SCCA - News http://www.scca.com/news/ Sports Car Club of America Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:45:02 GMT Convention Just 24 Hours From Opening Day http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51791 <p>Flights are being boarded and luggage is being tossed into the trunks of cars, as the SCCA Leadership and members are headed to Charlotte for the SCCA National Convention and the North American Motorsports Expo this weekend.</p> <p>The SCCA Convention gets underway on Friday with the Annual Meeting and Town Hall, an enlightening talk from SCCA Member, solo competitor, and Southwest Airline&rsquo;s Senior Manager, Customer Service Chris Robbins. Robbins will talk about customer service and how it relates to the SCCA and the Regions.</p> <p>Following a &ldquo;state of the Club&rdquo; address from Lisa Noble, the Convention attendees will walk from the Charlotte Westin to the Charlotte Convention Center across the street for the ribbon cutting and official opening of the MSX trade show.</p> <p>Saturday at the Convention features a full slate of seminars, including the Club Racing and Solo town halls with their respective competition boards.</p> <p>The highlight comes on Saturday evening, when Kathy Barnes, Bob Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Dr. Bob Hubbard and Jim Downing and Pete Hylton are inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame.</p> <p>Sunday at the Convention features another series of seminars and informative sessions for attendees.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the MSX Show opens for attendees on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Admission to the show floor on both Saturday and Sunday is free for SCCA members in attendance.</p> <p>A series of seminars and speakers geared to competitors are a part of the MSX action. A full schedule is available at<a href="http://www.msxexpo.com"> www.MSXExpo.com</a>, but is highlighted by keynote speakers Randy Pobst and Andy Pilgrim. Cost for the speaker series is $95 for SCCA members, with registration available online or at the gate.</p> <p>More information on the SCCA Convention, or the North American Motorsports Expo (MSX), is available through <a href="http://www.scca.com/convention">SCCA.com/Convention</a>.</p> <p>Keep an eye on <a href="http://www.scca.com">SCCA.com</a>, SCCA&rsquo;s Facebook page at <a href="http://facebook.com/SCCAOfficial">Facebook.com/SCCAOfficial</a>, or on Twitter <a href="http://www.twitter.com/SCCAOfficial">@SCCAOfficial</a> for news and updates throughout the show. <br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT The Couple that Races Together Stays Together http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51782 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 14, 2014) &ndash;</strong> With all this talk about flowers, chocolates and love being in the air, we decided to talk to some of the couples from SCCA Solo to see what happens when two gearheads find each other. We talked to three couples and asked them what role SCCA racing plays in their relationship.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 14px;">PJ and Jenna Corrales, of Rocky Hill, Conn., may be one of the prime examples of the motorsports couple. Both PJ and Jenna were involved in racing before getting together, but an unsolved car problem brought the two together.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;We met during the offseason through an online car forum, 240sx Owners of New England (ONE),&rdquo; Jenna said. &ldquo;I had a 1990 Nissan 240sx with a vibration issue, and PJ was just re-entering the 240 scene after racing an Infinity G35 for a year. He read my post, and decided to come visit me and try to fix the issue. He took me to dinner after that, and the rest is history.&rdquo;</p> <p>In fact, racing became such an important part of their relationship that they tied the knot at the 2011 SCCA Tire Rack Solo Nationals.</p> <p>&ldquo;Racing is something we do together, and it&rsquo;s great that we can both talk about it and understand it,&rdquo; PJ said. &ldquo;It also helps that the majority of our friends race. Now, our family does too since my sister married Jenna&rsquo;s co-driver, when they raced the 240sx that I bought her as an engagement gift. We all love racing, she gets along with her in-laws and we both have a lot of common friends.&rdquo;</p> <p>While motorsports is this couple&rsquo;s primary hobby, they do share other interests including golfing and snowboarding. Both agree that they have some similar musical taste, but that the most important thing is that they share the same sense of humor.</p> <p>Corrin and Brian Tyson, of East Dublin, Ga., are soloists from the Middle Georgia Region SCCA that have taken on a leadership role in their local area.