Present: Heather Clark, Blair Deffenbaugh, Rex Deffenbaugh, Bruce Dover, Steve Keadle, John Lindquist, James Shanks, Mark Senior, Mike Spencer, and via conference call, Buddy Matthews, Eric Danielsen, and Jeff Eng. Sam Fouse, John Byers, and Morgan Mehler were not present. The NCR BoD meeting was called to order by Past RE Rex Deffenbaugh at 7:04…

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This report finds us back at Jerry Pell’s building at 307 S Swing Road in Greensboro. As this building has no food service, Jerry gave me some money and said, ”let’s have a cookout”. I sent out 134 emails to the members of NCR who should be attending the monthly meetings of the West Chapter to advise them of the new meeting site and the picnic and new meeting time.

The weather didn’t get an invitation and we had a small turnout for both the eats and the meeting. The cookout was held behind the building, which put us on the basement floor, which was on level with back parking lot, so no one had any particular problems getting into the building except James Buckberry, who was getting about on crutches due to a broken leg he had suffered only a short time before that most of us knew nothing about. When the time came to end the cookout and go to the conference room on the floor above everyone got up and went upstairs. Unfortunately, James found getting up the stairs on his crutches more than he could handle and went back home rather than to the meeting. Just imagine, the remorse we all felt the next day when the sad news circulated that James had passed away at home on Wednesday. In retrospect I can think of the ways I wish I had handled the situation Tuesday night differently, but then you know what they say about hindsight. A great number of James’s friends and family spent last Tuesday in Liberty, NC trying to get over losing our dear friend. Our racing program and our West Chapter meetings will not be the same in the future. I am sure that the memory of James will be a part of all the NCR does for a long time to come and I hope I can keep his memory alive for you.

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The Triangle Chapter of the NCR SCCA met at the El Rodeo Restaurant on July 6, 2016. There were 15 members in attendance and 2 non-member/guests for a total of 17. The 2 guests were Leigh Ann Hobgood and Olivia Piner, daughter of (“I finally made it to a Chapter Meeting Doug Piner”).

The evening started with food, drink, and video taken from Mark Senior’s Miata during the MARRS-SARRC weekend up at Summit Point including Steve Rose and Ricky Thompson flying through the field after sand bagging at the start.

In his usual lackadaisical manner, Mark called the meeting to order around 7:30 and introduced guests. Mark reported on the past month’s BOD and Competition Board meetings including:

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The Cape Fear Chapter met on Tuesday July 5th at Elizabeth’s Pizza at 7pm.  We had 14 members present for our meeting.  We started with dinner followed by a welcome from John Byers and Morgan Mehler.

After quick introductions we quickly jumped into our first item of business, discussing the past event at Cherry Point.  Several members commenting on the good and bad points of the event and working on what we can focus on to make our event better the next time.  We quickly moved to success stories of the event as we always enjoy seeing people excel at Solo.  We then discussed our next event and covered what needed to be done prior to it.

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James Buckberry

James Buckberry

by Bruce Dover

James Buckberry was many things to many people. He was a caring and loving father…”hard on the outside, but good on the inside”, to his son Justin. He was a proud grandfather to Owen and had just been told, about a week before he died, that there was another grandchild on the way. To his co-workers at Dell and elsewhere, he went by the nickname of “London”. In conversation, he was always ready with a witty comeback, followed by a big smile and laugh.

To those of us who worked with him through SCCA, he was a conscientious Starter with a penchant for enforcing pit out blend line violations. He even had custom shirts printed with “Don’t Violate Me” on the front, along with a diagram of the Blend line at pit out. He had one for Carolina Motorsports Park, in Kershaw, SC and one for VIR and loved to attend the morning Driver’s meeting at both tracks to show them off to the drivers and warn them of the consequences for the violation. He served as Chief Starter at both of those tracks. And, drivers knew when they saw him in the Start stand as they rolled down the straightaway looking for a green flag to start their race, that if they weren’t lined up properly, all they’d see was that big cowboy hat shaking back and forth, telling them to go around and try again. To Jamie D., he was a mentor, who helped usher Jamie from raw rookie (and I do mean raw!) all the way to his National license. There were lots of bumps along the way, but James was always there for Jamie. He was a unique individual and he will be sorely missed.

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We have had a very successful first half to our 2016 schedule and we are now in the seemingly ‘quiet’ period for NC Region racing activities, or so it would seem. That’s not exactly true however, so here’s a rundown of what’s happening.

The New Old Bulletin is coming out today via e-mail. It will be a ‘pointer’ to news and views on our website and should be a fresh way to easily get to new content on our Region site and social media as it comes out. If you’re reading this, you likely got here via The Bulletin. It will continue to be automatically sent to all NC Region members and to any non-members who express an interest in receiving it by allowing us to add their e-mail address to our database.

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