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              Volume 65, Number 1                                                JaNuary/February 2009

Devisional and Engraving & Awards RallyX
Results, Annual Meeting and Banquet Review

  PIT TALK   January/February 2009                                                                                       1
2009 NEw ENglaNd REgIoN dIREcToRy
BOARD OF DIRECTORS              SpECIALTIES              RALLy BOARD                                              SOLO II BOARD

REGIONAL EXECUTIvE              653 Shenipsit Lake Rd.   RALLy ChAIRmAN              NEDIv RALLyCROSS               SOLO ChAIRmAN                   TROphIES
                                Tolland, CT 06084        Tim Chevalier               STEWARD                                                        Neil Schelly
Chris Franson                   860.875.2220                                                                        Bob Lang
71 Loveland Hill Rd. Apt 15                              22 Greany Dr                Scott Beliveau                 58 Maple St.          
                              North Grafton, MA 01536     38 Cedar St
Vernon, CT 06066                                                                                                    Stoneham, MA 02180              COURSE
860.875.6033                    ChIEF REGISTRAR          508.783,0600                Laconia, NH 03246              781.438.2568                    COORDINATOR           Peg Dowd               603.527.2342 (d)     
                                                                                     603.524.4305 (e)                                               Paul Zahornasky
ASSSISTANT REGIONAL             30 Summer Street
                                                         RALLyX ChAIRmAN                ASST. SOLO ChAIRmAN/            5 Twelve Rod Way
EXECUTIvE                       Foxboro, MA 02035
                                                         Chris Regan                                                pUBLICITy                       Haverhill MA 01830
                                508.543.6620                                         ROAD RALLy EqUIpmENT
Rob Laverty                                              717 Old Colchester Road                                                                    978.897.6649
                                                                                     ChIEF SAFETy STEWARD
262 Brooklyn Turnpike                                    Salem, CT 06420             Fred Mapplebeck                                      
Hampton, CT 06247               pIT TALK EDITOR          203.979.3196                67 Chappy Lane                 Russ Siggelkoe
401.368.1964                    Bob Beaulieu                                         Salem, NH 03079                10 Dadant Dr.                   EqUIpmENT ChIEF
                                                             PO Box 703                                           603.898.4778                   Wilmington, MA 01887            Wiley Cox
                                Scituate, MA 02060       RALLy ASSIT. ChAIRmAN              781.704.5483                    78 Sunrise Dr.
                         Kathy Moody                                                N. Weymouth MA 02191
Kathy Barnes                                                                         mEmBERS AT LARGE                                     
                                WEB mASTER               40 Dylan Court                                             OpERATIING STEWARD
653 Shenipsit Lake Rd.                                                               Kathy Moody
                                                         Whtefield, NH 03598                                        Chang Ho Kim                    ChIEF OF WORKERS
Tolland, CT 06084               Mike Shields                                         PO Box 157
                                                         603.873.2075                                               9 Elm St
860.875.2220                                              Franconia, NH 03580                                            Scott Thursby
                                                                                      Maynard MA 01754            Interim                                              603.823.4026                                         
TREASURER                       mERChANDISE ChAIR        NEDIv ROAD RALLy                                             ChIEFS OF GRID
Jeremy Billiel                  Donna Stevens            STEWARD/pROGRAm                                                                            Brian Levesque
                                                                                     Chris Brenton                  ChIEF OF KARTS/
114 Jerry Daniels Rd            PO Box 1122              pUBLICITy                   2 Blackberry Way #309                                          Jeff Martynuska
Marlborough, CT 06447           Merrimack, NH 03054                                                                 yOUTh STEWARD
                                                         Ted Goddard                 Mancheser, NH 03103
860.989.0686                    603.566.2774             PO Box 267                  603.661.9107                   Paul Bowin                      TImING & SCORING       dost2@myfairpoint        Perkinsville, VT 05151      47 Richardson Ave.              ChIEF
                                                         802.263.5678                                               Norton, MA                      Mike Shields
BOD mEmBERS                                                                          Hal Denham                     508.222.7513
                                                         802.263.9540 (F)                                                                           99 Glen Farm Road
Marianne Lyons                                                                       60 Jarr Brook Road                 Temple NH 03084
88 Harbor Street                                                                     Holliston, MA 01746                                            603.878.4220
Pepperell, MA 01463                                      COmpTROLLER/ROAD            617.519.3309                   WAIvER ChIEF
978.433.5087                                                                              Keith Scala                     TImING & SCORING
                                                         RALLy/pOINTS KEEpER                                                                                            18 Wicklow Lane                 ASSISTANT
                                                         Jon Lamkins                 James Ray
Brian Megliola                                                                       3 South Street                 Shelton, CT 06484               Mike Shields
                                                         71 Hazelwood Drive
33 Winneconnett Rd.                                                                  Upton, MA 01568                203.929.0706          
                                                         Southington, CT 06489
Worcester, MA 01605                                      860.621.5964                508.529.9157 (d)     
413.575.3932                                             860.620.4839 (cell)         508.529.9150 (N)                                               ChIEF OF pROTEST
                                                                                                                    NOvICE ChIEF                            
                                                                                                                    PJ Corrales                     Kathy Barnes
Karen Paul                                                                                                          125 Vista Ter.                  653 Shenipsit Lake Road
37 Paul St.                                                                                                         New Haven, CT 06515             Tolland, CT 06084
Bristol, CT 06010                                                                                                   203.397.2927                    860.875.0254 (H) (Fax)
                                                                                                                    NOvICE INSTRUCTOR               ChIEF
                                                                                                                    Chang Ho Kim                    SAFETy STEWARD
Doug Fisher                     CLUB RACING                                                                         9 Elm St.                       Russ Siggelkoe
59 Old Post Road
                                CLUB RACING BOARD        INSTRUCTORS LIAISON         FLAGGING &                     Maynard MA 01754                10 Dadant Drive
Wakefield, RI 02879
                                ChAIRmAN                 Alan Dunklee                COmmUNICATIONS                 978.897.6649                    Wilmington, MA 01897
(401) 789.8647
                                Jerry Rigoli             802.436.2414                REGIONAL                            781.704.5483
                                                           CO-ADmINISTRATORS              ChIEF OF REGISTRATION
Tim Chevalier                                            STEWARDS LIAISON                                                                           SAFETy STEWARD
                                508.561.6001                                         Marianne Lyons
22 Greany Drive                                          Kathy Barnes                                               Jesse Quagliaroli               INSTRUCTOR
                                ASST ChAIRmAN                                        978.433.5087
North Grafton, MA 01536                                                               92 Hopyard Road                 Stacey Strout
                                Kathy Barnes                               
508.783.0600                                             860.875.2220                                               Stafford, CT 06076              14 Old Ashburnham Rd.
                                                       Leigh McBrid                                    Scrutineering Regional                                     860.930.0720                    Rindge, NH 03461
                                                         Administrator                                                  603.899.5045
Jerry Rigoli                                                                         TImING & SCORING
8 Westway Road                  ASST ChAIRmAN            Scott Dowd                                                 ChIEF OF TECh
                                Marilyn Freeman                                      Denise Patten                                                  pUBLICITy &
Wayland, MA 01778                              
                                                             John Hanson                     COmmUNICATIONS
508.358.8137                                             508.543.6620
                                508.561.2188                                         pITS REGIONAL                  4 Merrill Ave.                  Ed Savage                                         REGISTRATION
                                                                                     ADmINISTRATOR                  Kingston, NH 03848              8 Chase Rd. 2B
Peter Morrison                  DRIvERS REp              REGIONAL CO-                                               603.642.4385                    North Brookfield, MA 01535
                                OpEN WhEEL                                           Dick Babcock
37 Burnt Meadow Rd                                       ADmINISTRATORS                                                     508.867.5189
                                Paul Faford                                
                                                         Peg Dowd
Groton, MA 01450                                                                     401.762.6354
978-448-2561                    603.622.8215             508.543.6620                EmERGENCy SERvICES
                                DRIvERS REp              Marilyn Freeman
                                                                                                                    NER Web Site:
                                CLOSED WhEEL
                                Brian Mushnick           508.561.2188                Peter Villaume
mEmBERShIp ChAIR                                          COVER: Many time T-2 Competitor, William Ziegler
                                                         GRID REGIONAL
Paul Krysiak                    617.733.8568                                         603.785.7383
                                                         ADmINISTRATOR                                              came up with the Gold in this year's Runoff championship...
                                NEW DRIvER LICENSING     Karen Petersen              SOUND CONTROL
AREA ONE DIRECTOR                                    REGIONAL                       only to be trashed by over-zealous officiating (see more on
                                Pat Travers
Robert E. Introne Jr.
                                401.461.9219             860.523.9252                ADmINISTRATOR                  pae 22). Steve Gorrian, (inset top) scored an impressive
8 Everts Street                                                                      Peter Perrault                 second place in the utlra competitive Spec Miata class.
Londonderry, NH 03053                                    STARTERS CONTACT
603.432.0345                                             Donna Stevens                                              And once again Jim Goughary (inset below) receivies a
Fax: 603.434.6266                                                                      603.566.2774

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                                                                                                mARK RERICK                                                             It all started because of a girl…
the newsletter do not necessarily reflect the official
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Anyway, Denise Patten made the announcement that I, Scott
                                                                                                Sadly, one the legends in NER‚‘s Rally community, Mark Rerick,          It really did!
opinion of either the New England Region, SCCA,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dowd, was the 2008 Recipient of the “Ma Philbrick Worker
Inc., the National Organization of Sports Car Club                                              has taken seriously ill. I know that I speak for the region in          If you attended the 2008 Annual Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of the Year Award”. To say I was speechless, (I guess you just

of America, Inc. or the editors of PIT TALK. Articles                                           wishing him a fully recovery and saying that our prayers are with       Dinner on January 24th, you heard last
appearing in this publication may be reprinted                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 had to be there), is an understatement.
without written consent provided credit is given to                                             him and his family during these trying times. Through his son Kirk,     years “Ma Philbrick Worker of the Year
the author, the publication and the New England                                                 Mark has requested that anyone wishing to share stories and             Award” recipient, Denise Patten describe
Region, SCCA, Inc. Contributions to PIT TALK are                                                                                                                                                                                                                               From what I understand, the “Ma Philbrick Award” goes to
                                                                                                memories of the past to send an email to his son at kirk@rerick.        the attributes of this years 2008 recipient.

welcome from our members and our readers and will                                                                                                                                                                                                                              members who those who most emulate Ma Philbrick herself.
be printed at the discretion of the editors and/or the                                          com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A person who gave of herself to the club while not asking for
Board of Directors as space allows.                                                                                                                                     About 11 years ago, I meet my soon to
                                                                                                Mark has been actively involved in the New England Region                                                                                                                      anything in return.
PUBLISHER                                                                                                                                                               be wife, Peg. I was living in Connectiut.
                                                                                                RoadRally program from the late 60’s until the early 2000’s. He

New England Region,
                                                                                                                                                                        and she lived in Massachusetts. One
Sports Car Club of America, Inc.                                                                served on the National RoadRally Board in the late 1970’s. He                                                                                                                  I am honored and surprised to have been selected for such
                                                                                                                                                                        weekend, Peg said that she was going
EDITOR                                                                                          was on the New England Region Board of Directors and on the                                                                                                                    recognition. I follow in the footsteps of so many previous
Bob Beaulieu,                                                                                                                                                           up to NHIS, (now NHMS), for a race
BeauLieu Advertising and Design, Inc.                                                           NER RoadRally Board. He was an active participant in Regional,                                                                                                                 recipients’ like, Dick Patullo, Denise Patton, Peg Dowd, Donna

                                                                                                                                                                        weekend. I already knew that Peg had
PO Box 703, N. Scituate MA 02060                                                                Divisional and National Road Rallies for many years of his life.                                                                                                               Summers, Karen Paul, and so many others, all of whom I look-
781.378.1742 •                                                                                                                                   been a member of the NER SCCA for
                                                                                                His son described it as “his second love”.                                                                                                                                     up to even now.
contributors                                                                                                                                                            some time and was to be working in
Denise Patten, Bob Lang, Doug Koza, Scott Beliveau,                                             Mark was the creator of The Search for the Great Pumpkin, a             Registration. To impress her, I came
Chris Brenton, Jon Lamkins, Stephanie Funk, Fred                                                rally that became a New England tradition of late October. “The                                                                                                                And again, it all started due to a girl, Peg!
Mahler, Karen Petersen, Ed Savage                                                                                                                                       along. Not wanting to be cooped up in
                                                                                                Search” exemplified Mark’s innovative style as well as his goal of                                                                                                             Thank you all, again! Sincerely, Scott Dowd
                                                                 By Jon Lamkins                                                                                         the registration office, I soon joined the     Scott Dowd, this year’s recipient of the Ma Philbrick
                                                                                                making sure it was correct. He won the highest National SCCA            club and started flagging.                     award, presented by Denise Pagtten.
e-mail:                                                                  RoadRally award by winning the Arthur Gervais award (given to                                                          Photo. R. Baulieu                                     Thanks to PIT TALK for the photo and recognition of my
website:                                                                 the best course rally at the National Level) for three consecutive                                                                                                           competition at the Runoffs. You were right that I did not fare as
                                                                                                                                                                        After a year and a half of flagging, while at
Display aDvertising information                                                                 years 1981, 1982 and 1983 as both Chairman and Rallymaster                                                                                                        well as in the past, but it was 7th place, not 17th! I guess you got the
                                                                                                                                                                        NHIS, I was working Station 3 with Allen Olmstead when he pushed me to
Ad sizes:                                                                                       of the Course Rally “The Search”.                                                                                                                                 finishing results from SportCar, and you have as little success reading their
                                                                                                                                                                        safety of an oncoming vehicle, here I then realized that my bad arm could
Full page         7 1/2 x 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mice-type as I do . Anyway, keep up the good work, I look forward to
                                                                                                Prior competing in the 2000 edition of “The Search”, Kelli and          cause more harm than good, so I decided to change specialties. I always
1/2 page          7 1/2 x 4 7/8 or 3 5/8 x 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                     another great racing year in 2009! All the best,
                                                                                                I were leery of competing in a course rally. Stories told to us by      was mechanically inclined, having worked on cars and boats, so I was
1/4 page          3 5/8 x 4 7/8
                                                                                                rally veterans gave us visions of driving around in circles, lost in    encouraged to try out Tech.                                                                                                                   Larry DuLude, Litchfield, CT
1/3 page          2 3/8 x 9 7/8
Full Page      $300/per issue or $240 for
                                                                                                the middle of no-where trying to decipher a trap laid by a clever
                                                                                                rallymaster. “The Search” turned out to be anything but that.           Brian Jones was the                                Pre season Tech Sechdule
                                                                                                                                                                        Chief of Tech back then.                                                                                                                        In the last issue of pIT
               3 or more placements
                                                                                                In an effort to resurrect interest in course/trap rallies in New                                               march 21 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM 3d AutoWorks                                                                  TALK, there was an
3/5 Back cover $265/per issue or $200 for                                                                                                                               Brian stressed safety
               3 or more placements                                                             England, Mark brought back Search in 2000 as a straightforward                                            Rt 111, One Industrial Drive, Hudson NH 603.882.3400                                      article which made
1/2 Page       $200/issue or $160/issue                                                                                                                                 and interpersonal skills.
                                                                                                TSD rally that counted toward the overall results, wrapped around                                                                                                                                                       many very negative
               for 3 or more placements                                                                                                                                 His favorite phrase for
1/4 Page       $140/issue or $110/issue                                                         a course rally that would be scored separately and occur during                                                      April 4 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM Brian Garage                                                             comments about the
                                                                                                                                                                        me was
               for 3 or more placements                                                         Transit Zones within the TSD event. After missing the first trap,                                                                                                                                                       actions of the Stewards
1/3 Page       $160/issue or $135/issue                                                                                                                                 “Don’t ruin a perfectly        43 Freemont Street, Needham Heights, MA 781.444.3300
               for 3 or more placements
                                                                                                Kelli and I quickly caught on and started looking forward to the                                                                                                                                                        of the Meet at the
                                                                                                                                                                        good moment to keep
Business Card  $90/issue or $75/issue for                                                       next one, so much so that we almost forgot about the TSD portion                                                                                                                                                        Runoffs. I was not at
               3 or more placements                                                                                                                                     your mouth shut”. In         Tentative              April 18 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM On Track Karting
                                                                                                of the event. Yep, we were hooked. (It helped that we also scored                                                                                                                                                       the event and do not
                                                                                                                                                                        other words, Listen to
payment                                                                                         our first Class C win at that event that year). For 2001 and 2002,                                                                                  Wallingford, CT
Make checks payable to NER/SCCA, Inc. Send all                                                                                                                          others, before you get                                                                                                                          know the context of the
                                                                                                Mark continued the rally within a rally concept but also brought                                       For those of you of you who have not read the                                                                     interviews by those
ad copy and payment to the editor.                                                                                                                                      it all wrong! I think it
                                                                                                some of the traps into the TSD to create an extra challenge.                                           GCR, I recommend that you read it! Here                                                                           stewards. However, I
all ads must be pre-paid                                                                                                                                                sunk in!                                                                                  These are a few of the important items of
DEADLINES                                                                                       My most recent memory of Mark was at Hurdle 2003, the final                                            are some areas on interest…                                                                                       have worked as a SOM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  interest that go pretty much across the classes.
Please observe the closing dates below:                                                         year that Kelli and I would put it on as a Regional Championship        After 4 years of                                                                                                                                 at the Runoffs and have
                                                                                                                                                                                                       •	 Driver	Suits,	9.3.19.c,	page	76                         Be aware that just because your vehicle was
Issue             Closing         Mailing (±)                                                   event. Mark and Joly Butler were the safety stewards for the event,     learning the tricks of                                                                                                                           a good understanding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  inspected late last year, the vehicle still needs
May               April 25         May 20                                                                                                                  and the      the trade from the likes       •	 Roll	Cage	changes,	9.4.D,	9.4.F.2,		 	                                                                         of the direction those
June              May 25           June 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to be compliant with the 2009 GCR.
                                                                                                                                                                        of Brian Jones, David             and 9.4.5, on pages 92, 93, and 95                                                                             discussions take. No
July              June 25          July 20
August            July 25          Aug 20                                                                                                                               Lapointe, Bill Gill, Ken,         respectively.                                           I’ll see you at the track. Should you have             decision comes out
September         Aug 25           Sept 20                                                                                                                                                                                                                        any questions in regards to racing, drop me
October           Sep 25           Oct 20                                                                                                                               and many others, I             •	 Tail	lights,	9.3.31,	page	86                                                                                   of the committees
November          Oct 25           Nov 20                                                                                                                               became the Chief of                                                                       an e-mail at                easily. Although drivers
December/Jan*     Dec 5            Jan 6                                                                                                                                                               •	 Formula	towing	and	lifting,	9.3.46,	3rd		               — Scott—                                               involved in the incident
Feb/Mar*          Feb 5            Feb 25
                                                                                                                                                                        Scrutineering. I too
                                                                                                                                                                                                          paragraph, page 86                                                                                             covered in the article
April             Mar 25           Apr 20                                                                                                                               stress safety, almost to                                                                  For futher information email nerscruitineer.
If deadlines prove too close for your event, please                                                                                                                     a fault, but I guess its       •	 Minimum	Event	Safety	Inspection/	Tech		                 com                                                    allege that it was “just a
notify us and we will try to reserve area. Thank you.                                                                                                                   better to be safe than            Sticker, 5.9.2.B, page 37                                                                                      racing incident” I
                                                                                                                    all boy racers.
                                                                                    ... the original start-up for                                                       sorry.                                                “To Be Safe, you First Need To Plan To Be Safe
                                                         Match box vxs. Hot wheells.                                                             —continued on page 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        —contined on page 28

