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DRIVER’S SEAT

Ari Straus


Who Joins MMC and Why?

My own daughter, Aurora, is just one of several

Monticello Motor Club is truly the most

starting at just 13 years old. As parents, we all

exclusive and unique private race track and

enjoy the comfort of knowing that the training

country club in North America. Our member-

our kids receive here will help make them

ship – now more than 370 strong – includes

some of the safest, most responsive drivers

families, corporations, and individual members.

on the road when they have their state driver’s

teens who has learned to drive at MMC,

licenses in hand. Each one has a different story about what drew them to Monticello Motor Club, but what

One member, who joined with his son

they all have in common is a shared love

when his son was 15, told me, “While other

of high-performance vehicles. Some have

teenagers avoid their parents, my son asks to

track driving backgrounds, of course, but the

come to MMC with me. I’m not just the ‘cool

majority of our members come to us with no

dad’ among his friends; I’m a father who got

track experience at all.

to spend countless days with his son doing something incredible.”

They come from all over the region, driving anywhere from two hours (60 percent) to six

That father-and-son team – neither of whom

hours (10 percent) to get here. Some come

had any driving experience before joining

from farther away (10 percent) and even fly to

MMC – now race together in a professional

MMC from other countries, including Brazil,

Porsche series.

England, Israel, and Kuwait. MMC is made up of hundreds of experiences So what’s the draw?

just like theirs. That’s what happiness is all about: experience.

One member described it by saying, “Turning laps at MMC is meditative. No matter what’s

In fact, a wave of recent studies has shown

happening at work or home, all you think about

that more happiness comes from life’s

on the track is the next turn.”

experiences than the acquisition of material goods. Summarized in another study, “The

But MMC has become more than that.

good life…may be better lived by doing things

Monticello Motor Club is a place that forges

than by having things.”

and strengthens personal bonds. Jeff Bonforte, Yahoo’s senior vice president, explained in a

Our members believe that, and so do we. It’s

recent New York Times article that connections

what keeps our dedication to the MMC brand

built on a racetrack prove lasting because,

strong. We have invested more than $45

“…your brain is so happy that it washes over

million to date, and continue to reinvest profits

you, and the happiness lends itself to anyone

into ongoing development of the property.

else who is with you.”

MMC is solid, profitable, and growing, and we have our members to thank for that.

That happiness is even better when you get to share it with your spouse and kids. We’ve been grateful to welcome more and more family

Shiny-side up,

members, all of whom have discovered that there’s no better way to bond with your loved ones than on the track or at MMC’s full-service karting facility. Ari Straus, President/Managing Partner Monticello Motor Club

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Publishers Monticello Motor Club Media Solstice, LLC

CONTENT VOLUME 3

Executive Directors Jessica Gardner Holly Covart Writers, Editors & Photographers Michael Bloom Holly Covart Rick DeMan

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2015 Events Calendar

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MMC PRO SHOP: Polaroid CUBE

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2-Day G-Force Experience

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Queally Miata Race Challenge

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Karting Takes Pole Position in MMC’s Family Fun

Jessica Gardner

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Geoff L.: Fast Cars & Friendship

Roger Garbow

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MMC Team Challenge

Ashley Novack

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MMC & Montreign Partnership

Matthew O’Sullivan

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Share a Taste of MMC

Ari Straus

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All in the Family

Jason Upchurch

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2-Day Racing Schools

Printed By

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Ease & Safety with MMC Porsche PDK Racecars

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Bob B.: Retire to Style

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From the Wrenches

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Out of the classroom. Onto the track.

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2-Day Radical Racecar Experience

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Competition takes flight in race to Club Championship

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Dad, can I borrow the racecar?

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A Little Taste

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Serenity Gardens Blossoming

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Jason Rabe: Pro Instructor in the Lead

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Fleet Access Plans

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John O.: One man. One car. Miles of asphalt.

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2014… In the Rear View

Suzanne Forni

Jenna Hiatt

Johanna Seidel

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Performance Flight Challenge Member Race Series #1: May 16 #2: June 20 #3: July 18

#4: Sept. 12 #5: Oct. 10

Awards & Banquet: Oct. 10 Performance Flight Member Endurance Race #1: May 30

#2: June 21

Family Karting Race May 16 (Challenge) May 17 (Enduro) June 20 (Challenge) June 21 (Enduro)

July 18 (Challenge) Sept. 12 (Challenge) Oct. 10 (Challenge)

July 29 Aug. 17 Aug. 18 Sept. 21 Sept. 22

* Available to groups of non-members

2-Day G-Force Experience* May 27-28 (sold out) * Seats unfilled by members may be offered to non-members

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Aug. 13-14 (Advanced) Sept. 8-9 Sept. 15-16 Sept. 17-18 (Advanced)

* Seats unfilled by members may be offered to non-members

Halloween Fun Race Oct. 31 Intro to Racing School* (with either Mazda Miata Spec racecar or Porsche Cayman PDK racecar)

June 1-2 (PDK) (sold out) June 17 (PDK) ** (sold out) July 8 (Miata)** (sold out) Aug. 5 (PDK)**

Aug. 19 (Miata)** Sept. 8-9 (PDK) Oct. 21 (Miata)**

* Seat unfilled by members may be offered to non-members ** Indicates compressed one-day program; requires additional experience as prerequisite

Advanced Racing School*

MMC Team Challenge* May 4 (sold out) May 5 (sold out) June 8 (sold out) June 9 (sold out) July 28

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(with either Mazda Miata Spec racecar or Porsche Cayman PDK racecar)

June 4-5 (Miata) (sold out) June 18 (PDK)** (sold out) June 19 (PDK)** (sold out) July 9-10 (Miata) (sold out) July 16-17 (PDK)

Aug. 6-7 (PDK) Aug. 20-21 (Miata) Sept. 10-11 (PDK) Oct. 22-23 (Miata)

* Seat unfilled by members may be offered to non-members ** Indicates compressed one-day program; requires additional experience as prerequisite


MMC PRO SHOP Polaroid CUBE

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he Polaroid Cube, designed with the casual user in

Easy-to-use accessories, including suction mounts,

mind, is a versatile and easy-to-use lifestyle action

waterproof casings, and tripod mounts, allow you to

camera that delivers high-quality video and still

position the camera just about anywhere, and in any

images – perfect for recording your on- and off-track fun

condition. Polaroid also offers helmet and dashboard

at Monticello Motor Club.

mounts.

Catching your high-speed experiences on film no longer

The Cube includes a built-in microphone, single-button

has to be a complicated – and often costly – process. The

operation, and a 6-megapixel sensor with a 124-degree

Cube, an itty-bitty rubberized camera that measures just

wide-angle lens. It can shoot 720p/1080p video at 30fps,

35mm (1.4 inches) square and weighs in at 45 grams (1.6

and features a lithium battery that allows up to 90 minutes

ounces), will get the job done easily and inexpensively.

of recording time. The Cube is rechargeable via USB 2.0, and utilizes a single Micro SD card (up to 32GB) for simple

The camera itself features a powerful magnetic base that

video/image storage and transfer.

will keep it steadily positioned on many metal surfaces.

The Polaroid Cube (including waterproof case, suction mount, and tripod mount) is available for $170 in MMC’s Pro Shop.

