Author Archives: RRDC Webmaster

DRIVE SMART – NEW ON SAFEisFAST

As our president Bobby Rahal says: “You have to check out our newest online video – Drive Smart, How To Be Safer on the Road.”     The presentation is geared toward improving focus and awareness for young drivers, who have so many more distractions to deal with these days, not to mention learning the […]

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SAFEisFAST GOES INTERNATIONAL

The RRDC’s online driver development program SAFEisFAST has taken a giant step toward worldwide usage with the addition multi-language conversion of text and captioning. The site can now be read in 64 languages. Highly regarded English motorsports journalist Joe Saward published the breaking story today (Monday, July 15) in his blog and Business of Motorsports […]

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CHUCK DIETRICH PASSES AWAY

The RRDC lost one of its oldest members with the passing Sunday July 7 of Chuck Dietrich at the Providence Care Center in his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. He was 88.   Chuck, who began racing an MG-TC in 1948, was voted into the RRDC in 1958. He won the first of two SCCA National […]

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RRDC AT THE 27th SONOMA HISTORICS

It was two weekends ago – May 17-19 – that Sonoma Raceway (nee Infineon, nee Sears Point) hosted the 27th Annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (nee several other monikers).   No matter what it’s called, it’s still the grand annual party thrown by RRDC member Steve Earle – this year with more than 350 historic […]

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An Audi Q7 SuV Review

The Audi Q7 is a premium, lavishly-appointed three-row utility vehicle with great on-road manners and capability, plus towing ability–without the off-road style or pretense. The Audi Q7 is a luxury crossover that focuses on comfortable seating for the whole family, as well as its on-road manners. Not that you’re likely to need much in the […]

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MEMBER NEWS: CALIFORNIA MILLE + KIDRACERS AT LONG BEACH; MARILYN ALDERMAN PASSES

Our lady of communications, Judy Stropus has just completed the 2013 California Mille with co-driver Chuck Schoendorf in her recently acquired 1952 Lancia Ardea. Judy and Chuck penned their fascinating adventure for velocitytoday.com. Several other RRDC members took part, including Steve and wife Debbie Earle in their Porsche 356 Speedster Cabriole and John and his […]

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EVENING WITH BRIAN REDMAN VIDEO NOW UP

The Evening with Brian Redman presented by Firestone at Long Beach last week was an unqualified success. RRDC president Bobby Rahal conducted the much anticipated chat with Redman which is now posted on You-tube for your viewing pleasure. Sam Posey’s marvelous video overview of Redman’s career provides the introduction. Rahal doing his best impersonation of […]

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WOLFIE HANGS IT UP

Wolfgang Husdedt, one of the best known factory reps in this history of motorsports, has retired after 44 years with Bosch – 38 as the company’s motorsports manager. There are hardly any among the membership of the RRDC who don’t know Wolfie, who became a member in 2000. Our friend Gordon Kirby recently penned a […]

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THE AMAZING UNSERS; SERVIA AND FISHER INDYCAR PACE CAR DRIVERS, KIDRACER® AT LBGP, PAUL NEWMAN’S RACECARS, GURNEY TRIBUTE

THE AMAZING UNSERS AT INDY “The Amazing Unsers: From Albuquerque to Indianapolis” exhibit opens April 9 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Among the 25 Unser family racecars on display are eight of the nine Indianapolis 500 winners, including the Rislone Eagle Bobby drove to victory 50 years ago this May. In addition to the […]

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RALPH SANCHEZ – 1948-2013

Ralph Sanchez – one of the two successful street racing promoters ever in the U.S., the other being Chris Pook – lost a 10-year battle with cancer in the early morning hours of April 1, 2013. By shear force of personality, Sanchez founded Miami Motorsports which staged both IMSA and IndyCar events at various circuits […]

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18th AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS – RRDC’S ANNUAL SPRING VACATION – A ROARING SUCCESS

RRDC members were out in force at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida last weekend, a magnificent event conceived by RRDC member Bill Warner. The all-for-charity automotive extravaganza continues to grow in attendance and splendor each year. Our man Sam Posey was this year’s Grand Marshal. The Amelia Island annual gathering features […]

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THREE NEW BOOKS BY AND ABOUT RRDC MEMBERS

Three recent books by and/or about RRDC members are currently available: The Stainless Steel Carrot – An Auto Racing Odyssey Revisited by Sylvia Wilkinson; Daytona 24 Hours – The Definitive History of America’s Great Endurance Race, 2nd Edition by J.J. O’Malley; and Virginia International Raceway – A Living History by William King.     THE […]

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