Karen and Kent Rafferty carried the Bow Tie banner high, with Kent grabbing PAX Overall wins both days as well as SS honors. Revenge for the Porsche rout in May was sweet according to their handlers, who pulled off an autocross ambush of impressive proportions. Stan Vann's sweet 1970 Caldwell D9 Formula Ford set FTD both days at the Cumberland Classic. In from North Carolina and enjoying the mountain Maryland countryside during his visit, Vann mastered the short course and the long course at the Cumberland Regional Airport.

PITTSBURGH CORVETTE COUPLE AMBUSHES PORSCHES IN
CUMBERLAND AIRPORT AUTOCROSS REMATCH

Wiley Ford, WV – The Chesapeake Region Porsche Club of America Cumberland Classic Autocross at the Cumberland Regional Airport turned out to be a rematch of the Porsche Corvette Challenge held at the airport just six weeks ago.

This time, however, the outcome was different as one of the country's fastest driving couples carried the Corvette banner to victory in two days of well-attended, close competition.

Kent and Karen Rafferty, Pittsburgh, PA, actively campaign their jet black 2003 Corvette Z06 on the SCCA National Championship trail and they showed their mettle against some of the same cars that dominated the inaugural airport autocross at the end of May. They decided to trailer in their car here on the advice of Corvette owners who attended the first National Road Autocross in May.

Kent Rafferty finished first in class and won the PAX System Performance Index title both days. Wife Karen took a second and third in class and second and third overall for her weekend's work. Only Dennis Howard, Eldersburg, MD, prevented a clean sweep for the Rafferty's, urging his distinctive yellow Porsche 996 TT between them, in class and overall, on Sunday.

Fast Time of the Day (FTD) both days went to the vintage Formula Ford of Stan Vann, Murfreesboro, NC. Vann ran a 54.425 second lap in the .9 mile Saturday course and returned to guide his 1970 Caldwell D9 to a 63.687 second tour on the longer Sunday course.

Other strong performers included Bill Hokemeyer, winning BS division both days in a 1999 Porsche Boxster and Fran Honeywell who drove his 1985 Porsche 944 to double wins in ES.

National Road Autosport LLC organized and promoted the last minute event brought about by a cancellation in the Porsche Club schedule and attracted a field of 81 entrants for the weekend. The local group's event was just the second race at the Cumberland Airport in 31 years and was made possible by a prompt decision from the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority and approval by the Federal Aviation Administration to lease taxiway space for the autocross, subject to appropriate insurance and sanctioning agreements.



1st Annual Cumberland Classic
Class Results for Saturday 7/19/03

Pos Class Number Driver Car Model Best Run
1
ss 305 Kent Rafferty  Corvette '03 (black) 57.216 
2
ss 205 Karen Rafferty  Corvette '03 (black) 59.547
3
ss 107 Eric Dean  Corvette '03 (red) 64.532
4
ss 309 David Rasnick  Boxster S '01 (gray) 65.397
         
1
 as  307 Bob McClure  Corvette '93 (black)  62.300
2
 as  201 Steve Hotchkiss  Corvette '89 (gray)  69.154
         
1
 bs  311 Bill Hokemeyer Boxster'99 (silver) 65.858 
2
 bs  300 Mark White Firebird '98 (red)  66.057 
3
 bs  213 Stuart Hamilton BMW '98 (silver) 68.507
 4
 bs  202 Greg Honeycutt 928 '86 (gray) 74.061 
 5
 bs  315 Bill Goss Corvette '80 (black) 76.454 
 6
 bs  314 Claude Taylor 911 '83  DNF 
 
       
 cs  109 Ben Harper Miata '02 (silver)  66.296 
 cs  209 John Felten Corvette '86 (red)  73.166 
 
       
 ds  103 Steve Wilson BMW 330i '03 (blue) 70.262
 
       
 es  206 Fran Honeywell 944 '85 (maroon) 68.029 
 es  203 Mark Boggs 924S '87 (red)  69.731
 
       
 fs  207 Kenn Nyga Camaro '95 (white) 65.979
fs  112 Seth Toner Stealth AWD (black)  70.597
 fs  200 Tom Evans Firebird '71 (red)  72.147 
 
       
 gs 105 Andy Lindner Stealth '93 (red) 71.535
 
       
 hs  211 David Appleyard Impreza '96 (burg) 72.771 
 hs  106 Mick Bloom Civic '97 (green) 75.190 
 
       
 asp  312 Derek Schwarz 968 '94 (black) 60.284
 asp  277 Woody Smith 93 RS America (black)  60.883 
 asp  310 Noel Hall 944 T '86 (black) 61.054
 asp  313 Joe Zuramski 944 T '87 (red)   61.823 
 asp  215 Ross Hall 944 T '86 (black) 66.259
 
       
 bsp  303 Andy Lotz  Corvette '93 (black) 73.133 
 
       
 csp  111 Tony Yang Miata '02 (yellow)    68.526
 csp  301 Tony Dimaio  Ford Focus '01 (yellow) 70.209 
 csp  102 Dave Williams  944 '85 (black) 73.532 
 
       
 dsp  110 Matt Davis BMW '87 (white)  67.168 
 dsp  210 Jason Gress BMW '87 (white) 68.810 
 dsp  212 Wayne Hamilton ZX2 '99 (blue)  73.532 
 
