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Loud Pedal The Membership Magazine of Oregon Region Sports Car Club of America


Editor: Randy Unsbee, ABC Sponsor PR & Marketing 1260 NE 20th Gresham, OR 97030 Please send address changes to: Oregon Region SCCA 4800 SW Macadam Ave., Ste. 110 Portland, OR, 97239 Photographers: Doug Berger, George Dwinell, Wayne Flynn, Ron Coelho

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2010 Board of Directors Regional Executive Asst. R. E. Past R. E. Road Racing Director Solo II Director Rally Director Director at Large 1 Director at Large 2

Dan Halloran Dan Mullin Jeffrey Zurschmeide Jim Murray Andy Howe Chris Hale Peggy Gaston Kimberly McFarland

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On the Cover: Rain made the last regional championship race of the year even more challenging at Portland Intl. Raceway. Here race winner Jorgen Krause #12 splashes through the Festival Curves. Race and championship points coverage in the December Loud Pedal.

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Oregon Region SCCA Election -- Exercise Your Right to Vote! 

We have an excellent slate of willing volunteers to serve on the board, so please show them your support by checking their names on the ballot.

To access the online voting system, go to and vote! If you do not have a account, there are step-by-step instructions of how to do that. The electronic voting system will allow only one vote per valid Oregon Region membership number where Oregon is listed on the National SCCA database as your Region of Record. Dual members will be mailed ballots because, of course, Oregon is not your Region of Record in the National SCCA database. If you’d rather vote with a paper ballot: * Request a ballot from Region Office by email or phone: or 503-224-9469. * Vote and return ballot so it’s received before the deadline of November 20, 2010. Ballot Count The election results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on November 20th. And, they’ll be available online at and on the Oregon Region SCCA web site on November 25th.



Oregon Region SCCA


2010 Annual Meeting & Road Race Awards Banquet

Regional Executive Andrew Foley Andrew is a road racer. You may remember him better as The Pirate in the fast silver Panoz (#51) last year. Look for him in a new car soon!

Saturday, November 20, 2010 Shilo Inn, Airport 11707 NE Airport Way, Portland

6:00 – No Host Cocktails throughout the evening 6:30 – Buffet starts & includes the following: Salad, Vegetable, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Rolls Prime Rib & Glazed Ham Coffee & Tea 8:00 – Annual Meeting 8:30 – Road Race Award Presentations

Assistant RE Dan Mullin Dan is running for his third term as Assistantt RE. He’s a Steward, Scrutineer, and Vintage race driver (#98 black Lola). Past RE Dan Halloran Dan has served us well for the last four years as RE. He races a Spec Racer (#58 green) and is the 2011 Rose Cup Co-Chairman. Road Race Director Jim Murray Jim is finishing his first year as Road Race Director. He has done an outstanding job in this low economic year. He also races a Spec Racer (#11 blue). Director I Kim McFarland Kim is a flagger & starter for Oregon Region. She’s moving into the Director 1 position from Director II.

$20 per person, payable in advance or at the door. Advance reservations, please, by November 5th. If you’d like to stay the night, please contact the Shilo Inn directly at 503-252-7500. They’ve given us a special rate of $89 + tax per night. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Clip and mail to Oregon Region SCCA, 4800 SW Macadam, Suite 110, Portland 97239 Please return with payment made to Oregon Region SCCA, or

Director II Peggy Gaston Peggy is running for Director II after filling a vacancy in the Director I position last year. She usually works in registration and has been involved in racing since 1971. Peggy feels she can bring to the club the spirit of racing. Solo Director George Wilder George has been very active in our region’s Solo program as well as being a Solo driver. He’s looking forward to the experience of being on the board. Rally Director Chris Hale Chris has been our Rally Director for several years and has led the group on a number of successful events, including the charity event “Rallying for Parkinson’s Disease”.

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From the R.E. Dan Halloran, Regional Executive Email:

The Longer Term Challenge Ahead It’s just over 4 years since I had the phone call from Shirley and Jeff asking me to run for the Regional Executive position on the Oregon Region Board of Directors. I had almost no experience with the administration of the Region, I had only been a driver. But after 4 years being RE I can truthfully say my decision has been rewarding and fun. When I started racing I found that half the fun was the camaraderie and friendship in the paddock and on the track. Serving on the Board allowed me to learn that lesson anew only with a new group of people and situations. We worked on different problems but always found time to enjoy each other and of course found time to share racing stories both new and old. Oregon Region has a rich history and we unearthed pictures, articles, movies, and memories from the last 60 years and from last week. Some people have been at this for a long time and others just starting out. They all have made the four years a lot of fun. I also learned other “things� as well. In no particular order I learned about Solo and Rally and actually got to compete in Solo. The kind Solo folks convinced this Road Race guy that running by Spec Racer Ford in the South Paddock at PIR was a bad idea and loaned me a wonderfully prepared and very fast Mini for several runs. What a blast. I learned that we are lucky to have such smart, talented, dedicated people running our weekends. As a Road Racer I took for granted that when I showed up to race there would be people there to make it happen. There are. But I found the many non-racers who come out for to work the races share our passion for cars and racing.

