R. J. Gordy Candidate Statement
Board Director Candidate
Wow! … It was just two short years ago that I decided to get back involved in Region politics so I successfully ran for the Board of Directors. I felt that I could make a contribution to the Region’s well-being. I enjoyed some success and experienced a lot of frustration. There is still work to be done.
Briefly, for those that don’t know me: I joined SCCA in1985, started racing a Spec Racer in 1986 and continued to do so for 22 years. I got involved in Region politics in 1998. In 2006 I was elected to the National Board of Directors. I held the positions of Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Board and termed out after six years. I have been a volunteer race official since 1994 and a race Steward since then.
I enjoyed my time on the Region board most of all because I, along with many others, were able to effect change. As a die hard “clubby” I took pride in bringing all of the various facets of San Francisco Region together to enjoy motorsports. This included all three chapters of Solo and even our members who enjoyed Concours events.
During all of this time I kept hearing some common themes. Club membership is growing older and dwindling. We run our volunteer race officials into the ground. National doesn’t support the Region and the Region has no use for National. We own one of the most successful racing facilities in North America but can’t catch a break on entry fees.
These issues, among others, have been around forever, and while some progress has been made, we can’t seem to move beyond some of these core challenges. Now I can’t promise to fix all of these issues, I believe as a club we have the ability to improve things. For example: we are becoming more involved in social media to expose potential members to the joy of participating in live motorsports. We want to assist our Solo community in their continuing efforts to develop a new solo site. We are assisting some of our racers in developing a new spec cost-effective (?) class for C5 Corvettes. We will assist in holding the National Championship Runoffs in the fall of 2018. We will continue to reach out to automotive enthusiasts and expose them to the true joy of being on our side of the fence, and I believe that if we are going to expect as much as we do from our volunteer officials we need to provide them with the tools they need to get their job done and then feed them when it’s over.
The membership that I have come to know in the San Francisco Region is smart, enthusiastic and dedicated. I truly enjoy working with you and would love to do so for another two years. Together I believe we can make some progress in making our club event better.