Board of Directors
One Member at a Time
THE CLUB NEEDS YOUR HELP in 2012. In recent years, the Sports Car Club of America has seen gradual erosion in both membership and event entries and, unless checked, the very core of our Club will be
endangered. As I write this, our membership is around 42,000 – a number
that reflects a drop of roughly 2,000 members a year for some time now.
Because of this fact, the Board of Directors, the SCCA National Office, our
regions from coast to coast and our members must put our collective
thoughts together to arrest this downslide. I believe we, as a Club, can turn
this trend around, and with shared effort, can increase our membership by
2,000-3,000 members a year.
This is where you, our members, come in. I’m inviting you to join me in
my New Year’s resolution to personally recruit and mentor at least one
new member in 2012. Do you realize that if each of us would recruit just
one new member, we would theoretically increase the Club’s membership
by 42,000 by year’s end? That is a 100-percent increase. Rather
It really isn’t that difficult a proposition if you think about it. Bringing a
new member to the Club can be as easy as just asking someone to
participate in an event – even for just one day. Invite a relative, co-worker,
neighbor, friend, or even a new acquaintance to come and see what we
do. Sometimes all it takes is a sincere invitation, even if that invitation
needs to be repeated a time or two. Invite them to join your crew for the
weekend. Or tell them you can find a
place for them flagging on a corner,
working the grid, helping with Timing
and Scoring or tech, or any of the
many volunteer positions at SCCA
events. Provide them with the
regional and national website
addresses. Show off the pictures of
your car and/or volunteer buddies.
Share your favorite stories and
perhaps do a little bench racing. You
know as well as I do, once exposed
to our Club and our sport, they’ll be
hooked, and you will have added a
new member to our ranks!
I’m not asking you to make this
effort all on your own. The Club office
has developed incentive programs to
provide benefits to encourage
volunteer participation and retention
including financial rewards for active
members who recruit new members.
Also, a number of our regions are
aggressively working on recruitment
programs. Check www.scca.com as
well as your local region’s websites
for more details.
So, when the opportunity arises,
don’t be bashful about your love of
motorsports and your membership in
our Club – the Sports Car Club of
America. I’m asking you to be an
ambassador for our Club. Share the
fun and fulfill ourNew Year’s
resolution – one member at a time.
Happy 2012 racing!
With the end of 2011, four of
SCCA’s Areas held elections for
national Board of Directors
positions. From these elections,
two new members joined the
BoD in 2012, while two
incumbents returned for a second
Robin Langlotz, of Orlando,
Fla., and Michael Lewis, of
Poway, Calif., ran unopposed in
Area 3 and Area 11, respectively,
and will return to the Board.
In Area 4, Stephen Harris, of
Dayton, Ohio, topped incumbent
Marcus Merideth for the third
open spot on the 13-member
Board. Brian McCarthy, of
Sacramento, Calif., won the Area
9 spot over Dave Deborde, of
Minden, Nev. McCarthy takes
over the seat filled previously by
R.J. Gordy, who reached his
Cars with engines 2.0L and smaller displacement can now run in STL at National races.
Super Touring Lite Goes National
Following one season as a Regional class, Super Touring Lite (STL) has been
approved for National competition for the 2012 race season. STL will be
scored as its own class at SafeRacer National Racing Series events during
the season while running as a combined group with Super Touring Under
(STU). However, neither an STL National Champion or class awards will be
given at this year’s National Championship Runoffs. Rather, STL will combine
with STU at the Runoffs, with drivers qualifying for the Runoffs in STL being
invited to compete as STU entrants.
The STL class features cars with less than two liters of engine
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displacement, permits engine swaps, aerodynamic components such as
wings and splitters, brake upgrades and aftermarket suspension components
and utilizes DOT-approved competition tires.