Jan. 18, 2020 6:40AM
There is snow and blowing snow forecast for today but the dinner will go ahead anyway. If traveling isn’t safe for you then stay home. I’d love to see everybody but your safety is more important. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it.
KWRC is holding it’s annual awards dinner on Saturday January 18th, 2020 in Ingersoll. This will be a similar format to the previous years with a buffet dinner served about 6:00 PM and guest speaker talking about rally experiences afterwards. It’s a very social time.
Our main speaker this year is Alasdair Robertson who has quite the history in rally.
Also, Wes Thompson, who recently purchased Targa Newfoundland, is planning on coming along to talk about his plans for that event.Jan. 7 update – Unfortunately, Wes won’t be able to attend the dinner.
Alasdair suppied this Bio.
Alasdair Robertson has loved cars since he saw his first Jaguar EType at age four. This has led to a series of decisions, not all of which were prudent, including the long-term ownership of two Alfa Romeos, frenzied periods of driveway auto body repair, and over twenty years of involvement in rally sport. As a rallyist, his first love was navigational rally, however an unguarded memo to the then President of MLRC resulted in his appointment as the first event Safety Officer for a Canadian rally. This led down the rabbit hole into the CARS Safety Committee, working on the development of the CARS safety guidelines, and his work as a Steward and as one of the authors of the CARS Stewarding Manual. He has also represented rally sport before committees of the Senate of Canada, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and at meetings of MTOs Road Safety Working Group on questions of street racing and the use of Amateur Radio in vehicles.
These forays into the political realm make some sense given his long-term involvement as a political organizer, manager, and consultant. Currently, he is Chair of the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the Ontario wing of the federal Liberal Party. Professionally, he works as a governance and procedural consultant for organizations with complex rule sets, among them the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
These days, he is often seen at rallies with the lovely and talented Caroline King, who, early in their relationship, was enticed to a rally with the misrepresentation that it would be romantic. She has since attended many events as official driver, translator, and wise counsellor to Alasdair who, arguably, needs all the help he can get. Last year she graduated from the RSO Stewards school.
The venue is Martin’s shop in Ingersoll. It’s not pretty but we clean it up and make it look as nice as possible for a workplace.
The address is
174 Thames St. S.
519 485 2131
It’s on the main street in town, behind the parking lot for the CIBC at the corner of Thames and King St. It’s up a bit of an alleyway but there are parking lots in front and at the rear (off Oxford. St.).It helps if you can park in the lots and avoid parking in the alley.
The meal will be roast beef and ham, with a variety of potatoes and vegetables. Soft drinks and hot cider will be available, but we don’t have a license so we don’t serve alcohol. As usual there will likely be a variety of desserts, some of the members bring their own creations. There is no charge for the evening.
The event happens with the hard work and dedication of several club members who pitch in to get all the setup and cooking done.