Summary of Minutes of NCR-SCCA Monthly

Board of Directors Meeting
October 17, 2012

PRESENT:  Rex Deffenbaugh, RE, Patricia Deffenbaugh, Ron Gentry, Steve Keadle, Jerry Pell, Buddy Matthews, James Shanks, John Lindquist, Annie Lindquist, Mark Senior, Wayne Quick, Clayton Condrey, John Uftring, Natasha Uftring and, via telephone for parts of the meeting, Sara Snider, Chris Severt and Heather Powers.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

On this wonderful Thanksgiving Day I just want to say:
Thanks to my lovely wife, Joni, for letting me play with the SCCA.

Thanks to the SCCA for giving everyday Americans access to the world of motorsports.
Thanks to motorsports for hosting sports car racing events at such awesome places like VIRginia International Raceway, Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans, Road America, Summit Point, Baltimore, Road Atlanta, Indy, and Circuit of the Americas.

Thanks to the events that attract some of the most amazing people in the world.
Thanks for the people who devote their talents, energy, and resources to their passion for excellence.

Thanks for the people who inspire creativity, innovation, and brilliance.
Thanks for the people who welcome each other as family; who live, love and laugh with each other all because of a common passion for motorsports.
Thanks for the people who care and support each other away from the track; who will ride life to the very end looking for the final checkered flag.
Thanks for all the people we encounter in our lives; each one is unique, just like the rest of us.

And thanks to YOU for being a part of it all.

Eric Danielsen

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Give Thanks …

After I joined SCCA I went to the Region’s annual banquet in Danville VA. I remember looking through the crowd and only recognizing a few F&C faces. As the banquet progressed, everyone was clapping and laughing as the winners of this award and that award were presented. I had a blast but didn’t know any of the folks who won the awards.

Several years later I managed to attend the Run-Offs at Mid-Ohio as a Steward-in-Training. I can still recall the SCCA Worker-of-the-Year ceremony held outdoors in the biggest tent. I remember all the worker-whites and patches from here to California. At the ceremony, they presented the Worker-of-the-Year with a trip to the 24 Hour of LeMans. Wow! Having been to LeMans back in the ‘SilkCutJag’ mid-80s I couldn’t think of a nicer experience for any worker.

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First I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Kerrigan Smith, VIR Director of Operations; Tommy Webb, Director of Security; and David Crumpton, a.k.a. “Cowboy”, Director of Emergency Medical Services for VIR, for the wonderfully cordial and productive meeting we had with them. They came all the way to Graham on Wednesday, November 14, to meet with the NCR Board of Directors and some of our race staff to discuss how we can further smooth out our operations on SCCA weekends and make 2013 even better than the 2012 season. We truly value our good relationship with VIR and this kind of discussion only makes it better.

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Raleigh, NC – (NCRSCCA) – We had a great time at the November meeting of the Triangle Chapter! Tom Long, co-driver of the overall winner of the Charge of the Headlight Brigade, the Freedom Motorsports #25 MX-5, dropped by with his work buddy, Sean Calton, so Sean could meet the troops and see what we were all about.  Welcome Sean!  And Justin Deffenbaugh showed up with one of his annotated videos of his brother Blair driving in the Goblin’s Go.  The captions Justin added were hilarious, but Blair got his brother back on film with his single digit salute as he rounded Oak Tree where Justin was flagging.  Too funny!  Well done, guys!  And Chuck Hines also provided video of his exciting dice with Jeff Young at the same race. Talk about not giving an inch!  These guys went at it hammer and tongs lap after lap. All eyes were on the big screen and there was plenty of cheering as they swapped the lead in ITS over and over again.  It was something to see!

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Greensboro, NC – (NCRSCCA) – A great group of race fans showed up November 6th at Coopers Ale house in Greensboro for the West Chapter monthly meeting. 15 members attended. After a good dinner, all kinds of stories were being told. The meeting detailed the October Board of Directors meeting. All were impressed with the show the Solo group put on for the North Carolina Autocross Championship event this year. GREAT JOB by the entire Cape Fear Chapter. You guys ROCK!!! Keep up the good work, the smell of gas and burning rubber, it’s the best!

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Check out these videos from the 13 Hour “Charge of the Headlight Brigade…

First is this video of Pam Thompson splitting the grid that Eric Danielsen posted on You Tube,

Justin Deffenbaugh posted this time lapsed video of the pits at the 13 Hour!

Also, here’s a link to some pics that Pete Romanowski sent. That’s one awesome sunset over Turn 17 from the Start stand! Click here.

Great work guys! Thanks!

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ALTON, VA – (NCRSCCA) –Wow! The Region’s Thirteen-hour Tailgate Party and Cooking Contest was an unqualified success!  There were participants from all over – New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, and even the Netherlands!  Yes, our party at VIR was a must-attend stopover on the international scene. And the food was fabulous!  I was on Station 17 all day with RE Rex Deffenbaugh and various volunteers from the racing teams. Racing Teams?  Oh yeah, I need to mention the “Charge of the Headlight Brigade” enduro we had as entertainment.  That made this the best tailgate party ever!

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