SWMS Holds Annual Pre-Tech

On Saturday March 9 Southwest Motorsport held the annual pre tech for this seasons cars.  The car and driver safety equipment inspections were held at Enerpulse in Albuquerque.  The inspections include the major safety items such as helmets, fire suits, roll cages, fuel systems, and many other critical components for the drivers and cars.  Southwest Motorsports prime focus on safety equipment helps to insure that the club events will be as safe as possible.  Last years President Larry Pittsley brought out burgers and dogs for all who attended.  In addition to getting a check of our cars and equipment the get together was a great opportunity to see what racers have been up to with their cars during the off season!   

Southwest Motorsport has 2018 Year End Celebration

Southwest Motorsport had the 2018 racing year end celebration January 19, 2019 at Mario’s. The event was VERY well attended, about 50 club members from all the racing groups were present. Larry Pittsley the club President was the master of ceremonies. Larry recapped the highly successful 2018 racing year. Over 50 different drivers were present at the 5 weekend events put on by Southwest Motorsport. The weekend events included one at the Arroyo Seco track near Demming, and four at the Southwest Motorsport home track Sandia Raceway in Albuquerque. The year also included a Technical Inspection and Worker and Instructor Training day at Enerpulse (Burgers and Dogs included), a Drive Out to Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains, and the annual Chili Cook off at Performance Motorcar Investments in Corrales. All in all it was a busy, and safe, year for Southwest Motorsport!

The celebration included the handing out of trophies to the Kart, Open Wheel, Spec Miata, Vintage, and Contemporary class winners.  The winners are shown in the “results” section of this website under 2018.  That said the overall class winners were Gil Merriman Shifter Karts, Garth Schneider Tag Karts, Ken Adams Open Wheel, Jerry Stoughton Spec Miata, Gordon Self in his Alfa for Vintage, and a very surprised Zane Meyers in his Mini for Contemporary.

Each year the club President hands out a special award for Volunteer of Year.  For 2018 the award was given to Megan Tribble.  Larry explained that Megan is the Southwest Motorsport starter, but for all the racers she is well known-the lady with the green flag!  And then the checkered!   Thank you Megan!

One of the highlights of the evening was Larry giving out the club Award of Merit.  This award is not given each year and is at the discretion of the club President.  As an acknowledgement of his great contribution to Southwest Motorsport the award was given for 2018 to Bob Richards.  Bob has been instrumental in not only the conduct of races as Race Steward but as the Chairman of the Procedures and Protocols committee and I’m sure other roles not mentioned.  Thank you Bob!

Larry then handed to celebration to the incoming 2019 club officers introducing President Gary Sanford, Vice President Steve Marino, Treasurer Jerry Stoughton, Secretary Zane Meyers, and the At Large Board Members Bob Richards, John Colbert and Scott Claunch.  Gary summarized the club plan for 2019, including races at Arroyo Seco, and five at Sandia Raceway (race dates posted in the “about us” section of this website).

With that a wonderful dinner was had at Mario’s with lots of lively conversation getting ready for a great 2019 racing year!  A special thanks to Viola Adams for organizing and contributing to the Southwest Motorsport celebration!

Drive Out Tour

On Saturday July 28 Southwest Motorsport organized a drive out tour for club members.  The drive out started with a drivers meeting at cars-n-coffee in Albuquerque, ran up I25 to Los Alamos for lunch, back down through Jemez Springs ending with a tour at the Unser Museum.  Members joined in Santa Fe and folks from the cars-n-coffee in Los Alamos joined from their event next to the Bradbury Museum.  The group made a stop at the Valle Caldera for a look and a photo.  Many car types were represented including Porsche, Saab, Mustang, Corvair, Crossfire, TR-8, Maserati, Honda, Caterham and whatever that car of Earls is (it sure sounded good)!  Each car voted awards that will be announced at the August track weekend!

SWMS 2018 Racing Schedule

April 7/8 at Arroyo Seco Raceway in Deming, NM

May 5/6 at Sandia Speedway

June 9/10 at Sandia Speedway

Aug 25/26 at Sandia Speedway

Sept 22/23 at Sandia Speedway

We are also open to traveling to High Plains Raceway (Denver) on Aug 4/5 to participate with RMVR in the Find a cure for kids cancer race.

Entry forms are being updated now to reflect these dates.

Information on Sandia Speedway and Arroyo Seco Raceway can be found under our “Race Tracks” tab.  Information on High Plains Raceway can be found here.