Over the last couple of years, the
SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series has
undergone a number of changes –
one of which is the creation of the
Trans-Am 2 (TA2) class, which runs
alongside Trans-Am, TA3 and GGT cars
in the championship series. To help
grow the TA2 class, competitors Gregg
Rodgers and Bob Stretch are offering
a unique opportunity for qualified
participants. On Dec. 9, 2011 (or Dec. 10,
in the event of inclement weather),
Rodgers and Stretch are holding a TA2
Discovery Day, giving participants a
chance to get multiple sessions in a
475-hp, 2,900lbs, 2011 Camaro Stock
Car at Eagles Canyon Raceway in
Decatur, Texas, located 50 miles from
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
The cars will be prepared by Wheels
America Racing and 2011 TA2 Champion
Bob Stretch as well as multi-time TA2
race winner Gregg Rodgers and his
Pinnacle Autosports operation.
Discovery Day for
Trans-Am 2 Camaro
Considering racing in Trans-Am? Come
and test in a TA2-winning car.
Board of Directors
ONE OF THE MORE PLEASURABLE activities I perform as Chairman of the Board is taking the time to recognize our membership and their accomplishments. Fortunately, an important aspect
of that activity happens once a month. I receive a packet of official letters
from the SCCA National Office that require my signature, which I gladly
provide, and then send them back to the office for distribution. These
letters are being sent to certain members recognizing their longevity in the
Sports Car Club of America. All of these members have 50-plus years of
continuous membership in the SCCA, and along with a letter of
commendation, they receive a National Lifetime Membership.
I recently received a batch of these letters to sign. I enjoyed reading
them, and marveled at the length of time some of these folks have
belonged to this Club. That got me thinking about the “longevity” statistics
for the SCCA. Enlisting the help of Club office staff, I discovered the
• SCCA currently has 241 members who have held their membership for
50-plus continuous years.
• The year 2011 has seen 32 members reach their 50-year mark.
• Twenty-four members gained 55-year status in 2011.
• As of 2011, nine members achieved 60 years of Club membership.
• One very remarkable member reached the 65-year plateau this year.
Furthermore, the following is a list of
the 11 dedicated members who have
held the longest continuous
membership in the SCCA,
accompanied by the dates they
joined the Club:
• I. Otto Linton (May 1945)
• William F Milliken Jr. (Sept. 1946)
• Dean Bedford (Feb. 1948)
• Corwith Hamill (Feb.1949)
• James T. Carson (Sept. 1949)
• William B. Lloyd (Oct. 1949)
• Leroy Kramer Jr. (Jan. 1950)
• Curtis B. Thews (Jan. 1950)
• Oscar Koveleski (May 1950)
• Burdette H. Martin, Jr. (June 1950)
• Miles C. Wambough (Dec. 1950)
These are truly remarkable statistics
and a noteworthy list of longtime
members. These folks certainly
deserve special recognition. I want
to extend my congratulations to all
who reached milestones in 2011 and
acknowledge their dedication to our
organization. For this length of
affiliation with the SCCA, all I can
say is a sincere thank you, and I’ve
got to think that somebody must
have been having <I>a lot<I> of fun
to stay with our Club for so many
years! And, isn’t that what it
is all about?
“Cars with comparable lap times
often cost twice to three times as
much to run,” Stretch says. “Due to...
parts availability and very little
fabrications, these TA2 Camaro race
cars are easy to maintain, easy to
run and evenly matched.”
“Minimal fees will be charged, and
anyone who buys a car or retains
Pinnacle Autosports or Wheels
America Racing for support or car
build may be eligible to have fees
waived. Full season Trans-Am 2012
rental [and] support is available now.”
The total, turnkey cost of the TA2
Camaro can be less than $70,000.
“With costs breaking down to $163
per tire, brake pads under $200,
engine costs of $4,500 to $7,500,
chassis under $4,000 and chassis,
body, interior for about $12,000...this
can be easily done,” says Stretch.
If interested, contact Rodgers at
Pinnacle Autosports, (gtrodgers@
earthlink.net, (940) 648-1210) or
Stretch at Wheels America Racing
( email@example.com, (817) 668-5433).
SCCA.com All New
SCCA has launched an all-new website at www.scca.com. Working with
motorsports web developer RACERSITES, the new site has been built
to both address the needs of current members and potential members.
The first time a user visits the site, they will see a page geared
toward someone who might not be familiar with the Club, providing
overall information. For those looking for specific news or information,
the Tour page can be closed, taking you to the full site. The Tour page
will not appear again for a period of time, unless the user requests it.
The main SCCA site contains news, event and membership
information, rules, forms and downloads, multimedia links as well as
social media feeds from the likes of Facebook and Twitter.
“The goal of the new site was to make the information our members
want easier to find and in a less cluttered fashion,” SCCA President and
CEO Jeff Dahnert says. “Some website re-designs completely change
the navigation, requiring the user to start from scratch. We built on the
things that worked well and attempted to address those that didn’t.
“Like any website, things will be tweaked and added to
increase usability. It is a fluid entity, and while we
have done extensive testing both
internally and with a member-based
focus group, we know that with a
project of this magnitude, a glitch
may pop up every now and then.
That said, we’re very excited about
the fresh new SCCA.com.”
In the October issue Who Will Win
the National Championship Runoffs,
we incorrectly noted that Charlie
Clark is working to make the Honda
CRX faster. In fact, it is Bob Clark
who is doing the work.
Also in that Who Will Win article was
another name error. In H Production,
we meant to write Ron Bartell. Our
apologies for the mistake.
In the same issue on the Roots
page, we got our timeline of events
wrong regarding the SCCA National
Office’s move to Topeka, Kan. The
Tire Rack Solo National
Championships moved to Forbes
Field in Topeka in 1995, seven years
before the National Office moved its
operation to Topeka. The National
Championship Runoffs began its
three-year run at Heartland Park
Topeka in 2006.