FROM THE ARCHIVES
110 NOVEMBER 2018 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• The Solo National
Championships had just
wrapped in Salina, Kan., and
some 655 competitors took
part in the annual event.
• In the feature Talking Stock,
the Solo Events Board was
seeking input on the future
of the Stock category.
• Delays in construction meant
that racing at High Plans
Raceway was off the table for
2008, but hopes were high
that the new track would be
online for the following season.
• We came up with a few winter
projects, including installing
an affordable fire system.
• The Can-Am series paid a visit
to Speedway Park in Edmonton,
Alberta, and John Cannon
drove his McLaren to the win.
• Jackie Stewart took a wire-to-wire win at the U.S. Grand Prix.
• Mark Donohue claimed the
Trans Am win at Pacific Raceways.
The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships is a big deal. Neither you nor I needed the event to break yet another participation record
(1,375 entrants this year!) for us to know it. But to me, what has definitively
reaffirmed what I already know about the event is that the new president
of ACCUS-FIA now also knows how awesome the Solo Nationals is.
A little history, perhaps. ACCUS – which stands for the Automobile Competition
Committee of the United States – was founded in 1959 and is comprised of the
biggest U.S. motorsports sanctioning bodies: IMSA, IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA,
USAC and, of course, the SCCA. ACCUS is also the National Sporting Authority
(ASN) of the FIA in the U.S. What does any of this mean? There’s more to it but,
basically, if you want to race on the professional global stage and you live in the
United States, you deal with ACCUS for your FIA licensing needs. ACCUS is also a
key force in bringing Formula 1 and other FIA-
sanctioned motorsports to America’s shores.
The previous president of ACCUS was
SCCA Hall of Fame member and past SCCA
president Nick Craw, and when Mr. Craw
retired from his ACCUS position last year,
George Silbermann was bestowed with the
honor of leading ACCUS. So, as the Solo
Nationals neared, SCCA’s president Mike Cobb
took the opportunity to invite Mr. Silbermann
to see what the event was all about.
“My head is still spinning,” Mr. Silbermann
said after returning home. “I thought
I understood Solo, but I had no inkling
of what this event was all about. An entire town springing up on a vast slab
of concrete, amazing comradery, fierce-yet-friendly competition, everyone
pulling together despite the staggering logistics involved, the inevitable
curveballs and miscues – and even the mischievous side of Mother Nature.”
For the full experience, Mr. Cobb lined up a thrill ride for Mr. Silbermann
in the form of a shotgun ride-along with 2016 CSL National Champion
Deana Kelley piloting a modified version of Mazda’s latest MX- 5.
“The eye-popping ride around the West Course that Deana gave me in the ND2
instilled a newfound appreciation for the skill and precision required at the highest
levels of this sport,” Mr. Silbermann noted. “Congrats to all of the participants
from across North America who descended on Nebraska for this major event, to
the SCCA staff, and to the sponsors and partners. Also, thanks to that kind soul
who reset the cone I accidently tagged with my rental car while leaving the site.”
As nearly 1,400 of the Club’s members showed this year, the Solo Nationals
is a mega motorsports event with no equal, and it stands as one of the best
events of the year. You know it, I know it, and now the president of ACCUS
knows it. Indeed, the Solo National Championships is a big, big deal.
IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINE
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