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Clutch Chatter -- October 2000
|1||6||AS||Steve Knitter||Porsche 911 Cabriolet - Silver|
|1||42||BS||Jay Hofacker||Mazda Miata - Blue|
|2||82||BS||John Steger||Mazda Miata - Red|
|1||68||CS||Clemens Burger||Toyota MR2 - Aquamarine|
|2||15||CS||S. Brinkerhoff||Toyota MR2 - Black|
|2||10||CS||D. Daubenspeck||Mazda RX-7 - Red|
|1||9||DS||Gustavo Hammerly||Honda CRX SI - Black|
|2||95||DS||Brett Striegel||Plymouth Neon ACR - Red|
|1||85||DSL||Cindy Fineberg||Dodge Neon ACR - Black|
|1||23||ES||Patrick Tipton||VW Golf GTI - White|
|2||4||ES||Guy Dingman||Nissan 240SX - White|
|3||9||ES||Dave Johnson||Pontiac Fiero SE - Red|
|4||121||ES||Brendon Hines||Mazda MX6 - Blue|
|1||13||FS||David Johnson||Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - White|
|1||46||GS||Rob Stokes||BMW 323ci - Gray|
|2||68||GS||Matt Chitwood||BMW 325is - Black|
|1||96||HS||Kevin Resseguie||Chevrolet Cavalier - Red|
|2||20||HS||Dave Debolt||Chevrolet Citation - White/Grn|
|2||77||HS||James Owens||VW Jetta TDI - Green|
|1||255||ESP||Paul Lazaro||Mitsubishi Eclipse GST - Red|
|2||9||ESP||Scott Burton||Pontiac Trans Am - Green|
|1||6||CP||Paul Fox||Chevrolet Corvair - White|
|2||37||CP||Mark Gillespie||Yenko/Stinger - White/Blue|
|1||99||AM||Wm Lee Hidy||Tobias Sprint Car - Blk/Yell|
|1||7||DM||Phil Wehman||Caterham Seven Super 7 - Red|
|1||66||FM||Larry Metz||Zink C4 Solo Vee - Red|
|1||6||STS||Steve Linn||Nissan Sentra SE-R - Red|
|2||22||STS||Chris McGuire||VW Rabbit GTI - Red|
|1||51||STR||Alan Ausbrooks||Subaru Impreza RS - Blue|
|1||10||NSS||Tiffany Howey||Chevrolet Corvette - Blue|
|1||12||SESP||Corey White||Ford Mustang LX 5.0 - Black|
|1||21||SESP||Sam White||Ford Mustang LX 5.0 - Black|
|1||25||SHS||Dennis Dunkman||Honda Civic EX - Green|
|1||40.088||37||STS||Greg Murphy||Honda Civic EX - Purple|
|2||40.328||6||STS||Steve Linn||Nissan Sentra SER - Red|
|3||41.944||22||STS||Chris McGuire||VW Rabbit GTI - Red|
|4||42.218||01||STS||Jon Kerns||VW GT-VR6 - Red|
|5||42.754||12||STS||Martin Ausbrooks||Honda Accord - Maroon|
|6||44.474||66||STS||John Ausbrooks||Honda Accord - Red|
|7||45.012||23||STS||James Lin||Acura Integra GS - White|
|8||47.163||77||STS||Zach Bryant||Mercury Cougar - White|
Date(s) - Points Event - Event/Site
Oct 1 - -8 - Former Delco Remy Plant 3, Anderson, IN
The rally team of Steve Phillips and Paul Gilbert hit the road again in their trusty SAAB for the 52nd running of the POR. After 2 days, 550 miles, and 56 controls, they managed a 3rd in class, 12th OA against national level competition and had a great time doing it.
