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352 Fall 2015


March 7, 2015

When SAAC was started, one of

the first members was Bill Heinson. He

was from Moxie, a small town in east-

ern Washington. We had been worried

that SAAC would become a northeast-

based club but owners and enthusiasts

from all over the country signed up. Bill

maintained his SAAC membership for

the rest of his life.

Always interested in performance

cars, he bought a 289 Cobra (CSX2580) in

1977. The car had been in a serious acci-

dent and within two years he had traded

it for an early ‘65 GT350, #5026. He estab-

lished himself as an authority on Holley

carburetors and wrote a couple of de-

tailed articles about them in


Shelby American


Bill was 67.


May 6, 2015

The grande dame of American

sports car racing has passed away and

there is no replacement waiting in the

wings. When Denise McCluggage grad-

uated from college in the early 1950s

she took her first job working at the

San Francisco Chronicle

. She began

hanging out with sports car enthusi-

asts and in short order was seduced by

a black MG TC, which she described as

a loose roller skate of a car.

” And just

like that she was hooked for life. She

began attending sports car races, got to

know the drivers, bought another MG

TC and then moved to New York to

work at the

New York Herald Tribute

in 1954. With sports car racing in this

country just beginning to take hold, she

got a helmet and went racing in a

Jaguar XK140. Female drivers were

considered charming curiosities at that

time and few were taken seriously. Oc-

casionally they were placed in ladies-

only “powder puff” races. Despite the

condescending treatment given to all

females in the sport, McCluggage en-

joyed racing too much to be dissuaded.

She was eventually recognized, during

this “Golden Age” of racing, as a con-

temporary, both as a driver as well as a


As a writer/driver, McCluggage moved easily around the top drivers in the 1950s.

From left, GP drivers Fangio, Moss, Rodriguez, Ireland and Bucknum.

She raced in some of the most best

known events of the day: Sebring, Nas-

sau, Daytona, the Nurburgring. At Se-

bring in 1962 she won the GT class in a

Ferrari 250. She and co-driver Anne

Hall won their class in the Monte Carlo

Rally in 1964 in a Falcon. She began

writing for


at the very begin-

ning and continued to do so until she

passed away. She seemed to know

everyone in the sports car

racing world where she was

admired and respected.

Along the way she also found

time to write several books.

She was inducted into the

Automotive Hall of Fame in

2001 and won both the Ken

Purdy Award for Excellence

in Automotive Journalism

and the Dean Bachelor Life-

time Achievement Award.

Denise was 88.