FROM THE ARCHIVES
110 NOVEMBER 2019 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• Salina Kansas was the place
to be, and 728 Soloist showed
up for the 1994 Solo Nationals.
• The Dodge Neon was
the car to have at the Solo
championship events, and
Steve Brolliar earned $10,750
piloting his to a trio of titles.
• The 2009 Tire Rack Solo
Nationals visited Lincoln
Airpark in Nebraska for the
first time, and some 1,148
competitors took part.
• Timmy Megenbier earned
the $100,000 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI Cup Championship.
• The Times Grand Prix saw
Denis Hulme take the win and
claim $13,550 in prize money.
• While membership had
declined to 18,733 members
over the previous year,
the Club had sanctioned
a record 340 events.
By the time you read this, all of SCCA’s National Championship and top-tier National events will have wrapped. It’s almost inconceivable for me to
believe that fact, considering I’m writing this shortly after the Tire Rack ProSolo
Finale and Tire Rack Solo National Championships wrapped, but it’s true. So,
by the time this issue hits your mailbox, not only will the autocross title events
be a distant memory, but other key SCCA events like the DirtFish RallyCross
National Championship, the Time Trials Nationals powered by Hagery, and the
National Championship Runoffs will have all concluded, too. Time truly flies.
Considering these events are slowly fading into the annals of history while the
2020 competition season sneakily pokes its head around the corner, what can this
issue of SportsCar offer you? After all, it’s admittedly coming out more than a month
after the sun set on the final day of the Solo Nationals. To that, I humbly submit that
this issue offers a lot. You see, between that sunset and now, SportsCar’s contributors
have been busy assembling the finalized results, speaking to key players in all 70-some
Solo Nationals classes, and compiling what amounts to the autocross championship’s
definitive historical yearbook for 2019. To quote
The Princess Bride, this is for posterity.
While Count Rugen always makes for spectacular
quotes, the line is not used in jest. SportsCar’s
contributors and staff took great pride in assembling
this issue, which contains more than 60 pages
of championship autocross coverage, and we’re equally as proud to produce the
forthcoming December issue (which includes the National Championship Runoffs),
the January issue (telling the tale of the RallyCross National Championship), and the
February issue (housing the 2019 season wrap-up for SCCA Pro Racing’s endeavors).
We do so because we know that in years – and generations – to come, motorsport
enthusiasts will gaze on these pages with great interest. We know this because that’s
exactly how historical issues of SportsCar are treated by the motorsports community
now. After all, SportsCar has been produced for all 75 years of the Club’s existence.
Look at some of the greats covered in this issue. Tom O’Gorman, Bryan
Heitkotter, Billy Davis, Tamra Krystinik, Mike Maier, Patty Tunnell, Robert Thorne,
Tom Berry, and more are all SCCA superstars, and it’s our honor to be able to
record their accomplishments as they happen. Then five, 10, or 15 years down
the road, gaze even deeper into this year’s Solo Nationals results and undoubtedly
many more gems will have emerged. And that’s not even to mention the fact that
this issue includes the first time an EV has won an SCCA National Championship.
Yes, the 2019 Solo National Championships and ProSolo Finale have concluded,
but the battles, names, and emotions will live forever in these pages. And I know I speak
for the entire SportsCar crew when I say that we can’t wait to do it again in 2020.
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINE
50 YEARS AGO...
25 YEARS AGO...
10 YEARS AGO...
“ While Count Rugen always
makes for spectacular quotes,
the line is not used in jest”