YOU! GO HERE!

Registration is still online at Motorsportreg

NCR Worker Incentive Program information and redemption form. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Seriously. You really, REALLY don't wanna miss out on the deadline of November 30th for "reimbursement." Print out the form, fill it out, stuff an envelope with this & some receipts & get that sucker in the mail!

Make SUUUURE to check the weather forecast for the events you are working. Especially the 13-Hour. Anyone who has previously worked one will tell you that when the forecast says "chilly," when the sun goes down it's down right COLD. Prepare accordingly.

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F&C Newsletter – October 15, 2012

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

The Next 2 Weekends

You saw the last newsletter. This one has no bad news. OK, maybe, depending on if you’re a Flag Chief chomping at the bit for workers or a worker who can’t make one of the events and will be missing out on all the cool worker gifts and stuff. But not near as bad as last time. So don’t just look at this one…READ it.

YOU! GO HERE!

Registration is still online at Motorsportreg

NCR Worker Incentive Program information and redemption form. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Seriously. You really, REALLY don’t wanna miss out on the deadline of November 30th for “reimbursement.” Print out the form, fill it out, stuff an envelope with this & some receipts & get that sucker in the mail!

Make SUUUURE to check the weather forecast for the events you are working. Especially the 13-Hour. Anyone who has previously worked one will tell you that when the forecast says “chilly,” when the sun goes down it’s down right COLD. Prepare accordingly.

Goblins Go

VIR – October 20-21, 2012

Sign up now on MotorsportReg.  If you go to MotorsportReg.com and find the event on your own, register with the second one on the list, the first one is for drivers.  The driver’s registration page will want to know about your race car and will make you pay.  Don’t pay to drive – Flag for FREE. As always, if there’s any frustrations rising from within, don’t hesitate to send an S.O.S. to your friendly Flag Chiefs. We’re good at making things happen. (Yes, this part was in there before for anybody who didn’t READ it…next part is new).

A lil birdie has been telling us that the worker gift for Goblins is pretty darn fantastic. Yessir. Good stuff. It also said that it’s pretty well first come first serve. And…it’s not another hat. Even if you can’t make both days, you really should shoot for at least one day if you can.

Goblins weekend is also the ever amazing Prod Fest. Will there be yummy whoopie pies for our enjoyment? Of course if there are, the fewer people who come, the more whoopie pies there will be for everyone else…hmmm…

As for the logistics, the flag meeting is at the North Paddock Flag Shack @ 7:30  Sat and Sun morning.  (old news)

New news: It looks like Friday night will be a Millie’s night, Saturday night will be social, Prod Fest Fest then the after social-after Prod Fest Fest-social at the Honey Camper in the South Paddock. Knowing when to be at morning meetings is very important. Knowing where to relax after being on track all day is importanter.

 

Bob Huff Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-Hour 

VIR – October 26-27, 2012

Ok look, here’s the deal…We’re hoping to have enough chefs (12…right now there’s 5) to cook in the contest so that all corner stations will be covered for at least one meal. Even if you don’t want to be judged, you can still become a corner worker favorite by putting your fence-side culinary skills to work. This includes all specialties, even Stewards. Please, please, please sign up and in addition let your friendly Flag Chiefs know if you are going to cook. We’d like to know ASAP in order to go ahead and plan turn assignments and such. There’s even been mention of having a chef’s conference call to help coordinate everything (expenditures/”reimbursement/monitary assistance”, transporting chefs to/from turn, transporting food to the outlying stations…). The more that can be done ahead of time, the more fun the entire weekend will be. There’s no theme, per se, however it’s been floating through the air that part of the judging may in fact be who delivered the most bang for the least buck.

There’s also the costume contest. Like with the cooking contest, even if you don’t want to participate in the contest itself, it’s always fun to dress up. For crying out loud it’s the weekend before Halloween people!

(repeated stuff)
Sign up now on MotorsportReg.  If you go to MotorsportReg.com and find the event on your own, register with the second one on the list, the first one is for drivers.  The driver’s registration page won’t get you the good food. Also make sure to mention either on your registration or drop an email or something if you want to cook & if there’s any people you’d like to be assigned to a turn with. This does play a big part in figuring out assignments so vote early & often! Oh wait…register. REGISTER early.

