ive years ago, in the midst of transitioning
into his teenage years, Julian Garfield had
already laid claim to SCCA fame.
By that time, he’d acquired six National
Solo and ProSolo wins in Junior B and
Junior A, and was on his way to winning
four more major wins over the next two
seasons. He was also on the cusp of an
SCCA Club Racing foray in Showroom
Spec Miata that eventually saw him gain
the runner-up title in SCCA’s Mid Atlantic
Road Racing Series, helping earn him
SCCA’s Washington DC Region 2013 David
Roethl Member Achievement Award.
Then, last year at the Tire Rack SCCA
Solo National Championships, Garfield
snagged the runner-up spot in C Street
Prepared, as well as a third-place finish in
ProSolo competition. Impressive stuff for
someone who, for most of the time
between then and now, didn’t actually
have a driver’s license.
But competing is second nature to
Garfield. “My grandparents began
autocrossing in a 1968 Mini Cooper S
in the late 1960s and stopped when my
dad was born in 1972,” he explains.
“My father came across SCCA Solo in
1999, and then got my grandparents
back into it. My mother and I began
autocrossing in 2003. My brother began
in ’05, and in 2008, three generations
of the Garfield family competed at the
Solo National Championships.”
These days, the 18-year-old high
school senior and National Honor Society
member is contemplating which college
to attend, with the goal of receiving a
degree in mechanical engineering.
But it’s not just school and time behind
the wheel for Garfield; he manages his
own website ( www.juliangarfield.com) and
serves as a Solo Committee member,
driving instructor, and novice coordinator
for his SCCA region.
His SCCA region job includes leading
novice walks and, from time to time,
ride-alongs. “More than anything else, the
one thing I hate is somebody brand new
coming out [to an autocross], really
excited and, at the end of the day, none
of their times count because they were
off course every time,” Garfield explains.
“We want to get them started in the right
direction. And then, when they’re looking
to improve their skills, we’ll try to get
them out to a school.
He’s only 18, but SCCA Solo ace Julian
Garfield has already accomplished a lot.
WORDS James Heine
MAIN IMAGE Courtesy Garfield family
96 MAY 2016