78 MARCH 2019 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
This month’s cover is wild, but it’s certainly not by accident. If you want to know more about the cover that is helping us celebrate SCCA’s 75th anniversary,
flip to pg. 30 – but there’s more to the cover than is described in that feature. On
pg. 30 we say that, when placed side by side, you can tell this is a fun homage
to John Bishop’s painted SportsCar cover from February 1959, and we discuss
some of Bishop’s incredible contributions to the SCCA. But what we don’t
mention is that almost every element of this month’s cover has meaning.
Let’s start with the stripes in the sky. Look closely at Bishop’s cover and you’ll
notice brush strokes, as well as the clouds and trees, which follow similar lines. The
stripes on the ground make an obvious reference to the railroad crossing in Bishop’s
art, but, coincidentally, it’s also similar to what fans will witness this May at Lime Rock
Park when the SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am Series returns to the historic circuit for
the first time since 2015 and the muscle cars crest the rise on The Back Straight.
Did we mention that the Trans Am Series may
have never existed without Bishop’s contributions?
There’s an argument that the Mustang should
be leading the charge on the cover, but that’s not
necessarily the case. In recent years, Trans Am’s TA2
class has taken off, so to speak, and in the 2018 class
points battle, Chevrolet won hands down with a near
30-percent margin. In modern Trans Am, Chevrolet is winning the pony car war.
If you want to dig deeper, you’ll find that George Follmer was inducted
into the SCCA Hall of Fame this year during the SCCA National Convention
(pg. 37). Among his many accomplishments, Follmer’s success in Trans Am
(pg. 6-7) fueled the success of the series that Bishop helped create.
The cover’s colors are not random, either. Brian Linn, the artist of this month’s
cover, built his art using three colors as a base: red, black, and white. The same
colors that make up SCCA’s logo. You’ll also discover on pg. 30 that Linn is
not your average artist – his resume includes numerous Runoffs podiums, two
National Championships, the President’s Cup, and the Mark Donohue Award. It’s
the contribution of members that make this Club – and this cover – so great.
And, while this month’s cover is a wild one, it’s also historically not that usual. Glance
to pg. 24 and you’ll find nearly 30 covers of SportsCar ranging from 1944 through
the late 1960s, and many of them include art. Art has played a massive role in
SportsCar’s past, and I wouldn’t mind bringing it back with some amount of regularity.
This is, by far, one of the most thoughtful SportsCar covers we’ve produced
in the last decade – and considering it’s representing the SCCA on its 75th
birthday (which is Feb. 26, 1944, by the way), it deserves to be. But while the
SportsCar staff pondered, brainstormed, and debated the best road forward for
this month’s cover, the SCCA National Staff and Board of Directors have been
doing the same with the future of the Club. The SCCA has come a long way in
the last 75 years, and I can only imagine what the next 75 holds in store.
WHAT’S IN A COVER?
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINE
“ While this month’s cover is
a wild one, it’s also historically
not that unusual”
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The February 1959 cover of SportsCar
(TOP) has long been a staff favorite,
so it was fitting that we honor that 15th
anniversary issue with a special cover of
our own for the Club’s 75th anniversary
(ABOVE). But while the 1959 issue’s
cover looked at the Club’s past, ours
tells a tale of the present and future.