August RE-port

The summer is flying by and we have some great events coming up on every weekend this month!

First, our 2017 Todd Cholmondeley IT SPEC*tacular & PDX is coming up this weekend August 4-6th at Mid-Ohio! Online registration has closed but if you are still interested in participating to either compete or volunteer over the weekend, please check out our website for details on late registration or contact our race chair Brian Walker ASAP (briax7@yahoo.com)!

Next we have our Fifth points event for the Autocross season on August 13th. Then on August 19th we partner with the City of Oxford and Miami University to host a Tire Rack Street Survival event in Oxford. And finally to wrap up the month we have both a Road Rally and RallyCross events on August 26th!

Also our August monthly membership meeting will be on August 15th at 8pm at the Mill Race Banquet Center (1515 W Sharon Road. 45240). EB Lunken is promising a multi-media presentation that no one will want to miss!

Thanks again to all of the volunteers that help make our events happen and THANK YOU for participating and keeping our club strong! See you at the track!
– Tony Brown, Cincinnati Region SCCA, R.E.

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Rally Report – August, 2017

11 teams competed in Jim’s July Jaunt on a hot Saturday afternoon. We made it short before the worst heat set in and because everyone is busy this time of year. Everyone finished-eventually; only 1 team got lost, but since they drove up and down the one street that had what turned out to be the toughest question, they got it right and finished with a perfect score. Congratulations to Steve Munday and his crack navigation team of teens Jacob & Makayla.

In a three way tie for second were John & Dick Krehbiel, Joe & Mary Beth O’Gorman and Jim & Bob Zeisler with 1 point. All but one other team was in a tie for third with 2 points. Those teams were Gordon & Teresa Benson, Gary & Brigitte Spicer, Terry & Denise Challenger, Gordon Maciulewicz & Paul McGloin, Tom O’Gorman & Dave Montgomery and Scott Giles & Renee Hines. Bringing up the rear were our beloved speedsters EB Lunken & Tim Silver. A huge thank you goes to Rally Master Jim Knepper, who jumped in with both feet and set up a beautiful and varied drive with a quick turn-around time. As a side note – Jim is also letting me borrow his truck to tow the trailer to Mid Ohio for the Todd Cholmondeley IT Spec*tacular, even though he can’t go himself. We’re getting a good one here folks!

Our next rally date is August 26. Details will be coming soon. Look for a Facebook post and email with details. Save the date!

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July Solo Report

We had Points Event 4 at Traders World on July 9th. Wow, can’t believe it’s almost been a month ago already. Traders World continues to be fantastic hosts and the weather was perfect. Even though this was the first event which didn’t hit the online entry cap of 125 prior to the event, we ended up with our largest turn-out yet in 2017 of 139 entrants and were still able to provide five runs for everyone. My son, Ben Weaver, has helped with course set up since he was a tyke and last year tried his hand at a course design in Wilmington which was well received. He had an idea for this past one which in my humble opinion also turned out to be excellent, giving a challenging mix of speed maintenance elements and some “digs”, while giving room for competitors to choose their lines. Have to thank the set up crew for some great on-site adjustments which made it even better.

Paul Curley captured FTD as the only one in the 42s with a time of 42.704 and Jim Zeisler captured the PAX FTD with an indexed time of 35.346 nudging out Michael Jeffries by 0.221 secs. Closest class margin of victory was in Street Touring Open where Crissy Weaver edged out Myke Dziengel by 0.004 secs in their STi’s with Robert Clark a mere 0.307 behind and Shari McCoy 0.230 secs behind Robert in their Miata’s.

After some in depth discussions, we are now thinking there may be an opportunity to give six (6) runs for an event this size and still finish runs by 4:00, but it will take everyone’s cooperation with the workers hustling to be early/on time to minimize our heat change overs times. It’s a goal I’d like to target for next event. Please, feel free to come to me or any of the solo committee with suggestions on improvements. Another request which we will implement is to mix up the run/work order so the same classes aren’t always the same heat from event to event.

Upcoming events:
– Aug 13 – Points Event 5 will be at Traders World, go online and register so you can get your reduced entry fee.

– Aug 19 – TireRack Street Survival will be at Millett Hall parking lot at the University of Miami in Oxford, OH. Tact Takagi and Glenn Ellerby have been working diligently with the city, the university, Cincy SCCA, and many others to bring this exceptional real-world, hands-on event to the area. Please, if you have a teen driver or have a friend or a neighbor with a teen driver, please get them the info on this event! If you want to volunteer to help, please see the website or our facebook page for further information or contact Tact.

