Checkpoint Chat – Jan 2017, with RRB Chairman Bireta
Welcome to 2017 and best wishes for the New Year. I’ve got several pieces of news that I am genuinely excited to share with you.
Road Rally Program Grows 26% in 2016!
The participation in SCCA Road Rally Events in 2016 grew by 26%! This data comes from the audit forms that Event Organizers submit after the event. In 2016 we had a total of 1,842 cars entered in rally events compared to 1,458 in 2015.
We have data that goes back 10 years now. Since 2009 entry counts have been holding steady at around 1,500 cars per year. The entry count from 2016 breaks that trend in a positive direction.
This growth came from several sources. Some SCCA Regions showed significant growth in their existing Road Rally programs. These Regions include:
- New England Region
- Finger Lakes Region
- Milwaukee Region
- Northern New Jersey Region
- Philadelphia Region
- Chicago Region
- Glen Region
Some growth came from SCCA Regions that held Rally events in 2016 for the first time in recent history. These Regions include:
- Allegheny Highlands Region
- Continental Divide Region
- San Francisco Region
- Oregon Region
- Des Moines Valley Region
- Western Ohio Region
- Oklahoma Region
Road Rallys were held in 33 of the 115 SCCA Regions last year, up 2 from 2015. There is a road rally program in 28% of the Regions
It was a good year for Road Rally in 2016.
Road Rally Landing Page at SCCA.com Improved for 2017
Over the past several weeks, significant changes have been made to improve the usability and content of the Road Rally landing page at www.scca.com.
You should no longer have to go to the Download Page to find documents related to rallying. Everything from the Rulebook to Event Calendar is accessible from this single page. We also added links to current and past issues of the Road Rally eNews.
There is content there for existing programs as well as a repository of information for those thinking of starting a program. Check it out and let me know what you think.
I would like to thank those involved in getting this portion of the website enhanced. Thank you Jon Krolewicz of the SCCA staff and Jim Crittenden from the Milwaukee Region for your key roles in this project. I also need to acknowledge the support we received our Liaisons from the SCCA Board of Directors: Lee Hill, Terry Hanushek and Bob Dowie, and SCCA Staff Members Howard Duncan, Heyward Wagner, Deena Rowland and Jamie Mullin.
2016 Behind the Scenes Contributions to the Road Rally Community
Jim Crittenden (Milwaukee) served his first-year as a member of the RoadRally Board and eschews recognition for his contributions (and they are many). One example: You’ll soon be able to order a hardcopy version of the RRRs from Amazon thanks to Jim’s efforts. There are many others.Terry Hanuscheck and Lee Hill have served as SCCA Board of Director Liaisons to the RoadRally Board. Many of their contributions are publicly visible but they have also acted behind the scenes to the benefit of the rally program. Sadly, Terry was not reelected last fall and Lee has been kicked upstairs and will serve as Chairman of the SCCA Board of Directors this year.
SCCA RRB Chairman