Year End Wrap Up
I’d like to begin this month’s column by acknowledging and thanking the New England Region for presenting the 2016 United States RoadRally Challenge (USRRC). Congratulations to Scott Beliveau, Fred Mapplebeck, John Buffum and everyone who worked to produce this fine tribute rally weekend in honor of Ted Goddard. They had an excellent turnout of 50 cars for the Divisional Tour on Saturday (with a waiting list) and 31 cars for the Divisional Course rally on Sunday.

A few years ago the Road Rally Board sought to increase the participation and interest in the USRRC. We wanted to break the mold of offering three National events and draw more than 10 cars. We wanted an event that would have broader appeal to motorsports enthusiasts and be a “destination” event, one that would be worth attending for the scenery, the roads and the cachet of the event. Thanks again to the New England Region for providing a weekend that fulfilled those targets. My only regret is that time and expense prevented me from attending

2017 is already shaping up as a great rally season. I strongly encourage you to send that information to Jeanne English so that she can include your events on the planning calendar that she maintains. Jeanne’s email is An updated version of this calendar is always available off the website under the Programs/RoadRally menu tab. My events are there for 2017, are yours?

News from SCCA Headquarters: SCCA car number stickers (0 through 25) and SCCA RoadRally stickers are available through the Member Services Department at SCCA. There was some misinformation that these were no longer available when in fact they have always been in stock and available for purchase

I am also very pleased to note that Timewise 798a rally computers are again available. One particular component had been discontinued by the vendor, but an alternate source was found and these rally computers are in production again. The Timewise web site is

As always I look forward to your comments on this or any other item of interest or concern regarding the SCCA road rally program. You may reach me at
Rich Bireta
SCCA RRB Chairman