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