If you are a racer and haven’t personally thanked these weekend warriors please do so. I learned that the other clubs in the area, TC, Cascade, and OMRRA are as passionate about motor sports as we are. They may run their events a little differently, their race vehicles maybe a little different but they care about the sport and have always been willing to talk about ideas and share information when asked. I have worked with TC and Cascade as an instructor on track days and helped in JHWWLQJFHUWL¿FDWLRQIRUWKHQHZ253WUDFN and sharing some development issues at PIR. My only regret is that we never cooperated on sponsoring a joint race weekend but that will come.

“The longer term challenge is insuring that we continue to attract new members. This is an area we have not addressed as forcefully as we should have.� I found that there is a small group of people who really take on a disproportionate burden in making sure the club functions.

dulge our passion for automotive sports need to step up and volunteer. Oregon Region has some challenges. In the short term the economy is preventing people from racing as often as they would like. The effect on the Region is that entries are down for Road Racing and we QHHGWRÂżQGZD\VWRNHHSRXUFRVWVGRZQ and to improve the value people get for their money. Making racing more family friendly is also a goal. The longer term challenge is insuring that we continue to attract new members. This is the area we have not addressed as forcefully as we should have. But is at the top of the list of issues for a new Board to adGUHVV0DQ\RIRXUFRVWVDUHÂż[HGDQGDUH GLIÂżFXOW WR UHGXFH ZKHQ HQWULHV GHFOLQH most notably the cost of renting the track. I believe that at some point we will need WRÂżQGZD\VWRZRUNPRUHFORVHO\ZLWKWKH other clubs to share the track when we rent LWDVZHOODVÂżQGLQJQHZSHRSOHWRUDFH I could name a long list of people who have made my four years fun but I would rather not risk forgetting a name. Rather thanks to all of you who have shared evenings attending Board meetings, gave generously of your time and knowledge to help me run the Club, who have given of your time to make sure all of us can indulge our passion for motor sports. Thanks to all of you.


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by Andy Howe photos by Bryan Heitkotter My 2010 Solo Nationals experience highlighted several of the keys to success in the sport at any level. Most were realized on the good side, but the trip wasn’t complete without some disappointment. As many of you know, I had the opportunity to share Jerry Jenkins’ car in Lincoln. Jerry is a master of all the small details of preparation. His car is top notch. His routine at the event is honed through years of practice. His focus is second to none. It is through this level of dedication that Jerry won the E Stock National Championship in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Jerry was looking to win the class for the third consecutive year. I was there to win a trophy again (I got one in my own ES car in 2009) and to warm tires and support Jerry’s effort.

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$GDP5XII light outside, I headed down to the course and walked this one transition three more times. Afterwards, I visualized the course DJDLQDQGZDVVDWLV¿HGWKDW,NQHZDOORI the marks. 0\¿UVWUXQZDVYHU\JRRG$WWKHWLPH it was good for second place and it was fourth quick after all drivers had completHG¿UVWUXQV0\YLVXDOL]DWLRQDQGDWWHQ tion to line worked. Jerry was quick time, a good chunk faster than me and everyone else. I think I did my job. As the rest of the runs unfolded, I didn’t improve. I was making mistakes in variRXVSDUWVRIWKHFRXUVH0\¿UVWUXQZDV my fastest. Grrr. But it was still good for 9th place out of the 29 competitors in the class. -HUU\œVELJ¿UVWUXQOHDGGLGQœWKROGXS%\ third runs, he was coming from behind. %XW KLV SUHSDUDWLRQ DQG FRQ¿GHQFH SDLG off. His third run put him back into the lead by a very slim margin. The margin was 0.042 seconds, if I recall correctly. He and Bartek Borowski were well clear of third place, Billy Davis. Friday brought another cold morning but DOVRWKUHDWHQLQJVNLHV,ZDVVDWLV¿HGZLWK my visualization without any extra walkLQJ EHFDXVH , JRW WKH EHQH¿W RI D FRXUVH walk the previous afternoon with Bryan Heitkotter. Bryan had dominated C Stock on that course on Thursday and was nice enough to do a course walk with several of us and help us with speed through the elements. His C Stock Mazda MX-5 is fairly similar to our E Stock car, so the information was very valuable.


