Road & Tach: The Reno SCCA Newsletter
2021 Board of Directors
Voting for the Reno Region, Sports Car Club Of America 2021 Board of Directors took place at the Annual Meeting on December 09, 2020. The 2021 Board Members are:
Regional Executive - Dave Deborde
Asst. Regional Executive - Sam McCord
Secretary - Anthony Ta
Treasurer - Brittany Barats
Activities Director, Solo/Rally - Cameron Drudge
Activities Director, Track Event & Time Trials - Andy Ross
Director-At-Large, 2 Yr Term Expires Dec 2022 - Ahren Renner
Director-At-Large, 2 Yr Term Expires Dec 2021 - Cory Davis
We wish to thank outgoing Treasurer, Doug Driver for 14 years of excellent service to the region, Scott Knauf for multiple years in various positions including Asst. RE and Don Smith for serving in multiple positions including Regional Executive and Past RE; and also a big thank you to everyone who ran for office. Hopefully 2021 will see a significant decrease COVID-19 and a resulting reduction in restrictions.
Nomination of 2021 Officers
November11, 2020 Membership/Board Meeting – Reno Region SCCA
The November Membership and Board of Directors Meeting will be held at Mimi’s Bistro Café beginning at 6:30 PM
In addition to conducting normal business we will be accepting Officer nominations for Board position in 2021. Ballots will be distributed to the membership at least 10 days prior to the Annual Meeting on December 9, 2020 along with voting instructions. Officer terms will become effective on January 1, 2021.
Following is a list of Officer Positions open for nomination. Nominees must be full members of the Reno Region and the Sports Car Club of America. If you are interested in nominating for any of the positions, you may do so in person at the November 11 meeting or send a message to Dave Deborde (Email email@example.com or text 775 450-1394) indicating which position. A brief explanation of why you wish to run and what you would like to accomplish would be helpful.
2021 Reno Region Officer nominations: (Includes previous nominees and incumbents wishing to run for another term)
Regional Executive – Dave Deborde (incumbent)
Assistant Regional Executive
- Sam McCord
Secretary – Anthony Ta (incumbent)
- Brittney Barats
- Kim Wilcox
Director, Solo/Rally Activities – Cameron Drudge (incumbent)
Director, Track Events/Race – Andy Ross (incumbent)
Director at Large 2 Yr. Term (Expires Dec 2022) – Ahren Renner (incumbent)
- Eric Broili
- Roger Jacobson
Round 10 Wrap-Up by Colleena
Round 10 wrap-up – by Colleena McHugh
It was a beautiful, cool, clear Sunday, September 20, at Regional Public Safety Training Center. A full grid of Solo Round 10 entrants were treated to Mini Monza… Mozzarella Madness, the Sequel. Those who did well yesterday didn’t necessarily do well today, as the driving skills from round 9 didn’t always translate to the reverse track. Michael Ufford made some little tweaks to his course and what resulted was incredibly challenging. More Mazzarella than Monza, after the green flag, a hard left to a thread-the-needle swoop, a big right sweeper to the only straight on the course, back to that straight with a kink, or the M turn as some called it, back to the freeway on-ramp sweeper to the finish chute.
SM’s Kevin Weiss wasn’t intimidated a bit and his BLUE beast was aggressive right out of the gate. His race prepared Suburu STI was a bit bouncy in the sweeper, but he didn’t hit one cone in 5 laps! He pulled out a 32.5 on his last lap for 1st in class.
Kelly Martensen had the kink all figured out and she took her WRX to 1st after a great, strong finish. She shaved off two and a half seconds and took DS with a 35.7 on lap 4. Dan Hayward, in an Audi TT, didn’t need 5 laps to turn his fast lap. One of the many wheel-up in the sweeper rides, his turned a 36.0 for 2nd in class.
Ahren Renner, in a TFSP racer he’s dubbed a Trollrolla, blew back a black spray of off-line tire rubber every lap! Smooth everywhere, entering the sweeper, the car took a set early, and Ahren kept it there throughout the whole turn, textbook!! A zippy 33.8 set the bar pretty low for competitor Nick Johnson. Nick answered with a valiant effort in his Corolla (2nd 35.4) and Ahren claimed 1st.
