New Site Acquisition
The very real possibility of losing sites represents a potentially devastating blow to Solo in the Northeast. We've already lost sites for a variety of reasons. Among those reasons, the owners decided that they didn't wish to extend the invitation any longer, the parcels or land were sold, etc. Further, older sites degraded over time and we no longer hold events at those sites due to safety concerns.
We are now faced with controlling sound levels at our events. This is an issue that will not just go away. We must be proactive in this regard or we won't have anywhere to play anymore.
This is where YOU come in. If you know of any sites that might make a good venue for solo events, please bring the information to the attention of the Solo Board. What they need is relatively simple: the relative location (an exact street address is ideal). If you can get contact information, that's even better.
What you should not do (unless the board tells you to) is contact the owner(s) as a representative of NER SCCA. Any potential sites should be approached in a systematic manner and it's possible to lose a site early in the process if the owners get the wrong idea about what NER and SCCA are all about.
What does an adequate site consist of? It must be large enough (400 by 600 over unbroken paved area is a good start). It must be free of obstructions - no trees, Jersey barriers or islands, and any light poles need to be well clear of any possible course configuration. Proximity to housing is bad due to potential noise issues. There must also be adequate space for a paddock (another acre or two), hopefully paved.
It's pretty clear that the region in particular and the Division in general need to redouble our efforts at securing sites in order for the Solo program to continue. Please keep your eyes peeled for new sites and get back to the Solo board with anything that looks promising. You can contact Solo board members at events, but it would be more effective (and appreciated) if you would contact them via the contact information listed in the front of Pit Talk each month or here on the website.
So, if you know a potential site or if you trip across one in your travels around the region, please contact the Solo board so that we can follow through. And we'll see you at a Solo event soon!