Solo Meeting Minutes

December 8, 2015

 

In attendance:  Amy and Karl Coleman, Jerry and Alison Lamb, Bud Bohrer, Carol and Mike Leuty, Keith Brown, Tasha Mikko, Joey Jones.

 

Last month’s minutes review - Moved to approved and seconded. Passed.

 

Reports


NWR Board Report (Gretchen Everett) - Gretchen was not in attendance to report.

 

Treasurer’s Report (Kristi Brown) - nothing new to report at this time

 

Recruitment Report (Joey Jones) - The publicity team has been at work on the following items:

 

Publicity Report: (Joey Jones) – They are in the process of getting the pamphlet designed and out to printers. They received permission to recruit at BSCC events.  XXX import meet in Issaquah, Honda Fest NW at Pacific Raceways. Full schedule coming in email from Tasha. Torque Steerers Emerald Downs event handing out some flyers or contact with people who attend. Requesting schedule business cards and some general NWR business cards. $120.00 proposed to get both sets. Voted on and approved. Need access to generator to run a TV and laptop at events to display our style of driving at events. Planning to use the Speedway Motorsports videos from Nationals. Moved to approve a giveaway at a maximum of six car shows. Two free entries, each good for one regional events. Motion APPROVED. Someone suggested that we should send out a reminder to get registered for banquet. 

 

NORPAC Report (Keith Brown) Convention is $325 per person. $80 a night hotel. Total of three nights. Roughly $1000 per person to attend this event. Vote to send Gretchen to this event for convention entry, room and airfare $850.00 limit subsidy from solo committee, seconded. Voted and APPROVED.

 

WWSCC Report (Keith Brown) – Looking for worker of the year.  Any names should be submitted to Jerry. There is a new secretary set up for the coming year.

 

Equipment Report: (Mike Leuty) – Tim Stake ordered up the Yagi Antenna, Cable and a few small Electrical Washers from Farmtek. He should receive the order, in a week or so.  The total with shipping was only $91.25, but we also need to provide a Speaker Stand and a Sand Bag. We need to confirm we have extras in the Solo Bus.


OLD BUSINESS


2015 NOTY & WOTY – Final vote was taken.  Jerry passed the winners on to Geoff.

 

Status of second Novice School co-sponsored with WW - no date available at this time.

 

Rule proposals for 2016 Season:

 

Rule #1 Rule Proposal – author Tim Stake


Proposed rule:


22.5 EV & Hybrid Electric class. 

 

A class only open to All Electric, Plug-In and Hybrid Electronic cars. All cars must run Street Tires of 200 tread wear or greater and must follow the guidelines of Street Class Cards.  They will not be given a PAX Index and the Class Designation will be “EV”.

 

Rational:  Since more Plug-In Electric and Hybrid Electric cars are being produced and not all are classed by the SCCA National office, it might be a good (free) marketing tool to offer a class for just these electric cars. Also being that some of these cars are “unclassed”, it would give the drivers an option where to go beyond Novice.

 

Discussion: Some of the feedback brought up during discussion involved where would these cars go without this class?  Also the need to create a modified versus stock designation is also necessary.  Recommended change: Modify rule to only allow cars not already classed.

 

Rule Proposal #2 – author Ron Bauer

 

Proposed rule:

 

22.5 Indexed Time Only (ITO)   

 

Indexed Time Only class will be available in each half of the day.  This indexed class intended for instructional and testing purposes and to accommodate entrants who do not desire to compete for series points. Entrants must complete a regular work assignment. NO awards accrue to Indexed Time Only entries. Event results will include a class listing for Indexed Time Only, but may suppress the class from the Top Time and Top Index Time listings. Indexed Time Only cars will display no class markings other than “ITO”. This class may be used for entrants running for the second tie (see Rule 2. Double Entries).

 

Rationale: This “class” was previously in existence but was eliminated due to lack of entries. Bringing back this class allows for drivers to do testing outside of the realm of an actual points class while still being able to see how they are doing based on index.  This proposal would allow people to run twice in a day and have all of the results indexed.  The preference would be to have the times show up on the overall results for each reference.  Obviously, if someone is running ITO PM and it’s their 2nd time running for the day, everyone could be aware of that.  Author would additionally propose that in the Top Times listing, times for those running a second time during the day have an asterisk next to them.