|HART, DAVID B||63|
|CAMPBELL, WILLIAM J||57|
|KNELL, S ALAN||41|
|SHIRE, BRUCE E||36|
|REISERT, JOHN MARK||16|
|WHITE, WARREN D||12|
|MC NAMARA, PETE||9|
|HUNT, ROBERT A.||7|
Drivers: For your regional points to be counted towards our regional yearend awards, I must have your regional race results no later than November 3, 2000. Thanks! Jan Castelluccio, 9115 Trinity Place, Indianapolis, IN 46229
Just a note to let you know my racing activities came to an abrupt end at 4:30 am Labor Day morning when lightening destroyed my garage and shop. I lost my green GP Spitfire in addition to the tow truck, an XKE Jaguar Coupe, a 1965 Triumph Spitfire, two 650cc Triumph motorcycles, and all my tools and shop equipment. I started racing in the 1950s driving an outlaw dirt modified on the midwest short dirt tracks. I joined SCCA in 1977 and bought the green GP Spitfire. The logbook now shows 121 races and I enjoyed every one of them including the bad days. I especially enjoyed all the great people associated with SCCA Club Racing. Many thanks to all the workers and the Indy Region administrative people who work so hard every year. My trophy wall represents many fond memories of IRP, Road America, Daytona, Sebring, Mid-Ohio, etc. Best wishes for continued success of the SCCA and the Indy Region. --Hugh Kluesner
October 20-22, 2000
Thursday: - Registration - 4:00 pm 8:00 pm
Friday: - Registration - 7:00 am 5:00 pm
- F&C Meeting @ Start/Finish 7:20 am
- Track Manned & Ready - 7:45 am
- Practice - 8:00 am 11:30 am
- Practice - 1:00 pm 5:30 pm
Saturday: - Registration - 7:00 am 5:00 pm
- F&C Meeting @ Start/Finish 7:20 am
- Track Manned & Ready - 7:45 am
- Practice - 8:00 am noon
- Qualifying - 1:15 pm 6:00 pm
Sunday: - Registration - 9:00 am 1:00 pm
- F&C Meeting @ Start/Finish 9:50 am
- Track Manned & Ready - 10:15 am
- Races - 10:30 am 6:00 pm
We need to staff Race Control, F&C, T&S, Pits, Grid, and Course. There will be parties both nights at the track plus free lunches for workers. Event shirts and other give-aways are promised. For more information contact Terrence Garrett at (317) 849-3543.
Deja vu is the feeling that you have experienced this event before. The rest is possibly a Yogi Berra term. Or perhaps we should say "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
Being older allows, nay, forces the option of looking things over in a historical perspective. Yes, Ive been there before. So has the SCCA, over and over again.
The first time that I attended a road race in the 60s, many of the "Production" cars were driven in, the headlights taped, the mufflers removed, and then raced. The tires even had "some" tread. Then major manufacturers got involved and the rules changed to allow competition adjustments. Alternate "production" camshafts and wheels were allowed. Enough adjustments were allowed that policing became difficult, then impossible. Finally the SCCA threw up their hands and said that virtually everything was free, including treadless tires. Now we have silhouette tube frame racers as stock as LeMans prototypes. The pro classes such as Trans-Am followed the same route. Production pony cars developed into silhouette racers.
There was a regional class to allow over prepared cars (such as engine swaps) to run--A/Sports Racing. I was in this class at the time and witnessed full blown Can-Am cars take over this class.
OK you ask where is the deja vu part? SCCA never (perhaps cannot) reduces a classs preparation limits, they just make new classes. They started over with showroom stock classes (there are some very good stock cars) and almost ruined it with "trunk kits". If you go to a regional race today you will witness a new "Production" class. Its called IT (Improved Touring) in many forms. It also has "some" tread required. At the top are the prepared pony cars and at the bottom are grocery getters. Basically, these are meant to be capable of being driven in, as in the opening paragraph, and raced. So, over the years we destroyed a grass roots class and replaced it with another. In fairness, there is a move to include current, modern, cars in the original production classes with less preparation. My fingers are crossed.
I just learned recently of a new IT class: ITE for over prepared cars including engine swaps--Is anyone else experiencing Deja vu (A/SR)?
Since road racing cars are allowed to come over to Solo II, we must pay attention to road racing history and new developments. Before, and including 1973 and the introduction of official Solo II rules, road racing rules were used in their entirety in autocrossing. Obviously this didnt work well considering the speed and course size differential.
