How to remove the member # box from your registration form

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May 6, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

If you run events and either don't have members or don't care to collect member numbers, you've probably complained to us how much you hate the member # box at the beginning of your registration form. It looks something like this:

member_app_WH

Now, as the instructions below the box say, your attendee can just leave the box blank and move on to your registration form. But we all know that attendees don't read! So we've given you the option to remove this box from your registration form. Here's what this page looks like if you choose to remove the box:

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Topics: Features

2 New Webinars- Everything Autocross and Member Engagement

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April 1, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

Since it's been awhile since we've done a webinar, we decided to bring you 2 of them!

How to re-energize your members and get them off the bench

Jeff Cowan from the Golden Gate Chapter BMW CCA will show you how they transformed their club by using social media, web and email to improve membership engagement.

You'll learn how to:

  • drive engagement through email, website and social platforms
  • improve communication and event variety
  • increase brand awareness
  • spread the work load to prevent volunteer burn-out
  • implement real world examples in your club

Click here to register

Learn how to Autocross, faster!

Mazda Motorsports is joining us for this panel presentation on how to make the most on a precious few runs! Our experts include Karen Babb-Multi-time National Champion and SCCA Hall of Famer, Neal Tovsen-author behind ConeCoach.com and podium finisher at the SCCA Solo Nationals, and Rachel Kerswill- Mazda Solo National Champ.

You'll learn how to:

  • Craft your run strategy
  • Break down the course like a course designer
  • Understand how to use data to maximize each successive run
  • Prepare mentally to focus and counter nerves
  • Benefits and drawbacks to working as a team in Solo
  • What to look for in a potential partner

Click here to register

Both webinars will be held on Tuesday, April 14th- Learn how to Autocross, faster at 9 am PST and How to re-energize your members and get them off the bench at 12 noon PST.

These webinars are FREE so please pass them along to anyone who might be interested.

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Topics: Webinar

Hiring: Lead Product Designer

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March 26, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

Now that we've hired a developer, we need a lead product designer to help us refine and bring our vision for the future of MotorsportReg and RaceHero to life.  

The designer will own the design and experience of our products going forward. We need someone with strong product design, interaction design and visual design skills to craft the entire user experience from welcome emails to complex workflows. This is a full-time, work-from-anywhere opportunity to have a big impact on our team, software and community.

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We'd love to hire from within our community so please share this with talented people you know. No motorsport-related experience required. Full details and application are on our job description page.

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Topics: Misc

Regulating drones at the racetrack

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March 4, 2015 by Greg Cirillo

We’re leaving this topic to the experts- so we brought in Greg Cirillo to guest blog for us. Greg is a Partner in the law firm Wiley Rein, LLP, and Chairman of the firm’s Aviation Group. He practices in their McLean, Virginia office and in addition to handling unmanned aircraft matters, he has a multinational practice representing owners and operators of private aircraft in purchase, sale, leasing, financing, regulatory and tax compliance matters. Greg also holds an SCCA National Competition License and races his #50 Spec Racer Ford on East Coast road courses.

DroneYears ago, the auto racing community embraced the use of micro video cameras (GoPro, Contour, etc.) for entertainment and education.  We now have the ability to capture that video from outside the car, on a remotely controlled aerial platform.  Views that used to be captured by helicopters and blimps for tens of thousands of dollars, can now be had for hundreds of dollars, or less. A good, remotely controlled, unmanned aircraft (or drone) can cost under $500, and provide high definition footage suitable for broadcast.

Unfortunately, for the near future, the vast majority of well-intended uses are technically illegal. And if you are hosting or sponsoring an event, you need to consider both the safety risks and privacy infringements posed by drones.  What must a host know in order to remain in compliance with law?  And what should a host do in order to minimize liability for drone usage?

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Topics: Misc

Event setup refresher video

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February 26, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

refresherWow can you believe it's already the end of February! By now you should have your venues and dates secured for the 2015 season. Next step- get your events on our calendar. We already have 1,814 events listed and as we say every year, the earlier you get your events listed the better!

Now if you only run a handful of events in MotorsportReg and it's been awhile, you may find yourself logged into your account and then wondering what to do next. Let us help you out! We created a short video that's meant to clear out the cobwebs and provide you with a crash course in event set up.