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are both from the same small town in Georgia, but we didn&rsquo;t know each other until a chance meeting at a St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day car show, in 2009,&rdquo; Corrin said. &ldquo;From that day, we became friends, then boyfriend/girlfriend, then engaged and now happily married for almost three years. Over the course of those five years, we participated in many competitive motorsports events including car shows, drag racing, autocross, RallyCross and track.&rdquo;</p> <p>Throughout their relationship, the couple&rsquo;s involvement in motorsports has gotten deeper than in would have otherwise.</p> <p>&ldquo;If it wasn&rsquo;t for Brian, I would not be involved to the extent that I am,&rdquo; Corrin said. &ldquo;He forced me to compete in my first autocross, back in 2009, before either of us really knew what it was. In fact, he registered me the morning of the event behind my back and told me I had to do it now because my name was on the roster. I enjoyed it so much that we have not voluntarily missed a local event since then.&rdquo;</p> <p>Corrin credited their mutual enjoyment and participation in the sport as one of the things that makes their relationship so strong.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think that because we both have an intimate understanding of the dynamics of the sport, we are able to emotionally support each other in a way that most couples wouldn&rsquo;t understand,&rdquo; Corrin said. &ldquo;Huge celebratory hugs when something goes well, like capturing the elusive 0.1-second of a second, and consolation whispers when the whole world crumbles, because first place has been stolen away due to a stupid cone. I think motorsports has helped to seal the bond that we have with each other into something that is very solid, understanding and real.&rdquo;</p> <p>David and Kim Whitener have been racking up trophies for the past three years and are defending STS and STSL National Champions, respectively. However, this couple was together in high school, before Kim even had a driver&rsquo;s license.</p> <p>&ldquo;Racing with SCCA allows us to spend time together and break away from other stress,&rdquo; the couple said. &ldquo;We have also been able to make vacations out of several of our out-of-town races, spending some extra days together across the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>What brought the couple to racing was a purchase that came with something extra.</p> <p>&ldquo;A few years after we were married, we bought a Subaru that came with a free SCCA membership,&rdquo; they said. &ldquo;This drew us to the sport. While we were not competitive the first several years of racing at the local level, we gradually improved and started enjoying the competition of national-level events.&rdquo;</p> <p>After hearing these stories, an argument could be made that SCCA may want to get into the match-making business. But then again, we&rsquo;ll just stick to what we know best: showcasing some of the best amateur racing talent in the United States.</p> <p>From all of us here at SCCA, we wish everyone a happy St. Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</p> <p>Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SCCAOfficial. More information on all of our racing programs can be found at www.SCCA.com.</p> Road Rally Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Member of Excellence Nominations Due Soon http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51696 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 6, 2013) &ndash;</strong> Sports Car Club of America is, once again, seeking nominations for the Member of Excellence award to be presented at the 2014 SCCA National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. In addition to being recognized in front of their Club colleagues, the recipient earns a trip to any motorsports event, anywhere in the world.</p> <p>The award goes to a member who provided a great contribution in the previous 12 months to the Club, regardless of competition area, as selected by the SCCA Board of Directors. Included below are the official criteria for this honor:</p> <p>&ldquo;[The award is presented to] the volunteer who shows the greatest commitment to SCCA Motor Sports activities. The recipient can be involved in Solo, Rally and/or Club Racing. This person should personify the SCCA volunteer who gives of his/her time and effort to helping organize, work in a specialty or any volunteer role necessary to a motor sports event. The award is a trip to any motor sports event anywhere with any sanctioning body. The recipient must meet the following criteria and the other obligations and conditions stated below:</p> <p>&ldquo;The member must have rendered long term service working SCCA events or activities for a five year minimum.</p> <p>&ldquo;Recipient cannot be a paid SCCA staff member, current Board of Directors member or any member who is a paid consultant to SCCA.