IT BEGINS WITH A LETTER...
“I may not have always shown up to the Solo Nationals, but I was
always, in my mind, very involved with the SCCA,” Mark Scroggs
tells me of the process that eventually led him to volunteering
on a Solo Advisory Committee and now the Solo Events Board
(SEB). “I’ve lived and breathed autocross, so I’d write letters.”
In the years prior to Mark’s first year of competing at the Solo
National Championships, Solo’s Stock class was undergoing
a transformation – one that turned Stock into Street.
“It started with the idea that Stock was dying,” he says. “There
was a movement to change Stock from R-compounds to Street tires
and, at first, it was kicked to the curb, but more and more people
were asking for this. Around 2010 or ’ 11, people were talking about
it locally, and I was one of those, ‘You can pry the Hoosiers out of my
dead, cold fingers,’ people because, well, Hoosiers are awesome.
But I found myself saying, ‘I, I, I,’ a lot when I was doing that.”
At that time, Mark was competing in E Stock on relatively
inexpensive 14-inch tires. “They were still expensive for 14-inch
tires,” he admits, “but they were vastly cheaper than people
running 18s or 17s. So, I was like, OK, I see your perspective.
I wrote a letter to the SEB. At the time, good friends Charlie
Fast forward a few years and Mark took a year off from
that committee, but he then found himself applying for a
position on the SEB, where he now finds himself tackling
numerous problems he’d never before considered.