       
 ep  101 Shawn Miller Firebird '79 (gray)  72.605
 ep  302 Jason Walton  Firebird '79 (gray) 84.147 
 
       
 am  308 Dennis Howard 911SC '83 (blue)  60.651
 am  214 Justin Howard 911SC '83 (blue) 65.445
 am  108 Mike McCagh Farm Use Vette (gray)  66.575 
 
       
 bm  306 Fred Schroeder Swift SE3 '88 (RWB) 55.544 
 
       
 cm  319 Stan Vann Caldwell D9 '70 (white)  54.245 
 
       
 em  317 Pat Gordon 914-6 '73 (red)  59.480 
 em  216 Ron Gordon 914-6 '73 (red) 65.236
 
       
 dm  104 Dave Wilson  MG '74 77.694



Overall PAX System Adjusted Results

Saturday, 7/19/03
Top Ten Drivers

Pos Driver Car Model Time
Factor
Pax Tm
1
Kent Rafferty Corvette '03 57.216
0.837
=
47.890
2
Stan Vann* Caldwell D9 ‘70 54.245
0.916
=
49.688
3
Karen Rafferty Corvette '03 59.547
0.837
=
49.841
4
Derek Schwarz Porsche 968 '94 60.284
0.846
=
51.000
5
Woody Smith Porsche 93 RS 60.883
0.846
=
51.507
6
Bob McClure Corvette '93 62.300
0.828
=
51.584
7
Noel Hall Porsche 944 T 61.054
0.846
=
51.652
8
Joe Zuramski Porsche 944 T 61.823
0.846
=
52.302
9
Fred Schroeder Swift SE3 '88 55.544
0.946
=
52.545
10
Kenn Nyga Camaro '95 65.979
0.806
=
53.179

*Fast Time Of The Day




1st Annual Cumberland Classic
Class Results for Sunday 7/20/03

Pos Class Number Driver Car Model Best Run
1
ss 305 Kent Rafferty Corvette '03 66.063
2
ss 308 Dennis Howard Porsche 996 '03 66.920
3
ss 205 Karen Rafferty Corvette '03 67.422
4
ss 214 Justin Howard Porsche 996 '03 69.964
1
bs 311 Bill Hokemeyer Boxster ‘99 76.808
2
bs 217 Chuck Urban Porsche 928 ‘87 82.230
3
bs 202 Greg Honeycutt Porsche 928 ‘86 85.658
1
cs 209 John Felten Corvette '86 84.276
2
cs 106 Rick Rice Miata LS '01 88.791
1
es 206 Fran Honeywell Porsche 944 '85 80.849
2
es 203 Mark Boggs Porsche 924S '87 82.636
3
es 303 Pete Harrison Porsche 924S '87 83.816
1
fs 101 Dave Houdyschell Mustang '02 79.931
2
fs 114 Nathan Dolan '95 Mustang 80.452
3
fs 316 Seth Toner Stealth AWD 85.934
4
fs 112 Robert Means '92 Eclipse 86.310
5
fs 307 Myrl Mussellman '92 Eclipse 87.409
6
fs 204 Todd Rice Mustang '89 89.988
1
asp 277 Woody Smith 911 RS America '93 70.357
2
asp 310 Noel Hall Porsche 944 T '86 71.670
3
asp 215 Ross Hall Porsche 944 T '86 76.345
1
bsp 312 Jim Condon Corvette '71 82.057
2
bsp 309 Karl Loper Corvette '70 82.993
1
csp 107 Tony Dimaio Ford Focus '01 83.216
2
csp 300 Doug Macy Audi Coupe '90 84.152
3
csp 102 Dave Williams Porsche 944 '85 86.517
1
dsp 100 Gary Howell Neon ACR '95 82.521
1
esp 304 Tink Phillips Boss 302 '70 79.937
1
fsp 113 Tom Melvin Triumph '69 90.767
1
bm 306 Fred Schroeder Swift SE3 '88 65.510
2
bm 200 Randy Means 41 Plymouth 85.549
1
cm 319 Stan Vann Caldwell D9 63.687
1
em 216 Ron Gordon Porsche 914-6 '73 72.415
1
dm 104 Dave Wilson MG '74 90.241



Overall PAX System Adjusted Results

Sunday, 7/20/03
Top Ten Drivers

Pos Driver Car Model Time
Factor
Pax Tm
1
Kent Rafferty Corvette '03 66.073
0.837
= 55.303
2
Dennis Howard Porsche 996 Turbo '03 66.920
0.837
= 56.012
3
Karen Rafferty Corvette '03 67.422
0.837
= 56.432
4
Stan Vann* Caldwell D9 63.687
0.916
= 58.337
5
Justin Howard Porsche 996 Turbo '03 69.964
0.837
= 58.560
6
Woody Smith Porsche 911 RS 70.357
0.846
= 59.522
7
Noel Hall Porsche 944 T '86 71.674
0.846
= 60.636
8
Fred Schroeder Swift SE3 '88 65.518
0.946
= 61.980
9
Bill Hokemeyer Boxster ‘99 76.808
0.825
= 63.367
10
Dave Houdyschell Mustang '02 79.931
0.806
= 63.367

*Fast Time Of The Day


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