There were a lot of local non-SCCA clubs who had the classing pretty much worked out. Most of them were using 20 ft. wide courses. There were no good tires, so that was a non-issue. Slicks went into Modified class. There were also no good stock cars; Pintos, Falcons, Valiants, etc. So if you wanted your car to handle at all, you had to modify it some. Wider wheels, anti-roll bars, shocks, lowering, headers, spoilers, airdams, etc. were accepted as "stock". Engine hop ups were not accepted. People could have zoomy cars, load up the picnic basket, arrive - not change tires - and drive home. Recruiting was easy, just bring out whatever you are driving and run with a competitive chance.
The official SCCA rules finally overtook local rules for standardizations sake and cars had to be totally stock. Except strangely for front anti-roll bars, adjustable shocks, and DOT tires with real race rubber and shadow tread. The tires allowed the stock cars to be lowered, regeared, and prone to tipping over.
The carry over rules for road race speed cars for some reason had 8 ft. gates and 25 ft. slaloms. This grew some every few years as reason took over. Can you imagine our current CP cars on 8 ft. courses?
The DOT rubber was so sticky and wore so fast that tire trailers and tire changing became necessary. It was hard to recruit new people who had to have $1500 worth of tires and equipment and also could not do anything neat, cool or cosmetic to their cars. Street Prepared was developed for those who wanted to modify their street driven cars some. Since only external engine mods were permitted the competition bar was raised to include very expensive aftermarket electronic injection systems. While these are very interesting cars they are hardly entry level any more and are rarely street driven.
The race car classes are mainly a carry over so that ex-production cars and Trans-Am and GT cars may run. It wasnt written as such but was expected to be for Club Racers. Now this class is being entered by full bore tube frame silhouette cars. The progression from replica, pro, road racing into Solo II isnt a natural state. We are forced to accept the high speed track, pro, changes, into our slow speed grass roots sport. The same thing is happening to our prepared solo classes as happened to the production road racing classes going in GT classes. More deja vu? The formula cars have progressed over fairly nicely however.
D and E Modified (remember A/SR?) were for over prepared production cars. Now we have lift off replica carbon fiber bodies over full formula car chassis (remember Can-Am?) A move was instigated a few years back to allow a place for heavier E/Ms to run, but didnt make it. If you examine the new A Prepared closely enough, you will see that a place has been made for the overprepared production cars that were intended for the original E/M.
Lest you think that this article is only complaining, something very good has happened at the grass roots level. Im feeling deja vu again. The most popular new car class that recruits the best is Street Touring S. These cars must be street legal, on hard tires, but can have many modifications that dont effect performance directly. THIS IS EXACTLY THE WAY THAT AUTOCROSS STARTED. Just as in the beginning these cars come in caravans of 10 or more cars and can comprise 20% of the local entry. No trailers, no tire changing. They open their hoods but gather around the backs of the cars to discuss their stereo systems. There are also Street Touring classes for race tires and for turbos and engine swaps (here we go again!!!). While Im generally against more classes I believe that STS should stay even if we have to reduce the number of Street Prepared and Prepared classes. I have run in all of the class categories. I choose to run in prepared and modified and make no excuses. Im talking about the future of the sport, not me.
Thirty five years later we have also progressed back to the 15 ft wide courses and 45 ft gates. They generally average 20 ft. and 60 ft. so that drivers can choose their lines even if they choose wrong. Whether I drive my large car or my small one I know that there is one 8 ft. wide correct line, but I should get to choose.
Maybe it isnt deja vu after all. Its actually happening
First of all, I owe an apology to Turner Woodard who sponsored our July rally to Wasatch Lake and to Vic Brunamonti who chaired the event for forgetting that the August Clutch Chatter went to press before the event. The result was that I forgot to publish the results of our most successful event of the year. We had twenty-seven entries of whom thirteen were novices. Everybody made it through the course. I got stuck in the library at Wasatch Lake doing the scoring, so I did not get to see much. However, what I did see reminded me of the really nice resorts up in Wisconsin and Minnesota where you can relax or be as active as you want. Come out to IRP on the weekend of Oct. 20 - 22 and see Turner practice his other hobby, which is Vintage Racing.
