Issue: September Vol: 2014
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BoD Election and Candidates


The annual meeting of the Colorado Region SCCA will be held:

Date: Tuesday, September 16th 2014 at 8:00pm

Location: Breckenridge Brewery – Tasting Room on 471 Kalamath St. in Denver Colorado

Mark your Calendars.


Section 1. Annual Meetings

An annual meeting of the members shall be held in the month of September in each year, beginning in the year 1986, at the hour of 8:00 o’clock P.M., for the purpose of electing Directors and for transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting. If the election of Directors shall not be held on the day designated herein for any annual meeting, or at any adjournment thereof, the Board of Directors shall cause the election to be held at a special meeting of the members as soon thereafter as conveniently may be.

Section 5. Notice of Meetings

The official Colorado Region SCCA website and the monthly newsletter shall be the primary vehicles of communication to the membership. Notice stating the place, day and hour of any annual, regular business, or special meeting of members shall be published electronically in the monthly newsletter and on the home page of the official Colorado Region SCCA website, not less than ten (10) nor more than fifty (50) days before the date of such meeting, by or at the direction of the Regional Executive, or the Secretary, or the officers or persons calling the meeting. In case of a special meeting or when required by statute or by these bylaws, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called shall be stated in the notice.

Section 10. Voting Electronically

Where directors or officers are to be elected by members or any class of members, such election may be conducted electronically in such manner as the Board of Directors shall determine.


Section 1. Nominations

( a ) A nominating committee composed of not less than three (3) and not more than nine (9) Active Members shall be appointed by the Regional Executive not later than June 15th of each year.

( b ) The nominating committee shall report its recommendations to the Board of Directors by the first board meeting in August. Their recommendations shall include names of at least one nominee for each open position.

( c ) The slate of nominees shall be published on the official Colorado Region SCCA website and the monthly newsletter prior to the annual meeting.

( d ) Additional nominations may be may made by petition bearing the names of five (5) qualified Active Members. Such petitions shall be in the hands of the Secretary by the August Board of Director’s Meeting.

( e ) In order to be eligible for office, a nominee must have been a qualified Active Member of the SCCA in good standing for at least six (6) months prior to the Annual Meeting.

Section 2. Balloting

( a ) A ballot including the slate proposed by the nominating committee and the names of any candidates nominated by petition shall be included in the notice of the Annual Meeting sent to all members. Ballots shall be received by the Secretary of the Club prior to the Regional Executive proceeding with the election of officers at the Annual Meeting.

( b ) The opening and counting of ballots shall be held at the Annual Meeting.

( c ) Those candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected to the Board of Directors.

2015-2017 BoD Candidates.

Every year the Colorado Region SCCA members elects 3 new BoD members. The term of office is 3 years. This year, the 3 expiring seats are held by: Jim Christian, Kevin Carter and Nancy Foster. Thank you, Kevin, Jim and Nancy for all the dedication and hard work you have generously given to Colorado Region SCCA for the last 3 years.

Here are brief bio’s and platform statements for the candidates running for the 2015-2017 term. (alphabetically by last name)

Kevin Carter

Candidate for re-election to the Colorado Region SCCA Board of Directors (2015 – 2017 Term)

Greetings everyone

I have been a SCCA member for some 11 years now , I have been a member of the board for the last term and its time to go again, Let me give you a bit of background, I’ve been working Motorsports safety since 1997 mostly at RMNS, which if we all remember was next door to our favorite Ghost Track ”Second Creek” …okay back to the story. I have been firefighter, region chief and Divisional administrator for the region, I was equipment manager for the Division , so I’ve been around.

In the 11 years I have been a member of Colorado region of SCCA I have missed 5 race weekends, I’ve worked emergency services, pit and grid, start, corners and have even been the regions safety steward for most of that last few years, I’m a dedicated member of this region and I want to see it thrive.

Changes need to be made to make the racing experience better for all the racers as well as the workers, but I can’t do it by myself, so if relected I want to hear from the membership about how we can make things better going forward.

Thanks Yall

Jim Christian

Candidate for re-election to the Colorado Region Board of Directors (2015 – 2017 Term)


SCCA Member since 1961 (interrupted by the USAF)
First road race, Trier Germany, 1963
First Runoffs, Atlanta Georgia, 1970
Specialties; F&C, Registration, Tech, Race Chair and Steward
National Board of Directors 2004 – 2009
Colorado Region Board of Directors 2011 – 2014
Regional Executive 2013-2014


Colorado Region faces a challenging next few years.


