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I have even passed it along to
employees in our shop to look at,
and they agreed it looks really
good, with good information. I like
to congratulate good work, and
this is it! Here’s to future issues,
with more of the excellent
photography, history, and articles
like this issue embodied.
The last two issues have not
contained the Divisional Reports,
and there was no explanation
given as to why. Now the last two
issues seem to be only oriented
toward drivers. I couldn’t care
less about things for them. I am a
worker and like to see info like
I received in the Divisional
Reports. As it now stands, the
only thing in the magazine of any
value to me is the calendar, which
has member anniversary listings.
Within 15 minutes of opening the
package, the magazine is in the
recycle bin. I’d like to see better.
You have a very valid point. Rest
assured, however, that volunteer-oriented articles are in the works
for future issues.
It is hard to believe that I am into
my 60th year with the SCCA. It
would have been longer, but you
had to own a sports car to join,
and I didn’t do so until early 1954.
I have met so many great people
that I am afraid to mention even
one for fear of leaving out
hundreds. I raced for several years
and got into the stewards program
I must admit that I was skeptical
when notified of the changes
coming to SportsCar. I have
just downloaded and read the
first “new” issue [April 2014]
and was pleasantly surprised.
I found that I read more of
the content than usual and it
all had practical application.
Sometimes change is good!
I would like it to be known that I’ve
been a member of the Club for
over 20 years. In that time, I’ve
seen a lot of changes within the
SCCA and in SportsCar. While
building a small business and
raising a family has sidelined my
racing for some time (hoping to
make it back in time for the 2015
season), I always liked to check in
to see what was up every month
when my latest issue of SportsCar
arrived – although to be brutally
honest, as of late my copy of
SportsCar was quickly getting
from mailbox to the recycle bin
without much braking at the apex,
if you know what I mean.
That said – wow! The April issue
of SportsCar is exactly what our
Club’s magazine should be! It is
beautiful, well thought out, and has
amazing photography that “takes
you there” rather than being a dull
Monday morning report of events.
The number and variety of
special offers available under
the SCCA Benefits Program
continue to grow. These
partners offer the following
advantages to members:
Mazda is offering the Mazda
Employee Pricing S-Plan to
SCCA members looking to
purchase or lease a new Mazda.
Members receive a free trial
issue and discounted
subscription rate of $16.95 per
year to Classic Motorsports .
Receive a complimentary issue
and special discounted rates
from Grassroots Motorsports .
SCCA members receive a
20-percent discount on
Mobil 1 products at
SCCA members receive a
10-percent discount on all
Driving Center courses.
E-Z Up offers
discount on all
shelters and accessories.
For a full description of all the
special offers included in the
Member Benefits program, plus
links to the participating
companies, go to the “Discounts”
while you could race and still be a
chief steward at the same race.
I got my National chief steward
license in 1967, which opened the
door to meeting many more great
people from around the world.
Thanks to being a member of
Detroit Region, I was able to be
involved with every racing series
the SCCA was involved with,
including F1. As for lifelong friends,
I have lunch every week with a guy
who raced his dad’s Alfa 1750 at
Watkins Glen in 1948. I bought a
place in Florida nine houses from a
guy who I instructed at Waterford
Hills in 1961. I still see lots of
people I have raced with and
many in the stewards program.
I also have dinner every three
months with a couple I served
with on the GP committee for
Detroit Region. The list could go
on, so “thanks for the memories”
SCCA and Detroit Region!
Former Chicago Region member
and GT- 4 National driver Dennis
Duncan recently passed away at
the age of 75. Dennis was a driver
of some note. In the 1960s he was
a Ford factory driver in Trans Am
in a Ford Cortina in the old under
2-liter class. In the 1980s, he was
a frequent GT- 4 competitor in
another Ford Cortina at the
National Championship Runoffs.
He was also a CENDiv champion in
1984. He lived a fast and furious
life and was quite a character!
I thought people around the
country who knew him would like
to hear of his passing.
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