up the combined with a sweep of Class 1.
Katie George was pressed by Jessie McAleer, but prevailed to bring home the gold, leaving
Class 1 Abie McLaughlin from Ohio in third.
Wrapping up yet another Class 9 title with a win in the D Group was Pepi Neubauer. He safely
cruised to the title over runner-up Bob Andree and third-place finisher Eric Cutting from the Class
With everyone eager to get out of the cold, collect their hardware and hit the road, the awards
ceremonies were short and sweet. The three-event combined winners for each class proudly
donned their new Eastern Regional Team jackets, while race winners added to their medal count.
As racers packed their bags, the positive buzz made it clear that everyone was already planning
for the return trip. Sometimes change is good.
The Jack Tobin Award for service
to the masters community was awarded to George Merrill last season. As
is the custom, Merrill got to gloat over
the trophy for a year before passing
it along to the next winner — this
year, Pepi Neubauer. Merrill, however, enjoyed the trophy for only about
10 seconds this time around. The
trophy had been “misplaced” at the
engravers for nearly a year, and was
retrieved just in time for this year’s
presentation. As is his nature, Merrill
was a good sport about the mixup,
but if the trophy goes missing again,
everyone will know where to look.
GS winners Adam Weiss and
Katie George display their
The passing of the Tobin Award from George Merrill
(right) to Pepi Neubauer.