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The purpose of VSCDA shall be to encourage the restoration, preservation and operation of Vintage Sports Cars, to act as a source of technical and other information, and to conduct a broad range of events for Vintage Sports Cars and their owners.
The Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association (VSCDA) has grown significantly from its modest beginnings.
As the owner of a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL and a 1936 328 BMW, John Kleen lamented the limited options for racing his prized possessions. After experience with the New England Chapter of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, Kleen formed the Prairie Region Chapter in the early 1970s. But longstanding VSCCA rules held over from the New England club — whose members favored pre-war cars — prevented owners of newer cars from participating.
So Kleen and fellow motorsport enthusiasts Tommy Moore, Hal Ullrich, Art Bly, and Paul Dauer formed a new group — VSCDA — in late 1978. They hoped this venture would allow cars made through 1960 to be part of wheel-to-wheel racing. The cut-off year was later changed to 1963 and currently includes models through 1972. Alpine Valley Ski Resort outside East Troy, Wisconsin, played host to the first VSCDA event. Rather than a race, it was a hill climb. The new association’s dance card was filled with numerous hill climbs and autocrosses at airports and car shows at malls — events that were easy to set up and operate while gaining the interest of additional prospective members.
Since 1979, VSCDA has offered an annual Spring Brake Drivers School that has trained nearly 800 amateurs in both the basic and finer points of racing. But while the school has been a constant, the ways in which the club operates its races has not. Early on, there were two race groups — pre-war and post-war — and two types of cars in each group — fast and slow. Cars were timed in practice (allowing for a handicap factor) and staggered in the start. Then it was off to the races. Today, each event typically features eight to nine groups and attracts anywhere from 100 to 300 entrants.
Members and volunteers have always been VSCDA’s lifeblood. Early members — of which there were perhaps 100 the first year — organized events and, as the club matured, filled official roles in timing and scoring and as corner workers, in addition to experiencing seat time. Nearly one third of the first year’s membership remains active racers, many of whom still drive their original entries.
Each year drivers continue to write VSCDA’s vibrant history as they uphold the organization’s philosophy of preserving the past through use.
The Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association is a Midwest based not-for-profit organization of 600 members. It is run by officers and a board of directors elected by members. All meetings are open and members are encouraged to voice their opinions through their directors or association's newsletter. Opportunities for member participation range from spectating at events to running for Board position. Members are encouraged to run their cars or volunteer their services at events.
Wheel-to-wheel competition race weekends are held at major tracks in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Participants are afforded ample opportunity for track time and friendly competition via practice and qualifying sessions, sprint races, handicap run and enduros. Our feeling that these cars were meant to be driven is the basis for safe, friendly competition where camaraderie on and off the track is the ultimate goal. Everyone is a winner with the emphasis placed on participation rather than finishing first.
The annual driver's school is for those members who are just getting into racing as well as those who just want to sharpen their driving skills in a structured setting. Special groups within the club who actively campaign their cars include Monoposto, formed by single seater race car drivers, and Group I, pre-war and early MG drivers.
The main social event of the year is the annual banquet, where members gather in a more formal setting to reminisce about the past season, consider the coming one, meet old friends and talk current vintage car projects. Other periodic events include garage tours and concourse gatherings. Also, each race event offers participants a complimentary track party one evening and more formal dinner the other evening.