The St Patrick's Day weekend (Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18) officially kicks off the 2007 Car Show season for ACT and its competitors. ACT Tour, Quebec Series and Thunder Road competitors and/or staff will make appearances at no fewer than five and possibly more shows.

This weekend’s fifth annual race car show at the University Mall in South Burlington, VT will run from 9:30 am until 9:30 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am until 6:00 pm on Sunday. Joining the ACT Tour Late Models will be representatives from Thunder Road’s Late Model divisions as well as the NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. A contingent of go-karts from NEKC will also be on hand.

Fans will be able to pick up 2007 schedules for the ACT Tour, the ACT Series Quebec and Thunder Road as well as autograph cards from many of the participants.

Late Model Tour competitors who will have a car on display include six-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon, Jamie Fisher, Eric Chase, Ryan Nolin and Dave Wilcox.

(PHOTO: Kenyon Racing Products had a booth at last weekend's Performance World Show at Toronto's International Center. The KRP booth had an ACT legal chassis on display. Mike Kenyon and Kawartha Speedway promoter Derek Lynch, who also had a booth, report that the interest in the ACT event at Kawartha was "huge". Kenyon stated that there was a lot of reminiscing by the attendees about past ACT events in Ontario. It looks like the Sept. 15 event at the 3/8ths mile progressively banked oval is one not to miss!)

In spite of an ownership change in the team Cyr’s #32 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will sport the familiar red plait job with neon yellow and orange graphics. Dragon, who was third to his Milton, VT neighbor last season will debut a different paint scheme on his #55. Dragon has given up the Dodge livery in favor of the Chevrolet and rumors are that his machine will be white with a new graphics package.

Jamie Fisher’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo usually spends part of St. Patty’s Day in the S.D. Ireland Concrete parade that winds its way through Burlington. Instead his customary yellow Chevy will spend the weekend at the `UMall’. “I spoke with the Irelands and the conflict and we felt it was more important to be where we could visit with the fans and they could get up close to the car,” Fisher said.

Even though he will be out of town on business, ACT Tour competitor Eric Chase felt it was important for his car to be at the show, “It’s important as a competitor to help promote the Tour not only as the season approaches, but during it as well. We also want to provide as much exposure for our sponsors as we can,” the driver of the #40 Chevrolet commented.

Ryan Nolin, the 2005 Thunder Road Late Model Rookie of the Year made a respectable transition to the Tour in 2006. Reports are that the #78 will look quite a bit different for 2007, “We wanted a change for the new year,” the 20 year-old racer stated, “As racers, we’re always looking for an edge and maybe the new colors will do just that,” he laughed adding, “Fans will see some of the familiar green that my father and I have both used over the years. It was time for a change and change is good, isn’t it?”

Even though his Monte Carlo will retain its recognized red, black and white scheme, Dave Wilcox, the 2001 ACT Tour Rookie of the Year and winner of the Doc Nielsen Rookie Award will sport a one major difference - its number. Wilcox has returned to the #61 for 2007, the number he ran during a very successful Tiger Sportsman career. “When I started racing I chose that number since my dad had run it. When Brian Hoar, who drove to his many championships in a #45 car, decided to return to ACT, it seemed like the only right thing to do was to give up the 45 and return to the 61,” the Swanton, VT racer explained.

Expected from the Thunder Road Late Model ranks are veterans Rusty Berger, and David Chagnon. Berger’s #59 will sport a black and silver paint scheme for the coming year while Chagnon will retain the green, white and yellow he debuted in 2006.

Owen Wimble from Waitsfield, VT plans to return to full-time competition at the high banked quarter-mile oval for the first time in many years. He will be at the helm of a Pontiac Grand Prix as he looks for a career first Late Model win. Young Brooks Clark, who tested the waters in 2006 plans on an increased slate for the coming year. The 20 year-old competitor will run out of the Wimble racing stables.

Representing the NAPA Sportsman division will be veteran racers Kevin Campbell and Jason Bonnett as well as rookie contender, 16 year-old Derrick O’Donnell. Bonnett was the 2003 Sportsman Champion at Plattsburgh, New York’s Airborne Raceway. In spite of many years of competition in several divisions, Campbell ran to a top 20 point finish his first full Sportsman season at Thunder Road in 2006. O’Donnell, who has Street experience, has purchased Reno Gervais’ championship winning car in his quest for the freshman crown.

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be represented by a pair of youngsters, Logan Blacklock and David Greenslit. Blacklock, 17, is a high school senior while 21 year-old Greenslit ran as a rookie contender last year. Both finished in the top 20 in the 2006 standings.

No less than five go karts representing the Northeastern Cart Co. will also be on display.

The first of two multi-day shows ACT will attend in Quebec is slated for Friday through Sunday, March 30-31 and April 1. The 10th annual Salon National Auto-Sport Motorisé will take place at the Hotel des Seigneurs Centres des Congres in St-Hyacinthe, Qc, near Sanair Super Speedway. According to the promoter, an additional 50,000 square feet has been added to the show to accommodate those interested in displaying vehicles as well as companies wanting commercial space. For more information visit The show hours are Fri 4 pm -11pm, Sat 10 am til 11 pm and Sun, 10 am til 6 pm.

Also that same weekend, the Champlain Valley Motorsports Show will return to Plattsburgh, New York’s Crete Civic Center after a one year absence. Slated for Fri from 6 to 10 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, the show will feature many different types of motorized racing machinery.

The 38th annual Salon Auto-Sport de Quebec will take place Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 at the Centre de foires in Quebec City, Qc. The show is the largest high performance Motorsports Expo in the Province of Quebec and in addition to race cars will include street rods, custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Show hours are 2 pm until 10:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, 10 am til 10:30 pm and 10 am until 6 pm on Sunday.

Details on the Saturday, April 14 outdoor show in West Lebanon will be forthcoming as will details on the annual Merchants Bank car show, Saturday, May 5 in downtown Barre.