Sports Car Club to host autocross event to benefit Concord Hospital in honor of the late Greg Makris

  • A competitor races his personal street car at a recent autocross event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Courtesy of Sports Car Club of New Hampshire

  • The late Greg Makris lifts a lobster by its claws in the back of the Makris€™ Seafood & Steak House in 2018. An autocross event is scheduled at N.H. Motor Speedway on Sunday will benefit the Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care in honor of Makris. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 10/10/2019 3:28:32 PM
Modified: 10/10/2019 3:28:22 PM

The Concord community suffered a great loss in June when Greg Makris, longtime co-owner of Makris Lobster & Steak House in Concord, died suddenly. Among the many who were affected by this loss was the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, the Concord-based automotive enthusiast club that’s been around since 1955 and which has held its monthly meetings at the restaurant for more than a year.

As a result, the club will host an autocross event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sunday that will benefit the Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care in honor of Makris.

“We worked with Peggy (Sheltra, front of house manager at Makris) at the restaurant and found out the charity they wanted to support was Concord Hospital’s cardiac care facility,” said Paul Giblin, past president of the SCCNH. “It’s always been the philosophy and culture of the club to try to help others when we can.”

The choice of the Concord Hospital Center for Cardiac Care as the beneficiary of this event was an easy one for the staff at Makris.

“It’s been a huge part of the Makris family’s lives, with heart issues and whatnot, and they’ve worked very close with Concord Hospital,” Sheltra said. “We figured that would probably be one of the best foundations to run with and do this fundraiser for.”

The sports car club is a nonprofit, so putting together a charitable event like this is right in the group’s wheelhouse. It’s also a fitting event to pay tribute to Makris, as the restaurant has long had an affiliation with the track, donating a giant lobster for the winner of the annual NASCAR race each year and hosting top speedway officials for dinner during race weekend, including track owner Bruton Smith.

“(Greg) loved being there and giving out the lobster trophy each year,” Nick Makris, Greg’s nephew, told the Monitor in June.

The event on Sunday is open to anyone at least 18 years of age who has a valid driver’s license – you do not need to be a member of the sports car club or have any prior racing experience to participate. A track will be set up in the speedway parking lot using cones to establish lanes. The shape and length of the course is set up to prevent cars from gaining enough speed to be truly dangerous, Giblin said. Also, you don’t need to have a special race car or perform a litany of expensive modifications on your daily driver, as is commonly the case with race events. Simply show up with your street car – no pickup trucks or SUVs, though – and bring a helmet if you have one (loaner helmets will be available for anyone who doesn’t have one).

The event will consist of a temporary race course with right- and left-hand turns, short straights and a stop area clearly defined by orange pylons. Race participants will drive their personal cars through the course one at a time against the clock to see who can post the quickest times in their particular class. Each driver will have numerous opportunities throughout the day to test their skills on the course – probably six or seven runs, Giblin said. Cars will be divided into a number of classes to keep the competition fair and several special classes will be available for first-timers who are there solely to support the fundraising effort.

While there may be some hardcore racing enthusiasts at the event looking to record the fastest times possible, this is open to anyone who is interested. The main goal is not to set record lap times, but to have fun and promote a good cause.

“Its purpose is to have some fun and generate some money in Greg’s name for the hospital,” Giblin said. “Hopefully we’ll find others who see some value in that – come out and join us and have some fun.”

Registration for the event is $40 per person and will be done on site the day of the event. Registration will be open from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and racing will get going about 10 a.m. and last until about 4 p.m.

For additional information about the Greg Makris Memorial Autocross event Sunday, email Giblin at mktg-sccnh@usa.net. For information regarding the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, visit SCCNH.org.




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