Road Rally Report

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE OCTOBER 6th EVENT, “The Great Indiana Pumpkin Rally”.

This will be a traditional GTA rally with questions to keep you observant and provide scoring opportunities. I know from experience this is a great drive. On-site registration and check in will start at 9:30, but come early for breakfast. We begin the rally at Bob Evans Restaurant – 102 Links Way, Aurora, IN 47001. Safety meeting is at 10:15 and the first car out will be at 10:30. Visit cincyscca.motorsportreg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events.
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.

The final rally of the season will be November 3. This will be our first attempt to introduce a time factor. No, you don’t have to follow a prescribed speed over a given distance or perform any complex calculations, you will, however, need to drive a route, or parts of the route, multiple times as consistently as possible. More to follow on this.

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.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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Solo Report

September was a very busy month for Cincy SCCA and our Solo members. We had great representation at the ProSolo finale Sep 1 & 2, the National Autocross Championships Sep 4 – 7, and LSFest in Bowling Green Sep 7-9. After all these marquee events, we also held our two Great Lakes Divisional Solo Series events on Sep 15 & 16. Unfortunately I do not have access to the results for any of these events, but our Cincy soloists represented us well in Nebraska with record number of entrants (>1400) under shall we say less than ideal conditions… okay, a deluge with easily 2-3″ of standing water throughout. Only one I remember off the top of my head is congrats to Shari McCoy who led CSL after day one but was bumped to second in the end – a fantastic first Nationals!!! Sorry for all those who I have forgotten, I will make it up to everyone next month once I can collect all the stats.

Our first Great Lakes Divisional events in many years were held at Traders World on Sep 15 & 16. We had 72 entrants on Sep 15 and 140 on Sep 16 with people coming in from all over the division. I really need to thank Myke Dziengel for chairing these events for me and my solo committee for making these two events go so well since I wasn’t able to be there at all Saturday and only minimally on Sunday. I got nothing but compliments from the competitors, many of whom travel to many other regions and national level events, about how well our events are run, how much fun/challenging the courses were, how large our novice program is, how friendly/helpful our members are, and how impressed they are with all our extras such as live timing, FM radio, unique trophies, etc. Many, many kudos to the team and entrants!!!

Photo Courtesy of Mike Riegel
Photo Courtesy of Mike Riegel

As to the remainder of the season, we are quickly approaching the end unfortunately as it has been a great year so far! We have our final two points events, PE#7 on Oct 7 and PE#8 on Oct 28. Year end points are awarded based on the competitor’s top five (5) events with a minimum of four (4) to qualify. Trophies are awarded based on number of competitors qualified by year end in each class using the standard formula of a trophy awarded for each 1, 4, 7, 10, 14, incremented by 4, etc qualifiers like we do at the events. (You can check your current standing on our Schedule and Results Page)

We also made changes to the huge Novice class by splitting it into two classes, one for street category cars (basically stock), and non-street class cars. Novice event points for this season are still going to be combined for year end, but this will give us the opportunity to provide better focus on the novices both during their run hears as well as their work heats. If this works as well as we believe it will, we will likely have two novice classes next year and the majority of the novices this year can help next season’s novices.

Kent Weaver

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Solo: Changes to Novice Class Registration

We are happy to celebrate the great success with our novice program you’ve made possibly and would like to thank everyone who comes out and has #FunWithCars!

With such a large Novice Class entries, it is necessary to split them into two smaller groups to improve the opportunity to provide greater assistance during each heat.  Before we fully implement this concept next year, we’d like to give this concept a try during our last two events of the 2018 season.

For our PE7 (Oct. 7) and PE8 (Oct. 28) events, Novice class will be split into “Novice Street” (NS) and “Novice All Other” (NA).  

Those who have basically stock cars which fit in a Street category base class (SS, AS, BS ~ GS, HS, etc) will be running “Novice Street”.  Note:  Street category allows aftermarket shocks, front OR rear swaybar change/removal, brake pads, and 200TW tires or higher.
If you have other modifications and would like to participate in our Novice Program, please select “Novice All Other”.

For this year, we will pilot the program by running two separate Novice class during the event, but the year end championship will be still be combined as one Novice program.
Next year (2019 Season), we will fully implement this two Novice Class concept potentially with separate championship points and trophies.

If you have any questions regarding our novice programs, please feel free to contact us at solo-novice@CincySCCA.com.

The registrations for next 2 events are open on MotorsportsReg.com:
PE7 (https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/cincinnati-scca-2018-pe-7-traders-world-solo-178992)
PE8 (https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/cincinnati-scca-2018-pe-8-traders-world-solo-037536)

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Solo: PE6 Results are up but may need some fixing…

Sunday Results (tentative) are up.

2018 Schedule and Results

As some of you may know, we had a timing computer issue during the third heat and some of the time and penalties are missing/inaccurate. Please review the results posted, and contact us (solo@cincyscca.com) if you find any errors BEFORE SUNDAY 09/13 by end of the day. Please share with your friends who attended our PE6 this weekend as well.

