Monday, April 25, 2016

Still Room for Donation Stickers



If your name is not on the roof of my car, there is still room.  Donate to Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition at PBCC.ME, be sure to note One Lap of America. Thank You. 


Friday, April 15, 2016

PBCC Grassroots Partner Spotlight:  
             One Lap of America

Posted By PA Breast Cancer Coalition on April 14th, 2016 at 12:15 pm 
One-Lap---PinkLink--1Two men and one Corvette are making a huge difference. Mount Joy business owner Jim Roberts, of Jim Roberts West Main Auto, and Joe Vasta are looking to rally the local community in his “One Lap of America” adventure. During the first week of May, this national endurance race challenges the preparation and staying power of both man and machine while raising money for charity.
Stickers will decorate the roof and body of the Corvette and can be purchased for a minimum donation of $10, benefiting the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). The donor name will be listed, or stickers can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one. To make a donation, visit pbcc.me/donate and fill in “One Lap of America” when prompted for the Title of Event.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It won't be long now



Time is getting short and it won't be long till we are on the road for another great adventure. We are proud to announce a new sponsor that is JMJ IT Solutions LLC, based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is serving the technological needs of customers throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.  Specializing in technical services and networking communications. JMJ IT Solutions LLC offers a wide variety of services and solutions for businesses of varying sizes.           

The car is almost ready, just a few graphic changes to do.  All those stickers you see on the roof of the car represent donations to the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition. Our accumulated total over the years is almost $15,000 raised for a great cause. Nearly everyone has been touched in some way by this terrible disease, either personally or with a family member or friend. This year we are a bit behind in our fundraising and can sure use your help. A small plus, if you donate you get your name on the car and can ride along vicariously. See Joe or me or just visit pbcc.me online and you can donate using your credit card. Please note One Lap of America when asked for which event. The Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families personally and with research grants. They are a statewide non-profit that creates the hope of a brighter future for women with breast cancer today. Be sure to follow along on my blog at onlapadventure.blogspot.com or on my Facebook page at Jim's One Lap Adventure.





Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thank You to Sponsors!!

Special thanks to Gary Shenk for creating this 2015 Thank You picture
I would like to say a special THANK YOU to my sponsors who help make my participation in this race possible.  Our major sponsor is Engle Printing and Publishing Co. Inc. They are joined by Auto-Locator, Top of the Line Roofing, Whitmoyer Auto Group, Krunch Kritters Spray and Body Shop, Jim's Scrap Tire Service, Lancaster County Corvette Club, SSC Tint and Graphics, and new this year Two Cousin's Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Mount Joy.  For anyone interested I still have one spot available.


This year my Transit Driver will be a fellow Corvette enthusiast, Joe Vasta.  Joe is a member of the Bel Air Corvette Club in Maryland and serves as the East Region Executive of the National Council of Corvette Clubs. Joe and I will share the highway transit driving and I will do all the competitive driving when we compete at each of the tracks. This year we will race on 6 different tracks, do 2 skid pad competitions, one Autocross and 2 drag events.

With an event this awesome I wanted to leverage it for some community good and decided several years ago to raise money for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.  Our accumulated total to date is over $14,000 raised for a great cause. This year we are way behind in our fundraising and can use all the help we can get. For those interested in donating and getting your name on a sticker on the car and ride along vicariously;^) please  stop in at West Main Auto in Mount Joy or see Joe or me, (make all checks payable to PBCC or Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition). If it is more convenient just go to pbcc.me online and you can donate using your credit card.  Be sure to note One Lap of America when asked for which event. The Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization that creates the hope of a brighter tomorrow by providing action and information for women with breast cancer today.   Thank You    Jim Roberts






Wednesday, March 2, 2016

One Lap of America 2016

I am starting to get ready for this years One Lap of America in which we will compete in early May. Every year we head off to an area of the country, this year we will be traveling in the North and East part of the country, as noted on the map. Starting in South Bend, Indiana then working our way to Pittsburgh International Race Complex, then to the new Palmer race track in Massachusetts then down to Summit Point, WV. After Summit Point we head down to the new Corvette Museum track in Bowling Green, Kentucky then to Road America in Elkart Lake Wisconsin. Thursday night it's off to the drags in Union Grove Wisconsin for a couple of drag events at Great Lakes Dragaway. Friday will be Autobahn in Joilet Illinois and back to South Bend. At this point I am still looking for a Transit Driver to accompany me on the trip, if you are interested message me and I can give you more details. I do have those who said they are interested but no one has committed yet.

