FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 MAY 2020 scca.comFROM THE EDITOR
• The first in a multi-part seriestackled the topic of correctdriver etiquette in a variety ofSCCA Road Racing classes.
• In a riveting news story,SportsCar analyzed hotel roomrates for the SCCA NationalConvention from 1994-’95.
• A virtual racing competitionplaced one talented driver in theselection process for the real2010 SCCA Pro Racing TDI Cup.
• Our Think Different featuretold of interesting Regionalevents and series, like theMorror Khana autocross.
• A Timing and Scoring featuretold of the best practices ofthe day, which involved tapersentering car numbers next tothe car’s time on a tape, thentearing off that tape and passingit to a calculating group for thelap times to be worked out.
This issue went to print as the world ground to a halt. The COVID- 19 pandemic was spreading wildly through the U.S. and beyond, and the residents of thisplanet began the process of hunkering down for an unknown length of isolation.
In our SCCA world, many March events were canceled as host Regions and theSCCA National Office opted to set #funwithcars aside over the greater goodof humanity. Truly, the old SCCA adage of “We came for the cars but stayedfor the people,” took on new light as the Club banded together by temporarilydisbanding, placing the health of the membership and the world as top priority.
Yet this is not a column about a destructive virus. Yes, motorsports both small and
large have been postponed, and many individuals have found themselves fighting for
toilet paper, but it’s important to remember that the world keeps turning. The SCCA
will once again compete on the nation’s greatest road courses, parking lots, and dirt
fields. Our days of getting up at 5 a.m. for the privilege of standing in parking lots
are far from over. If you want me to pull out some relatively incoherent automotive
metaphor, I could say that motorsports is not hitting the brakes, it’s actually pushing
the clutch. This is a temporary pause before clicking
back into gear. Momentum will not be lost during
this shift; if anything, greater things are to come.
Completely unrelated to this, SportsCar recently
underwent its own change. Jason Isley, who has
been the magazine’s Associate Editor for over a
decade, has decided to move on to new adventures. While a statement like that is
often marketing spin on someone’s involuntary departure, that is not the case here.
Jason will be stepping into a role at another company that’s completely differentfrom his prior duties at SportsCar, and I truly wish him the best. It’s also importantto note that his byline will continue to appear in the magazine, although thatlargely depends upon his availability, as his new gig promises to keep him hopping.
But as Jason well knows, working for SportsCar (and motorsports in general) isa bit like being in the mafia: once you’re in, there’s no getting out. Proving the pointis the fact that these pages still periodically hold the bylines of Richard S. Jamesand Steve Nickless, both of whom are past SportsCar editors. Jason also stillrepresents Area 11 on SCCA’s National Board of Directors, so he’s going nowhere.
SCCA is also here to stay. While I hold up in my home office, I want to fast-forwardto see what the world is like when this issue hits mailboxes. Beyond that, how willthe 2020 Tire Rack Solo National Championships, DirtFish RallyCross NationalChampionship, United States RoadRally Challenge, and the National ChampionshipRunoffs cope with this unthinkable disruption? I’m curious, yet I already know theanswer. Rewind the clock 19 years to 9/11, and you’ll find the SCCA membershipto be a remarkable group. Indeed, these are unprecedented times, but we will raceagain – and we will do so closer than a six-foot social-distancing mandate.
twitter.com/sportscarmag facebook.com/sportscarmagTHE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’(BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY)
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINEPHILIP ROYLE
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“Our days of getting up at 5 a.m.
for the privilege of standing in
parking lots are far from over”