A Tribute to the Workers, Without Whom.......There Wouldn't be Races!!!

Thanks to Wayne Armbrust for providing the following information.........This is what it took to run the weekend's races......


Total worker count including folks in Registration, Stewards, T&S (Timing and Scoring), Start, EV, Grid, Tech, Pit, F&C, etc. is around 110. F&C (Flagging and Communication) Corner workers averaged 44 per day for the weekend. We had volunteer workers from several regions, some of whom traveled well over 300 miles to spend the weekend on a corner station. We had people from North and South New Jersey regions, Susquehanna, various parts of Pennsylvania, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia Blue Ridge Region, among others. As far as workers in the WDC Region, the Region also sees activity in Solo Competition, Rally Cross, Rally, and Club Racing out of approximately 2500 region members there is likely to be around 150 to 200 or so that volunteer to help out with Club Racing at some point through the race season. There is probably a core of nearly 100 (plus or minus) that are the regulars. The F&C Group has a roster of about 60 with 35 or so volunteering on a regular basis.

The Labor Day Weekend races consisted of practice on Saturday and races on Sunday and Monday. There were 284 drivers registered. The races on Sunday and Monday were divided among 10 race groups of cars. Each race group had several different classes and ranged from 16 cars in a race to 47.

The workers are as dedicated as the drivers. And, yes, they pay their own expenses the same as the drivers. The comaraderie and friendships among the workers are similiar to those among the drivers...if not more so. Regularly the drivers' show their appreciation by buying the workers lunch or having parties after the races.

When I mentioned to Stan, yes, that Stan, the worker philosopher, That without the workers there wouldn't be races....he responded, And, yeah, we'd look pretty stupid out there waving flags at an empty race track! Point taken, Stan.








Stan....assuming the Mooning Position

Stan....assuming the <i>Mooning Position<i></i></i>
Hey, what can I say. Stan has a few buddies, who when the come off the track...yep, he moons them....

Stan says, "If you aren't having fun, get off the planet."

Stan says, "If you aren't having fun, get off the planet."

Across the way assisting a driver who has spun off the track...

Across the way assisting a driver who has spun off the track...

Workers communicate with each by hand signals and radios...

Workers communicate with each by hand signals and radios...

Workers brewing up ice cream...

Workers brewing up ice cream...

Five minutes to go before the race.....

Five minutes to go before the race.....

My brother likes Mustangs......

My brother likes Mustangs......

This fellow seemed to be having a great time.....

This fellow seemed to be having a great time.....
He was a lot of fun to watch...and was somewhat sideways in this corner almost every lap. And, hey...his car's for sale....

The guts of a formula car...

The guts of a formula car...

Yes, a winner...

Yes, a winner...

Autism...

Autism...
Many of the racers carry messages...

Formula cars at rest...

Formula cars at rest...

Mazda RX7s...

Mazda RX7s...

The truck was disqualified........

The truck was disqualified........

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Miatas have two racing classes....

Miatas have two racing classes....
One class is basically as you would drive them off the showroom floor. The second class alllows a few modifications. The classes consistantly have large fields of cars...

This is The Chute.......

This is <i>The Chute</i>.......
All race tracks have a way of identifying the corners. Most use numbers and some add names. Depending on the power of the car and the drivers...well...skill and maybe bravado...this corner car be taken flat out. To the spectators it may not look that fast; however, yes, the drivers know how fast it is.

The trees offered relief from the sun...nice vantage point...

The trees offered relief from the sun...nice vantage point...

Formula V is one of the longest running classes in SCCA racing...

Formula V is one of the longest running classes in SCCA racing...
The Formula V class was begun some time in the late 50s or early 60s (I think). Vs use the air-cooled engine from the original Beetle as well as suspension components and wheels. From what I've been told, they're pretty economical to race.

Lunch break...

Lunch break...

Grand National Stock Car? NASCAR clone?

What great cars these are. Looking at the two photos above, with nothing nearby to establish a scale, it would possibly be hard to determine just how large or small these cars are.
The cars weigh about 1,550 pounds, are powered by Yamaha R1 motorcycle engines with about 180 horsepower; and yes, they have six-speed transmissions. Watching them on the track they seem lightening fast...and they are.
The power to weight ratio is about 8 pounds per horsepower. If your family sedan weighs 3,500, you'd need about 440 horsepower to equal the Baby Grand.

By the way...see the hatch on top on the car? That's how you get in. Yes, you climb down into it...

By the way...see the hatch on top on the car? That's how you get in. Yes, you climb down into it...

This will give a better idea of the size of the Baby Grands....

This will give a better idea of the size of the Baby Grands....

The campers, I guess you could say, have their own little village...

The campers, I guess you could say, have their own little village...

Camping family enjoying the weekend...

Camping family enjoying the weekend...

The Other Side Sucks...

The Other Side Sucks...
There's a good-natured, friendly, rivalry of sorts between those who camp on one side of the track vs those who camp on the other. Fans on this side of the track built this bar three years ago...and, yes, haul it to the races.

Race cars not dogs...

Race cars not dogs...
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