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s honoree will join Mary Shiloff (2012), Arnie Coleman (2011), Marina Kraft (2010), Dave Deborde (2009) and Carol Cohn (2008) as previous recipients.</p> <p>The trip is funded by a 20-year private endowment by an anonymous SCCA member.</p> <p>Nominees should be submitted to president@scca.com or faxed to the attention of the SCCA President at (785) 232-7228. Nominations must be received by close of business November 29, 2013, for consideration. </p> Road Rally Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT 19th SCCA RoadRally Challenge Crowns Three Champion Teams http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51691 <p><strong>FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Oct. 24, 2013) -</strong> Three National championship teams were crowned at the 19th annual SCCA United States RoadRally Challenge (USRRC) on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Fredericksburg, Va.</p> <p>Sunday&rsquo;s awards ceremony capped three days and some 600 miles of rallying through the historic Virginia countryside surrounding the city that dates back to the colonial era.</p> <p>In Equipped, Chuck Larouere and Carl Staab (Mitsubishi 3000 GT) won a tight contest with Jack von Kaenel and Stu Helfer (Ford Fusion) by finishing second to von Kaenel and Helfer on Friday&rsquo;s Virginia Map GTA National Rally, then winning both Saturday&rsquo;s Virginia Reel National Course Rally and Sunday&rsquo;s Magical History National Touring Rally. Von Kaenel and Helfer finished second in class on the Virginia Reel and fourth in class on the Magical History Rally.</p> <p>The weekend&rsquo;s Limited Class belonged to Jim Crittenden and R. Bruce Gezon (Mini Cooper S). The veteran team won both the Friday and Saturday Class L contests (finishing first overall on Friday), and nearly won the Sunday Touring rally as well&mdash;except for a missed half-minute pause on the first leg of the rally. Fellow Class L veterans Jeanne English and Dave Kolb (Toyota Supra) ran a clean event and prevailed over Crittenden and Gezon for Sunday&rsquo;s class win. The final Sunday tallies for the two teams&mdash;English and Kolb 23 penalty points, Crittenden and Gezon, 69.</p> <p>In Stock, Nathan Harris and J Toney (Chevrolet Cobalt LTZ), like Larouere and Staab in Equipped, earned a second- place finish on Friday and picked up class wins on Saturday and Sunday. Will Moser and Kyle Rand (Toyota MR2) earned second-place honors in Stock by winning Friday&rsquo;s map rally and finishing second to Harris and Toney on Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>In each class, RoadRally Challenge competitors earn points, 10 points for first place, eight points for second place and so on, based on their finish in each of the three events. The points earned are then added together to determine the winning team.</p> <p>The 19th edition of the RoadRally Challenge was organized by the Washington, D.C., Region. At a RoadRally town hall meeting after Saturday&rsquo;s Virginia Reel Rally, Gezon, a member of the RoadRally Board, announced that the board had selected Chattanooga, Tenn. as the location for the 2014 USRRC. The event is scheduled for late September, with a specific date to be announced later, will be run in conjunction with the Coker Challenge, a Great Race regional event organized and sponsored by Coker Tire.</p> Road Rally Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Detroit Region Announces 65th Press on Regardless Road Rally http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51482 <p>2013 marks the 65th running of the Detroit Region Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Press On Regardless Rally? (POR), the oldest continuously run rally in North America. More than twenty teams of drivers and their navigators will compete over 525 miles of mostly unpaved roads near Indian River, Michigan during the two-day event September 6-8, 2013. This TSD (Time-Speed-Distance) rally is NOT a race, but rather a competition involving precision driving and teamwork between a driver and a navigator.</p> <p>The roads on POR will be mostly unpaved, fun and challenging. It&rsquo;s not a &ldquo;car-breaker&rdquo; rally, but vehicles with low ground clearance are not recommended. Running the event after dark allows for increased levels of safety.</p> <p>Press On Regardless? first ran in 1949, with entries including an SS100 Jaguar and a 1936 Duesenberg. That first POR started in Dearborn, and took competitors to Battle Creek and Flint before returning to the start. The first winners drove a 1949 Studebaker. Since that first presentation, POR has been a unique event, going from an SCCA-sanctioned National Rally, to a &ldquo;brisk&rdquo; 24 hour Time-Speed-Distance event and then to a closed road performance event patterned after the European Championship rallies. After several years as a FIA listed event, it became the first World Rally Championship Rally in the United States in 1972. When SCCA initiated the Pro Rally series, POR joined that series and was generally considered not only the oldest but also the longest, toughest and meanest event on the schedule. Finally, in 1994, the Detroit Region decided to return the event closer to its roots, and it once again became a TSD event.