92 NOVEMBER 2019 scca.com
Ten years ago, I received a call from the Chairman of the RallyCross Board
congratulating me on being appointed to the
RallyCross Board. I had only been involved
in the sport for about two years, but I was
no stranger to the National level politics
of the Club. A few years later, and with
changes to the RallyCross Board, I received
phone call from the Chairman of the SCCA
Board of Directors. It went something like
this: “Sorry about you losing the election
for SCCA’s Area 2 Director position, but
congratulations on being appointed as
the new RallyCross Board Chairman.”
During my tenure as the RallyCross
Board Chairman, lots of great people
have helped me fulfill my mission to bring
RallyCross to the “adult” table as an SCCA
program. There are too many people to
name, but the SCCA Board of Directors
liaisons, the RallyCross Board members,
the RallyCross Diaisional Stewards, and
the SCCA National Staff have all helped
elevate this sport into what it has become
today. But – it must be said – it is ultimately
the competitors and the Regional program
chairs who have made RallyCross succeed.
I have traveled to numerous Regional and
Divisional events and am always amazed
at how Regions host fantastic events
with unbelievably minimal resources.
Since I have been on the RallyCross
Board, the program has grown from eight
classes to 11 (with M2 being split and the
addition of the Constructors classes), and
this expansion seems to have assisted in
the growth of the program. Beyond that,
electric and hybrid vehicles are on the
horizon, with rules currently being worked
on to incorporate these new technologies.
Another area of growth may be UTVs and
side-by-sides; hopefully, there will be a set
of rules for piloting competition in 2020.
There’s also RallySprint and Rally Trials,
which were rolled out to bring the Club
closer to its roots in performance rally.
On top of this, we have a DirtFish
RallyCross National Championship that
sits near capacity thanks to the National
Championship Committee working to
fulfill the needs of the competitors.
The leadership of the Regions,
Divisions, and national management
has made all of this possible, and
you all have my heartfelt thanks.
The RallyCross Board will soon be rolling
out an upgraded set of RallySprint rules, which
will include the use of close public roads – think
of hillclimbs on mostly unpaved roads. These
new rules also remove the speed limits and
allow for more open course designs, although
it should be noted that it will also come with
higher insurance and sanction fees. Keep an
eye on SCCA.com and the SCCA RallyCross
Facebook page for more information.
As I leave the RallyCross Board at the end
of the year, I want to welcome a new face
as well as congratulate the new Chairman.
First, John England is joining the RallyCross
Board and has passion and leadership skills
that will make a difference. Meanwhile, Kent
Hamilton will step in as the RallyCross Board
Chairman for 2020. Kent is a longtime
competitor in RallyCross and Solo, as well as
other areas of the SCCA, so he understands
the complexities and nuances of the Club.
Finally, as I step down from the
RallyCross Board Chairman position,
I do so knowing that the sport is in
good hands. I’ll see you on course.
THROUGH THE FINISH LIGHTS
After a decade of service, outgoing RallyCross
Board Chairman Stephen Hyatt (LEFT) has
seen many things change, as well as helped
ensure growth in the sport (BELOW).
WORDS Stephen C. Hyatt, the soon-to-be-retired RallyCross Board Chairman | IMAGES Perry Bennett
Outgoing RallyCross Board Chairman Stephen Hyatt offers an inside look at the managing of the sport