Don’t starve and drive – Cook and Flag.

The flag meeting for the 13 Hour is at 4pm on Friday afternoon and 8:15 on Saturday morning at the North Paddok Flag Shack.  Also this event is the same weekend as the Martinsville race, which means hotel rooms are at a premium.  Sara Snider has a few rooms blocked off at the InnKeeper at the club rate.  Contact Sara directly if you are interested.

(more new stuff)
Cooking, costumes, lots of glow stuff (guess we’ll find out if the numerous leftovers from last year still work)…come out and play! Check the weather! Historically it gets COLD when the sun goes down. Add a breeze or even wind to that. COLD! If you attended last year, bring those handy dandy orange scarves. They worked last year and thery’re so very stylish. They will match the new shirt you will get as a worker gift this go round. This tee will come in handy to help you layer. It will assist in making you more visible in the dark. It will match your scarf from last year. It will help you channel your inner Orange Man! How neat would it be for all of us to look like creamsicles? On its own it looks amazing! Plan your layering accordingly.

 

Stewards Corner

by Steve Keadle

They’ll Wish…

When I was a young kid who wore glasses I wished I didn’t have to wear glasses. Glasses were tethering, cumbersome and they needed constant adjusting and correcting. My eyes and distant vision were bad. I couldn’t read a STOP sign without my glasses. I was, for all intents and purposes, blind without my glasses.

When I got older and needed Cataract Surgery my distant vision went from poor to excellent literally over-night. That was a good thing. One summer at Roebling Road, I could almost see the numbers of the cars coming out of turn 9 from atop the berm at turn 1. Man are these ‘new eyes’ good!

When I worked F&C I used my ‘new eyes’ to make my calls to Control as accurate as possible. I learned what Control needed, car number, car location, driver condition and what was needed to get the car moved – clear and concise. I made my calls as tight as possible because that’s how the ‘old guys’ did it and I respected them – I wished that one-day I could be as good as they were.

Next thing I knew, I was accepted into the Stewards Program and once again I’m almost completely blind. Why? Because I sit in the tower listening to the corner workers making calls. I imagine the turn calling… ‘Turn 3 to Control. Car Three-Six off drivers right. Driver’s okay, but his car will need a flat tow at the end of the session.’

I know the turns. I’ve been there and worked them but I can’t see the cars or the situations. I have to turn words into a mental images. Now, I have to use my ears for my eyes. Sometimes I wish I could have my F&C prescription adjusted like old glasses.

I’ve said all that to get to this…

The calls I find most infuriating, are those for passing under yellow, abbreviated PUY. PUY calls mean I’ve got a driver who is not paying attention to the F&C folks who are my eyes. It’s like I was at the flag station waving the yellow flag and the driver just kept racing on by me. That’s dangerous folks! When a driver sees a yellow flag they’re supposed to… GCR 6.1.1.B Standing Yellow: Take care, danger, slow down, NO PASSING from the flag until past the emergency area. Waving Yellow: Great danger, slow down, be prepared to stop, NO PASSING…

The other part of these calls that I find disconcerting is that F&C folks know the Stewards want 2 witnesses on a PUY call. The F&C folks also know the Stewards will ask for a written witness statement. During a race if my eyes start to itch, I imagine it’s a corner worker not making a PUY call. I know it happens, but wish it wasn’t so, F&C folks don’t make PUY calls because only one flagger saw the pass.

So here’s the deal – If you make the PUY calls, I’ll council the drivers. If you see a driver reading the GCR to me during impound, it’ll be GCR 6.1.1.B. The drivers will learn what’s expected and know we’re watching. They’ll wish I didn’t have such good eyes and pay closer attention to our flags!

See y’all at the races…

Steve Keadle, National Steward
NCR SCCA

Flag Chief note: If you see a PUY about to occur, smack your co-worker so they can witness it too.  If you only have one witness, make the call anyway saying, “one witness”, a worker from another station could possibly be the second witness.

