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The Squeal Newsletter

In this issue:  Celebrate a 30-Year Member!  •  Website Update  •  Future Leaders for Susquehanna Region  •  It's Autocross Season!  •  Changes for the 2016 Season •  Rallycross Returns!  •  Sponsor Spotlight: Foster's Automotive  •  Member Spotlight: Vince Gladfelter  •  March Meeting Details  •  February Meeting Minutes  •  News from SCCA  •  2016 Event Schedule


Future Leaders for Susquehanna Region

by Alan Lesher  
The people doing the heavy lifting in the region are getting older. Some of us have diminished capabilities. It is time to think about getting some more, younger people involved in some leadership positions. 

We need to have one or two people step up to learn how to set up and tear down the timing equipment. We need someone to step up to be the region safety steward. We need people to commit to tear down at the end of the day at the Hershey events. At some time in the future, these positions will be vacant. At that time, the program will collapse.

It is your club. Get involved now.


It's Autocross Season! 


March 26 & 27 @ Hershey Park

We're less than two weeks away from the first double-event weekend of the season! The events will be held on the big lot at Hershey Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27. 

The events are both limited to 150 entrants, and are filling up quick, so make sure to register today to reserve your spot! 


Event Timetable

Note: course setup occurs the morning of each event at Hershey. We could always use extra help, and you'll get a sneak peek at the course!

6:30AM: Meet to start set-up
7:30AM: Registration opens
7:45AM: Tech opens
8:30AM: Course open for walking
8:45AM: Reg & tech close/Novice walk
9:15AM: Cars to grid
9:30AM: Drivers meeting
9:45AM: Worker assignments
10:00AM: First car off


Changes for the 2016 Season

Numbers: Pre-printed numbers will be supplied at registration, or you may use your own car numbers and class identification that conform to the SCCA Rules. Numbers should be on your car before going through tech. The Tech Chief and/or Solo Chair have final say on whether identification is appropriate. You can find more details in last month's Squeal

Membership cards: All members are required to show membership cards at registration. 


2016 Rules & Guidelines


Rallycross Returns!


April 16 — Rally School @ Elmerton Lot
Learn the ins-and-outs of rallycross! Susquehanna Region is happy to host a rallycross school on Saturday, April 16 at the Farm Show Elmerton Lot.

The school is an introduction to driving on a low-friction surface in a competition environment. Discussion of car prep, rules, and techniques will be followed with driving instruction and practice. A full course may be included if time allows. Bring a chair and be prepared for a day outside! A maximum of 20 students will be allowed for the school, and registration will open one month before the event.  


April 16 — Event #1 @ Elmerton Lot
Soon, it'll be time to play in the dirt once again! We're just about a month out from our first rallycross points event of the season. It will be held on April 17 at our regular venue, the Farm Show Elmerton Lot in Harrisburg. 

Check out the link below for details. Registration will open one month before the event. While walk-ups are allowed, you can save some cash by registering early using the link below.


2016 Rules & Guidelines


2016 Autocross Series Sponsor Spotlight


General Manager: Vince Gladfelter
Member of: SCCA, SVRA and NASA
Races: Autocross, Hillclimb, SVRA vintage and NASA

Owner: Dwight Foster
Opened: 1987
Number of Employees: 4

Address: 117 E. Strawberry Ave.
                   Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Phone: 717.766.7175


We're happy to have Foster's Automotive as the new 2016 Autocross Series Sponsor for Susquehanna Region! Many Region members have already had work done at Foster's, and recommend their work. 

Since 1987, Foster’s Automotive has been helping customers fall in love with their foreign, domestic, and vintage cars all over again. 

The shop specializes in older air cooled, all newer German and European cars, and all American cars. They love doing race alignments and tires and they're the perfect alternative to the dealer.

Vince says "We love to help people... it's what we do. Help us help you bring back the love in your old sports car! We fix what other shops can't!"

See the sponsor ad below for more details about available services. 


Member Spotlight

Name: Vince Gladfelter
From:  Mechanicsburg, PA
Runs: Autocross, Road Racing, Hillclimb
Drives: Vintage race, autocross and hillclimbs a 1972 BMW 2002TII in FSP and Group 8 in SVRA. Autocross 2006 Mini Cooper, also co-drives in some road racing and hillclimbing in Bill Miller III 2001 Audi S4 in ITE.

Member since: Too long to remember!

Been autocrossing since 1976, my father toted me along to autocross and hillclimbs through the 60s and 70s so I couldn’t wait to autocross! First autocross at HBG East Mall in 1974 Vega GT Wagon against Forrest Graeff, another fossil! It progressed from there. Then bought a Solo Vee from Henry Brillinger and that’s when we started to step things up. Won many things in that car, alltime fave! Progressed to a Formula Ford and won a few championships, and also co-drove with Denny Anderson in his S2000 Royal for many wins!​


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March Regional Meeting

Tuesday, March. 22 • 7:30 p.m.
Our next meeting will be held in the private dining room at Gilligan's Bar and Grill, 987 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, PA 17111.  

