210 drivers, from 14 different States and 3 Canadian Provinces showed up for the Northeast National Tour at Moore Airfield in Devens, MA. The weather was superb, starting off in the 50’s each morning and progressing into the 70’s by late afternoon.
Instead of the usual event write up, I thought I’d offer some random thoughts, ideas, and events:
I would like to wish all NER SCCA members an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day Weekend. Special thanks go out our members who have or are serving in the Armed Forces. We should also honor many SCCA members who were Veterans and have passed on and now occupy our history books. I feel that SCCA has deep roots with the military.
Springtime Coneage – Event #3 certainly lived up to its name. With at least 474 cones hit (results do not show cones on DNF runs), corner workers got a good workout at our third event. With 148 drivers that cone count averages 3.2 cones per driver, and a cone being hit on more than half the runs.
Dirt piles, metal framing, construction equipment, and a vanished grid area. This is what greeted the Solo program as they pulled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday April, 21. All that was needed to make things really gloomy was the threat of rain, but, thanks to the master of scheduling, Bob Davis, the Saturday event was again the better of the two weekend days.
The return of April also meant the return of New England Region SCCA to the runways and taxiways of the former Moore Airfield at Devens. Despite some timing issues at the beginning of the event, and some of the first event bugs that always pop up, 161 drivers got 5 timed runs on the Nate Whipple designed course.
When we arrive for an event, our goal as competitors is not just to compete, but to do the best we can to make sure the event runs smoothly. We tech our cars before we walk the course. When grid opens up for our heat, we put our car in as early as we can.
While Rally and Rally Cross programs are off and running, others are focused on race prep and our NER staff have been engaged in key meetings which set the stage for 2012. At least 15 NER members attended the National Convention in Las Vegas (March, 1-3).