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WHAT IS g-force ? G-force acts upon a body as a result of acceleration or gravity. For example, a 12-pound object undergoing a g-force of 2 Gs experiences 24 pounds of force. STANDING ON EARTH: 1 G ELEVATOR MOTION WHEN FIRST ASCENDING: 1.1 Gs SPACE SHUTTLE AT MAXIMUM LAUNCH: 3 Gs

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The G-Force Experience Debuts For 2015 Participants of this ultra-exclusive 2-Day G-Force Experience will receive the specialized training necessary to pilot high-downforce racecars at speed through corners to achieve the feeling of high g-forces. MMC’S PRO DRIVING INSTRUCTORS WILL PROVIDE ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION TO G-FORCE GUESTS IN RACECARS CAPABLE PRODUCING 1.2 TO 3.2 Gs. THOSE RACECARS WILL INCLUDE: • 550 HP Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe • Porsche Cayman PDK Racecar • Radical Racecars (SR1 & SR8 RSX) • Praga Racecars (R1 & R1 Turbo) • Lotus 2-Eleven • Birel DD2 Only two students will be admitted per class; each participant will be assigned his or her own pro driving instructor. Participants must have prior instruction at MMC or pre-approval by MMC’s lead instructor to participate in MMC’s G-Force Experience. Members receive discounts based on membership level. Spaces not filled by MMC members will be made available to non-members. Non-members are allowed to drive MMC twice per year and not more than five times in five consecutive years.

2-DAY G-FORCE SAMPLE AGENDA DAY 1: • 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Classroom, driving on South Course (1.6-mile configuration) (Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe, Porsche Cayman PDK) • 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lunch • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Classroom, driving on North Course (1.9-mile configuration) (Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe, Porsche Cayman PDK; Radical SR1 – launch practice, acclimation laps) • 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Lead-follow on Full Course (3.6-mile configuration) • 7 p.m. Dinner with instruction team (off-site)

DAY 2: • 8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Breakfast • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Classroom, driving on Full Course (3.6-mile configuration) (Radical SR1) • 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lunch • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Classroom, driving on Full Course (3.6-mile configuration) (Praga R1, Praga R1 Turbo – lead-follow) • 4 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Hot Laps (Participant is a passenger & driven by pro racer – Praga R1 Turbo, Radical SR8 RSX) • 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Graduation ceremony

TO CHECK AVAILABILITY, PLEASE CONTACT INFO@MONTICELLOMOTORCLUB.COM OR CALL 855.MMC.CLUB.

FEEL THE Gs!

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he Queally Miata Race Challenge series is back, along with the fun-filled competition and camaraderie for which

it has become known. Founded by MMC Co-Founder and Partner Paul Queally, the series has grown by leaps and bounds since its debut three years ago, and boasted nearly 30 registrants for the first race of the 2015 season. Drivers of all levels have gotten into the series’ playful spirit, laughing and ribbing each other, and embracing their light-hearted nicknames like badges of honor. “There are no knuckleheads here, like you might find in a more serious race,” Paul, known as The King, said. “This series represents everything we wanted MMC to be; it’s the most fun you’ll have on a track.” Despite its growth, the race series has maintained its low-key, laid back vibe. It only takes up half a day, and exclusively utilizes the Mazda Miata. The small but tough race-modified cars are fun to drive, and much more affordable than nearly any other vehicle on MMC’s property. “If you bang up one of these cars, you can get a part at a junkyard,” Paul said. “That certainly isn’t the case with a car that may have cost you a few hundred thousand dollars.”

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The Miatas are nimble racecars capable of

your own car,” said Dave, who rented a

The Queally Miata series is recognized as

respectable lap times and sideways drifts.

Miata from the MMC fleet for past races.

an amazing training opportunity, an ideal

In this race, the driver who provides the

“It’s a whole different experience.”

environment to transition from a solo track

most on-track entertainment is awarded

driver to a no-nonsense, closed-wheel racer.

the Workers’ Choice award, nearly as

“The cars are pretty much the same in

coveted as the First Place prize, which

weight and size,” MMC member Aaron P.

“When you first drive the track, you learn

included a giant chocolate chip cookie.

said. “As long as you don’t screw up, you

to figure out the line, and how to brake

shouldn’t be able to out-drag the guy next

properly,” said Dave. “And then if you join

to you.”

a Queally race and you’ve got 20 Miatas

“The Miata is a good beginner car, and great for developing racing skills overall,”

around you, you really start to learn. It’s a

said Ed H., who became an MMC member

“But you always want to know where Paul

in August 2013. Ed had very little racing

is in the mix,” Dave chimed in.

experience when he joined, but has since

lot more fun.” From the smack talk to the play on the

grown into a solid competitor. In fact, he

“Yeah, Paul’s got a different style of racing,”

track, everything on a Queally Miata

spent the later races of the 2014 season

Aaron agreed with a smile.

race day contributes to the appeal of

nipping at Paul’s heels, his tenacity earning him the nickname The Nemesis.

this fast-growing MMC favorite – its Paul isn’t afraid to push on the track as

blossoming lore, its ongoing story lines,

he looks for even the smallest opening to

real or imagined rivalries, and most of all,

Ed is just one of several MMC members

pass. He’s the one to beat, the one most

its deepening sense of fraternity.

– including Jacob A. and Dave S. – who

likely to use a sneak attack to eke out a win

recently purchased their own Miatas for

at the last millisecond.

use in the Miata Race Challenge series. All three took to the track in their new Miatas

“I’ve done a few Performance Flight

for the first race of the year in May.

Challenge races, and the vibe in this race is definitely different,” Jacob said. “People let

“You get excited about being in this series,

it hang out a little more at this one. Being in

and that gets you excited about having

these races makes you a better driver.”

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KARTING TAKES

POLE POSITION

IN MMC’S FAMILY FUN


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onticello Motor Club’s expanded

times and techniques. While karting, you’re

In addition to open track time and private

karting facility is delivering more

driving with no suspension in a vehicle that

karting instruction, the 2015 karting season

to members in 2015.

has the highest power-to-weight ratio of

at MMC includes Family Karting Challenges

any at MMC. The experience can go a long

and all-new Family Karting Enduros.

MORE PROGRAMS. MORE FEATURES. MORE FUN.

way to building endurance and providing a

MMC’s karting experts are also putting the

workout to get mind and body prepared for

final touches on various karting camps,

seat time in a racecar.

which will teach kids and teens about kart

Whether you’re racing with your family in

“There is such good connectivity between

side of racing, and the etiquette and

you and the road when you’re in a kart,”

dynamics of racing.

a Sodi kart or using a high-speed Birel kart as another way to hone your racing skills,

mechanics and maintenance, the technical

said MMC member Bill S. “You are so low to the ground so you can feel everything –

For those young speed demons hoping to

every adjustment, every vehicle response.

take it to the next level, MMC will introduce

members and their families.

You take those skills from the karting track

specialized training programs on the faster,

into the car, and suddenly you’re a better

two-stroke Rotax DD2 karts, which can hit

“Karting is often an entry point to the

racecar driver, a more responsive driver.”

speeds of more than 75 mph.

The karting facility, which opened on

“The skills these kids will learn can all carry

Father’s Day in 2014, is being enhanced

over when they’re ready to graduate to

this season with a state-of-the-art race

driving real cars on the main track,” Kieran

lighting system (the same system used

said. “Some kids as young as 13 have

on pro circuits around the globe), and

already moved up to MMC’s road course,

FIA-spec curbing around the entire course.

but they come back to the karting track as

Programming is also expanding to meet

well. It’s an irreplaceable experience.”

MMC’s newest motorsports amenity has received an enthusiastic thumbs-up from

motorsports world; every Formula One driver out there has raced karts at some point in their life,” MMC Karting Competition & Experience Manager Kieran Roberts said. “Some started as young as six years old.” But karting isn’t just for kids. In fact, kart training has already helped a number of MMC adult racers improve their on-track

the overwhelming interest from MMC’s members.


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eoff L., a strategy consultant for Life Science organizations, and his New York City buddies share an interest in motorsports. However, with hectic schedules and limited public track days, the crew could only get together to drive a few times a year – if that.

