The SCCA Set

jonesBy David G. Firestone

I’ve been getting off track(pun intended) lately, and I’m gonna get back to basics. I’ve been wanting to do an article on a set like this for a while. I bought a set of items used by one driver at the same time, namely a driver suit, driving gloves, shoes, goggles, and arm restraints worn at the same time by a driver by the name of Jim Jones, an SCCA racer in the late 1970’s through the late 1980s. He was a weekend warrior who raced for the love of racing. In the late 1980’s he raced a Pontiac Trans Am and was sponsored by Boston-based Nimrod Press.jones

The first and most prominent item is this driver suit. It was worn by Jones in the 1980’s, and is black with red safety stripes and a quilt pattern.jones jonesb The suit shows a nice amount of wear. There are a number of small sponsor patches on the chest and it has a blood type indication sewn into the suit under the number. jones-rchest jones-lchestThis is so that in the event of a very severe accident, the hospital can know quickly what blood type Jones is and get him a transfusion. You also often see this on motorcycle helmets. The shoulders have safety straps, the sleeves have safety stripes in red, and the old school SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS patch on the sleeve. jones-rshoulder jones-rsleeve1 jones-rsleeve2 jones-lshoulder jones-lsleeve1 jones-lsleeve2The belt,jones-belt legs,jones-legs and back jones-bhave no decoration to speak of.  There is a small tear just above the belt.jones-wearThe second item is a pair of Worth racing gloves. jones-gloves-1The gloves show a large amount of wear, with the Worth racing logo damaged on both gloves, and the padding on the gloves is highly soiled.jones-gloves-2 jones-gloves-3 jones-gloves-4 jones-gloves-5 jones-gloves-6 jones-gloves-7 jones-gloves-8 jones-gloves-9

The third item is a pair of Simpson racing shoes, jones-shoes-1which show a decent amount of wear. I love the fact that the inside of the shoes is neon yellow, whereas the outside of the shoes are all black.jones-shoes-2 jones-shoes-3 jones-shoes-4 jones-shoes-5

The third and fourth items are pairs of goggles. The first is a French pair of Bolle goggles, which show a decent amount of wear. jones-goggles1-1 jones-goggles1-2 jones-goggles1-3 jones-goggles1-4 jones-goggles1-5The second pair is an Italian pair of Carerra goggles, which also show a large amount of wear.jones-goggles2-1 jones-goggles2-2 jones-goggles2-3 jones-goggles2-4 jones-goggles2-5 These were from a time when drivers wore helmets that mandated goggles. Even full-faced helmets needed goggles.

The last item is a pair of arm restraints. Many racing series mandate these to prevent arm injuries that occur from crashes when the drivers are in restricted driver cockpit. This particular pair of restraints were made by Auto Pro, and show a decent amount of use.jones-arm-1 jones-arm-2

Now we move on to…


This week, I’m gonna share my recipe for Dave’s Nitro Burning Ribs.  These ribs are easy to prepare and have a unique sauce.  I like to use a Siracha Stout barbeque sauce for my ribs.  So, without further ado, the rib recipe!


For the ribs:

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

1 tablespoon granulated onion

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon white pepper

3 racks baby back ribs, about 5 pounds

For the barbecue sauce:

2 tbs olive oil
8 cloves of garlic, minced
2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 1/3 cup ketchup
4 tbs worcestershire sauce
3 tsp sriracha
4 tsp smoked paprika
2 cup Stout
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp onion powder


1. Mix together the cumin, garlic, granulated onion, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, white pepper, salt, and black pepper. Rub the spice mixture over both sides of the ribs. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Unwrap the ribs and place them on a baking sheet. Cover completely with foil. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Remove the foil and let the ribs cool. Refrigerate them, wrapped in plastic, until you are ready to pack, up to 24 hours.

3. While the ribs are cooking, it’s time to make the sauce. In a pot over medium heat, add the oil and allow to get hot but not smoking. Add the garlic and stir until you can smell it, about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Allow to cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. Until you are ready to leave.

4. Just before leaving, Place the racks in a large, seal-able plastic container. Add 1 cup of the barbecue sauce and stir so all the ribs are coated.

5. At the track, Prepare the coals. When the coals are hot, grill the ribs for 10 minutes, until they are lightly charred and heated through, turning them several times and applying several more coatings of sauce.

Serve the ribs hot, accompanied by more sauce.


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