Bryce Redinger employed smooth use of his Corvette's accelerator everywhere, even on lap three, when he wiped out in the finish chute and when he got sideways after the start! He killed three cones and then calmed down and ran a 32.3 fourth run for 2nd in SSP. Mike Mchugh, in my Ferrarri 428 Italia, was right behind him, and, after a cone and a DNF, cranked out a 32.6 for 3rd. I beat them both with a 32.2. I asked Mike what he thought about me beating him, since he’d been driving the car for a year and a half and I’d only driven it once. He answered, “I think you deserve a smack!” True story. I was also 3rd O/A in case anyone was keeping track!
Always fast and smooth, Maggie Elorza, in a BMW, locked up her brakes into the first turn, then had a big wiggle at the finish and struck a cone. Not to be rattled, she recovered on lap 5 to a final 34.2 for 1st place in FS.
Jason Lewis improve over a second on his second lap, but went even faster his third, coming in at 33.0 for 1st in DSP. After two coned laps, Michael Fertitta slid into 2nd (33.5). Always an incredible show, Roxanne Fertitta’s Mini got big air between the left rear tire and the pavement, but she didn’t need that tire patch to win 3rd place with a 35.7.
You just can’t beat the great American Muscle sound that Anthony Arreygu’s Corvette makes as he rounds the course! Especially as he heads for the finish, this time in a 34.0 second lap for 1st in BSP.
Carl Engel came out, once again, to entertain us with his beautiful, classic car. Black pieces spewed from his Mustang, as the exhaust blew all of the rubber off the outside of every turn! Five perfect laps left a 37.8 on the record books for 1st in CAMT.
Can you say Powerful? Can you say Aggresive? Can you say Boris Vujasinovic? Well, you have to after he turned two winning laps (32.959 after a 32. 961) in his GTO for 1st in CAM C and 2nd in PAX. Pat Drudge, in another one of the best performing GTO’s ever built, had such great acceleration between sweepers, I didn’t think he’d make the turn! The limited slip allows a fair amount of slip, so the tires could heat up and smoke and with the left rear wheel hop, it’s amazing that Pat held on for 2nd in class, 3rd in PAX. That’s driving!!!
Bob Williamson’s beautiful red Corvette was as sleek and smooth as his driving, and the results prove it. No cones were harmed in Bob’s effort to turn a 35.3 for 1st in AS.
I can’t say enough fun things about Andrew Silva’s Ford Focus. I just love watching his FWD squeal the tires every turn, lean ever so far around the corners and flash past me, emulating the lightning bolt on its side! He turned his 37.2 on his first lap to take 1st place in HS.
Anthony Ta, in his graceful Impala, ran smoothly through the swoop, slipped a little in the sweeper, and explained to us all how hard he was running with tire squeal that sounded like a wounded gazelle. After leaping over all the cones, his last lap 36.9 declared 1st in GS.
Chris Kannan and son Christian shared the same Miata, but not the same times!!! The black bra on the sexy car repelled the cones, so none were harmed in the making of this result! Chris stuck that little car very close to every cone, rotated around the sweeper apex, and on his second run, turned a 34.8 for an ES 1st. Christian recovered after getting lost, and improved over a second on his third lap and ran a very decent 36.7 for 2nd, in his second race ever! His first time out was yesterday, and I don’t envy him losing his training wheels on such a tricky track, but after this, he can race anywhere!!! Mike Goldsworthy, in another Miata, had second place until that third lap, but a 37.2 landed him in 3rd. Steve Waclo’s Hemi Spyder was so fun to watch, with its lean and wheels threatening to lift up! He murdered three cones trying to best Mike's third run but was a little wide on the last lap and DNF’d that attempt. A very close 37.4 sealed Steve 4th in ES.
Michael Ufford’s BMW 230i Won Kone Killer of the Day when it had to kill 4 cones in order to earn 1st place in STX with a 34.2.
Andrew Silva, in a Ford Focus, performed perfect car control everywhere, then let it rip, hitting the rev limiter at the finish for an exciting end! His first run 37.2 claimed 1st in HS.
