COM Sports Car Club News

Here you will find club news and announcements.

Welcome to the 2018 Season!

COMSCC Members,

The 2018 season is upon us!  Last year was very busy for your board of directors, and we didn’t stop there. Our commitment continues to be to work to add value for the benefit and enjoyment of our members. Here are some of the highlights of what to expect this year:

We have a very strong schedule for 2018. In addition to our scheduled visits to NHMS, Thompson, Palmer, and a return to Watkins Glen, We are extremely excited to be returning to Le Circuit Mont Tremblant for the first time in many years. Relationships with our partners at these facilities continue to be strong.  Our Frequent Driver and First Timer Discount programs will continue unchanged. Check the website to familiarize yourself with those. Advanced Coaching for TT license holders will also continue. As always staffing these programs is a challenge, but we will endeavor to serve intended need in those areas.

Our revised rule set was published at the beginning of the calendar year. There are some significant changes intended to create parity amongst the classes. Please go to the website and familiarize yourselves with the new rule set. There is one additional document  there that explains the more significant changes.

You will notice some staffing changes this year. Some are faces you know and some faces are new. We will make the proper introductions as these individuals assume their roles.

Here is some HUGE NEWS! Our insurance provider, Lockton Affinity, has approved a change to their participant HPDE insurance program that also covers the laps of the Time Trial. (….yes…you read that correctly!) I am very excited about this development as it really helps to bolster our Time Trial Series, the center piece of what COM is about.

There is so much more going on, but that is it for now….I promised to keep these to one page.  J

See you at Thompson on the 28th,

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Troy Velazquez
President – COM Sports Car Club

Registration for our 2018 test day at Thompson is now open!

Registration for our first event of 2018 on Saturday April 28th at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park is now open!   You can register HERE.

Make sure to capitalize on this great opportunity to brush off the cobwebs and to test out any changes you may have made to your car over the winter in a very laid back environment.

As registration is limited to COM license-holders only there will be far more track time available to drivers at a fraction of a standard track day fee than a typical COM-day one event.  This is a one day event.  There will be no formal instruction and no time trial.  You must be a COM license-holder to register for this event.  If you have any questions about requirements to register for this event please contact our chief instructor at chiefinstructor@comscc.org 

Track fee: $195

Garage rentals can be arranged directly with the track HERE

All other event details and information can be found on our web forum HERE

 

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2018 Rule Book and Classing Tool Are Now Available

Hi Everyone!

We are excited to publish our 2018 Rule book.  All sections that had updates or changes are noted on pages 5-9 of the document.  All rule text that was changed or amended is highlighted in bold red text.  Please take some time and review the entire rule book before finalizing your car build and attending the first event of the 2018 season.  You can find the new 2018 rule book here:

2018 Rule Book

The 2018 Classification Tool is now available here:

2018 Car Classification Tool

For a quick summary and rationale for three of the major rules changes that have been implemented please click HERE

If you have ANY car classification questions please email our Chief Steward at rules@comscc.org

Registration for the Awards Banquet and F1 Karting Event is Open!

Not getting your speed fix with your snowblower this winter?  Longing to catch up with some of  your track buddies?  Join us for for our annual banquet preceded by a karting event!

We are returning to F1 Boston, and we will be hosting a track rental in the afternoon. The banquet will follow the track rental.  It is 75 for racing and 40 for the buffet and awards banquet. There will be a cash bar as before. (this is not a BYOB thing) There are a few hotels in walking distance.

Kart drivers: The waivers and safety briefing will begin at 1pm. The rental goes from 2pm to 4pm.

The track 2 Lounge will be ours from 2pm until 8pm. Dinner will be served roughly around 5:30.

You are welcome to participate in just the karting, just the banquet, or both. Both will be highly entertaining! 

We request that if you have digital photographs that you took over the 2017 season…track photos, pics in the paddock, people etc….please send them to me at president@comscc.org with your name and “2017 pictures” in the title. We plan to use the pictures at the banquet and will become a part of our archive.

Here is the link to register: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/comscc-annual-kart-racing-awards-banquet-f1-boston-com-sports-car-club-529962

See you there!

Troy Velazquez – President

2017 End-of-Season Newsletter

The COMSCC 2017 season seemed to fly by, and now we are into our off-season.

First, I’d like to take a moment and thank the entire COM Staff, Board of Directors, Instructors, and all of our members for what was a really special year… a year packed with change.

Let’s take a look back to see what we did…

Pricing

Yes, this is a touchy subject, but in this region, where there seems to be new race tracks popping up every year, there is something happening that has been unexpected; track rental prices are still on the rise, even with the market dilution of new tracks and the perception of available inventory. COM had to adapt to this by raising fees in 2017. This is always a very difficult decision to make, but a necessary one to keep the club in the black. When we close the books for the 2017 fiscal year, it will look like a break even year, with perhaps a few dollars on the plus side. As a not-for-profit organization, my feeling is that as long as we aren’t losing, we can pay our bills, and have the cash for the next season’s contract deposits, we are okay – but 2017 was pretty tight for a number of reasons, most of which we all are aware. As we do every winter, the Board of Directors will review the fee structure for 2018 and make sure we are the most competitive in the market for what we do, while at the same time doing what is right for the club and membership.

During 2017 we rolled out an entirely new tiered discount structure that rewards the amount of participation. Pretty simple: do more events, get a bigger discount. It seems like the membership has responded well to the program, and I think there is enough of an interest amongst the members, officers, and Directors to repeat it in 2018.