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Then it started to sprinkle. I was using the wipers intermittently as I pulled up to the line for my third run and, though it was pretty good, it was again just a hair slower. Turn-in wasn’t as crisp, grip wasn’t quite DVJRRGDQGWKHWLPHUHÀHFWHGLW2SSRU tunity lost. Grrr. Others improved, just as I should have, and demoted me back down WRHLJKWKSODFH7KDWœVDJRRG¿QLVKEXW I’m somewhat agitated about time left on the table each day. I had a great plan, but failed to execute. -HUU\œV )ULGD\ ZDVQœW VR JRRG  +LV ¿UVW run was a few tenths of a second off the pace (but still faster than me) but dirty as he slapped a cone with the back end of the car going through one of the fast transitions between elements. Conditions were just starting to deteriorate as Jerry headed out for second runs. He improved his time by a few hundredths of a second, but slid the nose of the car entering a sweeper and displaced a cone.

$QG\+RZH -HUU\KDGFRQHWURXEOHRQKLVÂżUVWDQGVHF ond runs on Friday. Had we executed as well as we often do, we both would have EHHQLQWKHWRSÂżYHDQGLWLVSRVVLEOHWKDW we both could have been on the podium. Congratulations to Oregon Region trophy winners at the 2010 Solo Nationals: Kyra Jenkins, E Stock Ladies National Champion

Becky Zacharda, X Prepared Ladies National Champion 7RQ\D/DQJOH\6XSHU6WUHHW0RGLÂżHG/D dies National Champion Jim Daniels, D Prepared, 2nd Place 7RP.RW]LDQ6WUHHW0RGLÂżHG)URQW:KHHO Drive, 2nd Place 'XNH/DQJOH\6XSHU6WUHHW0RGLÂżHGWK Place Jerry Jenkins, E Stock, 7th Place Andy Howe, E Stock, 8th Place

His improvement was enough to get past me, but that only moved him up to seventh place. Having clipped cones on each of KLV¿UVWWZRUXQV-HUU\ZDVDWWKHPHUF\ of the weather gods to give him dry conditions for third runs. They didn’t smile on him. He needed to get it done on his early runs. In summary, we prepared well both before the event and during course walks. If you get the chance to observe Jerry’s routine take some notes. He’s one of the best. We took advantage of opportunities presented to us to get information from top drivers who had been on the course before us. This was particularly helpful because it was from a driver in a similar car. :HZHUHWULSSHGXSKRZHYHUE\GLI¿FXOW\ H[HFXWLQJ0\GLI¿FXOWLHVZHUHIDLOLQJWR improve on second and third runs while












9LHZVIURPWKH1DWLRQDO&KDPSLRQVKLS look forward to all year long. And I was one of the few people who genuinely liked , DWWHQGHG P\ ¿UVW 5XQRIIV LQ  DW Heartland Park! Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, working as a Steward of the Meet. The statute of limi- It was shortly after my 2004 trip that I tations is long gone on that experience, so started writing for SportsCar magazine, I’ll tell you that it’s a terrible way to spend and that work got me into the Runoffs far your Runoffs – locked in a room talking to more broadly than working as a steward. angry people. :KHQ \RXœUH D 5XQRIIV RI¿FLDO \RXœUH By Jeff Zurschmeide

For the past two years, I’ve made the long tow to Wisconsin with Eddie Nakato as he pursues the SSB championship in his Honda Civic. This year we were joined on our road trip by Micah Dolim, who was KHDGLQJ WR KLV ¿UVW 5XQRIIV $V XVXDO there were many Oregon Region members LQDWWHQGDQFH¹DVGULYHUVFUHZRI¿FLDOV and volunteers of all sorts. Overall, I have to say that Road America is the best facility I’ve ever seen for the Runoffs. It’s big enough to be spacious – you could ¿WWZLFHWKHQXPEHURI cars of an average Runoffs into the vast grass paddock – the amenities are second to none, and it’s a world-class race track. When you arrive, the move-in and registration process is quick DQG HI¿FLHQW DQG then you’re set for the week.

