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Last Post 22 Aug 2010 07:13 PM by  MaryAnne Shults
Northeast Division SCCA members to meet in Rochester for Mini-Convention
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22 Aug 2010 07:13 PM

    Contact: Elizabeth Thiel
    Tel: 585-671-9995
    E-mail: 2010minicon@flr-scca.com


    The Finger Lakes Region of the Sports Car Club of America will host this year's annual Northeast Division Mini-Convention on November 12-14, 2010, at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Rochester, N.Y. SCCA competitors, crew, administrators and other members from throughout the Northeast gather to plan out events for 2011, train new stewards, present divisional awards, and for some social time outside of the stress of a competition weekend.

    Regional Executive Michael Toombs said the region members were proud to once again host this event.

    "We hope that everyone will have a good time visiting the Finger Lakes area and our many attractions, from our wineries to the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua and everything in between," said Toombs. "Then on Saturday, we will get together to work, learn and plan the upcoming year. So if you want to be involved and see a beautiful area of the country, stop by the weekend of November 12-14."

    The convention serves multiple purposes covering all the interest areas of the SCCA including racing, rallying and autocrossing. The regions work together to schedule and structure the 2011 divisional Club Racing schedule. There are also administrative meetings of various race series and divisional councils and stewards. Members are invited to inquire or speak out about issues and concerns during open forum sessions.

    This year's Mini-Con chairperson, Elizabeth Thiel, understands the importance of the social aspects of the weekend, which allows members to have some time away from business and to informally network with fellow motorsports enthusiasts.

    "Come join us Friday evening for our wine tasting followed by a welcome reception," said Thiel. "This is the time to reunite with long-time friends and meet new faces."

    One of this year's highlights is the Neohio Competition Clinic. According to Thiel, this widely-acclaimed program includes information to assist with vehicle dynamics, suspension setup, data acquisition and more, taught by Dave Weitzenhof, Bob Doemberg, and data guru Dave Scaler.

    For further information, visit the Finger Lakes Region's website at http://www.flr-scca.com/10minicon.html. There is a flier and registration form available for download. At this time, Elizabeth Thiel and her team are negotiating with seminar presenters for the various workshops; a tentative and final schedule will be announced as they become available.

    "Whatever your specialty we guarantee you will leave with new ideas, new contacts and new opportunities for the future," Thiel said. "It is a time for reflection of the past year and to prepare for a new season."

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