I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!!!! Cincinnati History Rally (Saturday 08/25)
And now for something entirely different. We have not had a road rally like this before. It’s a scavenger hunt of Cincinnati landmarks. You will have to figure out what landmark you need to visit based on information in a clue sheet – and take a picture to prove your presence – and how to get there. You can use any outside help necessary to figure out your route including asking for directions and, perhaps especially, using a “google-able” device. Scoring will be based on the number of destinations you make it to, total mileage, total time, and worthiness of the bribe offerred to the rally master, Jim Wiles. Some parking fees may apply.
Departure will be from Alms Park shortly after the 10:30 safety meeting and distribution of the clue packet, with registration from 9:30 – 10:15. Come back to the park when you have completed your journey and stay for the club picnic, which starts at 3PM. Main course will be provided along with drinks and chips. A side dish to share would be most welcomed and can be left at the park while you travel around town, if desired. Bring outdoor games, if you have any, and socialize with other club members. We did this a couple years ago and, despite the short burst of severe weather that blew through, had a really good time.
CLUB RACERS – If you are reading this… finish fast and get packing 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. In fact NON CLUB RACERS, come on Thursday night or early Friday morning and bring your solo or street car and put it on the track Friday, August 3rd , with a qualified instructor, and learn the ropes of running on a road course with competitors around you. On-line registration has been closed for several days now, but you can still come and register at the track. Stay for Saturday or the whole weekend and get a taste of track life. Earn a rebate off your entry fee for volunteering to work a specialty and support the race.
Jello Shots are made – an abundance of them. Many many thanks to Brian Walker and Jim Knepper who poured, capped, marked and stacked the 900+ cups while I mixed the “happy juice” in the kitchen. We need a lot of people to show up, race, work and party with us so you can enjoy the fruits of our labor. There will be live entertainment at the Saturday worker party in the LEC campground. Drivers & crew are invited to come and socialize with the workers and each other and suck up a few delicious shots.
The July event, Kentucky Ramble, saw several novice teams join our ranks. So many that we were able to offer Novice and Experienced classes. It was a great drive thru scenic Kentucky brought to us by Lee Grimes. Many thanks to him for getting this together while enduring a grueling work schedule and related travel. The results are listed below.
In our Experienced Class, the team of Gordon & Teresa Benson brought home yet another win. They are intent on defending their championship position from the 2017 season. Rounding out the Experienced Class were EB Lunken & Chris Cann in second, Steve & Makayla Munday in third, Jim Knepper & Doreen Fallon in fourth, and Tim Silver & Sue Malcolm in fifth. The Novice Class boasted a tie for first place between Walt & Brian Fischer and Todd & Jennifer Koerner. Finishing behind them was another tie of Anthony Bodnarik & Jennifer Vandergriff and Bruce & Marita Kreutzer. Rounding out the Novice Class were the teams of Barb & Dave Kise and John Holtzeiter & Robert Davis. Eleven teams in all, a very good showing for this popular event, and a narrow range of points earned.
REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN SOON FOR THE AUGUST 25th EVENT. What we have planned for this one is a totally different experience. The plan, still in the works at this point, is to provide you with a map and a list of Cincinnati Landmarks. You will set your own course, take pictures an the stops and return to the starting point with the lowest mileage. We will be starting and ending at Alms Park, where we will enjoy a picnic with those members not willing to adventure out with us. (Hint hint – don’t be afraid; come join us). Check us out on FaceBook for picnic updates. Visit cincyscca.motorsportreg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events. Remember, if you need to be paired up with a running partner, let us know and we’ll do our best.
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:
One more date is still available if you’d like to set up a rally. Assistance can be provided. We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.
July was an interesting month for Cincy autocross with members attending and doing very well across the region.
It started with the Indy Region Great Lakes Div (GLDiv) Solo Series events at Grissom ARB in Peru, IN on Jun 30 and Jul 1 where Divya Viswalingam had her first event on concrete, the Bristol Champ and Match Tours from July 4-8 in Bristol, TN, the Goodguys event in Columbus, OH on July 6-8, the Corvette Troy event at KilKare Speedway in Xenia OH on July 8, the Fort Wayne Region GLDiv event at the Allen County War Museum and Coliseum in Fort Wayne, IN on Jul 15, of course our event at Traders World on July 22, and the Western Ohio Region (WOR) event in Springfield, OH on July 29.
I highly encourage you to run other local events such as WOR SCCA, MVSCC, OVR SCCA, CKR SCCA, KYR SCCA, etc and the Great Lakes Divisional Series if you can’t make any of the National level events.
Now to our event on July 22nd at Traders World.
We did set-up on Sat beforehand attempting to dodge the rain showers but got drenched. Given the forecast, the course was changed from that posted to provide additional safety should it be under water as forecasted on Sunday
The forecast of certain doom and gloom of deluge and thunderstorms for Sunday had many people cancel their registrations or not show up Sunday which was a mistake in my opinion. I say that because we barely got a few random drops of rain during a change-over meaning the 101 entrants who did brave the forecast were rewarded with six dry runs and the opportunity for 45 mins of fun runs at the end of the day. Regular competition was completed with trophies finished by 3:30! I’ll thank our own James Elliott Roofing for installing an invisible roof over the entire course, paddock, and grid areas overnight Sat, how else could one explain why it stayed dry! Check out our live timing available via your cell phone anywhere and the on-site FM broadcast at your next event as they worked great.
The closest competition came down to the Street Open Index class of 18 entrants where Keith Koegler on his last run in his Ford Focus ST came from behind to edge out Jack Burns in his Honda Civic Type R by a mere 0.009 secs. Once again, the Novice class was the largest with 25 where the top two spots were a battle of Ford Fiesta STs with Daniel Gravett edging out David Bellanger for the top spot. Fastest time went to Christian Moist in his DM Birkin 7 with a time of 43.188. Fastest on Index with just 0.321 secs separating the top four and only 1.319 separating the top ten went to Keith Koegler in the Street Open class.