As I sit back and reflect over this year’s khanacross series and the past Khanacross series over several years, I wondered if they have been successful.
How do we measure this? Is it the number of competitors/round of the series? Is it the money which we make for the club and other community groups? Or is it seeing the fastest and most skilful drivers battling at the front of the pack for the outright positions?
While it is great to stand and watch these top drivers negotiating the set course with skill and finesse; is this what makes an event successful? This is part of what makes this series successful, but to me the success of the khanacross series comes down to a few very basic things.
1. When the juniors start competing, some have no driving skills, some have few skills and as the year and years go by, you see not only the knowledge of the car improving but their skill in car control.
The most satisfying thing is seeing the juniors grow as a person, their confidence grow’s they start to see that they can do an activity which is out of the comfort zone. They can talk to and take advice from senior competitors and officials in a nurturing environment. Without the junior competitors realising at first, they see how an event is organised.
The manner in which they must conduct themselves, the rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure every ones safety including their own and structure of the officials who conduct the event.
Many of the juniors who have started in this type of event over the years have become an important part of the North Eastern Car Club and participated in other club events and some get involved in the management committee of the club.
As the clerk of the course this makes all the effort worthwhile and very rewarding.
2. To conduct a successful event you can’t do it by yourself, you have to assemble a dedicated team of officials to work together to achieve a common goal. This is exactly what happened over the past khanacross series.
The personnel which put their hand up to take a number of roles to ensure each round of each series were conducted successfully. Without their time and effort this outcome would not have happened.
3. The last measure of success is one which sometimes is lost in the heat of the battle or its importance is overshadowed by less important things.
So as I stand in the back ground of each round and watch the event unfold throughout the day, this little thing is hard to not notice whether it’s the seniors or juniors or officials or the spectators it’s on show for all to see, so what is this small thing? IT’S FUN!!
Everywhere you look you see smiles, people enjoying themselves, that’s what makes the job rewarding.
So because there is no I in team, I would like to thank the following people and the roles which they officiated in to make each round happen.
Setting up administration and office department – Brooke Roman
Book In Ralph Scalzo Lola and Gary Gourlay
Safety checks and scrutineering – Rod Shaw, Ron Woodward, Troy Brendel.
Course designer and construction – Ray, Jimi, Tyler and Grace Wingrave, Peter, Luke & Matthew Whitten & Robin Box
Catering – Veronica, Lisa, Jodie& Andrea Box, Marnie Wingrave & Clare Whitten
BBQ- Allan Roman Matthew Whitten and members of the Carboor Hall committee
Timing –Jeff Whitten, Debbie Richards, Peter Whitten, Ray Wingrave and many others
Scoring – Ron & Jan Harper, Cody Richards Luke Whitten, Lisa Box and Kate Whitten
Car Maintenance – Terry Goode
Media – Peter Whitten, Richard Fung
Families and spectators.
Thank-you to the Carboor hall committee for providing the grounds and facilities to run each khanacross round and for supplying the catering.
And lastly a big thank-you to Lola for your support and help over the last 6 years of the khanacross series and for typing up articles for the “Good Oil”.
As I stated before I could not have done this without you all – So thank you!
– Stephen Roman