The SCCA: How Amateurs Go Racing in America

Auto racing and sports car racing in New England is centered around Lime Rock Park, especially when it comes to one of the world’s best known racing organizations and sanctioning bodies, the Sports Car Club of America and its myriad Regions.

The SCCA has been part and parcel of Lime Rock Park’s heart and soul since – literally – the beginning. After 18 months of construction, the very first event at Lime Rock was an SCCA drivers’ school, Saturday, April 20, 1957. More than 150 cars (and drivers and family and friends) showed up, when only a handful were expected! (For the record, the first car to get upside down was a VW Beetle, in the Downhill!) The school was in advance of Lime Rock’s opening, a New York Region SCCA race weekend.

There were eight races on Sunday, April 28. The first of the day – Lime Rock’s very first competitive event – was won by Ted Sprigg in a G-Production Alfa Giulietta.

Today, the SCCA has nearly 75,000 active members, and the club organizes and sanctions an entire encyclopedia of automotive competition events, from parking lot autocrosses and regional sports car racing to time & distance rallies, pro rally and of course, the iconic Trans-Am series.

If you’re interested in driving a race car to compete at Lime Rock, one of the best ways is to join the SCCA.

The SCCA, headquartered in Topeka, Kan., is comprised of more than 100 Regions within its nine U.S. Divisions. The club can be reached by calling 800.770.2055 or 785.357.7222, and of course at <> .

As the SCCA puts it, “You don’t need to own a racecar. You don’t need to be mechanically inclined. You just have to enjoy the speed, sound and atmosphere of motorsports.”