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Electric cars already race in Ontario

Published December 11, 2012

Photographer John Larsen does an excellent job for us at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. It seems as if half the field each year is made up of Canadian racers – professional and gentlemen alike – and John has a real knack of getting pictures of them all.

Sunday night, I posted a blog entry about a new Formula E series that’s planned for 2014. Electric-powered formula cars (being built by McLaren, by the way) will race in a 10-event series with Rome and Rio di Janeiro already named as the first two cities planning to host events.

I suggested there would undoubtedly be a North American presence and that resulted in John sending me the following note.

“Norris, further to your blog regarding a new E Formula, I would like to suggest they run an event in Orangeville. That’s right: Orangeville, Ontario.

“After all, they have run a couple of Orangeville Electric Grand Prix already!

“Initially it was around the local high school but was later moved to the fairgrounds. One of my good friends, Larry Barnett (a former amateur racer), has helped to organize this event for a number of years for high school students that have built and raced their own creations in two classes: 12-volt and 24-volt.

“The last event included a tunnel section – just like Monaco. TSN sent a crew for one of their Motoring shows. Students were even bused in to cheer on their teams.

“I have attached one of my photos from the 2011 competition.”

Thanks, John.

I love that idea.

Rome, Rio and Orangeville.

Could it ever happen? Stranger things . . .

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