The Atlantic Sports Car Club had its beginnings in 1954 when MG TDs and a few other sports cars were beginning to appear on the roads of Nova Scotia. Two owners of these classic cars got together and agreed that a club should be formed.
After months of research and a letter to over one hundred sports car owners throughout the province, a meeting was held in mid-March of 1955 in the Board of Trade Building on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. A club was formed, the name chosen and the first Executive Committee was elected. Two years later, in March of 1957, the first Constitution and By-Laws were registered with the Provincial Government.
For the first decade ASCC was a “pure” Sports Car club, with navigational rallies, gymkhanas, and the occasional hill climb (all frequently ending as beach parties or other social gatherings) filling the demand for affordable competition and social interaction. By 1966 the pressure from owners of small, agile European sedans became too great and ASCC, with some reluctance on the part of the sports car owners, broadened its mandate and became a motorsport club. The name was retained in recognition of the club history and the overall desire for recognition of motorsport involving vehicles where finesse counted for more than brute horsepower and/or intimidation.
The following three decades saw a gradual change from the more social rally-gymkhana crowd to the go-fast race and slalom car drivers whose thrills are shared only vicariously by others.
Occasionally ASCC makes the media! Below is a sampling of articles from ASCCs past.
Daily News, July 19th, 1985 (.JPG, 436kb) – Article by Mark Alberstat. The Esso Atlantic Challenge Formula 2000 race comes to Atlantic Motorsport Park.
Halifax Herald, July 23rd, 1985 (.JPG, 103kb) – Article by John MacNeil. Results of the Esso Atlantic Challenge Formula 2000 race.
Chronicle Herald, September 25th, 2003 (.JPG, 519kb) – Article by Tim Chisholm. Full page ‘Wheels’ section story on ASCC Autoslalom events. Ironically minutes after the author left the event it was shut down by Truro police for ‘noise concerns’.
Throughout the history of ASCC the ‘Checkpoint’ newsletter has been published off and on. Containing event results, helpful information and photos from ASCC events held throughout the year.
ASCC Checkpoint Newsletter, Spring 1985 (.PDF, 9.8MB) – General club newsletter including articles, schedule and event results and club sponsor advertisements.
ASCC Checkpoint Newsletter, Summer 1985 (.PDF, 9.4MB) – General club newsletter including articles, schedule and event results and club sponsor advertisements. Does anyone want to buy a fully race-prepared Datsun 510 + Spares for $1800?
Former ASCC President, Bill Anwyll, racing in 1968
ASCC Dartmouth Highland Rally, 1963
ASCC Auto Slalom at Bayers Road Shopping Centre, 1963