Awards to be presented at this year's banquet are as follows:

Marty Newman Award (Presented to the member who excels in as overall contribution to the Solo Program)
Barry Sarr Award (Presented to the Solo Driver of the year)

Hillclimb / Time Trials:
Dan Lipperini "King of the Hill" Award (Presented to an outstanding member who excels in overall contribution to the series)

Road Racing:
Tim Mayer Award (Presented to the best new driver)
Bud Faust Award (Presented to the most improved driver)
Road Racer of the Year Award (Presented to the best "Regional" driver of the year)
Oscar Koveleski "Road Racer of the Year" Award (Presented to the best "National" driver of the year)

Membership and Participation:
Member of the Year Award (Presented to a member for effort put forth during the year in many club activities)
Mike Drayer Award (Presented to a member for outstanding efforts provided to the NEPA region over a prolonged period of time in one or more specialties)
Horses Derriere Award (Presented to the member who has worked his "BUTT OFF" during the year to earn it)


The invites for the banquet have been sent out. If you have not received yours, you can print a copy of the invitation by going to "downloads" section of the NEPASCCA.org webpage or simply clicking HERE. The banquet will be held on 1/26/08 at the Waterfront Banquet Facility in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The event begins at 6pm. Please have your invitation returned by 1/19/08. Other important information about the event is available on the invitation. Come out for a great evening!! -Webmaster

The Droptoberfest Autocross and Car Show will be held at LCCC in Nanticoke, PA. on Saturday October 20th. More information is available at http://www.droptoberfest.com -Webmaster

The 2007 NEPASCCA banquet date has been announced. The banquet will be held on 1/26/08 at the Waterfront Banquet Facility in Wilkes-Barre, PA. -Webmaster

There is a spectator coupon available for download if you are thinking about attending the Double National on Aug 18th at Pocono Raceway. Click the Pocono link at the bottom of the main www.nepascca.org webpage for more information. -Webmaster

There have been changes to the Solo schedule. Please check the Solo schedule page. -Webmaster

If anyone is availble for an hour or two to help set up the course for the Giant Despair Hillclimb, please show up at the starting line for the hill on 7/4/07 10am. Lunch will be provided for those volunteering to help out. We will primarily be setting up all of the fencing and trimming the grasses and trees to ensure safe passageway for spectators. Show up when you can and leave when you want. Any help is appreciated. -Tom Knorr, RE

On Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 PM a meeting to prepare for the '07 Giant's Despair Hillclimb will be held at the Laurel Run Fire Hall. Any one interested in helping with the preparation an running of this important event should try to attend. For more information call Jack Danko at 570-823-1947. -Tom Knorr, RE

Help Wanted Flaggers Needed

On Friday and Saturday, June 15 & 16, a Performance Driving Experience is being put on by the Tri-Region Race Group on the full 2 mile road racing course at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA (Route 115, near I-80 and I-476), about 2 hours west of the George Washington Bridge. Because of all the events going on in the Northeast Division and the F1 race in Indy, our normal worker pool is being depleted that weekend. We really need flaggers, both experienced and novice, for one or both days.

Tri-Region Race Group is the organization that coordinates three SCCA Regions (South Jersey, Philadelphia, and Northeast PA) to put on Sports Car events at Pocono Raceway.

Incentives will be: white hats, small gift, $7 lunch coupons, coffee & pastries in the morning, a picnic on Friday about 6:30, and track rides with instructors.

We plan to rotate flaggers so there will be different views and new people to meet at different times (unless you say you have two people who want to work as a team).

Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. each day and will stay open because people will be coming in at all hours. There is overnight camping on Friday evening, but not on Thursday before the event.

Please let George/Judy Bloeser know of your availability and ask them any questions. They can be reached at indy33@aol.com, 610-965-0585 (home), or 610-360-0740 (cell).

The NEPA Corvette Club is going to put on an autox on Sunday June 3rd 2007 at Valley Chevrolet 221 Conyngham Ave Wilkes-Barre PA. This is the "service center lot" and not the new car lot right by the Wyoming Valley Mall. To get to the service center, take Exit2 from the CrossValley (309N) and head toward Center City WB on Wilkes-Barre BLVD. Once on the BLVD, make a right at the first traffic light onto Conyngham. The event will be on your right.

ALL of the proceeds from this event are going to the Teddy Bear Patrol of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department. The NEPA Corvette Club is not keeping a penny from this event. All types of cars are elidgeable to run (not just Corvettes) so if you are looking for something to do June 3rd, this is for a really good cause so come out and run your car.

Registration is 9:00am. Other questions, please contact Joe Lazzaro of the Corvette club at 570-654-8719.

There will be a Solo/General Member Meeting on Thursday May 3rd 2007 @ 7:00pm. The Jack Williams/"Auto-Addictions" Kingston location we will be having a Toyo Rep. on hand to do a tire presentation. They will be teaching us about the Toyo Tires, etc... This should be a fun and informative evening. A tour of the Kingston location will also be available. Address: 135 S. Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704

Please do your best to make this presentation and support our major sponsor. They play a big part in making NEPASCCA successful.

Then on Friday May 4th, there will be a car show at the same location at 7pm. Bring your racecar in support our sponsor and our region!

