Another bombshell came from southern California. Lance Reventlow said he would turn pro for the Riverside race and would take his significant new cars, the Scarabs, with him out of the SCCA. Reventlow's late start in the SCCA season had saved the club's feature races from continuing as a dreary series of walkovers for Briggs Cunningham's fine Lister-Jaguars and his drivers, Walt Hansgen and Ed Crawford.
If the Riverside race is successful, gifted amateurs will have even more incentive to turn pro. This will be the fourth in the new series backed by the U.S. Auto Club, sanctioning body for the Indianapolis "500." Britain's great Stirling Moss and the top Americans, Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby, are expected to compete.
"The SCCA," says Bill Pollack, president of the CSCC, "will end up with virtual nonentities racing production cars." That remains to be seen. Nobody knows which way the new SCCA board of governors will lean when it assumes control this fall or how deeply the pros will cut in.
Meanwhile, it would be foolish to write off the SCCA, unfair not to recognize its premier role in the amazing growth of the sport and unwise to underestimate the zest with which its drivers, like those at the Glen, compete for their cups. Theirs is a spirit which makes a place on the championship list below (with three events remaining) no mean accomplishment.