Steve McLaughlin sure knows how to use the accelerator pedal! His zippy Datsun 350z ran over the lip of every cone, earning him top time of day! The beautiful blue car made it look easy, even with one bobble coming into the transition. His 32.0 drove him into 1st in STU, 1st overall in PAX results, and 1st overall in Raw times! Denis Savelyer’s Lancer Evo let both rear wheels trade off resting! One seemed to always be in the air! He got down to a 33.0 for 2nd in STU.
Andrew Kauble looked great, and his maroon, T-Top Corvette was smooth everywhere, and, except for a little push in the sweeper, his lines were perfect. A last lap 33.7 took 1st in BS.
Ed Reichley’s Miata produced big rubber smoke and oversteer, but it didn’t stop him from 1st in TSSM and 2nd in raw results with a 32.1. Sutee Dismanopnaro’s sleek, winged Honda S 2000 rounded out the class in 2nd with a 32.3. Corvettes dominate the show, with six showing up at almost every event and today was no different. Bob Miles’ Corvette proved purposeful through the sweeper, gave us a little wheel spin around corners, and oversteer into the finish straight showed he wasn’t giving up. The cars wide wheels were so close to cones it made everyone nervous, as did the squiggle at exit of the sweeper, but amazingly five clean laps reduced a 34.0 for 3rd.
Novice is always the biggest class, and there were twenty entries today!!!
Travis Hisken came out again in his Tesla Model 3. The Quiet Thunder produces nothing but the tire squeal, but it looked like it was stuck to the track. The Blue Streak doesn’t seem to lean, and the pretty car quietly crossed the finish lights in 33.5 seconds for 1st in Novice. Blake Sobiloff’s Cayman couldn’t stop the rear tires from hopping over a very uneven part of the pavement! Blake dove deep into the sweeper exit, to a strong, fast finish and sped past the lights in 33.6 seconds for 2nd. Izaak Eberst took a wild ride in the finish straight, hanging on to his WRX to come in with a 33.8 for 3rd.
Rob Paulsen (Audi TTS) and Erik Hertel traded fast times until they both landed on a 35.0! Laps one and two, Erik led, until lap three, when Rob’s Camaro (love the American muscle sound) decided it’d had enough and brought in a 35.00 for 5th in class. Erik got his time down to 35.1 on his last lap, for 6 th in Novice. Skip Bry was aggressive in his approach to Uffords track, handling his 911 with force and purpose, and a 36.0 was his reward. Jeremy Trujillo kept control of his GTO, forcing the muscle car into tight and tidy lines and a 36.3 was his bounty.
Brittany Barats drove her husband's WRX today. Poor girl, I browbeat her into driving! She came out yesterday with her husband, and today was the first time ever driving in an autocross. I told her I’d give her a ride on one of my laps in the Ferrari if she did it, so I guess I owe her one!! She led the race for 9th her first two laps, then James Crawford, in the same GTO as above, challenged her for the win. In an effort to find a few extra 10ths, the GTO was speedier but pushier on his third run, but Brittanys 36.46 came in ahead of James’ fastest third lap 36.48.
Jose Estuipinan handled his Nissan 350 Z smoothly, sternly and skillfully. When the Z snuck in a big squiggle at the exit of the sweeper, and every time the passionate ride stepped out, he nudged it back in line, as if to say, “No, No, No”. Tippy toeing through the course and lighting it up at the finish, Jose’s final 36.9 was just a tick ahead of Kidrick Fore, who also showed up in a 370z. Fore had a hot and heavy competition with Austin Reaves’ in a Tesla. Austin had the Tesla’s wheel up in the sweeper, that seems a little aggressive for a grocery getter! His smooth handling of the quiet car clinched 12th on his first lap, his fastest second lap (37.4), and on his third, but Jose took it away on lap 5 with a 37.2.
A fun day was had by all, see you in two weeks for Round 11!!!
Reno Solo Round 9 Notes - by Colleena McHugh
In a break from the summer heat and the thick, choking smoke, Round 9 of the Autocross started bright and early at the Regional Public Safety Training Center on September 19. The track, coined as Mini Monza: Mozzarella Madness by creator Michael Ufford, was just that. If you compare the two track maps, the similarities are glaringly obvious.
