|BRITS BRING CLASS TO 2004 NATIONAL ROAD WEEKEND
CUMBERLAND, MD- The third annual National Road Weekend braved
some shaky weather early and blossomed into the best event yet
commemorating the Cumberland Airport Sports Car Races.
British car owners from as far away as Tennessee added a touch
of Old England to the 2004 event, including a dramatic and unique
display of three wonderfully restored Allards and a bevy of Jags,
MGs and Triumphs. Germany was also well represented through TT-East’s
weekend long Audi TT owner gathering at Rocky Gap Resort.
Three special shootouts took place during two days of autocrossing
at the Cumberland Regional Airport.
On Friday night, the Steel Town Corvette Club gained a measure
of revenge on the Chesapeake Region Porsche Club of America in
a time-handicapped club match with young gun Keith Baxter leading
the way to 1.7 second team victory in his AS Corvette.
Fran Honeywell drove his ‘60’s era Bug Eye Sprite
to the British Car Challenge Trophy on Saturday morning and James
Mothersele was the fastest Audi driver on Sunday morning, earning
a similar trophy as TT-East FTD.
National Road Weekend competition events were hotly contested
and all three sold out for the first time in the event’s
2002 National Road Rally champions Greg Nagy and Ken Hornstein
rebounded from their 2003 performance and nailed the Doug Macy
designed, 130 mile “Continental Divide” course with
only 9 seconds in penalties. The Harpers Ferry based duo edged
out Equipped Class winners Fred Cochran and Steve Novotney from
New Jersey who were 40 points from perfect in their Subaru WRX.
The Saturday Airport Autocross featured a down-to-the-wire race
for Fast Time Of The Day between Chesapeake hot shoe Derek Schwarz
in a Porsche 993 TT and the Swift SE3 of many-time Cumberland
winner Fred Schroeder. Running in ever-drying conditions, Schwarz
and Schroeder lowered the bar throughout the last run group with
Schroeder taking the title by a whisker, 40.917 seconds to 40.954.
The fastest local car on Saturday was Will Lewis’ ESP class
Ford Taurus SHO. Lewis finished 17th overall, edging Mike McCagh’s
18th overall run in his AM class Farm Use Corvette as the two
local Top 20 finishers.
On Sunday, the biggest field in Cumberland Airport Autocross history
trailed Schroeder again. The Mt. Airy Missile gained his fourth
consecutive Cumberland FTD with a run of 43.883 on the longer
McCagh was the fastest local Sunday, earning 10th overall. Area
residents Carl Loper (Camaro SS), Lewis, Mark Boggs (Porsche 924S)
and Dave Williams (Porsche 944) also finished among the Top 20
Two day contested class winners included Boggs in ES, Tim Eisel (Porsche 914) in CSP, Steve Wilson (BWM 330ci) in DSP, Matthew Olsen (Ford Focus SVT) in GS, Jeff Shliffka (Chevy S-10) in HS and Fred Pfieffer III (Porsche 914) in DM. Local drivers scoring single day wins in contested classes included Loper in SS, John Felten (Corvette) in AS, Mike Carson (Mazda Miata) in CS, and Kenn Nyga (Camaro) in FS.
Entries are now open for August 14/15 and October 30/31 Cumberland
Airport Autocrosses and can be downloaded from www.nationalroadrally.com.
Cumberland Airport events are limited to 100 cars per day and
pre-registration is recommended.
here for National Road 2004 autocross photo file
Click here for Porsche Corvette
Shootout .xls file
Click here for Saturday
Autocross detailed .xls file
Click here for Sunday Autocross
detailed .xls file
Click here for Rally Results .xls file