Michelle Laframboise atTall Pines 2011 2nd place O.P.R.C. - picture by Michel Dansereau

 

Michelle Laframboise Rally

Michelle Laframboise & Elise Racette at Baie de Chaleur 2011 - picture by Maciej Janiak

     For years, my husband, Ian Crerar, competed in rally races.  He occasionally suggested that I might come out and co-drive for him.  Somehow the thought of sitting next to him while he drove like a mad man never really appealed to me.  Also, our children were smaller and it would have been very tough to juggle them and racing.
     In 2009, there was a 1 day regional rally at Shannonville Race Track.  Since our children were getting bigger and since this event was so close to home, I decided that I would like to try my hand at rally but not as a co-driver.  I wanted to be in the driver’s seat. 
     We had recently aquired A.C.P.’s old Evo IV, an Open class, podium winning car.  I thought, this would be the perfect starter car for someone with absolutely no racing experience.  : )  .Well, needless to say, I caught the racing bug big time.  I had never had so much fun in my life.
     Over the next few months I competed in 2 other regional races and 2 national races.  At first I was just trying to get used to going fast and getting comfortable with sliding around on gravel roads.
     Since then I have been working on improving my driving skills and getting faster.  In 2010, I won the Novice Championship in the Ontario Performance Rally Series.  That propelled me into the Expert category for 2011.
 

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