That changed in 2013. This Wolf Pack – complete with dynamic personalities and at least one personalized license plate – found a home at Monticello Motor Club. They all joined MMC, and found the perfect fit for fast cars and friendship. Start your engines, and let the razzing, backslapping, and name-calling begin…


MMC: We hear that you have nicknames for each other. Care to share? Geoff: We’ve got a few, absolutely. I used to be the Awesome Aussie since I grew up in Australia, but I think they changed it on me recently. Sensei. That’s what they’re calling me. I can get pretty centered from the moment I arrive at the track and suit up, so maybe that’s it. MMC: Which do you prefer, your solo visits or your group visits? Geoff: That’s a tough one. We all get along famously as a group of friends, and have a lot of fun when we’re on site together. Since each of us has different levels of experience, we’re often divided across run groups. We watch one another – lead-follow for those in a group with others – and then share our “words of wisdom” in the pits or in the lounge. It helps us all improve. It’s a different experience when I come by myself. All of the noise and tension of the work day is behind me. The Club has everything I need; I don’t have to worry about fueling, finding an air pump, or even finding a place to eat (by the way, Chef John is amazing). This makes for an almost Zen experience for me. It’s about tuning out the outside world and the small things, and focusing completely on my technique. MMC: You learned to drive on a public course. How does that compare with MMC? Geoff: Most amateur instructors at public courses are great drivers, but the driver ratings are subjective and can be inconsistent. You see widely varied skill levels on a track at any time, and that can be dangerous and unpredictable. At the Club, there’s so much track access throughout the season, and much more track time throughout each day. There is no pressure to rush to use every minute of available track time. The instructors are not only real pros, but they are the same set of instructors throughout the season. They have a better baseline to more consistently rate drivers so that everyone is placed in an appropriate run group. The bonus is that these same instructors are available for coaching so you can constantly improve your technique. There are also fewer people on the track at any given time, which makes the whole environment safer. The real bonus has been the experience. There’s always great food, great company, and great facilities. All of these things contribute to a better driving experience. MMC: What’s up next for you and your friends? Geoff: I’m realistic. I have no aspirations of becoming a Formula One driver. I’d probably rate my automotive geekiness at a three or four out of 10. Last season, though, there was talk of “we should do an MMC club race.” Those bold statements usually translate to challenges and, ultimately, reality. I guess at that point my automotive geekiness level would probably move to a solid seven.

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MONTICELLO MOTOR CLUB

TEAM CHALLENGE The new Monticello Motor Club Team Challenge provides the perfect bonding experience for corporate teams, families, and friends. We invite you to bring your whole crew (from five to 50 participants) to Monticello Motor Club, where teams will compete against other teams in a series of adrenaline-filled driving challenges, utilizing a variety of high-performance vehicles on our private 4.1-mile race track and karting track. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. LIMITED AVAILABILITY.

TO CHECK AVAILABILITY, PLEASE CONTACT INFO@MONTICELLOMOTORCLUB.COM OR CALL 855.MMC.CLUB.


MMC Team Challenge Stations include: Autocross (MMC’s Mushroom Course) Cones are set up on course, and points are awarded to those who successfully make it through the course the fastest. Launch & Stop (MMC’s South Course) Best times are based on a competitor’s 0-100 time in ratio to their stopping distance.

Dear MMC Staff –

Track Driving (MMC’s North Course)

I wanted to thank you and

Competitors are judged based on their time from start to finish. Karting Enduro (MMC’s Karting Track) Teams compete in a relay-style race, and points are awarded based on finishing positions.

your staff for putting together an exemplary day for us. Almost all of my friends

contacted me afterward to tell me that their day at

MMC was one of the best of their lives, and they relished each and every experience. Signed,

Miguel D.

MMC Team Challenge Participant

FAQs

What vehicles are used in an MMC Team Challenge? Several different vehicles will be used

My staff is only a team of seven. Can we still

throughout each MMC Team Challenge,

participate?

including karts, Jaguar F-Types, Porsche

Of course. Teams can be made up of as few as

Cayman PDKs, and even Radical racecars.

five members who will be competing against other teams.

How are winners determined? Points are awarded to individual competitors

Is track experience necessary?

at each station, and those points are then

Challenges are open to non-experienced drivers

combined among all teammates to determine

and veterans alike. No experience is necessary;

a team winner for the day. MVPs will also be

our team will be on hand to offer assistance

named. Teams are determined by MMC based

wherever needed.

on the format of the day and the number of attendees (eight people max per team).

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MMC & Montreign Bringing

Four Seasons of

First-Class Fun

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he Montreign Resort Casino

Empire Resorts and MMC have agreed to

and Adelaar, a $1 billion, four-

a long-term partnership that will extend

season family destination now

the first-class MMC experience to all of the

under construction just five minutes

four-star amenities that will be offered at

from Monticello Motor Club, is poised to

the Montreign Resort Casino.

become one of the most comprehensive gaming resorts in the Northeast.

“A member of Montreign’s concierge team will be available at MMC so that our

Developed by Empire Resorts and EPR

members can easily arrange transportation

Properties, the Montreign project will

on a new luxury MMC-Montreign shuttle,

include an 80,000-square-foot casino

make dinner reservations at one of the four

(with 61 table games and 2,150 state-of-

new restaurants, and make reservations to

the-art slot machines), 391 luxury rooms

stay in one of the designated MMC rooms

designed to meet the 4-star and 4-diamond

at Montreign,” MMC Managing Partner and

standards of Forbes® and AAA®, a

President Ari Straus said. “MMC members

water park facility with another 400 hotel

will also enjoy one complimentary night’s

rooms, multiple dining, shopping, and

stay at Montreign per year.”

entertainment options, and meeting and conference space.

As part of MMC’s agreement with Empire Resorts, MMC members will be guaranteed

“The privileges that come with being an

“best available hotel room rates” at the

MMC member will only get better once

resort for themselves and their guests.

our Montreign Resort Casino opens,”

MMC members will also receive exclusive

said Charles Degliomini, executive vice

invitations to special events at Montreign,

president of Empire Resorts. “After an

and enjoy fine dining at Bistecca, an Italian

exciting day of racing, MMC members will

steakhouse operated by award-winning

be able to enjoy an equally exciting night

Celebrity Chef Scott Conant.

of four-star luxury, hospitality, and dining experiences.”

“With Montreign, MMC members have more reasons than ever to visit throughout the season, and to bring more friends, family, and business colleagues,” Ari said. “Imagine a weekend of snow and ice driving on the track while enjoying the casino, indoor waterpark, upscale hotel, and restaurants at Montreign, just five minutes away.”

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A Catskill Destination. Reborn. This $1 billion integrated entertainment and lifestyle complex has been meticulously planned as an altogether new type of year-round destination resort. Located just minutes away from MMC, this new project includes: • 80,000-square-foot casino • 391 luxury hotel rooms & suites • Casual & gourmet restaurants • Luxury five-star spa (24/7 and state-of-the-art health & fitness center) • Convention center (1,300-seat event center, pre-function space, 500-seat showroom) • Conference meeting rooms & banquet facilities • Year-round entertainment options • 18-hole Monster golf course (redesigned by Reese “The Open Doctor” Jones) • 400-room family indoor waterpark lodge • Entertainment Village (shops, restaurants, movie theater, bowling) • Outdoor activities (snow tubing, hiking trails, bicycle paths, zip lines)

To learn more, visit www.montreign.com or www.adelaarny.com.


Share a Taste of MMC TASTE OF THE KARTING TRACK

TASTE OF THE TRACK MMC’s Taste of the Track offers all the luxury typically reserved exclusively for members of this premier automotive country club and private race track. Whether you’ve never driven on a track before or you’re a track fanatic, the Taste of the Track offers the perfect experience for everyone. As our guest, you’ll experience life as a member of the most exclusive motorsports country club in North America, and enjoy the thrill of high-performance driving in a safe and controlled environment.