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    New track report
                                                                                                                                                                               In June of 2008 the region signed a Letter of Intent
                                                                                                                                                                               with Tim Pappas of Pappas Enterprises and in                  NER’s R.J.VALENTINE WINS
By Dick patulo                                           a possible site for a new race track. Up until this       consuming permitting process with all the extensive
                                                                                                                                                                               December after Due Diligence both parties signed
                                                                                                                                                                               a definitive agreement.                                     DAYTONA ROLEX 24- HOUR GT.
I want to start off by thanking you all for your         point the NTC had worked in partnership with              engineering work that required, a business plan
patience for the last three and a half years as          private developers to try to get various projects         was roughed out by the Finance Committee and                Pappas Enterprises is a fourth generation property
we pursued the Palmer Race track project. It has         approved, but there was a problem with that               investors were approached to gauge interest. This           development company based in South Boston and
certainly had its ups and downs and a lot of             strategy. Approving a race track was always going         effort looked promising during 2006 and 2007                some of you may recognize Tim's name as the
hurry up and waits.                                      to be a long shot and prudent investors using             and we were confident that the money could be               owner of and a driver for Black Swan Racing that
                                                         their own money would get cold feet and were              raised once we had the final permits in place, but          campaigned a Ford GT in ALMS in a development
We have all been hearing a lot on the news               not willing to put up the money needed to get            of course one could never be sure until people had          year in 2008. Pappas's plan is to build quite a bit      Braintree, MA                                                                            4th in 2008.
about this being a tough economy to do business          enough of the engineering done based on a slim            to actually write checks. It was estimated from this        nicer racing facility that NER originally intended.      (January 26,                                                                             He continued,
in so with that as a backdrop I am very pleased          chance of getting an approval. What more noble            business plan that NER's investment in permitting           The track will be certified at FIA safety levels with    2009) – Boston-                                                                          “23 years is a
to be reporting to you today that we have very           cause could NER invest its assets in than jump            could be leveraged into a value of 3-5 million              paved runoff areas and will certainly give us a          area racer and                                                                           long time to do
                                                         starting a new race track?                                dollars as our part of a 12-15 million dollar project       nicer, safer place to race than our original plan.       businessman RJ                                                                           anything, but to
                                                                                                                   if we were successful.                                      Pappas Enterprises is also a leader in the business      Valentine claimed                                                                        finally take the
                                                         When the Palmer land came on the market and                                                                           of green technologies and has a goal of this track       a thrilling victory this week-end at Daytona            win and earn the winner’s Rolex is really sweet.
                                                         the initial research seemed promising the Board           Near the end of 2006 the club was approached                being the first ever LEEDS Certified Green racing        International Speedway in the 47th running of           I’ve raced here at Daytona against a lot of legends
                                                         of Directors entered into a Purchase and Sale             by a single investor who wanted to take over the            facility. The revised track design is 2.4 miles with a   the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona – the         – everyone from Derek Bell to Dale Earnhardt – but
                                                         Agreement and approved money to start the                 project and build a more sophisticated racing               3000 foot front straight, paved paddock area and         pinnacle triumph in the world of professional           taking that checkered flag was both a huge thrill
                                                         permitting process. We always knew there was              facility than the one envisioned on our limited             multiple grassy viewing areas.                           road racing. With one of its best driver lineups        and a huge honor.”
                                                         no way NER could afford to build a race track on          budget. The BOD and the finance committee                                                                            ever, Valentine and teammates Andy Lally,
good news for the region and for the sport of            its own but the theory was that we could afford           worked with this potential investor as a plan B, as         The upgrade to the track design as well as new                                                                   The victory marked the third in Rolex 24 triumph for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Justin Marks
racing in New England.                                   to secure the land with a deposit and pay for the         well as our original multiple investor plan for many        state and local stormwater runoff regulations require                                                            Bergmeister, the second Rolex 24 win for Lally, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        claimed the GT victory in the No. 67 TRG
                                                         permitting and that if we were successful in gaining      months. I should say at this time we were starting          some design changes that need to be approved by                                                                  the first for Long and Marks. Notably, Valentine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Construct Corps/CRG Porsche GT3.
I know at this time I should be thanking all the         approval the club could attract investors and             to hear about problem in the economy that could             town and state agencies. On January 5 the Palmer                                                                 teamed with Lally in 2007 to win 5 Grand-Am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The victory also proved historic, as Valentine at       races, as well as two seconds and a third. This
people who have worked on this project but               leverage our approval and control of the land into        affect the ability to attract investors as early as April   Planning Board voted to approve the proposed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        age 64, became the oldest driver to win the             one, Valentine’s first victory in the Rolex 24,
to be honest it has been so many who                                                                                       of 2008.                                            changes and on January 6 the Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rolex 24. “It doesn’t get any better than this –        capped a dominating weekend for TRG, which led
stepped up and carried much of the                "...immediate                                                                                                                Commission approved the use of an amendment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        winning the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. In over
load over the last three and a half years                                                                               The BOD had multiple discussions about                 process rather than a New Notice of Intent for                                                                   301 of the 695 laps. In fact, TRG drivers never
there is no way I could list them all and        reimbursement                                                          what were the real goals of the region in              their review. This was a key vote as it preserves the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        30 years of racing, this is the greatest thing that’s   looked back after Valentine’s teammate Andy Lally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        happened to me. Perseverance pays off – I’ve            inherited the lead from Farnbacher Loles Racing
I am terrified I would miss someone.             of most costs we                                                       taking on this project and it boiled down to           original approval if we run into any opposition on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        been at this a long time, this is my 23rd Daytona
These include the many active members                                                                                   the club needing a place to host events and            the revisions.                                                                                                   Porsche GT3 driver Kevin Roush, who pulled off the
of the New Track Committee, the
                                                   had incurred                                                         the ability to afford the track rent for these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        24,” states Valentine, who is also a principal          course on Lap 553 with a broken driveshaft.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of the year old New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Finance Committee and more than a few             on the project                                                        events. The offer from the single investor fit         We estimate we will be back in front of the                                                                      R.J. Started his professional racing career in an AP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Competing with some of the best drivers in the
individuals who just lent some expertise                                                                                this goal well. It starts with use of the track        Conservation Commission by March with the
                                                     to date..."                                                                                                                                                                        world is such a thrill. I still can't believe it. So
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Corvette in 1974, and quickly moved to IMSA and
during different stages of the project.                                                                                 for a guaranteed 5 unmuffled weekends                  revised application and if all goes well we could                                                                Trans AM racing throughtout the remainder of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        much of the credit goes to my teammates and
I must also give kudos to four years of                 A hearty congratualations to the successsful work of the        per year as well as an additional 5 muffled            have final approvals by July first.                                                                              70's, 80's and early 90's. He has the third all-time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        TRG, led by Debra and Kevin Buckler, as well as
Board of Directors and the three different REs          New Track Committee and Dick Patullo.. here shown with weekends if we want them, immediate                             Again I want to thank the membership for their                                                                   start high for the number of starts in Trans AM... Mr.
                                                        Brian Megliola Photo. R Beaulieu                                                                                                                                                Porsche Motorsports. Everyone involved did a
who supported the project despite what was at                                                                         reimbursement of most costs we had incurred              patience and trust during this process and I believe                                                             Valentine is the Owner/President of MBA Groups,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tremendous job with our car.”
times high risk and long odds.                                                                                        on the project to date, and upon the final               we should all be proud of the contribution NER is                                                                F1 Boston, F1 Outdoors and a principle owner
                                                        a significant minority ownership.                        closing a quite substantial payment in line with our                                                                   Valentine has come close at the Rolex 24                of the New Jersey Motorsports Park. All favorite
                                                                                                                                                                               making to insure the future of our sport in the New
It was July of 2005 that this parcel came to                                                                     estimate of the value of the permits to NER.                                                                           before – in 2006 his team took 2nd, had the             venues for the Motorsports enthusiasits.
the attention of the New Track Committee as             As we worked our way through the long and time                                                                                                                                  lead for part of the race in 2007 and placed

 Food for Thought!
                                                Three years ago when I was asked if I was interested in being Road Race Chairman, I met with Brian M. and                      ever in demand worker pool is getting worn down and depilated.                    that they do, it’s the same passion I have for competing in a race. They look
                                                in less than two minutes I said NO WAY! Then I saw some short comings in the way the NER enduro was done                       Now, I’m not just talking about flaggers, how about Stewarts, timing              forward to an event just like you and me, they are proud of what it is that they
        Report from Jerry Rigoli                and thought I would go to a CRB meeting and change it. Well here I am, someplace I said I didn’t want to be,                   and scoring, grid, pits, EMS and Tech, just to name a few. Well over              accomplish. We are their racers, their children and their family!
                  CRB Chairman                  chairman of the Road Race Board.                                                                                               100 people needed to but you the racer on the track and no one, not               We (NER) are a club and you are a member, please get involved and take a
                                                So, how did it happen? It’s a long story and I will feed you bits and pieces as my columns develop.                            one worker is paid!                                                               part in this family. Not sure what it is that you can do? Contact me and I will
                                                Anyway, my food for thought, what would you (the racer) do if you got to the track only to find out that the                   These people pay their own way and give their time so you (and I)                 give you some options.
                                                event was about to be cancelled because there was not enough flaggers?                                                         can play.                                                                         Jerry Rigoli CRB Chairman
                                                Would you go home or be willing to give up your weekend of racing to stand on a corner, so others could                        I must admit, I didn’t understand this for sometime, one night, actually          Finally, 2 years ago I attend the flagging school at LRP, every driver should
                                                play? Has it ever happen, no, could it? You bet! And it almost has!                                                            early one morning well after last call, hanging with a group of                   attend this school and learn what goes on to keep us safe and racing. Next
                                                With the recent increase of race events and with the future of Palmer becoming ever so real, our over worked;                  workers, it came to me, these people have a passion for what it is                flagging school is March 28 &29.

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    2009 Flag & Fire School: come learn all
     about Flagging and communications
By Leigh mcBride                                      Sunday’s training will be held outside, at the
                                                                                                              The Joys
                                                                                                              of Open
                                                                                                                                                                 NER could usE you!
                                                                                                                                                                 by Bian megliola

Do you want to be close to the racing, right
in the thick of things? Do you want to be
                                                      flag stations on the track. New flaggers and
                                                      experienced flaggers will be put together on
                                                                                                              Wheel                                              BECOME A LOGGER!!!                                             HELP WITH EMERGENCY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             REGISTER FOR REGISTRATION

                                                      stations for “scenarios” put on by real drivers                                                            A logger is a volunteer who works with the flag
communicating with the drivers and with other                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On a race weekend Registrars greet and process
                                                      on the track. Flags will be shown, calls will be                                                           control operator and the Stewards in the Tower                 Emergency Services (ES), where the “tool meets
flaggers, keeping the racing safe and exciting?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      all participants: drivers, crew, workers and
                                                      made, and then the incidents will be reviewed                                                              during qualifying sessions and the races. Their                the car”, ES looks like a specialty that needs
Do you want to meet people who share your                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            guests; memberships and licenses are checked,
                                                      with the flaggers.                                                                                         task is to write down all of the communication                 skill sets that most people don’t have. Where
enthusiasm? Don’t know how to get started? This                                                               By mIKE RAND                                                                                                                                                           waivers are signed, entry fees are paid; entry
                                                                                                                                                                 between the Tower and the corner workers. The                  inactuallity it isn’t, we can teach you as much as
is for you!                                           This year, for the first time, there will be an                                                                                                                                                                                lists and credentials are issued, questions are
                                                                                                            So last time around we investigated the state of     information is used as evidence in any protest,                you would like. You would want some interest in
                                                      Advanced Seminar which will run concurrently                                                                                                                                                                                   answered. Photos are taken for Minor IDs,
Lime Rock Park will once again be the site of                                                                                                                    evidence in any kind of injury (especially those
                                                      with the Beginners’ Session on Saturday. The          SCCA open wheel racing at the National level                                                                        fire fighting, vehicle extrication anddeployment     Timing & Scoring and Stewards are advised
the biennial Flag & Fire School put on by a                                                                 of club racing, but not every licensed SCCA          requiring transport), tracking driver performance
                                                      Advanced Seminar will provide a less structured                                                                                                                           of oil dry during what may be just a local yellow    of changes/additions to the entries, the master
consortium of northeastern SCCA regions on                                                                  driver runs Nationals, as we all well know.          on the track, and becomes part of the official                                                                                                        event database
                                                      forum for experienced flaggers to discuss more                                                                                                                            flag.
March 28-29, 2009. New England, New                                                                         Given that fact it makes sense to take a look at     record of the event.                                                                                                                                  is updated and
                                                      advanced topics such as Control operation,                                                                                                                                yes we play in traffic!
York, Mohawk-Hudson and Northern New Jersey                                                                 Regional class participation and see how open                                                                                                                                                              monies are
                                                      advanced response, and blue flagging.                                                                      There is a form of shorthand used—easy to
Regions have once again joined forces to bring                                                              wheel classes compare at that level.                                                                                All the things we do is                                                                totaled. A lot of
                                                                                                                                                                 learn and very straightforward. The logger
you a well-organized, informative and entertaining    Unfortunately, due to local ordinances, there will                                                                                                                        just being on the edge of                                                             work? Of course it
                                                                                                                                                                 needs to be able to focus on what is coming in
event. There is no registration fee for the school,   be no “Fire School”. There will, however, be          Spend some time with the 2008 season end                                                                            readiness, and fired up.                                                              is, but it’s also lots
                                                                                                                                                                 on the radio and what is being said in return.
and lunch will be provided on both days. The          a classroom session on “Fire Management” on           North Atlantic Road Racing Championship                                                                             With some really interesting                                                          of fun. Registrars
                                                                                                                                                                 Example: Station 3 no flag, car 16 black, off
last School in 2007 had a record number of            Saturday.                                             [NARRC, but you knew that] points standings                                                                         people that have not seen                                                             get to greet old
                                                                                                                                                                 track driver’s left and continued would look like:
attendees, with over 100 participants. We hope        So if you’re looking for a way to get right into      and many interesting facts come to light. Well,                                                                     everything, but pretty much                                                           friends, meet
                                                                                                                                                                 3 NF 16blk dl @ cont. Takes a little practice, but
to shatter that record this year!                     racing action, learn new skills and make new                                                                                                                              want to, and are ready to                                                             and make new
                                                                                                                                                                 not hard. (And there are always others around to
                                                      friends….you need to come to the 2009 Flag                                                                                                                                react.                                                                                friends, pet the
The purpose of the School is to train anyone who                                                                                                                 give a hand if you miss something!                                                                your NER Team of Emergency workers.                cute puppies, hold
is interested in Flagging and Communications.         and Fire School at Lime Rock Park! Come with a
                                                                                                                                                                 We are looking for teenagers, wives, girlfriends,              If you are a doctor, nurse,                                                           the cute babies
The School is primarily for those who have never      friend, or bring a friend who might be interested
                                                                                                                                                                 boyfriends, friends, buddies, sisters, brothers,               EMT, firefighter, or just really handy with tools    … all before 11:00 am. Plus, the coffee is fresh
flagged before, who may not know anything             in becoming involved in this exciting specialty.
                                                                                                                                                                 neighbors—anyone who thinks they might like                  we have a place for you.                             and hot.
about what is involved and would like to find                              While there is no cost                                                                to sit in the Tower for a                                                                     We teach you the
out, and for those who have
only flagged a few times and
                                                                           for attending the School,                                                             couple of hours to 2 full                   T & S training                                    witchcraft of fire            Prior to the weekend the event Chief Registrar

