82 MAY 2017 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• SCCA announced a novel idea:
a single membership card that
listed all your licenses.
• A news item showed 1991 Pro
Rally Champ Chad DiMarco
building his latest rally car on
Subaru’s production line. Subaru
even set its robots to do the
• Autocrossers were treated to
an extended feature on “must
do” modifications for Solo’s
• SportsCar introduced its latest
project car, a Nissan Sentra built
for RallyCross, and got it dirty.
• A RoadRally feature told how
to be a rallymaster.
• Austin Healey advertised its
latest Sprite street car, still
priced under $2,000. For that,
you got the latest 1,275cc
engine upgraded to 65hp.
• SCCA advertised its “super
size” 8x8x2.5-inch, four-pound
ashtray for sale for $3.
here’s a theme in this issue, and you don’t have to look hard to find it: SCCA
competition makes for the best racers. This is no secret. Since the Club’s
inception in 1944, the SCCA has been the launching pad for some of the world’s
best racers – Phil Hill, Mark Donohue, Bobby Rahal, and on and on for three-
quarters of a century. But the Club’s ability to produce the best racers in the
world hasn’t slowed one iota, and we’re all responsible for that.
This month’s cover features Darren Seltzer, a two-time Solo National Champion
who currently has his sights set on a National Championship Runoffs podium finish –
preferably on the top step. Darren doesn’t come across as a driving prodigy; rather,
he achieves his goals through hard work. In the feature, Darren reveals that he
finished dead last at his first autocross, but he stuck with it. “I started co-driving with
top drivers in my Region, and I improved my skills very quickly,” he tells us. “Within
a year I was winning those local events.” Three years later, he claimed his first
National Championship title.
Another feature in this issue highlights a
number of SCCA drivers who excelled in
professional racing series in the last year. Elivan
Goulart, Tom O’Gorman, Toby Grahovec, and
Nathanial “Sparky” Sparks, all road raced or
autocrossed with the SCCA prior to their
successful 2016 pro seasons, and young Neil
Verhagen doubled up on Club and pro events in
2016 to maximize his learning curve.
“I started doing some autocrosses with Gulf
Coast Region SCCA,” Sparky reveals in the
feature. “In 2008, we decided we wanted to go
racing, so my dad bought a Spec Miata. I ran the Teen Mazda Challenge, and
then started running National events against some of the fastest guys in Club
Racing, like [SCCA racers] Danny Steyn, Alex Bolanos, and Jim Drago.”
O’Gorman also credits his SCCA background for his pro success. “Autocross is
great for learning car control and being able to learn courses quickly,” he says.
“I’ve been able to learn the courses that we travel to now [in the pro series]
very quickly because of my experience with autocross.”
What does the future hold in store for these racers on their journey to the big
league? You never can tell, but undoubtedly some will make it, and like Randy Pobst,
Peter Cunningham, and so many others, they’ll always credit their SCCA beginnings
for their success. I have no doubt that someone among us right now is the next
Bobby Rahal – a man so insistent on the importance of an SCCA background that he
made his son, Graham, compete at the Runoffs in 2005 prior to turning pro.
What we’re doing in the SCCA is fun, for sure, but it’s also important. We, as SCCA
members, are all helping write the next chapter in the fantastic story of motorsports.
Even if your goal, like mine, is to be a weekend warrior and never race professionally,
you should remember that tomorrow’s pros will have to beat the rest of us before they
can make it big – and speaking for myself, I’m not going to make it easy.
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MAKING THE BEST RACERS
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINE
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In 1961, SCCA
Hill (right) put
our little Club
on the world
stage when he
became the first
(and still only)
racer to win the
F1 World Drivers’