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February's Monthly Meeting (2/2, 7:00 PM)
The EESCC meeting will be at Sizzler.

The EEMSP February Meeting: (2/9, 6:30 PM)     
EEMSP meeting will be at Jamie black's house.

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Featured Articles

Emerald Empire MotorSports Park Foundation Year-End Report
By Licia Shultz

Driver Highlights
By Bonnie Mueller

2022 Here We come
By Mike Glass

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Remember we have a 95 db Max noise limit in place
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HELMET REGULATIONS
ONLY Snell 2010+ M and SA helmets will be allowed.

Emerald Empire MotorSports Park Foundation Year-End Report  
By Licia Shultz

 

As you know there are many people that have dedicated time and effort to help further our goal of having a track we can call our home. I want to thank them for their support and their tireless dedication to helping with the forward progression of this project. 

The reason I can support a project like this is that it can serve a multitude of needs for whatever community or locality it lands in and does not involve a large plot of land. These offsetting benefits are spelled out in our literature and on the EEMSP Website. The sites currently being evaluated are sub-par agricultural properties or that have other issues that prevent or argue against agricultural uses. In addition, there are plan alternatives that may involve continuing some agricultural uses that would still be compatible with our motorsports needs. 

I have taken the time to read the laws as they relate to our project, and there are many. There will be people who will never support our project. Working with public agency partners, there are ways forward, and land use rules are living documents that can be modified. It ain’t over till it’s over! 

Now here are some of the nuts and bolts. 

 Simply put, all the money that has been raised has come from within this community. Currently we have approximately $15,000 in the bank. We have spent very little so far doing the business of the foundation. We are all volunteers and there is no office or staff. We got some big donations from some very generous members and thank you for that. I want to acknowledge every donor because every nickel matters. So again, Thank You! 

We must use every opportunity to do fundraising, like we did at the year-end banquet with our fantastic Silent Auction. We are so thankful to the club’s sponsors for the amazing auction donations, and to Lorin Wamsley for all his work in getting those donations. A big shout out to all of those who made the winning bids making our first Silent Auction a real success. 

We brought in over $1,900 from the auction and $475 on the raffle. By the way, the winner of the raffle was Mary Richardson – congrats Mary! 

There will be a time, I hope not too far in the future that there will be some real big checks written and we want to be as prepared as possible.  

We have regular monthly meetings and just keep this moving forward. We have met some interesting folks along the way and appreciate their input and guidance. We have had some high-level meetings that are at this point interesting and show potential. 

If you have an interest in joining our efforts or at least coming to our meetings, they are published in the Clubs’ website every month. We welcome your interest. 

Thanks everyone for making 2021 a wonderful year, we are looking forward to next year! www.eemsp.org


Driver Proiles             

By Bonnie Mueller

In this newsletter is two new articles to continue with my series of 28 profiles. In 2020 and 2021 the drivers/cars were highlighted on our coasters. Now, hear about Alan Bowers and Bruce Harmon in their own words:

When and where did you get into autocrossing?
First actual autocross was in 2004 with San Francisco Bay Area Region SCCA. Did a teen “Street Survival” course with another organization prior to that which got me hooked on performance driving, and managed to get into a couple GM test drive events to thrash around in a corvette or two around their cone “courses.”.

When did you first enter events with EESCC? How did you find out about us? First autocross with EESCC was in 2014 co-driving a couple of cars but ran Larison Rock in 2013 (drove my Miata from CA, following Lorin if I remember right). Moved to Oregon in late 2014 and started attending more regularly.

How long have you been into autosports? What other forms of racing have you done or are a faithful follower? (Lemons, Lucky Dog, Hillclimbing, NASCAR, F1, Indy, drag racing, drifting, off road racing, radio controlled, dog sledding ??etc.) Started doing HPDE/track events around 2004 as well (with a Ford Focus ZX3), and have since joined a ridiculous team (in 2011 or 12?) who thought it was a good idea to race a minivan and then front wheel drive pickup truck. Did a little drifting while stationed in Japan from between 2006 and 2008, but found out speed, grip and timed competition was more fun.

Do other members of your family autocross with you? When did they start and why? (Please answer all these questions for them too) Dana Zimmer has dipped her toes in and autocrossed her Focus ST for a few seasons. She does enjoy it but maybe more so enjoys spending time with the great people within the club.

How many cars have you owned and autocrossed? What was your first car? Your first “race” car? Only autocrossed a handful of my cars, starting with a basic Ford Focus ZX3. Got a more prepared SVT Focus with a supercharger (probably my first “race car”), but that turned out to be a money pit that never ran well. Eventually found the light and got a Miata, which has been pretty trustworthy for over a decade now (moving classes from STR to CSP to now DP over those years). Every now and then I drive Dana’s Focus ST in GS.

What current car are you autocrossing and / or expect to run in 2022? Any changes you are doing? Class change? Still the Miata. No changes other than some minor stuff (which I haven’t done anything about yet). It stays reliable, so I have no need to mess with the recipe. If it blows up, Lorin has agreed to help Honda K swap it.

What wins or awards are you most proud of and why? Helping get 2nd in the Chump Car 24-hour race at Buttonwillow in 2013 is up there. We completed 500 laps (1340 miles), while our best lap was over 3 seconds slower than anyone else in the top 10 (some of which had laps 10 seconds quicker than us). Also really enjoyed driving Larison Rock, going sub 2 minutes and getting both CSP and DP class records.

