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70 years of Racing Celebrated at 2018 NER Annual Meeting

2018 Annual Meeting

On Saturday, January 5, the New England Region held its Annual Meeting at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, NH. During this full day of events, members were able to participate in Specialty Break-out Sessions for JDP Training, Road Racing, Rally/RallyX and a Solo Town Hall. Afterwards, everyone came together for a Worker Appreciation Lunch and then the Annual Business Meeting and Town Hall for the region, where five new members were elected to the Board of Directors. The day was capped by a fabulous Awards Banquet where each of the 2018 Champions from each specialty was recognized and received their trophy.

2018 is a historic milestone for both the NER region, as well as SCCA as whole. It marks the 70th anniversary for NER, and the 75th anniversary for SCCA. As we celebrated this event, we were proud to recognize those unique NER members that marked their 50th individual anniversaries with the region this year as well. See below.

Overall, it was an informative and fun event, where the NER family came together with our shared love of cars and motorsports. As we head into the 2019 season, final schedules for each specialty are being finalized and will be posted as they become available here on Pit Talk.

Also, be looking in your mailboxes the beginning of February for the first annual Pit Talk Yearbook, with highlights from all of the 2018 season.

Newly Elected Board of Directors

Please congratulate the following members on their election to the BOD.

Abhi Ghatak is a Road Racer and won the ITS Championship this year.

Trevor Hermance is a past Board Member and longtime volunteer with NER.

Paul Omichinski is the Program Chair for Time Trial, our newest discipline.

Luis Rivera is an engine builder working with our Road Racing drivers.

… and Richard Currey, who was also selected to serve as the new Regional Executive.

Read Rich’s opening RE message to the membership here.

Season Champions

Congratulations to ALL of the season champions and trophy winners from 2018. It was a pleasure watching you race and compete. Click the links below for the complete list of champions.

2018 Rally Champions
2018 Solo Champions
2018 Road Racing Champions

50th Anniversaries

2018 marked the 50th Anniversary for two of our members. A historic milestone for certain. Given it was our 70th anniversary as a region as well, we also choose to recognize the members that will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2019 during this meeting. Please take a moment to recognize what it means that these dedicated race fans have contributed for a half-century to the activities and well-being of our club.

The full list of all members that celebrated 25, 10 and 5-year anniversaries in 2018 can be found here.

2018 Golden Anniversary Recipients

Frank A DelVecchio
R Allen Olmstead

2019 Golden Anniversary Recipients

Richard C Booth
John M Flowers
John W Travers
Patricia Travers
Robert Roland Wood,Jr.
Clyde A Heckler

Frank Del Vecchio

Photo from Frank’s Facebook page.

R Allen Olmstead

Special Honorees

The Annual Meeting gives us the opportunity to recognize those members that go above and beyond for the club, have an outstanding season, or reach a significant milestone. Some of these are race and competition related, others are geared toward the fantastic crew of volunteer workers that make each and every event we host successful. Here are the people honored this year.

Road Racing Honors

Ma and Pa Philbrick Award
Linda and Ed Capullo

Divisional Worker of the Event
JB Swan

Solo Honorees

Charlie Award
Sam Creasey

Stirling Moss Trophy
Brian Kuehl

SCCA Rookie of the Year
Ryan Field

Rally Honorees

Cameron Dewar Cup Recipients
Colin Roddy & Dan Praetorious

Rally of the Year
Grab Bag Rally

Mike Beliveau, Rallymaster

Gold Pass Winners

David Gott

Jessie Carroll

Brian Levesque

JB Swan

Photos

James Ray was gracious enough to attend the meeting with his camera and take numerous photos of all the events. He’s posted most of the individual championship presentation photos on the NER Facebook page, so check that out to find yours.

Here are a few highlight photos from all the day’s activities. It was a wonderful event, and we are extremely grateful for the Rally team’s efforts in planning all the details, as well as the assistance of Marilyn Freeman in coordination the registration.

By |2019-01-14T15:39:32-04:00January 14th, 2019|Featured, Region News|

About the Author:

A 21-year SCCA member, Melissa Introne is the current Pit Talk Editor. She has a multi-generational family history with ties to the club. Her father-in-law, Robert Introne Jr., served as the Chairman of the club’s national Board of Directors; her husband, Steve Introne, has raced for over twenty years across the country in Autocross and Road Racing, competing at multiple National Championship events for both; and her three children attend races and are already volunteering at region events. She holds a National Flagging & Communication license, and has served as Crew Chief for her husband’s Autocross and SRF3 racecars.