December 2017 Newsletter


December 2017

Sports Car Club of America – Yellowstone Region 108  

The Newsletter Editor and the Team Owner recently visited the Shelby Heritage Center in Las Vegas. We had a spirited discussion regarding the polished aluminum finish on these three examples. Yea or nay? 
Meeting Minutes

October and November 2017 Meetings 

There were no monthly membership meetings of the Yellowstone Region SCCA for October or November.Rimrock Truck Center II

By the Roving Regional Reporter

The last event of the 2017 season was held at Rimrock Truck Center on September 24th. The day started ominously with the death of the Region’s long-time timing computer. However, with the kind and capable assistance of Todd Klein, the registration computer was pressed into service  as the timing computer and the event proceeded without too much delay.

Five drivers from the Southwest Montana Region made the trip from Bozeman and joined us for the fun! 

Bozemanite Dave Kirk‘s DM 2014 Westfield S2000 (pictured above) absolutely obliterated the field of 31 drivers. A fellow Bozemanite, Jonathan Mudge, in his STX Scion FR-S, finished 1.856 second behind Kirk, with John Bonner in his  XP LS-powered Mazda RX-7 (pictured below) 2.606 seconds behind Kirk. 

Complete results are available here. 

 From the Top

From the R.E.

I am Bill Blaquiere,  “the old guy in the yellow Corvette,” and I am your new Regional Executive for the Yellowstone Region. 

First and foremost, on behalf of the Region, I want to thank J. Reuss for his tireless dedication to the Region. I believe that he has been the driving force which has held the Region together for many years. I’m sure I speak for all in wishing him and his lovely wife, Patricia, all the best in their retirement.

I also want to thank the following members for stepping up to the plate and taking on other vital positions: Secretary/Treasurer–Woody Jensen; Competition Chair–Jerod Staebler; Webmaster & Chief of Timing–Kaitlin StaeblerFast Times Editor–James Reuss. Without these volunteers, the Region would cease to exist. And last but not least, thanks to all the Region members for your participation in the SCCA, Coming out to the events and doing your best to improve your cars and driving skills and contributing to the awesome cameraderie that is the SCCA!

As our Region moves into its new era, I hope to continue the successes of the past and help lead the Region to a good place into the future. But I can’t–and have no intention of–doing this alone. That’s why I’m so excited about the depth of our new board! 

But there are still several key positions left unfilled: Membership Chair, Chief of Registration, Chief of Tech and most importantly, Chief of Safety. We also would ;like someone with a good camera and the know-how to photograph our events so we can continue to post all those great photos. Please consider stepping up and helping out with these open positions.

I know that in our hectic lives, it is difficult to accept additional responsibilities. It’s easy to think, “Oh, I’d like to help, but I’m just too busy,” hoping somebody else will do it. To quote JFK–sort of–“If not you, who? If not now, when?”

I plan to use email as the primary form of communication with members, so please keep an eye on your email for updates. As always the newsletter, Fast Times, and the Region’s Facebook page will contain general information and some interesting articles. I want you all to know that your input is important to me. As we move forward, I would like to hear from each of you with your ideas how we can improve the Region. We will continue to hold membership meetings–which I encourage you to attend, You can always contact me via the Region’s email address:

A little background: I was born & raised in Harlowton and moved to Billings in 1978. Because of my mustache, many people think i work as the spokesperson for The General Insurance. Actually, I am a machinist by trade, and I have owned a machine shop, APEX Manufacturing Services, for 21 years. My wonderful wife, Cheryl, has been putting up with me for over 39 years! Among other things, I am an avid alpine skier, and I like camping and riding 4-wheelers and dirt bikes in the mountains. I became addicted to autocross in 2016–driving in 12 events that season. In 2017, I made it to 26 events in all 4 Montana Regions.  

I look forward to seeing y’all in 2018!



The Course is Hot!

From the Competition Chair

I’m Jerod Staeber and I am the Region’s new Competition Chair. I have been attending Region events for longer than I have been a member. I have been heavily involved in drag racing the past few years with my son, Tate Staebler.  He thoroughly enjoys karting with the Region, and I have been drawn back into the sport,

I look forward to your input and feedback on events and course designs in 2018!


Region member Patricia Reuss had her eye on this 1966 Fiat Abarth offered at the recent Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. The slide-top convertible Fiat 500/695 was fully restored by Fiat Abarth restorers in Italy, including the full body kit and shaved bumpers. The little cutie sold for $38,500, far more than her 2013 model cost. 
 The Finish Line

From the Webmaster

This is the my 111th (and last) newsletter since I took over Fast Times from Char Schulz in August of 2007.  (Truth be told, Kaitlin Staebler was originally designated Newsletter Editor and I was the designated Webmaster.) My first issue may be located here  in the Newsletter Archives. it is with pride (and relief) that I hand over the controls of the website to Kaitlin and the controls of the newsletter to James Reuss.

While modernizing the Region’s website, I felt it was important to assemble and archive as many old Region newsletters as I could to preserve the history of the Region. I don’t think we have every newsletter ever issued, but we clearly have most of them. If you would like to see where the Region has been, browse the Newsletter Archive on the website. The oldest edition I could find was from February of 1973, That edition was created using the “mimeograph” process and predated our affiliation with SCCA.

The only tenet or principle I followed over the past ten years was to avoid “bashing” or complaining when reporting Region events or writing stories. I have attempted to keep the my writing on a positive note. There are plenty of other newsletters full of bellyaching.

 Anyway, it is time for some “new blood.” The Team Owner and I will be retiring to Nevada next year after we sell our house. We wish you all the best and thanks for reading!


Having been the (proud?) owner of a 1972 Ford Maverick “Grabber,” I couldn’t help but be “grabbed” by this 1972 Ford Maverick that was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson. The car was built at the SEMA Garage by actor Sung Kang from “Fast and Furious 5” together with the help of three high school students. The build featured a 2.3-liter I4 Ecoboost engine from a 2016 Ford Mustang and sold for $95,000 (including buyer’s commission). 

Make sure to visit the place where Shelbys are born the next time you are in Las Vegas. Guided tours are offered at 10:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but only 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. 

The Ford display at the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson featured a new Ford GT. Virtually every part of the supercar is stunning–right down to the headlight details pictured above. 

The Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction block is no longer located in the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  Instead it is now located in the South Convention Center with the auction block located at the farthest end of the facility. (Wear sensible shoes!) Pictured above is the Team Owner sizing up vehicles as they roll onto the auction block. 
Next Monthly Meeting

January 9, 2018

APEX Manufacturing Services, LTD
520 Charles Street
Billings, MT 59102

6:00 p.m.

Click here for agenda. 

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