would like more training. You
                                                                           pre-registration is required.                                                         days, out of the weather                             Session                                  suppression, if you have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             processes the entries - assigns car numbers and
                                                                           Please do not do not show        must be the economy... Only one FA made              (hot, cold and wet), see                                                                                                    updates the event spreadsheet which creates the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the interest. We show you
must be at least 16 years of                                               up without pre-registering, as   it to thIs year’s NARRC Runoffs.. Which,                                                       Saturday, march 7, 2009                                                           entry list and Timing & Scoring’s data. Email is
                                                                                                                                                                 and hear the entire race,                                                                     how to have eyes in the
age to attend the School.                                                  you will not be admitted (the    Lindsay Shelton Aced. Photo: Matt Romanowski                                                                                                                                     the Chief’s best friend – drivers are notified of
                                                                                                                                                                 and learn a lot about our                        NeDiv Roundtable,                            back of your head, useful
Membership in SCCA is not                                                  reason for this is space and                                                                                                                                                                                      any changes, questions are answered, Stewards
                                                                                                                                                                 sport. You do not have to                           hartford, CT                              with small children. We
required.                                                                  food limitations). Attendance    maybe many is not the word to use but at least                                                                                                                                   are updated.
                                                                                                                                                                 have a hot pass to go to                                                                      are the frontline team that
                                                                           on Saturday is required for      some facts, ok, maybe a few. And not just an                                              updates will be at www.
The format of the school is                                                                                                                                      the Tower. The only skills                                                                    brings all the toys, we cut
                                                                           admission to the Sunday          analysis of open wheel classes, but across the                                                                                                              The more Registrars there are at the windows,
comprehensive. Saturday                                                                                                                                          you need to bring are                                                                         cars, put out fires, tow
                                                                           sessions.                        board. Yes, all 45 NARRC recognized classes.                                                                                                                                     the more quickly the participants are processed.
will be classroom sessions                                                                                                                                       the ability to concentrate           This training session is open to anyone interested in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               what is left of wrecked       So, if you’re a “people” person, believe
all day, beginning at                                                      The deadline for registration                                                         when others are talking            volunteering in Timing & Scoring. No prior experience
                                                                                                            Open Wheel Regional racing boasts 11                                                                                                               cars, and assist the hired    in details, balanced spreadsheets, and the
8:30. Topics to be covered                                                 is March 22, 2009. To                                                                 and to write fairly fast.           necessary – receive hands-on training covering many
                                                                                                            classes, or right at 25% of the total. Right in                                                                                                    guns in the ambulance         alphabet … come join Registration -- whether to
include: a description of the track experience,       register, contact:                                                                                                                           aspects of T&S including Computer Operation, Charting,
                                                                                                            line with the 8 out of 30 at the National level of   If you are                                                                                    in driver extrication and     learn how to staff a window for just a few hours
what to expect and do when you are on station,                                                                                                                                                                    Taping, & Results Publication.
                                                      Karen Paul                        26%. But a close look at participation numbers       interested—even in                                                                          patient care.                 on Friday evening and/or Saturday morning, or
what the flags mean and how to use them,                                                                    reveals that open wheel does not fare as well at
                                                      37 Paul St., Bristol, CT 06010                                                                             just trying it out--please       Contact Denise Patten at for more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Flat towing of cars from      to train to become a member of our core of event
communications, incident management and                                                                     the Regional level in comparison to National. In
                                                      Phone 860-583-8615                                                                                         contact Terry Roberts at                                  information.                                                      chiefs. The first weekend you might be a newbie,
response, and what to bring to the track. Some                                                                                                                                                                                                                 gravel pits, learn how to
                                                                                                            the National participation numbers open wheel                                                                                                    but it could also be the beginning of friendships
sessions will include demonstrations, and at the      If you would like further information                                                                                                                                                                    assist or work on a tow
                                                                                                            classes account for 4 of the top 10 whereas          or your regional Flagging and Communications                                                                                that last for years.
end of the day there will be a “You Make The          about the School or about Flagging and                                                                                                                                           truck. Something your parents will be proud
                                                                                                            Regionally half that number are mustered with
                                                      Communications, please contact one of                                                                      Chief. If there is enough interest, we will hold                      of, especially if you have a higher education
Call” session with video clips of incidents for                                                             only the traditionally strong FVEE and FFord/                                                                                                                                    For more information about Registration, please
                                                      the NER Co-Flag Chiefs: Leigh McBride at                                                                   a training session at the NEDiv RoundTable on                         degree.
the School participants to practice making radio                                                            Club Ford showing in the Regional top 10. That                                                                                                                                   contact either Peg Dowd (nerregpeg@comcast.
                                             or Marianne Lyons at                                                            March 7 in Cromwell, CT. You do not have to
calls and deciding what to do. Before lunch,                                                                must be slightly interesting factoid # 1.                                                                                                                                        net) or Marilyn Freeman (
                                                                                                                              attend this session to participate—you can be
participants who have never flagged will be given
                                                                                                                                                                 trained at the track at an event.
a ride on the track to see where the flag stations
are and ask questions.                                                                                                            —continued on page 31

8     PIT TALK                                                                                                                                                    PIT TALK        January/February 2009                                                                                                                                  9
                                                                                                                                                                          wolf chase               Pos.   CL #     Driver              Car                Total      Run 1       Run 2      Run 3       Run 4       Run 5

Ner rally-X championship
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1      EX 117   Denham, Hal         Audi               289.424    59.039+1    56.670+3   54.486      55.937      55.292
                                                                                                                                                                           rallycross              1
                                                                                                                                                                                                    2     EX 132
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SR 428
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Elliot, Warren
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Muise, Josh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pontiac Fiero
                                                                                                                                                                            results—               2
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SR 801
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SR 228
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nemchuk, Nikolay Pontiac Fiero
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Muise, Jim          Pontiac Fiero

event #Nine— UNIoN Fairgrounds rallycross                                                                                                                                Dec.10, 2008              4
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SR 852
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SF 837
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Penta, Mark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Paine, Andrew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mercedes 240D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ford Focus zx3

December 10, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                  2
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SF 828
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SF 563
                                                                                                                                                                                                          SF 819
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Belperron, Pascal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Longe, Andy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Reitsma, Ryan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Saab 900 S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nissan Sentra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       VW GTI
                                                                                                                                                                                                   5      SF 838   Kizis, Quinn        VW Golf            DNF        49.485      DNS        DNS         DNS         DNS
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1      SA 74    Borlase, Roger      Subaru Impreza     294.111    58.081      56.903     58.791      59.716+1    58.620
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2      SA 91    Beliveau, Scott     Toyota Tacoma      297.119    59.163      61.222     61.941      56.636      58.157
                                                                                                                                                                                                   3      SA 816   Poynter, Matt       Subaru Outback     308.882    61.783      59.762+1   60.575      59.757+3    59.005
                                                                                                                                                                                                   4      SA 846   Przybyla, Michael   Subaru WRX         12.453     63.121      60.082     63.618      64.674      60.958
                                                                                                                                                                                                   5      SA 64    Merkuryev, Alexander Subaru WRX        314.234    61.399      60.859     62.086      63.312      60.578+3
                                                                                                                                                                                                   6      SA 848   Kotecha, Vicram     Subaru Legacy      323.118    67.241      62.764     67.839      62.703      62.571
                                                                                                                                                                                                   7      SA 847   Canny, Michael      Subaru STI         323.543    62.731+1    64.649     66.552+1    61.461      62.150+1
                                                                                                                                                                                                   8      SA 844   Kotecha, Vijay      Subaru Legacy      323.556    64.935      62.917     68.090      68.042      59.572
                                                                                                                                                                                                   9      SA 803   Assarabowski, Adam Audi A4 Quattro     349.855    68.507+3    62.804+1   67.880+2    70.437+1    62.227+2
                                                                                                                                                                                                   10     SA 826   Sway, Brian         Subaru Legacy      353.750    71.198+OC   63.763+1   64.467      63.615      58.707
                                                                                                                                                                                                   11     SA 840   Kilpatrick, Robert  Subaru Impreza     359.934    68.542      63.505     65.455+OC   67.766      64.666
                                                                                                                                                                                                   12     SA 805   McElroy, Ian        Subaru Baja        381.642    73.049      75.183+2   73.912+1    74.098+1    75.400+1
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1      PA 16    Grant, Don          Subaru Impreza     295.663    57.757+1    60.766     58.314+1    56.602      58.224
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2      PA 835   Champion, Robert    Subaru Impreza L   313.732    60.396+1    60.469+2   58.367+1    63.143      61.357+1
                                                                                                                                                                                                   3      PA 829   Adams, Ron          Subaru Impreza     345.111    88.446      65.511     66.443      61.547      61.164+1
                                                                                                                                                                                                   4      PA 810   Zimmerman, Barret Subaru Impreza       1302.921   62.703+2    DNF        71.160      69.745+2    59.314+1
                                                                                                                                                                                                   1      M2 786   Whitsell, Jesse     VW Golf            236.093    42.394      41.670     45.221      52.915+1    51.893
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2      M2 32    Denham, Harold      VW GTI             242.114    45.122      43.053     46.536      54.333      53.070
...and at the end of the day, the great big wrecking ball will be dropped on the slowest time of the day.....All Photos: Alex Merkuryev
                                                                                                                                                                                                   3      M2 12    Hapgood, Kim        Honda Civic        243.121    43.851      43.823     45.625      53.979      53.843+1
                                        A few inches of snow glistened in the early morning sun as competitors began to arrive at the Barker Farm                                                  4      M2 2     Kim, Chang Ho       Honda Civic        246.075    40.825+1    42.311+1   44.610      55.872      58.457

   wolf chase                           in Proctorsville, Vermont. The final event of the season was held in a large grassy field featuring water
                                        crossings, banked turns, sticky mud and ice to name just a few. An antique crane held a wrecking ball
                                                                                                                                                                                                          M2 843
                                                                                                                                                                                                          M2 849
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Baker, David
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Smith, Ian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       VW Golf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       VW Golf
                                                                                                                                                                                                   7      M2 820   Reilly, Mike        Ford SVT Focus     271.617    47.876+1    46.275+1   46.331+1    60.903+2    58.232+1
   rallycross                           labeled “Welcome” above the pit area. Being situated in the middle of nowhere, the farmer’s family had
                                        breakfast for those in need of a warm start to their day. Being the last event of the year also provided an
                                                                                                                                                                                                          M2 824
                                                                                                                                                                                                          M2 818
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Benthien, Joshua
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Galligan, Tiffany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ford SVT Focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       VW Golf
            by Chis Regan               opportunity for some people to have a bit of fun. With only one season championship still up for grabs,                                                    10     M2 850   Potts, Erik         Ford SVT Focus     314.272    52.176      53.701     50.746      65.550+OC   62.099
                                        several competitors borrowed cars and tested their mettle in different classes.                                                                            11     M2 822   Dennis, Allan       Dodge Neon         323.198    56.122      57.061     68.179      72.040+1    67.796
                                                                                                                                                                                                   12     M2 851   Raposo, Robert      Dodge Neon         326.753    58.911      57.226     61.650      75.613      71.353+1
                                        The morning course began with a hardpacked slalom and a water crossing before entering a loop that quickly eroded                                          13     M2 556   Maucher, Jesse      VW Golf            DNF        76.574      55.017     58.173      DNS         DNS
                                        the top layer and turned into a heavy sludge causing more than one driver grief. One AWD car even became hung up                                           1      M4 17    Elliott, Warren     Audi A4 Quattro    271.689    54.969      52.256     55.464      54.277      52.723+1
                                        in the soft berm and needed a push. But for those who turned early and watched their speed, it was an opportunity to                                       2      M4 825   Baltrucki, Justin   Audi A4 Quattro    275.838    57.133      54.734     54.725      56.163      53.083
                                                                                                                                                                                                   3      M4 95    Semple, Tyler       Audi 80 Quattro    289.279    56.354      58.195+2   57.227      57.929      55.574
                                        make up time on the competition. The second half of the course was a series of linked turns and slaloms before a narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                   4      M4 9     Regan, Chris        Toyota Celica      294.427    56.218      56.878+2   58.324+1    55.832+1    57.175+1
                                        bridge and an “S” into the finish. Reading the terrain was the secret to speed. Tires with large tread gaps helped as                                      5      M4 158   Moody, Kathy        Rally Devil RS     302.339    58.566      58.596     61.847+1    57.844      57.486+3
                                        well. The AWD cars ran first and then it was the 2wd’s turn. After a few cars, it was obvious that things would need to                                    6      M4 814   Pieklo, Chris       Subaru Impreza     312.264    61.506      60.691     63.258      59.237      67.572
                                        change. The loop had been churned into slop and the traction-challenged Fiero was the first victim. Unable to summon                                       7      M4 827   Bonomi, Erica       Audi A4 Quattro    312.951    61.542      61.290     63.716      63.735+1    60.668
                                        up enough grip to scale the incline, it became mired in the muck. After extracting the car, the decision was made to relay                                 8      M4 817   Tomachinsui, Eugene Audi 100           341.478    64.005      66.076+3   72.387      69.454      63.556
                                                                                                                                                                                                    9     M4 804   Tomachinski, Victor Audi 100           400.141    76.613      70.875+1   69.066+3    75.992+OC   63.595+3
                                        the course to bypass the loop. 5 minutes later, the cars were back on course.
                                        A hot lunch provided a welcome break from the cold. In the meantime, the course was re-laid. The designers                   at a mid-engine, rear driver car for a change. Wolf Chase was the                Don Grant cruised his WRX to an easy Prepared All-wheel victory.
                                        took drivers to the outside of the morning tracks providing a longer, more flowing layout. Drivers skirted                   deciding event for the year-end winner of the Stock Front class. Ryan            Robert Champion trailed behind by 18 seconds.
                                                                       along the edge of the field utilizing the contour of the land to create banked                Reitsma shredded the transmission on his Golf and was unable to                  Modified Two-wheel is always fun to watch in the slippery stuff.
                                                                       turns. Once all the runs were completed, M4 Champ Warren Elliott arranged                     complete his runs. Andy Longe’s 3rd place finish gave him enough                 Jesse Whitsell took the lead early in his Golf and held onto it all
                                                                       a shootout among all the 2008 class champions. Each of the 6 drivers (the                     points to tie Ryan for the title of 2008 Co-Champion. Meanwhile                  day. Meanwhile, Class Champ Hal Denham and Kim Hapgood
                                                                       PF winner was not present) would take one run in the same car. Tyler Semple                   Andrew Paine and Pascal Belperron fought it out for the top seat.                battled for the next seat with Hal pulling out 2nd place by less
                                                                       generously offered his Audi 80 up for a beating. When the mud had settled,                    Andrew’s fast, clean runs gave him a comfortable margin of victory               than a second. Modified All-wheel was dominated as usual by
                                                                       Scott Beliveau (SA) established himself as the unofficial fastest driver in the               for the day.                                                                     Warren Elliott in his souped-up A4. Justin Baltrucki borrowed Tyler
                                                                       region. Following the event, competitors retired to the head quarters of the
                                                                                                                                                                     Stock All-wheel began the day with Roger Borlase’s Outback taking a              Semple’s Audi 80 and proved you don’t need a turbo to go fast
                                                                       Covered Bridge Rally Team for refreshments and awards.
                                                                                                                                                                     healthy lead in the class. The afternoon, however, saw Scott Beliveau            and trailed Warren by only 4 seconds. Tyler also located some
                                                                              Stock Rear was double its normal size with 3 Fiero entries and a Mercedes              chasing him down. A cone and some fast runs by the Tacoma turned                 grip and handily snatched the 3rd spot.
                                                                              240D. 2008 Champion, Jim Muise put his rear-wheel experience to good                   up the heat. In the end, it was too little, too late. Roger kept his cool
Ted Godard congratulates Don Grant, winner in the all-wheel prepared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The next event will be March 7th at The Lodge at Belmont. See
                                                                              use and fended off PA Champ, Nickolay Nemchuk who was trying his hand                  and took the win by 3 seconds. With Nickolay playing in the Fiero,
class                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for details.