My Runoffs week consists of wandering )RUPHUFKDPS-DPLH6ORDQHKLWV&DQDGD&RUQHUZDOO-=XUVFKPHLGHSKRWR around the track taking pictures and talking to If you meet someone who’s serving as an looking very deeply at a tiny slice of the SHRSOHIRUWKHÂżUVWIRXUGD\V(DFKHYHQLQJ SOM or any kind of volunteer at the Run- event – judging on-track incidents or man- there’s a party of some kind, and everyone offs, thank them for their work – they earn aging some critical function. is welcome at the “worker dinnerâ€? – which their beer at the end of the day. is always catered by top local restaurants. But as a journalist, you can take a step :KHQ,ZHQWWRWKH5XQRIIVWKDWÂżUVWWLPH back from trackside (into the profuse jun- The Monday evening party is held at the I didn’t really believe Howard Allen when gle that makes Road America such a beau- Osthoff Resort, which really has to be seen he said that once I went, I’d be hooked and tiful place) and see the event for what it to be believed. It’s a classic lakeside resort I’d have to go every year. But he was quite is – a tribal gathering of the SCCA, a giant right downtown in Elkhart Lake – big and correct – the Runoffs get into your blood week-long party, and the very best event in luxurious. and you’ll go wherever they are held. I amateur racing anywhere. You can also get proved that by going back to Mid-Ohio the to know some of the people you hear about As the week wears on, drivers get down following year, and then to Heartland Park all year long, whether that’s the National to the business of qualifying – if you want for three years, and now the past two years Administrator of your specialty, the Board practice at the Runoffs, you have to go a to Road America. of Directors, or the legendary drivers in week early and pay for it. Once the event your class. I imagine that going to the Solo starts, every lap counts. But don’t think for a moment that going to Nationals or the Rallycross Nationals is the Runoffs is a chore – it’s something I much the same. (Continued on page 15)



I got tired of laying on the track after Steve’s race was over, so I decided to hitch a ride on one of the race cars.

America, I got dizzy and fell off at turn 5 just before an uphill shot. I spent the night there on the grass beside the track.

I am a “ZTherapyâ€? hat -- you know, the baseball-style hat with the logo on the front. I went to the 2010 SCCA Championship I don’t know whose it was because I The next morning, Terry, Steve, Pam, and Runoffs at Road America in Elkhart Lake, couldn’t see the color or the number of the Wisconsin with my team of Steve Epperly car. After three very fast laps around Road (Continued on page 18) and Pam Kirmeier, owners of ZTherapy; Steve’s %REELH$DUVHWKZDUQVWKHĂ€HOGDW5RDG$PHULFDDW7XUQ/HH&DVHEHHUSKRWR dad, Al; and Terry Miller, owner of the E Production Datsun 260 Z, No. 82 that 6WHYH TXDOLÂżHG WR UXQ LQ the E production class at the runoffs. Terry, Al, and I went down to the hot pits at the front straight to watch the start of Steve’s race. As the cars came up to the start/ ÂżQLVK OLQH $O WXUQHG KLV head to watch the green Ă€DJGURS A sudden gust of wind lifted me off of Al’s head DQGVHQWPHĂ€\LQJGHSRV iting me in the middle of the race track. As the cars Ă€DVKHGE\PH,FRXOGVHH that Steve in the beautiful yellow Z car was in the 12th starting position. Each lap as the cars went by me, I was whisked a little further down the track, but I kept tabs on Steve’s position each time he went by. One lap out of the way, and he was 8th. Two or three more laps, and he was up to 5th. Wow! Then a couple of cars passed him and he fell EDFN WR WK ZKHUH KH ÂżQ ished the race, which was YHU\JRRGIRU6WHYHÂśVÂżUVW time ever on this demanding, twisty, 14-turn, fourplus mile road course.









(Continued from page 10) You get three chances to qualify, and at least one of those chances will be with just your own class. But a 20 minute track session on Road America’s 4-mile course is really just 5 or 6 hot laps – and fewer than that if you make a pit stop. The tone of the event changes on Friday as racing gets underway. Now there’s more activity and more people everywhere, and the racing is generally as good as it gets. Even a boring race where the polesitter WDNHVRIIDQGOHDGVÀDJWRÀDJLVDWH[WERRN example of how Club Racing is done. And occasionally you get to see some of the best racing anywhere. This year the )RUPXOD 9HH ¿QLVK ZDV GHFLGHG E\ FHQtimeters, and in an amazing display, the VHFRQG SODFH *7 ¿QLVKHU PDGH D SLW stop and then marched back up from ninth place to less than half a second behind the leader.

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Almost all the time, the Runoffs produces great racing, but occasionally the push to win also produces some of the most spectacularly horrifying wrecks in racing. A few years ago, our own Johnnie HumSKUH\VJRWFDXJKWXSLQDJUHHQÀDJH[SORsion of SRFs at Heartland Park. This year, something very similar happened at the start of the Touring 1 race. Outside polesitter John Heinricy had a transmission failure as the cars came up Road America’s ORQJ IURQW VWUDLJKW WR WKH JUHHQ ÀDJ DQG the car behind him jinked right to avoid a rear-end collision and ran into another car. With both those cars sideways on track, the UHVWRIWKH¿HOGKDGQRZKHUHWRJRDQGMXVW plowed right into them. Several Corvettes and a Viper were completely wrecked, and just a few cars continued the race.

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Rallying with Chris & Kristen Chris Hale, Rally Manager and Kristen E. Tabor Email:

Mt. Hood Rally Recap, ORG Elections Next Here we are near the end of another year. Man, this year was full of ups and downs! I’d like to focus on one of the ups, the recently completed Mt Hood Rally.

