Jerry Pell has died

Jerry Pell died at home on Sunday, June 23, 2024. He was an active member of NCR and a supporter of the NCR Scholarship Program. He will be greatly missed. There will be a memorial service in October. The details will be posted here when available. To learn more about Jerry, read his Member Profile…

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Rodney King 1967-2024

Rodney William King, 56, of Franklinton, North Carolina passed away at home on January 18, 2024.  While his passing was unexpected, the family is thankful he did not suffer. Rodney was able to pursue his oldest life dream due to a close friend of his that was first his customer, but then embraced a partnership…

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Remembering Natasha

Natasha Euliss-Uftring

As you’re probably aware by now, Natasha Euliss-Uftring passed away on the night of Christmas Day (official date of death is December 26, 2023). An email was sent out to all NCR members on January 6, 2024. Her obituary may be found here https://www.mcclurefuneralservice.net/obituary/Natasha-Euliss-Uftring. Below are some pictures received from her husband, John and others.…

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Dan Robson 1951-2022

To all NC Region members and friends: We lost a true Racer and friend on Saturday morning April 2nd. Dan Robson, aka “Mad Man Dan” and “Dan the Man” passed away peacefully at the Hospice section of the Durham VA Hospital. Although he lived alone for most of his life, he did not die alone,…

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In Memoriam: Sara Brookfield

reprinted with permission from the December 2020 issue of the WDCR Straightpipe newsletter By Janet Toland SCCA lost a friend and a part of our family. Sara Brookfield, 69, of Wardensville, West Virginia, passed away Saturday morning following a head on collision near her home. Her husband, Bob Brookfield, another long time SCCA volunteer, remains…

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Buddy Matthews 1942-2018

Alfred “Buddy” Matthews, long time NCR member, racer, Chief of Tech, former RE  and current Chapter Coordinator for the West Chapter tragically lost his life in a traffic accident on Monday, December 3rd. Buddy was RE from 1987 through 1994, Assistant RE in 1986, and seemingly Chief of Tech or co-chief forever (officially since 1989). He…

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James Arthur Buckberry: July 3, 1950 – July 7, 2016

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’ve Lost Sam Overstreet!

The North Carolina Region has lost a dear friend. Sam Overstreet passed away early Friday morning, March 20th, after a lengthy illness. No services are planned and her husband, Mo, asks that you not contact him by phone. Also, if you’re going to send a card, don’t send a sad, gloomy one…try to be positive, maybe a fond remembrance of Sam. Mo’s had enough “sad” lately!

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