78 AUGUST 2018 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• The Chicago Region June
Sprints saw 474 competitors
take part in the event, including
a 74-car-strong SRF grid.
• The 14th annual Longest
Day of Nelson Ledges had
just wrapped, with the
Consulier Intruder team
dominating the event.
• We covered the 48th running
of the historic Rose Cup races at
Portland International Raceway.
• Formula Vee celebrated
its 45th birthday with an
event at Roebling Road.
• Installment number four of
our Improved Touring A Miata
build found lots of speed.
• Bill Greer penned a piece on
Ed Zink and his Zink Cars, which
were quickly becoming the
dominating force in Formula Vee.
• Mark Donohue lapped the
field at the Mid-Ohio Trans Am
series stop, leaving the rest to
wonder if anyone could top him.
received a call from Chris Robbins recently and he was his usual happy self, which
anyone who has spoken with Chris will know is nothing new. Chris joined the SCCA
Staff earlier this year as the Club’s Director of Region Development, tasked with, well,
assisting in the development of the Club’s Regions. His position at the SCCA is broad
but important, ranging from traveling to Regions to learn the best practices of those
Regions to re-masterminding the online membership registration and renewal
process. But it turns out, he’s always game for taking on more.
The call I received from Chris pertained to the general environment people
experience at SCCA events. As such, Chris penned SCCA’s Welcoming Environment
Statement inspired by a presentation SCCA President and CEO Mike Cobb gave at
the 2018 SCCA National Convention, with the wording of this statement to be placed
in SCCA’s operations manuals this year. There are multiple facets, but the gist is
really summed up in one sentence that sits dead center in the statement: “The SCCA
supports equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants and will make
every effort to maintain an environment that is free of harassment, discrimination,
and any behavior that interferes with a safe, fun, and exciting experience.”
Since I began participating in SCCA events in 1997, I’ve never had a
volatile run-in with someone at an event, be they a competitor or an official.
I’ve differed in opinion regarding rules or racing room, sure, but nothing that
wasn’t dealt with professionally and respectfully. Even in those rare instances
where our opposing opinions were destined to stay askew, we’ve often shared
a cold brew later, chumming it up. After all, we’re here to have fun.
Ultimately, that’s what I read when Chris e-mailed me a preview of the SCCA Welcoming
Environment Statement: have fun. That’s why I came to the Club, that’s why I stayed – and
I’ll bet that’s true for you, too. From autocross to RallyCross, RoadRally, and SCCA Road
Racing, no matter what discipline I’ve tried, fun has been the name of the game.
In addition, in the SCCA Welcoming Environment Statement,
Chris breaks down six key values of the Club:
•;Excellence – The Spirit of a Competitor
•;Service – The Heart of a Volunteer
•;Passion – The Attitude of an Enthusiast
•;Team – The Art of Working Together
•;Experience – The Act of Wowing our Community
•;Stewardship – The Mindset of an Owner
Sitting atop that list is the one that really hits home to me and, in my
conversation with Chris, he revealed the essence behind it. “Excellence” is
not just having the spirit of a competitor, it’s striving to be the best, displaying
a sense of urgency, and never giving up. This is truly what I love most about
the Club – from on-track battles to corner workers to registration efficiency,
excellence is what the SCCA is all about. In fact, it’s what we do best.
So, what does the SCCA Welcoming Environment Statement mean to all of us
when it shows up in SCCA’s operation manuals? To me, it simply reinforces what we’re
already doing. So, let’s keep on doing what we’re doing – let’s keep on having fun!
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