formula motor racing [Updated October 2006]  

2006 WBC Report  

 2007 Status: pending 2007 GM commitment

Matt Evinger, PA

2006 Champion

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Event History
2001    Steve Cameron     31
2002    Mike Stachowski     47
2003    Bill Place     69
2004     Lisa Gutermuth     87
2005     Debbie Gutermuth     72
2006    Matt Evinger     73


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Lisa Gutermuth     TX    05     48
  2.  Matt Evinger       PA    06     30
  3.  Bill Place         PA    03     30
  4.  Mike Stachowski    NY    04     30
  5.  Debbie Gutermuth   TX    05     30
  6.  Steve Cameron      PA    04     28
  7.  Ron Wuerth         VA    04     27
  8.  Mike Coomes        PA    06     18
  9.  Katie McCorry      VA    06     18
 10.  Barb Flaxington    NJ    03     18
 11.  Alan Bargender     VA    02     18
 12.  Chris Janiec       PA    06     15
 13.  Scott Nerney       RI    05     15
 14.  James Kendrick     UK    05     12
 15.  Devin Flawd        PA    06     12
 16.  Forrest Speck      MD    02     12
 17.  Sarah Vasilakos    VA    05      9
 18.  Bert Schoose       IL    04      9
 19.  Mike Nagel         NJ    03      9
 20.  Brandon Bernard    PA    06      6
 21.  Josh Ostrander     NY    05      6
 22.  Michael Coomes     OH    01      4
 23.  Bob Titran         NY    04      3
 24.  Peter Perla        VA    03      3
 25.  Steve May          MD    01      3
 26.  Jeff Mullet        OH    01      2
 27.  Greg Mayer         MO    01      1

2006 Laurelists

Mike Coomes, OH

Devin Flawd, PA

Katie McCorry, VA

Brandon Bernard, PA

Chris Janiec, PA

Past Winners

Steve Cameron, PA

Mike Stachowski, NY

Bill Place, PA

Lisa Gutermuth, TX

Debbie Gutermuth, TX

 There were 20 games of six races each run in three heats. 21 drivers played in multiple heats including three who raced in all three.

 Eric Freedman appears to be having a good time ... perhaps because his purple Minardi has the lead.

Varooom ......

Formula Motor Racing enjoyed another solid year at WBC. Sadly, despite steady attendance, it was destined to be penalized out of the Century lineup due to the GMs failure to provide the required After Action report when the event Winner made a saving throw with this account. It will nonetheless need a new GM in 2007 to return.

This may be inspirational to some and depressing to others, or maybe it will just prove it is better to be lucky than good. In any case, this was my experience with Formula Motor Racing.

Since I was early for signup to Atlantic Storm I watched to a FMR heat that was taking place on the tables we were about to use. I thought to myself that even though I don't own a copy, maybe i could add it to my collection. It seemed to play a lot like Roadkill, without the warlike names for the various nasty things you did to your opponents. It didn't take long for me to realize that although there were no mortars and bumper mounted cannons, the players were nonetheless engaging in "attacks" on each other.

After having my butt handed to me in Atlantic Storm and a couple other tournaments the following day I was planning to play Risk. But as tried to located the game and time was running short, I reconsidered. It could likely end up with me playing Risk for the remainder of the day. And I felt less like doing it as the time got closer, and not locating my copy of the game sealed the deal. So, I went off, in search of something, faster paced. When another heat of Formula Motor Racing crossed my path, I signed up and quickly scanned a borrowed copy of the rules and took my seat to play the game for the first time..

With a little luck and some tried and true strategies from Roadkill mixed with some from other multi-round games, I managed to pull off a win. Not bad for my first try, and it was fun, probably helped by the fact that I won, and I went off, not planning to actually return for the semi-finals.

But as it turned out I had another opening in my planned tournaments. So once again, I signed in and played the semi-final round, and the luck of the cards was with me and I again won, by a couple points, much to my surprise, Well you HAVE TO play in the Final when you make it that far. So, my third game ever, was the WBC Final.

We had quite a bit of carnage in that deciding game, with four or more cars knocked out of each race. I somehow managed to score at least one car every round, usually two. And contrary to my normal play, was pretty much in the lead the entire game. When it came down to the last race, I knew that all I needed to do was prevent my closest challengers from scoring a first and second, or again score with my own cars and i would win the game. Despite the other players' repeated attempts to put me in the rear, i seemed always to have the perfect combination of cards to quickly get back into scoring position and to split up all the other cars. And I did end up scoring with both cars in the concluding race, and winning it all, despite having been in the lead all six races and having to survive the 'Kill the leader' effect.

So now I've won, and will feel obligated to play again next year, to defend the title. I guess I better get a copy of the game.

 Formula Motor Racing Junior

GM: Rebecca Hebner [1st year]

There were 23 little race car drivers this year, led by Kaleigh Jaeger. The other finalists were:

2nd: Megan McCorry

3rd: Joshua Weintraub

4th: Brian Pappas

 GM      NA   NA 
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