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We have a place for every motor sports enthusiast - from timed precision driving events through pylons, to wheel-to-wheel hard-core racing competition, to working track side, or even the administration of our many activities - OVR offers you many different opportunities to fulfill your need for Speed!

How do I get started?

Do you want to become a road racer? Do you think you want to become a professional race car driver? Are you just looking for a weekend activity that's inexpensive that will let you run your "daily driver" in competition, but with relatively little wear and tear on the car?

Photo Archives

OVR is very proud to receive an archive of photographs from Joel Topolosky and Ron Lester both former members of the Region. The photos are in the OVR Gallery.


Russ Patterson

Russ Passed away on Monday at 4 PM.  The calling hours are on Sat at10-11AM with service to follow at  the Church of the Cross. Its the samechurch that the family had his birthday a few years ago. Its located onRT  97 .

Russell Clarence PattersonMANSFIELD: Beloved husband, father, grandfather,brother and friend, Russell Clarence Patterson passed away peacefully at hishome, surrounded by his family, on January 19, 2015, at age 94. Born at homeJune 25, 1920, in Cardington, Ohio, to Frank and Lucy (Hickson) Patterson,Russell lived a life marked by honor, resilience and generosity. Aftergraduating from Cardington High School in 1938, Russell answered his country'scall on March 31, 1942, and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served withthe Eighth Air Force, 401st Bomb Group, 612th Squadron, based in Deenethorpe,England. He served as a radio operator aboard B-17 aircraft on 35 missions inthe European theater. For his sacrifice and bravery, Russell was awarded theDistinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and threetheater ribbons with bronze stars. Following his missions in Europe, Russellcontinued to serve his country by flying over fifty supply missions through theHimalayan Mountains from India into China.After returning home, Russellattended Ohio Wesleyan University on the GI bill and earned a Bachelor ofScience degree in Education in 1949. He earned his Master's of Education degreefrom Bowling Green University in 1963. On May 29, 1950, he married his wife,Marian. Russell taught and coached for several school districts, and was hiredat Madison School district in 1953. He taught, coached, and later served asassistant principal, then principal of Madison Junior High beginning in 1963.With assistance from family members, Russell built the family home in 1958 andraised a family in Lexington, Ohio. He and Marian have resided there since thattime.He retired from education in 1979 and worked part time for Charles MillMarina, as a driver and payroll manager. He also volunteered at Mid-Ohio RaceCar Course in scoring and timing since the mid 1970's. In 2014, the scoring andtiming room at Mid-Ohio was named in his honor. Russell attended CentralMethodist Church in Mansfield for many years, and Church of the Cross inLexington, more recently.In 2008, he was privileged to participate in an HonorFlight of veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the National World War IIMemorial. An avid fan of Ohio State athletics, as well as the Cleveland Indiansand Cleveland Browns, Russell was thrilled to see the Buckeyes win the 2015College Football National Championship. He was one of the veterans honoredduring a tribute on the Ohio Stadium scoreboard at a November 2014, footballgame. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Mildred(Ralph) Levering, Lowell (Ruth) Patterson and David (Beulah) Patterson, and brother-in-law,Edward Lake.Russell is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marian, of Lexington,Ohio, who lovingly cared for him during his illness. He is also survived byson, Mark Patterson and his wife Linda, of Mansfield, Ohio; daughter, JodiSchraedly and her husband Bob, of Lexington, Ohio; son, Jon Patterson and hiswife Terri, of Wexford, Pennsylvania; granddaughters, Lauryl Schraedly andPaige Miller; grandsons, Andrew Schraedly, Shane Patterson, Jake Patterson andBrian Patterson; special sister-in-law, Guian Lake; dear friend, Doug Castle;and many more family and friends who loved him dearly. Russell's family wouldlike to express appreciation to Val and Samantha from Southern Care Hospice,and Stephanie, Janet, Trina and Kelly from Visiting Nurses Association, and theCare Team from Church of the Cross.In lieu of flowers the family asks that youconsider a memorial contribution in Russell's memory to the Church of theCross, 236 Otterbein Drive, Lexington, Ohio 44904, or to Honor Flight Columbus,P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, Ohio 43212."When you die, it does not mean thatyou lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in themanner in which you live." (by Stuart Scott)Russell beat cancer. Anaffable man with a kind spirit, Russell Patterson leaves behind the legacy of agenerosity, bravery and compassion that will remain etched on the hearts of allwho knew him.Memorial services, conducted by Rev. Susan Lausch, will be heldSaturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Cross, 236 OtterbeinDrive, Lexington. Family and friends are invited to visit for one hour prior tothe service, from 10-11 a.m. Burial will take place at a later date. Onlineguest registry at www.wappner.com - See moreat: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mansfieldnewsjournal/obituary.aspx?pid=173910664#sthash.PuCOm3Dr.dpuf

Partial list of new officers

The list of 2015 officers and chiefs is not complete yet so the old directory is not necessarily correct. Mike Eckert and Alan Guy are the new co-chairs of the Solo program.  Evan Arthur is the new co-chair of the Rallycross program.

Rallycross has a new e-mail address ovr.rallyx@yahoo.com and a Facebook page www.facebook.com/OVR.SCCA.Rallyx

Web Site Update and Redesign

The Board of Directors has decided that a major revision of the website is in order. Sooooo,I have taken on the job of finding out what the members would like to change on the website, what is on other websites that works really well, what we donít want on the site, what really doesnít work , anything that we want.

So for December, January and February, I want to collect input from the membership.  Let me know what ideas and suggestions you have.  I wonít promise that all suggestions will be adopted, but I can promise you thatI will record them and present them so that the site can be redesigned and rebuilt


Mary Jane Berchak




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My intent is to define what a PDX is, what is necessary to have a safe and enjoyable event, and some tips on driving this type of an event.

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