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Ottawa Section Safe Drivers | Safe Families Event

Ottawa Section Safe Drivers | Safe Families Event

Saturday, August 17, 2019 -
9:00am to 4:00pm


  On August 17th, 20 Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) members and a Star Motors of Ottawa client came together at the Ernst & Young Centre (EY Centre) in Ottawa to experience their daily drivers in a unique environment.  The event was hosted by the MBCA | Ottawa Section with support from the MBCA Education Foundation, Star Motors of Ottawa, the Motorsport Club of Ottawa and the MBCA Northeast Region.

  The day started with the layout of the events for the morning activities.  The activities included:

·       A panic braking exercise;

·       An accident avoidance exercise;

·       A slalom exercise;

·       An emergency lane change exercise; and

·       A parking exercise.

  Once the activities were laid out, the head instructors took the other instructors through the exercises to familiarize them with the exercises and ensure everyone was on the same page with regard to the purpose of the exercise. 

  The head instructors, Sarah and JB, were from the Chicago Section.  The Ottawa Section instructors were Bob Richer, Michael Hoegl, who came all the way from the Perry Sound region of Ontario, approximately five (5) hours away, and event coordinator Josef Ferner.

  Following the layout activity, the participants began to arrive.  We were honoured to have Claudia and Drew Webb, Regional Director, Northeast Region, and Omar Diab, A Star Motors of Ottawa client attend the event.

  Once all the participants were on site, we all gathered in a classroom to indulge in coffee and treats followed by the signing of the mandatory waiver, an overview of the day’s activities and a recap of the fundamentals of driving such as seating position and vehicle dynamics.

  The morning was spent going through the exercises.  Each participant went through the exercises four times.

  Noon was spent having a Subway sandwich and cookie, JB’s favorite, and laying out the course for the afternoon’s event, the autocross.  Unfortunately, the rain came in during the setup of the autocross, but was done once the course was laid out.

  The afternoon was spent with the participants practising what they had learnt in the morning on the autocross course.  The runs were timed, so naturally, the competitive nature in all came out.  After an afternoon on the course the best time was scored put in by Omar.  Congratulations Omar.

  The day was capped off with dinner at the Le Café restaurant patio beside the Rideau Canal.  Le Café is part of the National Arts Centre.

  As a bonus, we were able to watch one of the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light fireworks exhibitions from the restaurant.  Following dinner and the fireworks show, we all took a stroll over to Parliament Hill to watch the Northern Lights – sound and light show, which is projected on to the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings.

  A fun day was had by all, and we thank all the volunteers and support organizations for their assistance.