Rich Bireta receives Barnato Award; Charlie Clark, Mark Weber inducted in SCCA Hall of Fame

Rallyist Rich Bireta received SCCA’s highest honor, the Woolf Barnato Award for contributions to the club, on the opening day of SCCA’s virtual National Convention Jan. 21. Bireta, a member of both Kansas City and Kansas Regions, was cited not only for his many years’ involvement with the SCCA rally program but also for developing technology making rallies easier to conduct which are in use at both top-level series and in low-level regional events.

The five 2022 inductees of the SCCA Hall of Fame include Kansas City Region’s Charlie Clark and St. Louis Region’s Mark Weber. Clark’s involvement in both solo and road racing include multiple Solo National Championships and Runoffs finishes, as well as serving as event co-chair of two Solo Nationals and four terms on the SCCA Board of Directors. Weber’s resumé includes being the official photographer of several major SCCA series and hundreds of club racing events, and publication in numerous magazines and other media, as well as a competition record of more than 600 races in the EP, FP, GP and HP classes in which he would sometimes run two races in a day in the same car after a lightning engine swap.

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