DRAGON 7 HILLCLIMB – A Weekend to Remember!

SCCA’s Central Carolina Region hosted another great event in Robbinsville at the 7th Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb presented by TOYO!  Although weather played a role in keeping our drivers from records being set, the competition was close in many classes. Over 2400 spectators came to watch the event and enjoy hamburgers, BBQ and funnelcakes  while watching cars and drivers compete for trophies and cash on the 2.2 mile course. The range of cars went from rally cars, a vintage MGA, Porsche GT3 RSR , Evo, Ariel Atom, Brunton Staker, FFR Daytonas, chump cars and many street prepped cars. We had great attendance of drivers along with many first timers at our hill. We also welcomed back Cory Friedman, our current overall record holder and the first winner of the Dragonslayer sword at the very first Dragon Hillclimb in 2011.

The event began earlier in the week with Ted Theodore, George Bowland and others that came to prep the hill, cleaning, mowing and weed-eating the worker and spectators areas. Hay bales were wrapped in white plastic and placed along the course. We owe a big thanks to all who came, worked, towed trailers and helped set up and take down the mountain. Rolling out 2 miles of wire from the back of a truck is a lot of work but necessary for timing and scoring. The hardest part is at the end of day Sunday, rolling it all back up! (Thanks Scott Sipler for staying and helping). Friday, registration was held downtown at The Hub before drivers took their places in the paddock and set up for the weekend. First timers on the hill met Friday night at Microtel to go over the course, the danger areas, protocols and event flow with an instructor and mentors.

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Saturday morning went smoothly with our Launch tire and dragon in the air and course green. The damp course was a challenge for our drivers and some did get bit by the dragon. The saying “Saturday is for wreckers and Sunday is for checkers” is never more true than at a hillclimb! In spite of the occasional rain, the competition heated up in many classes and put on a great show for our spectators and course workers. We were honored to have Area 12 Director Tere Pulliam running her first hillclimb in a CSP Miata! Thanks to her and her husband Larry for coming and running with us! I suspect we will see them on the hill next year in THEIR car! We were also pleased to have Thach take a run up the mountain again in Elvira. Thach is a NC Highway Patrolman who is well known in the area… and if we can get him a car, whatever class he is in will have a new contender!

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The Saturday night dinner at the Huddle House was enjoyed by workers and drivers. Steak night has now become Steak AND Hat night with prizes for best hats.

Sunday was some slight rain on and off during the day and the course never did completely dry out. While this made record setting runs impossible, it created extra challenge in the competition to get the most out of their cars while making safe runs. Our drivers did a fine job and the crowd cheered on our drivers with cowbells. The younger spectators had plenty to do meeting drivers, getting autographs and playing with dragons! One driver who hoped to make this year’s hillclimb had started a car build specifically for this event and tracked his progress through a blog. He was unable to chase away all the gremlins and decided to leave his car home and come watch. One of our drivers, Rocco Bocchiccio offered his BMW to allow Perry Boykin to make his dream of a hillclimb run! THIS is the sportsmanship and fun we see all see and enjoy! You can expect Perry and his wife, Jamie will be joining us at Dragon 8 in their own car! Another driver and long time hillclimber, Ray Cockerel from Black Mountain, NC began a build of his F500 well over a year ago. He completed the car and with support from his wife Sheila was able to debut his car at the Dragon! We look forward to having Sheila back running with us next year. Another driver, Roy Erickson, bought a Miata 2 years ago with the dream of building it up specifically for time trial and hillclimb. His car known as Breester was finished a week before the event and he fulfilled his goal of competing. Two other drivers Nate Wimbrow and Bill Hightower were co-driving Nate’s  Spec Miata and had the differential pop on their first run on Saturday. This was disappointing as Nate brought family down from New Hampshire just to run this event. A few phone calls later, Henry and Joe Bryan Payne with HP Motors in Pelzer, SC  offered their ITA Miata  on loan to Nate. Nate spent all day Saturday taking his car back to Greenville, picking up the ITA so he could run Sunday! All went well with their Sunday runs and the weekend was not lost. Thanks to Joe Bryan and Henry for their help!