He picked it off, but that must have been a tense few moments. The fog on top of the Gilhouley stage also caught out a few people.

Once again, Simon Levear and his band of merry volunteers put on a stellar event. On Friday, October 22, the competitors got to take to the stages in street cars for reconnaissance—aka “recce�—to write course notes.

It was the Fir Mountain stage that dinged the most people—the battle of the Carls (Carl Decker vs Carl Jardevall) was nixed when Jardevall lost the turbo hose 4 instructions in.

Speeds on recce are kept slow, the speed limit or less, and each team of driver and co-driver motors down the stage roads in their street cars while the driver “readsâ€? the road out loud to the co-driver, who writes everything down the driver says. Then, they go back through the stage a second time and the co-driver reads the notes back to the driver, who makes any changes. It’s a popular part of the event, as no other event locally allows competitors to write their own notes in this fashion. Saturday October 23 was the actual event, and despite the predicted storms the weather held off for the running of the event. There were 28 cars and 2 bikes entered— and that’s another thing Mt Hood Rally is so awesome for, including motorcycles! Those guys have some serious cajones, racing dirt bikes on the same roads as the rally cars race on. Talk about challenging! Mt Hood Rally ran the usual three stages, 17, Fir Mountain and Gilhouley, in the opposite direction from last year. Pete Nielson, one of the RallyMoto (as it’s called) competitors, talked about what a great time he had. At one point during a stage, while blasting down the road at DERXWPSKRUVRDODUJHPDSOHOHDIĂ€HZ up and stuck to his face shield. As he put it, “it’s like having a towel completely covering your windshield!â€?


The Rally Truck piloted by Jace Tuttle hit “somethingâ€? which took their alternator belt out—and also their power steering belt! They ended the stage with no belts in the engine bay, which as you can imagine is a serious problem in a rear-wheel drive truck on a muddy and gravely rally stage. Two other cars, the Volkswagens of the Watsons and the Burress’ brothers both had “incidentsâ€?—the Watsons caught a UXWDQGĂ€LSSHGDQGWKH%XUUHVVER\VKDG a “radiator malfunctionâ€? which lead to overheating and possibly melting the head gasket. One of the Saabs running the event also had problems with overheating and cooked their motor as well. You can catch the Watsons’ experience on this stage (including their roll) on YouTube: ce5bW1E or search for Mt Hood rally 2010 Rollover Fir Mountain. To those not familiar with stage driving: Yes, there is a lot of steering happening. Yes, they are going quite quickly. And yes, the co-driver is very busy talking ALL the time! And of course, the guys were SHUIHFWO\ ÂżQH  /LQN LQFOXGHG ZLWK SHU mission from the Watsons.) Quite a few people spun on the uncertain surfaces, but luckily the sweep crews didn’t have too

much work to do in pulling people out of the scenery. There was a huge 2-wheel driver contingent thanks to the Safe Drives-sponsored 2WD prize fund, and a lot of ambitious driving was done on Saturday to earn the money and prizes. Top 2WD car was a Mazda3 driven by Dave Henderson, a Hood River local, also 5th overall for the event. I’m glad to say the two Tabor cars entered, my little brother Mark and dad %UXFHERWK¿QLVKHGWKHHYHQW Mark even eked out 4th overall behind the podium of Byron Garth (1st overall), Carl Decker (2nd overall due to penalties), and Brian Svedin (3rd overall), all in Openclass Subarus. (You may remember Carl Decker from this year’s X-Games, running an older Subaru with a bike rack on the top. He’s our Local Boy Makes Good, being from Bend and all, and a super talented driver!) Lucky for the competitors and especially lucky for the volunteers, the snow held off until Sunday. We have rallied in the snow before, but with gravel tires it does not make for an ideal situation! So that’s the last rally of the season. We’re working on the ORG elections and the year-end awards banquet for the RallyCross season awards, Cascade Friday Nighter awards and Rally Worker of the Year award, so stay tuned to www. for more information on that. Preliminary plans appear to have us back at Otto & Anna’s on December 18, but don’t quote me on that—the ORG website is the RI¿FLDOSODFHWR¿QGWKDWLQIRUPDWLRQDQG we’ll be posting it to the Special Stage PNW forums and the ORG list. Hope to see you there!

(Continued from page 15) But it’s not the crash that’s the point of this story, but rather the fact that no drivers were seriously injured.

