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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June Solo Report

Wow, I can’t believe we are already through June and our first three points events!!! In an earlier report I talked about how great our first event was at Traders World and how fantastic they’ve been as a host. I’m elated to report that it’s only gotten better since then!!! Traders World has been and continues to be an outstanding partner, has a fantastic location to showcase our region, offers a myriad of shopping and great food, and supports us 100%.

Our Mother’s Day event May 14th (Points Event 2) was a roaring success with 127 entrants, only a handful fewer than the season opener 3 weeks earlier. Everyone got five runs on a course with an angled slalom down the middle that most said was a more enjoyable and challenging course than the first one. Our Father’s Day event Jun 18 (Points Event 3) was in jeopardy of being rained…er, stormed out. The forecast called for thunderstorms all day long. Even at that, we still hit our pre-registration limit of 125 on Saturday. As it turned out we only had a very light mist around 7:15 which couldn’t have lasted 3 minutes, so the 114 entrants who braved the weather were rewarded with a dry and fun course all day.

Next event (Points Event 4) is July 9th at Traders World followed by the Points Event 5 on Aug 13th. Stay tuned for updates on the Sep 17 joint event with MCSCC, date and location are subject to change.

See you in a parking lot soon!
Kent

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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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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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2017 Autocross Schedule (VERY Tentative!)

Cincy SCCA will have a solo program this year. At the moment the only confirmed option we have is Turfway. We are in talks with several other options and if anyone has a suggestion let me know and I’ll investigate. But please, if you are not the solo chair or haven’t talked to me first do not contact sites! I have packets for site acquisition if you’d like to get one to a prospect.

So here’s what we have and it’s ***VERY TENTATIVE!!***
Location: Traders World – west parking lot, (Lebanon, OH) exc. 9/17

4/23
5/14
6/18
7/9
8/13
9/17 Joint Event with MVSCC @ Upper Valley Mall (Springfield OH)
10/8
10/29
11/5

We are also hosting Street Survival, Driving School at Millet Parking lot of Miami University in Oxford on Saturday August 19th.
Stay tuned for more information to come!

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2016 Solo Review

By Nathan Roberts and Shari McCoy

The 2016 season is now in the books and not one to be soon forgotten. While our region hosted a number of amazing national events and a divisional, we also had a fantastic regional season as well!

May 07, 2016: SCCA Pro Solo – Cincinnati Region at Wilmington Air Park, Wilmington Ohio

Some of our most hotly contested classes were our open classes. Street Touring Open saw a slight drop in attendance this year but no shortage of great racing with Tavis Spencer holding off Myke Dziengel, although throughout the season Myke kept the pressure on but was never able to capitalize.

May 07, 2016: SCCA Pro Solo – Cincinnati Region at Wilmington Air Park, Wilmington Ohio

 

Kent Weaver, Joe Eglseder, Colleen Cabe, Ralph Hartmann, Crissy Weaver, Ken Marcotte, Steve Carey, Robert Clark, Robert Armstrong, Mike Wolf, Claire Frimming, Obren Williams, Kumar Viswalingam and Tim Viars all took home year end wins in their respective classes.

F Street was a hard fought battle all year long with Krzysztof Zielinski, Steve Munday and Max Mischenko all trading blows throughout the season, with the win finally coming down to Krzysztof in the final races of the season.

Street Open was more one-sided with Jim Zeisler taking home a perfect 500 point season leaving the fight for 2nd down to Nathan Roberts and Aaron Gastrich with the score not being settled until the final race.

Crissy Weaver, 2016 STUL National Champion

Outside of our region events we are very proud of Crissy Weaver taking home a Solo Nationals win in STUL out in Lincoln, Nebraska, fighting off rainy weather and a deep class of competitive cars and drivers!

Overall we are very pleased with how the season went and sad to see it come to a close. We want to thank everyone that came out, had a good time and lent a hand!

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