VSCCA Club History
Born in the romance of vintage cars on the road.
The VSCCA was founded December the 14th of 1958 in Boston - the brainchild of a group of Sports Car enthusiasts interested in a club that would focus on the cars, their history, their preservation, and their use.
Several of these enthusiasts had also been founders of the Sports Car Club of America just over ten years earlier and had watched that club evolve towards one more focused on competition than upon the cars themselves. It appears they resolved to remedy this situation by creating a new club, the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA). The impetus for the founding came from two mid-fifties events that brought American and British enthusiasts together for what were called the Anglo-American Vintage Car Rallies. In 1954 a group of Americans took their cars to the UK to be guests of the British Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) and in 1957 the Americans hosted the British. Exposure to the VSCC in the UK served to further encourage the Americans’ enthusiasm and from that enthusiasm came the founding of the VSCCA.
Initially the club was focused on prewar cars but soon those of the early fifties were made welcome. As the club grew, the Officers and Board of Directors came to realize that the VSCCA would need to work hard at staying true to the founders’ vision.
Over time a calendar of events evolved with an effort to offer activities for all interests within the club and to ensure that wheel-to-wheel racing events would be kept low key and sporting as well as ensuring that they would not come to redefine the club itself.
As the vintage racing movement grew up in the United States, often in the wake of the VSCCA’s successes, the club made a decision that one of the best ways to keep its own traditions vibrant was to maintain the focus on the cars that were available in the earliest days of the club, yet welcome cars through the early seventies to race with us.
Now, nearly sixty years after its founding, the VSCCA continues to offer its members a balanced calendar of events be they over the road, on the slopes of various hill climb venues and on racing circuits. Additionally this commitment to the club’s identity has made the VSCCA now about the only club in the United States that keeps the prewar and postwar fifties sports cars active, yet recognizes newer vintage cars and welcome them at our events. We choose to stay firmly rooted in those earlier days when driving sports cars was still a romantic adventure.
In 1958 the founders of the club chose to keep its ambiance romantic. We, many of whom have come later to their vision, have come for the romance.