We had a good turn out, which is important for the success of the program these days. Being from San Francisco, I’m used to big participant numbers, but the manageable Reno Region entries means usually getting four or five runs and finish by mid-afternoon.
A Solo Safety Steward training class was held just before the event so Reno has 18 new solo city steward candidates! The newly licensed solo safety stewards of these candidates are, Raina Sobiloff, Blake Sobiloff, Ahren Renner, Izaak Eberst, Kelly Martensen, Mark Skeem, Michael Ufford, Patricia Berlant, Nathan Berlant and Travis Hisken.
Brice Redinger is heading up our new Mentorship Program, where Safety Stewards are available to anyone who would like some help navigating the courses. The mentors will be wearing bright orange vests at the events, and anyone can request information, tips, hints, and even a passenger driving coach!
I have autocrossed for 40 years, and I will tell you, Reno regions courses are some of the most creative, challenging, and exciting layouts I have ever driven. If you can navigate these things, you can race anywhere! Today’s course was just that, difficult in its simplicity, yet tricky enough in the deceiving slower spots to cause a lot of excitement.
One of the more exciting cars in more ways than one, was the Ferrari 458 Italia run by Mike & Colleena McHugh. Mike was a little too spirited at the entry to the finish straight and wiped out 4 cones on his third run, making him Cone Killer of the day (Nine people from three corner worker corners stations had to pick up Mike’s cones) “I had it in automatic and it acted Squirrely”. Run 2 was his fastest and a 27.451 took first in SSP and top time of the day! I did poorly in the slower parts of the track and didn’t finish in the top three. Battling it out for second place were two Corvettes, one driven by Bryce Redinger and the other by Ed Reichley. Bryce took the lead early with a 29.3 and Ed countered on run two with a 29.0. Redinger’s Corvette wiggled at the exit of the sweeper, then he gathered it up, steering with the throttle all the way to the end, finishing a third run with a 28.0, a full second and a half faster than his previous run. Ed cranked out a 28.4 to steal 3rd from me! Roger Jacobson in a beautiful Yellow Corvette, got sideways at the exit of the sweeper, wiped out one cone, but recovered nicely to continue on to finish right behind me with a 29.6.
Patricia Berlant, sharing a Corvette with husband Nathan, missed a cone in the sweeper her first time out, but made up for it by shaving off four seconds on a clean second run to finish 3rd in TSSM with a 31.8. Sutee Dismanopnarong started out strong in a Honda S2000, whipping out a 29.7 for the SSM win on a first run. Nathan Berlant killed a cone and got a bit lost but rallied in the end with a 30.2 for 2nd.
Tori Speicher’s front wheel drive Veloster’s swoopy turns and all clean laps finished second in the DS, with a third run 32.2. Kelly Martensen, in a zippy WRX also ran cleanly to a 30.7 last lap win.
Steve Waclo’s Hemi Spyder, with its open, raspy exhaust sounds, leaned into every cone, but only tossed one in four runs. He was super fun to watch, and a good steer-with-the-throttle last run 32.8, sealed third place in ES. Chris Kannan drove his Miata around all cones beautifully smooth, tight and tidy. He just got the car, and with four aurocrosses under his belt tossed back a 30.5 for the ES win. Christian Kannan, in only the second time in the Street Tire Miata that he shares with his dad, came within almost 2 seconds of 2nd place Chris, with a 32.6 for 3rd.
Maggie Elorza was so hard on the brakes into the short straight, smoke billowed from underneath her BMW, but she turned a 29.4 for first place in FS.
Right before the back straight, Mark Berguland’s FWD, HS Cooper’s turbo kicked in and you could hear the tire chirp a mile away! A 34.0 locked him into 3rd in class. It cost the lives of three cones for Andrew Silva, in a Ford Focus, to claim the HS 1st prize, with a 32.5 second run. Paul Gilbert snuck in between them in a Cooper, and a 33.8 for 2nd in class.
Kevin Weiss only needed one run to win TSM in his Blue Beast. A 27.9 stole 1st from Cameron Drudge. The meaty throttled STI turned a close 28.2 on his third run for 2nd. 3rd was claimed by Sean Mcmannmon in a Mustang on another fast first lap (32.4).
