Worker Highlight – Bruce Brunner
January 24th, 2018 by James Chartres
How did you get started?
After seeing my first race at Laguna Seca in Oct of 1964, I went to as many races in the area as I could as a spectator (I was in the Air Force at the time and stationed at Castle AFB in Merced). I finally talked to a Corner Marshal over the fence at Laguna and asked how do I get to be on your side of the fence? He gave me the phone number of the Chief Turn Marshal, Marty Illgen and I called him to sign up. I think my first race was at Cotati, but I can’t be sure. I eventually joined in 1966, because back then you could work as a member of USARM, and their dues were cheaper.
What is your current position?
Currently I am the assistant Chief Starter to Marcia Elise. I am also the Chairman of the San Francisco Region Hall of Fame (HOF) Committee. I have held this position since 2006 when then Regional Executive R. J. Gordy asked me to head up the HOF Committee. That first year we inducted 10 people into the Hall of Fame.
What do you like about the SCCA?
The people. As they say – you come for the races, but you stay for the people. Everyone is there to help put on the race, but the social is where you get to meet everyone else your not working with directly.
What does your role involve?
As assistant starter chief, I help Marcia with our weekend crew assignments, If Marcia is unable to be there as chief for the day or weekend, I become chief and become responsible to ensure we get our job done.
What don’t people know about you?
I was a Divisional Administrator for Race Control under Roger Eandi for 10 years. I have served on the SCCA National Hall of Fame (HOF) Nominating Committee for 4 years and at present I’m serving my last of 4 years on the Legacy Committee as it’s Chairman.
What does the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee do?
The SCCA National HOF is actually divide into 4 separate committees. They are: the Steering Committee which oversees the other 3 committees with direction on procedure and if there are conflicts between committees about pending nominees.
The Nominating Committee takes in the nominations that are submitted by the club’s membership, plus since the committee members are also SCCA members, they are free to place names in nomination.
The Legacy Committee was formed 4 years ago when committee members saw that nominations were only coming in on active members . You see, any member only knows about his/her region from the day they joined and nothing about it’s history before that, unless someone tells them, and even then, they may only know part of the history or rumor. The LC’s territory covers the first 3rd of SCCA existence, so since the club was formed in 1944, the LC looks at pending nominees from 1944 until 1969 now (it’s a moving target every year.)
The final committee is the Selection Committee. Nominations from the NC and LC at submitted to the SC to be chosen for induction into the SCCA HOF.
Thanks Bruce, we look forward to seeing more green and checkered flags from you on the front straight!