It was a beautiful weekend in August for the Todd Cholmondeley IT Spec*tacular. On Friday, 22 novice drivers along with 35 experienced drivers and 28 coaches took to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to test their cars and themselves during the Track Event. 112 competition drivers entertained us with some great racing on Saturday and Sunday. We had a great picnic dinner with live entertainment and jello “desserts” on Saturday night. Many Cincinnati Region members came up to help run the event and make it a success. Many many thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the weekend and support the region.
Were you there? If so I hope you have great memories. If not…..don’t despair. We’re going to do it again in 2020! There’s always room for improvement and plans are already in the works within both the region and the Great Lakes/Central Division Conference. Hopefully we can get more of you on the track for some wheel to wheel racing. You will need a safety compliant race car and personal safety gear, but other than that there will be considerable flexibility on car prep and driver licensing. More to come on this as plans develop.
Photos from the events are available on our Club Photographer’s Website (jlofoto.net)
“Tri-State Tango” is now in the books. We needed to postpone it due to schedule confusion, but it was well worth the wait. Eight teams competed, divided into Novice and Experienced divisions. Taking the Experienced class was the team of Gordon & Teresa Benson, with Walt & David Fischer, new graduates to the class, right on their heels. Mike & Stephanie Spatz, running their last novice class eligible rally, took first, with newcomers Jeff Fogle & Lillian Russell a close second. Complete results and Series Point standings are available on the Cincy SCCA website.
The next rally is September 28. Final details are being ironed out but just a hint at the theme – Chili. Cincinnati Chili. Natives of the Queen City, and even transplants, may be fans, but how much of the history of our inimitable 3-way do you know? Prepare to find out. Registration will open as soon as the starting location is confirmed. Watch for a Facebook post or set a reminder to check cincyscca.motorsportreg.com around September 12 to find more details.
For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route, and/or exceeding the measured mileage. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.
We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.
Points Event #6 is in the books, only two points events left and four total until the 2019 season is done. I’m writing this on Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial last weekend of summer 🙁 while watching the movie Airplane! I blame Ben, even if I am guilty for introducing him to it before. Okay, back to the topic though…
Points Event 6 was our biggest event we’ve had at Traders World, we had 176 entrants, were able to get everyone five (5) runs, 901 total, and were done just after 4:00. The closest race was in STX where Maxwell Rooney in his Civic Si was able to hold off Logan Geyer in his BRZ by a mere 0.042 secs. Next closest was in our 29 member Novice-S class where Matthew Fuller held off Brent Tritch by 0.073 secs. Fastest time of day went to the SS class NSX piloted by Joel Zeller over Danny Popp in his CAM-S Z06 Corvette. On PAX, the top two times went to the NSX with Zeller and Rindler 1 – 2 over Danny Popp in his Corvette, Myke Dziengel in his STi, and James Elliott in his Corvette. Great event on a challenging course based on a design submitted by Tact Takagi. Thanks again to our committee for making the Cincy events so great!
Next up is a Great Lakes Division Solo Series event on Saturday, Sep 21 followed immediately on Sunday, Sep 22, by our points event #7 (also count was Divisional event). You can run either day separately or run both, have twice the fun, and get a $10 discount. Register early as these are likely to hit our entry cap too. Last event hit the cap on the Tues before the event and we had 196 entrants including those on the waitlist. If we have hit the cap before you register, please register on the waitlist as this really helps the registrars on the day of the event.
Year to Date Series Points are provided on our website. Your best five (5) events count toward year end points in class and you need four (4) events to qualify. That means all you entrants who have only made two (2) events this year, you could still get in the running for a year end trophy…
Again, thank you everyone for helping clean up after the event. Remember, please DO NOT STACK the grid cones and the ones which separate paddock from course as Traders World allows us to leave those in place all year and saves us lots of set-up and teardown time!!!
Points Event 5 is in the books, 155 entrants who braved and conquered 90+ temperatures, and got 5 runs on a fun and challenging course.
Danny Popp edged out Tom O’Gorman by 0.320 secs on raw time being the only one to break the 39 sec barrier, but Tom edged out Danny on PAX by 0.253 secs.
That said, the biggest success of the month was our Novice 101 School which Ryan Street and Nathan Roberts championed and organized. Forty-one students got the opportunity to improve their event skills and get phenomenal instruction from many of our more seasoned championship caliber drivers. Can’t say thank you enough for their vision and implementation. Will definitely be on the calendar for next year, possibly another this year.
