Good morning to all WMRC Racers,
A note from our WMRC President, Al Beck....
Many of you may have already heard the rumour that we are being evicted from Mission Raceway at the end of the season. This is not true......YET. However, the situation is this….and please read carefully!
The WMRC has been advised that there still have been very many noise complaints to the Mayor’s Office in Mission during and after each of our events this year. To date the Mayor and Council have been very hospitable & have tried to work with the owners of Mission Raceway to reduce these complaints. But the noise we make is obviously beyond their control. The high pitch noise that our motorcycles make is unacceptable to the local residents of Mission.
Note that The City of Mission has a binding contract with the Track owners to allow drag racing and that the residents of The City have gotten used to the noise they make over the last 20 years. This agreement does not exist for any other kind of racing (like us).
For this reason, the WMRC executive have decided that we must voluntarily reduce our sound limit to 88 db as measured in the usual spot on the front straight. This is a reduction of 7 db from the previous limit of 95 db that the track had previously imposed on us as a recommendation from the City of Mission. This is purely voluntary on our part as a club to secure our future use of Mission Raceway.
Please understand this very carefully! We are at VERY SERIOUS RISK of being removed permanently from Mission Raceway. This is of no fault by the City Council or the Mission track owners. The city is getting noise complaints from residents and will be bound out of responsibility to their constituents to eliminate the noise if it continues.
For this reason, the WMRC Executive is being pro-active in making sure there are no more complaints at all……ever! This new noise limit is not impossible to reach, but will require much work to be done to almost all bikes. In an effort to achieve this goal, the following new rules will be implemented starting at the August 1st race. These items will be check during tech inspection.
1) All bikes will require stock exhaust to be fitted. Catalytic converters can be removed for the purpose of being able to use race fuel, but no other modifications can be made which may increase noise levels.
2) All bikes will require noise damping to be installed in critical areas like large fairing panels, intake ducts, tail section, counter shaft sprocket covers, & around air boxes. You can purchase hot water tank silver wrapping @ Canadian Tire for these purposes. All bikes require their exhaust pipes wrapped from the header to the can. You can purchase this exhaust wrap @ Lordco. It's made of fibreglass so take care installing it.
Further to this, any bike that goes over 90 db on August 1st will be Black Flagged, even during a race, and the tech sticker removed. When it is proven that some kind a noise reduction modifications have been made, the bike will be re-approved by tech and allowed back on the track. A further infraction will repeat the process.
For the following practice on August 22nd and thereafter, the limit will be further reduced to 88 db. The reason for the leniency on August 1st is that there is no time for testing before the race due to a double booking (the car club unfortunately made a mistake and double booked the day) for the July 25th practice day requiring it to be cancelled. This is very unfortunate, but also possibly a blessing in disguise.
There will be a new prize offered on August 1st and beyond for the quietest bike as measured in the usual place. Keep an eye on the web site for the dollar amount of this prize.
So please start working on your bikes now and let’s all have a great race on BC Day. These changes are not impossible. Just some food for thought….Steve Dick is running a stock exhaust this year and when Dyno’d at our first race, was the highest of the top 4 Pro 600 bikes tested that day at 110 HP. His bike registered two 82.5 db and one 88 db readings that day. He had sound damping in the fairing, but made no other sound reduction modifications like the counter shaft sprocket cover, air tubes, or air box damping.
Please see attached article written by Steve a couple years ago which describes in detail how to modify bikes to reduce noise. Also note that GP bikes can have extra mufflers installed over top of the existing mufflers which will have quite an effect. Four Stroke Super Moto bikes probably will not be able to comply, even with stock exhaust fitted. This is very unfortunate, but not a lot we can do.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT the City of Mission, or the Mayor’s Office under any circumstances. They have no control over how much noise we make and who complains about that noise.
We understand that this will cause extra time and money to invested by all of our racers. However, we are sure you will all agree that this is a necessary measure to lengthen our stay @ Mission Raceway Park.
Thanks so much for your help.