by Gordon Glasgow, as interviewed by Tana Bryan
Back in about the year 1978 when Gordon was first autocross racing, he found other folks who also autocrossed their Datsuns. In order to be eligible for season points and awards, you had to be a member of a club that was a member of the Western Washington Sports Car Council (WWSCC or WW – pronouced “dub-dub”). Most were usually marque clubs (devoted to a particular make of cars) such as BMWs or Corvettes. There were also the Boeing Employees Autosports Club (BEAC), Bremerton Sports Car Club (BSCC), and Acme Hardware Racing (AHR).
BSCC meant having to go to Bremerton for meetings and events; not very practical.
AHR was based out of Seattle. They were hardcore autocross racers who usually won approximately 50-percent of the local races, but had no social events and two meetings a month that were mandatory.
The Datsun owners were very successful racers, but none of the existing WW clubs were a good match. Ted Hanson and Terry Sanborn, both Z car owners and racers, contacted Gordon about starting a Datsun club. They did the research about starting a club. The first meeting was in 1979 in Issaquah and had about 20 people showed up. Pretty good for a first time meeting! It took a while, but a name was finally decided on: Northwest Datsun Enthusiasts. The club applied for membership with WW, and officially became a WWSCC car club in 1979. Ted became the first President and Gordon was the first VP, while Terry became the first treasurer.
Gordon took first place that year in Improved B class! Several other Datsuns all took home trophies that year.
Gordon ended up being NWDE’s second President (since then he has held every position more than once). He also ended up being WW’s President even though he had never attended a WW meeting. Gordon worked hard at being the WW President by trying to get new members and leveraging an information hot line. He stayed as President of WW for two years.
Back then, autocross racing was still mostly an invisible event. Gordon managed to get the Seattle Times sport section to publish autocross race results. The Times covered a WW event for the cover story for the Pictorial section.
Meetings in those early years took place at different locations including the Bellevue Library.
NWDE used to also do rally sports called TSD or Time/Speed/Distance, and done mostly on public roads. The navigator was very important to the driver’s success. Can you imagine no onboard electronic navigation system? There were also some folks who liked to participate in Pro Rally which was usually done on unpaved, closed roads and much more dangerous.
Gradually NWDE began to get members who did not race and enjoyed social events too. Members and their families liked to get together for events and food. The tradition continues on to this day and we have Ted, Terry, and Gordon to thank for getting the club started.
A huge thanks to Gordon Glasgow for keeping the club going all of these years. He has been to nearly every meeting too! Gordon is quite the photographer too as you can see by his photos on his website. Please look at the amazing photos of race cars that he took himself. He did sports photography in high school and went to Pacific Raceways with his father, who was an official photographer for PR. There will be more on Gordon in another article to come soon.
Thank you Gordon for this great information.