The 2016 edition of the Cincinnati IT/SPEC*tacular was held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5-7. Friday was a combined Performance Driving Experience (PDX) and daytime Test-n-Tune. Forty-six new and experienced drivers took to the course to hone their driving skills during the PDX. Another fifty Club Racers participated in the Test-n-Tune sessions to get themselves and/or their car ready for the weekend’s races. Friday evening, a Meet-n-Greet was held to allow all drivers, crew, stewards, and volunteer workers to gather for snacks and drinks along with bench racing. Memorial toasts were conducted for our recently lost Cincinnati Region members.
Saturday and Sunday’s races were conducted with 189 entries. Good weather and good racing, combined with an experienced Stewards crew allowed the races to be conducted smoothly and mostly on schedule. Saturday evening we hosted a volunteer worker/official dinner in the LEC campground. Competition on the track was tight and several new track records were set over the weekend.
All comments received from participants were very positive. This is largely a result of our dedicated volunteer workers and specialty chiefs!
As I pass the Race Chairmanship position onto Brian Walker for the 2017 season, I’d like to give everyone involved over the four years of my stewardship my sincere thanks for supporting the Cincinnati Region’s Club Racing Program. We can be proud of the races we have hosted!
2016 was an incredibly busy year for Cincinnati SCCA and we are getting ready to recap it with a BANG! Our Annual Awards Banquet is coming up quick on January 14th, 2017! The turn-around time for registration is very short so please sign-up online at myautoevents.com (search for “Cincinnati Region SCCA” and you will find the Banquet sign-up). At the banquet we will also be celebrating our 60th Anniversary!! So please come out for an evening of food, fun and great door prizes. If you have something you would like to donate as a door prize, please bring it to the banquet!
Our past November meeting was also our annual election night for our new Board. I first would like to thank our outgoing Board Members Chase Heikkila, Nathan Roberts and Christy Graham for their many years of service on the board and as they continue with other responsibilities and activities to support our club!
The 2017 Cincinnati SCCA Board is as follows:
Chairman of the Board – Bill Niemeyer, Jr.
Regional Executive – Tony Brown
Assistant R.E. – E.B. Lunken
Secretary – Bryan Schafer
Treasurer – Shari McCoy
Members-at-Large: Jim Clark
Our 2017 Event Chairs will be:
Solo Chairs: Kent & Crissy Weaver
Race/PDX Chair: Brian Walker
Rally Chair: Christy Graham
Rally Cross Chair: Scott Bitzer
Our 2017 Event Schedules are being worked on and will be announced soon. Please check our website for updates and info. Have a safe winter and look forward to seeing everyone at the Banquet on January 14th at Mill Race!
In November we held our annual election of Club directors and officers. Each year all officer positions and half of the at-large director positions are up for election.
The Region officers and directors for 2017 are:
Chairman of the Board
Bill Neimeyer, Jr.
Assistant Region Executive
The board thanks outgoing treasurer, Christy Graham, and outgoing directors Chase Heikkila and Nathan Roberts for their outstanding service to the Region.
Our program leaders for the 2017 season are:
Crissy & Kent Weaver
We look forward to serving you, our members. Our board and membership meet monthly and we’d love to hear from you. Please attend a meeting and let us know what’s on your mind. Board and membership meetings are generally the third Tuesday of every month. Check the website for meeting time and location.
In addition, our programs hold planning meetings at various times throughout the year. If you are interested in helping with one of our programs please contact a program leader or member of the board.