CNYR SCCA MEETING MINUTES FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013
CALL TO ORDER:
The meeting was called to order at 7:20 p.m. by R.E. Scott Newton.
Scott Newton said that he had corresponded with the officials at the Oneida County Airport and they were not interested in allowing CNYR SCCA to rent the facility for a SOLO event.
Security and insurance are prime reasons, as NSA utilizes a portion of the facility.
Scott also said that National in Topeka now requires more information on entrants at our SOLO events, including names, membership numbers and the class they are running.
Jim Quattro suggested using an iPad as they do for Rally Cross, as it makes data collection and retrieval very easy.
A general discussion of changes in class for 2014 and 2015 followed.
It was mentioned that the Green Hills Shopping Plaza has a lot behind the plaza currently not in use which may make a viable SOLO location.
Jon Coffin said that location had been previously used perhaps 20 years ago by the region.
It will be looked into for possible use for the 2014 season, along with a long shot, Turning Stone.
Ed Leubner congratulated CNYR member Jon Coffin on his 30 years of membership as of October.
Ed also mentioned that with the resignation of Jeff Dahnert as President and CEO, Lisa Noble has been appointed the interim Pres. & CEO, while Area 10 Governor John Walsh has been appointed Chairman of the Board for SCCA National.
All in attendance gave their thumbs up to the promotion.
Jay Cartini asked than any outstanding bills be presented to him so they may be paid prior to the end of the year.
He is still waiting for payment from a sponsor.
Our web-site has picked up a new Porsche ad.
Bob Holcomb asked for a motion that the October meeting minutes be approved as they appeared on our web-site.
Mike Gagliardi so moved, Ted Barbuto seconded, motion carried.
Bob discussed the accident at turn 7 at Watkins Glen during the Sept. SVRA Historic Trans-Am race when a Camaro crashed and a photographer was injured.
Bob was the first person to the photographer and said that upon arriving home from our October meeting he had a message on his answering machine from the photographer.
His name is Ron Levanduski, a former Formula-Vee driver from the 1970's.
He told Bob he suffered a compound fracture of his left arm, now implanted with a metal rod, two broken ribs, a (at that point) still numb hip and bruising, but alive and healing and back to work.
Bob also said that if anyone needs it he had information for signing up for the North American MotorSports Expo to be run in Charlotte, NC in conjunction with the SCCA National Convention.
Jon Coffin will be taking the meeting minutes when Bob does his "Snow-Bird" thing during the winter.
Mick Levy said all racing was done for the season at Watkins Glen.
He hopes to be able to work the Daytona 24 HRS along with Bob Holcomb.
Otherwise, nothing new to report.
Andrew Beyer absent, no report.
Rob Sgarlata said that the January Banquet will be held on Sunday, January 26th at Borio's Restaurant from 3pm to 7pm.
Cost is $15 per attendee.
Jim Quattro said the October event at Walczyk's Farm was a fun event, even with just a moderate turnout.
Jim got to do a safety check drive of the course for the American Rally Cross held at Pocono on Oct. 26th.
Jim got in over 15 laps on the course which was 95% asphalt and 5% dirt.
Our next event will be Sunday, November 17th at the Walczyk Farm.
The Central New York Raceway Park web-site featured a CNYR SCCA Rally Cross held there earlier this year.
Mark Bizzozero said the November 3rd SOLO at Shoppingtown was fun despite the constant 37 to 39 degree temperatures.
Lack of traction was the main issue.
Mark is starting to work on the 2014 schedule and trophies for the awards banquet in January.
Mark is hoping for a Co-Chair to assist him in 2014 and Rob Sgarlata was agreeable to filling in.
Mike Gagliardi said CNYRP is slowly progressing, gravel is being trucked in and stump removal continues.
The dirt oval will be the first track completed, followed by the road course.
Late 2014 should see the first dirt racing, while early 2015 is planned for the road course.
It was proposed that CNYR SCCA check into having a booth at the Syracuse Auto Expo in February, 2014 and Scott Newton will look into this. Several members will offer their vehicles for display.
Election of officers for 2014.
Mike Donofrio made a motion that since we have no challengers to our current officers, that the Secretary make one unanimous vote for each current officer.
Jon Coffin seconded, motion carried.
R.E. Scott Newton
A.R.E. Ed Leubner
SECRETARY Bob Holcomb
TREASURER Jay Cartini
ACTIVITIES DIR. Rob Sgarlata
The 50/50 was won by Ted Barbuto for $13.
Motion to adjourn made by Mike Donofrio, seconded by Mike Gagliardi, motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.
Submitted by Bob Holcomb, Sec.