</p> <p>The challenge of a TSD rally, such as POR, is to follow a set of route instructions, which describe both the route to be followed, and the speed at which the car should be traveling. Periodically, competitors encounter checkpoints &ndash; unknown to them &ndash; where the rally car is timed precisely. The difference between the actual time the car arrives and the time the car should arrive, based on the route instructions, becomes the competitor&rsquo;s score. A perfect score is zero, indicating the car arrived exactly on time. Cars are penalized for each hundredth of a minute they arrive early or late. The 64th running of POR will award points for the SCCA Detroit Region, Great Lakes Division, and National Tour Rally Championship, and the overall winner&rsquo;s names will be added to the &ldquo;GENE HENDERSON MEMORIAL TROPHY&rdquo; along with all of the past winners since 1949.</p> <p>For more information, see the Detroit Regions web site at www.detroit-scca.org<br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Clear Blue Sky Rally Biggest in Texas for 40 Years http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51472 <p>Fifty-six cars entered the Clear Blue Sky Rally starting in McKinney, Texas on July 13. This sets a modern-era record for the number of entrants in a Southwest Division roadrally since the days of Rustler's Run and Big Bend Bash National rallies in the 1960's and 1970's. <br /> <br /> The cars ran a 120-mile course through Collin and Grayson counties north of Dallas, with a five-hour time limit. Certain turns were identified by photographs, and those who picked the wrong intersection ran an off-course loop. The event counted towards the National RoadRally Championship, as a Regional GTA rally.<br /> <br /> The winning MAZDA3 from Frisco, Texas, was joined by a Honda Accord from Houston, a 1974 Triumph TR-6 from Richardson, and a 1961 Studebaker Hawk from McKinney. The Team Award was won by three Mazdas, with teams of Mustangs, Subarus, Hondas, Volkswagens, Minis, and Camaros following in that order.<br /> <br /> Host Texas Region will stage a shortest-distance map rally on August 17.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Western Virginia National Tour Rally Approaching http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51471 <p>The 2013 Western Virginia National Tour Rally will headquarter at the Hampton Inn &amp; Suites in Triadelphia, WV east of Wheeling, WV at Exit 10 of I-70. The same format will be used as in the successful 2012 rally with a mid day start on Saturday, August 24th, and a mid day finish on Sunday to facilitate your travel arrangements.</p> <p><br /> The rally will traverse over 200 miles of southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia panhandle roads using passage controls facilitated by run/work methodology. Both day's runs will be about four hours long. A Novice Class is anticipated for those wishing to give SCCA tour rallies a try. Tulip instructions with mileages will be used for all course following.</p> <p>The scenery will be great, the roads good, and as usual many historic site references will be made along the route. We had a great time last year. Expect no less in 2013.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT USRRC Information Now Available http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51445 <p>The Washington, DC Region of the Sports Car Club of America wishes to welcome you to the 2013 SCCA United States Road Rally Challenge (USRRC). Veteran rallymasters Steve Gaddy (Chair), Dave Head (Rallymaster of both the course and the tour rallies) and Chris Bean (Rallymaster of the GTA rally) will do their best to give you an extended weekend of enjoyable and competitive rallying and socialization.</p> <p>These events will embrace the concept that the USRRC is for everyone, whether currently running or having run your last rally 30 years ago. What this means is that the rallies, and especially the course rally, will be so designed that no matter your skill level, you will find all the controls and understand how the traps work. The committee believes that you will have a good time in each of the three rallies, again regardless of your skill level.<br /> <br /> All three rallies will be headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia at a motel to be determined. Friday will feature a map-based GTA rally exploring the back roads west of Fredericksburg. The start-time of 10am to noon (TBD) will allow some local and regional teams to arrive the morning of, if desired, and the run time of just 6 hours will keep the day short and allow for plenty of relaxation in the evening to unwind and prepare for the following day&rsquo;s events. GTA scoring will be based upon map concepts requiring competitors to plot and execute a course from county maps. For those that ran the previous Washington DC USRRC, this event will borrow some aspects, but be shorter, easier, and we think a better fit for the overall three-day weekend.