Ed Hughes

2017 Inductee

Ed began his interest in car competition in 1951 when he was in the US Marine Corps. He competed at a Heavy Equipment Salvage Lot in Barstow CA in a 1934 Ford 5 Window with #87 on the side. Through the Jalopy Association, he continued to compete at other locations. He had 2 crashes, the second resulting injuries which set him up for later multiple joint replacements. By 1953-54 he was a member of the Akron City Sports Car Club and the Rubber City SC Club. He also competed on the “inner track” at Nelson in a TR3 which wasn’t an SCCA event, but an open competition event.

In 1962, he attended a race at Mid-Ohio working corners under Bob Federman and Bill Benham. He continued to work races with Lake Erie Communications and then moved into assistant operating with a guy he termed the Silver Fox, Al Weaver. He joined SCCA in 1966 and has been a member ever since, making this past year his 50th Anniversary with Neohio. Ed has served on the Comp Board 12 years and to date has worked 405 races as a steward, gaining his Senior Steward license in 1993. He has worked Nelson, Mid-Ohio, Cumberland, IRP, Elkhart Lake, West Palm Beach and Mosport. He also volunteered with the Soap Box Derby from 1985-89. Ed prides himself as being a “drivers” Steward wanting to make sure a lot of people went home happy. He proudly keeps track of his stewarding indicating that he has been a Chief Steward at 69 events; Assistant Chief Steward 53 times; SOM 198 times of which 20 he acted as Chair and as Safety Steward at 66 events.