Enjoy the perfect experience for those with a love of motorsports, including kids, teens, and adults. AVAILABLE IN BOTH FULL-DAY AND HALF-DAY PACKAGES,

AVAILABLE IN BOTH FULL-DAY AND HALF-DAY

A TASTE OF THE TRACK INCLUDES:

PACKAGES, A TASTE OF THE KARTING TRACK INCLUDES:

• Hours of seat time in MMC’s high-performance fleet vehicles

• Access to MMC’s 1-kilometer karting track (9 turns, 30 feet of elevation changes) & full-service karting facility • Hours of seat time in one of MMC’s Sodi karts • All necessary safety equipment • Private instruction for new & experienced karters • Meals for karting driver & a parent or chaperone

• Personal driving coach • Access to karting track • Concierge services & meals • Access to clubhouse amenities & a facility tour

NOTE: Full-day participants will enjoy hours of one-on-one instruction from one of MMC’s driving pros throughout their visit.

NOTE: Karters must meet a minimum height requirement of 44 inches. The youngest karters must be approved by the instructor for their ability to safely follow instructions.

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Exhilaration !

Find out how you can get behind the wheel at: monticellomotorclub.com also www.monticellomotorclub.com/experiences/radical-racecar-experience


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Because Monticello Motor Club is a privately owned, members-only facility, it is exempt from the age restrictions that race tracks typically enforce. The minimum age to drive on track nearly everywhere in the world is 18. At MMC, Emma was able to get behind the wheel of a car at just 13 years old. The Club emphasizes safety,

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Of course, her tiny size did create some

onticello Motor Club continues

“The bragging rights carry home with us,

to evolve, consistently expanding

that’s for sure,” said Justin. “But more

programming and activities that

so, the Club lets us enjoy our passion for

appeal to motorsports enthusiasts of all

driving together as a family.”

ages. It’s a place not just for boys and their toys; it has become a venue that bonds the

Cristian’s two daughters, 9-year-old Cristina

whole family.

and 6-year-old Giselle, have their own Birel karts, too, and definitely share dad’s

“I’ve always enjoyed the racing at MMC

need for speed. Their brother, 2-year-old

after a long week of work, but it’s even

Theodore, is still too young to strap in, but

better now that I can bring the kids along,”

he loves to watch.

said MMC member and current Club Champion Cristian S.

“The girls love being with me at the Club; they love the whole racing thing,” Cristian

MMC’s karting track, complete with a

said. “The family stuff that goes on here is

1-kilometer asphalt ribbon, nine turns, and

great; the more, the better.”

30 feet of elevation changes, has opened the door for a new generation of race

“Monticello Motor Club is more than a

enthusiasts.

race track; it’s a country club that provides opportunities for me and my family to spend

“The karting track gives our sons, (9-year-

time together,” said MMC member Al D.

old twins) Max and Zach something they love to do while we’re driving,” said

Al and his oldest daughter, 13-year-old

MMC member Justin E., who often races

Emma, have a shared love

with his wife, Nicole. “It has taught them

of motorsports that took

responsibility. They talk to us and we

root when Emma was in

help them learn. Really, it strengthens our

diapers. He took her to

relationship.”

watch the races before she

challenges when she tried to reach the pedals in her personalized pink Fiat, but nothing a few modifications – a custompoured seat and extensions on the shifter, the steering wheel, and the pedals – couldn’t fix. “Emma has had lots of private instruction here and she drives well, so her fellow members trust her on the track,” Al said. “They all use caution when they spot the pink Fiat out there, and avoid getting overly aggressive.” MMC has created opportunities for Emma, some she wouldn’t get to enjoy anywhere else in the world. “Emma wouldn’t be allowed to ride shotgun on most tracks,” Al, who races professionally, said. “At MMC, she can do it all. She even got to compete in the NARRA Grand Prix when it came here last year.”

could walk, and introduced Justin and Nicole bought their boys their

her to karting at a track in

very own Birel karts at MMC, and the pair

New York when she was

developed a healthy on-track rivalry that is

just seven years old.

already the stuff of legends at the Club.

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MMC President and Managing Partner Ari Straus, who also races in professional events, has a unique understanding of the motorsports bond that Al and Emma share. He and his daughter, 16-year-old Aurora, have built something similar on the asphalt.

5

Aurora started driving at MMC when she was just 13, and last year competed in several races with the Intercontinental

For many of MMC’s driving neophytes, that

Trophy Cup and Skip Barber Racing Series.

growth often begins with the early basics.

This year, Aurora will drive for McCumbee McAleer Racing in the SCCA Pro Racing

“When we first brought (Bill’s daughter) Kate

Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup.

to MMC, she’d never been behind the wheel of any car before,” said MMC member Tracy

“Since then, Kate has gone out on the main

“MMC provides the opportunity for young

Q., who races regularly with her husband,

track in one of the Club’s Jaguar F-TYPEs

people, who show a true interest in and

Bill. “It was important to us that Kate learn

during a touring session with other drivers,

respect for the sport, to pursue that interest

the things that every street driver should

and she loved it,” Tracy said. “It’s nice to

to the highest possible level,” Ari said. “The

know, but so few actually learn.”

know that there’s a place for all of us here as a family.”

Club, its members, our pros, the facilities and cars – everything and everyone here

The instructors at MMC taught Kate how

supports their exploration and growth.”

to drive a manual shift car, and slowly progressed to on-track driving.

6

1. Steve F. and his daughter, 14-year-old Astrid. 2. Nine-year-olds Max E. and Desta H. take their karts out for opening weekend. 3. Justin R., his wife, Margaret, and their kids, 11-year-old Allison and 8-year-old Jack, enjoy family fun. 4. Glenn S. and his son, 12-year-old Ben, goof off after some spirited karting. 5. 16-year-old Aurora S. and 13-year-old Emma D. take podium finishes with the support of their coach, Stevan McAleer. 6. MMC Pro Instructor Jason Rabe takes 11-year-old Colin L. out for the pace laps.


MMC 2-DAY RACING SCHOOLS

INTRO LEVEL

ADVANCED LEVEL

If you have limited track experience, get started with MMC’s

MMC’s 2-Day Advanced Racing School* is designed for the

2-Day Intro to Racing School*. Our programs provide you with

enthusiast with intermediate or advanced track experience and/

a foundation in racing techniques, either for improving your

or for graduates of our 2-Day Intro to Racing School or equivalent

high-performance driving days or as a gateway towards racing.

program.

The curriculum combines classroom sessions with hours of seat time with an MMC pro instructor in an ultra-exclusive, small

Take it up a gear and learn advanced racing techniques to hone

group setting. Those with no prior track experience whatsoever

your skills or to prepare for your first race. Our curriculum focuses

may often qualify for the 2-Day Intro program after a single day of

on passing skills, speed, and racing proficiency. Through multiple

private instruction.

mock starts and races, students with no prior racing experience will gain comfort being side by side with competitors and be ready

NOTE: This is a prerequisite for those interested in Club or professional

for future races.

racing licenses, which may be obtained after completing the 2-Day Advanced Racing School graduates will receive a letter of

Advanced Racing School.

recommendation from MMC to apply for a NASA racing license, accepted by SCCA and most other amateur racing car clubs and sanctioning bodies. BOTH RACING SCHOOL EXPERIENCES INCLUDE:

Members receive discounts based on membership level.

• Approximately three hours of driving time each day

Spaces not filled by MMC members will be made available to

• Use of Porsche Cayman PDK racecar or Spec Mazda Miata racecar both days, as well as various street cars for acclimation laps

non-members. Non-members are allowed to drive MMC twice per year and not more than five times in five consecutive years.