Having spent some time in the medical center at Road America myself, (for a twisted ankle – how dumb is that?) I can tell you that each of those drivers received top-grade medical care courtesy of SCCA, and it’s also a testament to the value of the safety gear we all have to buy and wear. After close to an hour of cleanup time, including replacing a section of the pit wall, the Runoffs got back on schedule by the end of the day. Out of 29 national classes, 28 had races at the Runoffs, and only one of those failed to get the required 10 entries to crown a national champion. When the last checker falls the paddock is emptying out fast, but there’s one more moment that every (Continued on page 19)



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(Continued from page 11) Al drove around to different parts of the track to take pictures of some of the other races. Pam’s the photographer; and I caught sight of her as she approached the fence by WXUQ,ÀDVKHGP\=7KHUDS\ORJR at her, and she saw me! After that race was over, Pam got permission from the turn worker to go out and rescue me. Now I’m back with my team. No one could believe how I landed RQ WKH WUDFN QHDU WKH VWDUW¿QLVK line and wound up at turn 5, approximately one-third of the way around the track. I tried to explain it to them, but nobody paid any attention to me.


I hope I’ve at least earned a place on Steve’s trophy wall beside the piece of foam rubber that he calls “Driver’s excuse No. 78.� But that’s another story, and you’ll have to ask Steve about that.

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(Continued from page 17) SCCA racer should experience at least once – The Toast. This is a Runoffs tradition that seals the deal on the tribal nature of the event. $IWHU WKH ¿QDO FKHFNHU WKH ZRUNHUV and others who know get together one last time. The Chief of Flags invites anyone and everyone to call out the names of those members of our tribe who have passed away since the last toast, and that’s an emotionally overwhelming process. The story of Brian Redman’s cat is related – and it’s all the more poignant these days because Road America is the location of the FDWœVOHJHQGDU\JUDYH$QG¿QDOO\IRU all the people who are there and those who aren’t there, all drink the toast. I’ll be heading back to Road America next year. There are too many friends who would miss me if I didn’t, and the show is worth the trip. If you’ve never been to the Runoffs, start making your plans now for next year, and the year after that. Because once you’ve been there, it’s a safe bet you’ll be going back.


Solo II Report Andy Howe, Solo II Director Email:

Championship Battles Decided in Final Weekend Now that the 2010 season is behind us, I think it is time for a look back on the close battles. Here’s how some of the close championship battles shook out during the last weekend of the season: Barry Cogut (Porsche Cayman S) took the B Street Prepared championship over Steve Krygier (Mazdaspeed Miata) during the last event. 7KH\UDFHGKHDGWRKHDG¿YHWLPHVGXULQJ the year splitting evenly except the deciVLYH (YHQW  ZKHUH %DUU\ ¿QLVKHG WKLUG to Steve’s fourth. That may not have seemed important at the time, but it turned out to be the difference – just three points. Dan Kuehn out dueled George Wilder in ( 3UHSDUHG  *RLQJ LQWR WKH ¿QDO GD\ RI competition, a win by George would end up in a points tie with George having the

WLHEUHDNHU IRUÂżQLVKLQJDKHDGRI'DQDW Event #1). Dan won the last event by just under one second to take the championship. 6WUHHW 0RGLÂżHG )URQW :KHHO 'ULYH ZHQW down to the wire. In the end, just 15 points VHSDUDWHGÂżUVWSODFHIURPIRXUWK:LWKDQ event win worth 20 points, this is pretty close. How did the drama play out? Allan Zacharda started the weekend in fourth place with 77 points. He took the top spot at Event #8, bumping his total to 97. Becky Zacharda took second place, nudging her season total to 110 points. Perry Keller, leader coming into the weekHQGÂżQLVKHGIRXUWKDQGFDUULHGDYHU\VOLP SRLQWVOHDG ZLWKSRLQWV LQWRWKHÂżQDO day.

*LOEHUW&DONLQV¿QLVKHG¿IWKDW(YHQW gaining a couple points to start Event #9 with 97 points. Going into the last day, only Gilbert was mathematically unable to win the championship (Allan could win on a tie-breaker if everything fell exactly right). Perry struggled at Event #9 and did not increase his season points total – 112. GilEHUWZRUNHGIRUDWKLUGSODFH¿QLVKDQGLQ creased his total to 102 points. Allan took VHFRQGVSRWGXULQJ(YHQW+H¿QLVKHG the season with 108 points. Becky took just her second win of the season at Event #9, but consistent second and WKLUGSODFH¿QLVKHVDWWKHRWKHUHYHQWVJDYH her a total of 117 points and the championship. Perry was second, Allan third, and Gilbert fourth – all of them deserving of a pat on the back! This class was very close and very exciting. The season breakdown shows each of the four contenders being capable of winning on any given day. Perry won the most events (3) but each of the others won two events. In the end, consistency was the key to the championship. I am looking forward to watching this class again in 2011. Looking back, nobody swept the season in a class. Three drivers came close. Derek Loree won 8 events in D Prepared being bested by 2007 National Champion Keith Brown at one event. Scott McCusker took 8 out of 9 in Street Touring. Brad Czopek took event #2 to prevent the sweep. Finally, Jeff Petersen won 8 out of 9 in Street Touring S, being bested by son Morgan at Event #8. Anyone think Morgan might take one or two more in 2011?


