In Honor of R. David Jones

1938 – 2019

The SCCA Foundation has been blessed with many advocates, supporters and donors over the years.  But R. David Jones was a special contributor – especially in support of the SCCA Archives including the funding of its relocation from a storage facility in Indianapolis to Watkins Glen where the collection is now in the capable hands of the staff at the International Motor Racing Research Center.

A member of SCCA’s Texas Region, Jones joined the Club in 1959 after showing up at Eagle Mountain Air Base in Texas expecting to compete in a drag race. However, he discovered instead a sports car event going on. He stayed, learned more, and eventually became a volunteer worker, met drivers and later began crewing for them.

A lawyer and businessman specializing in security systems and automotive electronics, Jones’ participation in the sport led to an opportunity to begin driving while also becoming more heavily involved in helping run the local club. He rose through the ranks, raced successfully for years in several different classes, and held a variety of Divisional positions. He later served on the SCCA® Board of Directors where he was Chairman of the Board for a record seven years, helping the Club navigate through some tumultuous times.

Jones’ tenure as Chairman witnessed the creation of Spec Racer and the purchase of ProSolo by SCCA. In 1986, his efforts earned him SCCA’s Woolf Barnato Award — the Club’s highest honor presented to a member who has made the most outstanding long-term contribution.  He was inducted into the SCCA Hall of Fame in 2010.

For SCCA Divisions, Regions, Members and friends who would like to make a contribution to the SCCA Foundation in memory of R. David Jones,  you can do so in one of two ways:

  • Go to our DONATE page and click on the yellow “Donate” button.  We collect online donations through PayPal.  When you enter the amount of your donation, immediately below the amount is a place for your to enter a “special instruction” – please add a note that you are making your donation in memory of R. David and feel free to add any additional thoughts you would like included.  We will post all donations in R. David’s honor on a special web page that is being created now.
  • Or, you can mail a check made out to the SCCA Foundation, P.O. Box 299, Topeka, KS 66619 and include a note accordingly.
2014 Scholarship Winner

Programs

Your donation supports the SCCA Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Sports Car Club of America. The SCCA Foundation programs include:

  • Saving the Lives of Teen Drivers – through the TireRack Street Survival program a day-long skills training program.
  • Preserving the History of American Motorsport – the Foundation funds the preservation work at the SCCA Archives at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY.
  • Encouraging Future Automotive Passion – support and prizes for the national Formula SAE competitions to encourage the automotive and race engineers of tomorrow.
  • Women on Track – the Wendi Allen Scholarship program recognizes and encourages increased participation in autocross and Region leadership positions by women.
SCCA Programs: Monterey Grand Prix 1967

SCCA Archives

The SCCA Foundation is tasked with preserving the SCCA Club’s historical files. We are extremely pleased to have entrusted the SCCA Archives to the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen, NY.

SCCA programs: Reno Road Races 1953

Fundraising

In celebration of the SCCA’s 75th Anniversary, the SCCA Foundation is holding a special fundraising campaign – 75 for the 75th – to raise $75,000 in support of the SCCA Archives. We are asking for 75 donations of $1,000 in support of the preservation of the history of the SCCA and American motorsports contained in the SCCA Archives.