• Breakfast & lunch both days • Instruction • All classroom materials

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Ease & Safety With MMC Porsche PDK Racecars By Rick DeMan DeMan Motorsport

C

onstructed by DeMan Motorsport,

The 7-speed transmission shifts so well

Caymans have been outfitted with built-in

Monticello Motor Club’s new fleet

(in less than 100 milliseconds) that it

HD cameras to record hand movements,

of Porsche Cayman PDKs was

out-performs any manual transmission on

track position, and GPS data for driving

the road today. On MMC’s track, the super-

performance review.

designed with the racing student in mind.

fast, electronically shifted gearbox lets The Cayman allows drivers, whether

students power through driving school as

MMC’s Porsche Cayman PDK racecars

novices or seasoned track veterans, to

they learn the track and techniques.

can set impressive lap times around the

build up speed at their own pace. This

track in a car that weighs just under 3,000

high-performance car is equipped with the

MMC’s Caymans also offer a

pounds. The suspension, brakes, and tires

dual-clutch PDK transmission, allowing

comprehensive safety package that

are ideal for the learning environment as

drivers to shift with just a flick of the

includes full roll cages, racing seats

they provide consistent feedback to the

carbon paddle. With the PDK, you never

and harnesses, safety nets, radios, and

driver, and perform well in all conditions.

have to worry about over-revving on the

intercoms that keep driving students

downshift, damaging a racing engine, or

in constant contact with MMC’s pro

With these custom-built cars, learning the

missing a shift.

instructors both in-car and when

art of high-performance driving is now

coaching from track sidelines. The

easier and safer.


Retire to

Bob B. Everyone at Monticello Motor Club knows 72-year-old Bob B.

Bob enters #26 into as many MMC member races as he can, and has been developing his racing skills steadily over the years.

He’s one of the Club’s Founding members, and spends as much time as he can at MMC. He enjoys his retirement years his way, and lets

“My first race at MMC, I was so nervous,” Bob recalled. “They

nothing slow him down – not even a recent hip replacement.

dropped the flag and I looked around, and thought, ‘where’d everybody go?’”

Almost as recognizable at MMC is Bob’s Factory Five GTM, #26. Bob built the supercar himself over a year and a half. Based on tough

Now Bob is racing in the middle of the pack, and getting better

Corvette C5 running gear, it “clears the quarter-mile in 11.0 seconds

every season. Bob’s fellow members should be put on warning: Bob

at 132 miles per hour. And that, amigos, is quicker than a Porsche

is preparing to launch something new onto the track for the 2015

Carrera GT, a Ferrari 599 Fiorano, and a Z06 Corvette,” wrote Larry

season. His second Factory Five GTM, this one #52, is nearly ready

Webster, technical editor of Car & Driver Magazine.

for its debut.

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“There are no judgments at MMC about how fast you’re going, or how good your times are,” Bob said. “The atmosphere is so supportive, and the MMC team – from the top down – makes it a fantastic experience every time.” Bob’s wife Veronica and the couple’s two daughters, Emily and Sara, thought MMC would be the perfect venue to host Bob’s 70th birthday celebration. His family rented out the entire MMC property, and Bob played host to more than 120 people who came to share his milestone. He brought out his whole fleet of cars for his guests to enjoy, and instructors took party-goers onto the track for hot laps. “The entire experience was something I will never, ever forget,” said Bob. “I fell in love with MMC at first sight, and the Club has been like a second home ever since.”


MMC SERVICE CENTER:

FROM THE

WRENCHES


M

MC’s Service Center Techni-

“Every job we’ve ever had has been turning

MMC is home base to auto enthusiasts

cians Michael Weyandt and

wrenches on something,” Mike said. “We

whose collections run the gamut from hot

Joseph Foster share a deep

got into it because we have always loved

rods to formula-style racers; vintage cars

love of motorsports.

motorsports.”

to the most exotic racecars ever built. Most technicians don’t have a chance

Both grew up together in Sullivan County,

They both have a wealth of knowledge to

to see vehicles like the ones that drive

and began their automotive education in a

offer, and each brings something different

through the gates of MMC, let alone work

vocational program offered through their

to the team. Together, Mike and Joe

under their hoods.

high school. Soon after, Joe started in

continue to further their education to stay

collision and refinishing work, while Mike

on top of the ever-advancing motorsport

But Mike and Joe work expertly moving

went on to earn an associate degree in

performance mechanics and technologies.

from one racecar to the next, fine tuning

Automotive Technology from SUNY Delhi.

This past winter, Mike and Joe successfully

and dialing in on the mechanics of each

completed a two-week training program to

car to ensure that every member vehicle

Then Joe moved to Long Island, where

become certified as Radical racecar techni-

operates safely and effectively. Members

he worked as a mechanic on higher-end

cians, an accomplishment only a handful of

never need a service appointment, and the

vehicles for independent garages. Mike

people in North America share.

service center – including the expertise Joe and Mike bring – is available to them

stayed here, and worked for two years at the Department of Transportation. At the same

“The working relationship they’ve developed

time, he was working part time at MMC’s

throughout their years together has a

Service Center.

tremendous impact on how well our Service

“When members get here, their car is going

whenever someone might need help.

Center operates,” Alex Wolenski, Monticello

to be ready to perform on the track,” Mike

Eventually, Mike gave in to repeated offers

Motor Club’s vice president of Operations,

said. “We take on the pressure of last-min-

to work full time at MMC. Really, how do

said. “Joe and Mike are both extremely

ute adjustments so that members can relax

you say “no” to your dream job? That dream

dedicated to MMC’s members, and make

and make the most of their time at MMC.”

job became even better when MMC brought

those members their focus every day.”

Joe on, too.

Even more, Mike and Joe complete vehicle customizations and fabrications, all with a sharp focus on improving each member’s experience. “Mike and Joe bring two crucial elements to the Club,” Alex said. “Number one, they keep the members safe; number two, the work they do allows members to have worry-free visits. You can’t ask for more than that.”


Out of the classroom. Onto the track.

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L

afayette College’s Formula SAE Series (FSAE) team – 16

Alex Wolenski, MMC’s vice president of Operations and a past

college engineering students charged with building, testing,

participant in the FSAE program at Brown University, joined the

marketing, and, ultimately, racing a formula-style racecar –

team for lunch. Students asked him dozens of questions, and

was nearly ready to wrap up their year-long project.

he shared his unique journey from the same program they were experiencing to MMC’s leadership team. For most, it provided a

Except there was one significant snag: no one on the team knew

window into possibilities their current paths could offer.

much of anything about high-performance driving. That made the prospect of properly testing the car a daunting one.

Before the end of the day, the students all had the opportunity to drive MMC’s Mazda Miata racecars for lead-follow exercises before

Enter MMC member Mike S., a Lafayette College graduate and

heading to MMC’s on-site karting facility. On the karting track, the

alumni booster.

team zipped around in Sodi karts, and got a deeper education on vehicle control, balance and rotation, late apexes, track lines, and

“After I met the kids and saw their car at a college fundraiser, I

braking points.

thought MMC would be the perfect outlet for the team to get the training they needed,” said Mike. “MMC Partners John Barker and

However, nothing compared to the time they spent going around

Ari Straus were so cooperative and enthusiastic. They helped

the track at speed with Mike in his Ferrari Speciale.

create an experience for the students that they won’t soon forget.” “It was truly a tremendous day for Lafayette Motorsports,” said The team enjoyed a day-long adventure that included classroom

Professor Scott Hummel, who oversees the team, and is Lafayette

and trackside discussions with MMC’s pro instructors and

College’s William Jeffers director of Engineering. “What our

members about safety and vehicle performance. Members were

students learned here from real professionals, they wouldn’t have

also testing for their upcoming race, which allowed the students

been able to learn anywhere else.”

to watch experienced drivers maneuver their racecars in real-life racing situations.

“The staff at MMC was absolutely fantastic with the Lafayette group; everyone in the group was very grateful,” Mike said. “I was

“Seeing all those racecars up close allowed us to see what really

grateful, too, as it was exciting to be able to return something to my

makes them work as well as they do,” said Stephen Zolnay, FSAE

alma mater, while also encouraging upcoming auto enthusiasts.”

team captain.