At the close of the event, we brought our drivers, crews, event staff and many spectators that stayed for the trophy presentation. Tabitha arranged for Miss Black Knight to assist our Dragon (Julius Binninger) with awarding the trophies and money! There were too many outstanding drives : First timer Ned Neuhaus did amazingly well in his Brunton Stalker. Matt Brandenburg and Sebastian Kokoszka in their first run at the Dragon were fearless in their rally cars! Gage Gregory is always fast on the edge in his car… another great run! Another first time, Allen Skillcorn in the LeGrand DSR was 3rd overall in his first event! Cameron Lane with a 4th place was hoping for a better finish but 4th overall is excellent. With some new findings after the event, Cameron may have found a little some extra to show up with at the Dragon 8!  George Bowland, Robert Martai and Robert McManus finished in 5th, 6th and 7th with awesome runs especially considering the weather. In the end, no ladies were close to Vicki Lanning Eckerich as she captured ANOTHER Dragonslayer sword for Queen of the Hill. For King of the Hill, it was Heikki Rinta-Koski  in his Locost 7 and Cory Friedman in his Porsche GT3 RSR. Both turned in incredibly fast runs on the damp course… with Heikki turning in a 117.510 (just a second slower than his best time ever) and Cory running a 116.487. Cory took the King of the Hill honors for the second time and now is the owner of TWO Dragonslayer swords. Heikki owns six swords and will be back in the Spring, ready to do battle with the Dragon again!

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We owe many thanks to our sponsors, TOYO Tires, Appalachian Tire, Greg and The Hub, Brent and Shelly Hyperformance, Grassroots Motorsports, Darryl and Lori of Killboy.com, HeadHeldHigh.com, Tabitha, Steven, Meghan, Jessica and Nikita  from Graham County Travel & Tourism. Also thanks to our event staff, Don Drennon and his F&C workers, Rich and his Timing and Scoring Staff (Eric, Nancy, Lea, Julius). Thanks to Mark Wall who sweated away all weekend to be our on course Sasquatch! Rick Mitchell, Lance, Barbara, Robert, our grid/starters and stewards did an awesome job! A Special thanks to Mark Eversoll … excellent job on communications and control. Steve Eckerich in the CCR Board members who all stepped up to help! AND a thanks to all the first time workers like Jaime and Amanda Honeycutt. We appreciate greatly the sponsors and support from Graham County : Tabitha with Travel & Tourism, Terinda and Charlie with US Forest Services, NC. DOT, Juanita at GC Transit, Matt and Amanda at  Huddle House and Lary and the Graham County EMS and Rescue Squad. Thank you ALL for your help and support! We will see you again in the Spring when we wake the Dragon for Dragon 8!      FULL RESULTS :   chasing the dragon 7_fin_ chasing the dragon 7_raw_

BARBER AND DRAGON – REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

After some  time off for summer vacation, the SCCA SEDIV Time Trial Championship heats up with great events in the coming months!

Barber Motorsports Park  in Birmingham Alabama Time Trial is hosted by the Alabama & Tennesee Valley Regions on August 30 & 31!

Registration is open HERE! 

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Robbinsville, NC is the location for the 7th Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb hosted by Central Carolina Region on September 13 & 14!

Registration is open HERE!

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Hope you’ve had a GREAT summer break! Now… let’s get it on! See you next month at the Barber Time Trial and the Dragon Hillclimb! 

CCR July Hillclimb – Cancelled

Central Carolinas Region had requested a date to be kept open for a possible hillclimb for July. There were two possible sites but unfortunately, neither one was deemed solid enough to hold a July Hillclimb event this year. 