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                                                                                                                                                                                         11 805 Jesse Miller        Subar      101.820     98.512       111.772      97.517+2     94.913     508.534
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       engraving1 awards & Gifts
Ner rally-X championship
                                                                                                                                                                                         STOCK REAR WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                1
                                                                                                                                                                                              228 Jim Muise
                                                                                                                                                                                              428 Josh Muise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rallycross and National
                                                                                                                                                                                         pREpARED FRONT WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                    challenge1 at Stafford

event #1 & 2—eNGraVING awarDS & GIFtS
                                                                                                                                                                                         1    89 James Turner       Subaru     88.499      84.515+1     99.335       102.199                 376.548
                                                                                                                                                                                         2    68 Kevin Turner       Subaru     97.044+2    84.268+1     98.530+1     101.883                 389.725   Speedway
                                                                                                                                                                                         3    73 Jim Frankel        Acura      96.243      90.331       97.667+2     101.998                 390.239

             JaNUarY 10, 2009                                                                                                                                                            mODIFIED TWO WhEEL DRIvE
                                                                                                                                                                                         1    2    Chang Ho Kim     Honda      83.755      83.370       83.877       84.147       84.274     419.423
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       By Chris Regan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Drivers from all over the Northeast and beyond
                                                                                                                                                                                         2    32 Harold Denham      VW GTI 80.721          84.592+1     85.743       85.449       93.437     431.942
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       converged on the little town of Stafford Springs,
                                                                                                                                                                                         3    919 Geoff Clark       Saab       88.105      86.990       86.783+1     83.323       86.870     434.071
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       CT for the annual two-day RallyCross and National
                                                                                                                                                                                         4    12 Robert Lapierre    Honda      89.447      87.969       105.020      85.431       82.964     450.831
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Challenge sponsored by Engraving Awards & Gifts.
                                                                                                                                                                                         5    786 Jesse Whitsell    VW Golf 85.239+1       86.126+1     97.431+3     85.390+2     83.139+1   453.325
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       This was the second year of the National Challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                         6    822 David Baker       VW Golf 86.807+1       91.014       88.282+1     91.656+1     93.463+1   459.222
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and it is beginning to attract talent from beyond
                                                                                                                                                                                         7    849 Ed McNelly        Hyundai 92.929         91.517+1     91.891+3     89.616       89.062     463.015
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NEDiv. The long haul award went to Ken Cashion,
                                                                                                                                                                                         8    852 Tim Chevalier     Hyundai 90.530         91.300       88.010+2     103.360      90.762+2   471.962
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       chairman of the Colorado region and host of the
                                                                                                                                                                                         9    556 Jesse Maucher     wv golf 93.201         98.562       102.178+2    99.174       101.887    499.002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2009 National Championship. Others ventured up
                                                                                                                                                                                         10 807 Meng Mao            Ford       102.127     98.021       101.436+1    102.574      99.371     505.529
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       from New York and New Jersey.
                                                                                                                                                                                         11 830 Erica Bonomi        ford       96.345      97.354       109.150+1    111.248      96.379     512.476
                                                                                                                                                                                         12 803 Robert Baker        VW Golf 94.478         95.812+1     96.641+2     103.515+oc   89.337+2   519.783   Mother nature bestowed some snow on the site to
                                                                                                                                                                                         13 `9     Kelly Fisher     Saab 99 102.033+oc     103.203      99.196       99.564+1     95.701     531.697   keep things interesting. This mixed with ice and
                                                                                                                                                                                         mODIFIED ALL WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                      frozen dirt to make a tricky course with hard-to-read
                                                                                                                                                                                         1    171 Justin Baltrucki  Audi A4 81.528         86.330+2     85.395       86.215+1     86.898+1 434.366     surface changes. Drivers had to be at the top of
                                                                                                                                                                                         2    17 Warren Elliott     Audi A4 81.506         91.426+1     85.736+1     85.316+1     84.710    434.694    their game to avoid cone penalties. The weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                         3    7    Ken Cashion      Audi A4 85.291         86.025       88.189       87.684       88.144    435.333    consisted of 3 intertwined events. Saturday was
                                                                                                                                                                                         4    1    David Harris     Mistubishi 88.407      89.951       87.409       88.566       91.958    446.291    a NER points event. Sunday was the second NER
                                                                                                                                                                                         5    51 Art Chabot         Mitsubishi 86.235      98.862+3     85.943+1     85.063       85.296    449.399    points event. Runs from Saturday afternoon and
                                                                                                                                                                                         6    58 Alan Moody         Subaru     87.756+1    87.691+1     87.295+2     88.950+2     86.808    450.500    Sunday morning were also scored in the National
2008 RallyCross Class champions were awarded their championship jackets on Sunday morning before their peers as fresh snow fell. L to R: Ryan Reitsma, Warren Elliott, Scott Beliveau,
                                                                                                                                                                                         7    9    Chris Regan      Toyota     93.290+3    88.449       84.824       85.204+1     90.122+2 453.889     Challenge. The national Challenge aims to bring
Hal Denham, Jim Frankel, Andy Longe, Nickolay Nemchuk.
                                                                                                                                                                                         8    95 Tyler Semple       jeep       86.648+2    88.848+3     90.927+1     90.289+1     90.663    461.375    the top drivers from outside of the region together
                                                                 SATURDAy RESULTS
                      engraving                                  Driver    Car               Run 1      Run 2       Run 3        Run 4        Run 5         TOTAL
                                                                                                                                                                                          9 158 Kathy Moody
                                                                                                                                                                                         10 847 Tyler Bostwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to battle it out for bragging rights and contingency
                                                                 STOCK ALL WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                                                                                                                                 awards. This year’s contingency sponsors were
                 awards and Gifts                                1         Michael Canny     Subaru S   83.988      79.851      89.961      94.624                     348.424           11 827 Dmitry Beliaev      Mitsubishi 96.665      88.535       98.653+4     93.573       91.858+1 479.284     Volkswagen and Team Dynamics. The Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                         12 591 Eric Schneider      subaru     99.836      95.859       93.933       94.159       93.285+2 481.072
                      rallycross                                 3
                                                                  2 824 John Berlinger
                                                                      846 Scott Beliveau
                                                                                                                                                                       372.797           13 825 Evan Mills          subaru     98.542+2    96.155       91.169       100.132+2    95.767+2 493.765
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       event drew 79 entries; 83 drivers came out on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Sunday; and 29 of those participants took part in the
                        results—                                 4    91 Sash Dias            Subaru    91.483      86.710      110.664     100.851                    389.708           14 829 Thomas Lough
                                                                                                                                                                                         15 832 Jesse Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  96.085+1 531.215
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  120.369+5 627.326
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       National Challenge.
                                                                 5    843 Paul Johnston       Subaru    92.167+4    91.023+1    98.211+2    90.657+2                   390.058
                    Jan. 10, 2008                                6    851 Eu. Tomachinski     audi A4   97.401+1    87.867      101.123+1 103.252                      393.643           STOCK FRONT WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                       The action kicked1off1Saturday morning with two
                                                                 7    850 Nate Field          Subaru    99.207      90.452      100.743     102.608+1                  395.010
                                                                                                                                                                                         1    61 Ryan Reitsma       vw         87.708      80.808       94.801       97.676                  360.993   runs. The course was about .5 miles in length.
                                                                 8    74 Roger Borlase        Subaru    91.798      88.222+4    100.788     109.227                    398.035
                                                                                                                                                                                         2    828 Michael Lodsin    pontiac 88.629         80.092+2     102.566+1    103.291                 380.578   The first half featured snow-covered dirt but at the
                                                                 9    819 Gian Spicuzza       Subaru    98.193+2    86.244      105.061+2 108.615+1                    408.113
                                                                                                                                                                                         3    818 Patrick Huxley   Pontiac     96.732      81.935       98.132+1     103.649                 382.448   midpoint that all changed. Drivers were thrown for
                                                                 10 45 Tim Thomas             STI       90.582+1    88.236      102.349+oc104.322+2                    421.489           4    810 Pascal Belperron Saab 900 92.679         87.492       103.055      101.903+1               387.129   a loop (sometimes literally) as they crossed sheets
                                                                 11 816 Thomas Donahue        jeep      101.602     98.367      115.822+1 106.961                      424.752           5    563 Andy Longe        Nissan     92.213      93.735       97.291+3     100.608                 389.847   of ice. Studs helped some as they scrambled for
                                                                 12 848 Colin Wilson          subaru    97.854      108.172+1 113.384       106.304                    427.714           6    835 Geoffrey Malick  Volvo       90.636      88.409       111.261      102.681                 392.987   grip while those without snow tires were doomed
                                                                 13 814 Chris Kopjanski       Subaru    106.628     101.671+1 103.215+oc101.067                        444.581           7    6     Jamie Beliveau Saab 900S 93.239+3      91.375       102.717+1    104.165                 399.496   to flounder and lose time. The course designers
                                                                 14 826 Michael Chalmers Subaru         99.783+1    127.356     115.942+1 106.839+1                    455.920           8    84 Andrew Pascarella Mitsubishi 06.599       90.839+1     104.733      106.634                 410.805   avoided using many outside cones to allow drivers
                                                                 15 420 David Elfassy        Audi A4    115.630+5   93.355      116.423+1 120.939+1                    460.347           9    184 Brad DeSantis    Mitsubishi 03.583       88.770       115.299      108.913                 416.565   to pick their line and avoid astronomical amounts of
                                                                 16 845 Victor Tomachinski Audi A4      95.657+oc   109.236+oc00.375        105.027                    470.295           10 817 Dave Marathas      Saab 900S 93.046+1      88.693+2     119.279+5    102.400+2               423.418   penalties.
                                                                 pREpARED ALL WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                11 100 Samantha Spear     Nissan      105.201     103.901      110.850      112.502                 432.454
                                                                 1    199 Nikolay Nemchuk Subaru        82.169      83.390       84.465+2     87.198        86.997     428.219           12 837 Thomas Malick      Volvo 850 93.335        91.271       95.502+oc    96.776+oc               436.884   One of the highlights of the Stafford event is the hot
                                                                 2    64 Alexander Merkuryev Subaru     85.708      88.029       86.421+1     85.896+1      87.692     437.746           EXhIBITION                                                                                                    lunch cooked by the 1  Dennis family. Special thanks
                                                                 3    196 Todd Kean           Subaru    85.803+2    85.431       84.831+5     85.805        88.173+1   446.043           1    8331 Robert Raposo   Renault     90.757      83.872       102.836      104.813                 382.278   goes to their clan for the hard work that was much
                                                                 4    806 Robert Champion     Subaru    88.786      88.696       87.573       90.549        91.324     446.928           2    834 David M Dennis   Neon        91.169      89.848       100.685+1    101.590                 385.292   appreciated by all. Competitors warmed up with chili
                                                                 5    811 Barret Zimmerman Subaru       86.128+3    87.287       93.174+2     87.825+1      91.322+2   461.736           3    833 Joshua Dennis    Renault     93.187      94.204       101.529      101.272                 390.192   and hot dogs while the final touches were put on the
                                                                 6    13 Mic.l Rademacher Subaru        91.326      101.908+1    88.451+2     90.527        94.529     472.741           4    820 Sebastian Pinto  Neon        112.704+1   89.569+1     105.224      108.862                 420.359   afternoon course. The afternoon runs of the regional
                                                                 7    838 Gregory Gibbs       Suburu    94.141      96.472       94.433       94.080        94.849     473.975           5    711 llan Dennis      Plymouth 102.826+1      109.760      100.155      106.973+oc 97.762       549.476   event also served as the first half of the National
                                                                 8    16 Don Grant            Subaru    93.416+0    93.326       90.809       107.677       96.647     481.875           6    1711 Brian Dennis    Plymouth 106.909        141.246+2    106.293+1    118.521+oc 136.498      645.467   Challenge. The course was lengthened and some of
                                                                 9    279 Stephanie Mills     Subaru    93.535      95.518       109.287+1    91.910        93.965     486.215           7         Andy Hale       Mazda       118.896     154.781+oc   120.937+oc   DNS                     DNF       the frustrating portions were changed. Several drivers
Phil Atchinson in F1 Talon. Photo: J. Zimmerman                  10 844 Arthur Desrosiers     Subaru    98.146      101.858      107.970+1    95.478        93.114     498.566                                                                                                                                                      —continued next page