Advanced Coaching

By now, you have been made aware of the coaching aspect of what COM offers, and a large percentage of the membership has taken advantage of it – whether that be in 1-on-1 sessions with our coaches (over 50 drivers!!), or in the classroom where we have looked at safety aspects of lapping in addition to tips on the fastest ways around the tracks.  This was a very difficult task to accomplish with very limited staffing – we wanted to make sure there was a large enough demand for this activity without pulling more of our valued instructors away from our student groups.

To address this, we have trained and moved a few individuals from our licensed ranks into instructor roles and we will continue to do so.  This is a slow but steady process that also pulls instructors away from the student groups to train candidates.  It is slow, not only because staffing is tight, but also because it has to be slow.  Candidates have to show long term commitment, the character traits and other intangibles that make a good COM instructor.  It isn’t only about teaching someone to drive. It is really about guiding students through the entire process of what it is we do, and providing a solid foundation for their development as drivers and as good citizens. Please bear with us as we continue to address staffing of these critical programs.

Club Motorsports

We did it.  We made it happen. It was the most challenging thing our team faced this year.  Brand new track with brand new track management, brand new flaggers, no PA, no garages, no central location, no legacy classroom materials or video, no data, and only a handful of individuals that had ever driven the track before.

There were a few spots where we stumbled, but in general COM did what it always does. Field good drivers that are fast and safe. We had several instructors out running lead laps to bring not only our students, but also our licensed groups up to speed (those first couple laps I did in my lead session might be the only time I was considered fast in Group 1 :)…  Of course – it only lasted a lap or two before I began holding up our fastest licensed group.

I credit the success of that event to two things; our staff of dedicated folks that spent months developing the materials and figuring out how to make it all happen and…

The COM Mobile Application

At first, to our BOD members it seemed like we may or may not have needed the capability, but as time went on, we started to see the benefits, and in fact, whether we realized it or not at the time, was the other reason why we were able to get through the CMI event smoothly. We had full run groups with drivers reporting to grid on time, to the classroom on time, and also using the in app messenger to contact their instructors and other members. I used the application exclusively for internal staff communication, and to stay in contact with our key players who were spread out at each end of the facility.

We will continue to use the mobile app, and refine our use of it going forward.  The app is available on both The App Store and Google Play.

The 2017 Season Results

The results are posted. Congrats to the class winners, you earned it this year!  There was quite a lot of competition. It was great to see drivers battle it out all season, make changes to their cars, changes to their driving, changes to their strategy to gain any advantage over their peers. This, while at the same time helping those same competitors by turning a wrench, or lending a car, or towing them home after a breakdown.  Our membership is packed with good people that care about each other… while at the same time wanting to completely destroy each other in the TT… then finishing the night off with food, drink, and track talk. It is a beautiful thing.

The 2018 Schedule

This might sound early, but things are going so well on this front that we will likely publish our preliminary schedule before the holidays. Most of the dates at our typical venues are locked in, contracts are just awaiting signatures.  We will be hitting up Thompson for a test day, and one full event mid-summer. We’re returning to Palmer twice, NHMS twice, will return to Watkins Glen, and…

We are working on one VERY exciting addition for 2018. I don’t want to jinx it, but I guarantee once confirmed, you will not be disappointed.

The Election

You will see updates for the winter Board meetings in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for instructions on seeking a nomination for the BoD.   These jobs are by election every year.  There are no life time appointments.  I will be seeking re-election, but welcome anyone to seek nomination to be on the ballot for any position, up to and including President. This is how the club works as specified in our bylaws.  We have a number of very dedicated folks that have put in many years of service, and they continue to do so, but would welcome new people who are taking ownership of their club as a Director on its Board. Please do not feel as though you are unfairly unseating someone, think of it as a natural progression. None of us can do this forever.

The Banquet

I sent out a save the date message on the mobile app.  The banquet will be held on Saturday, January 27th.  We’re working out the details for a return to F1 Boston, and I think we’re going to need a bigger room.  There will be a track rental, food, all the stuff we did last year, and maybe a little more.

We will officially be celebrating the Club’s 60th anniversary, and we hope to do a few more things than just a typical banquet. I’ll keep you informed of the pertinent details. The rest will be a secret…

See you in January,


Troy Velazquez – President

Registration for NHMS3- South Oval is open!

Registration is open for our final HPDE school and time trial event of the 2017 season.   It will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on October 14th and 15th.  You can register HERE.

We will be running the NASCAR south oval configuration. This is one of the most thrilling and challenging corners on our entire schedule.   This is both a great venue and configuration for first timers and seasoned veterans.

All event details and information can be found HERE

 

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Club Motorsports registration is open now!

We are very proud and privileged to open registration for our very first HPDE and time trial event at Club Motorsports in Tamworth, NH.  The event will be held on September 29-30th.  From their website:

“On hundreds of rolling wooded acres with breathtaking views, we’ve built a heart-pounding ribbon through the woods: 15 turns over 2.5 miles with an elevation change of 250 feet. The road course is over 40 feet wide with a mix of long straightaways and left and right turns both uphill and downhill. It is designed to provide a thrilling driving experience, yet built with safety as the top priority.”

COM will be hosting one of the very first club events at this track.  This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be one of the first to drive such a unique, enjoyable and challenging track.  Do not miss this opportunity.  Register now as we expect this event to sell out.

The event cost & other information can be found at the registration link: Club Motorsports Registration Page

If you have any specific questions about event registrations please contact our Registrar: comregistrar@comcast.net

If you have specific event questions (entry / gas / etc.) please keep an eye on our Event Annoucement Section on the forum or contact our Chief of Event Operations: comoperations@comcast.net

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