Welcome home to Ohio Valley Region
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
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?
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
|The 2015 Toy Drive Report|
|The Joy of ToysIn January 2015, Race Care Ministry chose to do a six month toy drive to benefit five Ohio children’s hospitals and the goal was set for 250 items. The effort was called “Ohio Smiles 4 Kids’ and was patterned after a prior Ohio Valley Region’s ‘500 Smiles’ toy drive in 2005. With the blessing and support of the OVR Board and free advertising donated by some Ohio SCCA region’s websites and newsletters, things started happening as early as February. The 2015 Great Lakes Race Expo at the Full Throttle Indoor Karting in Cincinnati featured Race Care Ministry for the race related charity and some funds and items started coming in. Even my co-workers at Defense Finance and Accounting Service got involved and often there are stuffed animals left at my desk for ‘the kids’. When race season started, announcements at race events helped get the word out for the need of items. Items made their way to a donation box was put out at the Saturday evening parties. Items were dropped off at the Grid or at my van in the Worker Campground. Donations were given at the Sunday morning Chapel service. Race friends would stop me and hand money to me telling me, ‘Here – put this towards toys for the kids.’ Wow. More than once it took a lot to hold back the tears for the kindness of my race family. RCM board member, Marv Gray and I had a field day getting posters and hats from the professional drivers and teams at the autograph sessions at the two pro races. It was like Christmas in July! It’s a good thing that I have a Grand Caravan to put all these items in. Knowing that the destination for the donations were for children who may have compromised immune systems, we adhered to the hospitals request for new items. Once back home from events, items were stored in airtight containers to keep them free from dust and the curiosity of my four legged roommates. By August, the pile of items grew larger and more containers were bought. By October, knowing that we’d already hit our goal, it was exciting to wonder just how much we’d surpass it. After the last event at Mid-Ohio, it was time to go shopping! A total of $392.00 was donated. To optimize the number of items, I visited my favorite Dollar Tree and got cases of new and clean stuffed animals, books, toys, and crayons. Next it was to sort and separate out and evenly divide the items per hospital. It was a lot of work but it was fun. To see the containers pile up made it hit home – we were going to make a lot of kids smile!Then it was time for a road trip! On Oct 13th, Kathy Gall and I dropped off the donation for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio as it was on the way to Dayton Ohio. The next day, Kathy and myself, racers JD Pfetzing, Mike Helm, Suren Tchobanian and Jerry Cabe met at the Dayton Childrens Hospital for a visit. Kathy’s organizational skills got good use arranging the items in the cart so that JD, Suren and Mike could easily access them. Jerry brought his blue #10 Spec Miata for display outside the building. As Kathy and Jerry greeted people entering and leaving the hospital having them fill their names on stickers that were placed on Jerry’s car, the rest of the Smile Team visited kids in their rooms. Federal law prohibits pictures being published without parental consent so if you can just imagine the faces of the kids lighting up when the guys chat with them or have them sign their names on a helmet. It is priceless! When offered a picture coloring kit, one young lady explained to Suren that she ‘wasn’t a girly girl’ and so Suren offered her a nice race hat and poster. She was happy!|
|Help wanted ad in Classified section|
|Heads up everyone, there is now a "help wanted" ad in with the other classified ads.|
|OVR in Video|
Speedway Motorists just released their video of the 2014SCCA Solo Nationals.
OVR´s Racer Phil in the Lola-Mazda is at the 3:12 mark, andformer OVR member Tim White is at 3:22 in his Subie.
The PDX Corner I.
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.