November 2017

Photo above is Myron Ybarra in his 2007 Ariel Atom 2 at the Buttonwillow Autocross.

All the SFR Autocross Chapters were in action in October and The Wheel has accounts of:

Fresno Chapter at Buttonwillow Raceway

Sacramento Chapter at Thunderhill West

Bay Area Chapter at Crows Landing, Rounds 10 and 11

Also included are the Fresno events 8 and 9 at Fresno Fairgrounds.


Also covered is the road racing Regional 11 & 12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September with loads of photos.

Board election results, Regional 11 & 12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Autocross at Fresno, Crows Landing and Sacramento; Road Racing Classes Explained, and more

October 2017

SFR Solo Nationals Trophy Winners

Join us in congratulating our fellow competitors bringing home awards, jackets and other hardware from the 2017 Tire Rack Solo Nationals. Lots of talent present in the region, so the list is quite long!

2017 Driver of Eminence – Mike Maier  PHOTO
Dick Berger Perseverance Award – Charlie Davis    PHOTO

D Street – 58 Drivers
Mark Scroggs – Champion

Street Touring Ultra – 29 Drivers
Bryan Heitkotter – Champion

B Modified – 12 Drivers
Tom Ellam – Champion (pictured)

A complete list of all trophy winners is in the October issue –>


Sacramento Solo Round 9, Enhancing the Racing Experience, Danvillle Concours D’elegance, Double Regional 9 & 10 a Laguna Seca

September 2017

A Dream Come True, the Larry Albedi Story
from Wheelworks by Blake Tatum

San Francisco in the thirties and forties, had to be an exciting place to grow up. . .

Enter a 16-year-old boy.  Tall, thin, thick combed back hair, big toothy smile.  You have not a concern in the world other then your parents insisting that you get a job. Their insistence is based on their desire to instill a strong work ethic at an early age.

This is San Franciscan born Larry Albedi.  A kid looking for a job when he stumbles into a shop owned by the Bignotti brothers.  Larry was looking for a job and just like most things in life the most insignificant event can change the course of your life forever. I do not know what convinced the Bignotti Brothers to hire Larry, but his good looks and his deep baritone voice surely had an influence.  Larry did not have a clue how this chance encounter would forever change his life.

In the very short term Larry was able to go home and tell his father that he had a job; in the long term this wandering 16 year old found a purpose in life that would forever change him.

Larry knew that driving and owning his own car was his ultimate goal.  Larry also knew that his father’s ultimate goal was for his son to be an attorney.  What Larry’s father did not know was his son was a pretty smart kid and was more then capable of finding his way through life by letting his passion be the driving force.

Read Larry Albedi’s complete story in the September issue of The Wheel –>

In this issue: Spec Miata Festival Regionals 7 & 8; Wheelworks: The Larry Albedi Story; Board Candidate Statements; Solo Rounds 8, Sac Rounds 7 & 8

August 2017

The Spec Racer Ford Festival – Double Regional 5 & 6

This was the first SFR race weekend of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The weather was beautiful all four days – three days of racing and one test day, with no morning fog delays. The Spec Racer folks turned out with 46 entries, the largest group.

In Group Four, 23 formula cars took the Green Flag for its first race of the weekend, with ten being from out of region including two from Canada, one from Tennessee, and the top three finishers.

Pole sitter Timothy de Silva/No.61 VanDiemen of Cal Club won the race, won FC, and turned the fastest race lap of 91.851 mph/90.137. His Margin of Victory ahead of Canadian Mitch Egner/No.14 Van Diemen out of Northwest Region from was 5.772 seconds. Third in class was Tom Hope/No.18 VanDiemen from Cal Club.

The top 16 cars overall were in the FC class, with two more following Chuck Horn. Horn finished first in FF, and set a new track record of 1:34.666. Second and third in class were Brad Hayes/No.74 Piper, and Michael Bernstein/No.12 Swift, who skipped qualifying. Michael Edick/No.36 Le Grand and Jack Baringer/No19 Crossle finished second and third in CF.

Read the complete weekend race recap –>

In this issue: Spec Racer Ford Festival Regional, National Board Candidate Statements, Alameda Point Concours, Solo Reports – Bay Area, Sacramento and Fresno

July 2017

Sacramento Chapter Solo was back at Mather Air Field for rounds 3 and 4 which at the current moment has to be one of the best autocross sites in Northern California. Big thanks to Sacramento Sheriffs Department for allowing use to use their site in order for us to host the Police Action League event.

D Street had the highest number of competitors with a total of ten. It is definitely an interesting mix of cars. I noticed it seems the old Subaru WRX has found a class since half of the field was WRXs.  Andrew Wake’s best run was a 76.422 in a Lexus IS 350. Ryan Bender and his 2017 WRX finished with a 76.124. Josh Henwood in the “other Subaru” a BRZ finished with a 75.913.

