Road & Tach: The Reno SCCA Newsletter
Racing In Another Era
LIN MANNING, SCCA MEMBER SINCE 1954 REMINISCES ABOUT RACING MANY YEARS AGO - Read & Enjoy!
The following is a memo to Carol in response to a message sent out about the Reno Update Status. He is a member of Reno Region and has been a SCCA member since 1954. Thought I would post this and help others “remember when”
We missed the movie Ford vs. Ferrari, so I ordered it from Best Buy and we watched it last night. It lived up to the publicity. We both enjoyed it a lot! There was one error in it, but a necessary one. Miles died at Riverside, not Willow. It was in the High Bank as I seem to recall, and in a race, not a hot lap. But Riverside is now a Shopping Center or something, what else could they do. His loss had to be remembered.
I was on the track with Miles twice. In '62 before I got the teaching job at UNR, I was in the East Bay and a member of the SF Region. I went to a meeting in the City and won the Door Prize! A Free entry to a race at Riverside that spring. A friend in Reno was storing my race stuff, Brooklands screen and straight pipe. I kept the roll bar always in my TR-3 and drove it daily. That was Ed Shaddock, likely he died before your time here. He ran a Signal Oil Station at Fifth and Keystone and had been a Stead Survival Instructor. He was going to tow the TR to Riverside, but snow delayed him. We arrived only in time to practice with the big Modifieds. I had a National License so they let me do it. It was fun waving Balchowsky past in Ol Yeller! Miles went past too in as I recall his famous "Flying Shingle" MG Special. In my EP race I managed 2nd Overall despite a slipping clutch. A Twin Cam MG beat me, but he was still in sight on the straight. There were Porsches in the race, so I don't remember the class the MG was in D or E. I really liked that track, second only to Laguna Seca, but with the Stockton Port Course a close one to those. I did get a free clutch sent to me by TR for being lead Triumph. Kas Kastner from TR was there, nice man! My TR was pretty stock, I had the 2.2 liter cylinders that became stock in '58 and some head work. Also well balanced, trimmed flywheel and Michelins instead of the Dunlop 5.50-15 bias plys. Not even headers.
In a race at Laguna Miles lapped me in practice coming out of the corkscrew. That taught me that the line was not a close in apex, it was the middle of the track after just leaving the turn. There was positive camber there. That saved me a couple of seconds a lap. But that was years ago. Miles was in what must have been the world's fastest Sunbeam Alpine. He pulled away so fast heading down to 9. No, I'm sure, it was not a Tiger.
I did stand next to Shelby one time in the pits at Road America. We and many more were watching the left at the bottom of the back straight. I can still smell the Sheyboygan Fire Department's Brats cooking on the grill. He was driving that weekend so was in the driving suit. He had on an old pair of shoes so bad that he had used electrical tape to wrap the front with an old Champion spark plug box to keep the sole on. He didn't look anything like the actor in the movie. They got one of those pretty close to Miles look. I was crew that weekend for one of our wealthier Cincinnati members. He was driving a Pontoon Fendered Testa Rosa. My candidate for the prettiest race car ever. We had some well known drivers in town. Briggs Cunningham being best known. Also Ebby Lunken, and Deacon Hively, an Eagle Squadron Pilot from WWII. Terribly nick named! One of our members dated his daughter. Some time we'll have time to talk of her and others with us taking Sunday rides in Portago's 2 liter Ferrari.
Still an addict and worse, an old one that likes to reminisce!
Time Trials National Event at Thunderhill
Reno Region is co-hosting the first SCCA Time Trials National Event at Thunderhill West on April 13-14, 2019. For information about classing your car, safety requirements, licensing (it's easy and free), and registration info please go to http://timetrials.scca.com.
