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ERIC OZGO
Aug 18, 2021
In General Discussions
For decades, motorsport in this state has struggled to get a full entry for most events. We have circuit race meetings with fields that are made up of this and that. Hillclimbs can get some weird and wonderful entries, and Formula Libre rules are very free. Promoters have used their rights to add more classes to the entry list, like the all-wheel-drive class. This is a good idea, but where do we stop the modifications allowed? Everyone that knows me, knows that I'm a 2A Sports car enthusiast. I chose that category for many good reasons. The rules are very free and give the constructor the chance to build a very fast race car for not very much money. Sports cars have two seats, not one, and that will never change. When West built their cars, they ran them in a special group of races that allowed the single-seat cars. That series is finished and the rules now only allow two seats. Promoters may allow these cars to run, but they may not be eligible for records or trophies. Rules are there for good reasons, and as I walked around the pits at Collingrove, I saw a very large number of cars that have eligibility issues. Their entrants should fix them, some may have set records that they may not have a right to.
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ERIC OZGO
Nov 19, 2019
In General Discussions
Please just fix it for the compitors and the memebers! Is there are new section for the MEMEs?
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ERIC OZGO
Nov 19, 2019
In General Discussions
Okay, so I signed up, so why am I met with the sign up page every time I try to log in? One good thing that I've noticed is that we are using SMS more often now. That is good. I prefer that to using Twitter or Facebook. Any thing that maybe of interest to members should go on, but an opt out option should be added.
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ERIC OZGO
Nov 07, 2019
In General Discussions
Where have I heard that term? I've heard it quite a few times over 40 odd years in the club. As always these plans come to nothing. As I listened to the Treasurer's report and heard the profit number for the Tailem Bend HQ Championship meeting, the $20,000 number brought on applause but I wasn't so impressed. Many volunteers put in a lot of their time into this meeting, it was a huge effort, today, entries are all online and the paperwork isn't huge. I once did do a check on how much it would cost to do a race meeting if we had to pay all volunteers a basic allowance and that came to around $15,000, so that would leave us with $5000 of the $20,000 profit. That meeting was more than likely the best we will achieve as the novelty wears off and the competitors run out of money. Then the Collingrove resurface came up and things just got worse! Good Luck MANCOM, you will need lots of it!
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ERIC OZGO
Nov 01, 2019
In General Discussions
It just seems like we are going backward! The sacking of the Collingrove Hillclimb Committee was the start. Honestly, the venue looks bad, but then so does Mallala. Now we no longer have a manager, did we ever need one? I think we need to draft 5, 10, 15 and 20 business plans for the club and Collingrove.
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ERIC OZGO
Oct 28, 2019
In General Discussions
Why such a secret? Why can't the public read it? Oh, when most writers report on a competition event, they do tell us who actually won the event! That Vintage Hillclimb report was just a total lost plot. How does one contribute articles to Wheelspin? Who is the editor?
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ERIC OZGO
Oct 22, 2019
In General Discussions
I've been involved in the club much longer than I have been a member. It all started in 1974, but even that makes me a Newby! Members might remember me driving a Volvo at Collingrove, competing against Chris Frost in a Corona! Two cars that were really not what you call racing cars. My competition career was a shocker! It started with a huge rollover coming out of the wall at Collingrove. The Volvo was repaired by myself and I tried my hand at Rallycross. It was still my only road car and I would drive it to Tailem Bend and back. I was entered in the road registered class that only had one entry (I wonder why?), so I went in with the open class. On my third meeting, it all came to an end with a big "T" bone crash and the Volvo went to heaven. I didn't give up! The running gear was salvaged and I put it all into a 1969 two-door Corolla, intending to return to Rallycross, but that closed down and the late Colin Trengove talked me into entering the Australian Sports Sedan Championship races at AIR! It was my third race meeting! Don't worry about the "P" plate! I was the second last car on the grid and had John Briggs in the Monza alongside me! I was safe at the start of the race but was soon looking at being lapped by the leaders, Tony Edmondson in the Alfetta and that guy Briggs. They came behind me halfway down the straight and went either side, taking the Corolla with them! I was stuck to them! That was the end of my racing career and Colin suggested that I should go into administrating the sport. Now comes the paperwork! The old Wintercups were very popular, and we could get close to the 100 entries. I was the Secretary of the Meeting and took all the entries. The entries closed off on Wednesday midnight before the meeting on Sunday. I would go to a Pizza Bar and complete all the paperwork and arrange it in order for the then club secretary June Longbottom to type up the program and make all the copies on the Gestetner machine! All that work was done by just two people! Today, when do entries close? How much time is there left to do the program? Please, someone, explain to me where the wheels have fallen off. I do need to give much credit to one person who helped me very much, the gentleman of CAMS, the late Peter Wright. Motor sport died with the man.
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ERIC OZGO
Oct 22, 2019
In General Discussions
Dave Mahon is the new SA Hillclimb Champion, after a good battle with the Foster brothers. If you get a smile from Dave, that means he is excited! I've known Dave for many years and I see him as one of the best all-round drivers in the state. The Oastler-Dallara chassis is very good, but I think I can make it better. The record will be broken and the new one will stand at 26.87. The new Pirelli tyres are showing great promise. BTW, will someone fix the bloody catering! Two weeks ago the Vintage Hillclimb had the very same issue. Please, we must learn from our mistakes, not repeat them! I must add that the Vintage Hillclimb was taken out by another very good driver and chassis combination. Michael Shearer driving the Kevin Shearer Ford A.
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ERIC OZGO
Oct 22, 2019
In General Discussions
" What we have here, is a lack of communication!" The more senior members may remember those words from a movie called Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman. The club membership is a very mature aged demographic and the digital revolution isn't the greatest priority to many of us, but we all use mobile phones and many even a smartphone. In the past Wheelspin and the landline were our only methods of communication, but today email is the way to go, or social media, like FaceBook or Twitter. Many of us do not feel safe using any of those. So, I suggest that we use bulk SMS send-outs. Events like a member's passing could be sent as soon as it comes to the attention of the office. Please MANCOM, think about it.
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