This will be my 8th One Lap of America and we have raised over twelve thousand dollars for the Breast Cancer Coalition over the last few years. Make a donation and you can ride along “vicariously” (with your name on the car) on the trip and help a great cause at the same time. The Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition, represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization that creates the hope of a brighter tomorrow by providing action and information to women with breast cancer today.

To make a donation and get a sticker on the car, stop in at the store or send to Jim Roberts, % West Main Auto, 14 W. Main St. Mount Joy, Pa. 17552 along with who to name on the sticker. Please make all checks payable to Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition or PBCC for short. You can also visit http://www.pbcc.me/donate  and donate by using your credit card. Just click on Donate and follow the instructions. Be sure to fill in One Lap of America when asked for title of event.
I am also looking for a few volunteers who are sympathetic to the breast cancer cause and would like to be a "Captain" to help collect funds from friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. I can provide you with a kit including donation sheets and other helpful items. Please email me at jimbobcorv@comcast.net or my cell is 717-572-0110.

To help follow the adventure, I still maintain a blog at www.onelapadventure.blogspot.com (where you can find older stories) as well as this Facebook page, Jim's One Lap Adventure. If you “Like” the Facebook page you will see my updates on your Facebook page automatically. Stay tuned for more details on One Lap.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

One Lap by the Numbers

Just a few numbers to share with you about One Lap of America.  We had 2 people on our team, Shane Lintner and me.  Counting the 1200 mile round trip to and from the start/finish line in South Bend we logged 4852 miles.  The transit mileage on the schedule listed 3245 miles for the 2015 One Lap of America.  We competed in 17 different events over 8 days, visiting 7 different race tracks.  That consisted of 2 skid pad events, 2 drag strip competitions and 13 time trials on road courses.  On each time trial you get 1 lap around the course to reconnaissance the track, you then stop on the track at the start/finish line and are flagged to a start about 15 seconds apart to complete 3 timed laps.  It is the total of the 3 laps that count so if you have an off, or a spin out, you need to get moving since the clock keeps
ticking.

One bright spot was the gas prices were a little lower this year with just over $800 spent on fuel.  The lowest price we paid for Hi-Test was $2.599 in Stillwater Oklahoma, and the highest was no surprise, on the Indiana Toll road at $3.349.  Speaking of fuel we averaged 17.62 miles per gallon which isn't too bad considering we are pulling a tag-along trailer behind us and our on track mileage is probably about 6 mpg.  Didn't hit many tolls this year, only spent $65.04 in that category.  Tires needed to complete trip, 6.  I blew one out on an off track excursion at Texas Motor Sports Ranch.  In addition I blew out a rear tire on my folding bike that I take along to ride the track with.  BTW the bike tire was at the same track, but in the paddock area.

The best number is that this is the first year we exceeded our goal of raising $3,000 for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition and I would like to say Thank You again to all who made this possible.  Most years we got within a couple hundred but this year we exceeded the goal.  Another good number is we met our goal of a top 20 finish by finishing exactly 20th. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We Made it Home

We made it home to Mount Joy, Pa. a few minutes before midnight on Saturday.  Just in time for Mothers Day.  After the awards banquet early Saturday afternoon, we left for home about 2:30 pm with only 600 miles to go.  The weeks weather didn't let up.  Even though much of the trip home was dry we passed through a couple intense storms in Ohio.  What a tremendous week, a real challenge of endurance, car preparation an stamina for the long transits, a couple of which were over 700 miles per day.  If you think 700 miles in a day is not a problem, remember we do our competition events first then leave on our transit about 2;30 to 3 pm.  Other that a blown tire from running off the track we had no mechanical issues which is what we hope for and why we concentrate so much on preparing the car and trailer for the trip.

Don't forget we are still raising money for our charity, the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition. We are real close this years goal of $3,000.   For a donation of $10 or more we will place your name on a Pink Ribbon sticker on the car, or the name of someone you would like to honor or memorialize.  Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition helps women going through Breast Cancer as well as helping to fund mammograms and research. Help us meet our goal. Please make any checks out to Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition or PABCC and send to Jim Roberts 14 W. Main St. Mount Joy, Pa. 17552.  To donate with your credit card go to www.PBCC.me click on donate and indicate One Lap of America.  This event is really a lifetime experience and we felt is was a good way to leverage it to the benefit of the community by raising funds for this worthy charity.