"Pumpkin Dash" PDX & Time Trial
The season final track event will be on October 3 & 4, 2015 at Thunderhill Raceway Park on the 2 mile west course. Entry to this event includes:
-Overnight Camping (Tent or RV) with electrical hookup Fri and Sat nights
-Lunch both days
-Social Sat evening
-4 twenty minute sessions each day for all groups
-Instruction for PDX drivers on an as needed basis
----New for this event, an option is available to drive Saturday or Sunday and Flag the opposing day. This option will be available to the first eight eligible people that sign up for each day.-----
Follow these links for additional information and to register
Event Flyer: www.renoscca.org/documents/Trials/2015/October flyer.pdf
Program: www.renoscca.org/documents/Trials/2015/Oct 3_4 PDX_CT_TT Program.pdf
Info & Registration: www.renoscca.motorsportreg.com
Two Days of Thunder PDX/Time Trial
Jim Gandy Passes Away
Long time Reno Region member and valued friend Jim Gandy passed away quietly at his home on October 15, 2014 following a lengthy battle with cancer. During his many years with the club Jim was involved in all aspects of the Club as a Competitor, Event Organizer, Board Member, Regional Executive and Editor of Road & Tach. Jim took great pleasure in organizing Road Tours and Track Tours as a way for people to enjoy touring in their vehicles with other enthusiasts.
Jim was a source of wisdom and advice for me on so many occasions and was certainly one of the people that helped make this the great SCCA Region that it is.
A Celebration Of Life ceremony is pending.
Jim Gandy - May You Rest In Peace!
Obituary: Anthony Settember
Anthony (Tony) F. Settember
July 10, 1926 - May 4, 2014
Tony passed away peacefully at home with family and friends by his side on Sunday May 4, 2014. Tony was born July10, 1926 in Manila, Philippines.
He led a full life, from helping to fight the Japanese as a teenager in the Philippines, to racing in Formula 1 in the early 1960's. He also raced at Le Mans, Spa, Nurburgring, Monza, Targa Florio... the list goes on. Upon returning from his racing in Europe, he raced in the Can Am series, USRRC, Trans Am, F5000 and many SCCA events. Before going to Europe he had his own auto repair business specializing in British cars and Mercedes Benz. He was part owner of VeySet Mercedes Benz in Ontario California in the early 1950's. He was also a member of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association, the Mercedes Benz Club of America, and The Sports Car Club of America
During WWII in the Philippines, Tony helped fight the Japanese invasion as a teenager, before he was enlisted with the U.S. Army. He was captured by the Japanese, and was a POW for a short time. He managed to escape and continued fighting until the Liberation.
Tony also held a private pilot license and owned several planes during his lifetime. As well as enjoying flying, he also enjoyed attending the Reno Air Races. If you knew Tony, you know that if "race" was involved with any activity, he would either be a participant or an enthusiastic spectator.
Tony touched many people in his life... all of those who knew or met Tony would say that he was a true gentleman and a very sincere and giving person. There isn't enough space to list all that Tony accomplished and did in his lifetime.
He is survived by: Patti, his wife of 31 years, Son, Anthony (Linda) of Rancho Cucamonga CA. Step daughters, Susan Steneri, Yerington NV, Laurie Cordano (Duane), Sparks NV, Annette Steneri-Meehan (Greg) Reno, NV. Grandchildren Michael (Taunee) (great- granddaughter Elise) of Rancho Cucamonga CA , David (Nickie), of Ontario, CA, Lauren Thomas (Scott Vandover), Sparks NV, Aubrey Meehan, Reno NV and Sgt. Colby Ann Thomas, USMC Mali, Africa, and special friends Carolyn and Alan Prentiss of Carson City NV.
Tony has taken his last checkered flag. He will be missed by all... rest in peace Tony, in your final victory circle.
Special thanks to St. Mary's Hospice care staff and all of our friends and family that helped us through this difficult time.
Services will be June 6th at 10:30 AM, at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley NV. There will be a celebration of life at 1:00 PM at his daughter's (Annette) home, 604 Sugar Tree Court, Reno NV. Please no black attire.
Huge Turn-Out at the Season Opening Solo Weekend!
Article submitted by Kevin W. (k-dogg39). Photos thanks to Tim (Tim.Flat4).
