SpeedSource racing showcased at February luncheon
Juan G. Robbin - Photos by Pepe Forte
35 SAMA members and guests attending SAMA's February luncheon
not only dined on the usually fabulous meal that is the custom
at Smith & Wollensky's but also were treated to a program of
a different sort by sponsor Mazda.
Tremblay, owner/driver/engineer of the SpeedSource Castrol
Syntec Mazda team, talked about his career and showed a
presentation previewing all that goes into building a successful
race car such as the Mazda RX-8 that he and David Haskell, Nick
Ham and Raphael Matos drove to victory in the GT Class at the
2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
is tremendous attention to detail when building a race car.
Weight costs speed, and Mazda and SpeedSource go to fanatical
lengths, such as trimming the extra length off the smallest of
fasteners, to take off as much weight as possible from their
RX-8 race cars.
the presentation, those in attendance were able to get a close
up look at the RX-8 sitting on display just outside the
restaurant. Our thanks go to Tremblay and his team and Jason
Medina of Hill & Knowlton in arranging the details of the
luncheon for Mazda.
business also was tended to at the meeting.
Ron Beasley, who had announced at the January meeting that
nominations for officers for 2009-10 would be accepted at the
February meeting, opened the floor for nominations. There were
none, and after a few minutes member Pepe Delfino made the
motion to reelect the present slate for the upcoming year. Juan
Robbin seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.
then asked if there were any objections, and there were none.
Ron will continue as president, Paul Borden as vice president,
Bill Adam as treasurer, and Jaime Florez as secretary. Their new
term begins July 1.
welcomed two new members. Dr. Ray Mummery, who assisted at the
Rides-n-Smiles event in November, has volunteered his services
to provide free medical exams for FAA and racing requirements
for SAMA members. He is a regular at the meetings and may be
Albert Rocca, Chief Executive Officer/Publisher of Auto Passion
custom publishing, also has joined our organization and was
attending his first SAMA event at the luncheon.
also gave members a friendly reminder to take care of the cars
that manufacturers graciously provide us for our reviews.
Keeping press cars in excellent condition is a responsibility
that should not be ignored.
easy to forget that these are not our cars,” Ron said, “and
we need to make sure we take excellent care of them.”
Delfino is looking for additional content for the SAMA web site.
Please email Pepe directly any reviews, press launch or
interesting trip stories suitable for publishing on the site.
For instance, if you are at an auto event and see a fellow SAMA
member there, snap a picture and send it to Pepe at
Rodriguez of Kiskinis Communications also reminded us of the
Fort Lauderdale auto show coming up March 12-15 at the Broward
County/Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center at Port
Everglades. This event benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of
Broward County and could use our support. Contact Cristina for
press credentials for the show.
“Green Car Event” is taking shape, (yes, really, it is
taking shape). Please talk to Juan Robbin if you have any
suggestions or ideas, or if you want to help out with organizing
the event. This event could give us a heads-up on new technology
coming to the auto industry.
SAVE THE DATE! Mercedes-Benz will host the next luncheon on
March 19 at the ultra-swank Mondrian Hotel in South Beach.
Definitely not to be missed.
Regrettably, Juan Robbin will not be able to attend as he
will be in Cairo riding a camel.