The meeting agenda will be provided to members via email this weekend, prior to the meeting. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come early for dinner (and a drink) with other members. 


Regional Meeting Minutes

February 23, 2016
    Meeting called to order by Steve at 7:30 and looking around noticed some new faces. A new member, Eric, introduced himself, who is interested in autocross. There was also a guest, Jamie.
     There was a motion to accept the last month’s minutes and Dave moved they be accepted and so seconded and approved.
     Alan gave the treasures report and the club has incurred expenses for the banquet as well as some other items. No income reported since it is the off-season and no events happening. Alan did receive a thank you card from the commander of the American Legion and Veteran’s of Foreign Wars honor Guard of Jersey Shore, PA for the donation that the region gave in honor of Dennis Cipriany.
     Kristen gave a report as assistant RE about the safety stewards training that is coming up in Philadelphia on March 5, and there are three new people planning on attending.
     Steve gave an update on the membership and the region all time high was at 361 members but it has slipped to the current number of 351. Kristen gave Steve a current list of members whose membership has lapsed and Steve will make a few calls to notify those members in case they forgot to renew.
     Geoff gave a report on the autocrosses and the first event will be the last weekend in March — the 26th and 27th — at Hershey. There was discussion about the club truck and when to hold the clean up/organization workday and it was decided to be done on March 5th around 10:30AM. The region is planning on buying one new digital sign for events. Ashley said that she is all set as the worker chief for the upcoming series. There will be no season #’s for the series and they will be assigned on a first come basis for each event. Kristen is handling the trophies and had a sample of the glass that will be lettered for the events for everyone to see. There was a motion to allow the purchase of trophies and it was seconded by Alan. Geoff set a meeting time for 6:30 AM the days of the autocross events for setup.
     John said that the rallycross events will be starting in April with a school, on April 16.
     Kristen said that everything is going well with the region newsletter The Squeal, and that it is receiving about the same amount of hits each month. Kristen received a round of applause for the fine job she is doing with the newsletter! There was discussion about the redesign of the website and that the person helping with it is doing it free of charge as a way to build her portfolio. 
     Alan asked about how people will be able to find out what is official vs. hearsay pertaining to what is heard on social media. It was determined that the website content will be the official version.
     No old business and under new business it was reported that the Corvette club had lost its access to the Manheim lot it had been using for its autocross events. 
     Under good and welfare Dave made mention that at the Rolex 24 event the Corvettes did OK verses the Porsches.
     There was a motion to adjourn by Dave and seconded by Kristen and Steve said that everyone was OK to stay and continue talking about anything they would like to discuss.

Respectfully submitted — Ed Womer, Secretary


News from SCCA


Contingencies for 2016 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Tour from Hawk Performance and More

Once again in 2016, top finishers at each Tire Rack® SCCA National Tour event can collect contingency awards from several manufacturers and racing-related companies including Hawk Performance and Mazda along with several tire manufacturers including Bridgestone, Falken, Toyo, Kumho and Hoosier. 


24 Top Level Tire Rack SCCA National Tour and ProSolo Events on 2016 Calendar

A total of 24 Tire Rack SCCA National Solo events are set to take place throughout 2016, including an 11-event Tire Rack ProSolo schedule, 8 traditional Tire Rack Championship Tour events and 5 Tire Rack Match Tours. The season kicks off, as it has traditionally done, with the Dixie Region Championship Tour event, March 18-20.


——— Sponsors ———

Foster's Automotive
Auto Seat Covers Co.
SSC Tint & Graphics
Aircooled Racing

2016 Event Schedule

03/26/16: AX 1, Hershey Park
03/27/16: AX 2, Hershey Park

04/16/16: RX School, Elmerton Lot
04/17/16: RX 1, Elmerton Lot

05/29/16: AX 3, Farm Show, AM
05/29/16: AX 4, Farm Show, PM

06/05/16: AX 5, Farm Show, AM — Cancelled
06/05/16: AX 6, Farm Show, PM — Cancelled

06/25/16: RX 2, Elmerton Lot
08/06/16: RX 3, Elmerton Lot
09/03/16: RX 4, Elmerton Lot

09/11/16: AX 7, Farm Show, AM
09/11/16: AX 8, Farm Show, PM
10/29/16: AX 9, Hershey Park
10/30/16: AX 10, Hershey Park

Note: Additional AX dates may be booked in the next couple of months, so stay tuned!


2016 Officers

Regional Exec: Steve Limbert
Assistant RE: Kristen Poole
Treasurer: Alan Lesher
Secretary: Ed Womer
Director 3 Yr: Geoff Craig
Director 2 Yr: Charlie Demmy
Director 1 Yr: Markus Houser

2016 Meeting Schedule

03/22/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
04/26/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
05/24/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
06/28/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
07/26/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
08/23/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
09/27/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
10/25/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans
11/22/16: Regional Meeting, Gilligans


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