Over the weekend of August 3-4, all NER specialties converged on New Hampshire Motor Speedway to bring everyone in our region together for two days enjoying all the racing fun and motorsports action we have to offer.
On the NHMS road course, the road racing teams were competing in the fifth NERRC event of the year. This included 34 FV drivers coming together to honor Paul Faford. Outside the tunnel entrance to the track, the Autocross teams set up and ran an additional event outside of the 2019 points series, which included a dozen IT7 drivers taking a break from the road course to try their hand navigating cones. And the rally team organized a special Game-Tour-Adventure rally throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that kicked off and ended at the NHMS gates.
The weekend highlight was the annual RAL Auction and Raffle. With over 40 items up for bid this year, members vied for items like Bruins tickets, racing gear, and an iconic Gulf open-face helmet. During the auction, the region presented our Regional Executive Rich Currey with a special helmet decorated and signed by the kids at the UMass Memorial Children’s Hospital, letting him know the region is behind him during his own battle with cancer.
But the biggest fundraiser was the donations gathered to shave the head of Serge Lentz. Over $5000 alone was collected to watch him lose his locks.
Overall, we had hundreds of NER members, crew, family and friends throughout the NHMS grounds participating in RAL events. And when all the online donations, t-shirt sales, auction items, and entries were tallied, the region was thrilled to present a check for over $15,000 to the hopsital to support the children and families fighting cancer battles. Well done.