2016 Hall of Fame Inductees – Robson, Tatum and Vodden

October 14th, 2016 by Sherry Grantz

From October 2016

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

The San Francisco Region Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the three inductees for 2016. They will join the 41 previous HOF members to be recognized for their contributions to the Region.

The HOF induction will be part of the Championship Awards Banquet on Saturday night, October 22 in Willows.

Mary Lou Robson

Mary Lou Robson was first introduced to racing on a date at Cotati Race track and she started working turns as a Communicator in 1962.  A year later she was asked to become Chief of Communications and joined SCCA in1964.


Chuck Tatum

While he is best known for building the Crusader Formula Vees he began his car building career shortly after returning from WW II where he served as a Marine in the battle of Iwo Jima.  While in his early 20’s, Chuck build several Jalopy stock cars to compete in oval track racing based out of his Stockton, CA home.  This lead to road racing in 1953 with his own car.


David Vodden

David was born in Billings, Montana, and is one of seven siblings.  Before leaving for Orange County, California, he acquired a taste for auto racing courtesy of his older brother and mentor, Lee. David founded the California Jalopy Association on KTLA-TV running on Sunday afternoons.  At this early juncture his resume did not include driving.  After college he purchased a sprint car and then later a three quarter midget.  David drove at Ascot, South Gate, Ventura, Orange County, Saugus, Las Vegas and lesser known spots in between.

Read the full biographies in the October 2016 The Wheel.

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