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EXPERIENCE FIGHTER JET FORCES

SR1

• • • • • • • • •

1058 lbs. 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds Braking g-force of 1.8 Gs Cornering g-force of 2.3 Gs Paddle-shift sequential gearbox with auto-blipper Intelligent safety override system Single center seating AIM SmartyCam HD video camera Full data logging


2-DAY RACECAR EXPERIENCE Strap in behind the wheel of a Radical racecar, and

have prior instruction at MMC or pre-approval by

spend a couple of days learning to master a vehicle

MMC’s lead instructor. Advanced drivers must have

capable of pulling 2.5 Gs. These open-cockpit

completed an Introductory Radical Experience or

racecars offer a blend of sure-footed handling, high

have significant prior experience in Radicals or

revs, staggering braking ability, and mind-bending

similar racecars (and receive pre-approval by MMC).

aerodynamics that enable it to generate g-forces similar to a jet fighter. It’s a rocket on rails.

Members receive discounts based on membership level. Spaces not filled by MMC members will be

MMC has a brand new fleet of Radical SR1s built by

made available to non-members. Non-members are

Radical UK, the world’s largest racecar manufacturer.

allowed to drive MMC twice per year and not more

These track weapons weigh a mere 1,058 pounds

than five times in five consecutive years.

but produce 210 horsepower – a staggering five pounds-per-horsepower ratio. MMC’s Radical fleet is equipped with easy-to-use paddle shifters,

BOTH INTRODUCTORY AND ADVANCED RADICAL

comfortable single center seating for a driver up to

EXPERIENCES INCLUDE:

6’4” and 280 pounds, on-board video, and full data logging for detailed lap analysis.

• Approximately three hours of driving time each day • Use of Radical SR1 racecar

A limited number of 2-Day Introductory and Advanced

• Breakfast & lunch both days

Radical Experiences are available, restricted to six

• Instruction

participants per class. Introductory drivers must

• All classroom materials

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Competition

takes flight

in race to Club Championship

T

he Performance Flight Challenge, Monticello Motor Club’s premier 5-race club championship series, is deeply entrenched as an MMC tradition, one that more and more

members take part in every year. Like signature competitions at exclusive country clubs around the globe, the title of Club Champion is the crown jewel at MMC; it carries weight and elicits respect. “It’s a friendly race, but competitive too,” said MMC member Lewis Liebert, race sponsor and owner of Performance Flight, an aviation company which offers flight training, jet charters, and aircraft management. “It can be a gentle way of easing into competitive racing.” Unlike MMC’s Queally Miata Race Challenge, the Performance Flight series requires that participants have a valid competition racing license, or have completed one of the Club’s two-day racing programs. Both cars and drivers must be outfitted with extensive safety equipment. The battle for the Club title is divided into multiple race groups. It is further sub-divided into different classes, largely based on individual vehicle modifications, power-to-weight ratio, and aero profiles. Members accumulate points during each race based on their finishing position. The member with the most overall points at the end of the series is named Club Champion. Lewis took the title in 2012. Fellow member Anthony G. won the title the year before. Neither joined MMC with racing experience. “I learned the hard way that I wasn’t really good at all when I first joined up; it was humbling, really,” Lewis said. “It took time – and a lot of help from MMC pro instructors – for me to really learn V O L UM E 3 | M O T O R C L U B MAGAZINE 3 8


how to drive the car properly on the track. I’ve advanced my skills

Now in its eighth season, more than 50 competitors will be vying

through the years, pulling faster and faster lap times.”

for the title of Club Champion this year. With its growing field of participants, members are now taking a more active role in growing

The Performance Flight series played a large role in his education.

the foundational elements of the series.

The same year he took the title, Lewis also took part in his first Porsche Club of America (PCA) race. Since then, he’s earned

A group of members have recently formed a Performance Flight

PCA podium finishes and raced in a Veranstaltergemeinschaft

Challenge racing committee to provide member input and

Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring (VLN) race, among others.

feedback in areas including desirable race schedules, safety requirements and practices, and rules pertaining to the series.

Anthony has participated in PCA racing, the super competitive

Their efforts will join those of MMC’s race steward, Todd Snyder,

Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Spec Miata Nationals, and

a well-known pro instructor and racer who also oversees the

the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America in Watkins Glen. He

IMSA-sanctioned Ferrari Challenge North America series and the

made his pro debut last year in the Continental Tire SportsCar

Pirelli GT3 Cup.

Challenge at Lime Rock Park. MMC Managing Partner Ari Straus was his co-driver in a Porsche Cayman.

“The race organizers at MMC run a tight ship,” Anthony said. “They incorporate pro-level rules into what they do, so it looks very

“I didn’t have prior experience when I came to MMC five years ago,”

familiar to what goes on outside the Club.”

Anthony said. “But after I finished MMC’s driving school and got my racing license, I got right into racing these club events, like

Competition is stiff in the series, and each winner takes pride in

Performance Flight Challenge.”

seeing his* name engraved onto the Championship trophy that holds a place of honor inside the MMC Clubhouse.

While the Performance Flight races are gentlemanly, there is a definite feeling of “next level” competition when compared to more

“Drivers at the Club are just getting faster and better all the time,

casual track days, or even the Queally Miata series.

and MMC members are dominating in the races they enter outside the Club,” Lewis said. “I’m just glad I won my championship when I

“Of the two series, the racers in the Performance Flight series are

did, because I’m not sure I could do it again in this field.”

a little bit more experienced,” Anthony said. “The series is a great way to enter the sport, whether they intend to be hobby racers or

(*None of MMC’s many female members has taken the title yet.

want to advance to amateur and pro-am racing. It’s what ignited

We’ve got our fingers crossed for the 2015 season. Stay tuned…)

my passion for the sport.”

Performance Flight Challenge Champions 2014: Cristian S. 2013: Bruce L. 2012: Lewis L. 2011: Anthony G. 2010: Rick D. 2009: Carlos C. 2008: Rob J.

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Dad, can I borrow the racecar? Al D. and his 13-year-old daughter, Emma,

“Emma has been hanging around the

“At that level, the top 15 drivers’ lap

have a shared love of motorsports that

paddocks at my races all over the country

times can be separated by as little as

runs deep. The mutual need for speed has

for years,” he said.

4 tenths of a second,” Al said. “These

created a bond between these two that

events are physically demanding and

most dads only dream of having with their

Emma was just five years old when she got

teenage daughters.

her first set of wheels – a pink motorized

They travel together. They talk shop

Barbie Corvette. She was a pro even then,

Al takes these competitions as seriously as

according to her father.

he does his own races. They’re important to

together. They race together. It’s little surprise that Emma loves it

hyper-competitive.”

him, and he makes sure that he’s at every “She mastered the art of backing up within

event to cheer her on, just as she has been

minutes,” he boasted.

for him these past several years.

A few years later, Al took Emma to a karting

“I’m proud of how well she’s doing,” Al said.

as much as her father does. She was practically raised on it.

track and set her up with a personal karting

“She gets better all the time, and it’s a

When most parents were doing nighttime

coach, 4-time Scottish Open Karting

pleasure to watch.”

feedings in a rocking chair in the nursery, Al

Champion Stevan McAleer.

was feeding Emma her 4 a.m. bottle to the roaring sounds of Formula 1 racing on TV.

But Emma hasn’t confined her interest to Emma now races karts competitively, and

karting. She’s now racing cars on MMC’s

has set a lap record at Oakland Valley Race

3.8-mile race track, and has become one of

And when Al went to pick up his new

Park. Last year she took First Place in the

MMC’s youngest active driving members.

Porsche 911 GT3 years ago, the dealer said

MiniMax division of the Cold Stone Rotax

he was the first buyer to ever request that a

Pan American Challenge in Mooresville,

Of course, her pink Fiat had to go through

baby seat be installed.

N.C., and competed in the Florida Winter

some serious modifications to fit her, but

Tour, a highly regarded international

Al considered that a small price to pay to

Al has been racing since long before

championship series that attracts drivers

foster Emma’s love of motorsports.

Emma was born, and has raised both of his

from 35 countries.

daughters around the sport.