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remarked that it was a very enjoyable set of runs.
                                                         engraving awards and Giftsrally cross results—                                                                               18 832 Jesse Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                      19 826 Dean Halvorson
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the warmth of hotels and homes. Everyone, that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is, except for the course designers who braved
The Subarus in Stock All-wheel showed what they
were designed for. Michael Canny’s STi put down
                                                         Jan. 11, 2008                                                                                                                20 7
                                                                                                                                                                                      21 51
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ken Cashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Art Chabot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     audi A4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       DNS                     DNF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the cold and blowing snow to lay out the next
                                                                                                                                                                             pos. #   STOCK FRONT WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                            day’s fun.
clean runs and ran away with the victory by 24
                                                         Driver    Car                 Run #1     Run #2        Run #3       Run #4       Run #5         Total                        1 61       Ryan Reitsma        vw         123.620+1      117.165+1   124.647+1   102.320+2   102.296+1   582.048
seconds over John Berlinger’s WRX. His second                                                                                                                                         2 828 Michael Lodsin           pontiac    126.855        123.864     120.320+1   106.239+1   110.912     592.190
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         On Sunday morning, competitors awoke to a
run also set fastest time of the day. Scott Beliveau’s   STOCK ALL WhEEL DRIvE -                                                                                                      3 837 Thomas Malick            volvo      136.463        122.186     120.522     102.250+3   105.852+1   595.273   blanket of white. Several inches of snow had
Tacoma fought the ice all day to slide into the third    1 824 Michael Canny            Subaru      121.222     120.805      112.083+1    97.129       97.063+2    554.302            4 6        Jamie Beliveau      Saab 900S 130.257         126.668     118.843     105.669+3   109.256     596.693   fallen, completely obscuring the surface and, in
spot. Ryan Reitsma returned with a repaired Golf         2 91      Scott Beliveau       Toyota      129.950     125.137      124.769      99.115       105.043+2   588.014            5 816 Jason Meyers             Honda      135.241+2      127.733     122.586+2   108.751     104.839     607.150   particular, the ice. After brushing off the cones,
                                                         3 977 Richard Parenzen         subaru      137.495+1   119.879      120.224+1    98.057+2     106.101     589.756            6 818 Patrick Huxley           pontiac    129.340+3      123.369+1   134.276     106.679+1   103.282+1   608.946
and set the pace for Stock Front. Solo competitors                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       it was back to business. The group that missed
                                                         4 917 John Winchester          subaru      134.039     122.943      121.556      102.854+1    105.366+2   592.758            7 835 Geoffrey Malick          volvo 850 141.517+1       122.088     129.117     105.915+1   101.576+4   612.213
Michael Lodsin and Patrick Huxley pushed their           5 45      Tim Thomas           Subaru      138.493+1   125.928      125.792      100.893+1    102.900     598.006            8 156 Chris Franson            Madza      40.875+2       129.004     128.740     105.377+1   103.729+1   615.725
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         their last run the night before was first to go.
Grand Prix hard but the nimble VW had a 20               6 74      Roger Borlase        Subaru      133.445     125.660+1    124.039      107.499+1    104.851+3   605.494            9 810 Pascal Belperron         Saab 900 142.323+1        122.502+3   122.972     106.957+3   107.662     616.416   The previous day’s start became the finish and
second gap at the end of the day.                        7 850 Chase Monroe             Subaru      140.828     131.457+1    124.228      105.439      105.271     609.223            10 159 Jesse Quagliaroli       Mazda      148.686        124.278     129.490     107.762+1   104.639+2   620.855   vice versa. A series of whoops and a fast finish
                                                         8 851 Pawel Perzan             Subaru      139.998     134.319      120.725      111.341      108.298+1   616.681            11 563 Andy Longe              Nissan     146.877        125.805     130.325     107.843     109.410+1   622.260   straight put smiles on more than a few faces.
Nickolay Nemchuk and Alex Merkuryev shared               9 843 Sash Dias                Mitsubishi 148.071      132.392      124.911      106.182      106.274     617.830            12 848 Jeff Sylvester          Honda      140.345        139.045     129.543     111.366     107.872+2   632.171   The National Challenge ended after a total of
Nickolay’s WRX and also the top spots in Prepared        10 846 Phil Atchinson          Eagle       145.517     142.626+1    123.040      107.552      106.066     626.801            13 84      Andrew Pascarella   Mitsubishi 158.750        130.933     123.591     112.073     108.530     633.877
                                                         11 852 Mike Pasqualloni        Audi S4 156.698         118.954      134.337      114.435      111.607     636.031            14 184 Brad DeSantis           Mitsubishi 145.513        136.806     135.579     114.510     112.719     645.127
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         five long runs. While competitors retired to the
All-wheel. Alex has moved up from SA to challenge
                                                         12 901 Rob Asencio             Subaru      145.730+1   136.254+2    134.896+1    109.840+3    106.575+2   651.295            15 100 Samantha Spear          nissan     149.769        139.687     134.054     118.248     128.690     670.448   Dennis family “campground” for pasta, soup and
the prepared class and it promises to be an              13 8      Gian Spicuzza        Subaru      144.653+1   133.674      142.635+1    DNS          DNS         DNF                16 817 Dave Marathas           Saab 900 138.311          130.574+4   125.787+2   DNS         DNS         DNF       homemade cookies, the results of the National
entertaining season watching these two battle it out.    pREpARED ALL WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                     Exhibition                                                                                                         Challenge were announced. With the National
Nickolay took the top honors with Alex behind him.       1 196 Todd Kean                Subaru      114.827     109.818      99.277+1     98.262                   424.184            1 833 Joshua Dennis                         130.803      130.013+2   127.225+1   102.007     102.113+2   602.161   Challenge complete, the afternoon section of the
Todd Kean’s 2.5 RS followed them for the Subie           2 64      Alexander Merkuryev Subaru       115.005     97.982       101.184+3                             439.215            2 21       Randy Hale          quattro      134.836      128.493+1   128.755     108.633     102.026     604.743
                                                         3 199 Nikolay Nemchuk          Subaru      116.643     116.777+1    101.621+1    101.100                  440.141            3 834 David Dennis                          146.457+2    157.134+1   128.227     106.165     111.088     655.071
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         regional event was underway. Minor changes
trifecta. Prepared Front was a small class of only
                                                         4 806 Robert Champion          Subaru      117.367     116.225      106.873+1    104.007                  446.472            4 820 Sebastian Pinto                       140.503+2    137.905+1   155.685     113.619     113.336+1   669.048   were made to the course to increase speeds and
three. Father-son duo James and Kevin Turner brought     5 844 Arthur Desrochiers III subaru        122.848     121.747+1    108.790      106.859                  462.244            5 711 Allan Dennis                          132.589+oc   157.169+1   153.398+3   110.293     132.083     723.532   traction.
their Impreza to compete with Jim Frankel’s Integra.     6 811 Barret Zimmerman Subaru              123.005+1   126.348+2    103.283      102.479+1                463.115
A difference of a few cones put James on the podium      7 88      Ed Hondzinki         subaru      130.529     122.649      110.886      103.667                  467.731                                                                                                                               Michael Canny stole the Stock All-wheel class
with Kevin 13 seconds behind.                            8 16      Don Grant            Subaru      124.723     121.874      123.276      107.537                  477.410                                                                                                                               on Sunday as well. Despite three cones, he beat
                                                         9 819 Jesse Miller             subaru      136.512+2   132.488      111.253+2    109.397+4                505.650
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Scott Beliveau by nearly 34 seconds. In the NC
Jim and Josh Muise arrived with their Fiero prepped      10 526 Todd Mallick
                                                         11 34     Justin Opotzner
                                                                                                                                                                                      NatIoNal rallY X cHaMpIoNSHIp reSUltS                                                                              however, Scott’s consistency gave him the win
for battle. Unfortunately, they were the only entrants
                                                         STOCK REAR WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                       #     Name                        CAR              Total Time          Total - Day 1 Total - Day 2                 over Roger Borlase and two other Subarus. One
in the Stock Rear class. A few issues on course cost     1 228 Jim Muise               Fiero        210.695     129.456+1    126.284      103.372+2 106.207   682.014                 2     Chang Ho Kim                Honda            477.480             252.298                225.182
Josh some time and his dad took the day’s win.           2 428 Josh Muise              fiero        198.224     241.810      140.847      113.854   104.329+1 801.064                 32    Harold Denham               VW GTI           488.932             264.629                224.303                                     —continued on page 25
Modified All-wheel was a 1-2-3 Audi knockout. Justin     pREpARED FRONT WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                   822   David Baker                 VW Golf          522.849             279.401                243.448
Baltrucki and Warren Elliott kept it neck and neck       1 68      Kevin Turner         Subaru      128.551     129.583+1    119.778+2    104.837      105.881     594.630            903   Robert Baker                VW Golf          560.341             297.493                262.848
                                                         2 73      Jim Frankel          Acura       137.248     129.515      120.019      110.315+1    112.093     611.190            830   Erica Bonomi                Ford             585.481             318.777                266.704
all day long. After 6 runs, the differential was only
                                                         3 814 Stephen Richardson vw                130.272     125.829      139.451+2    106.549+3    106.247+3   624.348
.3 seconds in Justin’s favor. Ken Cashion flew from      4 89      James Turner         Subaru      137.202     146.030      125.966      105.426+3    105.761+1   628.385            17    Warren Elliott              Audi A4          486.881             259.762                 227.119
Colorado just for this event and quickly settled into    5 838 Elaine Kristant          vw c        194.261     132.234+1    125.384+1    106.584      107.279+1   671.742            171   Justin Baltrucki            Audi A4          490.782             262.508                 228.274
the car. He finished .6 seconds behind Elliott. Hal      mODIFIED TWO WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                     7     Ken Cashion                 Audi A4          494.136             264.017                 230.119
Denham and Chang Ho Kim continued the rivalry of         1 2       Chang Ho Kim         Honda       112.203     112.979      97.652       96.324+1                 421.158            9     Chris Regan                 Toyota           505.580             266.115                 239.465
                                                         2 919 Geoff Clark              Saab 99 111.834+1       109.065      98.999       99.704                   421.602            95    Tyler Semple                Jeep             514.619             275.879                 238.740
last season. Chang’s Civic ran cleanly all day and
                                                         3 32      Harold Denham        VW GTI 112.075          112.228      100.176      97.686                   422.165            1     David Harris                Mitsubishi       520.825             267.933                 252.892
handily took the victory over Hal Denham in a GTi.       4 12      Robert Lapierre      Honda       121.468     110.610      103.536      99.691+1                 437.305            51    Art Chabot                  Mitsubishi       DNF                 258.302                 DNF
Geoff Clark piloted his Saab 99 to the third spot.       5 822 David Baker              VW          123.696     119.752      113.190      100.252                  456.890
                                                         6 849 Ed McNelly               Hyundai 119.150         117.906      107.460      110.433+oc               484.949            196   Todd Kean                   Subaru           495.454             270.809                 224.645
Darkness forced the 2nd run group to postpone their      7 807 Meng Mao                Focus        135.501     127.550      111.539+1    108.490+1                487.080            64    Alexander Merkur yev        Subaru           498.058             264.009                 234.049
third run until the next day. After a quick awards       8 830 Erica Bonomi             focus       141.333     125.371      111.820      109.560                  488.084            199   Nikolay Nemchuk             Subaru           498.080             262.660                 235.420             Geoff Clark took third in modified two-wheel drive.
ceremony for the Regional event, everyone retired to     9 803 Robert Baker             VW          142.948+1   117.900      106.221+4    103.985+4                489.054            811   Barret Zimmerman            Subaru           537.674             282.321                 255.353             Photo: J Zimmerman
                                                         10 19     Kelly Fisher         saab        134.796     128.314      109.353+1    DNS                      DNF
                                                         mODIFIED ALL WhEEL DRIvE                                                                                                     68    Kevin Turner                Subaru           586.325             202.413                 383.912
                                                         1 17      Warren Elliott       Audi A4 113.794         113.325      97.229       93.367                   417.715            73    Jim Frankel                 Acura            591.437             203.665                 386.782
                                                         2 171 Justin Baltrucki         Audi A4 112.535         113.739+1    98.580+3     94.394+1                 429.248            89    James Turner                Subaru           610.732             201.534                 409.198
                                                         3 95      Tyler Semple         jeep        119.371     117.373+1    104.438+1    104.571+1                451.753
                                                         4 523 Austin Duff              Toyota      120.901     124.607      104.446      102.510                  452.464            91    Scott Beliveau              Toyota           583.156             203.300                 379.856
                                                         5 9       Chris Regan          Toyota      114.621+1   122.844      107.164      104.462+1                453.091            74    Roger Borlase               Subaru           595.159             210.015                 385.144
                                                         6 825 Justin Abbotts           Subaru      124.958     120.004      106.142      106.007                  457.111            843   Sash Dias                   Subaru           616.889             211.515                 405.374
                                                         7 801 Aaron Matthew            Subaru      130.688     118.576+1    105.881      100.915                  458.060            45    Tim Thomas                  Subaru           632.884             240.671                 392.213
                                                         8 71      Noah Perkins         mitsu evo 121.157+1     123.933+2    101.374      103.374+3                461.838
                                                         9 158 Kathy Moody                          125.203+1   119.882+2    106.841+1    104.142+1                466.068            61    Ryan Reitsma                VW Golf          563.909             192.477                 371.432
                                                         10 1      David Harris         Mistubishi 127.888+1    123.004      107.287      107.442                  467.621            828   Michael Lodsin              Pontiac          580.896             207.857                 373.039
                                                         11 847 Tyler Bostwich          subaru      126.808     128.034      107.542+1    108.325+1                474.709            818   Patrick Huxley              Pontiac          598.766             203.781                 394.985
                                                         12 805 Nick Henry              Eagle Talon 127.960     110.089      113.453+1                             489.083            84    Andrew Pascarella           Mitsubish        624.641             211.367                 413.274
                                                         13 845 David Tokarski          Subaru      142.189     128.999      112.058      110.152                  493.398
                                                         14 829 Thomas Lough            Subaru STI 127.555+4    126.366      114.306+6    108.582+2                500.809            228   Jim Muise                   Fiero            721.05              252.640                 468.435
                                                         15 827 Dmitry Beliaev          Mitsubishi 125.041+2    122.024      111.312+1    113.431+oc               507.808            428   Josh Muise                  Fiero            816.028             235.147                 580.881
Todd Keane took home a first with his Subaru.            16 591 Eric Schneider          subaru      131.468+2   114.706+2    117.550+oc                            532.124                                                                                                                               Barret Zimmerman takes advantage of his all-wheel
Photo: J Zimmerman                                       17 902 Craig Moran             Subaru      150.784     139.394+oc   125.256      115.407                  560.841                                                                                                                               drive in the slick conditions. Photo: J Zimmerman
14       PIT TALK                                                                                                                                                                     PIT TALK      January/February 2009                                                                                                                            15
 Ner Solo                             wrap Up
                                                                                                                                                                So as you can see, it’s a day where
                                                                                                                                                                almost anything goes (and often

                                                                                                                                                                Moving past the holidays to a New
                                                                                                                                                                                                        whatever gets you to come out...
                                                                                                                                                                                                        please remember to come out and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        join your SCCA family and friends
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in January of 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              all Novices to the sport. 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              may be a difficult year, with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              economy getting in the way of fun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and pleasure, but we still have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              probably the best site around, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and online “pre-payment” for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2008 Solo events was instrumental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in minimizing the morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    administrative tasks and on-site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    data entry logging, and it seemed

                                        Solo had one remaining day of             By far, the Best Theme out of the 20    Machine: “Team 2” of Scott Yarosh,    Year and into a typically cold New      As is often the case, seeing a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              great core group of workers, and      to pay off. No change in the
                                        competition, held after the Moss,         or so teams on the day was “3M          Derek Sanders, Frank Sousa, Nuno      England January, brings us the          fellow competitor who may be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the dedication and enthusiasm         pre-reg/pre-pay event fee’s from
                                        back on October 19th. The last Solo       Riders” of Andrew Orde, Connor          Burrows.                              annual New England Region SCCA          sporting that rare jacket and

        are the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to help, and bring others along       2008 was needed, and Solo will
                                        event of the season is our non-points,    Boyd, Andrew McCartney and John                                               Banquet, hosted by the Solo group       tie, or simply “cleans up well”
                                                                                                                          The Team LEAST Deserving of an                                                                                      into the fold to meet and beat our    continue to require online pre-reg
                                        just for funzie “Team Challenge”. It      Palazzo with their painters tape                                              this time ‘round. The Courtyard         sometimes gives one pause to
                                                                                                                          Award: “They Could Not Come                                                                                         challenges effectively.               and pre-pay into 2009 through

                                        is basically a day of regular timed       cars. And if you want to know how                                             Boston-Marlborough Marriott,            think of trying to associate the
                                                                                                                          Up with a Team Name” of Paul                                                                                                                     at the
                                        runs, but “teams of 4” are created        long it takes to painters tape a car,                                         on Felton Street in Marlborough         name to the face. Maybe we need       Solo stats for the 2008 season
                                                                                                                          Zahornasky, Stacey Strout, Ian                                                                                                                            respective Schedule link.
                                        with the chance to earn trophies for      bumpers, rims and all – 8 hours,                                              Massachusetts was the 2009              to have name tags with a picture      include 17% of the field being

                                                                                                                          Krueger, Matt Poynter.
                                        best team name, best theme, best          plus some more.                                                               locale, providing a nice central        of our respective race vehicle...     Novices, 125 drivers as an            The current Solo online pre-
                                        that, best whatever, and things of                                                Team Most Likely to Win an            suite of accommodations for those       that should make mingling at          average entry roster, and an          registration and pre-payment fees
                                                                                  Best Team Challenge run scores
                                        that ilk. No more pressure (unless                                                                                      who opted to attend. Bummer that        parties easier.                       average of 6 runs per event, with     are $35.00 for SCCA members,
     Mad Science on                     self-induced) to score a vital point or
                                                                                  went out as a tie with 30 points
                                                                                                                          Award that We could Not Think
                                                                                                                          of in Advance: “Bill & 3 Eric’s” of   the bar closed at midnight for us                                             one event offering 8 runs to the      and $50.00 for non-members.
                                                                                  each to Team “FHRT” (Chang Ho                                                                                         Much goes on during the                      2, and just a day to have fun behind
                                        the wheel.
                                                                                  Kim, Nate Whipple, Cliff Strout,
                                                                                                                          Bill Goodale, Eric Chiang, Eric       late Friday arrivals...but I digress.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        weekend, starting with the Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              field. At a minimum, that’s over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              7000 timed runs!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please note the non-member online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fee includes the required SCCA
                                                                                                                          Krueger, Eric Schmider
                                                                                  Brian Levesque), and Team “Slow                                               The Banquet weekend is your             night get-together, Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Weekend” Membership.
                                        Some people enter the Team                and/or Consistent” (Mike Shields,       Team with the Best Chance of          chance to have a weekend to treat       morning group meetings, Worker        Many topics were discussed
    By: Eddie Savage,
                                        Challenge with a very creative            Chris Franson, Jesse Quagliaroli,       Winning an Award at Another           the spouse to a mini-vacation, get      Luncheon, NER Annual meeting,         at the Saturday morning Solo          But, there are some Supplemental
    January 27, 2009
                                        mind and determined as ever, as           Stephanie Zadrozny)                     Competition: “Team Four               away from the humdrum of chores,        and on to the Banquet itself. You     Board meeting, with event entry       details to take note of. Walk-up
                                        this year saw several cars entered                                                Underpaid Cone Killing Racers” of     cats, dogs, or kids, or just go solo    can find a chance to cheer on         registration/payment being            registration will be available at our
                                                                                  Other Team awards were:
                                        completely, and I mean completely,                                                PJ Corrales, Scott Thursby, Wiley     (pun intended) and meet n’ greet        your class champs, even if you’re     paramount. Looking back, the          Solo events, except at Divisional
                                        covered in colored painters tape.         Best Team Name: “The Elvis Loving       Cox, Dave White                       others in our SCCA family. Some         not getting a trophy, take time to    move to online “pre-registration”     or otherwise announced venues.
                                        The Team Challenge has the 4 team         Space Lobsters with Upper Class                                               may say it’s just for the beer, but     share a joke or two, listen to a                                            Walk-up registration will be
                                        members take their runs in normal         Mustaches” of Cory Konunchik,                                                                                         bad joke or two, and meet people                                            between 730am and 830am the
                                        class fashion, and then get their final   Ray Cardoso, Andy “Speed”                                                                                             on the other side of your NER                                               morning of the event. There will be
                                        “points” placings added together          Anderson, John Campbell.                                                                                              triangle. It’s a family thing being                                         NO late registration. PERIOD. Did
                                        as a whole. These team totals are                                                                                                                               a New England automotive sports                                             I mention “NO late registration?”
                                        then compared to the other teams.         Best Team Costume: “Jake’s                                                                                            enthusiast.                                                                 Yes, I thought I did.
                                        Limitations are few, qualifications       Junkies” of Ellen Savell. Lou
                                                                                  Wadell, and the 2 Parker’s of Allen                                                                                   Driving into 2009, the Solo Group                                           Walk-ups will be on a strictly
                                        nonexistent, audits are frequent,
                                                                                  and Josh.                                                                                                             will continue its commitment                                                limited basis of no more than 20
                                        complaints overlooked, no more
                                                                                                                                                                                                        to as many runs as possible,                                                entrants (first-come, first serve), or
                                        than 2 Class Champions on one             Best Impersonation of a Fog                                                                                           and welcome and encourage                                                   with prior approval of the Solo
                                        team, class bumping is in effect, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chairman and Solo Registration
                                        most of all – you must agree to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chief. “Prior approval” means
                                        fun. Hey, we’ll do anything to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    you must email or contact the Reg
                                        a buck!
                                                                                                                          Bob Guenthner took home a STS         David Collins took atrophy driving a                                          Allison Krueger tok FJB honors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  —continued next page
                                                                                                                          Jacket.                               RX-7 in SM2.

