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Checkered Flag Dinner Highlights
Posted February 20, 2017 — By: Dylan Hauge

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Saturday night was the Chicago Region SCCA Checkered Flag Dinner and celebration of a successful 2016 season. As in years past, it was quite a fun-filled evening surround by amazing cars and even more amazing people. This year we returned to Lake Forest Sports Cars, and it was just as memorable as it was last year if not more so. I say that as I, and two of my favorite people in the club were recognized and awarded for our efforts.
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February REmarks
Posted February 1, 2017

Anybody else spend at least a portion of their weekend watching the 24 hours of Daytona? I managed to catch the last 4 hours and boy was I glad I did. Wow, What a finish! After more than 23 hours of racing, through darkness and rain, the top 7 cars in the GTLM class are separated by less than 10 seconds and racing as hard as they can for the win. Meanwhile in the prototype class a controversial pass for the lead in the final moments resulted in a win for Wayne Taylor Racing and the first 24-hour win for drivers Ricky and Jordon Taylor (and some NASCAR has-been named Gordon). Most of these same teams and drivers will be racing at Road America the first weekend in August, an event for which Chicago Region provides staffing. Between IMSA, IndyCar and Trans Am I firmly believe professional road racing in this country has never been more competitive or entertaining. The 24-hours signifies we are more than halfway through the off-season and spring will soon be here. Can you believe it’s just 7 weeks until the CenDiv Spring Training? Of course we have things going on before then. In just a couple weeks, on Feb. 18 is the region’s annual Checkered Flag banquet, once again held at Lake Forest Sportscars. Have you registered yet? If not I suggest you do; it’s an event and location you don’t want to miss. The week after the banquet is the Race & Performance Expo at the Schaumburg Convention Center. We have a booth to introduce people to the SCCA and Chicago Region. We could use your help staffing the booth. If you can spare 3-4 hours on either Saturday or Sunday, Feb. 25-26 it would be greatly appreciated. And you get free admission to the show. Let Claire Ball know if you can give a few hours to the club.

Region of the Year – The SCCA National Convention was last week and Chicago Region was well represented, with at least 8 members attending, including 2 “Young Ascenders” as Topeka refers to up-and-coming volunteers. Dylan Hauge and Anthony Serrecchia, who are involved in Solo and PDX got a lot out of the trip and brought back a lot of ideas and enthusiasm. The first day of the convention included a real surprise and an honor for Chicago Region. Our region was named Region of the Year in the jumbo region category, something that hasn’t happened for a long, long time, if ever (nobody seems to remember. If you know, please let me know).

There’s plenty going on between now and the start of the competition season – read about the events coming up elsewhere in this newsletter. Choose which you want to attend and make you plans now. A couple that I have on my radar include the March and April member’s gatherings. In March we are visiting one of the premier race car prep shops in the Chicago area, Black Dog Speed Shop. We’ll tour the facility, see the race cars and hear about their operation and history. It’ll be interesting and informative for sure. Then in April we have a special guest speaker, Bert Levy, author of The Last Open Road and other books covering the history of road racing in the U.S. and Europe. They are informative, humorous and entertaining reads. At that meeting we’ll also have Paul Zimmerman from Motorsports Collector on hand. I’m sure Paul will be bringing some of his racing memorabilia for display and sale. Don’t miss this one!

Hang in there – the 2017 season is getting close, and we’ve got plenty of racing-related activities to inform and entertain us until the tracks open. Until then –

See you at the races!

Rick Bentson
Regional Executive


2017 Chicago Region SCCA, Checkered Flag Party (Saturday Feb 18. 4pm)
Posted January 29, 2017
lfscThe Chicago Region SCCA will be observing another great year of competition and friendship at our 2017 Checkered Flag Party. As in the recent past Rick Mancuso and Lake Forest Sportscars has once again graciously offered us the stunning sights and exquisite amenities of their facility for this annual event.

Last year the real surprise of the evening was when Rick Mancuso made available to all that were interested a ride and drive in a 2016 Ferrari or a 2016 McLaren.

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Blackdog Speed Shop – March 15, 2017 Membership Meeting

blackdogJoin us for the Chicago Region’s March Meeting/Social Event to be held at Blackdog Speed Shop, 505 Bond St. Lincolnshire, IL 60069. Blackdog Speed Shop is a high performance prep shop for building and setting up everything from ultimate street cars to championship race cars.  The speed shop is also home for the Blackdog Racing Team.

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World’s Fastest Novelist – Burt Levy, April 19, 2017 Membership Meeting

Mark your calendars, make your plans, and don’t be left out from an exciting evening with Burt Levy, World’s burt-in-the-revs-institute-ferrari-250lm-at-roebling-road-racewayFastest Novelist, celebrated author and story teller of The Last Open Road. Also, along for the ride, world famous FF driver and proprietor of the Motorsport Collector, Paul Zimmerman at the Chicago Region’s April Membership Meeting. All this will be happening at K1 Speed, 2381 E Army Trail Rd, Addison, IL 60101 on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 7pm.

As a young man, Burt Levy always had two divergent dreams: to drive great racing cars and to write great novels. Since then he’s traveled extensively, worked various jobs as a hod carrier, a dish washer, a cook, a motorcycle mechanic, a line worker in a drop forge, served as foreman of a hippie

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Chicago Region SCCA social get-together at the Volo Auto Museum

img_6467-002Chicago Region kicked off the 2017 season with a social get-together on January 28, 2017 at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, IL. The Region’s Activity Committee had negotiated a 50% discount on the entry ticket price and twenty-five of our club members and guests took advantage and came out for a fun filled day.   Those that joined us found collectable exotic cars, famous TV and movie vehicles on display, and military vehicles in action packed dioramas. Sports cars along with sixties muscle cars and antique vehicles filled five showrooms. Interspersed among the car displays were Disney and Warner Brothers character displays (some larger than life), classic motorcycles, bicycles, and scooters. Tractor, stage coach, and camper collections alongside snowmobile, antique outboard motors, and other memorabilia rounded out all to be viewed and enjoyed.

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Solo: The Solo schedule is being developed!  Click here for more information
PDX: Track Days at local tracks!  Click here for more information
Rally: Watch this page for Road Rally news!
Membership: Inquiries at Chicago Region Office Phone: 847-729-2211 or Cluboffice@SCCA-Chicago.com


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Chicago Region Meeting Schedules

Board of Directors              – meets on the second Wednesday of the month (invitation only)
Competition Committee    – meets on the first Monday of the month except as follows, January 9, 2017, July 10, 2017 and September 11, 2017
Solo Meeting                        – Meets on the second Monday of the month with an exception of no meeting in some months.
PDX Meeting                       – Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month.
General Membership         – Third Wednesday of the month in October, November, January, February, March, and April