Thanks Curt! We definitely need more folks to respond and help. The 'Seminar' was really aimed more at 'team building' among 'current' workers, and 'drivers' who wanted to get a better understanding of what happens on the other side of their windshield. On that basis I think it went well - but will poll the participants shortly for their feedback. We did have 1 straight up 'racer', and several other workers who ALSO race or do PDX. (Yep, some do both, and can provide valuable insight.) I could do another or even more if the interest is there,,,,, HOWEVER >
NO experience or classroom is required to come out to work corners! Simply dressing properly - ie hopefully White on top - and no flag colors anywhere that could be misconstrued as a Flag anywhere - including jackets or rain gear. [Yellow, Red, Black, etc.] ((We DO run in the wet - just like SOLO - and retreat only in the face of lightning.)) We will always pair 'experienced' workers with novices, and OJT is the most common way to get started and participate. Yes you can get a 'head start' by reading a little online - but that's not required or expected.
We ARE the first 'responders' in SCCA Races, and will run 100 yards with a fire bottle - on a Hot Track - to work any incident. (That's often the rush we train for,,, ;) ) But ONLY those trained and experienced in the activity would be allowed outside the 'bunker'. NO one would ever be expected or even allowed to do anything they are not trained and comfortable with. But when those folks DO leave the bunker; we still need to man the station with flags and radio communications. We have plenty of folks (relatively speaking) who are physically unable to respond in that fashion - so age or the physical ability of anyone can be compensated for with corner assignments and 'balance'. We are very accustomed to operating with novices, and very much want to do so to get others involved.
EVERY Driver / Racer I have had on a corner has expressed the appreciation and value of seeing what happens from the cornerworkers perspective. We have had many workers that have gone on to Racing themselves - as well as Racers who then included working corners in their activities. And it is very rewarding in our world to help prevent injury to drivers or vehicles; and provide the best racing and race management possible on track.
As someone who has participated in over ~350~ SOLO Events over the last almost 40 years, with some success, I still consider myself an Autocrosser - even though many of the 'newer' competitors have never heard of me. :) Whenever the finances and equipment has allowed I have competed; most recently in RallyCross, (with some success as well ;) ). But when those circumstance were not present I still work the Road Course Events. You CAN have multiple interests and activities in SCCA and they can compliment each other with both skills and FUN!
So I'd like to call out again to the SOLO drivers, and PDX participants in the area, to help in an activity they may have never done or even considered before. The diversity of the membership, and their activities, are what gives SCCA it's strength. While I'm addressing this next Race Weekend specifically, the "Majors", I'm really also promoting the function for ALL future Club Races as well. You cannot possible get closer to the races than when you are working on the corners - and if you are 'truly' a Racer - you will enjoy your time there and the challenges it can present when you become an old-timer!
Here is the link for registering: http://msreg.com/stlmaymajors
For 'this' event we will have a light dinner Friday night for participants - in addition to providing workers with Lunch both days, and a dinner and drinks Saturday evening after the racing, for all participants! This event's theme is 'Hawaiian' and we have some different things in store for it.