Copyright © 1999
Clutch Chatter -- October 1999
BE SURE TO VOTE!The election for SCCA Area 4 Director is coming soon. This is a very important election to determine who will lead our club at the National level. There are three candidates: our own Pete Hylton, current Director Chuck Shapiro, and Rick Haynes. Click on their names for links to their websites.
October Activities MeetingChili Cookoff
Stoneycreek Farms Hay Barn
Saturday, October 16, 1999
RENewsBy Sam Crites
Wow, October already. The year just seems to have flown by. We will be busy October 8-10 with the VSCDA, our final road race support of the year. The final Solo will have taken place on the 3rd of October with the final Rally scheduled for November 14th.
We have three more activity meetings planned with the Chili Cookoff at Stoneycreek Farms on October 16th and a meeting with Valvoline Motor Oil at the Brickyard at the Crossing on November 18th. The final activity will be our Banquet and Annual Meeting on December 4th, also at the Brickyard at the Crossing.
We have a slate of candidates for the Region’s Board of Directors which will appear in the November issue of Clutch Chatter. Votes will need to be turned in by the Banquet on December 4th. The floor is, however, still open for nominations. You can still promote your candidate. Just let Pete Hylton know.
I was just reading an article in the Cincinnati newsletter by Bruce Wolff which I think sums up the problem we have at all levels of competition. We seem to all be suffering from the same dilemma, more races and options for the same number of workers and drivers to support. Is it possible we have reached the point of diminishing return? It seems to me that if we want to survive, it will require additional cooperation as the schedule negotiations begin for next year. We cannot afford to continue the financial drain that occurred this year.
Speaking of the race schedule, we still have not worked out our dates with IRP. We are pretty well fixed for the Indy Grand Prix the weekend after the 4th of July, but no dates have been firmed up. We should actually have them by the time you read this.
Hope to see you at the Vintage Race or one of the remaining activities.
CALENDEROct 8-10 - Vintage Race at IRP (See back cover.)
Oct 16 - Activities Meeting – Stoneycreek Farms
Nov 14 - Indy Region Road Rally (See ad page 5.)
Nov 18 - Activities Meeting – Brickyard at the Crossing, Valvoline Motor Oil
Dec 4 - Annual Banquet, Brickyard at the Crossing
BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTSSeptember 13, 1999
by David De Bolt
BOARD MEETING MINUTES: The July Board Meeting minutes were approved with no revisions. Note-There were no August BoD meeting minutes as the August 9th meeting was cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.
TREASURER'S REPORT: The report presented by Cindy Hylton showed a current balance of $12,047.56. Projecting the remaining expenses into our cash flow shows a worrisome negative flow for the year.
RALLY REPORT: Our fifth points event will be held on Sunday, the 26th of September. The rally will be entitled, "T's, SIDE ROADS, and CROSSROADS" and will be written by Dale Baker. Members of the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America will be participating as our guests. All items pertaining to this event such as sanction number, insurance, trophies, newspaper notification are ready.
SOLO REPORT: The August 29th event at Fort Ben had 48 entrants making this event the biggest of the year. A nice day added to the well-run event. The next event will be September 19th at Columbus while the last event of the year is planned for October 3rd at the 16th Street Speedway. It was reported to the BoD that two of this year's solo sites are in jeopardy for next year. New sites are being investigated. Three or four people have expressed interest in allowing the participation of go-karts in our regional solo events. More input is still being requested from fellow region members.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT: We have approximately 650 members. The BoD voted to print the next membership directory at the end of this year.
ACTIVITIES REPORT: Thirteen people attended the membership meeting at the Whiteland Raceway go-kart facility. Everybody had a great time racing and watching the karts. The next event will be a fun event consisting of meeting together at the Stutz Business Center, Saturday, September 19th to take a tour of the facility. Turner Woodard has graciously opened his facility for the tour and to give members a chance to see his great collection of automobiles. The following event will be our annual Chili Event and hayride at Stoneycreek Farms on Saturday, October 16th. See elsewhere in "C.C." for details. The BoD approved a motion to have a live band present at the annual December awards banquet.
RACE REPORT: Chiefs and stewards have been determined for the vintage race at IRP on October 8-10.
NEW BUSINESS: A slate of officers to be voted upon by election and appointed positions for the year 2000 was discussed by the BoD. Ballots will be in the November issue of Clutch Chatter.
NEXT MEETING DATE: The next BoD Meeting was scheduled for Monday, October 11, 1999, at 6 p.m. at Laughner's Cafeteria on U.S. 31 South near Southern Plaza Shopping Center.
ACTIVITIES CENTRALBy Myra Kulke
Our activities meeting was at the Stutz Business Center (1036 N. Capitol Ave.) on September 18, 1999 where we had a tour of this famous facility. The Stutz Bearcat Factory was bought by Eli Lilly and Company forty years ago and was used as their packaging company. Turner Woodard bought the building in 1993. We were able to see Turner’s car collection and also visit his office, which has beautiful paintings and great racing memorabilia. We toured his racing shop, which has two vintage race cars. Turner will be racing in the upcoming VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix on October 8-10 at IRP. After our tour of the building, we went to his car museum and had a great lunch. I want to personally thank Turner for allowing our club to visit his wonderful building and vintage car collections.
After the 1999 Valvoline Runoffs, our next Activities Meeting will be at the Stoneycreek Farms on October 16, 1999 for our annual Chili Cookoff. We will meet from 6:00 PM to 12:00 PM at the Hay Barn. This year Harold and I will be presenting a trophy for the best Chili recipe. The hayrides will be at 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Make sure you attend and bring your favorite pot of Chili for this great event.