Hope to see you either or both evenings! - NEPA Board

Attention Solo! The Test and Tune previously scheduled for 4/28/07 has been canceled. We'll see if there is going to be a rescheduled date. -Webmaster

The Giant's Despair Mixer will be held at the Ashley Fireman's Park in Ashley, PA on Sunday, April 15, 2007. The celebration of the 101 Anniversary of the Giant's Despair Hillclimb will run from 2 to 5 P.M. The cost is $15 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Laurel Run Fire Company and the Giant's Despair Park. Free food and drink will be available at the event. Videos of past Giant's Despair Hillclimb competition will be shown. All are invited to attend including NEPA SCCA Members. For tickets contact either Dan Gilday, Laurel Run Mayor at 570-825-5639 or Jack Danko at 570-825-9090. -RE

ANNUAL TECH - There will be a TRI-REGION Annual Tech Day held on Saturday, March 31st at Joe Aquilante's Phoenix Performance Inc. in Phoenixville, PA (intersection of Routes 23 and 724) from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Members of any SCCA Region are welcome. If you have questions, call Karl/ Marge Iochum (Chief of Tech) at 215-338-7576 or George Bloeser (Tri-Region Chair) at 610-965-0585. -Judy Bloeser, Secretary Tri-Region Race Group

For those of you guys unfamiliar with Club Racing's "Annual Tech Day", I asked Judy for a short description. Here is her response:

All cars used in SCCA Club Racing need to have an annual technical inspection done by a Nationally licensed Tech Inspector (Scrutineer). Often a driver has to take his/her car to an Tech Inspector's home at a mutually convenient time or have the hassle of trying to get an inspection done at a track prior to one of the first events of the year. If anything needs to be changed for the car to pass inspection (even as simple as roll bar padding), it adds stress and possible inability to accomplish the task prior to getting on track. Having this day/time set up at Joe Aquilante's shop with 4 or more National Tech Inspectors allows for a convenient way to get the inspection done.

It also becomes a social event with "bench racing" and refreshments. Joe Aquilante owns the area's premier car preparation shop (Phoenix Racing) - state of the art. Many drivers driving his cars make it to the National Championship Runoffs. -Judy Bloeser, Secretary Tri-Region Race Group

The Solo and Time Trials schedules have been posted. Click on the links for Solo or Time Trials on the left to see the schedules.

The 2006 NEPASCCA Awards Banquet was held on Saturday January 27, 2007 at the Best Western Genetti Lodge and Ballrooms Route 309 Hazleton. Along with some good drinks, good food, good friends and entertainment, the following NEPA members received awards:
Dee Wilkie - The Dan Lipperini King of the Hill award
Chris Haydu - The Marty Newman Award
Andy Bower - The Barry Sarr Award
Joseph Homza - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class AS
Todd Treat - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class BS
George Vrabel - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class BSP
Adrienne Vrabel - Season Points 2nd Place Solo Class BSP
Andrew Bower - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class CP
Jason Popeck - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class CSP
Ted Bakowicz - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class ESP
Ron Sibulsky - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class FM
Claude Raudenbush - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class FSP
Jessica Byrne - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class FSPL
Hughie Maloney - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class GS
Sarah Maloney - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class GSL
Chris Delarche - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class HS
Joshua Boinski - Season Points 2nd Place Solo Class HS
Chris Janusz - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class SM
Kristell Janusz - Season Points 2nd Place Solo Class SM
Joe Brennan - Season Points 3rd Place Solo Class SM
Jeff Fazio - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class SM2
Kevin Tulay - Season Points 2nd Place Solo Class SM2
Chris Haydu - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class STS
Adam Koback - Season Points 2nd Place Solo Class STS
Aaron Haydu - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class STS2
Jennifer Haydu - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class STSL
Anthony Tucker - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class STU
Todd Lenahan - Season Points 2nd Place Solo Class STU
Tom Unovitch - Season Points 1st Place Solo Class STX
Rick Kavitsky - The Tim Mayer Award
Sam Ryan - The Oscar Koveleski Road Racer of the Year Award
Hugh Maloney - The Member of the Year Award
Tom Knorr - Horses Derriere Award

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's award banquet a great success. -Webmaster

I received the following email announcing the dates for the 2007 PDX. All of the documents mentioned in the message are available in the "Downloads" section of the NEPASCCA webpage under 2007 PDX. (Webmaster)

As the new year begins, Tri-Region is asking for your help in getting the word out about the 2007 PDX at Pocono on June 15 & 16. I am attaching the current ad with pricing, the draft of the Supps which will not be finalized until after the SCCA National Convention when we hope a couple of rule changes occur, and the entry form. People can also pre-register by going to www.myautoevents.com, but that only starts the process - I would then send the person the paperwork that I am attaching.

You are welcome to use the following as a lead into the event with links to the ad, Supps, and entry.

Tri-Region Race Group, the SCCA racing organization that includes Northeast PA, Philadelphia, and South Jersey Regions, is pleased to announce the 2007 PDX which will be held on June 15 and 16, the Friday and Saturday of Father's Day weekend. The 2.5 mile club racing course including the North infield road course, Long Pond Straight with the chicane, NASCAR Turn 1, and the long front straight will be used for this event.

Attached are the flyer for the PDX, the entry form, and the "draft" Supplemental Regulations which will be finalized after the SCCA National Convention (Feb 1-3) when the ruling on inclusion of convertibles will be made. Generally, everything will be the same as last year, but convertibles with factory roll bars may be able to be included.

Note that the entry fee at this time is the same as last year, but will be increased $25.00 on February 1. So, look over the materials, ask questions, and make your reservations early. You can pre-register at www.myautoevents.com or make your reservations final by completing the entry form and sending it with your check to Judy Bloeser, Registrar for the PDX. If you have questions, please call Judy at home (610-965-0585) or on her cell phone (610-360-0740).

Thanks in advance for your help in this matter. -Judy Bloeser (Tri-Region)