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Stevan, now an accomplished professional

during a Ferrari North America Challenge

by a few decades, a few feet of height, and

racecar driver with his own race team, and

weekend in Sonoma, Ca., but still…

more than 100 pounds.

to coach Emma, and she is quickly

“We were at the official drivers’ BBQ on

That is, until the conversation shifts to the

becoming a reputable track driver. In fact,

race weekend,” Al said. “All 32 drivers sang

modifications that will be necessary for

Emma earned a Third Place trophy at the

Happy Birthday to her.”

Emma to race in MMC’s Queally Miata Race

his karting champ brother, Stuart, continue

NARRA Grand Prix of Monticello at MMC in September.

Challenge series. Fully prepared racing To Emma, there’s nothing at all out of the

Miatas weren’t built with a 13-year-old’s

ordinary about her life. She doesn’t relate

frame in mind, evidently.

“When I hand her the keys, I have zero

to the uniqueness of standing trackside,

worry that she doesn’t have full control

or driving karts and full-size cars at high

“We just need to make sure the fit is right,”

of the car,” said Al. “She has the skills to

speeds on a race track. She’s never known

Al said.

execute evasive maneuvers, and she isn’t

another way.

going to panic.” She’s come a long way from the days when

If Emma continues on her current racing “Driving is just something I’ve always done,”

trajectory, it won’t be long before Al is

she said.

facing some pretty stiff competition on

her dad would put her in his Miata for a

race days.

few covert practice laps during a Grand-Am

“Here’s this young honor roll student who

Championship Weekend. And she’s done

can brake out of a skid in a racecar at 80

“As a guy – as a racer – there’s nothing

it all while maintaining a solid B+ average

mph, but probably doesn’t know where the

better than hearing your daughter say, ‘Dad,

in school, and enjoying a pretty normal

turn signal is on her own car,” Al added.

let’s go to the track,’” said Al. “It’s the most

childhood.

amazing feeling.” The bond between these two clearly shows,

Of course, not every kid celebrates their

and they often banter back and forth with

13th birthday with a cake presented by Ed

the ease of longtime friends. It’s easy to

Fenech, president of Ferrari North America,

forget that these two are separated in age


MC Executive Chef John Perruna is a former restaurant owner and a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He has been with Monticello Motor Club for three years, and takes great pride in the knowledge that his efforts in the kitchen have set the standard for fine cuisine and custom catering in a country club atmosphere. This season’s menu will feature several new dishes, including Chef John’s famous Osso Buco, made from his father’s secret recipe. One lingering question: will MMC add a drive-thru Window on Turn 4 this year? “There has been extensive discussion on this matter… stay tuned,” Chef John joked.

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“A day of racing at the track is exhausting,

immediately adjacent to Monticello

and it’s wonderful to be a one-minute

Motor Club, has already become a

bicycle ride from your front door,” said MMC

home away from home for a handful of MMC

President and Managing Partner Ari Straus,

members, and figures into the future plans of

who became the first to own a home in

even more.

Serenity Gardens. “My wife Molly, and I enjoy welcoming member families to the house for

“People who have moved in have been

dinner, or to stay overnight with their kids in

thrilled so far,” said Mike Watkins, an MMC

our bunkroom.”

member whose company, Woodstone Development, is behind the 34-lot project.

Of the 34 total lots available at Serenity

“They love being able to drive right next

Gardens, six have already been sold to

door after a day at the track, have a place to

MMC members. Four custom-designed

stay for the night or the weekend, and have

luxury homes have been completed, with

additional space to store their cars.”

a fifth underway. Every home is built to a homeowner’s exact specifications.

Planned specifically with MMC members and their families in mind, the goal of

“With auto enthusiasts as residents, it’s

Serenity Gardens is to extend the MMC

no surprise that the garages we build are

community beyond the track and Clubhouse,

incredible,” Mike said. “You’ll see a home

while maintaining the Club’s exclusivity and

with 5,000 square feet of living space, and

sociable environment for members and their

another 5,000 square feet dedicated to

families. Beyond the unparalleled comfort

multiple-bay garages. Some have lifts built

of the homes themselves, the community’s

right into the concrete.”

gates and security measures allow residents to feel safe and confident that their property

Of course, the amenities don’t stop at

is protected.

pampering the vehicles. The residents get their fair share of luxury as well.

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SERENITY SPEAKS MMC members share their feedback about Serenity Gardens, their new homes away from home.

“The customizations are as different as the

Construction is also underway on the

buyers. We’ve done pizza ovens, and we’ve

community’s 17,000-square-foot clubhouse,

laid down heated outdoor patios,” said Mike.

a spacious facility that will include a gym

“Right now, we’re building a house that

and spa, an indoor pool and hot tub, large

includes a doggy shower. Pets are getting

locker rooms, a golf simulator, game and

treated well at Serenity Gardens.”

movie rooms, a full kitchen, entertainment areas, tennis and volleyball courts, and

The tranquility of each Serenity Gardens

outdoor patios. State-of-the-art conference

home is carefully maintained through

rooms will also be available to residents.

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There’s something to be said

“My family is really looking forward to

Even the floor-to-ceiling glass windows,

enjoying the clubhouse amenities,” Ari said.

which can go from clear to opaque at the

“If I don’t see Molly or the kids at the karting

push of a button, deliver a visual repose from

track or road course, then I’ll expect to find

the blur of racecars (for those who have a

them relaxing by the pool deck, which will

view of the track), or relief from the often

have great views of MMC Turns 4 through 6.”

irresistible urge to head back to the Club for just a few more laps before nightfall.

Mike added: “The enthusiasm for Serenity Gardens continues to exceed my

“Ari’s house is the closest to the track and

expectations, and we’re looking forward

he can barely hear any activity, even on

to welcoming even more members to the

MMC’s busiest track days,” said Mike, who

community over the next year.”

is relocating from his current Chapin Estate home to a home at Serenity Gardens this year. “The materials we use keep the peace and require very little maintenance, which is perfect for our families who use this as a second home.”

opener in your racecar. I have both a home and a race shop.”

Serenity Gardens has allowed my family and me to take advantage of the wonderful year-round activities in Sullivan County – hiking,

effective soundproofing, including special insulation and sound-deadening sheetrock.

about having a garage door

snowmobiling, restaurants, shops, and Bethel Woods.”

My wife says, ‘why go on vacation to a place that’s worse than where you are?’ With Serenity Gardens, I have my house, race shop, track, Clubhouse, and even (MMC Chef) John’s great cooking. Why would I go anywhere else?”


Jason Rabe:

Pro Instructor In The Lead


J

ason Rabe is flying high at Monticello Motor Club.

The more Jason raced, the more industry people suggested he interview with “this great track in upstate New York.” That led him

Right now, he’s near the top of the heap in points in one of

to Monticello Motor Club in 2012. He joined as an instructor, and it

the most competitive professional North American road

wasn’t long before members started requesting Jason for repeat

racing series, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)

driving instruction. Like Rabe’s prior meteoric career path, it took

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, and racing alongside some

just two short years before MMC offered him the role of lead pro

of the best drivers in the world.

instructor.

Jason also recently celebrated his promotion to MMC’s lead pro

MMC’s members enjoy seeing Jason and other MMC instructors

instructor, and he continues to advance the driving skills of MMC’s

compete in televised races, and many frequently attend pro races

exclusive members.

themselves.

“MMC is a long track with several different configurations and

“The support that members give to the pro drivers on staff here is

many corner variations,” said Jason. “It is technical and challeng-

amazing,” Jason said. “They ask about our races, they cheer us on.

ing. That’s what makes instructing here so much fun.”

They’re pulling for us all the time.”