– Sep 16 & 17 – Points Event 6, the joint event with Miami Valley Sports Car Club is still in a state of flux, was hoping to have details hammered out by now, but it should be soon. Current thought is a two day event at Traders World, with Saturday being MVSCC car classification and points and Sunday being the Cincy classes and points. That said, details aren’t finalized yet, it could be at Upper Valley Mall in Springfield or one day each location, or a multitude of other options. Please stay tuned, sorry for the delay in nailing this one down as it is always a great event.

– Oct 28 & 29 – Points Event 7 will be a joint event with Western Ohio Region (WOR) SCCA. Saturday will be WOR’s PE 7, and Sunday will be our PE 7. You will be able to run either event or both to maximize your weekend fun. This too promises to be another exceptional event.

UPDATE: The Sept 16 & 17 joint event with Miami Valley Sports Car Club (MVSCC) at Traders World is now confirmed!!! Sep 16 will be a MVSCC event and Sep 17 will be our Cincy SCCA event. Details will follow including the potential for an onsite dinner after competition on Saturday.

Kent Weaver

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TireRack Street Survival

Cincinnati SCCA is partnering with City of Oxford and Miami University to host TireRack Street Survival, on August 19th at Millett Hall Parking in Oxford.

If you have teen drivers who just acquire drivers license, or have Temps and learning how to drive, this is a great opportunity for them to learn basics of the car control!
Registration is currently open on their website: StreetSurvival.org. Please scroll down and select Miami University Millett Hall.

Also we are looking for instructors and event staff volunteers. Please fill this online signup form or contact Tact Takagi via email “TAKAGIT@MiamiOH.edu“, if interested. This is part of our ongoing efforts to reach out to our local community, and we appreciate any help!


The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

Three parents, including Scott Goodyear, former Indy Car Champion, share their perspectives in this video.

All Schools $75.

See our FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php

Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Tim Beechuk, National Program Manager, @ 864.438.2060 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

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Rally Report: No Rain!!!

33 entrants braved the threat of, you guessed it, rain for OVR points event #4 at Bitzer’ s Farm… however after a very early morning shower the rest of the day was perfect RallyCrossing. The course was more technical for the 5 morning runs and faster after the lunch break. Each entrant completed 10 runs for the day and with 9 classes being represented!


-Photo Courtesy of Jeff Loewe Photography

Modified Rear hosted the battle of the day with John W England in his Miata holding off The Ryan Miles Porsche by 2.6 seconds. John E England and Daniel Shea battled for 3rd and 4th with a 2.344 gap. Scott Bitzer and Andy Storck finished up the field in the Team Gerbil BMW.

Modified Front Saw Wiliiam Ehrman in his neon glh besting Matthew Taylor.

Modified All was led by Lathrop Withington IV (the overall fastest car of the day) in his Subaru STI over Jeremie Snyder, Joshua Zortman, Jacob Sanor and Chris Nash.

Prepared Front Was won by Neohio’s own Pete Remner sporting his Volvo for the weekend, followed by Mathew McGee, Alex Ashbaugh and Logan Waller.

Prepared All was won by a very lonely Orion Fairman in his schwarz Zastava Onpressa 2.5t…

Stock Rear was dominated by the team watermelon entries of Tavis Spencer and Takuto Takagi followed by Tyler Moser, Nathaniel Rosso and Tyler Baumet.

Stock Front saw Caleb Schuiling besting Andy Kihm, Eric Schmidt and Brian Lynch.

Stock All winner John Voegeli overcame the charges of Duane Simons and Michael Holland.

Exhibition class was Won by Sidney Scott with and overall time of 321.569 besting the Team Watermelon Miata of Nathan Roberts and Ryan Street.

It was a wonderful event hosted by the crew at OVR… Special thanks to Jeremie Snider for all his dedication and hard work!

The next event is Saturday, August 26, 2017 OVR PE5 at Bitzer’s Farm, Greenfield OH 45123

RallyCross rules can be found at: https://www.scca.com/pages/rallycross-cars-and-rules

Local RallyCross Events can be found here: http://cincyscca.com/rally-cross/2017-schedule-and-results/

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Road Rally: Jim’s July Jaunt

Ready for our Road Rally Point Event #3?

Please register Online Here!