Wow! What a first weekend to start out the Solo (autocross) season!
Saturday started off with the Solo School and Test & Tune.
This is such a great start to the season, it provides the opportunity to beginners (or Veterans) to be able to come out and take a class taught by Solo School Chief Instructor Dean Benz in the morning and move on to driving obstacles and courses in the afternoon. There were approximately 30 students and many volunteer instructors and test-n-tuners.
Instructors and test-n-tuners are able to drive the course elements while students are attending the class. The elements consist of a skid pad with a constant radius or a figure 8, slalom of varying difficulty, as well as a short portion of a course. Once the class is finished students head to their cars to drive while instructors join them in the passenger seat. Students rotate through the entire course elements learning valuable techniques.
After a brief lunch break, a full auto cross course is set up. Dean leads a guided course walk for instruction on what to look for and how to attack certain areas of the course. Then back to driving! Students ride along in the instructors cars for a couple runs then get in their own cars to drive the course. Great times were had by all attendees!
Sunday brought us to Round #1!
What an incredible turnout we had for the morning run groups. People just kept showing up. With approximately 130 drivers attending the event, it may have been our largest opening round ever.
The day started off with the blue run group which consists of the Prepared competition class (BP, CP, DP, EP, FP, GP, XP), Street Prepared 2 competition class (DSP, ESP, FSP), Tuner competition class, and the Vintage Competition class.
Then came the green run group which consists of the Stock 1 competition class (AS, ASR, BS, BSR, SS, SSR), Stock 2 competition class (CS, CSR, ES, ESR, FS, FSR), and the Stock 3 competition class (DS, DSR, GS, GSR, HS, HSR). The afternoon had a few less participants than in the morning.
The White run group started off the afternoon sessions. This group consists of the Street modified competition class (SM, SMF, SSM, SU), and the Street Touring competition class (STC, STF, STR, STS, STU, STX).
The final run group was the yellow group which consists of the CAM competition class, Junior Karts competition class (JA, JB, JC), the Modified competition class (AM, BM, CM, DM, EM, FM, FSAE, KM) and the Street prepared 1 competition class (ASP, BSP, CSP, SSP).
On to the results!
Top Raw Time went to Bryan Nelson in the Lotus with a 42.371, followed by Ahren Renner 0.470 from first and Kevin Weiss 0.610 from first place.
Top Open PAX was taken by Ahren Renner with a PAX time of 35.463, Patty Evans was 0.337 from first followed by last year’s open PAX champion Matt Roy who was 0.395 from first then John Evans 0.412 from first. Should be a fantastic battle for the open PAX championship this year!
Top Ladies PAX went to Roxanne Fertitta in her mini cooper with a time of 38.915. Shawnda Purdy was 1.485 behind first and Lia Jackman 5.744 from first.
Last year’s reigning champion for the class Alex Rademacher came out claiming first place in event one edging out David Jansen by 0.219 and Nick Clarke by 0.595. Looks like it could be a fight shaping up for the championship in this class.
Dean Benz came out of his hiatus to claim first place in his new (to him) auto-x Miata. Debbie Kerswill borrowed Dean’s car and came in 0.298 behind. They were followed by Rich McSwiggin who was 1.144 from first.
With one of the narrowest margins of victory Patty Evans managed to edge out last year’s Stock three champ Matt Roy by 0.058 with John Evans right on their heels behind Patty by 0.075. This could be an epic mini battle all year long!
Roxanne Fertitta took home first in Stock three ladies with a time of 47.749.
Another close battle here on opening weekend. Vic Chalk came out on top with Nathan Gabriel in his Miata just behind by 0.154, and Renee Chalkette at 0.794 behind Vic. Rumor has it that Vic may not make many events this year so the class could be up for grabs.
Street Prepared One:
Two year reigning champion in this class Joe Ysais came out ahead thanks to the street tire modifier as he snuck ahead of Bryan Nelson in his lotus by 0.339. Anthony Arreygue was just behind them in 3rd place.
Shawnda Purdy won Street Prepared One Ladies in an STi with a 46.651 time.
