FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 OCTOBER 2019 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• We took an educated
guess at the podium and
championship winners for
that year’s 24 Runoffs races.
• SCCA Hall of Fame member
Bobby Rahal stepped in to help
with the Hot Lap of Mid-Ohio
for the upcoming Runoffs.
• We took an in-depth look
at the Spec Miata compliance
program, which was wrapping
its second season. The
program included a traveling
SCCA Compliance Team
armed with specialty tools,
and is still active today.
• The Can-Am series visited
Mid-Ohio and a battle of attrition
ensued. In the end, Denny Hulme
found his way to victory lane.
• Laguna Seca hosted the
Trans Am series, which saw
Mark Donohue claim the
win in his Penske Camaro.
Asignificant portion of this issue celebrates those who may win gold come the 2019 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. But, while the jury’s still
out regarding our prognostications for the upcoming Oct. 8-13 title event
at VIRginia International Raceway, one thing I do know is that SportsCar
magazine is currently celebrating a gold-medal performance of its own.
Through the years, SportsCar has received a number of awards. Notably,
SportsCar contributor J. Michael Hemsley’s 2015 H Production Runoffs coverage
won second place in the AARWBA (American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters
Association) awards for best magazine event coverage, but since then I’ve felt that the
magazine has been in a bit of an award doldrums. That is, until July 28 of this year.
SportsCar’s most recent journalistic recognition is certainly notable, with the story
dating back to our May 2018 issue where we presented a five-page retrospective on
the life of racing legend Dan Gurney, who passed away earlier that year. The article
featured interviews with the likes of Roger Penske, Brian Redman, John Morton,
Robin Miller, Marshall Pruett, and more; weaving those memories of the illustrious
Dan Gurney into a fantastic account of Gurney’s incredible motorsports journey.
As you can imagine, coverage of racing great Dan Gurney was plentiful at the time
of his passing, but despite this, our retrospective was unique enough to receive praise.
“Our mission,” reads the mission statement of the Automotive Heritage Awards, “is
to honor those individuals, organizations, and institutions working to preserve, present,
appreciate, and understand automotive heritage – that is, those involved with automotive
history and culture, antique, classic, and collectible vehicles, and related fields.”
The Automotive Heritage Awards, which are presented annually by the
Automotive Heritage Foundation, recognizes achievements in the automotive world,
including the Future Collectible Vehicles of the Year, the Lifetime Achievement Award,
the Concept Vehicle of the Year, and the Automotive Heritage Journalism Awards.
It’s the latter where SportsCar received the praise that I am honored to be a part of.
Longtime SportsCar contributor (and current Director for SCCA’s Area 13) Jeff
Zurschmeide performed the thorough legwork for the article, covering the story of
motorsports inspiration and determination that was Dan Gurney’s life. Titled Never Take
No for an Answer, Zurschmeide’s work involved speaking with some of the best racers
and team owners in the world of motorsports about one of their dear friends. And this
is where it got tricky – to most motorsport enthusiasts, Dan Gurney was a renowned
racer and determined engineer, but to the likes of Penske and Morton, he was a friend.
To that end, our goal was to present the story of Dan Gurney with
both honor and respect, and perhaps this is what made these pages
of SportsCar stand above the others when it came to being awarded
an AHA gold medal for Best Heritage Personality Profile.
Truly, we don’t produce SportsCar for the awards, but – as I’m sure the racer
in Dan Gurney would attest to – it sure is nice when you win the gold.
GOING FOR GOLD
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINE
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