RMVR wishes to announce the following new members and returning members! Welcome to each of you. We hope you will take full advantage of your membership, all the club activities, and the camaraderie of your fellow members. Please help us in welcoming these fine folks-
● Mitchel Schumacher - Monument, CO
● James Smith - Fort Collins, CO
● Daniel Stowell - Golden, CO
Race Against Kid's Cancer- Save the Date: August 4-5, 2018
The 2018 RMVR race schedule is out and the 8th annual Race Against Kids’ Cancer will be held at High Plains Raceway on August 4-5, 2018. This event will once again benefit our charity partner, The Morgan Adams Foundation, to help fund pediatric cancer research.
Cool cars. Wheel-to-wheel racing. Help kids with cancer. A don’t miss event!
January 13th, 2018 at the Lakewood Country Club. Look for details in the Membership Renewal / Election 2017 package arriving in your mailboxes in early December.
Race Against Kids' Cancer
Chief Steward 2017 Post-Season Report”
By Chief Steward: Chad Wight 11-18-17
When I was asked by President Frank Albert to be Chief Steward at the end of last year, I was reluctant. I had stewarded many events in 2016 and had learned how to write proper Steward Reports. But like many of you wondered, did I have the backbone for this job? Then after becoming Chief Steward and receiving the box of records, I was dismayed to find that there were no reports for many events in 2015-16 from Race Stewards. To address this problem of lack of training, at the last Feedback Session, I invited anyone interested in learning how to steward to sign up. Out of 5 who signed up, only 1 accepted my invitation to work and train as Assistant Steward. The reward for that is to become Chief Steward for 2017. I want to commend Gary Merrifield for excellent work through the year and nominate him as your Chief Steward for next year.
I had 3 goals for this year as Chief Steward: 1) Improve safety as measured by fewer incidents; 2) improve communication and consistency between the board and race officials; and 3) improve training of race stewards, assistants, and a chief steward successor. Let me report my self-evaluation.
1) Regarding safety, I did surprise some of you doubters by showing a spine. I tried to fairly interpret rules and apply penalties to unsafe drivers. I even officially “retired” a driver due to multiple incidents. But I’m not happy with the overall safety record for 2017. We had 8 track events including Drivers School and a total of 23 drivers involved in metal-to-metal incidents. For all production drivers, there were 6 metal-to-metal incidents: Big Bore Production 0; Small Bore Production 6. For Open Wheel drivers, there were a total of 17 drivers involved in metal-to-metal incidents: Fast Formula 6 and Formula Vee 11 with two drivers injured.
Why should there be twice as many metal-to-metal incidents with Formula Vee drivers compared to other groups? 1) FV has always been a good entry-level class because it’s less expensive, but consequently there are more less experienced drivers; 2) Cars are closely matched because of the strict formula so there is close racing; and 3) Drivers become over-aggressive in making unsafe passes because it is hard to pass a car of equal power.
What can be done to improve safety in the Formula Vee Group? I remember in years past, 3 women stepped forward and chastised the whole group. Bonnie Mortimer, Lori-Bush Engel, and Camille Fangue gave us a stern talking to. As some would call it, a “Come to Jesus” meeting-- and as your chaplain, I kind of liked the sound of that. But the impact was not lasting.
I recommend that the Vee Group have a sit down together and do more self-policing as a group. The Race Steward does not know everything that goes on during a race. If we get a report of over-aggressive driving, unsafe passing, spins or 4-offs, we will take appropriate action. However, you all know about and can police things that Corner Marshals do not see to report, but shouldn’t happen. More than once, a driver reported an unsafe action by another driver that was not reported by Corner Marshals and the driver did not want the Steward to talk to the other driver. Well if the Vee Group is self-policing, the Steward may not have to talk to the offending driver. But if there is no policing, you are developing a norm of tolerance for over-aggressive driving. I’ve been guilty and have accepted correction and even put myself on the trailer.
2) Thanks to Bob Alder, I learned the data management system and communicated after every race with the Board and the Vintage Motorsports Council. I failed to provide timely Driver Infractions Reports to the Messenger for publication due to a misunderstanding of procedure.
3) Thanks to Gary Merrifield’s frequent Assistant Stewarding with me and better memory, I have trained a capable successor who will do better than I did.
For 2017, I plan to be Race Steward or Assistant Steward at every event. I also look forward to racing with you. And the one thing that made racing more acceptable to my wife, who I love very much, was the confidence that RMVR racing is safe. Please help your leadership and each other to have a safer 2018 racing season.
Chief Steward 2017
A new season is here, and RMVR Administration and Timing and Scoring encourages drivers to visit their "garages" on MSR to verify their vehicle information including; Car color, number and transponder information. This will ensure that proper information is being reported and that any anomalies are corrected prior to the event.
The new ad hopefully final location will be...(drum roll, please);
The Blue Bonnet Café
457 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Members- Please help to support your club by volunteering for an event, for a weekend or a day, come out and help your fellow drivers.
November 18, 2017 @ The Fourney Museum
Next Event After That!
January 13, 2018 @ The Lakewood Country Club
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