WWSCC Report – Keith was not present for the meeting, but notes were taken. Sportscar Spectacular was on Sunday with the Coneheads practice on Saturday. 40 entrants had 14 runs per half. Lots and lots of runs had by all. They raised just under $1100 additional funding for the Coneheads banquet. Several WW clubs have donated extra dollars to help support this banquet as well. SCCA has not done this yet. A motion was made and approved to donate $100 to this cause. Rules meeting will be held the beginning of December. Once a date is decided an announcement will be made. Start thinking about those rules! They are still looking for a new President, so anyone interested should contact Karl Coleman. They will start working on a date for Coneheads, taking Daytona, the Boat Show, and the region banquet under consideration.
Event #8 (BMP) 10/21 (Jackie & Kevin) – Everything is coming together nicely.
“Merry Mountaineers” – Bud felt that not all of the information was presented
at the last meeting. Originally Bud
suggested that we pay the
NT Issues – Those in attendance last month read a “draft” letter regarding the issues we felt should be addressed from our National Tour and Pro Solo events with National office. As decided, Dick spoke with Howard at Nationals. Howard said the course review is supposed to be done in a cooperative fashion, not just changed by one individual person. Dick also suggested that the NT contract was a disaster, and the schedule was very difficult to try to comprehend and that any changes made to the Test N’ Tune should be added to the contract so that we ALL understand what is expected of our region. It seems that Howard is in understanding of our current situation, but no detailed action plan has been created. Dick asked that Howard wait to speak to Cindy until after he has the chance to speak to her personally before hand. Bud has also requested permission to contact Howard regarding the situation with Sandy Brown and the Packwood site access issue that came up right before the Pro Solo.
Draft Letter to Board (2008 Weekend Membership Program) – Dick distributed a draft letter that he wrote to the SCCA Board of Directors. He has been made aware of a new program that SCCA is instituting on each of the regional venues. This would be a new program that does not allow anyone who is not a member of SCCA to participate in our events. They are offering a “weekend membership” that would be an additional $15 to participate. Dick is very concerned about this concept because as a Solo group we are NOT having problems with our membership numbers and IF this is something that is enforced upon us we will see a DECREASE in membership because once new people see the additional dollars they are being forced to pay they will go straight to WW or BSCC events instead. Ron reminded us that although he doesn’t agree with the program, it does say that the National Office “encourages” us to charge an additional $15 but they will only take $5 of that money. So we can take a $5 hit in our own income and just give National Office an extra $5 per non-member. National Office also argues that non-members are more of liability because we pay more money per incident IF there is some type of accident. There were a lot of good points presented and Dick will continue discussions with other Solo Chairs around the region, and also the region board before he makes a final decision about sending his letter.
Rules Meeting – Dick would like to dedicate the November meeting for presenting rules, but hold off on making the final votes until the December meeting.
Drifting – Karl would like to add a “Drifting” report to the agenda so that Russell can make a monthly update to progress of this possible venue. Russell invited several people interested in the program to experience how SCCA autocrosses are organized. He made a point of making it clear that there are very few key people who do almost 100% of the work to make these events happen for the masses. The group reminded our new guests that although we are in support of a pilot program for drifting it will be required that an infrastructure is established to help support the program. Russell also reminded the group that things will be much more organized with these events. There will be required rules that everyone must follow, and a structure for working and competing will be put in place.
In the last year, several people have volunteered to help run the drifting program at Evergreen Speedway which has been a huge learning experience. They are seeing an average of 30 – 50 people per event. They feel there are several limitations being placed on these events (Friday night events from , etc.) that are holding those numbers down. This is the main reason the group is so excited to look at additional locations to hold events.
Meeting adjourned at