Anthony Tan picked up speed on lap three, with lots of lean, lots of accelerator and aggressive tire squeal, the Chevy Impala turned a 32.1 for the GS win.
Anthony Arreyque Corvette was not only beautiful, but powerful through the kink. His conservative, first lap 30.5, took top honors in BSP.
Maggie Elorza, handled the BMW perfectly, and with smooth throttle steer, she went 29.4 seconds fast for the FS win.
Ahren Renner, in his quick RWD T1FSP Trollrolla, also throttle-steer drifted to a 29.9 1st place win. Nick Johnson’s Corolla missed a spot-on lap one, but a second lap 32.2 carried him into 2nd.
Bob Williamson’s red Corvette was just beautiful, it had a nice lean, quiet tires and muffler, and was fast as All Get Out! A 30.5 last lap honored him with the AS win.
DSP Roxanne Fertitta’s Mini really wanted to lift up that unweighted wheel, but I didn’t have a good enough view to see if it actually made it. It stayed on the track and off the cones and a last lap 31.0 placed her into 3rd in DSP. Jason Lewis, in a Honda Civic R, also stayed off the cones and worked his way down to a 28.4, 1st place finish . Michael Fertitta slid in between them in the Mini with a 29.4 for 2nd.
Pat Drudge had his GTO looking just like it was on rails! Nice car control, perfect lines and no lean, so his second lap 29.0 held on for 2nd in Cam C. Boris Vujasinovic took the GTO to the win with a last lap 28.5. William Crowel’s Camaro blew by the finish in 29.5 seconds to shatter 3rd place.
Clearly not his first time, Carl Engle brought out a Super Fun Cam T Mustang, ran all clean laps and ticked off a 32.9 on his last run, for 1st in class.
STU’s Steve McLaughlin had a strong finish, powering his 350Z to a 28.0 win. Denis Savelyev Lancer Evo finished a close 28.9 for 2nd.
The Novice class was huge today, with 28 entrants, the class representing the bulk of our cars on the grid!
In Travis Hisken’s first Novice season, he is first in points and 1st in class, but even though his Silent but Deadly Tesla Model 3 AWD pushes, (It’s 4000 pounds and heavy) he loves it. His last lap 29.0 won over all other novices! The new Novice is not new to autocross, his dad raced 15 years ago in Fernley. Travis took the Starting Line Scca School at Crows Landing and highly recommends it for newbies. Mark Skeem snuck out of a tight pickle in the back kink like a pro and held on to 2nd place by three hundreths of a second! His 29.96, was just a tick ahead of the Isaak Eberst’s WRX. His smooth turns and AWD commitment turned a 29.99 into 3rd place!
MR 2 Chris Snyder pushed his MR2 to its limit in the fight for fourth. The MR2’s a sweet ride, smooth around cornerns, with great sound, just a beautiful car (I had one, can you tell?) and he missed 4th by 2/100ths! Blake Sobiloff took that spot with a careful first lap 30.1 in his gorgeous Cayman. Chris just missed it and took 5th with a 30.3. Sean McPike’s Solstice got Squirrley at exit of the sweeper on his second run but rode it out to 6th place with a 30.7.
Sedric Roque’s Camaro was the perfect picture of quiet elegance, with smooth, clean laps, and it was super fun to see whole car lift from the power when he got on it hard. It was a good lesson in the use of RWD around corners, and his 31.0 claimed 9th. Dane Weiler was a half a second back with a 31.5, the Camaro was a handful, but it stayed on the track, and after a strong finish, Dane snagged 10th.
One tenth of a second behind was William Gamoika. His AWD Suburu Impreza performed great four wheel drifts around corners, and a last lap 31.60 set off another great battle. Skip Bry, in a Porsche 911, handled the track with purposeful intention, sliding the pretty car into one off-track excursion before settling on a 31.64 and lucky position 13.
Only 2 Novice drivers got into the 32’s, Amish Anand (32.6) and (32.7) Royce Roque. Anand showed a good use of the throttle in his BMW to squeak ahead of Roque’s Camaro for 15th.
