FROM THE ARCHIVES
78 OCTOBER 2020 scca.comFROM THE EDITOR
• The SCCA was planning its1997 “cruise-vention.” $882would cover the cruise, airfare,and convention registration.
• SCCA President Nick Crawbegan his monthly column with“Yo,” discussing how the Clubplans to attract young Gen Xers.
• One of SportsCar’s longest-running projects, a ToyotaYaris built for H Production,was introduced. Over eightyears, our Yaris would finishon the National ChampionshipRunoffs podium six times, withtwo of those being wins.
• The Runoffs (then calledthe ARRC) was transitioningfrom Daytona InternationalSpeedway to the newly-constructed Road Atlanta,with the championshipraces scheduled to takeplace Nov. 24-29, 1970.
Paul Brown, the lead crystal ball gazer for SportsCar’s Who Will Win the Tire Rack Solo National Championships? predictions, posed me a question after it was announcedthat the 2020 Solo Nationals had been cancelled and we realized it was too late to stopthe September issue presses: Did we get 100 percent of our predictions correct, or was itzero? With all that’s gone on this year, sometimes it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.
As you well know, the 2020 Solo National Championships was cancelled due tocoronavirus concerns, leaving the September issue of SportsCar a bit of a collector’sissue containing unprovable predictions. Luckily, however, the rest of SCCA’s 2020
National Championship events are set to go off without a hitch. In fact, SCCA alreadysafely persevered through COVID- 19 when 112 competitors headed to the DirtFishRallyCross National Championship at Heartland Motorsports Park in mid August.
That success was hardly a solitary exception, either, as around the time this
issue hits mailboxes, the Tire Rack Time Trials Nationals Powered by Hagerty will
be taking to NCM Motorsports Park with a record number in attendance, and
then in a matter of weeks will come the National Championship Runoffs at Road
America – which is the theme of the issue in hand.
For the record, the cancellation of the Solo National
Championships had little to do with preparation or ability;
as I understand it, the SCCA was fully capable of fulfilling
state or federal virus mandates. However, with Lincoln,
Neb., becoming a COVID- 19 hotspot in the lead up to the
event, SCCA was forced to make a difficult safety and site retention decision – a decision
that won’t have to be made for events hosted at sprawling motorsport complexes.
But while many members were disappointed by the decision to cancel the Solo Nats, anumber of Club members jumped at the rather unique opportunity that had just presenteditself, and they did the only logical thing: They entered other major SCCA events.
That’s right, one of the reasons that the RallyCross National Championship wassuch a success and why the Time Trials Nationals is set to break records is becauseautocrossers quickly shifted gears and entered SCCA’s other keystone events. You’llget to read about some of those adventures soon, but until then, you can followtheir lead and enter one of a handful of Tire Rack Solo Championship Tours or theProSolo weekend that have since been added to the National Solo schedule.
As everyone well knows, the COVID lifestyle involves rolling with the changes, andit’s exactly that can-do attitude that has kept the SCCA hopping well into its seventhdecade. So, back to Paul Brown’s question: Did the September issue of SportsCar seea 100-percent correct prediction rate? Nope. But it wasn’t zero, either. Instead, wewitnessed unity through sympathetic understanding and a host of inspiring actions,and it all left me with a deeper sense of belonging to a Club that I’m now confident willenter its 77th anniversary year stronger than ever. And I’ll be smiling the whole time.
STOP THE PRESSES! (TOO LATE)
EDITOR, SPORTSCAR MAGAZINEPHILIP ROYLE
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“ Did the September issue of SportsCar
see a 100-percent correct prediction
rate? Nope. But it wasn’t zero, either”