The Twisty Bits Jim Murray, Road Racing Director Email:

Highs and lows of Twenty-Ten From our point of view, the season just concluded was marked by some wonderful moments, balanced by the lowest of lows. Is it always so?

smiles in the paddock, notably in the SRF crowd, which drew 13 entries, a high for any class on the weekend.

At mid-year we made the call to abandon our initial Oregon Raceway Park outing, which was scheduled for October 23-24, The season started well, with a success- primarily to weather concerns. We have IXO0DUFKVFKRRODQG¿UVW5HJLRQDO$SULO reserved a date with ORP for mid-July also was near budgeted entries and saw our 2011, and will be planning early in the groundbreaking one-day Fastest school (on year for that event. Pro Drive’s test day), to streamline licensing for experienced drivers. Looking to the highs for the year, we start ZLWK DQRWKHU ¿QH 0DUFK VFKRRO UXQ E\ From May, entry counts weakened, lead- Brian Towey and Bruce Wilson; students ing to the decision to change all succeeding raved at the format which put students on UDFHVWRWKH³FKLFDQH´FRQ¿JXUDWLRQ track in a pack of experienced Miata drivers. Let’s do that again! Rose Cup weekend entries were off 20 percent from 2009. Also a high: worker rides in April thanks to the coordinating efforts of Jon Davies July Double National was our most suc- and the Miata crew. Many smiles all cessful weekend of the year, despite a rainy around in a tight lunch-hour time frame. start. Entries were near budget and the Hope we can do that again, too. event ran smoothly, with an evident aura of success and activity in the paddock. The FasTEST school in April was a new idea that worked; we took two drivers August entries were somewhat below bud- through the school and saw them enter get, but in line with results observed na- events during the year. The school can be tionally. offered on short notice to enable experienced drivers to streamline their licensFor September, however, entries were more ing. It’s not a substitute for the full twothan 40 percent below budget; October saw day school, but is an avenue toward a full less than half the budgeted entry count. SCCA license that will hopefully bring us Part of October’s shortfall is due to what, new people. in retrospect, seems an over-optimistic entry budget, assuming the three-day double $ OLWWOH WKLQJ EXW VLJQL¿FDQW  WKDQNV WR Regional would be an attractive option for Timing & Scoring for adding each driver’s a season-ender. individual lap times to the back of session results. A rainy forecast caused the pullout of about 15 cars (30 entries, which would The lows for the year: at the top of the have added 25 percent to the count); as a list, car counts. Is it the economy? Other result, car counts were extremely light for interests? Competition? Where is everythe weekend. one? How can we get you to come out and race? Despite a very wet Saturday morning, and a near-monsoon Sunday morning, worker Other lows: a couple of incidents regardspirits were high and there were happy ing driver conduct, one of which brought Here’s a review:

the police. Not what we want. It’s a sport of passion, but…it’s supposed to be fun. $ORZWKDWZDVDOVRDKLJKWKHÀ\LQJ65) in August, upside down and backwards. The high: driver unhurt. Thanks to the E-crew for your professionalism. $QXQVHHQDGGLWLRQDQGEHQH¿W3,5ZLUH less service. Many thank you notes are due: --To spouses for helping us do this. --To the stewards for running the weekends and correcting our mistakes. --To sponsors and supporters; you all love racing and vote with your wallets. --To the Board of Directors for your work behind the scenes. --To Karen, for your candor and ever-present good nature. --To everyone who wrote with ideas, complaints, information, helpful hints, and simple hellos. --To workers and chiefs who take all of this on. The highest of highs is seeing your smiling faces. --To drivers who come for the fun, and stay for the people. --To all of you for reading this. --To everyone who pays dues, shows up, laughs, eats the meals, wears white, puts on a helmet, puts on the headphones, sets up for tech, comes out to watch, rides a bicycle (yes, that too!) and brings candy. Missed anyone? Sorry, thanks to you too… Comments and questions? jmmurrayjr@ or 541 788 2797 –aloha-


OREGON REGION SCCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MINUTES DATE: 10-6-10 PLACE: China Bay Restaurant PRESENT: Board Members: Dan Halloran, Dan Mullin, Jim Murray, Andy Howe, Peggy Gaston, Kimberly McFarland 2I¿FLDOV0DU\7KRPSVRQ.DUHQ0F&R\ Members: George Wilder Absent: Jeff Zurschmeide, Chris Hale, Randy Unsbee, Carrie Sutherland CALL TO ORDER – Dan H. called the meeting to order at 7:00

Kim M. distributed checks to Oregon Region drivers at the Runoffs

The August event in Packwood had an average of 100 participants per day.

