David Ammen, a 2019 Sports Car Club of America® Hall of Fame inductee, has died after an extended illness. He was 94 years old. At the track or from his home, David will always be remembered for the courteous treatment of young volunteers and new members, lending a hand or advice to Region leaders or drivers, and each decision he made was clearly thought out and researched.
Formally, David served many years on the Board of Governors, filling a previous term before being elected to two more in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. At a time when the financial viability of the Club was in doubt, Vice Chairman Ammen and Chairman Dave Morrell, another SCCA® Hall of Fame inductee, alternated months running the National office in Denver as the search was underway for a new Executive Director. Knowing the Club needed a solid hire, David played an instrumental role in recruiting Nick Craw – yet another Hall of Famer - to serve as Executive Director and lead the Club to long-term security.
David’s SCCA successes began long before his time on the Board of Governors. As a racer, he and crew chief Gary Rutherford were stalwarts at Club races across the country. David qualified for the Runoffs an impressive 20 consecutive years, sitting on pole in 1979 and 1984 in D Sports Racing and Formula Continental. He was a podium finisher in 1977, ‘82, ‘84 and ‘85, the latter three at a time that competition was fierce in Formula Continental.
A member of SCCA’s New England Region, David also served on the Competition Committee, as the NEDIV Licensing Chairman and on his Region’s board of directors, as well as a steward after his driving career was finished. In recognition of his dedication to the Club, David was awarded the 1980 Woolf Barnato Award.