Regrettably we have decided we must cancel our Fun Event this Sunday, Apr 8, due to the uncooperative frigid weather forecast.
A great deal of deliberation went into this decision by our team as I know many of you were looking just as forward to this event and shaking off the winter as we were. The safety concerns regarding the slipperiness of the cold sealed asphalt, risk of damage to equipment or competitors vehicles, concern over potential loss of site if we were to have an incident, the health of the competitors, and possible performance tire damage all contributed to outweigh the potential benefits for all.
Sorry, we will attempt to reschedule this event sometime later in the season. Appreciate your understanding and patience as we made this decision. For those of you who prepaid, there will be no charge to your credit card for this event. Please contact us if you have any questions or concern.
Look forward to seeing everyone at our Apr 22 event!
If we decide to have the Fun Event this weekend and you are to attend, please dress appropriately with at least 3-4 layers on your torso with good gloves and stocking hat (not ball caps)! If you have already tacked away your winter clothes, Trader’s World sells gloves and hats!
Get geared up for the Todd Cholmondeley IT-Spec*tacular Double Regional Road Race Saturday & Sunday August 4th and 5th at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Our event is a fan favorite and we are known for offering a good time for all who attend. Plans are still in the works but you can expect the usual good racing and good food along with the deluxe JELLO SHOTS, renowned across the whole of Great Lakes Division.
Not a racer? Bring your street car (or solo car) and sign up for the Track Event on Friday August 3rd (formerly PDX). You will get several sessions of track time with a competition driver as a coach. Stay for Saturday or the whole weekend and get a taste of race life. Earn a rebate off your entry fee for volunteering to work a specialty and support the race.
Want to get across the fence and watch the racing up close and personal? – Flagging & Communication
Want to get touchy feely with the cars and talk to the drivers before their session? – Grid
Want to get into the technical workings of the cars? – Scrutineer
Want to help score the cars on the track (and stay out of the weather)? – Timing & Scoring
Lots of help is needed to make a weekend go off smoothly. Let me know what you think you want to do and I’ll find a place (and a contact/mentor) for you. Or just let me know you want to be involved and you can choose from a wide array of duties that need to be covered.
It’s time! Spring is officially here, regardless of what the weather is doing. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE APRIL 14TH EVENT. We have a record 7 rallies on the schedule this year, and we want to see a lot of competitors. Drivers and Navigators unite and sign up on MotorSportReg.com. Bring teams of your neighbors, friends or co-workers (who have not participated with us in the last two years) and you and each team you bring will receive a $5 discount off the registration fee. If you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best. Our rallies always end at a location disclosed before you start your drive and is always a family friendly place with food and adult beverages available. Competition promises to be fierce for the 2018 Series Championship.
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.
The schedule as it now stands is as follows:
April 14/EB Lunken
May 26/Jim Knepper
June 16/Colleen Cabe
October 6/Gordon Benson
Some dates are still available if you’d like to set up a rally. Contact me if you have questions or want to lock in a date.
Road Rally Chair
This year, we made a switch to the MotorsportReg.com for solo event registration. If you found any error or difficulty with the new registration, please let us know. We are continue improving our registration process!
I’ll make this quick (hopefully). We have the Great Lakes Divisional SCCA Spring Training coming up on March 10 which is a great opportunity for Junior Driver Program and Solo Safety Steward training. If you can’t make it to Findlay for Spring Training, there will be webinars offered.
Our 2018 schedule is firming up, we now have a Starting Line event on Apr 21 before our first points event on Apr 22. Let’s hope this one isn’t iced out like our last one in Wilmington a couple years ago.
Excited about the season starting in roughly 5 weeks!!!
See posts about each of these elsewhere in the edition or online.
For being in the middle of winter, Cincinnati Region SCCA has been super busy! We kicked off our year with our first General Membership meeting for 2018 on 1/16, thank you for all that attended! A reminder that our General Membership Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 8pm at the Mill Race Banquet Center.
Immediately after that meeting, Scott Bitzer (RallyCross Chair & Board Member at Large), Tact Takagi (Webmaster & Board Member at Large) and I attended the 2018 SCCA National Convention. The convention this year was jam-packed with information filled sessions and meetings. The initial highlight was being introduced to our new SCCA President & CEO, Michael Cobb. Mr. Cobb gave an impassioned, hopeful, and thoughtful presentation during the Annual Meeting and the Leadership Kickoff Meeting on the current state of the SCCA. He presented his 2018 leadership focus for our club that “We are all here to serve our Members and those that serve the Member.” He gave goals to continue reaching for in our local regions to fulfill our core mission in that “We exist to fuel a safe, and exciting motorsports experience for auto enthusiasts.” Other sessions of note included more detail of the newest race worker specialty “Data Acquisition/Race Data Technician”. This specialty is responsible for collecting and analyzing data to provide the CRB and the Advisory Committees with valuable information to make decisions on car classifications and Balance of Power (BoP) adjustments. If you are interested in more information about this new worker specialty please contact me! During the R.E. meetings and panels we met with our recently re-elected Area Director Marcus Meredith. A big topic of discussion between the R.E.’s was the organization of Great Lakes Division and the upcoming Spring Training.in Findlay, OH on March 10th. During the Road Race meeting there was review of the Runoffs success in 2017 at Indianapolis and talk of the upcoming Runoffs at Sonoma Raceway. Rumor at the time for 2019 Runoffs was Virginia International Raceway (VIR was confirmed the week after we returned). There was also much discussion the following day regarding brainstorming of events that could possibly be done in connection with our existing Solo, Rally and Race events to increase participation, we’ll be talking about some of these at upcoming committee and membership meetings for feedback.
And finally on the last Saturday of January on the 27th we held our Annual Awards Banquet at the Mill Race Banquet Center. We easily had the best turnout for this event in many years and I want to thank everyone again who came out for this event! Many trophies and awards were handed out and there will be a full recap with photos on the website coming soon! And since I have this forum, I wanted to say a few words on being the latest recipient of The Joel Williams Award. Over the years I have had an incredible opportunity to work with & for a group of people that are passionate about competing & organizing motorsports events in our Cincinnati Region and at the Divisional and National level. The team effort to meet and rise above the challenges to move our club forward are sometimes astounding for a “little” not-for-profit organization. I am humbled and honored for the recognition this year. The future looks very promising for our Cincinnati Region and I can’t wait to see what comes next! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring!
Thanks again and see you soon down the road,