T h e O f f i c i a l P u b l i c aT i O n O f T h e n e w e n g l a n d R e g i O n , S c c a , i n c .
Volume 65, Number 1 JaNuary/February 2009
IN THIS ISSUE:
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. email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com Peg Dowd timchevalier@NER.org 603.527.2342 (d) firstname.lastname@example.org
603.524.4305 (e) Paul Zahornasky
ASSSISTANT REGIONAL 30 Summer Street
RALLyX ChAIRmAN Beliveau@aavid.com 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
email@example.com ChIEF SAFETy STEWARD
262 Brooklyn Turnpike Salem, CT 06420 Fred Mapplebeck firstname.lastname@example.org
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
F1000_07@yahoo.com PO Box 703 603.898.4778 Wilmington, MA 01887 Wiley Cox
Scituate, MA 02060 RALLy ASSIT. ChAIRmAN email@example.com 781.704.5483 78 Sunrise Dr.
firstname.lastname@example.org Kathy Moody email@example.com N. Weymouth MA 02191
Kathy Barnes mEmBERS AT LARGE firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com Franconia, NH 03580 Scott Thursby
firstname.lastname@example.org Maynard MA 01754
email@example.com Interim 603.823.4026 Lymerock@cox.net
TREASURER mERChANDISE ChAIR NEDIv ROAD RALLy firstname.lastname@example.org 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
jeremyBilliel@comcast.net dost2@myfairpoint Perkinsville, VT 05151 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Keith Scala TImING & SCORING
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Southington, CT 06489
Worcester, MA 01605 860.621.5964 508.529.9157 (d) firstname.lastname@example.org
413.575.3932 860.620.4839 (cell) 508.529.9150 (N) ChIEF OF pROTEST
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Jbr.email@example.com
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)
860.583.8615 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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
Jerry Rigoli 802.436.2414 REGIONAL firstname.lastname@example.org 781.704.5483
Jerry@Rigoli.com 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 email@example.com 92 Hopyard Road Stacey Strout
Kathy Barnes firstname.lastname@example.org
508.783.0600 860.875.2220 Stafford, CT 06076 14 Old Ashburnham Rd.
email@example.com Leigh McBrid
firstname.lastname@example.org Scrutineering Regional 860.930.0720 Rindge, NH 03461
Administrator email@example.com 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 Nerscrutineer@comcast.net
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com John Hanson COmmUNICATIONS
508.561.2188 pITS REGIONAL 4 Merrill Ave. Ed Savage
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 508.867.5189
Paul Faford email@example.com
Groton, MA 01450 401.762.6354
978-448-2561 603.622.8215 508.543.6620 EmERGENCy SERvICES
DRIvERS REp Marilyn Freeman
NER Web Site: www.ner.org
Brian Mushnick 508.561.2188 Peter Villaume
mEmBERShIp ChAIR firstname.lastname@example.org NEDIV_ES@roadrunner.com COVER: Many time T-2 Competitor, William Ziegler
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 Petersen.email@example.com REGIONAL only to be trashed by over-zealous officiating (see more on
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2 PIT TALK PIT TALK January/February 2009 3
PIT TALK, the official publication of New England
Region, SCCA, Inc. is published 10 times per year
and mailed free to all members of the Region in
good standing. Articles and advertising printed in
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 • email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: www.beaulieudesign.com 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 www.3dautoworks.com 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
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 www.braiansgaraage.com
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 NERScrutineer@comcast.net. 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
4 PIT TALK PIT TALK January/February 2009 5
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.
6 PIT TALK PIT TALK January/February 2009 7
2009 Flag & Fire School: come learn all
about Flagging and communications
By Leigh mcBride Sunday’s training will be held outside, at the
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‚Äîeasy 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‚Äîanyone 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 nescca.com) 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 email@example.com 26%. But a close look at participation numbers interested‚Äîeven 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com).
NERflagchief@charter.net. attend this session to participate‚Äîyou 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
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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
2 EX 132
Nemchuk, Nikolay Pontiac Fiero
Muise, Jim Pontiac Fiero
event #Nine— UNIoN Fairgrounds rallycross Dec.10, 2008 4
Ford Focus zx3
December 10, 2008 2
Saab 900 S
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
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
Ford SVT Focus
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 www.ner.org for details.
10 PIT TALK PIT TALK January/February 2009 11
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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 http://www.ner.org/solo 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
Jalopnik.com 2, and just a day to have fun behind
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
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
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 NER.org 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
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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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
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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 www.driveincontrol.com, 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
yahoo.com. 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,
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
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
championships and can typically be seen driving in the class. me, I wanted to pass that experience on and help!!!
volunteer to help instruct at the NER schools. Christine Kvehl
Shawn Stephen Mitola
Michael D Goldkuhl
Peter Roy Cellino
Richard Henry Blanchard Jr
Todd D Rosseau
Richard Robert Davis
Lincoln A Lahue
William I Hollingsworth
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..
22 PIT TALK PIT TALK January/February 2009 23
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
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.
24 PIT TALK PIT TALK January/February 2009 25
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.
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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 Bob@beaulieudesign.com
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@
receive offers. Steve @ 860-572-9354 aol.com
As a youngster, I was a member of the And yes, I did play with the cars regularly.
Matchbox Club. Although I had an equal Being a racing fan, I used to group the cars hONDA S2001-2001: SCCA cage, Simpson
amount of Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars, into open wheel, circle track, and production belts, kill switch etc. 9,040 miles, factory engine
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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 Ndknortz@cox.net. 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 www.ner.org
on Sunday, it was not enough and the Golf still afternoon runs. Rumors abound that the Fiero
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
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NER 2009 Calendar (all dates tentative please check www.ner.org ,
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: www.nescca.com 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
NER Road Rally cHaMPIoNSHIP
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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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