I'll be placing the latest RE Report here in addition to it being published in the Tonneau. Feel free to comment (um, constructively).
This Month's report will get to you all prior to our BIR race over Memorial weekend - The Harvey West Memorial Day Classic.
This is our event to honor our fellow LOLíer Harvey West who we lost a few years ago. Harvey was the consummate club racer and SCCA member. He was probably best known within the American Sedan National race community (the Whoomah! crowd) but Harvey was never far from the Regional racers as well as his local Solo group. He is still greatly missed by all of us. We are thrilled to have the other half of Team West as our Chief Registrar for the event. Make sure you give Sharon a big hug or two at the races and remember Harvey as you execute a nice dive-bomb pass in Turn 12, he will be watching.
You will see a new event added at both of our races at BIR races this year. We are adding SCCA Time Trials to our events. We are doing Level 1 Time Trials, also known as PDX over the lunch break on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday we will be holding a Level 2 Time Trial, also known as Club Trials. While PDX can be described as simply lapping, Club Trials is a timed event.
While LOL has done a PDX in the past, the new version of the SCCA Time Trial program is much larger in scope than before and gives our club the ability to new bring even more people our events. The PDX will give people the chance to drive on a race track for the first time and Club Trials will give people the opportunity to compete for quickest laps with their street car. Club Trials will hopefully draw form the existing BIR track rats that want to step up and compete for fast laps. It should also appeal to some of the Solo racers who want to go faster than a parking lot can let them. While some people will take part in these events simply to enjoy what they have to offer, we hope that the program also allows people easy stepping-stones toward becoming club racers.
Building up our participation base is a main element for our success. Going forward we canít rely on participants from outside of our region to make our events a success. The reality of $4 a gallon gas and the fact that we are a long tow for most of Central Division canít be ignored. We plan to build our events around a core of participants from our own region. This includes Regional and National Racers, Time Trials and our friends at VSCR.
The other element to our success is our great group of volunteers. The only thing wrong with that group is its size. We have about 500 members now that should give us a good group of folks to enter and stage events but we seem to relying on the same folks to do the mainstay of the work. Many of us are taking on multiple roles within the club to help make sure we succeed. Donít for a second think that just because we have a functioning race track once again that all is well. We need more help from our members to make sure we can continue to hold events.
I encourage all of you to come out to our Membership Meetings this summer to visit with your fellow club members and see what we are up to. Our next meeting is May 4Th, with more to come through the summer.