There were 10 Oregon Region drivers entered in the Runoffs.

September event in the So. Paddock of PIR averaged 72 per day.

Worker Banquet Sponsorships: We’ve received $2,250 in checks & pledges to sponsor workers at the banquet Karen will put info on Motorsports for attendees to sign up to attend.

7KH\GHÂżQLWHO\QHHGDORFDWLRQFKDQJHDW PDX for better participation. The North Paddock is adaptable to more cars than is the South Paddock.

Karen suggested that we should have an audit of our books as it has been some time since one was done. TREASURER REPORT –


None. Karen advised that Jim W. submitted expenses of $263 for the Teen Street Survival School. This will be offset by monies to come from SCCA Ntl.


LOUD PEDAL REPORT – via e-mail from Randy Unsbee

Solo Nationals had good showing from our area: Jerry Jenkins to a 2nd place Three other champions were: Becky Zacharda Kyra Jenkins Tanya Langley The annual banquet will be held Nov. 13th at Ernestos. RALLY REPORT – none DIRECTOR I REPORT –


1. Oct. issue at printers 2. issue on Web site. REGIONAL OFFICE REPORT – 3. Advertising slightly down but holding ¿UP  ([FHOOHQW HGLWRULDO DQG DGYHUWLVLQJ 2I¿FH6WDII +RXUV planned through December. 4. Still limited to 24 pages, might drop to Karen worked 63 hours in September. 16 for upcoming months. Might have cut hours too much; have re- 5. I am presenting at luncheon meeting at ceived feedback from a couple of mem- NORPAC on Interactive Marketing Combers. munications, and the program that has EURXJKWRYHUVL[¿JXUHVWR256&&$ Rose Cup  :RUNLQJ RQ JUDQWV¿QDQFLQJVSRQVRUship for Rose Cup/Region funds for next Have received no payment from PRFF for year and landmark race event. Rose Cup. Per Agreement, payment was 7. Face Book and social media numbers due within 90 days after the Rose Cup rac- FOLPELQJ IRU UHJLRQ DV UHÀHFWHG LQ LQes (Sept 13). To whom did Pirelli Drivers creased Cup pay their fee of $9,000?? membership. 8. Deadline for Nov issue is Oct 20th. September Regional 9. Masters dissertation for approval 10/18 for print vs digital, or combo of both for New low of 59 entries ORSCCA – at own expense. 52 First Entries 7 2nd Entries DIRECTOR’S REPORTS October Double Regional


Looks better, 73 entries so far

Andy spoke about the Teen Street Survival School that recently was held at PIR. He felt that it was a big success with 26 students participating.

Oregon Region Tow Fund for National Runoffs: Total tow fund = $2950


Peggy has not had great response as far as securing candidates to run for the BOD. There are a couple on the hook and will decide by next week. As soon as the names are announced, Mary will prepare the ballot to be loaded on Motorsports for the voting process. DIRECTOR II REPORT – Kim is happy for the response from the drivers inregards to helping workers attend the banquet. She inquired about the program and will get the template for it from Karen and Mary will provide the cover. There will be information in the Loud Pedal concerning the banquet and how to register. Kim talked about a slide show but there did not seem to be great interest in one. ROAD RACING REPORT – The was discussion concerning the end of the year awards. (Continued on next page)

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(Continued from previous page) Suggestions were made on some with the balance to be worked on and announced at the November meeting. Dan is working on securing an Awards Chairperson to select and secure the awards that will be needed. Jim reported that participation overall is GRZQ   7KLV ÂżJXUH GRHV QRW OHDYH PXFKSURÂżW LIDQ\ LQDUDFHZHHNHQG He has submitted the 2011 proposal of eight races to Mark at PIR for consideration. Jim hopes for one event at ORP and a joint venture with Cascade. The prospects to make more of our weekends 2 day events is looking promising.

PAST REGIONAL EXEC – absent 7RR PDQ\ XS GDWHV DQG VSHFL¿FDWLRQV WR ASST REGIONAL EXEC - none list in ad. Has competed in all West Coast REGIONAL EXEC – vintage organizations and tracks. Dan will check on the Pirelli funds and reTurn high 1:34s and low 1:35s at Portland. port back. He did mention that the Rose Race ready just been prepared by Loynings Cup funds should be in our hands shortly. for next year. Dan suggested that a review of the region &RPSOHWHVSHFL¿FDWLRQVDQGSLFWXUHVDYDLO- books would be a good task for the new able on line. $20,000 or best offer. budsmo- RE. 360-835-7807 Adjourn M/S Respectfully submitted, Mary Thompson

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