2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

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2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby rkaiser » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:11 pm

Work in progress so dates added as they get confirmed

May 5 Cardinal
May 18-19 MT Challenge at Helena (Great Falls event)
June 1-2 EVO Phase 1 and Auto-x Helena
June 8-9th MT Challenge at Helena (Missoula Event)
June 22cd Commons
July 14 MSU or Cardinal
July 27-28th Mt Challenge Event at Helena (Bozeman event)
August 10-11 Top Gun at Helena (Great Falls event)
August 24 Commons
September 7-8th Helena (Great Falls Event)
Sept 21 Commons
Oct 6cd Cardinal

Commons, Cardinal, MSU dates are proposed but should be confirmed soon.
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby WD40 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:34 pm

Will there be a 3rd MT Challenge event hosted by Missoula?
I take it the date (June or August?) just hasn't been finalized yet.
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby rkaiser » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:45 pm

I am waiting to hear back from them - I would assume sometime in June for the Missoula round of the MT Challenge
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby BluToyBoy » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:23 pm

We were informed that every weekend in June is tied up by the motorcycle club. That leaves us with - probably - the 6th & 7th of July. Adam talked to Pete today, and he has emailed the Cycle club about that date - we may have to share the facility with them?? We are working on it, and Adam says he will post when we have a confirmed date. Looks like we may need to schedule events starting in October or November now, eh?? Cheers!!

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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby kjohnson » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:11 am

Good to know. That motorcycle club can be pretty tricky to schedule around.
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby mdlfCRXs » Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:48 am

It would be very hard to stage a large event like MT Challenge while sharing with the motorcycles, but is this the usual small pad only they are using? If necessary I was trying to think if we could pit and/or stage on part of the large pad or even behind the buildings? I would hate to miss a June event there. I wonder too what the drag racers might want to plan this year too, they have a lot of setup and tear-down requirements for their events. Oh well, that's what happens when a place gets popular. Good luck with the planning.
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Postby WD40 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:27 am

^^^There have been large events held in the past while the motorcycle club had their training going on.
Parking in the gravel area was still accessible as well.
We have lost a bit of "pit space" due to the new buildings on the north end of the pad though.
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby rkaiser » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:32 pm

Added EVO school and Auto-X June 1st and 2cd
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby rkaiser » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:44 am

added Missoula MT Challenge June 8-9th
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule

Postby graindart » Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:02 pm

Great Falls last Helena event was changed to 9/7 -9/8 instead of the following weekend due to facility conflicts.

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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby rkaiser » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:21 pm

Commons, Cardinal and possible MSU dates added. Dates are are all proposed but should be finalized soon
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby findurpath » Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:57 am

Thanks for the update Russ!

So I was looking at Missoula club's schedule and noticed there are 3 MT Challenge events this year in addition to Top Gun?
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby rkaiser » Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:05 am

yup, Great Falls wanted to have Top Gun as a separate event
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby rkaiser » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:19 am

Commons event dates are now finalized
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby graindart » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:27 am

This is Nathan from Great Falls and just wanted to give a little explanation on the additional Helena events that Region 105 is hosting this year.

Up until last year we've had Malmstrom AFB as an additional large venue. Last year we were kind of taken by surprise when Malmstrom denied access. They didn't let us know until late Spring 2012. By then most of the other venues were booked and we were only able to schedule 3 single-day races last year besides Top Gun. (We were able to get 1 additional last-minute race day scheduled later.)

This year we had to wait for a base commander change in order to submit an application for Malmstrom. In years past, it generally takes the base 4 or 5 months to make a decision since it has to go through 10-15 different offices. (We have to resubmit yearly.) With the commander change happening now, we're scheduling a meeting with the base commander for mid-March before submitting an application packet. We figure best case scenario this year would be races in September / October.

Our only other local venue is Expo Park fairgrounds and our dates there are limited due to increased demand. (Motorcycle safety courses were denied some Malmstrom access, so switched to Expo Park.) The lack of local venues is the main reason for our additional Helena weekends this year. (That and we enjoy the strong competition that comes from our neighboring regions.)

The reason that Top Gun is being separated from the MT Challenge series this year is mainly logistical. We're hoping to make things run smoother with less stress. With GF hosting 3 race weekends in Helena this year, we didn't feel that trying to cram both MT Challenge and Top Gun into the same weekend made sense. Last year the combination of the events saw ~100 drivers each day. Besides the general running of the event, the MT Challenge scoring results and the Top Gun scoring results had to be tabulated by hand and then those scores were assessed to each region. After that, the awards ceremony then commenced with ~38 different classes (some with multiple place trophies). Tabulating everything and then handing out trophies for both MT Challenge and Top Gun ended up taking a very long time. There were a few key players that were working pretty much non-stop from early morning Friday until late evening Sunday. (In addition to the months of pre-planning, sponsors, shirts, catering, after hours activities, goodie bags, giveaways, etc.)

This year with separate MT Challenge / Top Gun, the events should hopefully run smoother with less stress.

With all of the different mediums of communication it's sometimes hard to get in touch with the right people from neighboring regions. I try to keep up on all the region's websites, Facebooks pages, Facebook groups, forums, and twitter feeds. If you ever need something or would like to help, please feel free to email me at: nathan@406racing.com I may not have the answer, but can make sure that you get connected with the person who does.

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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby mdlfCRXs » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:58 pm

thank you for all the planning work Russ. Hopefully it is keeping you busy while you wait for your car.
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby rkaiser » Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:33 pm

I've had a few other things going on that have kept me unfocused that are staring to settle down. The new car has been my beacon of light (which is due to arrive early March!) :)
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby DaveMk1 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:55 pm

rkaiser wrote:Commons event dates are now finalized


Russ - do you know if the event on July 14th will be at MSU or the Commons?

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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby rkaiser » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:25 pm

Depend on when I hear back from MSU. Otherwise it will be at Cardinal
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby rkaiser » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:15 pm

Cardinal dates are now finalized. Still waiting to hear back from MSU about the July 14th event
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby RayAR » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:41 pm

Hey, Should be in Bozeman for the June 22nd Commons event. Will need to drop by and see all of you.
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby Mel Kuipers » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:10 am

Ray...we will be marrying off our daughter in Boise, so will miss seeing you.... :(
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Re: 2013 Event Schedule - Update 2/17/13

Postby RayAR » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:48 pm

Still trying to figure out the timeline of my visit. Coming in on the 17th and will be spending a few days Camping/visiting in the Drummond/ Philipsburg area(Get to see my Mutts!!!!!!), Then off to Bozeman so pretty sure I will be in Bozeman Saturday. We might not leave Drummond until Saturday, not real sure, Hope to see you.
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