Writen by: Eve Dolenski
Father’s Day Weekend Autox, June 16, 2012
Twenty-one drivers showed up to compete at the second Autocross of the season the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend -- though the competition wasn’t so favorable to the fathers. Rick Gonzales, a new member, shared father Ricardo’s 1970 914-6 GT white Porsche. All was fine for the morning runs, with father running much faster than son. Then son Rick posted the fastest time of the day of 52.195 seconds in the first group’s afternoon session. Father Ricardo, competing in the second group fought heat and sprinkles of rain but alas, came up .062 seconds short to finish second overall at 52.257 seconds. Rick and Ricardo finished first and second, respectively in “E” class and overall finish order.
Meanwhile, competition was heating up in “C” class, with Harvey & Abby Nuttall fighting it out for household bragging rights. When we broke for lunch, Harvey was nearly a half second faster. Harvey, running in the first group continued to get faster in the afternoon. Abby, running in the second run group and now knowing the time to beat in their beautiful black 1989 E30, turned to coach extraordinaire, Chris Itterly, who jumped into the car and gave Abby a few tips. Abby then completed her last runs unassisted and was able to best her husband’s time by a full second to finish third overall in “C” class.
Winning “C” class was Furrin Group guest, Nick Nardin with a time of 55.994 seconds. Finishing second in “C” class and now tied for second in overall season points was Matthew Huizing.
Winning “B” class and finishing third overall was Chris Itterly in his 1979 white 323i. With two first place finishes this season, Chris is leading the overall standings at 18 points. Chris also provided coaching to Eve Dolenski and to novice Kirsti Nuttall. Kirsti, driving a very pretty blue E36 was able to cut her time down nearly 5 seconds throughout the day.
Finishing second and third in “B” class were Furrin group guests Brad Yonkers and Brad DeLaby, sharing Brad Yonkers’ 2001 330ci. Was it car ownership or skillful driving that allowed car owner Brad Yonkers to best Brad DeLaby’s time by less than a quarter of a second?
“A” class was won by Jim Lynch in his 2004 red Mini Cooper S. Jim is now tied for second place overall in season points with 12 points. Scott Limber and Al Cardenas finished second and third, respectively.
We had several guests from the Furrin Group, a fun & very helpful group of people from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, most of whom drive furrin (=foreign) cars. These included Dave VanderSchaaf who brought along his very cute young son (did anyone else notice the matching shoes?). Although the son does have a 5-point harness in his car seat in the 1986 944 Porsche, the only driving he got to participate in was the parade lap. He seemed quite satisfied to sit on Dad’s lap and help with timing and scoring.
If you are looking for more autocrossing or other fun with cars, check out the Furrin Group at furrin.org.
The next event is July 14, at the Tire Rack.