Results continue in the July issue –>

Formula 4 Coming to West Coast; New Paving at Thunderhill; SFR Championship Regional 3 & 4; Sac Chapter Rounds 3 & 4; Replacing a Wheel Bearing

June 2017

Solo Tour Championship Round 4

Round 4 was part of the SCCA Championship Tour, which was held at Crows Landing from April 28 to 30, 2017.

Karlton Lew took the top spot in Super Street in a 2015 Porsche GT3. He was followed by Monty Pack in a ’14 Porsche GT3. Ambrose Fung of Calgary, Alberta, finished third, also in a ’14 GT3. Orieta Zelazo of Calgary, Alberta, ran uncontested in Super Street Ladies in a ’14 Porsche GT3.

Read the full article in the June issue.

Thunderhill Major, Installing a Helmet Radio with photos, Solo Tour Round 4

May 2017

The Four-Hour Enduro is Back on the Schedule for 2017

The 57th Four-hour Illgen Enduro at Thunderhill Park will be run Sunday, October 29 on the 3-mile East track.  The event will cap off the Regional weekend ending the 2017 season. Not only is this event the last and most fun of the year, it is the best value of the year.

The entry fee  – $550 for a team of two drivers – remains the same as 2015. Each additional driver is $100 (maximum four). Rules will be essentially the same as in past years. All sessions (practice, qualifying, race) will be on Sunday.

The Four-hour Illgen Enduro has been a fun, low pressure, year-end event for over a half century and we look forward to seeing you there this year. Registration will be through the usual SFR process on and will open June 1.

Read the full story in the May issue –>

Sacramento Solo Season Opener, Wheelworks – Hurry Before the Missiles Hit, Full Body Contact, Like is Like Racing

April 2017

Thunderhill Offers Race Awards Program to SCCA Drivers for 2017

Just enter three of the four Thunderhill 2017 Weekend Races at to be eligible to win!

March 11-12 — April 1-2 — May 6-7 — October 27-28

Free Testing • Race Entries • Hotel Nights • Cash & More.

Drawing to be held Saturday, October 28th.

American V8 Supercar Season Opener Regionals, Fresno Autocross, Notes from the Archive: Lotus 7 Survivor

March 2017

SFR autox gets off to a great start

By Ryan Panlilio

The first round of the San Francisco Region’s Solo Series was held at Marina Airport on February 19, 2017. Despite the threat of rain, 134 competitors showed up for the course designed by Mack Tsang.

Ken Mollenauer took first place in AS in his ’07 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. He was closely followed by Mary Pozzi in her ’04 Corvette Z06. Dusty Perryman rounded out top three in his ’08 Saturn Sky Redline.

More results in the March issue —>

First Solo of the Season, Racing in the Rain, 2017 Drivers School, Official Photographer

February 2017

Start-finishRegional Championship from A to Z

The 2016 racing season has ended and by now the smell of racing fuel has evaporated from your memory. The tingling in your toes as you play with the throttle on the pre-grid has been replaced with thick warm socks and aches in those toes as you trudge through another work week.  Those endorphins dancing in the back of your helmet have not even gotten out of their chair since the last green flag fell.  To ease the blues I thought I would share with you a lighthearted recap of the 2016 season.

Read about A Sedan to Zoom Zoom! in this issue

2016 Regional Championship from A to Z, Racing Tire Tips, Old Dogs New Tricks – SFR moving into Social Media

January 2017

Tips for Faster Lap Times by James Chartres

Want to go faster? Of course you do. Here are some tips that helped me get faster lap times. These tips come from variety of sources including shared wisdom from other racers, racing books and things I have found that work for me: Look where you want to go, ignore the cones, make the car do something, and more.

Complete article in this month’s issue. Download the pdf – ->

Drivers School 101, Tips for Faster Lap Times, Sacramento Solo Enduro, Annual Road Racing Awards Banquet

December 2016

Who was Bryan Nemy?

For at least 15 years, Bryan Nemy was the go-to guy in Solo. If something needed to be done, he was getting it done before anyone even asked. You want a Pro Solo, National just called Bryan. You need a safety steward tomorrow in Fresno, you just called Bryan. You want a National Tour at barely usable Golden Gate Fields. Bryan got the site, organized the weekend, and got a team together to make it happen – the best it could be.

Read more about Bryan and Pat Kelly who also passed away recently – complete articles in this month’s issue. Download the pdf – ->

Solo Site project; Regional 13 & 14; Solo Slush 1 & 2; Tributes to Bryan Nemy and Pat Kelly