Photos by Zach Straits
If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you know that Zach Straits is a busy guy. Zach is probably one of the most well-rounded car guys we know — one weekend he’s relaxing at a classic car show, the next he’s killing it on an autocross track. If you aren’t keeping up, follow Gearheads4Life on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
One of his many recent adventures was at the Blue Ridge Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), and here is what went down!
More information about the event:
The SCCA is an organization comprised of approximately 50,000 members whose interests lie in automotive competitions and their various satellite activities. Active members enjoy the many different facets offered by the club; road races, SOLO, rally, officiating, crewing and especially the camaraderie of their fellow enthusiasts. The SCCA is geographically divided into DIVISIONS containing REGIONS. Members can elect to belong to any region they wish although most choose their local area.
The Blue Ridge Region (Number 103), is in the SOUTHEAST DIVISION (SeDiv), located in the central to southwest portion of Virginia with our boundaries extending into southeast West Virginia. Our area surrounds Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains which provides beauty and splendor as the backdrop for our regional activities. Our primary regional functions are SOLO, Rally and socials with many members involved in Club Racing and officiating at tracks nearby.
SOLO (or autocrossing), is usually a Sunday event open to members and non-members, pitting drivers and their cars against a temporary course normally set up in a large parking lot. These events are a timed competition, one car on course at a time. Multiple runs are made and eventual class winners are determined from the best laps. There are many classes in which to participate, with many electing to use their “daily driver”. There is a pre-event safety inspection performed on each vehicle. The only “special” equipment required of the participants is an approved helmet (loaner helmets are normally available at the events). Drivers are required to “work” during a portion of their time when they are not on course. The “work” involves any of the many officiating tasks required to execute the event (flagging, tech inspection, timing, staging, etc.). SOLO is the cornerstone of the SCCA. Many road racers (both amateur and professional) and race officials, began their racing careers/hobbies in SOLO.
Rallying with the Blue Ridge Region consists of time, speed and distance competitions over roads winding through the valleys and the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our rally program has had many successes from “fun” Rally’s to National level events. Many regional members are involved in the numerous racing offerings of the SCCA. Blue Ridge Region members have successfully competed in all levels of SCCA Club and Pro Racing. Many tracks(Charlotte, Kershaw, Memphis, Mid-Ohio, Pocono, Rd. Atlanta, Savannah, Summit Point, and Virginia International Raceway), are accessible from the heart of the region within a two to eight-hour drive.