So, in September the Weather Gods finally bit the rally program. We must have been jinxed by the Solo Chairman who published in the September Clutch Chatter comments about how lucky the Solo program had been with the weather all season. We should probably thank the Huntington Bank which did not know that we took advantage of their drive through lanes to run a mostly dry registration and drivers meeting. In any case, the event started in fairly heavy rain, but it dried up before the middle of the event. Frank and Candi found a bunch of twisty roads and some really exotic intersections. Frank, or course, snuck in a couple of "new" timing wrinkles to keep everybody on their toes.
Oct 29 - October Tour - Ken & Deb Osiecki
Nov 19 - Dan Cook & Chuck Hanson
|Jim Bredle & Jackie Bredle||1-A,T||520|
|Carolyn George & James Cates||1-B,T||628|
|E. Benton Tackitt, III & IV||1-C,T||740|
|Roberta & Dave DeBolt||2-C,T||777|
|Dan & Ann Cook||3-C||795|
|Bob Farr & L. Lentz||4-C||886|
|Vicki Pope & Dave Smith||1-N,T||1553|
I have been at this for 30 years and I can honestly say that I rarely have had the support of a Rally Chairman for any of the events that I have mastered that comes close to Chuck's help for this one. I don' think we realize just how lucky the Region is for Chucks effort. --Frank Pope
|O.A||Class||Driver & Naviagator||Points|
|1||1-A||Jim & Jackie Bredle||35-T|
|2||1-B||Candice & Frank Pope||75-T|
|3||2-A||Steve Phillips & Paul Gilbert||88|
|4||1-C||Benton III & Benton IV Tackitt||133-T|
|5||2-C||Dave & Roberta DeBolt||167-T|
|6||3-C||Bob & Pam Farr||176-T|
|7||4-C||Richard & Janet Atkins||272|
|8||1-N||Susan Fleener & Harold Apple||282-T|
|9||5-C||Michael & Jenny McGraw||300|
|10||2-N||Jack & Carla Morris||324-T|
|11||3-N||Molly Butters & Nicole Bosier||345-T|
|12||2-B||King Doxsee & Don Reynolds||364-T|
|13||6-C||Jo Seymour & SC Fletcher||419|
|14||4-N||Taylor Woodard & Nan Ruby||488-T|
|15||3-B||Mary Anne Butters & Steve Behr||507|
|16||4-B||Carolyn George & James Cates||564|
|17||5-N||Floyd & Lana Ireland||652|
|18||6-N||Jim & Cheryl Schneider||660|
|19||7-N||Tess & Jennifer Ireland||697|
|20||7-C||Turner Woodard & Tom Cancilla||784|
|21||8-C||David & Jeff Alexander||859|
|22||8-N||Terrance & Joanna Ireland||905|
|23||9-N||Carlos E. & Carlos R. Santos||959|
|24||10-N||Tim Young & Dina Hinshaw||1046|
|25||11-N||Jonathon & Ginger Santos||1053|
|26||12-N||David & Terri Stacy||1058|
|27||13-N||Mike & Penny Andrews||1183|
Sunday, October 29
Directions: Take I-65 North from Indy to highway 39 (mile marker 138). Take 39 all the way through Lebanon to the north side of town. The start is at the Wal-Mart on the north side of Lebanon. The end is at Arnis of Lebanon.
This is a moderately brisk tour rally covering Boone, Clinton, Carroll, and Tippecanoe Counties. Ken tells me that the scenic and twisty roads along the various streams are mostly gravel, with the result that the 100 miles of course is approximately 50% gravel. I cannot give you more detail because I will not see the course until Sunday while most of you are watching the Grand Prix. Dan Cook can testify that running Divisional Rallies which frequently have a lot of gravel is a real hoot. We need workers, so those of you who need to qualify your year end points and do not want to run on gravel have a good excuse to work this event.
Registration: - 11:00 AM 11:45 AM
Driver's Meeting: - 11:45 AM
First Car Out: - 12:01 PM
First Car finishes: - 4:10 PM (Approximate)
Contact: Charles Hanson (317) 780-9007 (Leave a name and phone number if you get voice mail. I travel a lot.)