Our next points event is Aug 18 followed by our Great Lakes Div Solo Series Events on Sep 21 and 22. Make sure you register early as we have been hitting the entry cap by Wed. If we have hit the cap please register on the waitlist as it helps registration check in go better on the day of the event.
IT Spec*Tacular at Mid-Ohio August 2-4 Early Tech is this weekend at Trader’s World on Sunday July 21st, 9AM – 12AM
Solo Program is hosting their PE5 at the same time.
– Please use North Gate off Union Rd. DO NOT use the main entrance on SR63.
– There will be $2.00 CASH entry fee at the gate.
– From the gate, drive strait to the back past the building to our autocross site.
Come join us for Cincinnati Region’s August 2-4 Mid-Ohio Double Regional, Run-Off Qualifier, Bracket racing weekend, along with Friday Track Event, including special groups for Vintage Cars – 1980 and prior model years.
Bracket racing allows you the opportunity to race your race prepared vehicle against cars of similar lap times rather than by traditional class. The 1 hour race allows you to share the ride…and the expenses, and does not require a full competition license. The Track Event gives you the opportunity to put your solo prepared or daily driver on the track with the benefit of an experienced instructor. Being a volunteer worker gets you over the fence, behind the scenes and up close and personal with the cars and drivers.
Please register on one of the four registration pages at CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com – Race, Volunteer, Track Event, Vintage Track Event. There is something for every racing enthusiast. Check out additional details on the registration pages. You can direct any questions to email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you at the track in August.
We are hosting Autocross 101 – Novice Driving School on Saturday July 20th at Trader’s World.
This school is designed to help the new competitors get up to speed. Not only the “Driving Skills to have FUN and to BE MORE COMPETITIVE”, but we will also cover anything from “How to class your car” to “Basic and Specialty Worker assignments (Course, Timing/Scoring, Grid, Waiver, etc)”
Registration will be open as soon as sanction numbers are received from National – for our event, August 2, 3 and 4.
There are several opportunities to participate, something for everyone:
Track Event on Friday. The Track Event provides the opportunity to any licensed driver to drive their car on the Mid-Ohio track for several 25-minute sessions with coaching from a qualified racer for novices.
1 hour Bracket race on Saturday. A competition license is not required for the 1 hour Bracket race on Saturday. You may have two drivers share a car and expenses. This is an opportunity to get some wheel to wheel experience on the beautiful Mid-Ohio course. A minimum of 2 hours documented successful completion of track experience is required to participate.
This event is a standard double Regional/Division points race weekend. Points count for both Divisional Championship Series and Runoffs qualification.
Bracket Sprint race Sunday. A competition license is required for this group.
Opportunities galore to volunteer to help the event run smoothly and get over the fence.
Worker picnic Saturday night with food, drink and Jell-O “treats”. Live music and worker appreciation awards distributed. Driver are encouraged to attend.
By way of explanation, the bracket groups are scored, not by class but by position in the 2-second bracket time in which your qualifying time falls. If you go faster, you move up to the next faster bracket. Cars must meet SCCA safety requirements but otherwise modifications are basically free – any race tire, any suspension, whatever. The Supplemental Regulations on the registration page will give you more information – or just ask us. https://cincyscca.motorsportreg.com/
REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN MONDAY FOR THE RALLY ON JULY 27.
“Tri-State Tango” – We will be leaving around 10:30 from the UDF at 2086 North Bend Road, Hebron, KY 41048. Onsite registration will open at 9:30. This is our annual Kentucky event put together by rally master Lee Grimes. This year it will be Kentucky-ish, as there are 2 ferry boat crossings included in the route. Bring an extra $10 for fees. We’ll end at Longnecks also in Hebron. Cost is $25 per car with a $5 discount if at least one team member is an SCCA member.
The May rally had enough participants to have two classes – novice and expert. Bringing home the gold were Gordon & Teresa Benson (expert) and Walt & Dave Fischer (novice). The June rally had fewer participants but had a tie for first. Todd & Jenny Koerner (novices in the May rally), beat out Gordon & Teresa by virtue of drawing the higher playing card. Full results and point standings can be found on the CincySCCA Website.
For those new to the sport, Road Rallies are run on public roads at legal (sometimes brisk) speeds on a variety of roads. Route instructions can be challenging but if you are careful you will NOT get lost. Any street licensed vehicle capable of accommodating a driver and a navigator who can communicate safely (so probably not a motorcycle) from a smart car to a pickup truck are eligible and kids are welcome. Penalty points are given for incorrect answers to questions that can be answered by making observations along the route. Low score wins. Awards are presented for each event and points are assigned based on finishing position to determine a series champion.
We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.