Solo Report

Wow, we are five (5) into our nine (9) event 2017 season already! The best was to summarize our Aug 13 Solo Points Event #5 is it just keeps getting better! It was a fantastic fifth Solo Points Event at Traders World, what perfect hosts! Another record setting crowd, this time 140 competitors which was one more than the previous 2017 record with 28 novice entries and 50 weekend memberships! Thanks to the hard work of the solo committee (couldn’t do it without them) and the cooperation/quick change overs by everyone we were able to give everyone six (6) runs on a fun and challenging course by Evan Frank! Tightest margin of victory went to Pat Witte in his M3 over Brian Walker in an RX-7 by 0.009 secs in the Street Tire index class. Michael Jeffries in his ’16 SCS Miata eeked out the fastest time on PAX just beating Joe Gordon in his ES ’03 MR2 by 0.075 secs. Christian Moist had the fastest raw time his Pro Class DMod Birkin 7 with a time of 30.390 sec over Tim Viars in his STS Miata with a time of 30.838 secs. Thank you, everyone! Can’t wait to see what we can do for our next event!!!

We also assisted Miami University and the City of Oxford host a TireRack Street Survival School at Miami University on Aug 19. In my opinion and that of every student and parent with whom I spoke, it was a huge success. See Tact’s article regarding that event.

Along the line of future events, we have we have six (6!) more days over four weekends to go play at Traders World until the end of the season. Two of those will be joint events.

Sept 16 & 17 is a joint Event with Miami Valley Sports Car Club (MVSCC). We are continuing the tradition of a joint event with them, this time at Traders World. Sep 16 is the MVSCC event (using their class structure) and Sep 17 is Cincy SCCA PE #6 (using our standard classing). Registration for both events are on www.myautoevents.com but are separate. We are planning to have a party on Sat at Traders World after competition, but need to make desire there is enough interest. Discounted prices will be available for chicken dinners or pizza as mentioned in our CincySCCA Facebook page. Trailers can be left on site over night, but no camping is permitted.

Points Event #7 will be Oct 8 at Traders World

Oct 28 & 29. This is a joint Points Event with Western Ohio Region SCCA (WOR) and continues that tradition. Sat, Oct 28, will be a Points Event for WOR. Sun, Oct 29 will be Cincy’s last Points Event of the year. Should be a great time. Expect a party Sat night if the Sep joint event party is a success. Trailers can be left on site, but no overnight camping permitted.

Fun Event, Nov 5. We will celebrate our 2017 season with a non-points event (all the events are fun, right?) at Traders World. If you only have three events, this event can count as a qualifier for year end points, but there will be no points accrued.

Year End Points. Had a number of questions about this so I will attempt to set the story straight here. Year end trophies will be awarded per class for those who qualify (as adjusted by number of qualifiers in class.) The entrants best five (5) points count toward year end points, four (4) events minimum are necessary to qualify. Trophies will predominantly be awarded as they are at the events, 1 trophy for 1-3 qualifiers in class, 2 trophies for 4-6, 3 trophies for 7-9, 4 trophies for 10-13, etc with some flexibility for close battles, etc.

If you have ideas on how to improve things next season, gone me a shout.

Sincerely,
Kent Weaver

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TireRack Street Survival

On Saturday, August 19, Cincinnati Region SCCA partnering with the City of Oxford and Miami University to hosted the TireRack Street Survival.

We had 9 students attended this special driving school designed for newly licensed driver to learn car control and awareness in real life situations. Students went through emergency stopping practice, lane change, skidpad, tight S-curves, and slalom exercises, first to learn their car’s capabilities and to gain confidence, and then to learn the danger of distracted driving; having their cellphone in their hands.

During lunch time, we brought in a full-size semi and parked several cars around it and had each student (as well as us instructors!) get in the cab and “see” how many cars they couldn’t see, to raise awareness when driving near semis. Airbag detonation was another fun awareness experience. This explosive exercise reinforced the fact that these are serious devices that while increasing crash safety, can also cause harm if not respected.

We appreciate all the volunteer instructors and course workers for making this valuable experience possible for the teen drivers. Also, special thanks to Jason Evans and Dart Logistics for providing an amazing truck for the semi demonstration. Finally, we would like to thank City of Oxford, MUPD, OPD, SCCA, BMWCCA and the TireRack Street Survival program for all of their efforts in making our event a success, and we hope that we can work with everyone in the future to make subsequent events even better.

Emergency lane change exercise
Semi blindspot awareness exercise
Thanks to Jason Evans and Dirt Logistics for the beautiful truck and driver awareness trailer!
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Rally Report: The Day of the Dusty Cats…

OVR RallyCross Point Event #5, Aug. 26, 2017

A Couple of batches of new kittens welcomed the excitement of 50 competitors during August RallyCross at Bitzer’s Farm.