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Topics: Features

Join us next week at the North American Motorsport Expo

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February 11, 2015 by Jennifer Ghidinelli

MSX

Every year we look forward to meeting our customers face to face at the MSX show and SCCA National Convention- and this year is no exception.

  • February 20-21, 2015
  • Charlotte Convention Center
  • Booth 519

The MSX show is a combination of world class exhibitors, competition cars, racing legends, seminars and show floor presentations. But it's not just for SCCA members. This year's supporting organizations include NASA, ChumpCar, NCMA, WKA, World Racing League, and American Endurance Racing, not to mention a long list of exhibitors.

And since we want to see as many customers as possible, we're giving you a FREE expo-only pass code to come visit us in the booth. Enter MSXINVITE15 when you register online. The code is also good for 25% off a MSX Full Conference ticket.

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Topics: Travel

We prove experts wrong about declining car culture

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January 28, 2015 by Brian Ghidinelli

Record-breaking year sees 207,000 registrations; growing interest in motorsports

hpdeThe reports on the death of car culture have been greatly exaggerated.  Contrary to studies showing a declining interest in driving, MotorsportReg.com has logged a record 2014, registering more events per participant and setting a new highwater mark of 207,000 amateur motorsport participants, an increase of 15.3% over the prior year.

“While headlines cover struggling spectator events and fewer licensed teen drivers, participatory motorsport events are growing. We’ve seen a 15.3% year-over-year increase in total participants and a steady increase in the number of events each person attends annually,” explained Founder Brian Ghidinelli. “When it comes to getting off the couch and starting the engine, more people are doing it and they’re doing it more often. Amateur motorsport as a whole is not only alive but thriving.”

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Topics: News

Job Opening for a Software Developer

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January 21, 2015 by Brian Ghidinelli

Twenty-fourteen was a record breaking year for us - more organizations and more registrations than ever before.  We spent a lot of our winter thinking about the future for MotorsportReg and how we make it easier and more fun to organize, find and attend events.

We have some hiring to do in order to execute on that vision and our first opening is for a senior developer who loves building great software. This is a full-time, fully-remote opportunity to have a big impact on the future of MotorsportReg.

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We would love to hire from within our community so please share this with talented people you know!  Full details and application are on ourjob description page.

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Topics: Misc

Driver Assigner Tool - A Breath of Fresh Air for the Time Pressed Organizer

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January 14, 2015 by Katie Moosman

Paperwork stress
Before we get started, let me introduce myself. I’m Katie and I’ve been working for MotorsportReg for the past 8 months. Before that, for 6 years I used MSR on a daily basis as an organizer.

Just like many of you - I’ve spent countless hours scrambling before an event assigning my run groups, pairing instructors and gathering paperwork. Anything that could save me precious time before an event was better than gold!

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Topics: Features, Organizers

The Next Ten Thousand Members

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December 17, 2014 by Viet-Tam Luu

Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Viet-Tam Luu, former Director of the San Francisco Region SCCA. While these are Tam's views on his experience, we don't think it's unique to the SCCA nor women nor road racing. Is the motorsport subculture sufficiently inclusive to stay relevant and healthy?  What do you think? Share this with your fellow club members and reflect on what you are doing to engage your next 100, 1,000 or 10,000 members.

Ten_thousand_membersChoose three words that would best describe road racing in North America? Allow me; I won’t mince any words here: old, white, male.

It’s not a condemnation of a specific organization or its membership, and it’s not universally true, but any random sampling of the active members in our sport would bear me out.

At the end of a six-year run serving on the Board with San Francisco Region SCCA, I look back and reflect on our particular successes and failings. As a Director, one of my personal goals has been to attract new members to the club. Our stagnant membership numbers show that with regards to that task, achievements are still far outnumbered by unfulfilled and unaddressed opportunities. Like a racer still chasing that elusive pole position, the challenges ahead of us still loom, ever slightly beyond our reach. How do we move forward as an organization? What should the club of the future look like, and how do we get there?

Like every other organization, our clubs do not operate in a vacuum. The social climate in which we live is changing, and it behooves us to understand and adapt.

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Topics: Marketing, Organizers

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