If you are an SCCA Worker who would like to be added to the NC Region F&C mailing list, click here to email the Flag Chiefs and let them know.

F&C Newsletter – October 3, 2012

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

The Month We Have All Been Waiting For

Have you felt the chill in the air? Have you noticed the foliage changing colors? Summer is officially over (for anyone who no longers gets a “summer break” to designate such). Time for cider, pumpkin spice everything, spooks & more race events in our own region.

There have been some exciting race events since last we converged at VIR and there are more to come.

In your spare time check out the following handy dandy links:

Registration is still online at Motorsportreg.

NCR Worker Incentive Program information and redemption form. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Seriously. You really, REALLY don’t wanna miss out on the deadline for “reimbursement.” Print out the form, fill it out, stuff an envelope with this & some receipts & get that sucker in the mail!

 

Goblins Go

VIR – October 20-21, 2012

Sign up now on MotorsportReg.  If you go to MotorsportReg.com and find the event on your own, register with the second one on the list, the first one is for drivers.  The driver’s registration page will want to know about your race car and will make you pay.  Don’t pay to drive – Flag for FREE. As always, if there’s any frustrations rising from within, don’t hesitate to send an S.O.S. to your friendly Flag Chiefs. We’re good at making things happen.

Anybody been wondering why this race is still called “Goblins Go” when, due to scheduling, it’s still not the weekend of Halloween? You’re not alone my friends. Maybe the Goblins need practice for Halloween? Or maybe they’re just scared of the scarier monsters that come out…

In any case, come on out to get your arms loosened for the quick to follow 13-Hour.

As for the logistics, the flag meeting is at the North Paddock Flag Shack @ 7:30  Sat and Sun morning.

 

Bob Huff Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-Hour

VIR – October 26-27, 2012

Woohoo!  The 13-Hour Cooking Contest is almost here!  Come join us for the best track side eats in the country!  We have expanded the contest to include all specialties, and made it so everyone gets to enjoy the scrumptious outdoor vittles.

Between courses we can take a break and flag a turn!  Woohoo x 2!

Sign up now on MotorsportReg.  If you go to MotorsportReg.com and find the event on your own, register with the second one on the list, the first one is for drivers.  The driver’s registration page won’t get you the good food. Also make sure to mention either on your registration or drop an email or something if you want to cook & if there’s any people you’d like to be assigned to a turn with. This does play a big part in figuring out assignments so vote early & often! Oh wait…register. REGISTER early.

Don’t starve and drive – Cook and Flag.

The flag meeting for the 13 Hour is at 4pm on Friday afternoon and 8:15 on Saturday morning at the North Paddok Flag Shack.  Also this event is the same weekend as the Martinsville race, which means hotel rooms are at a premium.  Sara Snider has a few rooms blocked off at the InnKeeper at the club rate.  Contact Sara directly if you are interested.

 

Anna Katherine Hill

November 4, 1980 – September 22, 2012 

Anna Katherine Hill of Norcross, GA, passed away suddenly Sept. 22, 2012, she was 31 years old.  Click here for her obituary in the Tampa Bay Times

With a heavy heart and much reflection I morn the death of Anna.  She brought joy and laughter to the track and everywhere else she went.

She got bit by the flagging bug at our 13-Hour as a team volunteer.  One 2 hour shift at T17, Hog Pen, was all it took.  She flagged many regional and pro events.  She was one of the lucky ones who found a way to make a living at flagging as Chief of Race Control for Atlanta Motorsports Park.  She was looking forward to working Race Control for the support races during the Petit Le Mans this year (hats off to Mike Stringfellow for stepping into Anna’s role).

The last time I saw Anna was June 17th on Poste 106 following the 24-Hours of LeMans.

We spent most of a week together along with Brendan Kaczmarek, frolicking around the French countryside.  We had the most amazing time meeting people, sampling cafes, photographing Roman walls, laughing, drinking and working the 80th running of the 24 Heures du Mans.  I have a vivid memory of walking with her through the village of Arnage singing Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows by Lesley Gore.

