Report for meeting held February 7, 2017 at Cooper’s Ale House at 415 S. Swing Road in Greensboro, N. C. Hopefully the confusion that kicked this meeting off won’t become the norm and since no one could actually point a finger at where the whole kerfuffle started it might just go on the annals of […]
The Triangle Chapter of the NC Region SCCA met on Wednesday February 1 at Casa Carbone in Raleigh. In case you noticed a gap in the Chapter Reports, we had agreed at the December meeting to skip the January meeting since we had the Annual Banquet in January. Since our long time venue, El Rodeo, […]
The Triangle Chapter met at El Rodeo in NW Raleigh Wednesday December 7. 14 folks attended, including 2 guests (well one was sort of a guest). We welcomed Logan Buchanan who owns a Nissan 350Z and is interested in getting into motorsports, especially Rallycross. We also welcomed Al Heatwole who I believe is a former SCCA member and is looking to get back into the fun, get a license and run an FP Sprite (or is it a Midget or a Spridgit…..sorry, an old running joke). Everyone introduced themselves and then we move onto the business end of the meeting.
Minutes of NCR-SCCA Monthly Board of Directors Meeting May 17, 2017 Present: Anna Crissman, Matt Decker, Rex Deffenbaugh, Bruce Dover, Jeff Eng, Barbara Fouse, Sam Fouse, Steve Henkle, Sarah LaVoie, Buddy Matthews, Rusty Matthews, Fred McKinney, Morgan Mehler, Mark Senior, James Shanks, Ben Tyler, and via conference call, Heather Clark, Blair Deffenbaugh, Eric Danielsen, and […]
Minutes of NCR-SCCA Monthly Board of Directors Meeting April 19, 2017 Present: Heather Clark, Anna Crissman, Rex Deffenbaugh, Tricia Deffenbaugh, Bruce Dover, Jennifer Dover, Sam Fouse, Buddy Matthews, Joedy Pennington, Heather Powers, Mark Senior, James Shanks, Jim Toland, and via conference call, Matt Decker, Blair Deffenbaugh, Eric Danielsen, Brian Eldredge, Morgan Mehler, and Ben Tyler. The […]
Minutes of NCR-SCCA Monthly Board of Directors Meeting March 22, 2017 Present: Heather Clark, Clayton Condrey, Anna Crissman, Rex Deffenbaugh, Bruce Dover, Sam Fouse, Buddy Matthews, Heather Powers, Mark Senior, James Shanks, and via conference call, Blair Deffenbaugh, Eric Danielsen, Morgan Mehler, and Ben Tyler. Matt Decker was absent. The NCR BoD meeting was called to […]
Hello and welcome to 2014 and a new era of racing at VIR!
The 2013 racing season was a successful one, but financially it left much to be desired. For 2014, we are definitely going to have to cut some of our expenses in order to balance our budget. That, however, is easier said than done. We need to control costs and our options are limited. The cost of track rent is fixed; our sanction costs and insurance costs are not in our control and about the only variable we have any control over is our efforts at hospitality. That is a peculiar issue, however, since the Pagoda, which our contract with VIR stipulates is the only source we can buy food from, adds a mandatory 18% gratuity. So you may see lighter or even missing parts of our normal fare in the coming year. The one thing not on the table for cutbacks is the beer party – that will continue. You may just have to plan for meals at the end of the day.
Well, hello. It’s been awhile since I’ve written, so let me attempt to catch up:
The SARRC/MARRS, in May, was a great race, and we always enjoy our friends from The DC Region when they come and help us with this race. They contribute both drivers and workers and this has made for a great tradition over the last few years. It makes for a great racing and social event. We hope to continue that event for many years to come.
On July 20th, the SEDIV midyear meeting was held in Atlanta, again, and that’s the time when all the Regions of the Southeast Division get together and sort racing dates for the next season. A number of our dates were up for discussion because of different circumstances. Our traditional March weekend was chosen by SCCA for their National Convention which moves to Charlotte this year. This was cause for us to explore other dates and the only one available was the weekend before – the first weekend in March. Another date in question is the Major’s weekend and that traditional date falls on Easter. That date is still in negotiation with VIR, at this point. Most other weekends will remain on their traditional weekends.
The latest iteration of the Nationals/Majors race is behind us, and what accolades we accumulated! The SCCA National representatives charged with overseeing our operation were practically bubbling with praise after the event. They told us that, of all the regions conducting Majors races so far, our Region was the most receptive, most committed, and the smoothest. They praised how seamless and punctual the races were executed, how good decisions were made on Saturday night, when weather intervened, and how well we recovered from that. They said our Tech and impound was the best executed of any Region so far. OUR PEOPLE ARE THE BEST. I think this race will go into history as one of the strongest and most notable races the Region has ever run, while handling, what may be, the most entries we’ve ever had. It’s almost a benefit that we had weather issues on Saturday night, because it demonstrated how well we handle unexpected and potentially dangerous situations in the attendance of a large number of National attendees. At the end of it all, I mentioned that this race was not operated much differently from any of our races, and that we really didn’t make many changes to comply with National’s requirements.
The racing was great with mostly large groups, close racing, and beautiful, if cold, weather. Many races were decided in late lap charges without rough driving. National helped make race finish events special with checkered flag/victory laps, champagne and interviews on the podium. Every participating Region member is to be applauded for their part in this event. It takes an unimaginable number of people doing their best, behind the scenes and in front, to accomplish a result like this. I think the Region will benefit in the future from our work last weekend. Financially, there is hope that this race may help make up for the dismal result of our March race.