F&C Newsletter – September 22, 2013

Today is the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere.  Autumn is the second racing season in the North Carolina Region.  With the passage of time we look forward to new experiences and reflect on past memories.  As this year begins to wane, we look forward to exciting races and events such as the NCR picnic, Goblins Go and the 13-Hour.  We should also remember some friends who have recently passed away, Phil Hennrich and Paul Eckstein.

 

Phillip L. Hennrich, 1949 – 2013

The North Carolina Region has lost one of its great souls. On August 20th of this year, Phil Hennrich passed away from natural causes. Near the end, he was not able to recognize his oldest friends, but we all remember him. It’s truly amazing how many people with a long history in this Region have said to me, when I would ask how they got started in the Club, “Phil Hennrich was the first member of NCR I ever met,” and following that they’d have a story about a race at Rockingham or a solo in the Raleigh area. From his earliest days, and he joined in April of 1974, Phil volunteered his time to make this Club a success. He was an active driver, the Region’s Treasurer for many years before computerization and afterward, the radio guy, and basically the go-to guy. He worked tirelessly at VIR when the Region presented that facility with its gazebo corner stations in 2002, helping to transport them and set them up and practically single-handedly built the South Course Start stand. Always ready to pitch in and help, that was Phil. We gave him a Lifetime Service award in 2005, but it wasn’t enough. We’ll miss you, Phil.

~James Shanks

 

Paul A. Eckstein, Jr., 1941 – 2013 

Another friend passes on: Notice in the Washington Post on the passing of Paul Eckstein, Jr. (71). Paul was a long time Washington DC Region Flagger and a rally enthusiast. Paul apparently suffered a heart failure and passed away on 02 September.
~Wayne Armbrust

Paul really enjoyed working NCR/VIR events. He came when he could but taking care of his mother prevented him from enjoying flagging the past few years.

Paul was a great ralliest and was rally partner with Blue Ridge Region member Earl Hudson, they traveled to many states to participate (very well), in every level of rallying.
~Mo Overstreet

 

 

NCR Picnic

September 28th, 2013 

Come on out to the NCR Picnic this Saturday at North East Park, 4010 High Rock Road, Gibsonville.  This is a large park with several features that should be of interest to all ages of your family. A new train has just been installed, a Carousel, miniature Golf, and ball fields of many types.

The NC Region will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and soft drinks. To fill out the food and make the event a True NCR event, please bring a bowl of your favorite picnic fare.

We’ll get started about 9am and have the park until 8pm.  Anyone who would like to help out, please contact Buddy Matthews at 336-312-8858 or 336-617-8138 or redstarracing@triad.rr.com

More information
Register by 5pm Monday the 23rd

 

Goblins Go

October 19-20, 2013 

Let’s get back to VIR for some autumn racing!  This weekend features the Production Car Festival, 2014 SARRC Sprint Races, Double ECR and a Tarheel Cup Pro Series Race.

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

 

13-Hour

October 25-26, 2013 

You don’t have to wait much longer, the 13-Hour is almost here!  This is the best club race of the year.  Racers of all sorts come together and race for the FUN OF IT!

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

NCR Flag Chief du jour
North Carolina Region SCCA

We’ll miss you, Phil

by James Shanks​

The North Carolina Region has lost one of its great souls. On August 20th of this year, Phil Hennrich passed away from natural causes. Near the end, he was not able to recognize his oldest friends, but we all remember him. It’s truly amazing how many people with a long history in this Region have said to me, when I would ask how they got started in the Club, “Phil Hennrich was the first member of NCR I ever met,” and following that they’d have a story about a race at Rockingham or a solo in the Raleigh area. From his earliest days, and he joined in April of 1974, Phil volunteered his time to make this Club a success. He was an active driver, the Region’s Treasurer for many years before computerization and afterward, the radio guy, and basically the go-to guy. He worked tirelessly at VIR when the Region presented that facility with its gazebo corner stations in 2002, helping to transport them and set them up and practically single-handedly built the South Course Start stand. Always ready to pitch in and help, that was Phil. We gave him a Lifetime Service award in 2005 (below, that’s then RE Kaye Fairer presenting it), but it wasn’t enough.

We’ll miss you, Phil. I’d say more, but I cannot match the eloquence and poignancy of the eulogy written by his closest friend, Chuck Stanley, our former Flag Chief.

Over to you, Chuck…

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Never to Be Imitated

It is said the best compliment is imitation. In many ways this can be viewed as accurate, but in other ways there are some things, some people in your lives that just stand by themselves. Phil Hennrich was one of those people in my life who Stands Alone, rightfully and respectfully so.

