Many of you here have spent untold hours on project cars – be they destined for turning race laps, ogling at a Cars & Coffee, or hauling you to your favorite backroads fishing spot. You have it clear in your head what you want, you start out with the best of intentions, you’ve got the energy, and a proper budget. THEN … reality sets in and you recognized the thunderous scale by which you underestimated what was necessary to do the job right. For nearly 15 years I held onto a pile of receipts for a Lotus Europa restoration project; I did so, in case I were ever stupid enough to be tempted by the allure of restoring an “affordable exotic” car, I would runaway screaming.
What if … what if you had a project of such immense importance you were unwilling to compromise? What if you realize the cost of compromising would cost far, far more than the cost of doing things right? Well, bucko, you would sweat the details, question and challenge past assumptions, you would conduct “what if” scenarios. Hopefully, you would also be sufficiently wise to reach out to experts both to help guide your effort and review your plans.
I think you will agree, the SCCA is facing unprecedented change and challenges: everything from increased competition from other racing bodies for drivers, workers, and officials, competition for track time, both from other car clubs and alternative use groups, disappearing solo venues, aging membership, with the upcoming generation of Millennials seemingly as interested in a virtual experience as the real thing. The thing is those challenges can all be met, with the right leadership executing the right strategic plan. The SCCA national Board of Directors (BOD) has sworn to find the right SCCA President, even if it took months and months of work to do so. Your BOD has worked relentlessly to find THE right person for the job. We looked at people in and out of the racing industry, with and without SCCA history – what we required appeared at times to be a bullet proof unicorn. As you will have read elsewhere, we are thrilled to have Michael Cobb join SCCA, Inc. as President/CEO.
Fortunately, we had a simply outstanding candidate pool for this critical club leadership role. Michael has heart and mind, passion, experience, and perspective. His professional experience was so strong, he made the initial candidate cuts without the BOD’s knowledge he was an SCCA member and active participant in SCCA solo competition. Yup – Mike is an incredibly qualified professional, a passionate “car guy,” who is “one of us.” You will soon read much more about our new SCCA President. But, this is only the beginning … while he will hit the ground running. He now will take the same diligent, professional approach in structuring plans as we did in finding him. That doesn’t mean he’ll be sequestered for months on end – quite the contrary, he already has plans to reach out to our Regions, broaden his view of current SCCA events, dig, question, and listen to our membership.
Now, with Michael’s hiring, I’ve been looking at building a rallycross car from a 996 C4 … hmm, how hard can it be?