Anna and I were paired together the entire time on poste.  Most of the 11 people on our team did not speak English.  When we went out for our first shift, I was down right scared, and I think Anna was too.  The cars went through our little bend in the road so fast, we couldn’t talk to our fellow workers and we were positioned between a guardrail and a ditch – our escape route was to dive into the ditch.  This was serious!

After our first shift, we felt much better about our job and our ability to fit in with the team.  Seems flaggers around the world work much the same way as we’ve been trained and we can do it without saying much.

That doesn’t mean Anna didn’t say much.  She pretty much talked the entire time on poste.  It was kind of funny, she always had something interesting to say even if I couldn’t hear her because cars were racing by.  Didn’t matter, she would repeat herself during a break in traffic.

When the week was over and we were scrambling to tear down the camp, we said our last goodbye.  I’ll never forget it.  It was a soft tender moment capping off a trip of a lifetime.  We hugged and said au-revoir (see you later) because we thought we would.

~ Eric Danielsen

I’ve got so much to say that I’ve got no clue where to start, or end. I hope I can find in me even an ounce of the passion she exuded in all parts of her life. She followed her dreams as only some will ever do. Her electric personality and infectious laughter will be greatly missed.

~ Heather

PS – these hotel tissues suck.

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If you are an SCCA Worker who would like to be added to the NC Region F&C mailing list, click here to email the Flag Chiefs and let them know.

Phil Hennrich

Phil Hennrich Update

Phil HennrichUPDATE (10/11/12): Phil’s old race cars and trailers are for sale here.

RALEIGH, NC – (NCRSCCA) – “Hey! Where’s ‘Radio Phil?’” is a question we’ve been hearing at VIR since the 13-hour enduro of last October.  Well, Phil Hennrich, also known as “Mr. Equipment” is alive and well at the Wake Assisted Living facility in Raleigh.  A 38-year veteran of this club and long-time volunteer, Phil wore a variety of hats over the years, including Solo Safety Steward, Rally Steward, Club Treasurer, and competition driver, as well as F&C and radio tech (yes, Carolina, he has an SCCA license in that specialty too!).  And, if I am not mistaken, he may still hold the SCCA class record in GT3 on the VIR Grand Course in his Pinto.

 

If you ever saw him race it (we’ll call it “beige” just to be kind), you’d never forget it. In any case, Phil is now receiving visitors at 2800 Kidd Road in Raleigh (27610).  Drop by and say hello, or give him a call at  919-212-0038. Cards and letters would be appreciated too, since he still doesn’t get out much.  Here’s hoping he’ll make one of our events soon.

Additionally, the North Carolina Region would like to extend our condolences to Phil and the entire Hennrich family on the recent passing of his mother, who died suddenly on July 22nd.

– James Shanks

 

 

*****ATTENTION WORKERS WHO WORKED THE CHARLOTTE EVENT*****

Anyone who worked the Charlotte event and did not receive either a motel room or gas money should contact Steve Keadle at stevekeadle@gmail.com before Nov 1, 2011.

Dave Page

Checkered Flag – Dave Page

Dave Page

Very sad news. I received the following email from Vicki Wilson on Saturday, Aug 13:

Hello SCCA folks,
This is Vicki Wilson, former flagging and communications worker. Most of you know Dave Page who also flagged for many years. Dave passed away this morning at Duke Med Center following a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are listed below and I am trying to help the family notify his many friends. I also sent an announcement to James Shanks asking him to notify folks. I have been in contact with Dwight and Chuck.

Thank you for spreading the word.

Vicki

vwilson5@triad.rr.com

The Funeral/Memorial Service will be held on  Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal
1737 Hillandale Road
Durham, NC 27705

With a memorial reception following in Johnson Hall at St. Luke’s

If you can attend, it would be a great way to let Dave’s family see how well liked he was and how much he meant to us. If you can’t make it and would like to send a card, Dave is survived by his wife Jan,

4509 Cheshire Ct
Durham, NC  27705

Also received, was this note from Dave’s daughter:

Hi, this is David and Jan’s daughter.
An obituary will be in the News and Observer and the Herald Sun on Tuesday. We have stated that if one wishes to make a contribution in Dad’s name, to please do so to a charity of their choice.

Thank you,
Susanne Conway