Gateway International to Cancel October 30-31 Regional RaceWe have received word the St. Louis Region will be canceling the October 30-31 Double Regional at Gateway International. The track will begin building a tunnel under the track, and they need to start construction immediately.
RALLY REPORTBy Roberta & Dave De Bolt
Our last rally was Sunday, the 26th of September. The rally was entitled "T's, SIDE ROADS, and CROSSROADS" and was written by Dale Baker. Be sure to check next month's "Clutch Chatter" for the results and follow-up article on this event and to see how the members of the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America like our rally program.
Items of Note:
NOVEMBER CAN BE NASTY OR NICE1999 Indianapolis Region Rally Series Points Event #5
NOVEMBER 14, 1999
Start: The start and finish of the event is at Noble Roman’s on State Road 46 (about a half mile west of Interstate 65 on the west side of Columbus, IN. There is a traffic light at the top of the hill. Turn right to enter the shopping center on the north side of SR46 and look for the check point sign.
Registration: - 12:00 - 12:45 PM
Concept of the rally: This is a Time-Speed-Distance rally with an emphasis on course following; i.e. it is a trap rally, but not as difficult as TrapShootShop. All roads used on this rally are public roads, both paved and unpaved.
For further information: Charles Hanson 317-780-9007 (leave a name and phone number if you get voice mail. I travel a lot)
ON THE ROAD AGAINWith Aeron Hylton
A few of our drivers went to Mid-Ohio for the August National at Mid-Ohio. Dave Daughtery won SSC while Tom Ashton was 11th in SSB and Bill Baten was 11th in T2. Mylon Stockton keeps improving in Formula Mazda, and this time he was 4th, while Bob Hoppes was 19th. John LaRue won Formula Ford as practice for a run at another National Championship in October. In Spec Racer Stu Coomer was 10th, Ray Dalton 14th, and Don Munday 16th. Fred Edwards took 2nd in F500 with Aaron Ellis 6th. Meanwhile, Chris Jennerjahn raced to a great second in FV. Greg Buttrey and Brian Jennerjahn both had problems and didn’t finish. In GT3 Sheldon Wilde got a third, but David Barnard didn’t manage to start the race in GT1.
Labor Day weekend saw several Indy drivers at Grattan Raceway. Bill Campbell got first in FP on Saturday and was having a great race for the lead on Sunday before he spun and had to settle for second. Lloyd Jennings also got a Saturday win in a great, close race, and likewise only managed second on Sunday. Daddy spun twice on Saturday and was 8th in SRF, but on Sunday he ran a great race and was 4th. Alan Knell was second in his Baby Grand on Saturday, but he said his electrons got lost on Sunday and the car wouldn’t start. Warren White was the top Club Formula Continental both days.
The rally team of Steve Phillips and Paul Gilbert headed north to Boyne City, Michigan for the 50th running of the Press On Regardless rally. Unlike earlier years where this was a car killing Pro Rally, these days the event is a TSD rally, although it is a long one (3 days, 685 miles) and uses some rugged roads (in northern Michigan what else is there?) Our boys finished fourth in the limited class and had a great time.
As the season drew to a close, some of our Regional Racers made one last trek to Mid-Ohio for Ohio Valley Region’s race. In the qualifying race, our three Spec Racer drivers were right together, with Ray Dalton 8th, Stu Coomer 9th, and Daddy 10th. But in the Sunday race, Ray got sixth while both Stu and Daddy got punted by bad boys from the east coast. Bill Campbell took first in F Production in both the qualifier and the main race. Steve VanVlymen had an 8th in ITS in the feature after a ninth in the qualifying race. Fred Hasselbrinck was second both days in Club Formula continental. And last, but not least, Jerry Schopp was 8th in the qualifier and fourth in the feature.
SOLO REPORTBy Dave & Cathy Hart
Well, it’s almost over (the 1999 Solo II season) and the class points results for our member participants will soon be known. Thanks to all who helped out and/or participated this year for making this year’s Solo program successful.
Clemens Burger and I will be conducting a brief discussion forum during the trophy presentation after our October 3rd event to allow participant input on this year’s season, and to solicit ideas for changes for next year’s program. A few topics we may address are sites, car classes, points rules, novices, race/street tires, indexes, and karts. Please stick around and participate.
Don’t forget to put our annual banquet and award presentation on your calendar for December 4th.
Results from the August 29th event at Fort Harrison and the September 19th event at Columbus are elsewhere in this issue. Please note that the Indy Region points for the Columbus event are scored based on the Indy Region rules, which do not include the 2-second race tire handicap.
By the time you read this, we may have already completed the October 3rd event at the 16th Street Speedway. Event results will be in November’s Clutch Chatter, along with the final year-end points standings.
There is an ad elsewhere in this issue for the October 3rd event. Please note that Columbus has moved the SuperWeekend event to October 9th and 10th.
1999 INDY REGION SOLO II SCHEDULEDate(s) - Event/Site
Oct 3 - 16th Street Speedway
Dave Hart - (317) 849-2495 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Indianapolis Region SCCA Solo II - Points Event #8Fort Benjamin Harrison - August 29, 1999
Place - Time - Name - Vehicle
Indianapolis Region SCCA Solo II - Points Event #9Columbus Municipal Airport - September 19, 1999
Place - Time - Name - Vehicle
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VSCDA Vintage Grand PrixOctober 8 - 10
Thursday:Event Officials:Registration - 4:00 pm – 8:00 pmFriday:Registration - 7:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday:
Chief Steward - Andy Welden (317) 297-5474Note: Registration, Tech, and Sound Control will not be staffed by Indy Region. Please come out and join us in one of the other specialties.
CENTRAL DIVISION ROUNDTABLENovember 5-7, 1999
Travelodge Hotel & Confrence Center
Registration Fee: $35 per person, $28 for spouse