In stock all-wheel drive:
1st Place winner Jermiah Johnson opened up a 9 second lead over John Voegeli followed by duane Simons, Michal Hareson, Michael Hensley and Michael Holland.

In stock front: (race of the day)
1st place winner Andy Buehler bested Jeff McGee by 2.17 seconds followed by Brian lynch only .343 of a second behind him.

In Stock Rear:
1st Place winner Nathan Roberts finished convincingly 34 seconds ahead of Ryan street and tyler baumet.

In prepared all-wheel drive:
1st Place winner Zb Lorenc overcame the charges of Orion Fairman, Kyle Krietzer and Kirk Davis.

In prepared front:
Winner Pete Remner outran the Dodges of Mathew McGee and Alex Ashbaugh followed by Sidney Scott, Logan Waller, Mike Buehler and Donna England.

In Prepared rear:
1st Place went to Tavis Spencer over Mike Cessna, Chase Heikkila and Luke Seckman.

In Modified all-wheel drive:
1st place with the fastest course time of the day went to Lothrop Withington IV followed by Jeremie Snyder, Joshua Zortman, Richard Hopple, Jacob Sanor, Trevor Taylor and Zachary Sanor.

In Modified Front Wheel Drive:
Winner Matthew Taylor overcame John E England, Tim Spellman, Lori Rensing and William Ehrman.

In Modified rear wheel drive:
Winner Evan Arthur bested john w England by .763 of a second followed by Ryan Miles, Tact Takagi, Alex Aeschbury and Zach Harris.

In Exhibition Class:
1st place honors went to Daniel Shea followed by Jesse Young, Ben Andrews, Josh Sharp and Tyler Moser.

A Big Thank You To Reghan, Amy and Steve for Keeping everyone watered and fed. And the good folks from OVR for hosting another great Event. Also WOR and Cincy regions for their continued support!

Our next event will be pe #6 on Sept 16 with a night of camping and fun and followed on Sunday Sept 17 with a makeup event for PE #1….

Look forward to seeing everyone there!!!

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Road Rally – Saturday August 26 – Covered Bridge Tour

UPDATE: Note from our RoadRally Chair

Registration starts early in case you want to come for breakfast before embarking on the adventure. If you can register on Motorsportreg.com that would be great, but if not, just drop a line to let us know you’ll be there so we have enough route instructions.

The General Instructions are attached and you should have a copy with you on the drive. They will be available on site if you don’t print them yourself.

Come play!! This should be a GREAT drive!!!!!

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Registration is open for this Saturday’s rally. Come out for the drive to visit several of the bridges of Clermont County and beyond.

Schedule
8:30 to 10:00 – Registration at Frisch’s – 840 Lila Avenue, Milford, OH
10:15 AM – Safety Meeting/Route Instructions distributed
10:30 AM – Start Rally
2:30 PM – Could arrive at endpoint
3:30 PM – Must be at endpoint – Quaker Steak & Lube – 590 Chamber Drive, Milford, OH

Cost for this event is $25 (a discount is available for members)

Covered Bridge Tour Registration

General Instruction (PDF)

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August RE-port

The summer is flying by and we have some great events coming up on every weekend this month!

First, our 2017 Todd Cholmondeley IT SPEC*tacular & PDX is coming up this weekend August 4-6th at Mid-Ohio! Online registration has closed but if you are still interested in participating to either compete or volunteer over the weekend, please check out our website for details on late registration or contact our race chair Brian Walker ASAP (briax7@yahoo.com)!

Next we have our Fifth points event for the Autocross season on August 13th. Then on August 19th we partner with the City of Oxford and Miami University to host a Tire Rack Street Survival event in Oxford. And finally to wrap up the month we have both a Road Rally and RallyCross events on August 26th!

Also our August monthly membership meeting will be on August 15th at 8pm at the Mill Race Banquet Center (1515 W Sharon Road. 45240). EB Lunken is promising a multi-media presentation that no one will want to miss!

Thanks again to all of the volunteers that help make our events happen and THANK YOU for participating and keeping our club strong! See you at the track!
– Tony Brown, Cincinnati Region SCCA, R.E.

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Rally Report – August, 2017

11 teams competed in Jim’s July Jaunt on a hot Saturday afternoon. We made it short before the worst heat set in and because everyone is busy this time of year. Everyone finished-eventually; only 1 team got lost, but since they drove up and down the one street that had what turned out to be the toughest question, they got it right and finished with a perfect score. Congratulations to Steve Munday and his crack navigation team of teens Jacob & Makayla.

