Divisional Reports SPORTS CAR CLUB OF AMERICA AUGUST 2010
UPDATES, STORIES AND NEWS FROM
SCCA’S NINE COMPETITION DIVISIONS
KNEE DEEP IN NEDIV at Pocono (for Philly) and Summit contribution in more than one area of
Point (for DC), but conversations would service for a long period of time. The
BY G.W. HENDERSON lead one to believe that it is pretty Jacque Holland Award was presented
expensive. Weir also pointed out that to North Carolina Region’s Timing
HOST TRACKS, MOST TRACKS there are multiple circuits available at and Scoring Chief Anna Neave
AND GHOST TRACKS Chrissman. The Director’s Award “for
the Summit facility (Jefferson and
hings are not all rosy in the Camelot of the Northeast Shenandoah, as well as the main that something extra” was presented
Division. I know that’s not what a lot of people want circuit) and, as such, SCCA is not the to Richard and Kay McCloy – they are
to hear, but it is an actual situation that affects us all track’s only customer. Roebling’s managers who are retiring.
in NEDiv. Our sandboxes are not the safe havens that they And herein lies the problem: With SEDiv’s top award, the John C.
once were. And I’m not talking about safety in the sense so many groups vying for track time, Reuter, was presented to convention
you might think – the NEDiv race circuits are amongst the SCCA seems to have lost favored son registrar Joyce Hayward. The Checker
safest in the nation, maybe even the entire free world. No, status with some of the track owners. (Central Florida Region’s newsletter)
I’m talking about the “a” word: accessibility. Some, that is, but not all. Farrah states, “This award has been given in
We have eight dedicated race circuits in the division for pointed out that BeaveRun memory of John Reuter for the past 30
18 regions to hold events. Nelson Ledges, Beaverun, New management has worked hard with years. [Reuter] was known for his
Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP), Summit Point, Pocono, the Club to help things happen. outstanding service to the Club in
Lime Rock Park, Watkins Glen and New Hampshire Motor Zebrowski also relates that after years various positions, as an organizer of
Speedway. Those of you in less congested divisions are of working to make things at The Glen events and as a problem solver.
probably thinking, “With eight circuits at your disposal, better for all, the situation has ﬁ nally Recipients of the award are
what’s the problem?” Well, the problem is not the number come around. And the late Bill Scott of recognized for those memorable traits.
of wells, but the mindset of the well owners. Summit Point was always one of us, Well done, Joyce!”
A number of regions in the division are not holding track and the track has reﬂected that. Hayward lives in Central Florida
events because they can no longer afford the rental fees Now with NJMP on line and Scott and has served admirably for many
that a lot of these tracks are requiring. Some regions have Lane working hard out at Nelson years. She is currently the
balanced on the razor’s edge of bankruptcy trying to Ledges with the SCCA, could we membership chair and is also in
maintain tradition for their members at a circuit that has be seeing a change in how track charge of novice permits.
become almost suicidal to try to make work. How and why owners perceive SCCA? Will we Also, “Flat Tow Bob” (occasionally
is this happening? The answers are as complex as the once again be favored family known as Bob Anthony) was the
perception behind them. instead of just another customer? recipient of the Martin Tanner Award
It is an unspoken fact that signature race circuits are for heroism presented to the volunteer
CONTACT G.W. HENDERSON
charging really big money for the use of the facilities these who showed unusual courage.
days and, by all observations, the SCCA is not getting any
“favored club status” when negotiating dates and
firstname.lastname@example.org THE RICH SHAFER AWARD
Convention Chair Jim Creighton
accessories. It’s hard to not talk actual dollar amounts here
writes, “At Jekyll, a special
(well, not really that hard, as most people I spoke to were REVVIN’ IN SEDIV presentation was made to Eileen
hesitant – if willing at all – to divulge hard ﬁgures) but a SOUTHEAST DIVISION
majority of the circuits are deep into ﬁve decimal places BY SUSAN H. YOUNG
Shafer in memory of her husband,
when it comes to ducats for the asphalt alone! Speaking
Rich, the Cool Shirt founder and
with Glen Region’s RE Ed Zebrowski, Watkins Glen starts THE FITZY AWARD longtime Time Trials competitor and
sponsor. Eighteen members of the
the meter at nearly $17,000 a day for the road and a few e all love to watch those neck-
Cool Shirt family were in attendance.
ﬂaggers! But you do get the use of the garages. If you want and-neck competitions with
From this time on, the SEDiv Time
any other amenities, like the use of a food service, towing drivers swapping places and