I first met Phil when I came to the NCR Region in 1989 from Florida. Phil was actually the first NCR person who greeted me at Rockingham when I went down to watch a region event on a Saturday, and get the lay of the land of my newly found region. I arrived at 6:15 a.m. that morning and did not go down with the intent to work the race. Phil was at the registration trailer and immediately asked if I could carry this, or move that, as he was frantically trying to get some of the infrastructure ready so others could race that morning. I asked him if I was required to register, he just said come on with him and we would come back later. I gladly jumped in and within 90 minutes he had transformed three tirewalls that were all in disarray, we dug too many holes to remember to replace Armco barriers, and he got the radios going all before the scheduled green course. He then asked me, if I didn’t mind, could I help him get a few tires out of his race car as he was in the second race group and was running out of time. I had met Phil, the Phil I affectionately have come to know as the most dedicated NCR member I ever have met, and I doubt anyone will ever come close to passing beyond that, for me.

Phil and I spent many hours together since those early days from Rockingham, Roebling Road as our interim home, and then VIR. No one is a Phil Hennrich, nor will anyone ever be able to imitate him. That is not a non-complimentary comment, it is an honorable compliment toward what Phil was as a man, an NCR member, and a true friend. There was no other like Phil, and God made sure that is true. From helping layout the reopening of VIR, to keeping Rockingham up to date with his thoughts and ideas as our Region continued negotiations with track ownership in possible use and their growth, to being by my side countless hours in what I called the “Perch” at VIR, Phil was there for everyone.

I received the email from James relative to Phil’s passing just 30 minutes ago. The last few times I had gone over to see Phil I had witnessed his decline, to the point he was not aware of who I was the last 4 times I stopped in. This decline was devastating to me to see, I was beginning to feel selfish a tad in that I was watching such a great person and friend leave me… Rather it became very evident a collective group of people in Phil’s life were losing a great friend, a comrade who did for all while he put himself at the back of the bus. How else could anyone explain why, for all that time, would a guy race a frickin Pinto, if it were not that they are thinking of others over themselves?
(below, Phil’s Pinto on track at VIR in 2003)

There are many ways to express love, appreciation, dedication and friendship. Phil fit the bill of all that and more to me. Since Phil became inactive in our racing world I have felt a personal void I am still dealing with. Now that he has passed, and having witnessed the stages, I know my good friend is only saving me a spot at the “Perch” and one day we will be once again trading stories, we will be drinking Orange soda and eating baloney sandwiches, watching each other’s backs. Godspeed my friend, my heart aches.

Respectfully Your Friend

Chuck Stanley

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On many occasions over the years, Phil has visited the Start Stand at VIR during an event to bring replacement radios or headsets or just to visit. Having built the South Course Start Stand, he was always very aware of the less-than-ideal construction of the main one and sometimes even brought a hammer to make repairs! He once told me, “Y’know, people could hurt themselves on these nails sticking out here!”. As Chuck said, always thinking of others. I really miss you, Phil!

Bruce Dover

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My first memory of Phil was attending an SCCA autocross before I was an SCCA member.  I recall being surprised that he appeared to be putting on the event all by himself!  The event went well and everyone had a good time so apparently he was able to pull it off.

My later memories of Phil were about how incredibly dedicated he was, how “invisible” he was in all that he did for the Region, and how challenging he was to keep on topic!  I wish I had a dime for every time he said “anyway”
or “moving right along”.  Whatever had to be done, Phil was there, taking care of business without any complaints.

Others probably have a better handle on his contributions but I recall he had major roles in doing what was necessary so we could run at Rockingham, installation of the gazebos at VIR, purchasing, hauling, distributing, and keeping up all of the Region’s equipment, and serving as Treasurer for many years (I think we had to pry that duty out of his hands 🙂 )

Mark Senior

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Phil was always the one who spent his time during the “social” hours Saturday evenings repairing the guardrails at Rockingham so we could race on Sunday.  That was Phil; always doing what had to be done without having to be told, helping others and asking nothing in return.  A true treasure to the club and will be sorely missed.

Wayne Quick

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The following photos were contributed by Pete Romanowski:

RIP Phil!

Phil on track at VIR in SARRC/MARRS 2010.

Paul Hoecke, Phil, Pete Romanowski. I guess the old Pinto gave out on this day!

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If you would like to submit your own “Phil” story or photos to be added to this memoir, please send then to
Bruce Dover at wbrudo@gmail.com. Please include caption info with photos.

 

While at the NCR Picnic, join us for this educational experience

One of our Region members, Tommy Jackson who many of you know from being a part of our Club’s activities for many years and for his assistance to Jerry Pell, as he races his Mazda Miata, has an interesting hobby, quite different from what most of you know him for in SCCA. Tommy has, for about the last dozen or so years, been very involved in the restoration and running of antique engines, most of which are from about 1900 till sometime prior to 1950. Several very large shows for the public to attend here in North Carolina are held every year where people who have literally brought these engines, that were used especially in the rural communities, back to life. The engines were used to bring a new way of powering many of the jobs that were done on the farms and early manufacturing of the day. This will allow you the opportunity to see and hear them run and get a glimpse back to the days when power making machines like these were used to first replace the use of candles to light the rural home and barn, saw lumber, pump water, bale hay, and many other activities on the farm. They could run a factory with many machines, all coupled to an engine through long leather belts and pulleys. All that you’ll need to do to get Tommy and his engines running is to stop by his display and appear interested.