Still, Jason hasn’t forgotten his journey that began with him

And as members cheer the instructors on, they give that support

working as a corner marshal at a New Jersey track.

right back to the members as they advance their own skills on the track. This year is looking better and better for Jason, who

“I met a lot of car and team owners during that time, and focused

is stoked about the growing number of driving schools, private

on networking as much as I could,” Jason said. “Eventually, some

instruction requests, and member days that dominate MMC’s 2015

of those guys allowed me opportunities to wrench on their cars in

calendar.

exchange for seat time.”

“The racing schools are great, and we’re making them even better,” Jason said. “Our instructors are prepared to deliver the best

After graduating from the Bertil Roos Racing School and

possible experience to MMC members and their guests, and that’s

competing in its advanced racing programs, Jason worked to

what this is all about.”

earn his stripes on the amateur racing circuit. Soon thereafter, he started his career as a driving instructor. “Things were really picking up,” said Jason. “I was racing in several amateur racing series including Spec Racer Ford, Formula Atlantic, F2000 Championship, and Pro Mazda. A lot of my history is in formula cars, but I’ve been into sports car racing for a while now.”

Watch the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series on Fox Sports 1 (check local listings), or via live stream online at www.IMSA.com. Follow Jason Rabe and the #31 Bodymotion Racing/Monticello Motor Club/Delaware Investments Porsche Cayman online: Website: www.JasonRabeRacing.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jason-Rabe-Racing Instagram & Twitter: @JasonRabeRacing

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FLEET ACCESS PLANS MMC’s Fleet Access Plans are back for the 2015 season, offering more than before! MMC members can again enjoy access to an impressive and ever-growing collection of high-performance vehicles – and the exhilarating fun that comes with them – while avoiding the commitment and expenses of private racecar or kart ownership. MEMBERS PAY ONCE. No maintenance costs. No fuel costs. No transportation or storage costs. No downtime. USE THE CLUB FLEET FOR A FRACTION OF NORMAL DAILY RENTAL RATES.

NEW FOR 2015 MMC members can now use their Fleet Access Points for: • Private driving instruction with one of MMC’s staff instructors* • Vehicle rentals for use in a 1-Day or 2-Day Intro or Advanced Racing School, 2-Day Intro or Advanced Radical Experience** • Vehicle rentals for use in an applicable MMC race** *1 Fleet Access Point per full day of instruction **subject to a surcharge of 1 additional Fleet Access Point

HOW IT WORKS... 1. SELECT YOUR PLAN AVERAGE PRE-PAYMENT NUMBER PLAN DISCOUNT (off fleet rental costs) OF POINTS* Black Card 29% off 50 Silver Card 20% off 30 Red Card 10% off 15 *Points expire one year after purchase

Founding, Gold, Corporate, and Family members enjoy 10% off the cost of Fleet Access Plans; Silver members enjoy 5% off the cost of Fleet Access Plans.

2. TAKE YOUR PICK* • Radical SR1 Racecar • Porsche Cayman PDK Racecar • Lotus Elise Supercharged Racecar • Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe • Porsche Boxster Racecar

• Radical SR8 RSX Racecar • Praga R1 Racecar • Lotus 2-Eleven Racecar • Spec Mazda Miata Racecar • Birel Karts

• Sodi Karts *List not all-inclusive, and subject to change without notice; most fleet cars available to members only

NOTE: All racecars are fully prepared for competitive racing, and come equipped with a full roll cage, 5/6-point belts, and more.

3. DRIVE STRESS-FREE No need to worry about the start-up costs of purchasing your own dedicated track car or kart. Acquisition, maintenance, storage, transportation, and fuel costs are all taken care of for you! One call to our Concierge Team is all it takes to make sure the car or kart of your choice is ready to go when you arrive at the Club. That goes for your guests and family members, too!* *Multiple vehicles may be reserved on the same day. 4 9 MO TO R C L UB MAGAZ INE | VOL U M E 3


FLEET ACCESS PLANS IN ACTION 2015 Fleet Sample Plan 50 POINTS: Black Card Holder (held by Gold member who may be bringing guests/kids)

VEHICLE

# OF DAYS USED

POINTS USED

Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe 4 4 Spec Mazda Miata Racecar

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Porsche Boxster Racecar 3 9 Sodi Kart 5 5 Praga R1 Racecar 2 8 Cayman PDK Racecar 5 20 TOTAL 22 50

SAVINGS OFF RETAIL: An average of 37%

Y O U R T R A C K. Y O U R F L E E T. TO CHECK AVAILABILITY, PLEASE CONTACT INFO@MONTICELLOMOTORCLUB.COM OR CALL 855.MMC.CLUB. V O L UM E 3 | M O T O R C L U B MAGAZINE 5 0


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ronze member John O. comes to Monticello Motor Club alone, and often laps for five hours over the course of the day. The track

is a constant enigma, the array of fleet cars an endless well of new challenges. He has worked hard at the craft of driving since joining up some four years ago. He has worked with MMC’s private instructors and attended several of MMC’s driving programs, including both its Intro and Advanced Racing Schools, its Radical Experience, and its Praga Academy. And still, the track – with its technical corners and long straights – continues to fascinate him.

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MMC: You had never been on a track before MMC.

Being on track takes your full concentration. You

What was your introduction to MMC like?

can’t think about anything else. It’s an experience that encompasses all of your senses. It never gets old;

John: When you like to drive fast cars, you think the

there are always hurdles ahead. You can always go

whole idea is to put your foot to the floor. What you

faster; you can always approach it differently. It’s that

learn at MMC right away is that going fast – and

constant push to master something.

doing it right – is very technical, very challenging. MMC: You make good use of MMC’s rental fleet. I never felt like I was over my head or exploring

In fact, you’ve already joined on with MMC’s Fleet

something that was outside of my abilities. I was

Access Plan. What’s the attraction?

comfortable and confident, even though I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. The instructors are

John: Each car has different advantages and

very good about keeping you comfortable and safe

challenges on the track. Trying to master each vehicle

while pushing you to get better. That‘s a very difficult

makes me a better driver. If I decided to purchase a

balance to maintain.

dedicated track car and only limited my driving to that vehicle, I would only know the skills necessary to drive

MMC: Everyone’s experience here is different. What is

that racecar.

it about that track, about driving, that you love? But by using MMC’s fleet, I can experience all the John: I would be lying if I said there isn’t adrenaline

different vehicles. I just jump in and go. At the end of

associated with going fast on the track. But it’s more

the day, I hand the keys back over and head out.

than that. It’s a heightened state of alertness.

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1. 16-year-old Aurora S. gives hot laps to visiting friends. 2. Graduates of MMC’s 2-Day Advanced Racing School, Dave S. and Alex R., finish First and Second Place, respectively, with Paul Q. rounding out the podium after a Queally Miata Race Challenge. 3. Richard P. and Heinlein Racing crew member Brian A. are all systems go. 4. Ronald K. is all smiles with the DeMan crew after shaking down his new car. 5. After taking some hot laps in his Birel kart, Cristian S. poses with his son, 1-year-old Teddy. 6. MMC’s Michael Weyandt helps Jim S. with his Indy car. 7. Doug H. enjoys the sweet taste of victory after a Queally Miata Race Challenge. 8. Harry S. and his son, 10-year-old Bradley, love Harry’s new Praga R1.

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1. Jacob A., MMC’s Jenna Hiatt, Ed H., and Kevin L. strike a pose at a Classic Car Club event in Manhattan. 2. MMC members mingle at an exclusive VIP winter reception at the New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover. 3. MMC members enjoy a luxury brunch at a private estate in the Hamptons, courtesy of Maserati of Long Island.

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Hosting Automotive Industry Leaders

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4. MMC members are the first in the U.S. to drive the all-new 2015 Lamborghini HuracĂĄn. 5. Jason C. and Miguel D. discuss their new cars with McLaren engineers (and a few other jealous onlookers). 6. Legendary designer Horacio Pagani discusses his latest Pagani models while visiting MMC. 7. MMC members test drive the Magnum MK5, a Canadian purpose-built prototype made of carbon fiber.

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