Well, it's been awhile since I have written an article or have been able to write an article for "Clutch Chatter." I am still fighting our (my) computer problems at home, so I am writing this at work. (After hours, of course!) Although hearing from me is way overdue, not only in plan but in actuality, I hope I can make up for some of the time that has passed. My apologies to everyone. As a way to start this column, I would like to introduce those individuals and families who have become new members of the S.C.C.A. and joined the Indianapolis Region family during the month of July.
|Tiffany E. Strebin||Patrick Moriett|
|410 Country Ln.||8450 Moller Rd.|
|Kokomo, IN 46902-5119||Indianapolis, IN 46268|
|Arturo Antonio Ferrari||Nicola Scotto|
|8450 Moller Rd.||8450 Moller Rd.|
|Indianapolis, IN 46268||Indianapolis, IN 46268|
|317-873-0526 (H)||317-873-0526 (H)|
|Aldo Andretti||Shawn Albright|
|Carolyn S. Andretti||Toby Albright|
|7674 Shelia Drive||10201 Central Ave.|
|Brownsburg, IN 46112||Indianapolis, IN 46280|
|William L. Robinson||Ken W. Smith|
|397 N. Union||5015 Watersite Cir.|
|Russiaville, IN 46979||Indianapolis, IN 46254|
|Brett Striegel||Lou Byer|
|1048 S. Whitcomb Ave.||58 N. Pasadena St.|
|Indianapolis, IN 46241||Indianapolis, IN 46219|
|Paul D'Angelo||Larry Halcomb|
|742 Delray Dr.||3101 Midvale Dr.|
|Indianapolis, IN 46241-1785||Indianapolis, IN 46222|
|P. Jay Hofacker||Paul R. Cox|
|5149 York Bend Ct.||1675 W. Curry Rd.|
|Indianapolis, IN 46254||Greenwood, IN 46143-9519|
Congratulations and again, welcome! If you meet or see these people at one of our events, please stop and welcome them to our club. If you have any questions concerning your membership, please call. Let me hear from you.
Free: One 1970 Fiat 850 and one 1971 Fiat 850. Both in rough condition. One 1980 (?) VW Rabbit front clip with carburated motor and a fuel injected motor. Call Scott at 765-482-4602, Lebanon, IN (10/00)
For Sale: 1995 Dodge Neon ACR road race prepared. New "trunk kit" springs & Konis. New wheel bearings. Drove to 1999 Rookie of the Year position. $5000. Call 765-477-0295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (10/00)
HOLIDAY INN-City Center
213 West Washington Street (Corner of Washington & Main)
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
SCCA Room rate: $79.00 per night up to 4 per room. Call Holiday Inn directly to make reservations (219 - 232-3941) - a block of 75 rooms will be held until October 23 at the above rate. Request the SCCA rate when making your reservations. The hotel is fully booked this weekend, so get your reservation in early.
Registration Fee for the Seminar: $45.00, spouses $40.00. Late Registration add $10.00 per person if postmarked after October 22. The Seminar registration fee includes all meetings both days, two continental breakfasts, lunch and BFG banquet. Tickets for the various meals will be in your registration packet. Lunch only fee is $15.00. For those attending only the Saturday evening BFG Awards Banquet, the fee is $25.00.
New for 2000, the CenDiv Roundtable is set to include the 2000 BF Goodrich Solo II Series awards banquet. This banquet is open to all attendees of the roundtable. The four tracks on the Roundtable meeting agenda will include Drivers, Race Operations, Region Management and Solo/Rally.
Registration will open on Friday, November 3 at 6:00 9:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.
Please print all information on your registration form
and mail with fees to:
Liz Eslaire, 5712 Homewood Drive, Fort Wayne IN 46825-4306
For more info call Liz - 219 - 483-7266 between 5:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Make checks payable to: Central Division Calendar Committee
Mail to: Central Division Calendar Committee, c/o Liz Eslaire, 5712 Homewood Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825-4306
|Attendee Name:||Attendee Fee @ $45.00:|
|Spouse Attendee Name:||Spouse Fee @ $40.00:|
|Address:||Late Fee per person @ $10.00:|
|City, State, Zip:||Lunch Only Fee @ $15.00:|
|Telephone:||BFG Solo Awards Banquet Only @ $25.00:|
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