Status: Memoriam

Jim Fitzgerald

Jim Fitzgerald was an incredibly successful competitor in SCCA Club Racing, earning more than 300 career race wins and two National Championships during his 30-year career. However, he was best known as a driving instructor and mentor for young drivers until his tragic death behind the wheel in 1987. The jovial Irishman was a valued […]

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Justin Wilson

Justin began racing karts in 1987. In 1998, he was a finalist in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award and won the inaugural Formula Palmer Audi championship, taking nine race wins, including six of the final seven. A year later, he graduated to the FIA International Formula 3000 Series and won […]

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Thomas D. Yeager

Began his racing career on the streets of Marion, Ohio, with a highly customized 1950 Mercury, then progressed to sports cars with an MGA and an Austin-Healey 100. Attending SCCA races as a spectator got him afflicted with ‘the bug’, and by 1962, he was racing a Lotus 7 in organized events, raced a Merlyn […]

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Pete van der Vate

Like Ed Diehl, Randy Canfield and Brian Fuerstenau, van der Vate was noted as much for his car prep as for his driving. He prepped Pierre Mion’s ’59 National E Production Champion AC Bristol. The Sebring Sprite he piloted in •62 and ’63 was prepared for Pat Mernone, daughter of Ed Mernone who later was […]

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John F. Weinberger

Like so many others before and after John, his first race car was a Porsche Speedster … 10 years later he was in a new Porsche 911S which won a Chicago Region SCCA class championship and set a class track record at the old Wilmot Hills circuit … By 1968 he was racing a Porsche […]

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John Surtees, OBE

The only man to win World Championships on two wheels as well as four… After winning four World 500cc World Motorcycle Championships riding for MV Augusta, he switched to cars – making his Formula 1 debut racing for Lotus in the Monaco Grand Prix ….he scored a second place in only his second Formula One […]

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Dr. Richard K. Thompson, Jr.

“The original “Flying Dentist”, Dick won numerous Sports Car Club of America championships and was inducted in the Corvette Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, he raced for the factory Corvette team of Briggs Cunningham. He began racing in 1952 in one of the first 12 hour races at Sebring International Raceway driving to the […]

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Carroll H. Shelby

The legendary father of the Cobra and the Shelby Mustang, Carroll was also one of the USA’s top racing drivers in the 1950’s. His first race was behind the wheel of a friend’s MGTC which he not only won, but defeated the bigger Jaguar XK120’s in the process. Moved up to racing a Cadillac Allard…winning […]

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Michael A. Stott

Mike has been a racer for more than 50 years, beginning with the SCCA in New England. In 1998, Stott was one of the founding directors of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, N.Y., a reference library and museum dedicated to the preservation of motorsports history. Stott has sponsored numerous SVRA historic […]

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Don Sesslar

Don Sesslar’s father infused a love of automobiles and racing into his son. Young Sesslar began racing stock cars post-WWII and was soon recruited by local entrepreneur Cyrus Fulton to drive his sports cars. Over the next three decades, Sesslar drove Porsches and Mustangs, showing great success with Sunbeams, both Alpines and Tigers. He was […]

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Marolyn T. Rogers

Marolyn was Chief Registrar for IMSA for 15 years and most recently served on the International Motor Racing Research Center’s Governing Council. She worked the first several years for Bill Warner and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Marolyn recently was working with RM Auctions for their Concours at Amelia Island. She passed away at age […]

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John Paul, Jr.

John raced in IMSA, CART, and the Indy Racing League. In 1982 he won the Twelve Hours of Sebring co-driving with his father John Paul, Sr. After becoming the youngest-ever IMSA champion, he made 21 CART starts from 1982 to 1985 – scoring a win at Michigan International Speedway. He also finished 2nd in the […]

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Andrew Porterfield

Porterfield, a 32-year member of the RRDC and a 55-year member of the SCCA passed away in April 2012 at the age of 80. He was inducted into the RRDC in 1980 on the heels of his second consecutive SCCA B-Production national championship in a Corvette at Road Atlanta. Porterfield began his racing career in […]

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Thomas F. Nehl

That Tom had only two professional road racing wins, 1970 at Daytona and 1972 at Talladega in the IMSA Camel GT serries, is not indicative of what he contributed to sports car racing … in 1972 he purchased Georgia’s inactive Savannah International Raceway and turned it over to the local SCCA region to operate for […]

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Bill Noble

Bill Noble’s SCCA Hall of Fame citation: Bill Noble came from humble beginnings and had a country boy demeanor but was very sophisticated and a very astute businessman. The largest builder and supplier of Formula Vee engines. Outside of his racing world he bought and invested in real estate and he bought prime hunting land […]

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Wayne E. Moore

An SCCA Formula Vee standout who began racing in 1974, became Southeast Division champion in 1979 and validated that with 1979 and 1980 National Championships at the Runoffs. SCCA President’s Cup winner in 1980 after winning the Runoffs from a 26th place on the grid

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Stirling Moss, OBE

Sir Stirling Moss OBE is arguably the greatest all-round racing driver of all time and a true icon of the motor racing world. Known during his career as •Mr Motor Racing’ he became a professional driver in 1948, at the age of 18, racing a Cooper 500.His early career was meteoric, with works drives for […]

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