Recent News

Board Meeting Postponed until Feb. 25

Due to the recent snow and ice, the NCR Board meeting was postponed a week until Wednesday, February 25th at Piper's Deli in Durham. Meeting will begin at the usual time, 7:30pm. 

ATTENTION DRIVERS: RULE CHANGE!!!

This is a notification to all competitors in SCCA of a change/addition to the rule requiring the weight of the car being posted on the sides of the car to be visible to the operator of the scales being used at impound. For years now the rule as published, has allowed those running in eleven (11) classes to exempt themselves from the rule based on the fact that the entire class has the same minimum weight. Actually, this is not true as several of the listed classes allowed exemption have 2 or more weights. In most of the classes that this occurs, nothing about the appearance of the car would be apparent to the scale operator that the car on the scale should weigh differently than another same class car. Only by going to the class rules can one ascertain that there are different engines used in the class and that there should be no reason for the exemption from the rule to post the weight of the car on it’s sides. If you are racing in ASR, 750 lbs is shown as the least your car can weight, but there is a chart for 6 other engines that are allowed in the class that all have a different weight. Formula Fords have 2 weights shown based on engines and Formula Mazda use 2 different engines that allow them to weigh differently. All of the versions of SRF that we now run together have different weights and should be off of the exemption list but they do at least require markings on the roll structure of the car that should allow the scale operator a way of figuring out which of the two weights that SRF sitting on the scale should be using.

Jack Rafferty, Jan 4, 1940 - Feb 5, 2015

Jack Rafferty, long-time Tech volunteer and former racer has died as the result of a stroke. He was 75 years old.

There will be a visitation at Lowe Funeral Home, 2205 S. Church Street in Burlington on Sunday, February 8th from 3:00 to 3:45pm, followed by the funeral service at 4:00pm. 

Triangle Chapter Report - February 2015

New season! New faces! New plans by old friends! The first Triangle Chapter meeting of 2015 was abuzz with animated conversation and enthusiasm for the coming year’s events. New member Warren Lapham, a friend of Treasurer Steve Keadle from the Heart of Carolina Mustang Club, was there to meet the folks. And new to us, but not to the SCCA, John Snodgrass, a former driver and long-time volunteer in many different specialties, came as well. John is a Steward in training, or “SIT” as they are known, and he cannot wait to get started at our next event, the first weekend in March (March 7th & 8th). And Bob Stearns was there too. Bob’s not a member yet but he’s leaning that way. He’s looking for more venues and more types of events to run his ’65 Cobra. There was a moment of silent awe followed by a round of applause when Bob explained that while the motor wasn’t original, the chassis of his awesome ride was an original CSX Shelby. Should be a big hit at future autocrosses and hill climbs! Welcome to you all!

RE Report - 2014 "State of the Region"

During the 2014 racing season, as a result of unplanned expenditures during the 2013 season, we managed to lose some money, so we were interested in recovering as much as possible during the 2014 season, and we did recover most of it. Since we are a nonprofit, it’s not easy to accomplish this. Many things conspired to allow us to cover some of that money, and some of what we learned will help to control cost of operations in the future as they normally increase. The March race was canceled because of track paving operations, and since we traditionally lose money on that race, that was in our favor. There were many other occurrences that allowed us to save money and some follow.

We saved money by coming up with more effective and cheaper methods to advertise. We saved large amounts of cash not advertising as much in national magazines. We planned to run only one ad, but that didn't work out when Grassroots Motorsports ran a second ad we didn't want, but we have received an ad for the 2015 season at no charge as a result, thus breaking even on that cost.

NCR Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

The North Carolina Region's Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner was held on Saturday evening, January 10th, at the Coastline Conference and Event Center in downtown Wilmington. 93 Members attended. Kudos to Elizabeth Severt and John Byers, who did a fabulous job of organizing the event!

The first item on the agenda was a brief business meeting, conducted by RE Rex Deffenbaugh, who gave his annual "State of the Region" report and introduced the Board members who were in attendance, including the only new member on the Board, Assistant RE Mike Spencer.

Results of the Board of Directors Election

The results of the NCR Board of Directors election are in. We appreciate everyone's participation in the process of electing a Board of Directors and invite anyone who would like to take part to attend the Board meetings, which are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month, usually at Piper's Deli in Durham. The next meeting is on January 21st. All members are welcome!

The ballots have been counted and the winners are:

Assistant Regional Executive:  Mike Spencer

Treasurer:  Steve Keadle

Members-at-Large:  Blair Deffenbaugh and Sam Fouse

Congratulations to each of you!

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