“ Without that moment and
those people…this very
moment would be different”
FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 JANUARY 2019 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• A self-proclaimed perfectionist,
Scott Sharp put in a dominating
season, making his Trans Am title
run look like a walk in the park.
• At 50-years young, Elliott
Forbes-Robinson proved he was
getting better, not older, as he
added a World Challenge title to
his already impressive resume.
• The 45th Runoffs had come
to a close at Heartland Park
Topeka, marking the third and
final installment at the track.
• The RallyCross National
Championship was held
in Lebanon, Tenn., at the
attracting 69 competitors.
• The ARRC visited Riverside
Raceway where some 313
drivers took the green flag
to the delight of the 15,000
fans in attendance.
• Denis Hulme was the Can-Am
champion. With the title came
$93,060 and a new car.
I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to my recreational reading. Case in point: One of the genres I really enjoy is time travel. I’m not strict about the genre, either, as the book I’m
currently reading isn’t really a time travel novel; the expanse of history in the protagonist’s
life is the book. How to Stop Time centers around someone who lives for a long time, but
author Matt Haig does an excellent job of jumping back and forth through the centuries,
offering a different take on the genre than some of my other time travel favorites like
Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and Jack Finney’s Time and Again. But regardless of whether
the book is a tried and true time travel adventure or not, the theme is often the same:
Every person in the past builds the world we have today, and those today mold the future.
Seventy-five years ago, on what was probably a chilly Saturday evening in
February, seven automotive enthusiasts met at a Boston brownstone to form a
club for automotive enthusiasts. The concept was simple, but the decisions they
made when they entered the residence of Chapin Wallour that day changed not
only their lives, but also the lives of automotive and motorsport fans around
the world for decades to come. And, most importantly, it changed your life.
Did you know, for instance, that the wire wheel logo that sits atop the cover of this
magazine – not to mention on your competition car and
perhaps on some of your clothes – is essentially the same
art that Mr. Wallour designed prior to that first meeting in
1944? It really doesn’t matter whether it was a specific
or arbitrary decision he and others made when fashioning
the logo after a Rudge Whitworth wheel containing a
red drum brake, but it was that stroke of the pen that
bore witness to what has become an iconic mark in the world of motorsports. Without
that moment and those people in that house, this very moment would be different.
Each year during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the SCCA National Convention, I find
myself reflecting on what made the Club what it is, and I often get lost in those moments.
During last year’s Hall of Fame celebration, I glanced around the room as Janet Guthrie
made her acceptance speech and saw 480-something other SCCA members living
her past with me. We were all there, but we were also living moments from decades
earlier, witnessing a time where she helped define the course of motorsports. Some
moments were humorous, others unbelievable, but every single one of them affected
the day that came after it, and the day after that – and those moments built an
incredible future. It was history in the making, both back then and at that Convention.
I hope you attend the next SCCA National Convention and Hall of Fame induction
ceremony in January 2019 (register at scca.com/convention) so you can experience
this for yourself, and I also encourage you to stay tuned for what we have in store in
the coming months in SportsCar. On the docket are numerous stories celebrating
events that have made SCCA’s Diamond Anniversary so important, and I can’t wait
to help bring those to life in the pages of SportsCar – a publication that has written
history in its own right, having been published for SCCA members since March 1944.
Now, on to other book recommendations. Have I mentioned I also
enjoy reading poorly written apocalypse and zombie novels?
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