A well-deserved congratulations to Brian Levesque, and his Dad. Brian is the      Andrew Pascarella scored in STU.        Chang Ho Kim, not only solos but      Glen Petersen, Honda S2000, first       PIT TALKS’ Solo Scripe, Ed Savage
became the first winner to repeat the feat accomplished by his Dad years                                                  took hardware home in Rally-X.        in AS.                                  and wife Stephanie.                   Solo chairman, Bob Lang (also FP champion) and Linda Cragan.
ago... a first for a second generation. All Photos: R. Beaulieu
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Solo Report                               be available and posted on the          year, Apollo Sinkevicius, put it: “It’s   a 2 non-points events are in the       on the eve of them working to start    and training, even before the          configuration. Timing Equipment          From all in the Solo community, and
continued from previous page              website shortly.                        the best bang for the buck. When          works, one (cross fingers) being at    yet another youth program for kids     program is afoot!                      Chief Wiley Cox was surprised            I am confident I can add, from the
                                                                                  can you ever get that much seat           a venue many regular drivers for       between 5 and 7 years old! This is                                            with the NER Regional Exec               New England Region SCCA family,
                                          To yee naysayers: Pre-reg/pre-                                                                                                                                  The Region also acknowledged and
Chief or Solo Chair, at least 2 days                                              time with an instructor?!? And If all     the past 7 or 8 years have never       intended to be a “feeder” program                                             Award for being the Solo Truck           THANK YOU all.
                                          pay allows the Chiefs to set the                                                                                                                                awarded a Gold Pass card to Solo
in advance (heck people, it’s simple                                              the work instructors put into us does     been at. So watch the          to the Junior Kart classes, and will                                          extraordinaire, tinkerer, driver,
                                          run order AND work assignments                                                                                                                                  Registration Chief Jesse Quagliaroli                                            See you..between the cones!
courtesy), to work something out. If                                              not result in making us better and        website for the Solo Opening Day,      take place on several Saturday’s                                              general site fix-it, and whatever else
                                          BEFORE the morning of the event,                                                                                                                                for his work in developing the
the Parker’s now have e-mail, thus                                                safer competitors, shave several          and maybe, just maybe, a new           at Devens. Interest is hot, with                                              come what-may, and then some.
                                          which can allow us to start up to an                                                                                                                            online registration and online
can you all!                                                                      seconds from our time, and better         opening place.                         more than 6 kids and their parents
                                          hour earlier. Simply put, that means                                                                                                                            pre-payment standards and
                                                                                  drivers on public roads... well                                                  looking for this type of instruction
The Walk-up registration fee will         runs, so save yourself a Jackson                                                  The Sir Stirling Moss Trophy was
                                                                                  nothing else can.” That my readers,
be an additional $20.00 to the            and get online to enter.                                                          officially awarded after the Banquet
                                                                                  is proof positive that we are doing
aforementioned pre-pay entry fees,                                                                                          dinner to Solo competitors Brian
                                          Season Tech stickers will again be      something right for the beginning
so the SCCA card-carrying member                                                                                            Levesque and Paul Zahornasky.
                                          available at some early venues. A       Soloist.
walk-up entry fee will be $55.00,                                                                                           Kathy Barnes proudly announced
                                          note for tech inspection, if you need
and non-member walk-up entry fee                                                  With Devens available for yet “one        that this is the first time it has
                                          it, once you get on-site: NO late
will be $70.00. No exceptions.                                                    more year”, a Divisional is in the        been won by a 2nd generation to
                                          tech. So always get onsite early if
Ergo: It pays to schedule and                                                     works for the summer, as the Tour         a previous Moss winner. Brian’s
                                          you can.
plan ahead. Remember, You have                                                    is going west to New York for a           father, Charlie Levesque, won
the option of contacting the Reg          We will again offer our Novice          change. 10 points events are slated       the coveted Silver trophy back in
Chief ahead of time, to work out          Solo School for the 2009 season,        between two sites, but some final         1982.
registration and payment options,         and as one Novice student last          tweaking needs to be done with
                                                                                                                            Nancy and Paul Bowen were each
if you can not register and pay                                                   some late date changes before
                                                                                                                            acknowledged and awarded SCCA
online. Understand, that means                                                    final and official confirmation can
                                                                                                                            Gold Pass cards for the work in the
“can not”, rather than “will not”.                                                be announced with regards to the
                                                                                                                            Junior Karting program, and all
                                                                                  NHMS events. The possibility of                                                  Rob Woodruff won won K kart .          Brian Levesque won EP                  NER Webmaster, Neil Schelly won          William Brundige won ES.
Please note, if you are an SCCA                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in FSP.
member walk-up entry, and you do
NOT have your valid SCCA card,
you must be charged the SCCA
“non-member” walk-up entry fee
of $70.00. Sorry, for liability and
insurance concerns, we can’t be
responsible if you leave YOUR
valid and REQUIRED credentials
behind. Complete terms &
conditions for Solo entry, waivers,       And now for something completely
and associated Supplementals will         different, Bill Goodwin accepts his
                                          trophy for A-Mod.

                                                                                  Ian Krueger with Paul Bowen accepts       Dad, Eric Krueger, with Wiley Cox      Joe Kraetsch won in CSP.               Mike Shields won DSP.                  Paul Zahornasky won HS in a              PJ Corrales won SM.
                                                                                  his FJA award.                            accepts his K kart award.                                                                                            Mazda 3.

No, its not the Benediction before the meal... but, P.J.Corrales and Jennna
D’Amico busily text all their friends on what a good time they are having.        Jeff Seeger won FS in his Mustang.        Joshua Parker drove his Acura to a     Kieth Scala RX-8 led the BS            Meagan Woodruff trophied in FJA.       Melissa Woodruff took hardware           .... and Steve Woodruff accepts his
ALL Photo: R. Beaulieu                                                                                                      STS award.                             contingent.                                                                   in FJB.                                  trophy from Paul Bowen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Melissa Woodruff took hardware in
 ANNUAL                      Thank you all for coming today. I        us this year. The monthly payments       before we began the expenditures        Sunday morning. Due to site                                                                                             group will be promoting NER
                             also give my thanks to those who
                             worked so hard all year to make our
                                                                      to continue the purchase and sale
                                                                      agreement were slightly more than
                                                                                                               for the track. As long as the current
                                                                                                               agreement is in place we are
                                                                                                                                                       limitations at the dog track, entries
                                                                                                                                                       were limited to 20 but it was quite             2008 rally champions                                                    in new outlets and targeting its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               efforts toward younger potential

                                                                                                               being reimbursed for nearly all         a success and we look to see this                                                                                       members and event participants.
                             programs successful– it is never a       our monthly dues income. As a                                                                                             CLASS A.                    Driver:             Scott Beliveau
                             small effort to accomplish that.         result, we struggled with the club’s     our out-of-pocket costs, leaving        again in 2009.                                                                                                          The publicity group will also seek to
                                                                                                               NER in a much stronger financial                                                                             Navigator:          Fred mapplebeck                improve sharing of content between
                                                                      financials at times but the board

                                        As we do each year, we                                                                                                    Those of you who read
                                                                                                               position for the future, whether or                                                                                                                             Pit Talk and the website to make
                                                                      recognized that we were making a                                                 my column in the previous PIT            CLASS S.       Driver:                          Scott Carlson
                             had a full complement of events                                                   not the Palmer project is ultimately                                                                                                                            NER even more accessible to non-
                                                                      commitment for the club’s future and
                             on our schedule. Overall, program                                                 successful.
                                                                                                                                                       TALK will have seen my mention                          Navigator:                       phil Lamoureux                 members.
                                                                      pressed on. We all knew, however,                                                of the PDX, commonly called a
                             participation was about flat with
                                                                      that it was necessary to preserve                                                                                         ROOKIE OF ThE yEAR:                             Aaron mattthews
                             2007, however through diligent                                                               Racing Against               “track day,” which NER hosted on                                                                                        In 2009, it appears that the new
                                                                      the club’s present-day viability         Leukemia weekend in 2008 was            Memorial Day. While participation        RALLy OF ThE yEAR:           Big Lap 12                                        track might finally begin to settle
          By Chris Franson   efforts from our program boards to
                                                                      in order for future plans to have        a success, marked by a donation         was slightly lower than hoped,                                                                                          into a life of its own, allowing the
                             cut administrative costs, all of our
                                                                      any relevance. This led us to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rallymaster: Scott Beliveau
                             programs made money in 2008,                                                      of approximately $7,500 to the          overall the participants had great                                                                                      board to refocus on the regular
                                                                      lengthy discussions on the strategies    UMass Memorial Foundation.              fun and many asked if we would                                                                                          business of operating our club and
                             doing better than budgeted in nearly
                                                                      we were using to continue with           While not the highest donation          be hosting another some time in         a constant flow of new leaders                       For much of 2008, our      work to see its continued success
                             every case. Had the efforts to cut
                                                                      the track’s planning. Fortunately,       we’ve ever made, it’s still quite       the future, and we are looking at       on which we can continue to               publicity program languished,         even as we are amidst the current
                             costs not been made, the financial
                                                                      we reached an agreement with             respectable considering the great       ways to make that happen. The           build our club. This is an area on        with no one leading it. Late in the   challenging economic climate.
                             outcome would likely have been
                                                                      our investor in a timely fashion so      fuel and other expenses our             only way this event was to be           which the board needs to continue         year, we have begun to implement
                             quite different. Each program board                                                                                                                                                                                                               Once again, thank you all for your
                                                                      that it was not necessary for us to      participants have had to manage in      operated successfully was to attract    efforts to improve in 2009, and           a process of making our publicity
                             deserves congratulations for this                                                                                                                                                                                                                 attendance today, and for your
                                                                      seek interim financing. None of          the past year. A new activity was       volunteers from all areas of our        we will. I will propose that we           and communications more cohesive
                             effort.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           support in 2008 and in the future.
                                                                      this has been easy so far but the        created for RAL by several people       club, and that’s exactly what we        establish a committee across our          and accessible to members and
                                         As you have all just heard   agreement has returned NER’s             within the Rallycross program. This     got.                                    competition programs to develop           non-members alike. The publicity
                             in our program reports, we are           bank account to about where it was       was called the “double-cross,” in                                               new leaders and to share what
                             also involved with a small project in                                                                                                A continuing challenge       each program does well so that
                                                                                                               which competitors would compete
                             Palmer, Massachusetts. Dick Patullo                                                                                       for our club is to improve the          the other programs might share
                                                                                                               on a paved autocross on Saturday
                             provided a good summary of where                                                                                          lines of succession within our          in that knowledge. As we all
                                                                                                               afternoon and a dirt rallycross
                             we are with that but I would be                                                                                           programs to ensure that we have         know, volunteers are the lifeblood
                             remiss if I were not to acknowledge                                                                                                                               of our programs and it remains a
                             the positively amazing effort he                                                                                                                                  challenge for NER to recruit and
                             has put into the project, working                                                                                                                                 keep new ones. As I often say,
                             with lawyers, engineers, investors,                                                                                                                               there is no “they” in our events.
                             bureaucrats, and, of course, the                                                                                                                                  It’s our club and we are the ones
                             membership. Thank you Dick. As                                                                                                                                    responsible for its success or failure.
                             Dick said, there are too many others                                                                                                                              We must work to keep new people
                             to thank by name but the entire club                                                                                                                              involved with the operations of this
                             deserves recognition for its support                                                                                                                              club.
                             and patience as we progress with
                                                                      Don Grant, trophied in PA in the
                             the new track.
                                                                      Rally X series. All Photo: R. Beaulieu
                                      The new track project
                                                                                                                                                       Dennis Richardson scores another                                                  Jason and Jeff Benagh.
                             came to be a financial challenge for                                              Andy Ruddy, NERRRC Second in ITA.
                                                                                                                                                       NERRC first in Formula Vee.

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                             Jon Lamkins presents Rally Rookie-       Amanda and Julia Richardson              Carol and Russel Horton enjoy the       Glen Lawton, First in ITS.              Club Ford Forever! Don Denome
                             of-the-year to Aaron Mathews.                                                     pre dinner social.                                                              takes home another championship.

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                                                       a Spec Miata or ITA Nissan as a member of the         In Control also does training for more
                                                       BB Racing team.                                       experienced drivers. Parents are encouraged to

                                                       In Control is a hands on training experience
                                                                                                             take the class with their teens and unanimously
                                                                                                             remark how surprised they are at how much they         RACING AMBASSADORS                                                                                  Ner Scca
                                                       designed to give drivers the first hand experience
                                                                                                             gain from the program. Many employers with             by Jeff Lawton
                                                       behind the wheel that will prepare them for the
                                                       real roads. Hands-on exercises are supported
                                                                                                             fleets have realized this type of training, which
                                                                                                             can be customized to suit their particular needs,
                                                                                                                                                                    Have you been thinking about getting into         The schools have become one of those              New MeMBerS
                                                       with short classroom sessions that lead to a                                                                 racing? Are you signing up for the April          events that I really look forward to every

                                                                                                             is essential for improved productivity and lower
                                                       deeper understanding of the lesson and address
                                                                                                             operating costs. Things like airbags and ABS
                                                                                                                                                                    school and have a bunch of questions??            season. Over the past few years I felt that it    December—
                                                       the attitudes important to driving. The drills give                                                          Read this!!                                       was important not to stop my guidance when
                                                       you a first hand full speed experience of how
                                                                                                             create a much safer vehicle if used properly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the school was over, but continue on for as       January 2009
                                                                                                             but if not respected or properly utilized can be       I made all the classic mistakes when I first
                                                       to do a panic stop, skid control, the limitations                                                                                                              long as they would tolerate me for.               Thomas Donahue
                                                                                                             equally as dangerous. Aside from being the #1          got into racing. I built my own car, I knew
                                                       of backing up, tailgating, and emergency lane                                                                no one who already raced, I never went                                                              Chuck W Gerry
                                                                                                             unnatural killer for all age groups, driving is also
As members of the SCCA, with a passion for             change maneuvers. And next to the student                                                                    to an SCCA event to see how it was run,                                                             Lawrence Leff
                                                                                                             the #1 workers compensation claim.                                                                        wanted to work with people who are               Karl J Miles
vehicles, we have more of an appreciation for          through all these drills you will find some of the                                                           I went to my schools with no crew help,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      thinking of getting into racing (my advice will   Miles N Allen
limits and dangers associated with driving. Our        best drivers in Massachusetts. This is because        In Control’s programs are conducted in several         and on and on……. Along the way I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      be, “run, run away fast!!!”), helping those       Levy Bernadel
unique skill set as racers puts us in a position to    they all have a racing background, the vast           facilities around Massachusetts where people           had a zillion questions. Some were good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that are about to get started in it (“stay away   Muhammad S Arif
be prepared for the unknowns that happen even          majority of them can be found taking part in          are safe to make mistakes. In Control currently        questions, others I though were too silly to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      from the on-track instructors”) and helping       Robert H Baker
as a daily driver, but also actively maneuver to       SCCA events.                                          operates 2 permanent sites as well as the ability      bother anyone with. I looked in the front
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      those that are still rookies but want some        Mark A Penta
identify and avoid better than most. A group                                                                 to bring a mobile classroom set up to any area         of Pit Talk to see if there was a person
                                                       In Control is best known for its work with teens.                                                                                                              guidance on becoming faster.                      Steve Lasko
of NER members have taken this understanding                                                                 with enough pavement. Located in MA today              responsible for “Stupid Newbie Racer
                                                       While many people think new drivers are bad                                                                  Questions”. Hmmmmm, no such luck………I              With that said, I would like to put together      John Lettieri
to the next level in an attempt to save lives and                                                            they are actively seeking additional training
                                                       drivers most do not understand just how big the                                                              was fortunate enough that I had raced with        a group of racers who would be willing            Cara E Kenny
create safer roads for every.                                                                                locations in all of New England. Any leads
                                                       problem is. In fact 43% of teens crash in their                                                              other organizations so I didn’t let my lack       to help out at the race weekends as NER           Paul Diodati
                                                                                                             would be greatly appreciated!                                                                                                                              Meng Mao
In 2003 by NER member and active roadracer             first year of driving and in the second year that                                                            of knowledge stop me from continuing.             Ambassadors. This group would be available
                                                       only reduces to 37%. More tragic is the statistic     In Control is a shining example of the great           (although people I race with now probably         on race weekends to assist new drivers and        Pamela Susan McCoy
Brandon Bogart founded an organization called
                                                       that car crashes are the #1 killer of teens and in    things that the NER members of the SCCA do             wished I had quit while I was ahead!) I had       talk to people thinking about getting into        Joseph Michael Staurovsky
In Control. Connecting the need for training
                                                       fact if you add the 2nd to 10th causes together       within their communities. To find out more             always wondered how many people walked            racing. It would be great to have a cross         Ethan Russell Gee
and the skill set learned by those on the race
                                                       they don’t equal car crashes. Teens receive                                                                  away from their dream of racing because of        section of racers from open wheel, Miata’s,       Jeff D Hamm
track Brandon decided it was time to make                                                                    on In Control you can visit their website at
                                                       no hands on emergency avoidance training                                                                     the lack of information.                          big bore and small bore. If interested in the     H. Anthony Ribadeneira II
a difference. He has been working to raise                                                         , call 888-301-SAFE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      program, please contact me at jqlawton@           Cyrus Peake
awareness of driver safety issues and train as         within the Drivers Education curriculum, without      or ask around at an NER event and you will             I spent a few years floundering around by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jon C Woodhull
many people as possible ever since. Brandon            In Control’s training they are left to learn these    undoubtedly run into one of their committed            myself trying to figure out how to become                                                           Sean P Halbert
began his NER involvement with autocrossing            skills on the roads. Because attitudes also play      employees!                                             faster. It wasn’t until I hooked up with a        For anyone who has questions about getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robert Michael Lydon
and recently has seen roadracing success with          an important role in safety In Control addresses                                                             couple of experienced racers that I started to    into racing or questions on the NER schools,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brad Adams
SM NARRC/NERRC class championships,                    things like attentiveness, distractions, road rage,                                                          develop myself as a driver and my racecar.        please feel free to contact me with ANY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Joanne Ago
multiple track records and T2 Enduro series            drugs and alcohol and personal risk assessment                                                               After experiencing how these racers helped        questions. I would be more then happy to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anthony Brockman
championships and can typically be seen driving        in the class.                                                                                                me, I wanted to pass that experience on and       help!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brian Kvehl
                                                                                                                                                                    volunteer to help instruct at the NER schools.                                                      Christine Kvehl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Donald Kvehl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shawn Stephen Mitola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Michael D Goldkuhl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Peter Roy Cellino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard Henry Blanchard Jr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Todd D Rosseau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bruce Cofe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard Robert Davis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lincoln A Lahue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        William I Hollingsworth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        James Riedinger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John Bannon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Greg Read
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        William Davis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Liam Dwyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chris Welbon

Justiin Baltrocki and Erica Bonomi; All photos: R Beaulieu                Karen Petersen and “Scotter” Richardson enjoy the banquet.                                Rob Laverty and Peter Perrault receive kudos     Wil Thompson won the GTL class in NERRC.
                                                                                                                                                                    for their tenure with the NER BOD..

