Two SCCA Members Pass Away from Incident at Packwood ProSolo

The Sports Car Club of America® is saddened to announce the passing of two Club members — Amber Dawn Jorgensen and Des Toups — following an incident at a ProSolo® event held at the former Hampton Mills facility in Packwood, WA, July 14-16.

On Sunday morning, July 16, a vehicle in the competition continued past the finish line and struck another member and a solid structure. The remainder of the event was promptly cancelled. Both Toups and Jorgensen later passed away.

“It’s with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of Amber and Des,” said SCCA President and CEO Mike Cobb. “These two were pillars of their local Solo communities.”

Amber Dawn Jorgensen, 50, was a four-year member of the SCCA and Snake River Region. Jorgensen ran competitively in E Street, leading Snake River Region’s E Street points championship and sitting fourth overall in the Region’s PAX championship. Her husband, Steven, having competed the previous weekend at the Packwood Solo National Tour, was on site.

Des Toups, 61, was a 20-year member of the SCCA and Northwest Region. He was known for competing in a wide variety of vehicles and classes through the years. Among other accomplishments, Toups was a regular at the Solo National Championships, where he competed 14 times and earned two trophies.

“As the SCCA community begins to process this tragic loss, we are focused on finding a way to provide grief counseling to those who need it,” noted a somber Cobb. “We’re sending our deepest condolences to the families, friends, competitors and fellow Region members who will surely feel the effects of this loss.”