What is the most fun about autocrossing? Our club? The camaraderie and friendly atmosphere is the most fun thing about autocrossing and EESCC, aside from the 30-60 runs in between all that. Seeing friends, seeing cool cars, and hearing tires and engines throughout the day. 

 When and where did you get into autocrossing? First event was in El Paso, TX while in the army in 1969. I did one event there got the second fastest time of day, then other duties kept me away for 30 years. Then in 1998 saw an old college chum, Tom Kotzian, and he got me into it again, this time with an 89 Corvette, which he sold me, where I ran in Super Stock and from there on, I was hooked.

When did you first enter events with EESCC? How did you find out about us? In about 2004, after I sold my Corvette and moved to Corvallis, I joined EESCC because it was closer to me and had a nice schedule of events. I ran a 2001 Focus SVT for a couple years. I soon discovered our club is the best managed club in the state.

How long have you been into autosports? What other forms of racing have you done or are a faithful follower? (Lemons, Lucky Dog, Hillclimbing, NASCAR, F1, Indy, drag racing, drifting, off road racing, radio controlled, dog sledding, etc.) I raced Go Karts successfully in 1959-1963, then motorcycles for two years in the late 60’s, then raced bicycles off and on for the next 30 years. Then cycling took a back seat to Autocrossing in about 2005. (I found Autocrossing a lot easier on my body.)

Do other members of your family autocross with you? When did they start and why? (Please answer all these questions for them too) No, wife is glad to see me busy. My daughter used to come and watch at events and ride with me on a few runs.

How many cars have you owned and autocrossed? What was your first car? Your first “race” car? First car was a worn out 1947 Studebaker. It cost me $50. First car I autocrossed was a 1969 Datsun 510. Then 89 Corvette, 01 Ford Focus, 2007 Pontiac Solstice, 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. Also ran my wife’s 88 Porsche 911 Targa couple times in 2004.

What current car are you autocrossing and / or expect to run in 2022? Any changes you are doing? Class change? Will be running my Fiat 124 Spider Abarth in C Stree.
 
What wins or awards are you most proud of and why? My proudest award was winning the State 50+ championship time trial (bicycle) in 1999, because of the effort made. Am also proud of winning the Silver Medal in the State Criterium championship that same year. And I’m always proud of being competitive at every autocross event.

What is the most fun about autocrossing? Our club? The unique thing I enjoy most about Autocrossing is the unlimited challenge of running a new course every day and trying to drive it well. I love this club, its great people, superbly well-run events and all the fun in participating. Going to events at different locations is also fun, even though necessary due to the shortage of venues. Out of town events like Willamette Pass and Roseburg are great experiences.

Other comments. I also enjoy taking photos for everyone at events.



2022 Here We come  
By Mike Glass

Well, another season has closed, and we are now post banquet, so things have settled down to the point where it is possible to sit down and write a bit about the past season and perhaps a few other things… As everyone knows 2021 was a ridiculous year (as opposed to 2020 which was a truly crappy year!) and it currently looks as though 2022 will be similar, at least the first part of it. The virus situation has further complicated the planning and organization of events for many of the regions auto clubs and appears to have brought a substantial growth period to a close with lower participation levels for the first time in several years. We witnessed the destruction of several vehicles belonging to folks in our circle and endured various weather-related adventures, like the first event after changing to full slicks taking place in near freezing temps. With the added features of snow, hail and rain! Weather also necessitated the cancellation of one of our favorite Hillclimb’s in the area. Was it all ‘doom and gloom’ though? Well, did we have fun? Heck yeah!!!

We all got to participate in a full season of events in our cars thanks to the work of those behind the scenes that continue to run some of the best, most sorted events in the region. Most of us know who these people are, so I won’t try to name everyone here, but we all owe these people more than an entry fee for what they help us do, so next time around, pitch in and help!

So, let’s talk about some new adventures! Did you know that EESCC has a road rally? Many people are unaware of the existence of this particular type of fun with cars and it is a great way to put your brain to use while enjoying a fabulous country drive! Put simply, these events consist of a wonderful drive on country roads with the route determined by a set of instructions which must be interpreted according to a set of rules. The object of this exercise is to arrive at a certain point at a certain time without knowing where you’re going or when you are supposed to be there!! Great fun and a great excuse to go for a drive! Look for this event in the spring…

Another way to enjoy your drive time, especially your fast drive time, is to consider entering a Hillclimb! EESCC runs one of the oldest continuously held Hillclimb events in the country! The Larison Rock Hillclimb is Emerald’s own, thanks to the work of Bonnie and Jim Mueller along with a crew of dedicated volunteers. This event is what we usually only dream about...screaming up a country road as fast as you please with no worries about oncoming traffic! This opportunity only comes along a few times a year in the region and does require a bit of travel to run more events, but the fun level is much higher than many other speed events! Also true is that the level of risk is higher than both autocross and even many track events, so a higher level of safety equipment is required unless you are driving a true street car. Speeds are lower than most track events, as is the cost of entry. These events are usually attended by only a small portion of a club’s driver/members with EESCC member participation perhaps the highest with roughly a dozen competitors in area events. The point here is that there is plenty of room and these events are available to everyone, as an entry or as a volunteer so please consider giving it a try...the 2022 season will be upon us before anyone is ready, so we’ll see you soon!!  



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