We start and end at Jax Restaurant & Tavern at 1081 Smiley Ave 45246@ Cobblestone Plaza (I275 & Winton Road in Forest Park)

Registration beginning at 9, meeting at 10:15, first car out at 10:30
This is a 2 hour drive of approximately 50 miles. Everyone is busy in the summer.

Bring a team who has not participated in the past 2 years and earn a discount on your entry fee!

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Rally Report – July, 2017

14 teams Revisited Rabbit Hash in June. Everyone finished; nobody seemed to get lost – at least not hopelessly; and FOUR – count ‘em – Four teams completed the BEAUTIFUL course with zero points. Winners were Gordon & Teresa Benson, Dick & Paul Krehbiel, Scott, Reghan & Amy Bitzer and Brittany Moore & Hannah Poston. Following closely behind with a 1/2 point deduction (“The” is part of the sign) were Gary & Brigitte Spicer. A huge thank you to Rally Master Lee Grimes, and to Jerry Cabe & Colleen Cabe for tag teaming on the Safety Steward duties. Their help allowed me to navigate for Tim Silver – a very exciting ride in his MGB.

Our next rally date is July 22. There was no Rally Master lined up for this one and I was concerned about pulling it off in time. Enter my (retired) neighbor and friend of 33 years who did not know of my involvement in the SCCA rally program. He crewed for us a couple times in my previous SCCA (racing) life (before kids) so wondered if I was still involved and if we ever did rallies. Serendipity. We had a meeting tonight to go over some basics and he plans to jump right in and get us set up for the next rally. Thanks, Jim! Registration will be open as soon as I give him some time to determine where to start and end.

There will be an email blast to former participants and a Facebook post to let you know when registration will be open. Please sign up on line whether you want to pay in advance or the day of the event so we’ll have a ballpark idea of how many to expect. Bring some friends, member or not, who haven’t run with us before and save $5 on your registration fee (one discount per new car/driver/navigator unit).

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2017 Todd Cholmondeley IT/Spec*tacular/PDX

Registration is currently open and filling up fast for our Race/PDX (track day) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 4-6 2017. So don’t miss out on our most fun weekend of the year.
Register at: MotorsportsReg.com
This will be the 11th edition of the IT/ SPEC*tacular format that was developed by Todd Cholmondeley many years ago. This year we have decided to dedicate this race weekend to Todd in his memory. Todd was our Race Chairman and close friend to many in the racing community and a true inspiration to everyone he came into contact with. We hope to honor him and his family by continuing his legacy of great racing and a family like atmosphere at the track. We miss you Todd!
Event Location
The Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, 7721 Steam Corners Road, Lexington, OH 44904
August 4, 2017- Friday PERFORMANCE DRIVING EXPERIENCE (PDX)
The Cincinnati Region SCCA is Happy to again offer an SCCA sanctioned track day in conjunction with the Todd Cholmondeley IT/Spec*tacular weekend. The event is an opportunity for those without any competition license to experience driving the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in their own vehicle. Classroom sessions will give you the fundamentals, which will be augmented with on-track sessions for more detail instruction. Experience instructors will ride along and give you real-time instruction and feedback. The PDX is $230 for SCCA members and will include an Event T Shirt. Stay for the weekend and help with the races and get a $50 rebate from us.

August 5-6 2017- Saturday, Sunday – Todd Cholmondeley IT/Spec*tacular Club Race
This is the 11th year for this Double Regional and we have a lot of excitement for you. Saturday starts with a 20-minute qualifying session for each of the seven groups. We operate on a “no schedule” schedule starting at 8:00AM and rotate through each group with a short clean-up period between each session. Listen to the PA announcements for your group. Starting positions for the Saturday Qualifying session will based on entry time & date. Saturday afternoon races (Race 1): Grid positions shall be determined by best lap time posted by each participant in the 20-minute qualifying sessions on Saturday morning. The qualifying will be followed with our first race of the weekend for each group. Race 1 will be a 14 lap race with Grid positions determined by the morning qualifying times.

Join us for a celebration in the worker campground Saturday night with live music and our famous/ infamous Jello Treats. Then stick around for all the excitement of our Sunday Race Groups.

Sunday’s Races will continue with the same format as Saturday and crown a weekend trophy winner.

We will also be having our ALS Silent Auction all weekend in garage #1 where you can bid on racing related items.
We hope that your racing team/family can join us for this wonderful weekend.

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