</p> <p>The Virginia Reel course rally will be run on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Expect it to be challenging but not enigmatic. The rally will be run on perfect time, meaning that the starting time of each leg will be given as a time of day restart, to which you add your car number in minutes. It will be arranged to have many of these restarts with extra time and occur near gas stations with convenience stores for contestant comfort. It will use a mechanism not often seen in rallies--compass headings (North, East, South, and West). Although this requires contestants to have a GPS or compass, this allows for more elegant and less complicated instructions, and a better overall contestant experience. When used, direction will be easy to determine (no &quot;close calls&quot;). The rally is expected to be somewhat less than 200 miles to avoid fatigue as a performance factor as some longer rallies do. The current planned end of the rally is The Riverboat on the Potomac in Colonial Beach, Virginia, which is built over the Potomac River on a pier, because anything on the Potomac is Maryland (check your map!) and thus allows some gaming. We anticipate being done in time for contestants to enjoy the free poker tournament at 6:30 if they wish, or just chill and wait for the free comedy program at 9:00 PM. If you aren&rsquo;t into comedy, there&rsquo;s another poker tournament at 9.</p> <p>The start and end of the Magical History Tour will occur in Fredericksburg on Sunday October 20, 2013. The event will contain no additional challenges beyond simply computing the leg time and coming into the checkpoint exactly on time. Such rallies are known as &ldquo;zero hero&rdquo; rallies, and are enjoyed by many as fairly low pressure events suitable for sightseeing while also competing. The committee plans to include sufficient time to see the 200 year old house, or the place where Stonewall Jackson was transported after being shot by his own men, or even seeing the place where he was shot. The event will be entertaining and educational for all. The weekend concludes with the awards banquet at a yet to be determined location in Fredericksburg.</p> <p>Please plan to join us for this memorable weekend. For more information, contact Steve Gaddy at nittany1995@gmail.com.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Sat, 01 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Multi-Year Partnership Names Mazda Official Car of SCCA http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51379 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (April 16, 2013) &ndash; </strong>Sports Car Club of America and Mazda North American Operations have announced a multi-year partnership that names Mazda the Official Car of SCCA through 2015.</p> <p>Mazda Director of Motorsports John Doonan and SCCA Vice President, Marketing and Communications Eric Prill made the announcement on Tuesday morning during the Mazda Motorsports pre-season media day at the company&rsquo;s headquarters in Irvine.</p> <p>Mazda will be utilized as the official pace car at key SCCA events, including the SCCA National Championship Runoffs&reg;, through the 2015 season. The annual SCCA Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Banquet will now be &ldquo;presented by Mazda.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In the minds of many, Mazda and the SCCA were already partners,&rdquo; Doonan said. &ldquo;At the SCCA Runoffs, the Mazda contingent has been the largest of any car company. We love that our small organization is more popular on the race track than the combined efforts of many of our much larger competitors. We look forward to working with the SCCA to grow the sport for the next generation.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Mazda has been a long-time supporter of the SCCA and our competitors, so formalizing our relationship was a natural next step,&rdquo; SCCA President/CEO Jeff&nbsp;Dahnert said. &ldquo;On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas being raced than any other marque. We&rsquo;re looking forward to expanding our relationship with Mazda and the new opportunities that come with it.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>About Sports Car Club of America</strong><br /> Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 45,000-member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 115 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series, which includes the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour and the U.S. Majors Tour; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs&reg; at Road America; and The Tire Rack&reg; SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship at Lincoln, Neb. For more information, please visit www.scca.com, like SCCA on Facebook at facebook.com/sccaofficial, or follow the club on Twitter @SCCAOfficial.