Our Time Trial officials and drivers  are continuing to look for hillclimb sites here in the Southeast Division. Your help in finding sites is greatly appreciated. Please contact Ted Theodore with possible sites and he can arrange a time to come and review . Here are a few of the items to look for :

General :  Location : road surface condition, hazards, through traffic, spectator areas, paddock area, restaurants / hotels for workers/drivers/spectators.

Course :    Water / Trees / Boulder / Walls / Wildlife / Spur Roads / Residents / Edges of road / Run Off areas / number of high speed areas

 Operation : Radio Communications accessible /  Staging areas / Cool down areas / Shuttle bus / Course worker line of sight / Spectator Parking areas

Community :  Good for local economy / Sound Ordinances /  Site Owner / Wildlife / Camping

If you find a possible site, don’t hesitate to pass it on for considerations. MANY of the potential problems can be overcome with “work arounds” and safety precautions.

We will continue to look for new sites for 2015. 

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The 2014 SEDIV Time Trial Season begins NOW!

Drivers! Get ready! The 2014 Time Trial season is here! 

Central Carolina Region kicks off the year with it’s 6th Chasing the Dragon Hillclimb March 22-23 and the Tennessee Valley / Alabama Regions follow with their Annual Time Trial, TT School and PDX on April 12 – 13.

 

3458_10151268542868140_1857492519_nDragon Hillclimb is held in Robbinsville, NC on a 2.2 mile  uphill road in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial section of the beautiful  Nantahala Forests.  Drivers are allowed to run prepared cars on a novice license as long as they attend a classroom session and work with a mentor Saturday morning before taking their runs. Registration is open!

 More information at www.dragonhillclimb.com    SUPPLEMENTARY RULES – CLICK HERE

    REGISTRATION HERE

 

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Talledega Gran Prix Raceway Track Trial, TT  School and PDX is held in Munford, AL. The TVR and Alabama Regions work together conduct a PDX and a Time Trial event on the 1.41 mile course. The novice school has classroom and one on one instruction that may result in a Novice Time Trial driver being signed off  by the Chief Steward  for a full Time Trial License in one weekend. Great event and track… sign up TODAY!

More information at    TGPR TT EVENT       SUPPLEMENTARY RULES – CLICK HERE

   REGISTRATION HERE

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We look forward to a GREAT season with you! Register for these events and get started on your  2014 Class Southeast Division Championship!

We look forward to seeing an even larger group receiving their trophies and Championships jackets at the SEDIV annual Meetings!

Congrats to 2013 SEDIV Class Champions

The following drivers will receive trophies for the 2013 season at St. Simon’s Island SEDIV Banquet January 18!

We will also be awarding the Shafer Award, the Wurzbach award and the Time Trial Hall of Fame Award.

Congrats to all who participated and we look forward to another great year! 

Scott Sipler  BSP Champion 

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CCR-61

Shane Findlan BSP

2

CCR-61

Paul Crouch CF Champion

1

CFR-83

TJ  Theodore CSP Champion

1

CCR-61

Don Squirek CSP

2

ATL-3

Michael Tablas CSP

3

CCR-61

Dustin Webb DSP Champion

1

CCR-61

Robert McManus ESP Champion

1

CCR-61

Clint McMahan F600 Champion

1

MGA-91

Steve Conrad FF Champion

1

TVR-93

John Prater FP Champion

1

TVR-93

Jason Hawkins FS Champion

1

ATL-3

Mark Rothermel FV Champion

1

TVR-93

Bill F. Coffey GT1 Champion

1

FLA-11

Tom Turner GT2 Champion

1

TVR-93

Bill Coffey GT2

2

BUC-34

John Waight ITA Champion

1

ALA-1

Ryan Sharp ITB Champion

1

CCR-61

Andy Tow ITR Champion

1

ALA-1

Paul Ballance ITS Champion

1

TVR-93

Ted Theodore Specials Champion

1

CCR-61

Mike Breakey SPU Champion

1

CHA-94

Ron Richey SPU 

2

ATL-3

Michael Garoust SSP Champion

1

CFR-83

Scott Budisalich SU Champion

1

TVR-93

Mike Merrill SU

2

ATL-3

Susan Merrill SU

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2014 SCCA Southeastern Division Time Trial Schedule Announced!

