We got an email from Dave Dusterberg who is an SCCA Regional Executive working in the Indiana region and a guy who was one of the driving forces in the creation of the SCCA Classic American Muscle category that is being contested at autocross events across the country. Hell, our own Dave Nutting has been mercilessly pounding the hell out of his daily driver Monte Carlo on a near weekly basis at autocross events in the CAM division. He’s a true believer and he is not alone.
Since this is a brandy new category and still growing in many parts of the country, the SCCA has come up with a neat way to showcase the class with an invitational challenge. Officially called the Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Invitational Challenge. According to the SCCA’s press release, some of the best Classic American Muscle competitors from around the nation will be called to action at the end of August in Nebraska. The cool thing is that you can actually give the SCCA a nudge if you feel as though your skills and your car are worthy of a spot in the challenge and the email address to handle that is included below. We hope someone out there in readerland takes advantage. We know that there are more than a few of you in the BangShift universe hammering the corners every weekend.
Lastly, kudos to the SCCA for taking this opportunity to give this class a platform at the nationals. Rather than just let the thing grow by the most organic means, the SCCA has stepped up and done something cool and creative to show people who CAM is all about. There are several racing sanctioning bodies that could take a lesson from this type of thinking on both a promotional and long term level. The CAM class has the potential to be huge and we’re glad SCCA feels the same way we do!
SCROLL DOWN TO READ THE FULL RELEASE FROM SCCA AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS YOU CAN CONTACT TO REQUEST AN INVITE – C’AMON BANGSHIFTERS, JUMP IN THE RING AND SHOW ‘EM THE WAY HOME!
SCCA TO INVITE MUSCLE CARS TO COMPETE AT TIRE RACK PRO SOLO FINALE
TOPEKA, Kan. (July 17, 2014) – Sports Car Club of America and Speedway Motors, Inc., of Lincoln, Nebraska are teaming up to present The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Invitational Challenge. The Invitational will bring the best muscle cars, across all platforms, and drivers to the Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo Finale, Aug. 30-31, at the Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The ProSolo format combines elements of autocross and drag racing. Competitors, staged side-by-side, will face a drag racing-style Christmas tree start before entering mirror image autocross courses. This provides the unique opportunity to put autocross, drag racing and hot rods on the same stage at the same time.
The invite list will be a who’s who of hot rod Soloists from across the country, battling for prizes from Speedway Motors. The competition will take place Sunday afternoon between the class competition and Challenge rounds of the ProSolo event. After familiarization runs on the course, drivers will be placed into a bracket and compete through elimination rounds until only one remains as the Top Eliminator.
“When I first began to autocross part of the excitement for me was seeing not only the classic British sports cars, but also the great muscle cars of the day battling it out on the same course,” Howard Duncan, SCCA VP, Rally/Solo, said. “The Speedway Motors Classic American Muscle Class Invitational Challenge, along with the running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships, will once again bring back that excitement as the improved versions of these traditional muscle cars show their capabilities on the same courses used by the current crop of sports cars and sport coupes. It should be a great show!”
In addition, these drivers will be invited to participate in the inaugural running of the CAM class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championship event, held later in the week at the same location. CAM class runs will come on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2-3. The event is the world’s largest motorsports competition, featuring more than 1,100 drivers in competition over four days.
SCCA CAM class rules will be utilized for each event. Invitations will be sent to drivers that have shown the potential for high-level competition through a variety of events across the country. The invitations and RSVPs will be organized by SCCA’s Raleigh Boreen and are expected to be sent in early August.
For more information or to request an invite, contact Raleigh at [email protected].
More information on the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Finale can be found at SCCA.com/Solo.