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New England Region Board of Directors Meeting Minutes —                                                                                                              New England Region Board of Directors
October 1, 2008                                                                                                                                                      Meeting Minutes —November 5, 2008
The Board of Directors, New England Region,             in the SCCA Runoffs. NER Merchandise is                 the website. The deadline for nominations is         The Board of Directors, New England Region,           Solo: Chris Franson reported that the Solo
SCCA, Inc. met at Sturbridge, MA on October             about on target 100% for the year for income of         11/24/08.                                            SCCA, Inc. met at Sturbridge, MA on November          program is looking at a possible purchase of a
1, 2008. Directors participating were Chris             $8000/against budget and expenses are less than                                                              5, 2008. Directors participating were Chris           new vehicle for equipment and event service.
                                                                                                                THE NER By-Laws allow for the use of absentee
Franson, RE, Peter Perrault, Jerry Rigoli, Marianne     $8000.00 pending an outstanding SCCA bill for                                                                Franson, RE, Peter Perrault, Jerry Rigoli, Marianne   Due to the anticipated significant increases to the
                                                                                                                ballots. Prior to the 2008 Annual Meeting, ballots
Lyons, Rob Laverty, Doug Fisher, Karen Paul,            over $3000.00. Also will order merchandise to                                                                Lyons, Rob Laverty, Doug Fisher, Karen Paul, Brian    insurance and sanction fees for the solo program,
                                                                                                                had been mailed to all members and either
Brian Megliola , Tim Chevalier and Kathy Barnes.        have on hand for the Annual meeting.                                                                         Megliola , Tim Chevalier and Kathy Barnes. Also       the budget will not be submitted until those are
                                                                                                                mailed back or turned in at the meeting. The
Also participating in the meeting were Jeremy                                                                                                                        participating in the meeting were Jeremy Billiel,     confirmed.
                                                        membership: As of 10/1/08 New England                   return of valid ballots had dropped off sharply
Billiel, Treasurer and Dick Patullo. The Secretary                                                                                                                   Treasurer, Dick Patullo, Bruce Allen and Peter
                                                        Region membership is at 2807. At the beginning          in recent years. Therefore, the for the 2008                                                               publicity: Brian Megliola will be working with
acknowledges that these minutes are not in                                                                                                                           Morrison. The Secretary acknowledges that these
                                                        of January, it was 2935. This time of year is           Annual Meeting, absentee ballots were sent to                                                              Bob Beaulieu regarding some future publicity.
chronological order.                                                                                                                                                 minutes are not in chronological order.
                                                        usually when membership is at a high point.             any member who requested one. Other members
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           membership: Paul Krysiak is working with
MoTIoN: To approve the minutes of the                                                                           were provided with ballots at the meeting. There     MoTIoN: To approve the minutes of the October
                                                        New Track: Dick Patullo gave an update on                                                                                                                          registration people from each program to
September 3, 2008 meeting. (Fisher/Perrault)                                                                    was not a significant decrease in numbers of valid   1, 2008 meeting. (Chevalier/Paul). PASSED
                                                        negotiations with the investor. As permitting for the                                                                                                              track weekend members. As of 10/1/08 our
PASSED                                                                                                          ballots returned.
                                                        site continues, it is necessary to make payments as                                                          REpORTS                                               membership is at 2787.
REpORTS                                                 agreed to in the purchase and sale agreement.           MoTIoN: To accept absentee ballots and use the                                                                                                                     Out-going Road Race Chairman, Serge Lentz
                                                                                                                                                                     Search Committee: Nominations have been               New Track: Dick Patullo and Bruce Allen gave            accepts his NERRC award for FP.
                                                                                                                same method of ballot distribution and membership
Tim Chevalier gave the BOD an update on the             MoTIoN: To approve $5506.42 for the                                                                          received from four members. The deadline is           an update on negotiations with the investor. As         All Photos: R. Beaulieu
                                                                                                                notification as was used in 2008. (Barnes/Paul)
Rally Program. At the Race Against Leukemia             November payment. (Paul/Megliola) PASSED.                                                                    November 24. All candidates will be asked to          permitting for the site continues, it is necessary to
                                                                                                                PASSED. Laverty opposed.
weekend, the Rally events raised $4092.50. The                                                                                                                       submit a statement that will be published in PIT      make payments as agreed to in the purchase and
                                                        Annual meeting:
turn out for the TSD was small, DoubleCross went                                                                Operations Manual: The Board reviewed several        TALK as well as posted at the meeting.                sale agreement.
well and the RallyX has a great entry. The NER@         The Annual Meeting Weekend will be January 23-          sections of the Operations Manual and agreed
                                                                                                                                                                     Tim Chevalier gave the BOD an update on the           MoTIoN: To approve $5506.42 for the
NED (New England Dragway) had 58 entries and            25 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough,         on updates. The review will be continued in
                                                                                                                                                                     Rally Program. The Covered Bridge TSD Rally           December payment. (Paul/Fisher) PASSED.
they are waiting for the final bills to close out the   MA.                                                     later months. During discussion about the usual
                                                                                                                                                                     had 30 teams, the RallyCross had 48 entries.
event. Big Lap TSD was a low turn out. Word had                                                                 business for each meeting, the Board agreed that                                                           OThER BUSINESS:
                                                        MoTIoN: To authorize the RE to sign a contract                                                               For the first time in many years, the rally had
come to NER that Natalie Schrader had recently                                                                  preliminary budgets for competition programs
                                                        negotiated by the Solo program for the Annual                                                                to be rerouted because of snow. There is one          Massachusetts Regulations: As of 1/1/09
passed away. Natalie had been quite active in                                                                   should be submitted in November.
                                                        Meeting weekend, with a break-even budget on                                                                 more weekend to go in the 2008 season. NER            a new law take effect regarding protection of
the TSD Rally program when she was active in the
                                                        expenses of $10,000. (Barnes/Lyons) PASSED.             MoTIoN: To adjourn to Executive Session.             was well represented at the RallyCross National       personal information of Massachusetts residents.
                                                                                                                (Lyons/Perrault)During Executive Session, the BOD    Championships and took home several trophies.         The Board discussed areas where we should
Club Racing: Jerry Rigoli reported that we have         Discussion followed regarding the ballot process        discussed matters currently under negotiation.       Tim presented the 2009 Rally Budget which was         review our processes to make sure we are
dates for the 2009 season at NHMS and that he           for election of directors. Each year 5 directors are                                                         approved by the BOD.                                  compliant.
                                                        elected for two year terms. Nomination papers           MoTIoN: To adjourn. (Barnes/Megliola
has made contact with Lime Rock about a date
                                                        have been published in Pit Talk and will be on          PASSED.                                              Club Racing: Jerry Rigoli reported that we            Race against leukemia: Jody Fisher attended
there. The NARRC committee held a meeting at
                                                                                                                                                                     have a schedule for 2009 and will be meeting          the UMass Memorial Foundation Recognition
Lime Rock to discuss the NARRC banquet and to                                                                   Submitted, Kathy Barnes, Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                     with the NARRC Committee to determine the final       dinner in October and on behalf of NER accepted
start discussions about 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jeremie and Stephanie Billiel before the dinner.
                                                                                                                                                                     assignment of dates. The 2009 budget will reflect     a trophy acknowledging our long term support of
Solo: There are two National Champions from                                                                                                                          a need to work with vendors in areas where            UMMF.
NER in 2008: Teresa Condict in DSPL and                                                                                                                              volunteers are no longer available to manage
Ginette Jordan in FSPL. There are two more events                                                                                                                    specialties, specifically Timing & Scoring. We do     National convention: There was discussion
coming up in October.                                                                                                                                                have initial accounting information for the 2008      of who should attend the National Convention
                                                                                                                                                                     season. The CRB worked diligently to control          as a representative of the Region. The Regional
Treasurer’s Report: Jeremy Billiel provided the                                                                                                                                                                            Executive will be completely reimbursed according
                                                                                                                                                                     expenses and the program made money despite
BOD with financial reports for the year to date. The                                                                                                                                                                       to standard financial policy. Reimbursement for
                                                                                                                                                                     the downturn in entries. Several members of
BOD discussed different information which would                                                                                                                                                                            others attending will be included in the BOD
                                                                                                                                                                     the CRB have expressed an interest in attending
be available from the reports provided.                                                                                                                                                                                    budget. Discussion followed.
                                                                                                                                                                     the NEDIV MiniConvention and a 2008 budget
merchandise: Donna Stevens sent the following                                                                                                                        amendment was submitted to the BOD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           MoTIoN: To adjourn to Executive Session for
report: Mail order sales are off. Sales at events                                                                                                                                                                          discussion of personnel issues and matters under
                                                                                                                                                                     MoTIoN: To approve an additional $1000.00
continue to be steady. New England Region                                                                                                                                                                                  negotiation. (Barnes/Chevalier) PASSED.
                                                                                                                                                                     for up to 6 people to attend the NEDIV
merchandise donations were given to the Hole in
                                                                                                                                                                     MiniConvention. (Rigoli/Franson) PASSED.
the Wall Gang auction to place NER and SCCA                                                                                                                                                                                MOTION: To adjourn. (Fisher/Paul) PASSED
decals on the 2 go-karts that were auctioned off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Submitted, Kathy Barnes Secretary
September 7th to raise money for the camp. A
donation of $100.00 worth of merchandise was
given to the prize pool for RAL. Also 40 NER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hale Denh.
                                                        Congratulations to Wiley Cox, this year’s recipient of the New England’s prestigious RE award, as
decals were sent to Topeka for the NER competitors
                                                        presented by NER RE, Chris Franson. Photo. R Beaulieu.

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                                                                                                                                                          SCCA membership Application

Letters—continued from page 4
strongly doubt that the penalties imposed were a result of “just racing”
                                                                                    NER/SCCA Merchandise Order
explanation given to those stewards.
                                                                                                                                                           Sports Car Club of America
                                                                                  NER/SCCA merchandise is available through mail-order. Please send
My second point is that the article had no by-line, leading readers to            your request with a check made out to NER/SCCA. Orders will be mailed
                                                                                  to you, priority next day. No credit cards are accepted.                Dear Prospective SCCA Member:
presume that it was the position of New England Region SCCA, that the
Region condones attacks on volunteers in our magazine. This is wrong              DESCRIPTION                                 PRICE    QTY, PRICE         To apply for membership in the Sports Car Club of America, the world’s largest member participation automotive organization,
and has caused great concern on the part of some of the people who we                                                                                     please complete the form below in full and return, with payment, to the
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recruit to staff our events.                                                                                                                              SCCA Membership Department, P.O. Box 299, Topeka, KS, 66601-0299
                                                                                  Sports Car Club of America windshield       $6.00      ___   ______
Had the piece been identified as an opinion, I might have argued with the         SCCA wire wheel 2” circle                   $1.00      ___   ______
mystery author. As it was published, I have little incentive to donate my         SCCA wire wheel (inside) 2”                 $2.00      ___   ______     pLEASE pRINT OR TypE                                                                                                                      month       day       year

time to support an organization which treats its volunteers so poorly.            SCCA wire wheel 4 1/2” circle               $1.50      ___   ______
                                                                                  Master Switch Off                           $1.00      ___   ______     Name                                                                                                                     Birth Date               /         /
Unlike the author of the article, I’ll sign this.
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Kathy Barnes                                                                      SCCA Club Racing (STD)                      $1.50      ___   ______
                                                                                                                                                          Address                                                                                                                  Telephone (          )
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                       Another year has passed in the fulfillment and
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                       production of PIT TALK. Although numbers of issues
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                       were down from years passed, (we are now doing
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                       eight a year), believe me, nothing was short changed       NER decal 3”                                $0.75      ___   ______
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I would like to thank the many, many people whom have assisted                    SCCA Club Racing                            $4.00      ___   ______
throughout the years, and would like to extend special thank yous to
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Scott Beliveau and Chris Ragon for their dedicated assistance with Rally          LAPEL PINS                                                              Have you been an SCCA member before?                               No                 Yes              Year              Previous Member No.
and Rally X. Eddie Savage and Bob Lang have been 100% with follow                 SCCA wire wheel pin                         $4.50      ___   ______
through in reporting the latest in Solo events and results. Denise Patten         SCCA pin rectangular                        $3.50      ___   ______
                                                                                                                                                          I am interested in the following areas of SCCA activities: ❑ Please send me a Crew License (check box)
has been like clock work with providing all the results all preformated           NER triangle pin                            $2.00      ___   ______     ❑ Pro Racing              ❑ Club Racing                ❑ Solo            ❑ Road Rally            ❑ Pro Rally     ❑ Vintage          ❑ Worker/Official
for the Road Racing championships. Whereas Mack McCormack, Leigh                  PUBLICATIONS
McBride and Fred Mahler have kept us well-informed of many behind the             2009 GCRs (available 1/15/09)               $25.00     ___   ______                                          National dues Regional dues             Total
scenes operations of Road Racing... And this past year Matt Romanowski            2009 Solo rule books (available 1/15/09)    $20.00     ___   ______                                                                                                                                     NATIONAL OFFICE USE ONLy
                                                                                                                                                          ❏      Regular Member                $65.00               $25.00             $ 90.00 --------------------------------
has stepped forward to provide many of the fine road racing pictures seen         “Go Ahead...Take the Wheel” by David Gran   $17.00     ___   ______
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  This past year, Stephanie Funk, and Brian Megliolia have stepped-               NER hat (green/blue)                        $15.00     ___   ______     ❏      First Gear **                 (you must be under the age of 21)
forward to assist and provide many fine general interest as well as               NER white polo shirts                       $21.00     ___   ______                                          Birthdate__________/___________/_______ $45.00 ______________                             C-                     $
informative articles, with the assistance of Michael Rand and Greg Amy....        SCCA ladies pink V-neck polo w/collar       $25.00     ___   ______
and of course I always look forward to the latest from Jon Lamkins                                                                                        ❏ Active Military***                 $25.00               $0.00`             $25.00 _______________
                                                                                  NER white full-zip hooded sweathsirts       $28.00     ___   ______
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started working on the very first issue back in October 94.. way to go            over $10.00                                    $5.00         ________   * Spouse must be regular member’s legal spouse.                                                                                C-                     $
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an oops moment..                                                                                                                                          ❑ Enclosed is my check or money order for $                                   U.S. Do not send cash.
I have to apologize.. yes, it was I whom wrote the article about the              Address:__________________________________________________              ❑ VISA No.                                                                     Expiration Date
stewards in the last issue... As I corrected and toned the article down for                                                                               ❑ Mastercard No.                                                                   Expiration Date
the umpteenth time, my byline, being the last line got lost. This was not         City: ___________________________ State: ____ Zip: ____________
intended to be an anonymous letter by any intent, just I, extending my
opinion, and certainly not the opinion of NER. I do wish to remind the
                                                                                  Telephone #: ______________________________________________             I hereby apply for my membership in the Sports car club of america, Inc.
                                                                                  ___________                                                             and its Region and agree to abide by the bylaws.                                                                                             New England Region #22
readership, we do carry a disclaimer on the banner on page three that             Email address: ____________________________________________
the views and issues “do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of either   ___________
the New England Region, SCCA etc., etc.....”                                      Mail order form & check: “NER, Merchandise Program”                     Applicant’s Signature                                                                                                    Date
                                                                                  Donna Stevens, PO Box 1122
I certainly will take full responsibility for that view, and regret loosing the   Merrimack, NH 03054 • C: 603.566.2774 •
by line.—R. Beaulieu—

