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Here is a link to the article in the Cumberland Times-News
Sports Car Club of America, Washington DC Region Adds Western Maryland Chapter
CUMBERLAND — Sixty-three years after racing legend Carroll Shelby won a Washington, D.C., Region Sports Car Club of America Hill Climb sports car time trial on Breakneck Road near Rocky Gap, the region is returning to Western Maryland to sanction the August Polish Mountain Hill Climb.
Following a process of discussion, negotiation and formal approval, WDCR SCCA Regional Executive Wayne Armbrust and National Road Autosport President John Felten announced on Jan. 4 that long-standing members of the Western Maryland motorsports group have been approved as the leadership of a new affiliated chapter to the Washington DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America.
“Creation of the Washington D.C. Region Western Maryland Chapter (WMC) is very exciting news for our members and sports car enthusiasts all over the Mid-Atlantic,” Armbrust said. “Adding this chapter brings a Level IV time trial hill climb program into the DC Region and adds an experienced and successful team of event organizers, promoters and competitors into our club.”
Armbrust also expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to make WDCR part of the Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association series and work with organizers with whom he has crafted personal friendship, both at National Road Autosport events and at WDCR’s home track in Summit Point West Virginia.
National Road Autosport LLC was founded in 2002 with an objective of returning sports car competition to the Cumberland Regional Airport and to the mountain roads of Allegany County. During the 1950s, two different regions of the SCCA sanctioned events in Western Maryland with the Steel Cities Cumberland Airport Nationals being held from 1953 to 1971, attracting large crowds and national caliber competition.
The National Road group successfully operated self-sanctioned and promoted autocross weekends at the airport between 2003 and 2017. They completed the second plank of their mission by gaining legislation from the Maryland General Assembly in 2007 to stage the Polish Mountain Hill Climb for the benefit of the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department. The 2019 Polish Mountain event will be the 12th such two-day competition on a historic section of Gilpin Road.
Felten said that LLC members are eagerly taking on roles as officers and members of the new WMC. “Our members have never shied away from the work needed to recharge our economy and entertain motorsports enthusiasts,” Felten said. “This is really the best of both worlds for us, helping expand WDCR programming in the Potomac Highlands and retaining our LLC to promote programs and events not affiliated with the SCCA.”
Felten expressed appreciation for the professionalism and support of WDCR leadership during negotiation of the new agreement. He also noted that the new chapter would not have been possible without the support of local elected officials in Western Maryland, the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, Allegany County tourism, the community of Flintstone, long-term sponsors and faithful volunteers.
The 2019 Polish Mountain Hill Climb is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 2-4, and is the fifth event of the eight-race 2019 Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association Series. It will be co-promoted by WDCR and PHA and information will be available at those organization’s websites and www.polishmountainhillclimb.comthis spring, when event details are finalized.
The Washington DC Region SCCA will hold its 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon on January 5th, 2019 at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. The Waterford is located at 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Fairfax, VA located on the grounds of the Fair Oaks Mall. Tickets are only $25 - please register thru MSR, click here.
The Road Racing and Solo awards presentations will take place from 11am to 12noon. The buffet luncheon will start at 12noon followed by the presentation of Region and Perpetual Awards ending at 2pm. Cash Bar will be available starting at 11am.
There are two hotels that are close to the Waterford, the Marriott Hotel and Extended Stay America (details below).
See flyer for more details.
Hope to see you all there!
There's still time to get someone a great gift for the holidays! The Washington DC Region SCCA once again offers gift certificates for our Track Day Events and our award-winning AutoCross program. Spend the day in your own car with real race-car drivers on the actual track at Summit Point MotorSports Park. Or try your skill at driving your favorite street vehicle at the limits of its performance capability on the AutoCross course at FedEx Field. Either is a gift that will be remembered for a lifetime!
Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount - so don't forget the Road Rally, Rally Cross or MARRS driver on your list too! You can even purchase a gift certificate for a ticket to our Annual Awards Banquet (only $25 this year).
Check our Events Calendar page for updates on dates and times for all our events this season.
Contact the Club Office to purchase a gift certificate today! There is still time to have it under the tree or in the hands of someone you love for the holidays.
Notes from the 12/08/18 RRC planning meeting, for those of you that are interested.
Click here for the link to the google drive PDF
There will be another meeting in a few weeks to finalize the details for our 2019 racing season.
SCCA National lost the trademark on the name "PDX" and "Performance Driving Experience". We thought we would give you an opportunity to help us pick a new name. The person who submits the new name selected by the committee will receive a free day of PDX! er, ah, well, let's say a free day of "xPDX" in 2019.
Entries must be received by midnight on 24 December 2018. Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "xPDX".
Please do not respond to this email with your contest submissions.
For inquiring minds: After 10 years of building the PDX brand we are very disappointed to lose our name, but we need to move on. You might wonder, what does the SCCA National office call us now? xPDX is now part of "Track Events". The National website (https://www.scca.com/pages/scca-track-events) says that Track Events include "Track Days" and "Track Night in America". (Oddly, Time Trials and Road Racing are not Track Events.) So PDX is now a Track Day? Except for that one mention on that webpage, "Track Day" is not used by National in any other reference. The rules and sanctions all just call it a Track Event. We consider that name to be both boring and confusing. We need a new name, our own unique name. So help us out!
Attention All DC Region Members - we need your help!
Do you have some cool photos that you'd like to share with the rest of our members? How about an historic race or moment you want to remember? We are adding a sub-page on our website for sharing your photos. It's like Instagram for car nuts!
Here's what to do:
Send us your photos in .png or .jpg or .bmp and we will post them to our site. You can add a caption or short description (where/when it took place, who's in it). Then drop in on the website any time to check out everyone's photos whenever you want!
2019 is the 75th anniversary of our club and we want you, the members, to be involved in helping us relive all the cool moments.
And guess what! YOUR photo could be selected to become one of our masthead images for one of the main program pages on the site! How cool is that?
Email to:email@example.com with your photo attached and your caption (optional). You can give credit for the photographer and we will include it, but if you don't specify, we will just post as-is.
Greetings Racers and Workers,
The totals have been tabulated and the points have been counted and we have the winners (and everyone else, too!).
Click here to see all the Results from 2018.
Click here to see the final points and Championships for both series: MARRS and Bill Scott Championship.
Congrats to all who participated, we had some great competition all season.