6 FEBRUARY 2019 scca.com
FROM THE PRESIDENT
In January, the SCCA met in Las Vegas for our National Convention. And while this issue was produced prior to the convention, it’s never too early to pass along information
that will have been presented there, like the theme: Celebrating our Legacy – Building
our Future. Along those lines, of the key messages at this year’s convention was that
of leveraging the rich history of the SCCA in service of building the future. In support
of this, I’d like to provide a brief summary of the message shared in Las Vegas.
On Feb. 26, 1944, a group of sports car enthusiasts met at the Boston, Mass., home of
Chapin Wallour to form a club dedicated to the preservation of sports cars. At that time,
the vintage market was covered by existing car clubs focused on the preservation of
veteran motorcars, so the seven founding members gathered that night with an eye on
the then-current generation of “sports cars.” It was specifically identified in the minutes
from that first meeting – the SCCA was to concentrate on cars made after 1914. “Sports
car” was defined as “any quality car which was built primarily for sports motoring
as opposed to mere transportation. In other words, any car which rates higher than
average in construction and engineering, and which, preferably, has open body work.”
The list of cars owned by founding members sounds like museum pieces today: a
Duesenberg “J” double cowl Phaeton, a Lancia Lambda 5th Series Roadster, a Kissel
Speedster, Stutz DV 32 Sports Tourer, Mercer Series 4 Raceabout, Isotte Fraschini Type
8A Castagna Convertible Coupe, a Rolls Royce Phantom I Ascot Phaeton, and more.
To further define the “sports car” orientation of the Club, the constitution stated that
membership in the Club shall be restricted to owners of sports cars, sponsored by one
current member, seconded by another, and elected by unanimous vote of the officers.
Then, that new member must pay the yearly dues within 30 days – three dollars.
BUILDING OUR FUTURE
Fast-forward 75 years. As we celebrate our legacy (while building for the future), we
have seen an unprecedented amount of change. Today, the Sports Car Club of America
has over 65,000 members, hosts over 2,000 motorsports events of all types across
the country while serving enthusiasts through 116 local Regions. We host the largest
amateur Road Racing National Championship in North America (the SCCA Runoffs), one
of the largest amateur motorsports events in the world based on participation (the Tire
Rack SCCA Solo National Championships), and our Track Night in America Driven by Tire
Rack program is putting more than 10,000 drivers a year on road racing circuits across
North America while delivering a fresh and unique SCCA experience. When it comes to
the diversity of “sports cars” that we get to have much #funwithcars with, the breadth
and depth of cars that “rate higher than average in construction and engineering” today
is absolutely mind blowing, ranging from Alfas to Volvos and all points in between.
Change is inevitable, and with all this change, it’s not uncommon for businesses or
organizations to have to “pivot” in order to open themselves up to new opportunities
and maintain relevance. However, as we pivot into our next 75 years, we will continue to
focus on delivering a safe, fun, and engaging motorsports experience for enthusiasts,
and we will do so while leveraging our legacy – using what we’ve learned along the way
to help us deliver the motorsport experiences needed to propel the Club into the future.
See you on course (wearing some SCCA 75th Anniversary gear) soon!
CELEBRATING OUR LEGACY,
BUILDING OUR FUTURE
PRESIDENT & CEO, SCCA INC.
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