Many of you have heard the news of the loss of our fallen racing brother Tony “ROSCO” Rietdorf from an unfortunate accident at 2016 SCCA Solo Nationals. Through all that has been going on with help to his wife and son, we were able to add to this a Fort Wayne Region SCCA autocross charity event where we had zero cost to race at the Grissom AFB venue in Pure, Indiana.
October 9th, 2016 was a very special day for our region to offer as much support possible to Michelle and Tyler. Through the great offerings of a free site to race at from Roger Johnson of Flexible Force, LLC and all of the amazing gifts donate to the silent auction and raffle item opportunities.
The autocross course was designed by Bill Headlee with the spirit of haulin’ ass and enjoying the ride! He touched up the course design naming each turn after sayings Rosco spoke and his famous Rosco Racin’ quote of “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘Holy shit, what a ride!”
It was a beautiful day! Sunny and packed with 106 entrants to go and shred tires for Rosco. Not only were there family, friends, and supporters racing, we had helping hands all over that day from helping with the silent auction and raffle items, course setup, course help, food to eat with the Hometown BBQ on site and even watching that gate entrance. The feeling was very overwhelming and so gratefully appreciated by everyone, especially Michelle. She had no words to express exactly how she felt, other than thank you, praying for all of us, and her mission to continue paying forward to others.
Rosco left a loving and energetic footprint for us to follow and continue. It was very obvious from this event how many individuals he touched with his spirit and we will continue this take charge attitude with each day given to us.
We finished the day with a few top special awards we welded up and a “302 PASS” token to one lucky raffle winner to receive the 2017 season autocross at no charge. This token will be raffled at the end of each season to offer both a helping hand to the club for the raffle cost and to that lucky winner to spread the racin’ spirit to all of us.
Thank you everyone for making this event so special and hardcore! It was a pleasure racin’ with you all and helping support the family of one of our most HARDCORE members of the Fort Wayne Region Sports Car Club of America.
Best to you and yours - #MaximumEffort #BeEpic
Fort Wayne SCCA Solo Director
Special thanks to the following for your gifts (in no particular order):
Sports Car Club of America
Flexible Force, LLC
SPS, Solo Performance Specialties
Dream Makers Automotive
Advance Auto Parts
Hoosier Performance Engineering
Matt Osborn and Mom Osborn
Poptique Popcorn of Columbia City
Komet’s, Vortex Karting, Cebollla's, Fast Tracks, Ruby Tuesday, and Carmike Cinemas for entertainment packages.
House of Honda