RallyCross Report: AWASH! Thor’s Hammer strikes!

RallyCross PE#1, April 29th, Bitzer’s Farm

48 pre-entrants were signed up in all 9 available classes before online registration closed on Thursday night prior to the event!
Rain had been forecast for the 3 days previous but had eluded the event site. The decision was made to proceed as scheduled for Saturday’s competition!

Over 75 friends, neighbors and competitive rally type people converged on-site for Saturdays event. Cars were inspected, helmets checked and as the day of racing began the heavens opened up producing lighting, wind, hail and copious amounts of high humidity in liquid form, sadly forcing us to reschedule the event to a later date!

RallyCross Chair
Scott Bitzer

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2017 April Solo Report – Crissy & Kent Weaver, Co-Chairs

Our first event of the 2017 season is now behind us and was a huge success. As most of you know, we spent the off-season (winter in commoners terms) looking for a new site. We enjoyed a great site and community in Wilmington over the past few years, so finding a site as good and as accommodating was a challenge to say the least. I’m happy to say Traders World in Monroe, OH accomplished that very well. They were open to our proposal, worked closely with us to cover all the details, and even embraced it almost as if it was theirs. Over March and April Traders World closed off their west lot for us, filled/sealed cracks, and numerous other things to make it ready for us.

–Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe Photography

The weekend of our first event was fast approaching and a week out the weather forecast was far from encouraging with temps predicted in the 40s/50s with showers and thunderstorms. Thankfully people weren’t put off by the forecast and entries started to flood in. Also thankfully, the forecast changed to only threaten scattered showers during set up on Saturday (which didn’t happen) and just cooler temps (40 in the morning to upper 50s by late afternoon) on Sunday, the day of the event. By close of registration, we had hit our entry cap of 125 entrants from all over the area – people were just as excited about trying our new venue as we were.

In the end, 132 entrants including 22 novices got to help us break in our new site at our inaugural event, Apr 23rd! The weather even cooperated, getting to mid 60s or nearly 70 by the end of the event. I may be biased, but I think the event went very well, was a huge success as I said before, and was enjoyed by the entrants and their families/friends who also got to go shopping there. Traders World also expressed how impressed they were with our region and the event we organized. For those who didn’t make it, the surface is sealed asphalt similar to what we had in Wilmington and a bit smaller, but without all the light poles.

–Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe Photography

The course was fairly straight forward, with a mix of speed and technical aspects and times in the mid 40 sec to upper 50 sec range, but leaving a fair number of us wishing our fast runs were clean. Everyone got five runs which started just a snitch after 10:00 and finished by 4:00 with trophies by 4:15. FTD raw time went to Myke Dziengel in his ST Open (STU) class Subaru STi with a time of 45.404 secs and by a margin of 0.128 secs. FTD PAX went to Tim Scholar in his Pro (HS) class Ford Fiesta with a time of 37.608 secs and by a margin of 0.122 secs. Tightest class win was Johnny Billingsley over John Whitling by 0.132 secs in the Solo Vee they codrove in CMod.

A big thanks goes to our solo committee which met over the winter and put in a strong effort to make sure we were ready beforehand and keep things under control the day of the event.

Look forward to seeing everyone again at Traders World for Points Event #2, May 14th!!!

Crissy and Kent Weaver

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Road Rally Report – April, 2017

The first rally of the year is in the books. It was a very brisk and breezy morning on the 22nd, but the torrential rains that had been forecast never materialized and it turned out to be a very pleasant day for the nine teams to drive the hills and twists of Clermont County. Our rally masters, EB Lunken and Dick Krehbiel, put together a great course with a good mix of roads, allowing for the occasional stop to search for an answer, ample opportunities for restroom facilities, and “brisk” paced country roads. They did their usual creative job of sprinkling in questions that made you first scratch your head and frown, then say “aha!” Of course, there was the inevitable controversy – is that a rooster or a hen, an eagle or an owl? There were multiple places to buy farm fresh eggs, but as anyone who ran the early rallies will understand, NO egg signs were included anywhere in the instructions.


