NUTS & BOLTS by Chris Mosley

July 2015

From Websters:

Volunteer:

noun vol·un·teer \ˌvä-lən-ˈtir\

: a person who chooses to join the military

: a person who does work without getting paid to do it

: a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: as
a : one who enters into military service voluntarily
b (1) : one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest (2) : one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property without giving valuable consideration
2: a volunteer plant
3: capitalized [Volunteers of America] : a member of a quasi-military religious and philanthropic organization founded in 1896 by Commander and Mrs. Ballington Booth

It’s kind of funny that the definition for volunteer includes “a person who chooses to join the military.” I only say this because in the military they always tell you “never volunteer for anything.

You may be asking yourself, “why is he showing us the definition of Volunteer?” It’s quite simple. NNJR will be co-hosting along with Tri Region the upcoming Pocono event on August 7, 8 and 9. We need help to run the event and I am calling on our club members to come out and help. We need help in all areas of the race event, timing and scoring, flagging and communications, paddock, grid, tech, sound control. You name it, we need your help. Tell us where or what you would like to do. Can only make it for a single day? That’s OK, we’ll find a place for you. We’ll also feed you lunch and dinner. Where else could you go and get a free meal, see some great racing and be so close to the action. Come on out and help make this a really successful event for both NNJR and TriRegion.

Due to space constraints at the track (there will be another event going on and new ruling for keeping safety lanes open in the paddock area) we will need people to escort folks as they arrive on Friday evening to paddock spaces. Parking/camping areas will be at a premium. If you can come out Friday and help it would be greatly appreciated. Some of us will be going out on Thursday evening to setup the grid and have the track ready for the Friday test day which is a Pocono event that we have agreed to support.

Walter mentioned the passing of our Rally Chairman, Fred Cochran in his June column. I only knew Fred for a couple of years and through our meetings and parties. He was a big man with a big heart. He loved rallying and didn’t care if there were five cars or a hundred and five cars at the rally. He gave his all, all the time. He will be missed.

Peter Schneider of Long Valley, NJ has volunteered to take over as Rally Chair. Peter is a long time NNJR member, former NNJR Rally Chair and NE Rally Champion.