WORDS Pete Hylton, SCCA Historian
MEMBERSHIP THAT LASTS A LIFETIME
There is a good chance that the reason you joined the SCCA is not
because of a motorsports article in
the media or a commercial on TV, or
even because you stumbled upon an
SCCA competition event. Rather, there
is a strong likelihood that you joined
because of the guy or gal next door, who
shared with you some story of his or her
Club Racing, Soloing, or rallying exploits.
And there is an equally good chance
that they invited you to come along as a
member of their crew, as their navigator,
or to run your car alongside theirs
against the cones and the clock. Be
careful, this sport – and that guy or gal –
is likely to become a part of your life.
I recently I bumped into Turner
Woodard during lunch, the man who got
me involved in the SCCA, some 40 years
ago. On that fateful day in the 1970s,
I saw a pickup with an open trailer, and a
Bobsy sports racer pull in to a Texaco
gas station two miles from Indianapolis
Raceway Park (now Lucas Oil Raceway).
I had never seen a car like that before,
and I pulled in just to get a look. I ended
up with an invitation to follow the team
to the raceway where they were doing a
test session on the 2.5-mile road course.
The rest, quite literally, is history.
I loved the car. I loved the track. I was
adopted by the team. I was hooked.
Unfortunately, I was also under age to
get into the pits or work on corners. To
get around this, I contacted Sue Zobbe,
who became my “SCCA mom” and
taught me everything there was to know
about Timing and Scoring, where my
age did not matter. Four decades later,
I have been a Club Racer, a Soloist, a
rallyist, a regional official, a national
director, and the SCCA’s resident
historian. Proving, that once you find this
Club, finding your place – or places – in it
is easy; and rewarding. It brought about
some of the best times of my life.
It was great to bump into Turner
again. That day, his mechanic even
walked me through the shop where his
racecars are still lovingly maintained.
Which only proves that for both of us,
and for you, joining the SCCA is a lifelong
experience of friends, fast cars, and
BRINGINGEXCITEMENTFormula Junior was aninexpensive open-wheelracing series created in thelate1950s in Europe. In1959, the SCCA brought thecars to America. Here, fourtime SCCA Champion WaltHansgen pilots a FormulaJunior car on his way tovictory. The following year, Hansgen made hisFormula 1 debut.
UNBRIDLEDPERFORMANCESCCA’s Can-Am pro series isone of the highlights of theClub’s amazing history. Thisall-but-unlimited seriesattracted a number of acedrivers, like Formula 1champion Jackie Stewart,seen here piloting a Jim Hallcreation, the infamousChaparral 2J, at WatkinsGlen in 1970.
INSPIRED POWERThe success of Can-Amspawned the F5000 series,which SCCA was happy tobring to U.S. shores. Theseopen-wheel racecarsfeatured a maximum of5-liter displacement motorsproducing around 500hp.The series attracted manycompetitors, includingCan-Am and Trans Am driverSam Posey. Here, Posey ( 34),battles Brett Lunger at a1972 race in Monterey, Calif.