FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 AUGUST 2020 scca.comFROM THE EDITOR
• The 40th running of theJune Sprints set an attendancerecord of 533 cars andattracted roughly 15,000 fans.
• Members continued todebate the GCR requirementfor Production-class racecarsto only use carburtetors.
• Frank Stagnaro’s C Preparedautocross Mustang wasfeatured, photographed byautocrosser Bryan Heitkotter.
Within a year, Heitkotter wouldshoot to international fame bywinning the GT Academy andbeginning a pro racing career.
• A pro racing collage showedParnelli Jones, determined towin despite having retired earlyfrom the Donnybrooke TransAm race, offering advice toGeorge Follmer during a pitstop.
• Extra large SCCA ashtrays
could be purchased for $3.95.
The pandemic’s stay-at-home orders left me with less time than ever. I was told that I should actually have more spare time, but it was a lie. With the entire
family at home – including three young children – spiders were the only ones working
on my racecars, and editing SportsCar turned into a nocturnal activity. Despite
that, it didn’t take long for me to accrue a collection of books to read. And, while
I haven’t finished any of them, two are a perfect match for this issue of SportsCar.
Nissan Z: 50 Years of Exhilarating Performance tells the history of the Z starting with
the highly anticipated unveiling of the 240Z. But what caught my eye in the hardcover,
176-page book was the recognition of the Z’s racing legacy and its SCCA connections.
“[Paul] Newman regularly raced throughout the 1970s and ’80s,” the
book reads. “After running Datsun roadsters, he turned to the Z, later selecting
turbocharged models; and his red, white, and blue Z made regular appearances
in the SCCA Trans Am series as well as on the posters and banners of the
race promoters’ individual events.”
Newman, an SCCA Hall of Fame member, is
not the only SCCA racing great recognized in the
book. John Morton, well known for his time in
the Trans Am series racing the BRE Datsun 510,
receives multiple mentions for wheeling a 240Z
for another SCCA Hall of Famer, Peter Brock.
“Initial teething problems with the engine’s
crankshafts almost scuttled our regional
qualifications for the ARRC,” Brock is quoted as
saying about the team’s 1970 SCCA Road Racing
season. “Late season development overcame
the problems, however, and Morton swept to victory at Road Atlanta.”
Indeed, Morton clinched SCCA National Championship titles in 1970-’ 71. Morton
returned to the Runoffs in 2013 (also in a Z), where he and I competed in E Production
(although for some reason, this outstanding fact was ignored in the book).
The other book I’m itching to finish is The Cars of Trans Am Racing, covering theSCCA Pro Racing series from 1966-’ 72. While the Nissan Z book is penned by universityprofessor and previous Nissan Motorsports employee Pete Evanow, The Cars of Trans AmRacing is authored by the founder of the Historic Trans Am Registry and racecar restorerDavid Tom. As a result, this 192-page book is more slanted toward nuts and bolts.
From SCCA Hall of Famer Jim Hall petitioning for the use of the Trans Am rear spoileron his Chaparral Camaro to a dive beneath the skin of Smokey Yunick’s rules-bendingCamaro, this is a perspective on the SCCA Pro Racing series that’s hard to find elsewhere.
If you’re blessed with more spare time than me, I recommend you pick up one,or both, of these books. As for me, I’ll finish reading them one day. You know, oncethe pandemic is over and I get back all of the spare time I never knew I had.
TONS OF TIME
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINE
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TWO FORTHE ROAD
My desk hasbecome litteredwith books I’llnever finish, butthese two keepclimbing to thetop of the pile.