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There's a general agreement among Solo II faithful, that if you want to end a drought you schedule a Glen Region Solo event. A summer that saw little rain doesn't mean much to Glen Regioners who saw half of our events end up in the wet. Intermittent, drizzly showers were the order of the day at the September event, but the rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the drivers, especially given that seven runs per driver were sandwiched into the day and we were able to finish before 4 PM.
The Corning Community College site was an interesting one for course layout. It consisted of a large parking lot atop a hill which was well paved but which had a significant change in elevation from one end to the other. Adding rain to the mixture proved to be quite the challenge for many drivers.
When the day was over Skip Testut ('01 Honda S2000) took B-Stock honors despite his attempt to demonstrate to onlookers the meaning of oversteer. The real fun in B-Stock, however, was between second place Eric Navestad ('00 Honda S2000) and third place Ed Hurd ('87 Porsche 944S). It was a nip and tuck battle between the two until Eric nudged Ed by less than 0.4 second in the final run. Another close battle took place in C-Stock where less than a second separated class winner Shawn Koelemeyer ('74 Porsche 914) and second place finisher Tedd Hurd ('83 Mazda RX-7).
Nile Heermans in his "Dealer Plate Special" Nissan 240SX continued his winning ways in E-Stock. Nile is talking about a new paint job for the Nissan, but, regardless, he promises to return next year in the same car. In F-Stock, Larry Rhode ('94 Ford Mustang) was victorious over Bob Trest ('88 Chevrolet IROC-Z), while in G-Stock the Tyburskis continued their domination in their shared '94 Ford Probe. Mike took first, but Tim Andres ('99 Subaru Impreza) sandwiched himself between two Tyburskis as Jeff Tyburski finished a close third. Tim, by the way, is a novice driver this season, but it's apparent he knows how to throw his car in-between the cones.
In H-Stock Mike Taves ('84 BMW 318i) returned to first place in H-Stock after his momentary lapse at the Seneca Army Depot. He triumphed over Chris Wightman ('91 Nissan Sentra), who came expecting snow, and Aaron Boltman ('95 Eagle Summit), who apparently still has some tread left on his tires despite his best efforts. It should be mentioned that Aaron has apparently set a new, seasonal Kone Killer record. Averaging 9 cones an event, Aaron has blasted 36 of the orange devils out of his path and one more event still remains. Perhaps we should consider investing in concrete pylons for next season
In C-Street Prepared Marcus Hill ('93 Honda Civic) beat fellow novice driver Matthew Huftalen ('93 Honda Civic), while Anthony Cornish was in a class by himself over in D-Street Prepared. Meanwhile in E-Street Prepared Lin Hurd in her '98 Mustang Cobra took the honors while in F-Street Prepared Adam Bruce ('84 VW GTi) of the Southern New York Region proved a little too much for Casey Creamer ('65 Mini Cooper) despite a valiant effort on Casey's part.
There was only a single entrant in the Street Modified class, Daniel Keen ('97 Chevrolet Camaro), but four drivers entered the Street Touring S class. It took Derek Wayman ('99 Dodge Neon ACR) five runs before he was able to prove too much for Todd Tottman ('99 Plymouth Neon) in that class.
In the Pierce family class (a.k.a. Street Touring X) it was Uncle John who beat out nephew Greg in their '87 BMW 325is. After a rocky start to the season it looks as though all the work on the Pierce Racing BMW is starting to pay off. Finally, in A-Modified, event chair John Florence managed four good runs in his '67 Bobsy Formula Vee.
Once again a debt of thanks is owed to many folks responsible for a successful Glen Region Solo II event. First of all, the Glen Solo Board wishes to extend their appreciation to Woody Knowles, Director of Athletics/Student Activities for Corning Community College for the site and for all of his help before and during the event. Additionally, thanks go to the course setup gang, headed up by Casey Creamer, and to Rob for proving that blue Lycra does look good on some people, eh? The next event is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th at the National Warplane Museum in Big Flats. See you there!