 

Discussion: The group was mixed regarding this proposal.  Some felt very strongly that an asterisk was not sufficient enough to allow a driver’s second set of runs for the day to be included in the results.  It will be important to check with Brett Wilson to determine if this is something that can even be accomplished. Suggest running 2 ITO classes. ITO1 for first time on course and ITO2 for second time running. Clear up language on the may be included in the top time posting to be will or not be included.

 

Rule #3 Rule Proposal #3 – author Tim Stake

Current Rule:

34.       SOUND

34.1     PROCEDURE


34.1.1   A section of the course shall be selected as the measurement site. The section shall be located where all vehicles will be driven at full throttle as much as possible (e.g., a straightaway). An area 100 feet wide (from course centerline) on each side of this section of the course must be free of reflective surfaces larger than a lamp post.


34.1.2  The meter shall be located 50 feet from the edge of the course, centered in the section, and perpendicular to the direction of travel of the vehicle. The meter shall be positioned 3 to 4 feet from the ground. All readings shall be taken on the "A" scale, under SLOW response.


34.1.3  All cars passing through the measurement site shall be monitored. All cars shall be recorded on the noise monitoring log sheet. The recorded information shall include car, class, and number. As the vehicle passes, the highest reading shall be noted.


34.1.4  Course communication should report noise readings above 95.0 dBA.


34.2     POLICY FOR READING BETWEEN 93.0 AND 95.0 DBA

Notification to drivers of vehicles with readings of 93.0 to 95.0 dBA shall be made as soon as possible, preferably on the day of the occurrence.


34.3     POLICY FOR NOISE LEVEL EXCEEDING 95.0 DBA


34.3.1  A run shall be defined as any time the vehicle enters the track, regardless of specific driver.


34.3.2  Any run that results in a reading in excess of 96.0 dBA shall be disqualified. There shall be no exceptions.


34.3.3  Any run which exceeds 100.0 dBA shall result in immediate disqualification of the vehicle from any subsequent run, which may include any additional drivers. This disqualification shall extend until the vehicle can be expected to be under the 96.0 dBA limit, to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee. A critical view shall be taken of all modifications, i.e., modifications should reasonably expect sound levels in the 93 dBA range. An exception for valid mechanical problems may be considered.


34.3.4  Upon completion of any run resulting in a reading in excess of 96.0 dBA, and prior to any subsequent runs, the driver shall be notified of the offense.


34.3.5  On the first violation, the driver shall be required to immediately make an attempt to bring the vehicle within compliance. Physical changes to the vehicle that result in a drop in the noise output of the vehicle are the only accepted means of compliance.


34.3.6  On the second violation at a single day’s event, the driver shall be given one final chance to bring the vehicle within compliance.


34.3.7  On the third violation at a single day’s event, the vehicle shall be disqualified from any subsequent competition, which shall include any additional drivers. This disqualification shall extend until the driver or owner can prove to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee that the vehicle conforms to the 96.0 dBA limit.


34.4     UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR


34.4.1  Any attempt to simply divert sound by directing the exhaust away from the meter without reducing the noise level shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and subject to immediate disqualification. Permanently affixed tips which divert to the side are not subject to this rule. Diverting sound up or down is not subject to this rule. The intent is to prevent movable tips with the intent of defeating sound measurement.

34.4.2  Any attempt to reduce sound by lifting the throttle when passing the sound meter shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and subject to immediate disqualification. This shall be verified by having a driver pass the sound meter at a distance of 100 feet at full throttle.


34.5     VARIABLE CONDITIONS


The Noise Committee Chair, with the approval of the Event Chair, may change the dBA limit for the current event at any time.  The intent is to handle changing weather conditions where the wind may be blowing consistently toward or away from the sound meter, resulting in db measurements that do not serve the purpose of the sound rule.


34.6     ANNUAL TECH


34.6.1       All cars seeking yearly approval in Annual Tech are required to pass a static sound measurement/compliance test utilizing the SAE J1492 test procedure. (In lieu of the SAE test procedure, the “half-meter procedure” can be used.) Sound is measured at an angle of 45 degrees, 20 inches from the source and 8” off the ground. The engine speed shall be gradually increased from idle to ¾ of the engine speed at rated horsepower and held constant at that speed for 1 to 2 seconds. The throttle shall then be rapidly released and the engine allowed to return to idle. Sound level will be measured during this entire cycle, and the maximum sound level recorded.


