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Back in July, I headed west with my family for a week of “rest and relaxation” in the Colorado Rockies. Rest and relaxation? Ha! I have a teenage and a
pre-teen boy. Regardless, Colorado is truly amazing. There’s a fantastic vibe,
and the beautiful, serene scenery only adds to the feeling I have when I’m there.
Ultimately, it’s the Colorado culture that draws me. Whether you like the fast pace
of big cities or slower, backcountry mountain life, Colorado offers something for
all, and Coloradans are proud and excited to tell you about their state. The same
way those residents make me feel about their state, is exactly how I want our
members to feel about the SCCA and the National Championship Runoffs.
Did you know there are five distinctly different national parks in the state of
Colorado? These parks and their surrounding areas contribute to the identity of
Colorado, and community subcultures exist within those areas. For example, our rafting
guide was an import from West Virginia. He lives among strangers who have become his
family in a little community of tiny homes and trailers, tucked away just outside Winter
Park. The “main” house is the only one with running
water and everyone uses a community sink. They
depend on their neighbor and they help one another,
leaving everyone feeling valued and cared for. Colorado’s
diverse, multifaceted culture is much like the diversity of
SCCA’s various groups of members that encompasses
workers, drivers, crew, and motorsport enthusiasts. Further, our Club has class and
specialty communities, all coming together because of their love of motorsports.
But what makes a culture special? Author Kristin Hadeed says it’s not about “things”
like free beer and ping pong tables, though I must admit that sounds like a good start.
Rather, it’s about the way you feel when you show up and when you leave. Do you feel
valued? Do you feel like you contributed? How did you make the people around you feel?
The Runoffs is a perfect example of a cultural microcosm. It represents so many things.
It’s a lifelong goal, it’s a steppingstone, it’s a reunion of friends, and it’s a stage to exhibit
your talents and learn new things. I want people to want to come to our Runoffs – not
only because it’s the National Championship road race, but because of the captivating
vibe that makes them feel good. I know that the Runoffs days are long and require hard
work and repetition – kind of like when I have to remind my boys to keep their hands
to themselves 17 times a day. But there’s fun to be had and memories to be made.
Not unlike the varied weather and landscape of Colorado, there are many
elements to the Runoffs. There are highs and lows, frustration and elation,
heartbreak and joyful celebration. But it’s the complete package that makes our
Runoffs great, and we should look for its beauty even when the rain moves in.
So, as we come together this Oct. 8-13 at VIRginia International Raceway,
think about how the Runoffs makes you feel and how you can positively influence
the feelings of the people around you. You are what makes the Runoffs special.
Truly, you are at the heart of the Sports Car Club of America culture.
“ The Runoffs is a perfect example
of a cultural micrcosm. It
represents so many things.”