Timing Equipment – The new equipment was not working at the last event. It is unclear exactly what is wrong and whether it is actually broken, or if it was an icy weather problem. Kelley is currently trying to determine the status of the situation. Jim Daniels hit them at event #7. At event #8, he went out of his way to tell Karl that he had replaced everything that was damaged. We will continue researching the situation and get everything up to date.
Event #7 – Jerry Lamb was the event chair and felt that everything went reasonably well. He learned a bunch of important information, number one being it is very important to call people into grid before the drivers meeting. There were 152 entrants who all received four runs and the event was done before dark. He was extremely appreciative of the Specialty Chiefs, also wanted to thank Jodie and Tom LeCoque for going way above and beyond the call of duty. Jerry also felt that an important focus for next year should be to address the area of “waiver patrol”.
Event #8 - Aaron Pailthorp was the event chair. There were 134 entrants. Everything went well and he had a great time. Would like to see the Event Chair checklists updated. Could thank about 50 people for all of their help. He felt he could have known more about the “course design” process. He was unclear exactly what his role as Event Chair should have been. He did enjoy himself and may possibly be an Event Chair again in the future. He also wanted to remind people how fortunate we are to have such a great community of fantastic people in the Solo scene and we truly are the friendly region. The group agreed that the event went well and Aaron did a fantastic job!
Coneheads – Coneheads will be held on January 31st.
Year-end Trophies – Gretchen will be handling this again. The group agreed that they would like to look at clothing again for 2004. A suggestion was made to look into some type of folding, and/or directors’ chairs. Annie Bauer has agreed to work with Gretchen to help accomplish this.
Reno Convention (1/9 – 1/11) – A motion was made and approved to pay for Karl’s airfare, hotel and registration fee.
National Convention (2/5 – 2/7) – Everyone should have received a
flyer regarding this event. It will be
2004 Schedule – Proposed dates (unofficially) for next year will be March 7th (BMP), March 28th (Packwood), April 18th (Yakima), May 9/16/23 (BMP), May 30th (BMP), Looking for a June date (possibly at BMP), July 24/25 National Tour (BMP), August 8/18 (BMP), September 5th (BMP), and October 17th (BMP). We may also have an event at BMP on October 3rd. Packwood will also be a site possibility. Karl’s intentions are to hold more practices and schools throughout the year, so he is trying to reserve as many sites as possible. He has coordinated the regional schedule with the National schedule. There are currently no conflicts between the two schedules.
04’ Specialty Chiefs – We are going to need a few replacements. Keith will return as Chief of Tech, Erika will return for the stock half of the day for registration, Aaron Pailthorp is interested in being the Chief of Timing, and Glen Hernandez is willing to cover Grid if that position is open. Karl has not heard back from everyone yet, but will keep everyone posted regarding our needs.
SCCA National office -
Perpetual Awards - There are several regional awards that are given away on a yearly basis. A suggestion was made to create an annual award for Solo. Karl suggestion based on the hard work and dedication that Bud Bohrer has shown to this region over the past several decades the award be named in his honor. Bud suggested that rather than just using his name, John Martinson also be included with this award. He suggested calling it the “Founders Award”. We currently have the Solo Cup which is awarded to a person who has done an outstanding job of participating in the Solo venue administration for a period of five years or more on a regional and national level, but people felt it was important to award to have one to present every year. A motion was made and approved to move forward with this award. Karl will work with Bud to come up with a plan.
2004 NWR SCCA Solo Supplemental rules –
First idea presented is to change the current classing structure shown in 15. SCCA CLASSES. The proposal suggests that the classes will be broken out as follows:
Stock Ladies (SSL, ASL, BSL, CSL, DSL, ESL, FSL, GSL, HSL)
Non-stock Ladies (All other ladies classes)
Stock 1 (SS, AS, FS)
Stock 2 (BS, CS, ES)
Stock 3 (DS, GS, HS)
Non-stock 1 (ASP, BSP, ESP, BP, CP)
Non-stock 2 (CSP, DSP, FSP)
Non-stock 3 (AP, DP, EP, FP, AM, BM, CM, DM, EM, FM, F125, Formula Jr., Spec. Formula Jr., Formula SAE)
The idea behind this proposal is to improve competition depth in the regular classes. Street Tires, Pax, ST, and SM have not been addressed in these changes due to high participation levels. An in-depth discussion was held regarding this idea. The group did not agree with breaking woman’s classes into one large group. They felt the woman’s classes should correspond with the open classes. A suggestion was also made to remove the formula junior classes from the non-stock 3 class and create a separate class for them alone. Tim will remove the new numbering and classing from the proposal and will leave this to be addressed should be left to timing and scoring. A motion was made to vote for the above proposal taking into consideration the three mentioned revisions. The proposal was voted on and approved.
Second idea presented is the change the passenger allowance rule section 4. Parts of Section 4 currently state that a passenger is permitted on any run during the event provided:
(1) The driver is an event entrant and the car has passed Tech inspection;
(2) The passenger is a non-competitor or has completed all of his/her competition runs or is competing in a PAX class as defined in sec. 16.
The proposal suggests that section number 4:2 be deleted from the rule. The rational behind this proposal is it would allow all drivers to have the learning experiences that is currently allowed for the PAX drivers in riding before their runs. An in depth discussion was held. A vote was held regarding option #1 and it was NOT approved.
An amendment was made to create an Option #2 proposes to replace section 4:2 with the following language – If the driver is a novice, the passenger must be PAX competitor as defined in sec. 16, or a novice instructor approved by the Novice Chair or Event Chair. The revised proposal (option #2) was approved by vote.
Third Proposal - Delete SCCA regional Open Street Class. A vote was held and the proposal was approved.
Chief of Waivers - Nash Johnson this year’s Chief of Workers suggested that to help eliminate all of the trouble of finding someone to cover waiver patrol during the entire day, a new specialty chief position be created – Chief of Waivers. The group agreed that this was indeed an issue to deal with. Karl will put a call out for volunteers for this position. A second suggestion was also made to hire a local organization to cover this position, such as the UWSAE club. He also suggested that Grid now be responsible for controlling helmet check-out.