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Main Street America 2017

The 21st Main Street America People’s Choice Car Show will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Embarcadero Marina Park North, near Seaport Village in San Diego.  Spectators are encouraged to join us and help select the winners of the 25 classes, including the “Gold Class”, from which the Best of Show winner will be chosen.  A $1 per person donation will be requested from spectators.

Main Street America is a fundraiser for the San Diego Center for the Blind.  It is open to all makes, models and years of cars and trucks.  Registration is $33 per vehicle, and includes a reserved parking spot on the grass with your vehicle class, your club or another registered participant (your choice); a dash plaque; and lunch for one.

Registration is closed!  Thank you to everyone who registered.  The last email confirmations will be sent out shortly.   If you did not include an email address with your registration, your confirmation will be mailed soon .

 

Event and sponsorship information is below:

Main Street America 2017 Donation Form

Donation Solicitation Letter

For additional show information, please email Bob Pratt at: bob_pratt@cox.net

No Vendors Please!  Event Sponsorships are available for a minimum donation of $250.

Sponsorship Levels

 

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Run to Monterey, Featuring a Track Day at Laguna Seca

There is plenty to do and see in the Monterey Bay area.  My personal favorite spot is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, between Monterey and Salinas.  Of the nine race tracks I’ve run at speed, Sonoma Raceway is the only one I think is more fun.

On Thursday, June 22nd, I met Tom Kelly and Marie DeMarbiex, Greg and Eunice Magill, and Bob and Kathleen Swanson at the Aliso Creek rest stop, our starting point for our run up to Monterey.  Lisa had planned on going, too.  But our cat, Mario, is having health issues.  So she decided to stay home and watch over him.

Our first stop was for lunch at a small restaurant right on Santa Barbara’s East Beach.  I lived in Santa Barbara for about a year and East Beach was my regular weekend spot.  I learned most of my volleyball skills there.  It was a bit disheartening to realize that it had been 40 years since I had been there last.  When did I get so old?

We also made a gas and Starbucks stop in Buellton.  My cousin Anna lives there and she recognized my car as she drove past the Chevron.  She contacted Lisa through Facebook to see if it really was my car that she had seen.  Lisa confirmed that it indeed was me.  So Anna stopped by for a quick “hello”.  Yes, I do have family everywhere!

Our hotel for the weekend was the Lighthouse Lodge and Cottages in Pacific Grove.  It wasn’t anything special, although the remodeled rooms were nice.  My room had a small balcony off the back, overlooking the adjacent cemetery.  Yes, it was quiet.  What was really nice was the hotel’s location.  It was a short walk to the Point Pinos Lighthouse and what passes as a beach in Northern California.  There was also a nice golf course, complete with deer spectators.

Friday was the track day, so we all got up early and headed to the track.  It was very foggy when we arrived, but the fog burned off just as the first run group began their session.  After we completed our track time and the “transponder hunt” (ask Tom), we had a nice outdoor dinner at Tarpy’s Roadhouse.

On Saturday, Bob and Kathleen went back to the track while the rest of us took a Lyft into Monterey.  We had a nice lunch, did some shopping, mingled with the crowd and finished it off with ice cream at Ghirardelli’s.  The hotel was only 2 miles from the Monterey shops, so we thought we would walk back.  After a few blocks, we gave up and called for a Lyft.  My brother had driven down from the East Bay area to play golf with one of his regular golfing groups.  We had dinner together Saturday evening.  As I said, lots of family.

Bob and Kathleen decided to stay an extra day while the rest of us drove home on Sunday.  We stopped for a barbecue lunch at Willow Ranch in Buttonwillow.  It’s our regular dinner spot when we’re at the track in Buttonwillow.  The food was good as always, but their air conditioning system wasn’t working and there were triple-digit temperatures outside.  They had brought in portable AC units, which made it bearable, but we left just as they closed because of the heat.

Driving home through Los Angeles was the usual traffic nightmare, made worse than a typical Sunday because of a brushfire near the freeway.  We decided to take I-210 around the north to I-15.  My navigation kept trying to take us back to I-5, so after a while, I just ignored it.  Unfortunately, that meant I missed what would have been a shorter route, so we ended up driving a few more miles than necessary.  But we all did make it home.

I will probably plan another Monterey Run for about the same time next year.  Speed Ventures rents the track at least once a year.  They’re no longer my favorite group with which to run, but their Laguna Seca weekend has a 92dB noise restriction.  Most other weekends are limited to 90dB.  Hopefully, we’ll have a bigger group join us, including some non-racers.  Thanks to Tom  and Marie, Greg and Eunice, and Bob and Kathleen for making this one fun!

– Craig

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