The Canadian AutoSlalom Championship utilizes a two course format over two days along with practice on a separate course with some unique elements Friday afternoon. Every driver gets a minimum of four attempts at each of the unique autocross course layouts over two days of racing. Drivers’ best times from each course are combined to create an aggregate time that determines their final position.
From 1972 through 1991, Canadian SoloSport competitors enjoyed a National AutoSlalom Day with identically designed courses run on the same day on different venues across the country from which national class champions were determined.
In 2000, a group of enthusiastic SoloSport competitors from across Canada created a single national championship event, the Canadian National AutoSlalom Championship, which ran through to 2003.
With the formation of the ASN Canada FIA National SoloSport Committee in 2004, the ASN Canada FIA Canadian AutoSlalom Championship concept became part of the mandate of the ASN National SoloSport Committee and the committee elected to hold an annual Canadian AutoSlalom Championship event alternating between eastern and western Canada. This year will mark the 39th time that the AutoSlalom Championship has been held.
In 2004, the National SoloSport Committee (NSC) created a national set of AutoSlalom Regulations and in 2005, created a new feature for Canadian AutoSlalom, a formula for determining an overall national AutoSlalom champion. In 2013, the NSC adopted SCCA class preparation rules and classes in order to unify the AutoSlalom community both north and south of the border so that the sport ran on the same rules in terms of preparation and class. Event organization and safety requirements remain part of the NSC’s mandate.
The first championship event held under the ASN Canada FIA banner was in 2004 at Sanair racetrack in Quebec. In 2005, the event was in Red Deer while Toronto was the location of the 2006 event.
2007 saw the Canadian AutoSlalom Championship in the west when the event was held in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia where the event was hosted by the VCMC club. Excellence was evident in every aspect of the championship and 132 entries vied for top results.
In 2008 and 2014 the championship was in Slemon Park, Prince Edward Island organized by Moncton Motor Sport Club. The organizing committee designed a 4000 foot course that challenged and delighted the 95 entries that attended the three day event.
Since PEI, the championship has also been held in Saskatoon, Saint Eustache and in Barrie. In 2013, the championship returned to Pitt Meadows where more than 120 competitors competed followed by a return to PEI in 2014 and the ‘Slalom at Slemon’ and the ‘down home hospitality’ and keen completion that are found in Atlantic Canada.
In 2015, the Calgary Sports Car Club and the Southern Alberta SoloSport Club held the event at the Fort Macleod Airport. 88 Competitors attended the event and, for the first time, over $7000 in cash was presented to various overall and class winners.
In 2016, the Club Autosport Des Laurentides (CADL) hosted the event at the PMG Technologies testing facilities in Blainville, QC. The event had a record 146 competitors from 5 provinces and several US states and they thoroughly enjoyed the courses created on the biggest, paved surface the championship has used so far.
In 2017, the CAC returned to Pitt Meadows with its 550 000 sq. ft. competition surface under the direction of VCMC for the third time. 100 competitors battled it out over four courses with three runs for each course (totalling1300+ runs) to determine 34 national championships.
The 2018 CAC event saw a new venue in the Picton Airport facility in Picton, Ontario where the St. Lac and Oshawa Motor Sport Clubs (also first time organizers of the CAC). 96 competitors enjoyed the festive atmosphere as well as very close competition before the 2018 CAC champion was crowned.