</p> <p><strong>About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED</strong><br /> Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America. Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world's largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda Motorsports established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda's success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.</p> <p>MAZDASPEED Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.</p> <p>Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com racers and fans can follow the action on facebook (Mazdaspeed Motorsports).<br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Happy Birthday, SCCA http://www.scca.com/news/?cid=51333 <p><strong>TOPEKA, Kan. (February 26, 2013 ) &ndash;</strong> On Feb. 26, 1944, 69 years ago, a group of sports car enthusiasts met at the Boston, Mass. home of Chapin Wallour to form a club dedicated to the preservation of sports cars. Today, the Sports Car Club of America annually boasts 60,000 members and hosts motorsports events around the country.</p> <p>While the vintage market was covered by existing car clubs focused on the &ldquo;preservation of veteran motor cars, a worthy objective,&rdquo; the seven founding members gathered that night with an eye on the then-current generation of sports cars. It was specifically identified in the minutes from that first meeting &ndash; the SCCA was to concentrate on cars made after 1914.</p> <p>First, though, the question arose &ndash; what was the definition of sports car? It was decided that evening to include &ldquo;any quality car which was built primarily for sports motoring as opposed to mere transportation. In other words, any car which rates higher than average in construction and engineering, and which, preferably, has open body work.&rdquo;</p> <p>The first meeting of the SCCA was a bit more exclusive than today&rsquo;s members would recognize. The list of cars owned by founding members Everett Dickinson, John Duby, Arnold Engborg, Theodore Robertson, George Schulz, Robert Townsend, and Chapin Wallour sound like museum pieces today: a Duesenberg &ldquo;J&rdquo; double cowl Phaeton, a Lancia Lambda 5th Series Roadster, a Kissel Speedster, Stutz DV 32 Sports Tourer, Mercer series 4 Raceabout, Isotte Fraschini type 8A Castagna Convertible Coupe, a Rolls Royce Phantom I Ascot Phaeton, and on. Not a single BMW, Ford or Mazda in the bunch!</p> <p>This wasn&rsquo;t by coincidence. The constitution drawn up by Ted Robertson stated that membership in the Club shall be restricted to owners of sports cars, sponsored by one current member, seconded by another, and elected by unanimous vote of the officers. Then, that new member must pay the yearly dues within 30 days &ndash; three dollars.</p> <p>These gentlemen took the &ldquo;sports car&rdquo; in Sports Car Club of America very seriously. Of the 592 words in the first constitution, more than one-third dealt with dismissal from the club! Some of the apparently treasonous actions included selling a sports car without first advertising the car for sale with the Club, or buying a sports car that another member, essentially, called &ldquo;dibs&rdquo; on first. Being &ldquo;obviously at fault&rdquo; in an accident involving another member was grounds for dismissal, as was voluntarily disposing of your last remaining sports car. Of course it was bad if you broke up your own sports car &ndash; but equally as punishable was permitting someone else to destroy a sports car, or even having knowledge of someone just possibly breaking up a sports car without telling an officer.</p> <p>The founding members were true fanatics when it came to their cars.</p> <p>Clearly, a lot has changed in the 69 years of the SCCA. The founders wouldn&rsquo;t have recognized our thousands of female members &ndash; and the notion of Lisa Noble as the Chairman of the Board of Directors would have most certainly blown the mind of original President Robertson. Today, SCCA accepts all members, regardless of whether or not they own a sports car.</p> <p>Not everything has changed, of course. The passion shines through in each member today, as it did 69 years ago. The care that SCCA members take for each other remains. The pride that today&rsquo;s members have in the Club lives on.</p> <p>From the humble origins of seven enthusiasts gathered on a cold Boston evening to today&rsquo;s international contingent who feel the same, the original spirit of the club continues.</p> <p>Happy Birthday, Sports Car Club of America &ndash; here&rsquo;s to the next 69 years!</p> <p>And, happy birthday to SCCA&rsquo;s current President Jeff Dahnert. Coincidence?<br /> &nbsp;</p> Road Rally Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT