Obituaries

The VSCCA is the lesser for their passing.

David Belden – VSCCA Competition Number 215 – Long time VSCCA member David Beldin passed away on January 7th, 2016. He belonged to many automotive clubs and was especially proud of over fifty years membership in the Sports Car Club of America where he spent many years both racing and officiating as a course marshal. Jean Petryshyn said of him “Our best instructor for new workers. Always mellow but precise. He will be sadly missed”.

Scott Terry – VSCCA Competition Number 94 – Died November 10th of 2015 from complications of cancer. He can be remembered driving his 1959 Alfa with much skill. He had a wry sense of humor and wasn’t afraid to prank someone. He rode a modern Harley and not timid to do so in any kind of weather. A close friend of Keith Goring and Susan Dixon, he could be found with them in the flea market at the Historics.

Harrison Gilberta longtime member of the VSCCA and an active figure especially in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Born December 24, 1933 in Elmira, NY, he was a veteran of the US Marine Corp, and served during the Korean War.

Jim Smith – We are saddened to report that another long time member, Jim Smith, passed away on January 19th.    Jim was an active competitor in his Healey 100 and drove it with skill and enthusiasm.  He was also a most pleasant human being, who truly enjoyed time with his friends.    He will be missed by all of them.

Mark L. Auriana 77, of Stamford, passed away peacefully at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York on March 5, 2016. Mark was born in New York City in 1938 and graduated Regis High School in New York City, He continued on to Manhattan College and earned a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from CUNY.  He was a private pilot, a life-long car enthusiast and long time member of the VSCCA. His 1957 Alfa SVZ wearing competition number was 328 was until recently, a frequent site at many of our events.

Edward J. Frost Sutherland, longtime resident of Wolfeboro and Melvin Village, NH died on March 28, 2016 surrounded by family. An avid pilot, he earned instrument, commercial, multi-engine and seaplane ratings and flew small aircraft for business and pleasure. Cars were an early and continuing passion which eventually focused on vintage sports cars. As a Director of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, he raced a Jaguar and Lotus in club events for ten years. As Secretary of the New England Region of the Bentley Drivers Club, he enjoyed car tours in a pre-1930 Bentley. For these two clubs, he developed and maintained computerized membership lists and published an annual roster for more than ten years. 

Ray Saidel

Raymond Saidel passed away on February 13, 2017.  Raymond was born in Manchester on May 15, 1924.  At age 18 he became a machine gunner in the Army’s First Armored Regiment.  After the German defeat in North Africa, Raymond was sent to Italy Where he fought in many battles including Anzio.  At that time his company had been reorganized as A Company First Tank Battalion of the First Armored Division.  He would later become a rifleman in the First Provisional Rifle Company of the First Tank Battalion.  For his years of service during WWII, Raymond was awarded six Bronze Battle Stars.  He also received the “Medalle de la France Libree” from the French Army.  Throughout his life, Raymond remained president of Merrimack Street Garage, which is a local car dealership established by Morris Saidel in 1919.  This enterprise was a long-time dealer of Oldsmobile and Volvo automobiles, but also introduced a multitude of foreign cars for sale and service to the local area including but not limited to; Triumph, MG, Fiat, Mercedes, Lotus, Jaguar, Borgward, and many others.  During the 1950’s Raymond designed and built a line of sports car called the Jomar, named for his first two children, Joanna and Marc.  Raymond successfully raced his line at SCCA, USAC and FIA events at race tracks along the eastern United States such as; Thompson, Limerock, Cumberland, Watkins Glen and Daytona.  Raymond’s success with the Jomar led to the future development of a production of the car in England known as the TVR. In the 1970’s Raymond pursued his passion for journalism as a foreign correspondent for William Loeb’s newspaper, The Union Leader.

Jean Argetsinger 

Jean Argetsinger, the matriarch of American road racing and a leader in the creation of the International Motor Racing Research Center, died Jan. 16 at her home in Burdett, N.Y. She was 97. Mrs. Argetsinger and her husband, Cameron, who died in 2008, are credited with the rebirth of road racing in the United States after World War II. In helping to establish Watkins Glen International. She was a founder of the IMRRC, an archival and research library that’s dedicated to the preservation and sharing of the history of motor sports, all venues and all series worldwide. She had served on the IMRRC governing council since the center opened in 1999. Her son Duke wrote to our secretary Scott Fenley, “Both Jean and my late father, Cameron Argetsinger, were staunch supporters of the VSCCA.  Thank you for according her an honorary membership over the last several years.”