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Speak My Mind —
                                                                                                                                                                   Classifieds Classifieds Classifieds
                                                        (or if there was a good sale and I was allowed        Matchbox and Hot Wheels are still around
Continued from page 4                                   to get 1 or 2 cars).                                  today, although Mattel now owns both and
                                                        Matchbox cars were usually based off regular          the cars are made in Malaysia, Thailand, and
England, I owe a lot to Mark. Our families
                                                        production cars and trucks, or something not too      other foreign countries. (Sadly the Matchbox
prayers are with him during his trying time.                                                                                                                       Classified Rates: First 25 words & Name, Address & Phone is free to NER members; Non-members, $3.00. All
                                                        far off. Hot Wheels, on the other hand, featured      cars are no longer made in England) As I said
matchbox vs. hot Wheels                                                                                       before, the collection has been passed on (or at     words past 25, $.30 (members & non-members). Dealers must pay $20.00 minimum 25 words, $.30 each there-
                                                        wild designs and flashy colors, kind of like a                                                             after! Payment must accompany copy, payable to NER/SCCA, Inc. Ads will run for two consecutive issues unless
Like many young boys, I grew up playing and             design studio exercise. Because of this, although     least shared) with Jordan and Samantha and its
                                                                                                                                                                   additional payment is received. Send all classifieds to Beaulieu Advertising and Design, Inc. PO Box 703, North
collecting toy cars. Matchbox and Hot Wheels            I favored the Matchbox cars, some my favorites        great to see them using their imagination and
                                                                                                                                                                   Scituate MA 02060. or email to
were the primary brands, although I had a               were the Hot Wheels. Greased Gremlin,                 inventing scenarios to use them in. And that’s
few from Johnny Lighting, Corgi, and other              Prowler, and Large Charge are still Hot Wheels        the greatest thing about them (and other toys).
                                                                                                                                                                   1980 LOTUS ESpRITE AND TRIUmph                              AUDI/vW WhEELS & TIRES: Four Ronal wheels
companies. Oh, and by the way, I still have             favorites. The countless Porsche 911 variations       They provide enjoyment and entertainment, plus
                                                                                                                                                                   TR-8: Both stored in my garage over 19 years. No            with Bridgestone Potenza RE730-205/50-15 tires
them, routinely add to the collection, and Jordan       by Matchbox were always good bets along with          they stimulate our minds and creativity.             damage and they did run well. Then came children            with 10k miles. From Audi 90, will fit some VW’s.
and Samantha also play with them.                       an interesting creation called Mini Ha Ha.                                                                 and now plan to clean garage. Would like to                 $300/offer. Fred at 603-898-4778 or derfrally@
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As a youngster, I was a member of the                   And yes, I did play with the cars regularly.
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amount of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars,                 into open wheel, circle track, and production                                                              belts, kill switch etc. 9,040 miles, factory engine
I preferred the Matchbox ones. The primary              based categories and hold races. The City                                                                  by warranty at 5,204 miles. Initially run at B Stock,
reason was that Matchbox cars were more                 playset became a street circuit while the military                                                         now ineligible 80-year old original owner retiring,                                                               IT-C RABBIT.Great school/regional car. Fast and
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     AS mustang: The Mustang is back on the market.
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of their model line up every year. (Hot Wheels          scale drawings of Monaco, Silverstone, and                                                                 suspension etc. Sorted, Current logbook, $15000             SpEC RACER, #503, Race Ready, Weld and                AS as I am going to concentrate on the ITS Porsche.
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it memorized. Then I would plan what cars I             retired from racing to keep wheels from falling       Grant McStay took the first in the ITA contingent.   1996 SOUThEAST 32’ TAG TRAILER: Hasn’t                                                 net I also am selling my 944S2 Cabriolet. Feel free
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                                                                                                                                                                   Engraving Awards & Gifts Rally X—continued from page 18
                                                                                                                                                                   of five STi’s in the class, Richard Parenzen              The Fiero of Jim and Josh Muise succumbed               into 2nd for the day, a mere .4s behind Chang
                                                                                                                                                                   finished third in the regional. In Stock Front,           to chronic fuel problems on Sunday, knocking            and .5 seconds in front of Hal.
                                                                                                                                                                   Ryan Reitsma and Michael Lodsin were first                Josh out of contention for the Stock Rear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The RallyCross program is coming to The Lodge
                                                                                                                                                                   and second, respectively the entire weekend.              win. Being the only two entries in the class,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     at Belmont, NH on March 13 and Rochester
                                                                                                                                                                   Although Michael chipped away at Ryan’s lead              they both borrowed an Audi Coupe for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fairgrounds, NH in April. Watch
                                                                                                                                                                   on Sunday, it was not enough and the Golf still           afternoon runs. Rumors abound that the Fiero
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for details.
               MOTORHOMES                                                                                                                                          coasted to the win by a comfortable margin.               may have been permanently replaced with
                                                                                                                TOTERHOMES                                                                                                   something similar to their rent-a-ride. The Audi
                                                                                                                                                                   In Prepared All-wheel, the top three spots did
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             domination of Modified All-wheel continued
                                                                                                                                                                   changed their order. Todd Kean and Alex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             all weekend. Warren Elliott had fast runs on
                                                                                                                                                                   Merkuryev found their grooves and erased the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday to take
                                                                                                                                                                   lead that Nickolay Nemchuk had established.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the NC title and the Sunday win. Justin Baltrucki
                                                                                                                                                                   Todd took first on Sunday as well as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             slipped to 2nd and Ken Cashion took 3rd in the
                                                                                                                                                                   Challenge title by a few seconds. Alex captured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Challenge. A Jeep Cherokee driven by Tyler
                                                                                                                                                                   2nd place by the narrowest of margins, .022s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Semple showed the rest of the class that even
Perfection Motorsports is your leading authorized dealer of Pace Trailers,                                                                                         and .9 seconds. James Turner’s Prepared Front
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             SUV’s can be fast.. Chang Ho Kim earned all
Optima Motorhomes, Toterhomes, Cargo Pro Aluminum Car Haulers and                                                                                                  lead from the day before was quickly erased.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Modified Two-wheel trophies this weekend
Sure-Trac Open Car Haulers                                                                                                                                         His son, Kevin pulled ahead and took the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             although he did have to fight for them. Hal
                                                                                                                                                                   and Challenge wins. Jim Frankel claimed the
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   NER 2009 Calendar                                                         (all dates tentative please check ,
                                                                             or your chief registrar for updates)                                               New England Region Board of Directors Meeting Minutes —
NER Road RacINg REgIoNal                                                            Rally-X
                                                                                                                                                                December 3, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                The Board of Directors, New England Region,          pIT TALK: The editor has suggested that we           out a survey to non-renewing members. There
April 18                NER NARRC/NEERC Single (no Sunday)    NHMS                  March 15        Slip-N-Slide            The Lodge at Belmont, Belmont, NH
                                                                                                                                                                SCCA, Inc. met at Sturbridge, MA on December         change the format of what we use for recruiting      was a 14.5% response, which resulted in 9%
May 2 & 3               NER PRO IT                            NHMS                  April           Rochester Fairgrounds                       Rochester, NH
                                                                                                                                                                3, 2008. Directors participating were Chris          from an issue of the magazine to a brochure.         renewals. The most common reason for non-
May 23 & 24             NER NERRC Triple, NARRC Double        NHMS                  May             Site needed
June 20                 NER NERRC/NARRC SINGLE                LRP                                                                                               Franson, RE, Peter Perrault, Jerry Rigoli,           The Board felt that without a publicity chairman,    renewal was people felt the value they received
                                                                                    June 7 or 14    Big Lap, site needed
July 11 - 12            NER NERRC Double                      NHMS                  July            Site needed                                                 Marianne Lyons, Doug Fisher, Karen Paul, Tim         the development of another recruiting issue might    from the club did not justify the expense.
Aug. 29 - 30            NER NERRC/NYSRRC Double               NHMS                  August          RallyX Against Leukemia                                     Chevalier and Kathy Barnes. Also participating       not be the best direction to take. Bob Beaulieu,     National Convention:
AUG. 30                 NER Enduro                            NHMS                                                         The Lodge at Belmont, Belmont, NH    in the meeting were Dick Patullo, Paul Krysiak       PIT TALK editor, will be requested to budget for
                                                                                                                                                                and Peter Morrison. The Secretary acknowledges       the brochure.                                        Motion: To allocate up to $1200 for the
Sept 12- 13             NER NERRC/NARRC Double                NHMS                  September       NER@NED#2             New England Dragway, Epping, NH
                                                                                                                                                                that these minutes are not in chronological order.                                                        Regional Executive’s expenses when attending
Oct. 3 - 4              NARRC Runoffs (NYR)                   Lime Rock             October         Union Fairgrounds                              Union, ME                                                         Rally: no report                                     the National Convention (transportation, hotel
                                                                                                    Points on Saturday, fun on Sunday                           MOTION: To approve the minutes of the
Road RacINg NaTIoNal                                                                November 8      Covered Bridge                                 Okemo, VT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Solo: the Annual Meeting information is in the       and airfare) and up to $850 each for four other
                                                                                                                                                                November 5, 2008 meeting as corrected.                                                                    directors. (Chevalier/Barnes) PASSED.
                                                                                    December        Wolf Chase                                                                                                       current issue of Pit Talk and on the website.
May 2 - 3               NER                                   NHMS                                                                                              (Lyons/Chevalier ). PASSED
May 16 - 17             WDC                                   Summit                                                                                                                                                 Club Racing: there has been considerable             Annual meeting
                                                                                    NER Solo cHaMPIoNSHIP                                                       REpORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     discussion about developing a no show policy
May 23-25               MVR                                   Nelson                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Board will meet on Sunday morning during
                                                                                    April 5 or 19   Season Opener, points                       Location TBD    Chris Franson briefed the BOD on the recent          and it will be discussed again. Jerry Rigoli
June 6 - 7              SJR                                   NJMP                                                                                                                                                                                                        the Annual Meeting weekend. Because there is
                                                                                    May 3           Novice/Intermediate Driver School           NHMS            conference call for REs of Jumbo regions. There      updated the Board on the scheduling issues at
June 27 - 28            NYR                                   Mosport                                                                                                                                                                                                     considerable business which needs to be taken
                                                                                    May 4           points 2                                    NHMS
July 11 -12             FLR                                   Glen                                                                                              was discussion about insurance rates and what        the NEDIV MiniConvention.                            care of prior to that meeting, the BOD will meet
                                                                                    May 16          Fun Event or T&T                            Devens
July 31 - Aug. 1        MoHud                                 Lime Rock                                                                                         drove the rates for 2009. The participation                                                               by conference call on January 14, 2009.
                                                                                    May 17          points 3                                    Devens                                                               merchandise: Donna Stevens reported that
Aug. 15 - 16            TRI (double)                          Pocono                                                                                            numbers club racing were forecast to be down
                                                                                    May 30          points 4                                    Devens                                                               sales for the year were just about on target         New Track
Sept 22 -27             Nat. Runoffs                          Road America                                                                                      by 4-6% for Regional races with solo and rally
                                                                                    June 6          Advanced Driver School                      Devens                                                               with the budget. She will be cutting back on
                                                                                                                                                                participation staying flat. There will be changes                                                         As permitting for the site continues it is necessary
dRIVERS’ ScHool                                                                     June 7          points 5                                    Devens
                                                                                                                                                                with the Ops Manual requiring directors to meet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     some merchandise and will be suggesting some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to make payments as agreed to in the purchase
March 21 - 22           SJR,                                  NJMP                  June 21         points 6                                    Devens                                                               changes to the TIPS program.
                                                                                    July 12         points 7                                    Devens          with all the regions they represent. It was also                                                          and sale agreement.
March 28 - 29           WDC                                   Summit                                                                                            mentioned that three regions have gained event       publicity: Brian Megliola will be meeting with
April 17 (Fri only)     NER                                   NHMS                  Aug. 8, 9       points 8                                    Devens                                                                                                                    MOTION: To approve $5506.42 for the
                                                                                                                                                                sites because of their involvement in the Teen       Bob Beaulieu later in December.
June 19                 NER                                   LRP                   Aug. 22         JGC                                         NHMS                                                                                                                      January payment. (Paul/Barnes) PASSED.
                                                                                    Aug. 23         `RAL / points 9                             NHMS            Driving program.                                     membership: NER membership is down from
Oct. 9 - 10             Glen                                  Glen                                                                                                                                                                                                        MOTION: To authorize the Regional Executive
                                                                                    Oct. 11         points 10 / moss Runoff                     Devens          Treasurer: Jeremy Billiel sent a report that he      last month. This is the time of year that renewals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     are slow. The weekend membership reports             to sign the definitive agreement as discussed.
For a complete NEDIV race schedule visit:                            Oct. 24         Team Challenge                              Devens          finally has the materials needed to complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     are getting caught up. We need to have better        (Chevalier/Lyons) PASSED unanimously.
                                                                                                                                                                setting up the merchant account. He will be
PdX                                                                                 MISc.                                                                                                                            processes in 2009. Hard card program will            MOTION: To adjourn. (Chevalier/Lyons)
                                                                                                                                                                meeting with an accountant regarding future
March 21 - 22           SJR,                                  NJMP                  March 6 -0 8        NEDIV Roundtable                        Hartford                                                             be rolled out in 2009 for club racing volunteers     PASSED.
                                                                                                                                                                needs of the Region.
April 17 (Fri only)     DC -Summit                            Nelson                March 28 - 29       Flag School                             Lime Rock                                                            and those who wish to purchase it. SCCA sent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Submitted, Kathy Barnes. Secretary
May 29                  NNJ                                   Lime Rock
14 Mar                   Frost heaves**                                 TBA
???                      Cape Codders                                   ????
6 Jun                    Big Lap**                                      TBA
                                                                                        Open Wheel Racing—continued from page 5                                   NARRC has 45 classes, and that is too many.NARRC Open Wheel has                    But we, the licensed drivers collective we, the participants who
?? Aug                   hurdle                              Southington, CT
                                                                                                                                                                  11 classes, and that is too many. NARRC Improved Touring [T] has 7                 enjoy our club racing, need to have a serious rethink about the
                         Jon Lamkins,                               Expanding the search we can see that of those 45 Regional                 classes, and that is too many.                                                     direction we seem to be headed. Racers being racers no one is
1 Aug                    RAL**                                       HS
                                                                    NM                  classes 17, or 38%, show participation of under 5 competitors                                                                                                likely to put their hand up and say, “eliminate my class”, way to
                      2 Sep                                 The Car Store*              during the whole of the 2008 8 weekend/11 race NARRC                      When 12 of the 45 classes show minimal, at best, participation, there is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     many entrenched agendas, but something needs to happen.
Norwich, VT                                                                             season. 38%. 5 or fewer drivers. 2 classes with zero, none,               to much class dilution. When only 8 of the 45 NARRC classes can boast
?? Oct                   Graveyard Shift**                         TBA                  nada. 3 classes had 1 entrant. 2 classes had 2 participants. 4            over 20 participants in all of 2008, there is to much class dilution.              OK, enough soapbox, back to the state of Open Wheel in SCCA
7 Nov                    Covered Bridge 43* presented by Team O’Neil                    classes had 3, 3 classes had 4 and 3 classes had 5. There must                                                                                               Club racing. Certainly given the economy, it is December as this
                         Jackson Gore Resort, Ludlow, VT.                                                                                                         So, consolidation would seem to be the solution, but what class goes
                                                                                        be a message there in slightly interesting Factoid # 2.                                                                                                      is being pecked out, the outlook is bleak. Hard to even imagine
                                                                                                                                                                  where and what happens to those newly disenfranchised member/
      *Ted Goddard,                                                                                                                                                                                                                   any growth anywhere in Club racing, or maybe racing in general.
                                                                                        S.I. Factoid #3 is a sore point with me, the fact that there are 10       drivers? Do they simply run in the newly consolidated classes or do they
      ** Scott Beliveau,                                                                                                                                                                                                          But to end on a dim light, it seems that those with race equipment
                                                                                        NARRC Class Champions from the 2008 season WHO NEVER                      take their toy and go away? I don’t know, none of us does, but class
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     will continue to use it, but cut back on the number of races they do
                                                                                        BEAT ANOTHER COMPETITOR IN THEIR CLASS. That’s right, they                escalation needs to stop and be reversed as soon as possible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     during the 2009 season. That leads one to hope that the Regions
                                                                                        never actually raced against and beat another driver in their class                                                                                          are doing their part and scheduling fewer race weekends next
                                                                                                                                                                  So, what does it all mean ? Beats me.
                                                                                        all season long, but they are their NARRC Class Champion ?                                                                                                   season. That will help total car counts and maybe even class
                                                                                        Please, tell me that’s not true. Sorry, Alice, this is fact.                                                                                                 participation numbers.

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