The SEDIV Regions and the SEDIV Time Trial Committee are proud to announce our event schedule for 2014! We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Happy New Year!

  Date

Region

TT (L3)

PDX (L1)

HC (L4)

TT School

RoadAtlanta Mar 21-23 ATL

X

Dragon V Mar 22-23 CCR

X

TGPR Apr 12-13 TVR/ALA

X

X

X

Daytona Apr 12-13 CFR

X

RoadAtlanta May 17-18 ATL

X

X

Sebring May 31-Jun 1 CFR

X

TBD Jul 13-14 CCR

 

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Sebring Jul 19-20 CFR

X

Sebring Aug 30-31 CFR

X

Barber Aug 30-31 ALA/TVR

X

 

 

Dragon VI Sep 13-14 CCR

X

TGPR II Oct 11-12 TVR/ALA

X

X

 

ARRC Nov 1-2 ATL

X

Roebling Nov 15-16 BUC

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PDX on the Banks of Charlotte Motor Speedway! August 16, 2013

Central Carolinas Region put on a PDX at Charlotte Motor Speedway August 16th for drivers in Intermediate and Advanced groups. The performance driving experience event was held as a part of CCRs Daylight to Dark Road Races . Over 20 drivers participated and enjoyed the infield and banked walls of the super speedway. All signs point to doing this again next year so plan ahead for 2014! Great thanks to all participants and those who worked and staffed the event.

BARBER REGISTRATION IS OPEN! August 31st – Sept. 1st

Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL

Registration closes: August 26, 2013 12:00 PM CDT

ALABAMA & TENNESSEE VALLEY REGIONS SCCA Double SARRC and Track Trials

August 31-September 1, 2013 Sanction #: 13-R-2411-S, 13-R-2412-S, 13-TT-2413-S

A Spectator Regional Racing and Time Trial Event on the 2.38 Mile Barber Motorsports Park Road Course located on Route 20 just East of Birmingham, Alabama. 

Make time to visit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, the premier collection of vintage Motorcycles in the country. www.barbermotorsports.com

Barber Race Track is one of the most challenging and fun tracks to drive in the Southeast. Challenge the elevation changes, blind turns, and speed. We will be doing a combined Double SARRC and Time Trials Level 3 on Labor Day weekend. The Double SARRC will be the last SARRC event available to qualify for the SIC. This will be the first ever SEDIV TT held at Barber and a fantastic opportunity for the SEDIV TT drivers to race on one of the best road courses in the country. Time to set the SEDIV TT Track Records at Barber. Although a Friday practice day will not be held, the TT sessions are scheduled before SARRC qualifying and before the SARRC races on both days. Plenty of opportunity for the SARRC drivers to get extra track time at reduced cost from a normal practice day and without the Friday time off work and extra expenses.  For additional information, contact: TVR: Craig Farr Email: farrout@knology.net or Alabama Region: Vincent Coker Email: vinnyv81@gmail.com

The Track Trial sessions are an excellent opportunity for extra practice time since there is no Friday Practice Day.  Each TT group will have one session before SARRC Qualifying and two sessions between Qualifying and the SARRC Races on Saturday and one session each before qualifying and also before and after the SARRC races on Sunday.

Workers will be reimbursed for expenses at $50 per day and lunches will be offered for each day worked. Come on out and join the fun!

 Full PDF’s for the event supps are located on the Alabama Region website home page

http://www.alscca.net/index.php/labordayrace

Time Trials rules may be found at

http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/assets/2013 Time Trials Rules_4 levels.pdf (see level 3)

http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/uidEvent/97D3F55C-CAB0-10C8-28C456E10B61678C#.UgI8kNJwpS4

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