“I suppose if it rains a little at this
year’s Solo Nationals…at least
it’s not the end of the world”
FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 SEPTEMBER 2019 scca.com
FROM THE EDITOR
• We attempted to predict
the 50 potential Solo
• Michael Hemsley penned a
story on the groundbreaking
concept of “tin-tops” in
racing – an idea some still
• The 54th running of the
Chicago Region June Sprints at
Road America saw 495 entries.
• It was a double dose of Who
Will Win action as we attempted
to predict the winners of the
2009 Tire Rack Solo National
Championships and the National
• Tracy Bird covered The
Big Merger, as the once rival
California Sports Car Club
became part of the SCCA fold.
• A small group of Texas
Region members went south
of the boarder to take part
in the International de las
24 Horas de Mexico.
While assembling this very issue, I met up with multi-time autocross National Champion Mark Scroggs to interview him for the cover of our Who Will
Win the Solo National Championships issue. There, Mark bestowed upon me
any and all knowledge about speed, performance, and his journey from being a
six-seconds-off-the-pace Regional autocrosser to holding several Solo National
Championship titles, a Rookie of the Year award, and a ProSolo JCJ Cup (read
all about it starting on pg. 18). But while everything he said fascinated me,
it’s what happened on my way to the interview that made my head spin.
I conduct most interviews for SportsCar’s feature articles via the telephone.
Interviews made this way are a tried-and-true, cost-effective, and massively
efficient method of communication that I’ve gotten quite good at through the
years (if I do say so myself). More importantly, conducting business via the
phone allows my introverted self to remain comfortably enclosed in the safety
of my cubicle. But since I live in Southern
California and Mark resides a quick six-hour
drive north near San Francisco, I decided to buck
convention and hop in my car for a journey into
the real world for a face-to-face conversation.
And, to make the 12-hour, round-trip drive
fly by, I downloaded an audio book.
I’ve mentioned in previous issues of SportsCar that one of my guilty
pleasures is reading post-apocalyptic novels, so for my jaunt up I- 5, I popped
in my latest read: Outland, by Dennis E. Taylor. Why should you care,
you ask? Well, by crazy random happenstance, the book not only takes
place primarily in Lincoln, Neb., but it also pays a visit to the hangars at
Lincoln Airpark, home to the Tire Rack Solo National Championships.
How can you help but grin when the issue of SportsCar you’re in the
midst of preparing previews the Solo National Championships; you’re on
your way to interview a three-time autocross SCCA National Champion for
that very issue; and then the book you’re listening to suddenly heads to the
very location where all of this action takes place? What are the chances?
Seriously, it was weird.
Now, hopefully, that’s the only thing that the book and the 2019 Solo
National Championships have in common. After all, Outland is about a
catastrophic volcanic eruption that essentially kicks into motion the slow and
painful destruction of the planet. But given that context, I suppose if it rains
a little at this year’s Solo Nationals (or a lot, as it proved it can do during last
year’s championship competition), at least it’s not the end of the world.
The Outland audio book is a 10-hour, 29-minute listen, so if you’re one of
the lucky 1,325 heading to the sold-out Solo National Championships this
year (and you’re into post-apocalyptic reads) perhaps you should check this
book out. The bizarreness of it all may just make your head spin, too.
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