34.6.2  No car shall exceed a sound level of 96.0 dBA.


Proposed Rule:

 

34. SOUND

           

34.1 PROCEDURE

           

34.1.1  A section of the course shall be selected as the measurement site. The section shall be located where all vehicles will be driven at full throttle as much as possible (e.g., a straightaway). An area 100 feet wide (from course centerline) on each side of this section of the course must be free of reflective surfaces larger than a lamp post.

 

34.1.2  The meter shall be located 50 feet from the edge of the course, centered in the section, and perpendicular to the direction of travel of the vehicle. The meter shall be positioned 3 to 4 feet from the ground. All readings shall be taken on the "A" scale, under SLOW response.

 

34.1.3  All cars passing through the measurement site shall be monitored. All cars shall be recorded on the noise monitoring log sheet. The recorded information shall include car, class, and number. As the vehicle passes 90 degrees opposite the Sound Meter., the highest reading shall be noted.

           

34.1.4 Course communication should report noise readings above 93.0 dBA.

 

34.2     POLICY FOR READING BETWEEN 93.0 AND 96.0 dbA. Notification to drivers of vehicles with readings of 93.0 to 96.0 dBA shall be made as soon as possible, preferably on the day of the occurrence.

 

34.3     POLICY FOR NOISE LEVEL EXCEEDING 96.0 dbA

           

34.3.1  A run shall be defined as any time the vehicle enters the track. regardless of specific driver.


34.3.2   Any run that results in a reading in excess of 96.0 dBA shall be disqualified. There shall be no exceptions. For cars 2009 or newer that have Factory Installed Adaptive Exhaust Systems and complete in “Street, Novices and Ist Classes” they may exceed 96 db but not 100 db. It is the Driver’s responsibility to indicated to the Chief of Sound or Event Chair and prove the car has a properly installed and working Factory Adaptive Exhaust System and that it has not been altered or modified.

 

34.3.3  Any run which exceeds 100.0 dBA shall result in immediate disqualification of the vehicle from any subsequent run, which may include any additional drivers. This disqualification shall extend until the vehicle can be expected to be under the 96.0 dBA limit, to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee. A critical view shall be taken of all modifications, i.e., modifications should reasonably expect sound levels in the 93 dBA range. An exception for valid mechanical problems may be considered.

 

34.3.4  Upon completion of any run resulting in a reading in excess of 96.0 dBA, and prior to any subsequent runs, the driver shall be notified of the offense.

 

34.3.5  On the first violation, the driver shall be required to immediately make an attempt to bring the vehicle within compliance. Physical changes to the vehicle that result in a drop in the noise output of the vehicle are the only accepted means of compliance.

 

34.3.6  On the second violation at a single days event, the driver shall be given one final chance to bring the vehicle within compliance.

 

34.3.7  On the third violation at a single days event, the vehicle shall be disqualified from any subsequent competition, which shall include any additional drivers. This disqualification shall extend until the driver or owner can prove to the satisfaction of the Noise Committee Chair or his designee that the vehicle conforms to the 96.0 dBA limit.

           

34.4 UNSPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR

 

34.4.1  Any attempt to simply divert sound by directing the exhaust away from the meter without reducing the noise level shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and subject to immediate disqualification. Permanently affixed tips which divert to the side are not subject to this rule. Diverting sound up or down is not subject to this rule. The intent is to prevent movable tips with the intent of defeating sound measurement.

           

34.4.2  Any attempt to reduce sound by lifting the throttle when passing the sound meter shall be considered unsportsmanlike conduct and subject to immediate disqualification. This shall be verified by having a driver pass  the sound meter at a distance of 100 feet at full throttle.

           

34.5 VARIABLE CONDITIONS   The Noise Committee Chair, with the approval of the Event Chair, may change the dBA limit for the current event at any time.  The intent is to handle changing weather conditions where the wind may be blowing consistently toward or away from the sound meter, resulting in db measurements that do not serve the purpose of the sound rule. To follow procedures from National Events; during rainy or wet conditions and at the discretion of the Chief of Sound or the Event Chair, the Sound Monitoring can be temporarily be halted without notification. The reasoning is that in wet conditions the sound will generally be lower due to the weather and slick conditions also Sound Meters are sensitive instruments and not constructed to be waterproof.

 

34.6 ANNUAL TECH

           

34.6.1  All cars seeking yearly approval in Annual Tech are required to pass a static sound measurement/compliance test utilizing the SAE J1492 test procedure. (In lieu of the SAE test procedure, the “half-meter procedure” can be used.) Sound is measured at an angle of 45 degrees, 20 inches from the source and 8” off the ground. The engine speed shall be gradually increased from idle to ¾ of the engine speed at rated horsepower and held constant at that speed for 1 to 2 seconds. The throttle shall then be rapidly released and the engine allowed to return to idle. Sound level will be measured during this entire cycle, and the maximum sound level recorded.

