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Top Gear America taping

COCSD members Tom Kelly, Greg Magill, Craig Moya and Randy Standke were joined by San Diego Miata Club member Greg Lee on a road trip to Las Vegas to participate in the taping of the new Top Gear America television series.  The group drove up on Sunday, May 14 and were in the audience for the Monday morning taping.  The taping of all 8 episodes were done that week, with two taping sessions each on Sunday through Wednesday.

Tom (with help from Marie) rented a Kia minivan and did all of the driving.  Craig served as navigator and brought along some GoPro video cameras to record the trip.  We weren’t allowed to photograph or shoot video at the taping location, but there was plenty of “interesting” conversation over the 11 hours or so of round-trip travel time.  Watch for the video of the highlights soon!

Craig, Tom, Greg and SDMC’s Greg Lee met up at Randy’s for the trek to Las Vegas. Photo by Randy’s 4-year-old granddaughter, Zoe.

While in Las Vegas, we had dinner with Lisa DiSabatino’s parents, Yvonne and Mike. Mike joined us for the taping.

The taping took place at SpeedVegas, a privately-owned race track, at the end south of Las Vegas.  Greg M. and Craig were among the 20 or so audience members chosen to stand by the track while the guest celebrity and the professional driver (aka The Stig) took their hot laps on the 1.5-mile road course.  The others viewed the laps from a second floor observation deck on the adjacent main building.

The Stig drove a very modified minivan on the track. Greg got a photo of the Stig family decal as we left the taping.

Once the laps were run, all 200 or so audience members were grouped around the taping “studio” – the tall, multi-bay service garage at the track.  If you’ve watched the original BBC Top Gear, taped in the UK, you know that the audience does not sit.  They stand.  And stand, we did, for about 4 straight hours, including the time outside at the track.  At least those of us on our side of the studio got to move around a bit.  We separated and regrouped, as they brought multiple vehicles into the studio from behind us.

It’s impossible to say whether any of us will make “cameo” appearances, once the episode is broadcast sometime this summer.  Regardless, it was fun to participate, learn a bit about what happens during a series taping, and just hang out with fellow car nuts.

Back in San Diego, everyone paid Tom their share of the car rental and gas cost. Contrary to rumors, we did not pay with “leftover” singles.


K1 Speed Challenge VI

The COCSD Racing Team completely dominated the sixth K1 Speed Challenge, held Saturday, March 4th at K1 Speed – San Diego.  COCSD swept the top three positions, finishing with 75 points.  The BMWCCA San Diego Chapter won 16 points and the San Diego Miata Club had 10.

As has been the case with the previous Challenges, we used the mini-Grand Prix format.  All three clubs had their own 14-lap qualifying race.  Once those sessions were completed, the 31 racers were divided into three race groups.  Qualifiers 22 through 31 ran in the “Fast” group race.  The second race was for the “Very Fast” run group, made up of qualifiers 12 through 21.  The final race of the day was the “Ridiculously Fast” race group, with the top 11 qualifiers.

Leah Johnson and Greg Magill were in the “Fast” group race.  Leah finished fifth.  Greg was on the pole and led from start to finish.  He held off a stiff challenge from one of the BMW ladies and earned the “Hardest to Pass” award, in addition to his first-place medal.

Howard Kendall ran hard in the “Very Fast” group, and came home ninth.

Six COCSD members qualified for the top “Ridiculously Fast” race group.  Kevin Tagle got caught in a late-lap collision and finished tenth.  Lisa DiSabatino came in ninth.  Bill Belt finished in sixth.  Craig Moya, Randy Standke and Jeff Wilkinson came home one, two, three to sweep the podium.

Team Corvette! Front row, left to right: Kevin Tagle, Bill Belt, Howard Kendall. On the podium: Randy Standke, Ed Griffin (Corvettes of SD), Leah Johnson, Buddy Griffin (CoSD), Lisa DiSabatino, Craig Moya, Greg Magill, Jeff Wilkinson.

Tom Kelly watched the races with his grandson and assisted Jim Mellos in selecting the special award winners.  Lisa Foland and Dawn Standke were also there, cheering on the Racing Team.  As usual, there were several non-racers from SDMC there, supporting Team Zoom-Zoom.

Following the races, we drove to the Corvette Diner for lunch in the Corvette Clubhouse.  The special awards were presented to those who earned them.  In addition to Greg’s award, the “Guardrail Award” was given to SDMC member David Streeter, for his consistent use of the rails to stay on track.  The “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing Here Award” went to SDMC member Wally Stevens.  Wally regularly participates in high-speed straight-line events, but could not come up to speed in the karts.  The “Sandbagger Award” goes to the racer who wins the “Very Fast” race group, but could not quite qualify for the “Ridiculously Fast” group.  This year, that was SDMC’s Greg Lee.

The final special award for the “Most Aggressive Driver” was presented to Randy Standke at the COCSD March meeting.  He was not the original choice of the judges, but after watching the self-incriminating video Randy posted to YouTube, the judges reconsidered.


Randy, Craig and Jeff sweep the top 3 places in the “Ridiculously Fast” run group podium.