Street Prepared Two:
Last year’s class champion Ahren Renner sure didn’t look rusty at all in the season opener. He even let Nick Johnson borrow his car (and warm the tires) to drive in the class and Ahren showed him how it is done by throwing down a 42.841 raw, Nick was 0.919 in class behind Ahren. They were followed by Michael Johnson in 3rd.
2013 Champion Kevin Weiss came out ahead in the class in his Subaru STi Frankenwagon, beating out Josh Brandenburg by 0.979, and Chris Dewey didn’t get any favors from the Street tire factor as he was in 3rd in the borrowed Godzilla (GTR) by 1.007.
Lia Jackman finished first in SM Ladies.
Scott Knauf’s Datsun 510 held together and posted top time in this class with Robert Morrison just behind by 0.534. John Arnold in his beautiful Corvair took home 3rd.
Don Smith knocked the cob webs out after his first two runs improving by almost 2 seconds on his third run. He posted the top time in this class with a 45.270. Ian Kono was just behind by 0.150 followed by Bart Miller at 0.742 from first.
Classic American Muscle:
The new class of American muscle cars debuted for the first weekend of competition. Chris Miller was able to come back and take the class after he had a mechanical issue in the morning. Chris posted a 48.092 just sneaking in front of Chuck Tischler by 0.047. Chris Peterson ended in 3rd.
So many new drivers showed up to test the limits of their cars. Ken Ueno posted top raw time in the class but it was while not running for points. Chuck Cook in his Corvette took home the class win with a 44.838 time followed by Kameron Baker, then Reid Fletcher.
Thank you to all of the Chiefs, volunteers, instructors, team solo, and everyone for coming out to make this an awesome start to the solo season!
A Full House for our Tire Rack Street Survival
Tire Rack Street Survival, in conjunction with the Reno Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), held a Teen Survival Driving school at Reno/Stead Airport on March 22, 2014. Thirty students attended, and with both classroom and behind the wheel instruction, they discovered not only the limits of their cars but also what to do to safely regain control once that limit had been breached.
Skid pad – both wet and dry – runs showed them how their cars handled at the limits of adhesion, and their in-car instructors taught them the correct way to recover without over-controlling. Next it was on to an emergency braking zone – once again both wet and dry – so they could feel the car’s brakes in panic stops, and receive instruction in coming to a controlled stop under maximum braking even while turning and on a wet surface.
After more classroom instruction it was back onto the track to run through a slalom course at speed; the object here was to show the students how a car would behave if driven through a series of quick left/right turns, while avoiding hitting any of the cones marking the course. The in-car instructors showed them how to keep the car under control without over-correcting the skids, and as the speeds went up so did the students confidence. Soon they were getting through the slalom at speed while keeping the car under complete control and missing the cones.
Then it was on to the most popular element: the emergency lane change. Going about 40 MPH they approached three different lanes, at the last second their instructor would call out which lane they had to take and they needed to quickly swerve into it to avoid running down a wall of cones. At first there were lots of squealing tires and knocked down cones, but as the students became more self-assured the speedy lane change become almost second nature to them, they learned to quickly avoid whatever would have been in front of them and maneuver the car into a different path without over-correcting or losing.
The final part of the day was combining all the elements into a mini-road course and letting the students take their parents for a few quick laps. By the end of the day there were smiling faces all around, happy parents who felt better about letting the kids hit the roads on their own, and 30 teen drivers who were better prepared for any situation they might face behind the wheel.
The class was able to use Reno-Stead Airport’s new facilities for the classroom with new tables and chairs and lots of open space and great views of the airport. Lunch was inside away from the windy weather and students and instructors were able to sit down and talk with parents a bit before starting up again.
Special thank you to the Reno-Stead Airport for letting us use their conference room and donating a water truck with driver all day to keep the course wet when needed. Thank you to the Santi Hut Company for their donation of the outside facilities, and to Reno Wrecking for donating the air bags for demonstrations.