           

34.6.2  No car shall exceed a sound level of 96.0 dBA.


Rule Proposal #5 – author Karl Coleman

 

Remove static sound measurement/compliance component to the Annual Tech procedure.


Current rule:


34.6.1 All cars seeking yearly approval in Annual Tech are required to pass a static sound measurement/compliance test utilizing the SAE J1492 test procedure. (In lieu of the SAE test procedure, the “half-meter procedure” can be used.) Sound is measured at an angle of 45 degrees, 20 inches from the source and 8” off the ground. The engine speed shall be gradually increased from idle to ¾ of the engine speed at rated horsepower and held constant at that speed for 1 to 2 seconds. The throttle shall then be rapidly released and the engine allowed to return to idle. Sound level will be measured during this entire cycle, and the maximum sound level recorded.


34.6.2 No car shall exceed a sound level of 96.0 dB.


Proposed rule: Eliminate static sound measurement/compliance.

Rationale: We haven’t currently developed a system that creates logical results that can be used productively and nobody is currently in support of leaving this in place. 


Discussion:  This is also covered is the previous proposal.

 

Rule Proposal #4 – author Karl Coleman

 

Current rule:

24. SCORING - The fastest of the timed trophy runs, plus any penalty seconds applied, will be used to determine a competitor's place in class. Unofficial results will reflect the raw time plus all cones (2 seconds per cone) and gates (10 seconds per gate).


ALL timed runs at any given event would be considered “competition runs” for all classes except OPAX and OPAXL. OPAX and OPAXL classes will score no more than three runs for each event. For all other classes, all competition runs are scored for the event and year-end season awards.


Proposed rule: Remove this wording except OPAX and OPAXL. OPAX and OPAXL classes will score no more than three runs for each event.”


Rationale - This rule was put in place to get “PAX” drivers ready for “National Level Competition”. How elitist can we be? This rule should not be socially acceptable! This rule has the effect of limiting access for non-National level drivers. More competitors would move to OPAX/OPAXL if they could have all of their runs count because a newer driver may need their 4th or 5th run to be in the hunt. Why not just enter another class where all runs count? Because the speed benchmark drivers are in OPAX/OPAXL and running with them is a way to see where you stand. Without the existing rule/restriction drivers can continue to make their own personal decisions to take as few runs as they want to prepare themselves for whatever. Why spoil the party for the folks that want to compete with the fast guys but who don’t want to hit the road for National Level competition?


Rule #5 Rule Proposal #5 – author Karl Coleman

 

Current rule:


21. INTERMEDIATE STREET TIRE CLASSES

Two Intermediate Street Tire classes will be provided, one Open and one Ladies. Class designations will be IST or ISTL. Drivers eligible for this class will have no more than 2 years of Solo competition experience. Participation will be at the discretion of the Assistant RE/Solo. All cars meeting the following requirements will be eligible to compete: Vehicles must be licensed and street legal, compete on street tires as defined in Rule 16, and pass the safety and tech inspection. Times will not be indexed. The year-end champion will not be eligible for this class in subsequent years. Suggested revision: eliminate the ladies class and just have an IST class. 


Rule #6 Rule Proposal #6 – author Karl Coleman

 

Create a new Maxi-PAX class where all runs count

Proposal - Keep the current 3 run PAX class and add a new Maxi-Pax class where all runs count. The Solo committee can decide which half of the day to place it. The author’s preference would be to place it in the stock half because he feels that most of the participants will be people currently running in OPAX class. We’d also create Maxi-PAXL for the ladies who want all of their runs to count.


Rationale - There still seems to be some interest to have only 3 runs count so by keeping the existing PAX class, those folks still have a place to compete. There is also a group of PAX class drivers that want all of their runs to count so this new class would meet their needs without making the 3 runs count folks change. Everyone will be happy. Why not just run in NSPAX if you want all your runs to count? Because not all cars are eligible for NSPAX the way all cars are eligible for OPAX.  If rule proposal #6 passes then there is no need for this rule proposal.


NEW BUSINESS


Site Locations - searching is still ongoing. Is it possible to run limited entry events at smaller lots?  Possible contact person to reach out to pacific raceways perhaps use paddock space? Super Mall lot?


Meeting adjourned at 9:05 pm