Car club

Tales from on the Road: SCCA

During my membership in the Sports Car Club of America, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out some of the best sports cars in the World.

The Sports Car Club of America is a bit different from other car clubs I’ve visited because it focuses solely on racing and has its fingers in some of the most famous global racing events.

While other car clubs usually provide its members with opportunities to drive rare cars or cars that are too expensive for their taste, the aim of the Sports Car Club of America is to bring motor sports to those who are passionate about them.

It was established in 1944. It covers over 114 regions in America alone and it often has regional and national events on a yearly basis. This is their main way of attracting members.
The way they work is that they provide an opportunity for their members to participate in all grades, as much or as little as they want. You can be an experienced race driver or simply a beginner, all you need to be a member is to have passion and love for cars, sound and speed or the motor-sports.

So, this organization exists firstly to celebrate and promote competition in motor-sports.

They trace their roots back to the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). This is not to be confused with the current stock car series of the same name.

The ARCA were established in 1933 by brothers Sam and Miles Collier. They dissolved in 1941 because of the WWII. Later on, in 1944, the SCCA was formed as an enthusiast group, and they began sanctioning road racing since 1948, beginning with the Watkins Glen Grand Prix. This event was organized in part by Cameron Argetsinger, who was a member at that time but later became the Director of Pro Racing and the Executive Director of the SCCA.

It was hard for me to track all the events the SCCA covers today, but they sanction professional racing, club racing, autocross, rallying, and time trials.

The organization itself is divided into nine divisions and 115 regions. Each of these organizes its own events in their respective areas, making events much more accessible to people. IF you are a member and you live in the U.S. you can be sure you won’t have to travel that far to get to an event near you, which is quite impressive. Northern and Southern Pacific divisions were one division, but split in 1966, increasing the number of divisions. The Rocky Mountain Division also did that, but quite recently. In 2006, the Great Lakes Division split from the Central Division and the final number was formed.

Today, there isn’t a serious racing fan or an enthusiast that hasn’t heard or is not already a member of the SCCA/ The club really does its job incredibly well and has an incredible activity ratio.