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February 4, 2022
Sports Car Club of America has learned of the passing of 2021 SCCA Hall of Fame inductee Lloyd Loring. He was 94 years old and had been a Club member for nearly 70 years.
Loring experienced a little bit of everything the Club had to offer. He held several different offices within the South Bend Region, including co-chair of the region’s Solo program. He participated in gymkhanas and road rallies, was once named Central Division Rally Driver of the Year, organized road races, worked Tech, and helped in Timing & Scoring.
Seldom does an individual contribute to the Club in such a way that he starts a worker specialty based on his talents, but such was the case for Loring. While participating as a successful driver in a Porsche 356, Loring discovered his skill and passion for announcing. Serving first at local events and in the CenDiv Solo series, Loring quickly became the first announcer at Solo Nationals. He’ll always be remembered as “The Voice of Solo” with his trademark catchphrase “Are you ready for this?” ringing across the paddock.
Loring was a member of the CenDiv Hall of Fame, and received the Curt Thews Award from his home region recognizing those who give unselfishly to the success of the region. The Great Lakes Division also recognizes his legacy by awarding the Lloyd Loring and Jeanne Ruble Achievement Award annually at the Great Lakes Division Solo Championships Spring Training weekend. In 2018, Loring was also awarded The Kelly Cup, an honor recognizing SCCA members who show extraordinary dedication and contribution to a Regional Solo Events Program.
Loring’s son, William, noted that there will be no religious service or funeral. However, a celebration of life is being considered for the not-too-distant future. For those feeling generous, William said donations of money or volunteer time could be provided to organizations Lloyd held dear, such as the SCCA Foundation, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Civic Theatre, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, Studebaker National Museum, or the Center for Hospice Care.
Photo courtesy of the Loring family
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