For immediate release regarding: ARMS Assumption of Spec Miata – Response
Dear Spec Miata Competitors, car owners, future competitors and owners,
I am sorry to announce the impasse between ARMS & SMCDA.
Bruce and I were working to resolve this with an announcement pending regarding the two of us continuing with promoting the Spec Miata series, as we have done for the past 5-years.
It is my error that I missed a deadline that was given to us by the ARMS board of directors. Dave Hull and Nate Perron gave me an envelope at the Rallycross event on January 24th of which I was competing at and helping to run with 64 entrants, a busy day for me. They presented me with an envelope, I asked for them to tell me the contents as I did not want to open it at the event, besides I was wearing ski gloves and it was cold, lol. I was told the basic contents, although I do not believe they mentioned a date, regardless I missed the information about the deadline date. I did not open the letter as I flew to Ontario the next day on business for the week. Upon my return I forgot about the letter and became self-absorbed in the start-up of a new business. When I received the email today from Brent O’Connor only then did I realize my mistake of not opening the letter and not putting the deadline date in my calendar. Sorry!
Since November’s deadline Bruce and I were trying to get a contract signed with details of ARMS responsibility and SMCDA responsibility. In fact Bruce and I signed a contract however ARMS did not sign it. After many versions of contracts sent back and forth we were almost back to the same contract written 5-years ago that we all signed. So why was this not signed or resolved?
ARMS was telling SMCDA they must be in good standing with NS Registry of Joint Stock as a Non-profit society. Bruce and myself did not want to, nor did we feel we had to be a non-profit society. The society act is very clear regarding directors only being active for 5-years, including distribution of funds etc. The society act requires 5 directors, it is only Bruce and I promoting the series for your benefit. Also considering the very small amount of sponsorship monies we were bringing in and then giving back to you, the competitor, it was not worth the hassle to registered in our opinion. We were willing to sign a contract in our individual names to promote the series however monies to ARMS would only be offered if sponsorship was obtained.
The contract: ARMS wanted $1,000.00 plus $500.00 towards advertising per year, which is taking the money we acquired through sponsorship, the very same monies we were offering to you as prize money and subsidies of entry fees. SMCDA was paying for the year end trophies (and race day trophies, something we were working on) while ARMS offered no discount on entry fees. In addition SMCDA supplies the scales and platforms for technical inspections, not to mention the decals, door cards and windshield banners, swag etc. They also wanted us to provide a race steward as approved by ARMS and certified by ARMS along with a technical rules inspector. Considering the sanctioning body is organizing and officiating the event, we declined to offer a steward or inspector. Those two positions would be very difficult to fill. If SMCDA was managing a race steward or technical inspector we felt it could not be done unbiasedly and fairly considering Bruce and I are also competitors in the series and the promoters.
So today we have all been informed ARMS is the promoter of SM, I am as surprised as you…… I am lost for words!
I wish you all the best in your motorsport ventures and may you have many laps and years of racing enjoyment ahead of you.
Yours in motorsports,
with my friend and competitor Bruce.