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Re: Racing / Heuer / a champion and his Watch

Hello Lanny,

THANK YOU for this very nice report !
I fully agree with Paul here, who said it so well.
Great to read !
I happen to own a few Camaros too, and always enjoy the unusual shape and style.
By the way, it was a pleasure talking to you in LCdF !

Have a great Sunday !
(and I hope your wife's not upset with you anymore .....) ;-)
Best regards,


: The year was the autumn of 1967 - it was an exciting time in
: history, not only for Heuer Time Corporation, the US subsidiary
: of Heuer but also for the sport of amateur and semi-amateur
: sports racing here in the United States.


: For Heuer it had been 4 years since HTC changed their US PR and
: advertising agency to a smaller firm that would later become a
: leader in the art of product placement. Earlier in the summer
: Heuer had managed to get their timing watches and equipment
: aboard the US teams vessels for the America's Cup - worth
: mentioning given this past weeks events and the presence of a
: Tag Heuer logo on The Team Oracle vessel.


: For the SCCA, it was also a year of great accomplishment. The SCCA
: for years had struggled to get the sort of deep pocketed
: sponsorship that it needed for the ARRC. Earlier that year it
: managed to get both the NEA and Nine Flags International to
: throw their weight behind the event. Other Sponsors included
: Celanese Fibers and most interestingly for us Heuer Time
: Corporation. Heuer according to the program guide for the 1967
: American Road Race Championships would present the winner of
: each class with an Heuer Carrera 45. (An interesting twist given
: the watch below)

: Skip ahead to February 2013 - a watch comes up for auction on EBay
: - it is an Heuer Camaro 45 with the inscribed words on the dial
: "ARR. C. 1967 Champion"

: I happen to love the Camaro as a dress watch due to its slim
: profile. I put in a tepid bid not really expecting to win, we
: all know how that turns out sometimes. I later find out why. I
: was excited about the win, and wanted badly to post information
: about the piece on OTD but alas small life events sometimes
: conspire to delay our smaller ambitions. (My second daughter was
: born a few days later) The seller had posted some information
: about the watch which I had printed out but misplaced over the
: months.

: While at the first evenings events at La Chaux de Fonds, amongst
: collectors, the wine flowed and much small talk and chatter of
: favored Heuer pieces were shared. It was then while talking with
: an exceptionally bright young man from Oxford (our good friend
: Eric Wind) recounted the story of my Camaro on eBay - how Jeff
: Stein had informed him the he would be bidding on behalf of the
: Tag Heuer Museum. This of course is only hear say - I assume if
: anything I have said is incorrect I would welcome the
: correction. Eric was also kind enough to inform me that a
: program guide from the 1967 ARRC championships that year was
: listed on eBay. I quickly secured it and some its content
: including Heuer's sponsorship of the event are included here:




: So what's with the watch?

: It was awarded to the winner of the 1967 H-Modified Class ARRC
: Championship at Daytona - His name: JD Igleheart - he was a
: regular on the SCCA circuit for many years - a partial snapshot
: of his prior 3 years of racing is listed below:



: The History do the SCCA is summarized here:

: The SCCA traces its roots to the Automobile Racing Club of America
: (not to be confused with the currentstock car series of the same
: name). ARCA was founded in 1933 by brothers Miles and Sam
: Collier, and dissolved in 1941 at the outbreak of World War II.
: The SCCA was formed in 1944, at first as only an enthusiast
: group. The SCCA began sanctioning road racing in 1948, with the
: inaugural Watkins Glen Grand Prix. Cameron Argetsinger, an SCCA
: member and local enthusiast who would later become Director of
: Pro Racing and Executive Director of the SCCA, helped organize
: the event for the SCCA

: In 1951, the SCCA National Sports Car Championship was formed from
: existing marquee events around the nation, including Watkins
: Glen, Pebble Beach, and Elkhart Lake. Many early SCCA events
: were held on disused air force bases, organized with the help of
: Air Force General Curtis LeMay, a renowned enthusiast of sports
: car racing. LeMay loaned out facilities of Strategic Air Command
: bases for the SCCA's use; the SCCA relied heavily on these
: venues during the early and mid-1950s during the transition from
: street racing to permanent circuits.

: By 1962, the SCCA was tasked with managing the U.S. World Sportscar
: Championship rounds at Daytona,Sebring, Bridgehampton and
: Watkins Glen. The club was also involved in the Formula 1 U.S.
: Grand Prix. SCCA Executive Director John Bishop helped to create
: the United States Road Racing Championship series for Group 7
: sports cars to recover races that had been taken by rival USAC
: Road Racing Championship. Bishop was also instrumental in
: founding the SCCA Trans-Am Series and the SCCA/CASC Can-Am
: series. In 1969, tension and in-fighting over Pro Racing's
: autonomy caused Bishop to resign and help form theInternational
: Motor Sports Association.

: The SCCA began sanctioning professional racing in 1963, when the
: United States Road Racing Championship was formed. In 1966 the
: Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) was created for Group 7
: open-top sportscars. The Trans-Am Series for pony cars also
: began in 1966. Today, Trans-Am uses GT-1 class regulations,
: giving amateur drivers a chance to race professionally.

: Current SCCA-sanctioned professional series include Trans-Am, the
: SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge forGT and touring cars, and the
: Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup. The SCCA also sanctions professional
: series for some amateur classes, such as the Mazda MX-5 Cup
: (Spec Miata), Spec Racer Ford Pro, Formula Enterprises Pro, and
: the F2000 Championship Series.

: The club racing program is the road racing division where drivers
: race on either dedicated race tracks or on temporary street
: circuits. Competitors require either a regional or a national
: racing license. Both modified production cars (ranging from
: lightly modified cars with only extra safety equipment to
: heavily modified cars that retain only the basic shape of the
: original vehicle) and designed-from-scratch "formula"
: and "sports racer" cars can be used in club racing.
: Most of the participants in the Club Racing program are unpaid
: amateurs, but some go on to professional racing careers. The
: club is also the source for race workers in all specialties.

: The annual national championship for Club Racing is called the SCCA
: National Championship Runoffs and has been held at Riverside
: International Raceway (1964, 1966, 1968), Daytona International
: Speedway(1965, 1967, 1969), Road Atlanta (1970–1993), Mid-Ohio
: Sports Car Course (1994–2005), and Heartland Park Topeka
: (2006–2008). Since 2009, the Runoffs are held at Road America
: in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for a minimum of three years. The
: current SCCA record holder is Jerry Hansen, (former owner of
: Brainerd International Raceway), with 27 national titles.


: Hope you have enjoyed the reading.

: Best Regards,
: Lanny

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