I'm putting this in the non-tech forum rather than the Shootout forum because this is really for ALL SC enthusiasts, whether you attended the event or not.
First and foremost, this event is the premier SCCOA event which the SCCOA sponsors and supports each and every year. Without the contributions of SCCOA which indirectly is the support of each and every paying member of this club, the SC Shootout would not exist. I can't say a large enough thank you to all the club members and the SCCOA administration for your support for this important event. Having said that, anyone who attends, participates, or benefits in any way from what happens at, or because of the Shootout, should check their membership status today. If you aren't current, please make the nominal contribution to the club and update your status as a way of saying "thank you" and providing validation to this vital aspect of the club.
Thank you, SCCOA.
Next I want to extend the invitation to any and all who have not yet made it a priority to attend at least one Shootout. I assure you that if you ever feel discouraged or somewhat down on your SC, if you feel maybe the time has come to move on or your enthusiasm for the car is starting to fade, then a weekend trip to the SC Shootout might be just the thing you need to re-align your priorities and re-light the flame for the 'Ol SC, even if it means flying out and just watching. The cars are cool, but the people who own them are much cooler and being able to call yourself a part of the SC family is much better than anything the car itself can do. That's a promise you can take to the bank.
That being said, I want to give a huge shout-out to those who worked directly to make things go smoothly and ensure that everyone had a great time.
- Fraser Turner for getting our registration pages functional and easy to navigate. This year's registration went super smooth!
- David Neibert for arranging sponsors for the event. David invested a lot of time contacting vendors and made sure items were on hand for our participant raffle which is a big part of the financial success of the event.
- Brian and Jennifer Oatway went way above and beyond in securing and providing our outdoor accommodations and food all day Saturday. The pig roast was a great idea and takes a lot of confidence and knowledge to pull off. Thanks also to Chris, Anthony, Ira, Smitty, and others who helped out with the roast.
- Without the assistance of willing and capable hands to prepare, serve, and clean up the food, it wouldn't be much use. Thanks go out to Kathy, Dawn, both Jenn's, Sidney, Sally, and everyone else who picked things up, put things out, and put things away. The girls did the grilling, made all the salads on site and ensured everyone got enough hot dogs and snacks all day long. I got there a little late for breakfast but they even saved a couple slices of bacon for me!
- Thanks to Connie and Rachel for getting our shirts, printing tickets/info for everyone, handling registrations, arranging the raffle, and tallying results for us.
- Thanks to Phillip and Jeff at Precision for getting us all on (and off) the dyno all day long. It was nice for everyone to meet their commitments for once (!) and not run on late into the night trying to get the dyno sessions complete.
- And the weekend wouldn't be complete without someone to run sheets from the tower all day long and pair up competitors for eliminations so that I was actually able to race this year. Thank you Andrew and Ed.
Once again, thank you all so much, whether you help organize, lend a helping hand, participate, spectate, or contribute by being a member of SCCOA. You make it happen and you deserve all the credit.
It really is a group effort and exemplifies what is great about the SC community. If you haven't been to one, by all means make plans now. You won't regret one minute of it.