Minutes of the Directors' Meeting held on 15 September 2010
The Club is discussing next year's calendar with our organising partners. Potential options for dates and venues were discussed in detail. As in past years this is a complex process, but the board is hoping that dates and venues can be announced sooner this year than has previously been the case.
The Club has been working with a partner to explore the possibility of organising a Formula Libre race, with the intention of supporting an event that would allow those with suitable F1, F2, F3000 or F5000 cars to race, the balance of the field being provided by Monoposto. Unfortunately, the lack of dates with a decibel limit greater than 108db seems to have stopped this initiative.
The club has been approached by parties interested in running several motorcycle engined cars not currently seen in Monoposto. Directors could see few problems with accommodating these cars.
If the above initiatives succeed, the number of our competitors would increase, we could require three grids to accommodate the increased numbers. At most meetings this would generate problems, notably with organisers’ ability to accommodate six track sessions on the same day. The alternative of splitting the club between meetings was not popular.Directors thought that additional awards for specific types of cars and/or drivers could also be acceptable within the Mono Championship.
A small profit was made from the successful BBQ at Mallory Park. The success of the Baking GP was noted with satisfaction, especially by directors who had consumed the entries. The club wished to officially thank the Mallory Park Circuit Manager for facilitating the BBQ.
Directors agreed that the MRC should attend the Race Retro Show at Stoneleigh in 2011. They anticipated that we use a similar stand to that used in 2010.
It was thought that the organisers of Stoneleigh are looking for vintage race car transport, and, if the club had access to such a vehicle, its publicity value could be exploited. The club will investigate access to the Autosport Show via the MSVR stand.
Jonathan Baggott will investigate the viability of an end of season social event at the Championship round at Silverstone
Scrutineering was discussed.
The new Monoposto website had been launched. Thanks were expressed to Andrew Cliffe for his work. Darren Freeman described the site as 'Fantastic', and that it had impressed the professionals at Red Bull. It was hoped that connectivity would permit the website to be on display at the Croft circuit. (Though with the laptop securely nailed down.)
Our management accounts surplus is currently well ahead of our estimated budget. The financial figures for the season had been much as expected with the championship rounds usually making small profits and losses but overall generating a profit. But some events, notably the championship round at Brands Hatch, and the non-championship rounds at Spa had been very successful, and it was anticipated that the Silverstone GP race would continue this trend.
The administrative costs and time taken by dealing with non-compliant race entries was discussed. The Board emphasised the importance of entrants complying with race entry procedures. This avoids the frustration of entries being returned to be completed correctly, or entries being refused, and also minimises costs to the Club.
The Directors were very pleased to note that David Dudley has accepted his nomination as an Honorary Life Member of the Monoposto Racing Club.
The Club Administrator proposed that the club run a Novice Championship with its own points table to attract new entrants to the sport. To allow for different sized classes the points system is of necessity complex, details were given in the administrator's report. Directors thought this an excellent initiative. Additionally, the Novice Championship prizes of race entries worth approximately £1000 for the following season was thought worthy of publicising widely.
It was hoped that Monoposto badged items of merchandise would be available in the future.
Security of cars, equipment and personal belongings in the paddock was discussed in some depth. A reminder has been issued to Club members about security in the paddock, and the Board will continue to pursue actions relating to this issue.
The club awning had blown away at the Mallory meeting, Team Omicron (the Cliffes) was thanked for permitted the use of their awning by the club at Oulton