Also the Season Points will be updated once we finalize the PE6 Results. If you find any inacuracy in Season Points, please contact us as well.

Thank you.

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Road Race Report

It’s over for this year, and we can collectively breathe a big sigh of relief. And we dig in for next year. As a veteran race worker, but a novice Race Chair, I learned a ton of things that will make things run more smoothly next year. But all-in-all, things ran smoothly, and the few fires were extinguished quickly, with a little help from my friends and terrific workers who adapted well to things out of our control. We got good marks from the stewards and in the Observer’s Report. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you a thing about what happened on track. I can definitely report that were a lot of smiles on the faces of the PDX participants.

A very very BIG thank you to those members of the race committee who regularly attended meetings and made suggestions, to those who made significant financial contributions, and also to those who pitched in at the track to make this event a success. In no particular order, thanks go out to Tony Brown, Bill Niemeyer, Jim Clark, Gordon Benson, Tom Tomlinson, Brian Walker, Brian Rush, EB Lunken, Jim Knepper, Takagi Takuto, and Colleen Cabe. There are countless other people who helped out in various ways with both the race and PDX, and I am probably forgetting to single out many of them. It takes a lot of help to put on an event……and we need more people to make lighter work next year,

Race Committee meetings will continue throughout the year on the second Tuesday of each month. The next one is September 11th, 7 PM, at Rick’s Tavern. 5955 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014. Please come, have dinner if you want, review the race and hash out some ideas for next year.

Christy Graham
Race Chair
roadrace@cincyscca.com or
crjgraham@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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RallyCross Report

RallyCross Points Event #5 Aug 25, 2018

Great Weather welcomed 27 participants at Bitzer’s Farm on Saturday Aug 25th. A passing shower after the lunch break slowed things for a short time but had little impact on the event.

In stock all-wheel drive:
Duane Simons took top honors over the always improving Michael Holland.

Prepared all-wheel drive:
Ed Trudeau finished the top of the field followed by Kyle Krietzer, the reappearing Trevor Taylor and WOR’s Jerry Stem.

Modified all-wheel drive:
Adam Wolf came out on top in front of Michael Wolf, Jeremy Snyder, Rob Fields and George Kartsounis.

Stock Front wheel drive:
Eric Elmley finished first in the lightly populated grid.

Prepared front wheel drive:
Sidney Scott bested Donna England

Modified Front wheel drive:
Bill Ehrman seized first place over John E England, Tim Spellman and Lori Rensing.

Stock Rear wheel drive:
John Veogeli bested the Team Watermelon Miata of Tavis Spencer and Chase Heikkila, and the Camaro of Tyler Baumet.

Prepared rear wheel drive:
Takuto Takagi took first in a sparsely populated class.

Modified rear wheel drive:
Evan Arthur drove to a cleaner victory over John W. England, Pete Remner and Andrew Storck.

The Next event will be a Divisional 2-day weekend rallycross at the ross county fairgrounds on Saturday Sept 22.
Registration is Open on MotorsportReg.com (https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/ohio-rallycross-2-day-camp-out-bitzers-farm-scca-valley-805265)

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RoadRally Report

The August event, I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!, brought out 11 teams to figure out their destinations and chart the shortest overall distance back to the starting point. Everyone learned something new about Cincinnati, including the Rally Master, Jim Wiles.

The teams of Todd & Jennifer Koerner brought home the victory, with Justine King & Joe Obermeier a very close second, and Gordon & Teresa Benson third, missing out by less than a minute in the tie breaker. The consensus is that this was a fun event and we should do more exploring in future rallies.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN FOR THE OCTOBER 6th EVENT, “The Great Indiana Pumpkin Rally” on 9/22. This will be a more traditional rally and you won’t have to figure out your own route; just follow Gordon’s. I know from experience this is a great drive. Details will follow soon. Check the Facebook page for updates. Visit cincyscca.motorsportreg.com for links to the registration sites for all the Cincinnati Region events. 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.

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:

Date Rally Master
April 14 EB Lunken
May 26 Jim Knepper
June 16 Colleen Cabe
July 21 Lee Grimes
August 25 Jim Wiles
October 6 Gordon Benson
November 3 Jim Knepper

We are always happy to hear any ideas you have for a fun drive. Contact me to volunteer or if you have questions.

Christy Graham
Road Rally Chair
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

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Solo: Great Lakes Divisional / Cincy PE#6

Registration is now open for all 2018 Season Solo Events.

Click Here to View All Event Details and Registration on MotorsportReg.com

September 15 / 16 : Great Lakes Divisional and CincySCCA Point Event #6
October 7 : CincySCCA Point Event #7
October 28 : CincySCCA Point Event #8

Registration closes, 2 days before the events, and your reserved number will be released for anyone to use 3 days before the event date.
Many of our events sells out, so please register early to secure your spot. If you are placed on waitlist, please check your email the evening before the event for update on your status.

We are looking forward to see you!

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RoadRally: Sat. 08/25 “I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!!!! Registration Open

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.

Registration is open at cincyscca.motorsportreg.com

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