by Bob Brookfield

The weekend of June 18-19 saw 10 SARRC drivers competing. We would have liked to have seen more, but we understand it is a long haul up there. We had several workers come up. Heather Clark and Mo Overstreet flagged. Sara and I were in Registration, but it is only an hour and a half from our home, so it is easy. Jan Coleman-Mitchell did Race Control, Sharon Rollow was in Registration, Dave Rollow and Rick Mitchell were Stewards, and Sue Roethel was Honorary Chief Steward. The appearance by Sue was a big hit among the DCR membership.

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Present: Sam Fouse, Mike Spencer, James Shanks, Steve Keadle, Mark Senior, Buddy Matthews, Bruce Dover, and via conference call, Heather Clark and Eric Danielsen. John Byers, Blair Deffenbaugh, Rex Deffenbaugh, John Lindquist and Morgan Mehler were not present. The NCR BoD meeting was called to order by Sam Fouse, RE, at 7:24 pm, on Wednesday,…

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The Triangle Chapter of the NCR SCCA met at the El Rodeo Restaurant on June 1st. There were 16 members in attendance and 2 non-member/guests for a total of 18.

The evening started with the usual libations, food, tall tales, and video taken from Mark Senior’s Miata during the SARRC/MARRS weekend, including Blair Deffenbaugh’s infamous jumped start as well as video from a Spec Racer Ford at Carolina Motorsports Park.

Not feeling a particular need to follow parliamentary procedures, Chapter Coordinator Mark Senior called the meeting to order around 7:30 and asked guests to introduce themselves. Mark reported on the past month’s BOD and Competition Board meetings including:

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Please be aware that I am trying to get this report written and filed in record time. This is my way of trying to get the June 7, 2016 Chapter meeting and all of the irregularities that came with it handled completely, finished and tucked away in Region archives where they can’t cause any more problems.

What seemed to be a rather mundane first Tuesday in June went haywire, at least for the West Chapter of the North Carolina Region of the Sports Car Club of America. Just after 4:00 PM, my phone rang and I found John Lindquist telling me I was the man of the hour. Then he informed me that he had just received a call from Steve Martin, informing him of information that he had received via the internet, that the place the West Chapter had been using for monthly meetings for well over 5 years was no longer open. It appeared that the closing had been over the previous weekend and, from what we had to go on, was to be considered final. A later investigation of the event shows that the State Revenue Department had chosen to close the establishment on what they referred to as a permanent basis for unspecified reasons. This started a very frantic effort to secure an alternate site for the night’s meeting and the notification of all of the regular attendees. As has become quite normal this was quickly remedied with a call to Jerry Pell who graciously offered the use of the conference room at his building on Swing Road which is about a mile from the normal meeting place. Many in the NCR are already familiar with this building as the Region’s Boards (Board of Directors and Competition Board) both were invited to use the venue a few months earlier this year when the site of their regular meetings was not available. Thanks again Jerry.

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The Bulletin has been “the Official Newsletter of the North Carolina Region, SCCA” for as long as most of us can remember. In reality, it’s been around since the 60s…we’re just not sure exactly when it was “born”. We know that the last printed issue was published in July 2010 and we’ve located issues going back to 1969 and are still digging. Everything we’ve found so far is posted on the Region’s website, ncrscca.com. Go there and then NC Region>The Bulletin, or click here.From there, you can view and download pdf files of old issues of The Bulletin, as well as other archival documents related to NCR events. Check it out and let us know what you think! And keep checking back, beause there will be more to follow!

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If you were not aware, there is a SARRC/MARRS or MARRS/SARRC (depending on which side you look at) trophy, that is being contested between the two racing series. The first half of the challenge was the SARRC/MARRS Challenge, held at VIR May 7-8. The second half will be held at Summit Point Raceway on June 18-19. It is the MARRS5/Double SARRC. By the way,WDCR is offering a $100 discount to any driver who hasn’t raced there in two years. That means two SARRC points races for $235! The discount must be requested in advance and is noted on MotorsportReg.

Bob Brookfield has compiled the following information for those traveling to Summit for the race. He has listed motels in the Winchester, VA area and also in Charles Town, WV. Note that the WDC Region does not have any agreement at this time with any motel in the area of the track for an SCCA discount. The info he sent includes comments/suggestions for routes to that area. Also included are general directions from I-81 to the track. Thanks Bob!

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The West Chapter of the North Carolina Region of SCCA held their May meeting on May 3, 2016 at Cooper’s Ale House in Greensboro, NC. Most of the attendees had arrived about 45 minutes early to have a nice dinner and a drink prior to the start of the meeting. At 7:30, Chapter Coordinator Buddy Matthews called the meeting to order.

Those in attendance were 14 of the regulars. It really amazes me that the mild increase in attendance that we got only 2 months ago has vanished so quickly. The great speakers that we had for the last two months and, I guess to some degree, the e-mails that I sent to some of our members who had never attended a Chapter Meeting, had all worked a bit but certainly didn’t bring them back tonight. I will try to remind all of you that we enjoyed your joining us and wish you would come back. If you failed to get an invite in March, let me know so I can get you on my list.

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Sure you do. We all know the best way to hook someone is to bring them to an event. When they get there they’ll say, “Wow! I never knew something like this existed.” You’ll say, “Wow! I’ve been telling you about it for years.”

Well now you can bring events to them. We’ve made some movies you can show them. The most recent is Opie Goes Racing, a story of a boy whose racing dreams come true. The Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was the Solo Season Opener from Cherry Point. Click the links.

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If you’ve never worked or driven at a race somewhere other than VIR, you should know that traveling to new tracks can be a great way to meet new friends, build on existing friendships, and learn more about what we do! Anyone who has traveled around will agree. So, how about visiting one of these wonderful facilities:

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