–Photo courtesy of Jeff Loewe Photography

Everyone completed the course with no complaints of getting lost; we do try to not confuse you….too much. We welcomed newcomers Gary & Brigitte Spicer and Matt & Harry Evans, who had very respectible scores for beginners at 2 and 7 ½ points, respectively. Returning from last year were Terry & Denise Challenger who finished in first position with zero deductions. Congratulations to them! Finishing second were Gordon & Teresa Benson with ½ point deduction. Gordon & Teresa put together our October rally last year and we look forward to their rally this year as well. Scott & Reghan Bitzer (and their passengers) and Brad Phelps & Gary Reckelhoff tied for third with 1 ½ points. Rounding out the field were the Spicers, Mike McKay and yours truly, the Evans team, Brian Walker & Dakota Roeder, and Tim Silver & Sue Malcome. Tim was also awarded the Rally Masters’ Choice Award for the most unusual car. I must say, Mike was at a significant disadvantage having me as his driver. In the interest of fairness, since I had safety checked the course and knew most of the answers to the questions, he was solely responsible for interpreting the route instructions and finding all the answers. But we had a very enjoyable drive.

The next rally is June 17th – Rabbit Hash Revisited. The Rally Master for this event is Lee Grimes, who doesn’t even have to get out of bed to lay out a route on the Boone County roads he is so familiar with. And it will be another winner-no double about it. Now that the general store is rebuilt we will pass by it again this year – the opposite direction. If you didn’t join us for this event last year, you missed a good drive and fun after-party. Put it on your calendar for this year. Visit the rally section of the website for a full schedule and additional information. Registration will be opening soon for Rabbit Hash on MotorsportReg (search rally). There are still opportunities to take on the Rally Master role for this year. Drop a line to cincysccarally@yahoo.com if you’re interested.

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Registration Open for Barney Powers Memorial Road Rally

Cincinnati Region SCCA Presents

Barney Powers Memorial Road Rally II
Coast to Coast and Dam to Dam in Clermont County
April 22, 2017

Come join the fun that will have any car enthusiast or intrepid rally adventurer salivating.


We are participating in the Spring Classic Driving Tour in Clermont County, along with almost 20 car and motorcycle clubs and organizations. You can visit the website for this event at 2017 Spring Classic Driving Tour.

This is a charitable event and a portion of your entry fee will be donated to the American Lung Association and ALS. Additional donations are greatly appreciated as well.

The site will open at 7:30 AM, so come early to wander around the parking lot, show off your automobile, and get an up close look at other participants’ “babies”.

SCCA will be conducting a rally as opposed to a drive, so you will receive a set of instructions and questions to answer along the way, and we will crown our winner at the endpoint party. Points will also be awarded for a series championship. An additional award will be presented to the Rally Masters’ Choice for the most unusual car entered.

Due to the nature of this event, an exact departure time can’t be specified, but should be between 10 and 10:30. There will be a brief safety and general instruction meeting approximately 15 minutes prior to departure. The length of the rally is 3 ½ – 4 hours, depending on the length of your stops, driving speeds and frequency of turn-arounds to find answers.

Please register on-line at Barney-Powers-Memorial-Road-Rally-II on MotorSportReg.com

Printable Registration/Entry Form (Online Registration above is preferred)

2017 Cincinnati Region Road Rally Championship Series Rules

Barney Powers Memorial Road Rally II General Instructions

Finally, Feel free to share this flyer with anyone who maybe interested in our RoadRally Event!
Barney Powers Memorial Road Rally II Event Flyer

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RallyCross News

The 2017 RallyCross season is about begin with our sean opener on Saturday, April 29th!
In conjuction with Western Ohio Region and Ohio Valley Region SCCA, We have 7 events currently scheduled and may add more events as the season unfolds.
Cincinati region members will be competing for our own Cincy region cup, you must attend four of the seven events to be eligible!
Also winning 5 events in your class at Bitzer RallyCross you’ll be an “ace” and be awarded the coveted
“Charles Eugene Jules Marie Nungesser Ace Award” and served with an appropiate French Libation!
Hope to see you at the events! If you have any questions about how to begin your journey into RallyCross please contact me at ssbitzer@gmail.com or join the facebook groups at
WOR RallyCross on Facebook
OVR RallyCross on Facebook
Thank You! See you at the races!

Scott

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New Solo Site! Traders World

Great News!!!
Excited to announce our new autocross site for 2017: Traders World in Monroe, OH!!!

Traders World is in a great location, I-75 & SR-63 (exit 29) and offers a fantastic facility! We will be using the west lot, the one closest to I-75. Tons of great shopping for your friends and family as well as a food court for breakfast and lunch. Traders World promises to be a great partner and host for our events. Stay tuned, more details to follow as things are finalized.

We will update our 2017 Solo Schedule (and event locations) as we confirm the site availabilities.

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