NECC Motorsports - High performance driving events brought to you by the Northeast Corvair Council since 1974.

INTERVIEWS WITH DRIVERS

What is it like to drive with NECC?  How well organized are NECC events?  How much track time will I get?  Will I get what I paid for?  Will I have fun?  One of our club members, Bill Tynan, conducted and recorded interviews with some of our customers to get answers to these and other questions.  With their permission, we present the following quotes and audio clips right here, so you can listen to what they said about us.  The clips are in MP3 format.

"I know what it takes to put on events. They do a great job running the show. It's a casual, fun atmosphere."...  Dave Burnham, who's run a Maserati BiTurbo  with NECC at Lime Rock, Mosport, BeaverRun, Waterford Hills and Summit Point.  Click HERE for NECC's full interview with Dave. (Length: 4 minutes)

"I brought 7 or 8 people with me from an EVO club and everyone had a fantastic time!"...  Ed Goldsmith, who's run an EVO and Miata with NECC at Pocono and Lime Rock. Click HERE for NECC's full interview with Ed. (Length: 5 minutes) 

"I've always had a great time. Events are extremely well run. It's a great bunch of guys and I plan on going to their events again this year."...Tom Hughes, attendee of NECC events at Summit Point, BeaverRun, and N.J. Motorsports Park.  Click HERE for NECC's full interview with Tom. (Length: 4 minutes)

"NECC does a real good job organizing these things and conducting them. You get a lot of track time. You find out with a little practice you can get around a race course a little faster than you thought!"...  Rick Norris, first national President of CORSA who's run his V8 Corvair and custom Sunoco Yenko Corvair with NECC at 6 events.  Click HERE for NECC's full interview with Rick.  (Length: 27 minutes)

"NECC makes it so easy. I think they do a real good job. I've never heard anybody complain they didn't get enough track time."...  Smitty, veteran Corvair builder and racer who's run with NECC at many tracks.  Click HERE for our full interview as Smitty reflects on Corvair racing, his track car 'Spike', and running with NECC. (Length: 28 minutes)

"Everybody is open, welcoming and supportive regardless of what car you have; make, model or engine."...  Dave Fanning, who has run with NECC at Lime Rock and Pocono in his Fiero with a supercharged 3.8 liter V6.
 

TAKING THE FIRST STEP, by Rick Stansbury

NECC is always looking for new drivers to sign up for our performance driving events.  A few years ago, Rick Stansbury asked us to publish this story about his first experience on the track with NECC.  We think he'd like you to read this:

I remember several years ago when I heard about the NECC time trial events.  I always had a need for speed, but my first thought was I don't own a race car. 

Other thoughts went through my head like, even if I did own a race car, I'd probably be eaten up by the veteran drivers.  When I get to the track I'll have so many questions, but no one to answer them.  Where do I go for tech inspection?  What if my car fails tech inspection?  Where do I line up when it's time for practice?  What group will I be running with?  What, Where, When?!!!

Like FDR said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself".  So, I contacted NECC to have some of my questions answered.  You mean I don't have to own a race car?  I can run a stock Corvair!  I'll be put in a group with other stock Corvairs!  Well then, put me on the mailing list. 

At that time, I owned a stock 1965 Corsa turbo.  It was a little less than a month away from the event, so I figured I'd better go over the car and see what needs to be repaired or replaced.  Being that it was my daily driver, I knew that it was dependable.  When it comes to speed events, dependability should not be your only concern.  Brakes, tires and steering should be on top of the list. 

Let's not forget safety equipment.  Until 2003 NECC required only a lap belt.  I think it was a good move by NECC to increase safety by requiring a 3 point harness.  The only purchase I had to make was a Snell-approved helmet. 

After knowing that there was no major work to be done to the car, I mailed the registration form.  I had an advantage.  Previously, I worked in the pits for a local race team, so I had access to a car trailer.  I thought about driving the car to the event... briefly.  If you ask those who drive their car to a speed event most will tell you that in the back of their mind they are thinking "this is my transportation home."  But I give credit to all those who drive a thirty plus year old car to an event, put it on the track and drive it home. 

After arriving at the track, I quickly unloaded the car, signed in and got in line for tech inspection.  If the car failed tech at least I'd have some time to fix it before practice started.  Have you ever been pulled over by the police and you know you did nothing wrong?  That was the feeling I had as the tech inspectors dissected my car.  Then came, "Helmet... press on the brakes... harder... o.k.  here's your sticker".  I passed!  "Thanks officer, I mean, Charlie." (NECC tech inspector Charlie Doerge). 

After the drivers' meeting, I felt a little more relaxed.  That was until I was on pit lane waiting to go out.  My left leg was shaking so much that I was having a hard time letting the clutch out.  A few laps under yellow helped calm the nerves.  The green flag was waved and it only took a few laps before I realized I was hooked.  There was so much track time that I didn't even run the last practice session. 

NECC events make it an easy and inexpensive way to get track time and have a lot of fun. 


Rick Stansbury

Richard Alan Stansbury, 42, of Union Hall, Virginia passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at his home.  The Officers, Directors and members of the Northeast Corvair Council mourn the loss of a friend and fellow racer.  Rick will live on in our memories.

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