The Triangle Chapter of the NC Region SCCA met on Wednesday September 7th at El Rodeo in Raleigh. 14 members attended and there were no guests. Things got started on a different foot as our normal upstairs meeting room was out of action due to a broken air conditioner. Not a big problem as our hosts at El Rodeo shifted us to their downstairs semi-private room that worked out fine. Unfortunately, there are no TV’s down there, so we weren’t able to be entertained by the videos that Chuck Hines and others had brought.

Following eating, drinking and socializing the formal portion of the meeting started around its scheduled 7:30 time. Mark covered the topics of the last Board meeting.

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The Triangle Chapter Coordinator is on the road this month and tapping this out on an iPhone, so the report will be briefer than usual.

The Triangle Chapter met at the El Rodeo restaurant off Pleasant Valley Road on Wednesday August 3rd. The evening started with videos of recent races at Roebling Road provided by Chuck Hines. Thanks Chuck! The meeting was called to order by Mark Senior around 7:30. It was a light turnout with only 12 members in attendance and no guests. Mark updated everyone on what transpired at the last Board of Directors meeting. 

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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 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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It was a cold and wet Wednesday, February 3rd, when a few stalwarts of the Triangle Chapter met at El Rodeo in Raleigh.  And that was a good thing because we got to meet Tyler Townsend, a prospective member, who found us on the web and came out to see what the SCCA and North Carolina Region were all about. Hey Tyler, glad to meet you!  Tyler’s quite interested in autocrossing and is making plans to attend the 2-day school and inaugural 2016 season event at Cherry Point, March 5-6; though he was disappointed to learn that the SCCA thinks that his bone-stock Scion xB is too tippy to be a Street category Solo car.  But Tyler said his daughter’s Jetta just might be a better ride anyway.  Hope to see you there, man!

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The last meeting of the Triangle Chapter for 2015 was a lively one, in no small measure due to the fact that, once again, we were not alone in the upstairs lounge at El Rodeo. It seems that the staff forgot we were coming and booked another group in the downstairs meeting area, so we wound up with overflow dinner guests among our members. Oh well, I hope that they had a good time. But due to the crowding and the confusion, I opted not to try to hook up my DVD player to one of the restaurant TVs and show the Goblins Go in-car video that James Etchells brought, of the SARRC race in his EP Miata. Hey, Jim! Bring it again in the early part of next year, to the February or March meeting, and we’ll try again. We should be pretty well starved for racing videos by then!

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The November Triangle Chapter meeting was a lively one, if only because we had some noisy interlopers who decided they just had to have part of the action even though they weren’t members of the club. Oh well, maybe they’ll join up after hearing our meeting discussion. LOL! (BTW, many thanks to Trish Deffenbaugh for quieting them down enough so I could be heard!).

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The October meeting of the Triangle Chapter was short and lively.  But we had a couple of new members to welcome, so we went around the room, as is our fashion, and introduced ourselves. Joining the SCCA that very afternoon were Rodney King and Mark Bradley.  These guys have jumped in with both feet and bought themselves a race car, an E36 BMW, and are eager to get started.  They’ll be attending driver’s school in the spring, and in the meantime, they’ll be hanging out with us, looking for pointers and technical assistance readying their car. Good luck, guys! And welcome to the club!

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The summer doldrums are over. The Triangle Chapter met on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, and judging by the turn-out, the members are eager for the fall season of racing to begin. But while the racers have been off elsewhere (we’ll get to that in a minute), the Solo crowd has been going at it full-bore. They had back-to-back events at MCAS Cherry Point, which, among other things, brought us member-to-be Mike Miller, who had nothing but good things to say about the event. BTW, Mike is a veteran autocrosser, long a member of Tarheel Sports Car Club, and the 2009 C Street NCAC champion. Impressive! Mike autocrosses an “NC” or 3rd generation MX-5, and he runs a Corvette Z06 in HPDE events. Welcome, Mike!

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Well, August is the month for vacations, especially in Europe, and by the turn out at the Triangle Chapter meeting on Wednesday, August 5th, you might have thought this was France, or perhaps Spain, since we were at El Rodeo, our favorite Mexican restaurant, and only about a dozen stalwarts came by. What’s the matter, folks? No need to find an excuse to come out and drink beer with your racing buddies in the summer? Still on vacation? Or were you too tired from the last race? Or perhaps gearing up for this weekend’s NC Region picnic?

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