This Tire Rack Street Survival event had a waiting list and Reno SCCA intends to host another event for these teens in a program this fall.
Time Trials Round 7 and Season Wrap-Up
Round 7 wraps-up the 2013 Reno SCCA Time Trials Championship. The cooler temperatures of late September drew out 14 Club Trials and 13 Track Trials competitors to attack Reno-Fernley's Course B. Not quite the full-length circuit, the course features the Sunset Straight as well as most of the upper track, a challenge for both high and low power cars alike.
In Club Trials:
Greg Haubner takes another overall CT fast lap, and a win in TT-1, this time unchallenged by Daniel Stack who was unable to repair his car in time for the event. With a blazing 2:23.005 Haubner's R8-GT smashed the rest of the field by over 4 seconds.
In TT-3, Ryan Lewis in his 1986 Camaro grabs the win over Dante Heredia's BMW M3. This is Lewis' fourth TT-3 win for the season, but attrition will hand the class championship to Heredia who finished every event this season in first or second.
In other class results, Timothy McMaster closes out a perfect 70 point season in TT-4, with 7 of 7 round wins. Michael Tonner defeats Dan Small in the battle of the TT-5 Miatas. Scott Perry, Don Alexander, Bill Brockett, and Jose Vasquez all win their uncontested classes.
Club Trials Season Wrap-up:
This season, two competitors stand out: Daniel Stack and Timothy McMaster.
Daniel Stack spent most of the season not only winning in TT-1, but also setting top times, all the while with Haubner's Audi breathing down his neck. Stack's perfect season apparently sidelined only by a control arm failure in Round 6. Stack takes the TT-1 championship, Haubner takes second.
And speaking of perfect seasons, Timothy McMaster took his 2007 Miata to the top of his class at every event this season, eeking out wins over Tupper Robinson's Ferrari 550 when necessary. McMaster is the TT-4 champion for 2013.
In TT-3, it was Dante Heredia, Ryan Lewis, and James Berish placing 1, 2, 3 in the final standings. Lewis seemed to have a pace advantage, but it was Heredia's consistent top-two finishes that earned him the top step.
Scott Perry wins in TT-6, just edging out Grant Henning in second by a mere 6 points.
In Track Trials:
Setting the top time for the weekend, and providing the eye-candy for the spectators in Round 7 is Julian Kift who brought out a gorgeous 1990 Reynard Formula Atlantic car sponsored by Rev Limit Racing. Setting a lap of 2:15.333, Kift tops the 2:18.479 of Lysle Turnbaugh in his 1969 Herbert Performance F-Vee.
In the season-long SRF battle, the final round goes once again to Court Cardinal in the Casino Fandango ride. Hank Raymond takes second, less than 4 tenths of a second behind Cardinal. Eugene Barbera finishes in third.
Scott Knauf and his Russ auto and RV Spec Miata goes 7 for 7 with another win in TT-6, this time fending off Jay Carpenter in his 1978 VW Scirocco, and Eric Johnson in his 1975 BMW 2002.
In other class results, Alan Matthews scores a fourth round win in TT-3, and Ron Shakespear wins in GTA over an unfortunate DNS by Gary Porter in the class.
Track Trials Season Wrap-up:
The Track Trials stand outs this season are Lysle Turnbeaugh and Scott Knauf.
Although Lysle Turnbeaugh takes the FS championship uncontested, it was his setting of top time for all cars over five of the seven events that is notable for the driver of the Herbert Performance sponsored 1969 F-Vee Reichmark.
With a perfect season, Scott Knauf is the TT-6 class champion for 2013. Knauf not only took on all comers in the Russ auto and RV 1991 Mazda Miata, he took on Jay Carpenter who ran six of seven rounds, keeping Knauf just one DNF away from a second place.
This season's SRF championship was hotly contended. With four wins, the championship goes to Court Cardinal in the Casino Fandango 1988 Spec-Racer Ford. Hank Raymond in the 1984 SRF machine sponsored by Tahoeautorepair.com grabs second just 8 points ahead of Eugene Barbera in third.
