We are about to begin MANDRA's 19th season of racing! I'm going to bring you up-to-date on the news/changes from our two membership meetings of 2017, for the benefit of those who were not there.
The minutes of the January 8th meeting are on the website, but there was one rule change that needs to be noted. "A mandatory drivers' meeting will be held at every event prior to the first round of eliminations. All drivers must sign in prior to time trials to be eligible for earned, low-reaction-time bye run." This rule was voted on and passed by the membership at the meeting and will be enforced.
The minutes of the March meeting will be posted at a later date, but here is a summary of that meeting. The 2017 slate of officers remained the same as 2016: Randy Campbell, President; Merritt Snyder, Vice President; Charlie Innerst, Secretary; Barbara Sommers, Treasurer. The 2017 Board of Directors are Bob English, Marc English and Ralph Ferraro. Jim Shearer has been appointed Race Director. Frank Giallonardo will continue on as our webmaster and John Wise will be our points director.
There was discussion on whether MANDRA would like to purchase a block in the Racers' Hall of Fame at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. It was decided to take donations to purchase a block at the facility. Some members have already committed to or have donated. There will be a donation can at the races if anyone wants to contribute. On behalf of the club, thank you to all who have donated so far. EMMR does have a permanent drag racing section in the museum now. The English Brothers' Ghia is on display for this year, with several other cars, and Ralph's crew chief "Kevin". If you get a chance to visit the museum, please stop in.
Darwin Doll from EMMR (Eastern Museum of Motor Racing) is looking for MANDRA cars for the York US30 Heritage Days, Friday, July 7 (show hours 1-7PM) and Saturday, July 8 (show hours 9AM-5PM). Pre-registration of vehicles is required. Entry applications can be found at www.yorknostalgia.com. Download the entry form, print it out, attach a picture of your car, and mail it in. Registration is free, but you must get registered as soon as possible. Sunday, July 9 will be the Nostalgia Nationals at Beaver Springs where you can race. The Sunday event is one of BSD's biggest events of the year with a lot of nostalgia race cars. (A copy of the flyer is attached.)
Another event of interest to MANDRA is the Springtime Shine at Thompsontown Fire Company's Car Show, May 7, 8AM-4PM (raindate May 21). This is always a nice show with lots of cars and the fire company has always been very generous to the club. This year MANDRA will hold a Kackle Fest for spectators. Pre-registration is $12 (day of show registration is $15). We will have registration forms at the first race at Island or contact me or Jeremy Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org. (A copy of the registration form is attached.)
Lastly, and most importantly, our first race of the season is Saturday, April 29 at Island Dragway, with AKL Racing as our sponsor. According to their website, gates open at 12 noon with time trials at 3PM and eliminations at 5PM.
If you have not paid your membership dues, they need to be paid now. They can be mailed to me or Barbara, or paid at the first race.
We are looking forward to another exciting racing season and hope you all have those cars dusted off and oil changed and are ready to go!
See you all soon!