The implementation of the Majors program has exposed inherent weakness in the Regional road racing program. There are a number of our racing members that will travel to other states and pay premium entry fees, in their quest to compete at the SCCA Runoffs. This group represents around 2/3 of the active racers in the Division. For these folks, in 2014 it was possible to achieve their goal of qualifying for the Runoffs by the end of May. There was little to be gained by running additional weekends, with resulting wear and tear, expense, and the ever present potential for damage.

In 2015 There will only be one Majors in Rocky Mountain Division, but it will still be possible to qualify by June.

What can be done? As the Majors program is implemented from the National office, the Region has little leverage, and has to make the best of the situation. The best thing we could do is to grow our Regional program!


There are also a number of our racing members that for various reasons just want to have fun at local regional races. This group represents around 1/3 of the active racers in the Division. Unfortunately, if all of these drivers show up for a Regional race, their entry fees do not cover the cost of putting on the event. If only half of these drivers sign up for an event, the Region faces a financial disaster.

What can be done? We have a degree of flexibility as to how we conduct our Regional events, that we did not enjoy in years past. How to best exercise that flexibility is the challenge. Including PDX/CTT in a Regional weekend increases entrants, while increasing costs only modestly. Sharing a weekend with another club has the potential to reduce costs, but we have not mastered the art of conducting such an event. We will keep trying! Raising entry fees to cover costs, discourages entries. Reducing costs helps, but at some point, results in a disappointing event.


Colorado Region once had a very healthy PDX/CTT program. Why it was allowed to deteriorate I’m not sure, but it must be revived!

What can be done? We have conducted a few events in conjunction with our Road Race events, and the program is developing. The Colorado Region Board has authorized the creation of a PDX/CTT steering committee, and they are implementing a plan to grow the program. Long term this program has the potential to be the breeding ground for future road racers!


Drivers schools have been a financial looser for as long as I can remember. Over the years a lot of strategies have been employed to mitigate the problem, with minimal success. There once was a time when the only way to start road racing was to attend an SCCA school, or to attend a professional school, that hasn’t been true for years.

What can be done? The Alternative Drivers School program allows aspiring race car drivers to fulfill their SCCA requirements with personal attention, and on their own schedule. Additionally, we now recognize licenses from most all of the other car clubs / racing organizations. We also provide a path for folks to progress from PDX to CTT to Road Racing. And, of course we still recognize completion of courses from professional driving schools. We are lucky to have two such schools operating in Colorado.


The good news is that the SOLO program is alive and well. Site acquisition is always an issue, but overall the program is healthy.


The region used to have two or three social get togethers each year. Hasn’t happened in recent history.

What can be done? These don’t have to be big formal productions! All that is needed is a few people willing to organize and put on the events.


In the past the election has been conducted on pieces of paper either mailed in or hand delivered at the September meeting. Participation has been pitiful.

What can be done? This year the election will be conducted electronically via email. This is expected to dramatically increase participation. The success of the Region depends on the election of capable, motivated individuals to guide the Region. Examine the bios of the candidates ask them questions, and most importantly VOTE!

Leigh Swan

Candidate for election to the Colorado Region SCCA Board of Directors (2015 – 2017 Term)

My name is Leigh Swan and I’m a S.I.T. in the Colorado Region. I’ve held a National License in Starting and Pit and Grid and retired in 2011 after ten years as a Race Official in Timing and Scoring with the Rolex Grand American Sports Car Racing Series.

As part of my S.I.T. training I have been working with the Specialty Chiefs and have found how well qualified they are. If elected the Board I promise to bring fairness and respect to all I come in contact with and I am eager to contribute to the life of the Colorado Region and S.C.C.A.

Richard Torpy

Candidate for election to the Colorado Region SCCA Board of Directors (2015 – 2017 Term)

With apologies to Thomas Wolfe who penned the novel “You Can’t Go Home Again,” I am ready and willing to try. I have been around forever, having been there when the Colorado Region split off from the Midwest Division. I served as RE of the Colorado Region for six years, during which time we were named the outstanding jumbo region in the SCCA and enjoyed a large growth in both membership and racing participants. I went on to spend six years on the National Board of Directors, serving as chairman of the Planning Committee and Chairman of the Board of SCCA Enterprises. During this period, I negotiated the contract with Ford motor and Roush to convert the Spec Racer from Renault to Ford power. In my spare time I drove Formula Fords and served as race chairman for more races than I care to remember.

In my opinion, the Colorado Region is at a crossroads, and we need experienced leadership to revive it. I have seen the SCCA from many different perspectives, and would like to use my diversified experience to be a part of positive change. I would appreciate your vote. And remember, We do this for fun.