Novice Jennifer Kauble’s M240, like many, lost it in the kink, pushed a couple of cones around, and made big tire squeals in the corners, trying to stave off Kidrick Fore (270z). It was all for naught, the two of them turned exactly the same time, to the thousands of a second! Their 33.047’s were a mere half second off of Spencer Burke’s ILX. His smooth handling of the corners resulted in a slick 33.1.
The rear broke loose as Jose Estuipinan tried to autocross a Z set up for drifting! A drifter wanting to master all types of driving, the Novice used way too much throttle entering the back straight. Three cones and two tours of the countryside left one chance for Jose to get a clean lap. The Most Improved Driver of the Day drove a beautiful run for a 33.6 that did it.
Keeping all of the 34’s to himself, Troy Stansbury threw his Outback at every cone. Leaning and squealing, the wonderful, sprightly sound revealed a 34.3 third lap.
Alvin Weiler decided to make a 35.1 the creamy center of a DNF Oreo Cookie! His Camaro logged 5 points for his effort. Christian Godeho pushed into the finish cones like Mike, but his Mustang did not cream any of them! He turned the fastest time of the 36’s, with a 36.0. Running not far behind, in the same car, Chris Sceafidi found that the Mustang proved to have too much power, and, after an early course schooling, turned a fast time of 36.41. Miki Jones brought out a Chevelle and, what sweet ride! We were all treated to the lyrical whaaaaa, whaaaa, as he shifted up through the gears at the finish, wonderful fun! He kept that beautiful car off of every cone to turn in a time so close to Miki’s (36.47), I had to look twice at the results!!!
Pravine Elongo’s Mazda 6 made a big boo-boo at kink in backstraight, threw away a couple of laps, figured out what went wrong and had no more drama, turning a 37.3 to round out the class. That’s what the Novice class is for! Drive hard to figure out what you and your car can do, then whittle your times down, and move up the class ladder. We all did it! Good going Pravine and all the Novices today. Welcome! SCCA needs you!!!
SCCA Board of Directors Election
Current SCCA Area 9 Board of Directors member, Charlie Davis is running for his second and final term on the Board. Charlie has represented us well during his first term and deserves serious consideration for re-election.
Subject: Candidate statement
I have served on SCCA's National Board of Directors, representing Area 9, since late 2016. I joined SCCA in 1978 as
an autocrosser , Pro Rally organizing committee member and road race tech inspector. Since then, I have served on
numerous advisory committees, the Solo Events Board, and spent over 20 years as a San Francisco Region Solo
Steering Committee member, chairing that committee five times. I have also been a roadrace communicator and club
While serving on the Board of Directors, I have been liaison to the Club Racing Board and more recently to the Solo
Events Board and Time Trial Board. Our current Board of Directors has made a lot of progress toward getting a handle
on the financial situation of the club and specifically the Pro Racing portion of the club. I can't take any personal credit
for this progress, as the 13 member Board is truly a collaborative effort along with the Executive Team in Topeka.
Despite the bizarre circumstances of 2020, we are strong, lean and poised for an even brighter future.
Our club structure is a very complicated business model. We are a club with member staffed committees and boards,
and at the same time a business with a paid staff that implements our programs with club members as shareholders. I'm
very proud to have been a part of our search to find a President and CEO several years ago and I am very glad that we
found Mike Cobb to serve in that capacity. When you find someone capable of wearing all the hats that the President of
this club wears, the Board of Directors has to know when to step back and let that person run the show, and have the
confidence that he will do it well. We have that confidence in Mike.
The person who you choose represent San Francisco and Reno Regions needs to be a team player who values all of our
programs equally and the hard work, dedication and contributions of all the members. I believe that I am that person and
I serve the club without conflict of interest. I also believe in continuity, and feel that when an incumbent is representing
the members well, he or she should continue into their second and final term to that end.
Thank you for allowing me to serve our club.
SCCA Area 9 Director 2016-2020
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!
January 13, 2021 Meeting Minutes Posted
Quick note to advise the minutes for the January meeting have been posted. Included in the minutes is a list of Reno Region Board Of Directors and a brief 'State Of the Region' message.
Also, a very large 'THANK YOU' to David Davidow for purchasing and donating a brand new HP Laptop for Solo Timing. Look for David in his Z28 Camero and be sure and thank him.