In a three way tie for second were John & Dick Krehbiel, Joe & Mary Beth O’Gorman and Jim & Bob Zeisler with 1 point. All but one other team was in a tie for third with 2 points. Those teams were Gordon & Teresa Benson, Gary & Brigitte Spicer, Terry & Denise Challenger, Gordon Maciulewicz & Paul McGloin, Tom O’Gorman & Dave Montgomery and Scott Giles & Renee Hines. Bringing up the rear were our beloved speedsters EB Lunken & Tim Silver. A huge thank you goes to Rally Master Jim Knepper, who jumped in with both feet and set up a beautiful and varied drive with a quick turn-around time. As a side note – Jim is also letting me borrow his truck to tow the trailer to Mid Ohio for the Todd Cholmondeley IT Spec*tacular, even though he can’t go himself. We’re getting a good one here folks!

Our next rally date is August 26. Details will be coming soon. Look for a Facebook post and email with details. Save the date!

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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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TireRack Street Survival

Cincinnati SCCA is partnering with City of Oxford and Miami University to host TireRack Street Survival, on August 19th at Millett Hall Parking in Oxford.

If you have teen drivers who just acquire drivers license, or have Temps and learning how to drive, this is a great opportunity for them to learn basics of the car control!
Registration is currently open on their website: StreetSurvival.org. Please scroll down and select Miami University Millett Hall.

Also we are looking for instructors and event staff volunteers. Please fill this online signup form or contact Tact Takagi via email “TAKAGIT@MiamiOH.edu“, if interested. This is part of our ongoing efforts to reach out to our local community, and we appreciate any help!


The primary emphasis of the Tire Rack Street Survival® is a “hands-on” driving experience in real-world situations! We use your own car to teach you about its handling limits and how you can control them. The students will become more observant of the traffic situation they find themselves in. They will learn to look far enough ahead to anticipate unwise actions of other drivers. As the students master the application of physics to drive their cars, they will make fewer unwise driving actions themselves. They will understand why they should always wear their own seatbelts, and why they should insist that their passengers wear seatbelts, too.

It’s about more than driving – it’s about LIVING!

Three parents, including Scott Goodyear, former Indy Car Champion, share their perspectives in this video.

All Schools $75.

See our FAQ page at: www.streetsurvival.org/frequently-asked-questions.php

Any questions after reviewing the FAQ page call Tim Beechuk, National Program Manager, @ 864.438.2060 (8 am – 8 pm EST)

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Rally Report: No Rain!!!

33 entrants braved the threat of, you guessed it, rain for OVR points event #4 at Bitzer’ s Farm… however after a very early morning shower the rest of the day was perfect RallyCrossing. The course was more technical for the 5 morning runs and faster after the lunch break. Each entrant completed 10 runs for the day and with 9 classes being represented!


-Photo Courtesy of Jeff Loewe Photography

Modified Rear hosted the battle of the day with John W England in his Miata holding off The Ryan Miles Porsche by 2.6 seconds. John E England and Daniel Shea battled for 3rd and 4th with a 2.344 gap. Scott Bitzer and Andy Storck finished up the field in the Team Gerbil BMW.

Modified Front Saw Wiliiam Ehrman in his neon glh besting Matthew Taylor.

Modified All was led by Lathrop Withington IV (the overall fastest car of the day) in his Subaru STI over Jeremie Snyder, Joshua Zortman, Jacob Sanor and Chris Nash.

Prepared Front Was won by Neohio’s own Pete Remner sporting his Volvo for the weekend, followed by Mathew McGee, Alex Ashbaugh and Logan Waller.

Prepared All was won by a very lonely Orion Fairman in his schwarz Zastava Onpressa 2.5t…

Stock Rear was dominated by the team watermelon entries of Tavis Spencer and Takuto Takagi followed by Tyler Moser, Nathaniel Rosso and Tyler Baumet.

Stock Front saw Caleb Schuiling besting Andy Kihm, Eric Schmidt and Brian Lynch.

Stock All winner John Voegeli overcame the charges of Duane Simons and Michael Holland.

Exhibition class was Won by Sidney Scott with and overall time of 321.569 besting the Team Watermelon Miata of Nathan Roberts and Ryan Street.

It was a wonderful event hosted by the crew at OVR… Special thanks to Jeremie Snider for all his dedication and hard work!

The next event is Saturday, August 26, 2017 OVR PE5 at Bitzer’s Farm, Greenfield OH 45123

RallyCross rules can be found at: https://www.scca.com/pages/rallycross-cars-and-rules

Local RallyCross Events can be found here: http://cincyscca.com/rally-cross/2017-schedule-and-results/

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