2015 Summer Sizzler Race Report

2015 Summer Sizzler Race Report

SPLIT DECISION

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Like contenders in a long-awaited heavyweight title fight, Warrenton Virginia Cobra driver Wade Chamberlain and local formula car standout Matt Felten sparred back and forth over two days at the Cumberland Airport Reunion Tour Summer Sizzler Autocross.

A weekend of perfect weather and perfect memories ended with Chamberlain edging Felten as the overall speed winner on Saturday – but falling short on Sunday, handing his Reynard rival the Sunday crown.

No such back and forth in the performance index battle as another former Cumberland FTD, Fairfield PA driver Mike Moran, drove his B Street Corvette to a convincing double PAX win.

Eighty-seven starters enjoyed a celebratory opening driver’s meeting that featured free cheap sunglasses distributed to commemorate putting the CBE autocross band back together. Other Top Five Overall Saturday cars included North Carolina ace Stan Vann’s 1970 Caldwell Formula Ford, a scant tenth of a second ahead of Virginian Gary Hughes in his familiar green Stalker – both also former Cumberland FTD winners. Local racecar builder Karl Loper celebrated the return of autocrossing to his home facility with a career-best fifth overall in his mid-engine Chevy LS powered FFR GTM.

Saturday class battles featured the huge XP field (13 cars) and close finishes in several categories. Tim Snyder edge Dick Wallace by .042 in H Street. Rex LeGore nipped Ryan Palmer in STU by a tenth and Pennsylvania Corvette driver Dan Ireland covered another former Cumberland FTD winner, Frederick’s Larry Casey by .395 in SSR. Ireland and Casey were both fast, and finished 2nd and 3rd in PAX for the day.

The grilling debut of the Two Jake No Elwood Catering Company was very well received at Doc Mike’s Corvette Farm on Saturday night. Suffice it say that what’s said at Mike’s stays at Mikes – some things are truly perfect in life, it turns out.

With 77 starters strapping in on Sunday, Casey’s charge forward continued and he pushed his ZO6 into fourth overall, edging Stan Vann by .007. The big Sunday story, behind Felten and Chamberlain’s cone penalty filled fight for the top spot, was the two-day debut of an impressive XP car new to Cumberland. Altoona area drivers Jeremy McCauley and Matt Parson snagged 3rd and 6th overall Sunday in an immaculate LS3 powered Mazda Miata that is likely to contend for FTD at CBE in the future.

Dick Wallace was the Sunday hard luck award winner, ending up with another weekend second in class by an eyelash, missing Danny Snyder’s winning mark in H Street by .089.

Two-day class winners in contested classes in addition to Felten, Chamberlain and Moran included Jim Harris in FS, Chris Carlisle in STS, Ray Schumin in STR, Howard Leikin in SSP, Greg Keller in EP, Jeremy Betush in SMF, Jake Moran in SM, and Gary Miller in SSM.

On-line registration is now open for the next event in the Cumberland Airport Reunion Tour, the Harvest Moon Reunion on September 12/13, at www.myautoevents.com

Results

Saturday Overall PDF
Saturday PAX PDF
Saturday Class PDF

Sunday Overall PDF
Sunday PAX PDF
Sunday Class PDF

Ben Lambiotte, Washington DC

These events keep alive Cumberland Airport¹s historic legacy as a key venue during the Golden Age of amateur sports car road racing in the 1960s and 70s.

Cumberland Times-News

We,and many others, have expressed faith all along that a way could be found to continue the autocrosses, and that faith was justified, thanks to the efforts of all those who made it happen. This is a further example of the remarkable results that can be achieved when people who have different interests share a common dilemma, but work together to find a solution.

Season Info

Season Info

As warm weather returns to the Cumberland Regional Airport, National Road Autosport is excited to host four weekends of competition in 2017.

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The 2017 Cumberland Airport Autocross Series
Historics Weekend ­ June 10/11
Summer Sizzler ­ July 22/23
Harvest Moon ­ September 16/17
Pumpkin Carve ­ Oct 7/8

Advance Registration is recommended at MyAutoEvents.com.
Walk-ups are allowed depending on available space.

Daily Registration is from 7:00am ­ 8:30am
Driver Meeting 9:30am ­ 9:45am
Runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm +/-

Click here to download an entry form.

The Scribe’s Tale

The Scribe’s Tale

Remembrance

Why it is not possible to separate the legacy
of the Cumberland Airport Autocross Series
from the legend of Wade Chamberlain

Most unexpectedly, the best part of our heart and soul has been torn away, leaving behind a dark, gaping, painful wound. Wade Chamberlain was an exceptional man in so many ways. He shared freely with others his manifold gifts and virtues, and the way he lived his life stands as an example to everyone he knew, young, old and in between.

Many people have talents. But in the more than half a century I have trod this earth, never have I known anyone in whom so many rare and disappearing qualities converged in a single, irreplaceable human being. Wade was a champion autocrosser many times over, and a true master of one of the most dangerously unruly expressions of the automotive dark arts ever conceived. A brilliant engineer, mechanic, and inventor. A paragon of self-reliance (who else but Wade would think to use his own urine as coolant in a roadside radiator failure?!). A brewer whose creations far outshone the meager products of the trendy craft brewing industry. A mischievous prankster with a biting sense of humor. A relentless competitor, who was never content to rest on the thick bed of laurels he earned, but who always pushed himself to greater heights. Above all, a loving and loyal husband and father, who cherished his wife Beth, and his wonderful son Adam and daughter Shayna. But unlike so many gifted people, Wade never needed to display arrogance or put on airs.

He was always quick to get folks in trouble out of a jam, or to help with some filthy unpleasant task (as much as he hated those). He was not particularly demonstrative, but if he loved you, you damn well knew it, through his constant actions and deeds. Wade had the rare innate ability to give all he had in every moment and task he undertook in his life, without making a big deal out of it. There will never, ever, be another like him. And while we grieve that he was taken from us far too soon, and himself deprived of the many, many joyous moments we were looking forward to sharing, how lucky and blessed all of us are to have basked in the incandescent light of his amazing life, albeit too briefly. I will forever be grateful for the precious gift of his true friendship, and the only consolation for the loss and emptiness I now feel are the countless beautiful memories of the good times we shared.

It is unimaginable that the grid spot next to me will never again be filled by his beloved No. 22 Cobra. By now he’s on his way on that Unknown Journey we all must take. God’s course workers may want to stand back a few feet, because Wade will be knocking down Heaven’s door with his small block roaring at the top of the tach, tail wagging, and tire smoke pouring from his wheel wells.

From the Desktop of Benjamin Lambiotte, Esq.

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Airport Racing History

Airport Racing History

Sports car racing has already enjoyed two great runs at the Cumberland Regional Airport – the Steel Cities Region SCCA Cumberland Nationals in the 1950s and 1960s, and the first set of Cumberland Airport Autocross Series events beginning in 2003.

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Info and photos about those two series can be found on-line at http://www.nationalroadrally.com.