Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee

With the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles on the roads, and auto manufacturers announcing commitments to move significantly in that direction, SCCA has formed an EV Advisory Committee. The committee has a quick survey for members to complete on their current ownership, use, and plans for EVs. Please take a minute to complete. Additionally, any one with specific comments or concerns for the committee is welcome to submit them directly for consideration as this new category continues to gain traction and integration into our events and programs. EV Committee Survey Announcing New Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee May 3, 2021 at 10:46 AM To show commitment to electric and hybrid vehicles and the enthusiasts who drive them, the SCCA has formed the Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee (EVAC) to create unified procedures across SCCA programs for Electrified Vehicles (EV). EVs have won major events in SCCA Solo and Time Trials, and major manufacturers have committed to only electric in the future which has created a need for regions and motorsports circuits to have the capacity for the flow of interest EVs are generating. The 9-person committee is being led by SCCA Area 4 Director Dayle Frame—EV [...]

By |2021-05-10T15:32:28-04:00May 10th, 2021|Featured, Region News|

Summer Challenge Road Rally – New Date

The official date for the Summer Challenge Road Rally has been set. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 19. From the Rallymaster: I’ve been out on the course a couple of times.  It’s a nice new area – South and East of Randolph.  There’s a few really good stretches of twisty roads over the Vermont hills.  It’s also a nice change from the Winter Challenge (and the Seacoast Scramble) – it’s during the day so you can see the countryside – and maybe see the control locations. Event Details When: Saturday, June 19 Starting Point: Exit 4 of I-89 in Randolph, VT *Running south and east to White River Jct and then back. Time: 10 am to 5 pm Register for Summer Challenge

By |2021-05-04T19:38:43-04:00May 4th, 2021|Featured, Rally|

NER Springtime Coneage

By David Bocchichio Photo by Shawn Pan It was a cloudy morning but the rain held off while everyone was setting up. Just as we gathered for the driver's meeting the rain came in. It continued to come down at a steady clip for both morning run groups, making conditions quite slick for competitors. Drivers were raring to go after the first non-points event back on April 4th, which saw dry conditions in combination with a fast course. Unfortunately, the rain, along with a course that had some tricky slowdowns, made it quite difficult to push the limits. Photo by Jacob Ronald Non-Pros Take Pax As lunch came to an end the rain began to ease. The drying conditions tempted many drivers to push their limits resulting in both fast times and epic spins. The challenging conditions made for some interesting results according to Alex Jackson, NER Autocross Chairman, “Pro class is pax'd and it typically consists of the fastest drivers in the region competing against each other rather than in their base classes. It occasionally happens that someone outside of pro gets top pax at the event like [...]

By |2021-05-03T15:28:55-04:00May 3rd, 2021|Autocross, Autocross Results, Featured|

Finding A New Beginning Through Autocross

Written by David Bocchichio On Sunday, April 4, 2021 my 17 year old son Liam and I had a chance to attend our first Regional Solo at Devens Airfield, in Ayer, MA.  To say that we were a little nervous would be putting it mildly.  After attending several local events last year, on smaller lots in our home state of Connecticut, we at least understood the basic process. But the scale of everything up at Devens was so much bigger and I had my son in his own car to worry about.  However, after what our family has gone through over the last year, we felt ready for anything. 2020 Turns Life Upside Down March 2020 went the same for us as it did for most people across the world. Our lives were put on hold due to Coronavirus lockdows.  Things began to spiral out of control for us soon after as weird health issues that had been plaguing me for many years suddenly worsened.  In the fall of 2020 I was finally diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder, putting an end to a lifetime [...]

By |2021-04-13T15:20:44-04:00April 13th, 2021|Autocross, Featured, Racing Life|

CRE – TT – TNiA: Understanding the Differences

When it comes to getting out on a road course, SCCA offers three ways car enthusiasts can experience the fun of driving on a dedicated race track. From the entry level Track Night in America series of events, to Time Trials competitions, and the most recent Club Racing Experience that prepares drivers for full wheel-to-wheel racing action, there are plenty of opportunities and ways to get out and have #funwithcars. However, for those new to SCCA and motorsports, understanding the differences between each of these events may be difficult. So we're here to break it down and make it simple. Two easy to understand charts that quickly answer the questions about what's similar and what's different. Breakdown the Similarities and Differences The one thing all three events have in common is that they are held on dedicated road racing courses. Unlike Rally events that are on rally tracks (dirt and gravel courses) or Autocross events that are typically held on parking lots or airport tarmacs; CRE, Time Trials, and TNiA are all scheduled at tracks like Thompson Speedway, Lime Rock Park, or Palmer Motorsports Park. Beyond that, some aspects of each event may crossover [...]

By |2021-04-20T10:53:24-04:00April 5th, 2021|Featured, Racing Life, Road Racing|