track on Lake Algonquin in Wells, NY. Round 2 of the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season will kick off again with registration begining at 8:30am in the Wells Vol. Ambulance Corps building and racing set to begin at 11:00am sharp.


Update 1/12/01 - The official A.M.E.C. Points have now been retabulated and are posted on the points page. After a exhausting all night recounting session all points have been deemed correct by our crack team of points officials. Thank god nothing like this happens anywhere else.


Update 1/11/01 - Hang on everyone, the points standings were miscalculated and are now being redone. Check back for new points soon.


Update 1/10/01 - Make sure and check out the latest points standings to see where you or your favorite driver is stacking up against the competion. Latest weather forecast shows perfect conditions setting up for this weekend for Round 2 of the A.M.E.C. 2001 Ice Race Season. Keep checking back here for the latest updates.


Update 1/8/01 - A fantastic field of 42 race cars and over 50 driver entries greeted the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season sunday at Lake Algonquin in Wells, N.Y. With many new faces and lots of shiny new race cars in the pits sunday, A.M.E.C. was able to get the new season under way on a fast and furious race track that tested both veterns and rookies alike. Congradulations go out to opening day victors, Matt DeLorenzo and Eric Roscoe in A Class, Darryl Carl picking up both heat wins in B Class, Bill Lawyer doing likewise in C Class, Dana Hutchings and Dick Stewart sharing the D Class laurels, Richard Hill and Ira Gelber spliting the E Class, Peter Zeh capturing both ends of the brand new Street Legal Class, Mighty Mike Kamm taking the Open Class battle, and jolly old Dave Burnham out lasting the field to capture the first Finale Race of the year. Although a couple of teams encounterd some problems with rollovers, everyone was ok and was eager to get ready for next weeks events to hopefully be held again at Lake Algonquin. Keeep checking back here during the week as any news and of course updates on the status of next weeks race will be promptly posted.


Update 1/6/01 - A call from Dave Burnham and the track crew at Wells, N.Y. reports that a 1.3 mile course has been set up for racing on this Sunday Jan. 7. The track crew also reports that the track is a least 10 car widths wide to provide plenty of room for some of the rusty racers (drivers) to get back in shape as the 2001 A.M.E.C. Ice Racing Season swings into gear. A large number of race teams is expected as the phones have been ringing all week.


Update 1/4/01 - Just a quick refresher on confirmation of racing dates. As most of you all know everyone should check the web site on Saturday afternoon prior to any racing event to make sure no last minute changes have occured. This weekend the A.M.E.C. track preperation crew will be making the track on Sat. morning and will report back around noon. So check back here to make sure everything is still a go so no one go driving off in the wrong direction.


Update 1/03/01 - A check with A.M.E.C. officials confirms that we will indeed begin the 2001 Ice Race Season on this Sunday Jan. 7, 2001 at Lake Algonquin in Wells, N.Y. All systems are set and we anticipate a large number of cars for this new millenium race. As usual the registration will open at 8:30am on Sunday at the Wells Volunteer Ambulance Corp. building on Rt. 30 in the village of Wells, NY.



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