The TT-2 championship was a slug-fest between two Corvettes. Coming on strong in the middle of the season, Chris McMillen wins the 2013 TT-2 championship in his 2008 Corvette, taking advantage of missed rounds by Art Majors in his 2003 Corvette Z06. Scott Perry places third, having split his season running in Club Trials, and Dave Matthews places fourth due to multiple DNS's.
With four wins and one runner-up finish, Alan Matthews is the TT-3 class champion this season in his Herbert Performance sponsored 1973 Porsche 914.
In TT-5, it was a battle between Al Lockett's Lockett Inc. 1989 Honda Civic and Tom Berndt's High Desert Pharmaceutics 1994 Spec Miata. Al Lockett secures the TT-5 championship with four wins over Berndt's 4 runner-up finishes.
As always, the full season standings and event results are available on the Results Page. Trophies for the eligible winners will be endowed at the season-end awards banquet Saturday, November 16. Details here: http://www.renoscca.org/documents/Ge...%20Banquet.pdf Please RSVP by Monday the 13th, we hope to see you there!
The 2014 season is just around the corner! Please keep up with the RenoSCCA Trials forums for conversations about potential Time Trials rule changes.
Time Trials Round 6 Held Under Smoky Skies
Even though smoke from the Yosemite/Rim fire darkened the sky, Round 6 of the Reno SCCA Time Trials Championship brought out twenty-one drivers to race against the clock. The weekend, shortened to a single one-day event, featured Reno-Fernley's H configuration, a common layout familiar to Reno SCCA competitors. Course H includes a jaunt up the hill followed by a run across the ridgeline straight before dropping back down into the horseshoe.
In Club Trials:
Greg Haubner finally took a win over rival Daniel Stack in TT-1. Boasting a time of 1:52.575, Haubner's #4 Audi R8-GT topped the CT times as Stack's best time 1:53.318 from the #412 Inverters R Us Mustang didn't quite measure up, perhaps a result of mechanical issues that limited Stack's time on course. Either way, with the recently shortened event schedule, Stack has clinched the class win for the season, but his undefeated season has been upset!
In other class results, Dante Heredia solidifies his overall lead in TT-3 with a win over Ryan Lewis who suffered a DNS this round. Timothy McMaster takes his 6th win in 6 events in TT-4 to remain undefeated. Scott Perry returns to TT-6 with a win, shortening Grant Hennig's overall lead in the class to just 4 points. Robert McLaughlin wins in FP, Bill Brockett bests Dick Dickson in SA, and Jacob Simons wins in SC.
In Track Trials:
Breaking into the 49's with a 1:49.226, Lysle Turnbeaugh once again sets the fastest lap of the weekend in his 1969 F-Vee Reichmark FS racer. Chris McMillen out-qualified Turnbeaugh for the event, but was unable to match the open-wheel car with his 2008 Chevrolet Corvette in the race, though his time was good enough for another TT-2 class win that locks up the class championship over Art Majors.
In the highly contested SRF battle, Court Cardinal in the Casino Fandango car wins the round over Eugene Barbera. With Hank Raymond a no-show, this clinches the class win for Cardinal, though only 6 points separate 2nd and 3rd places, pushing the class results to be decided at the final round in September.
Meanwhile, SRF gets crowded with three drivers within 5 seconds of each other. Rich Kenny takes the win over Court Cardinal by just three-tenths of a second, the CSR Performance machine putting in a 1:34.033, to the 1:34.369 set by the Casino Fandango car.
In other class results, Alan Matthews, Pete Morley, and Scott Knauf all win their uncontested classes. This is Knauf's 6th win in 6 events, making him one of just two drivers this season to go undefeated so far.
As always, the full season standings and event results are available on the Results Page. The next event is September 28 at Reno-Fernley, visit http://renoscca.motorsportsreg.com to register online!
Autocross Registration Open for Events 7 and 8
Our next autocross is next weekend, August 1 and 2 at Reno Public Safety Training Center. Register online at the normal location: