F&C Newsletter – September 22, 2013

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 [email protected]

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



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

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