“Ridiculously Fast” Group Race Results:

  1.  Craig Moya, COCSD
  2.  Randy Standke, COCSD
  3.  Jeff Wilkinson, COCSD
  4.  Tyler Johnson, BMWCCA
  5.  Ken Hurd, SDMC
  6.  Bill Belt, COCSD
  7.  Ed Griffin, Corvettes of San Diego
  8.  Matt Gage, BMWCCA
  9.  Lisa DiSabatino, COCSD
  10.  Kevin Tagle, COCSD
  11.  Buddy Griffin, Corvettes of San Diego

The “Very Fast” run group podium.

“Very Fast” Group Race Results:

  1.  Greg Lee, SDMC
  2.  Sean Nesbitt, BMWCCA
  3.  Preston Waid, SDMC
  4.  Jonathan King, BMWCCA
  5.  Travis Sterne, BMWCCA
  6.  Greg Uhler, BMWCCA
  7.  Arman Freeman, SDMC
  8.  Dave Shapiro, SDMC
  9.  Howard Kendall, COCSD
  10.  Dune Mallory, SDMC

The “Fast Group” podium, with Greg Magill on top.

“Fast” Group Race Results:

  1. Greg Magill, COCSD
  2.  Victoria Jones, BMWCCA
  3.  Jay Stoneburner, BMWCCA
  4.  Rob Mallory, SDMC
  5.  Leah Johnson, COCSD
  6.  Steve Waid, SDMC
  7.  Gene Streeter, SDMC
  8.  David Streeter, SDMC
  9.  Ben Phenis, BMWCCA
  10.  Wally Stevens, SDMC

2017 Board of Directors

The election of the 2017 Board of Directors took place at the December general meeting.  The elected Board members are:

President:  Craig Moya

Vice President:  Steven Hucik

Treasurer:  Tom Kelly

Secretary:  Bob Pratt

Activities Chairperson:  George Dauphine

Historian:  David Baker

Membership Chairperson:  Leah Johnson

Public Relations:  Janet Brown

Website Content Editor:  Randy Standke

Board Members at Large:  Sam Campbell, Howard Kendall


2016 Awards Nominations

The Board of Directors has made the following nominations for the 2016 awards.  Voting to determine the award winners will take place at the December general meeting on the 10th.

Perpetual Award

Highest honor given to an eligible member or couple who are most active in leadership, chairing events and participating in events.  2015 winners: Randy and Janet Brown


Randy and Janet Brown

Sam Campbell

Howard Kendall

Jim and Viki Lassiter


Ray Taylor Founders’ Award

Award to recognize the member or couple who perpetuates the ideals of the club: inviting and fostering new members, attending meetings and events, and sharing the past history as they remember it.  2015 winner: Howard Kendall


Sam Campbell

George Dauphine

Howard Kendall

Craig Moya and Lisa Foland


Lynn Wooley Award

Award to recognize persons behind the scenes promoting COCSD and helping put on events and supporting activities.  2015 winners: Greg and Eunice Magill


Steve Breault

George Dauphine

Chris and Janet Dawes

Aurora Hangen

Tom Kelly

Howard Kendall

Craig Moya


John Water Outstanding New Member Award

Award to recognize the person who has been a member less than two years and who is most active in club support and leadership.  2015 winner: BJ Comer


BJ Comer

Leah Johnson

Bob Michels

Bob Pratt

James Stickney


Volunteer Appreciation Award

Award to recognize the person who is “always there” supporting events.  Not necessarily a leader of events, but a key supporter and volunteer.  2015 winner: Viki Lassiter


Steve Breault

Janet Brown

Sam Campbell

Steve Hucik

Tom Kelly

Viki Lassiter


Event/Run Excellence Award

Award to recognize leadership through the best activity or event providing the most COCSD awareness and participation.  2015 winner: George Dauphine


Steve Breault – Sky Show and Pool Party

BJ Comer – 60th Anniversary Holiday Gala

Tom Kelly – Grand Canyon Run

Howard Kendall – Grand Canyon Run

Viki and Jim Lassiter – New England Cruise and Hearst Castle Run

Nancy Oeh – Inaugural Cruise

Randy and Dawn Standke – Pool Party

Vettes for Veterans All-Corvette Car Show

North Coast Vettes (NCV) hosted the annual Vettes for Veterans All-Corvette Car Show on Saturday, November 5.  Several COCSD members were in attendance, meeting the “challenge” issued by the NCV to match their registrations for our Main Street America show in July.

Most of us met up at the Mission Bay Information Center for the drive up to Carlsbad.  Leah Johnson’s 2001 coupe was a part of a red, white and blue Corvette display.  The rest of us were parked together in spaces reserved for our club.


The weather was terrific and there were around 200 Corvettes to view.  Sam Campbell’s 2017 Grand Sport and Scott Norton’s 1967 coupe both won awards in their respective classes.


Joining Leah, Sam and Scott were Lee and Pat Caudell, Paul Fitch, Chip and Vicki Fox, Dave and Cindy Keetch, Howard Kendall, Keith Kingsley, Craig Moya, Gilbert Peet and Ray Provencio.