62 OCTOBER 2020 scca.comINSIDE SCCA
What can I as a member do to help ensure the ongoing health of SCCA?” That’sparaphrasing a question that Mike Cobb tackledduring the online Solo Town Hall in August,where the Club announced that the 2020
Tire Rack Solo National Championships hadbeen canceled due to the pandemic. WhileCobb answered the question admirably, itdoes deserve more time than Cobb was ableto present off the cuff during that town hall.
First, Cobb reports that the Club is in a betterfinancial condition than what was projectedin March when the majority of the nationunderwent stay-at-home orders. Tough decisionswere made at the SCCA National Office duringthe initial stages of the shutdown, and nowthat SCCA events are being held once more,the Club is steadily getting back onto its feet.
This said, we’re not out of the woods. So, howcan we as members of the SCCA help out?
While a check mailed to the SCCA NationalOffice labeled “donation” would be accepted,there are more fun ways to contribute.
There are Solo events happening across
the country, and with the cancellation of
this year’s Solo Nationals Championships,
those post-Solo Nats Tour events are now
incredibly enticing. For the latest list of
autocross events, check scca.com/solo.
Regional events are also a solid option,so if you’re comfortable with the safetyprecautions for an event – SCCA eventsrequire masks and social distancing – there’sno better way to get things back to normalwhile supporting your Club than competing.
Most SCCA Regions that host autocrosses
are doing OK, even if they’re not hosting events.
If they’re not holding events, they generallydon’t have a lot of significant expenses, evenfor the Regions that have a home base topay for, vehicle fees, or even an employee.
Yes, zero income isn’t ideal, but when verylittle cash is outwardly bound, weatheringthese trying times is completely possible.
If you find Solo events are missing in yourarea, you could also consider a pivot to otherforms of SCCA competition. RoadRally eventsare every bit as COVID-compliant as Soloevents but don’t require an organized site andare therefore less impacted by requirements.
SCCA Time Trials, Track Events, and RallyCrossevents may also be appealing to those with theinclination. Basically, if the event is sanctionedby the SCCA, participation truly helps the Club.
If you’ve got spare cash, there are other
ways to make a big difference, too. One
approach is what Cobb refers to as an “anti-
sponsorship,” where the goal is to help out,
not to gain marketing exposure. This isn’t
intended to disparage or discourage traditional
sponsorships, but for an individual who isn’t
looking for accolades, there are opportunities.
Without attempting a canonical list, you could
sponsor trophies, worker meals, or simply
bottled water. Pick your level of support and
you’ll discover that there’s a need you can fill.
Finally, another approach is to renew your
SCCA membership early. This helps puts cash in
the SCCA’s coffers up front, with the realization
that it’s not “extra” money. They’ll have the
money available this year, and in return your
membership dues are paid up for another year.
Taking that notion to its logical conclusion,
SCCA has revived the Lifetime Membership
option. Additional details on this program
are a phone call away at the SCCA Member
Services Department, (800) 770-2055.
There are multiple ways you can help ensure
the health of the SCCA. Some take cash, some
take time, and some – like competing in SCCA-
sanctioned events – are downright fun.
HOW TO HELP
With the cancellation of the 2020 SCCA Solo National
Championships, the Club needs your help to ensure a successful
year to come | WORDS Paul Brown | IMAGES Jeff Loewe
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