Sunday, June 22, 2014

Delegate Gary Howell wants a review of Autocross denial: Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (KCBE), Maryland

Cumberland — Delegate Gary Howell of District 56, W.Va. has asked Creade Brodie Jr., chair of the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority, to reconsider a recent vote that denied the members of the National Road Autosport LLC from holding their annual Autocross on the operational grounds of the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. 

 Brodie made a motion at a special meeting of the PHAA on June 12 to deny the racing group access to the operational grounds and instead allow them to create an area outside the airport fence to hold the races.

“Let me keep this simple. It would be outside the fence,” said Brodie at the special meeting.

The motion also included an offer from Brodie of $5,000 for additional paving to the outlying property if it would help the Autocross meet its needs.

Although it passed unanimously, some authority members were uncomfortable with the motion.

Bill Herbaugh, secretary of the NRA, said the PHAA is not looking at the total benefit of the event.

“They are missing the boat. The Autocross has been a good economic development tool.”

For the past 11 years the Autocross has been held on the taxiway of the airport. The Autocross pits drivers from a wide variety of auto classifications against each other in races against the clock. Drivers compete individually in precision driving races through a series of highway cones.

 Del. Howell via email urged Brodie, who is also an Allegany County Commissioner, to revisit the vote.

“With autocrosses taking place at FAA controlled airports across the nation, I would request that you reconsider your decision to end the autocross at the airport in Wiley Ford, WV.,” wrote Howell.

Howell also want to review the process.

“I want to see the minutes from the meeting. I’m going to check with the state ethics committee and look into it. I want to be sure no ethics laws were violated,” said Howell.


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