There are never the right words to express the loss of a friend, but the Corvette community has lost more than just a comrade with the death of Andy Porterfield. Known for his long-time involvement in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and for racing Corvettes, Porterfield died in Newport Beach, California on April 17th, according to CorvetteBlogger. An avid Corvette enthusiast, accomplished racer and knowledgeable business man, Porterfield will be missed.

Porterfield racing at Laguna Seca in 1957 Image: Sports Car Digest

A member of the SCCA for 55 years, Porterfield saw many successes in his extensive racing career, racing in and winning more races than any other SCCA member. Along with being a two-time SCCA National Champion, Porterfield raced in 41 Trans Am Series races, two of which he placed third, and won more than 400 races total in his career.

But Porterfield’s contributions to both SCCA and Corvette racing went further than his many wins. Porterfield also served on the SCCA Board of Directors and SCCA Enterprises’ Board of Directors in his lifetime, the later of which he was still serving on at the time of his death. Through his SCCA services, Porterfield made significant contributions to the racing world and was honored for them with a McGill Award in 2008 and a Woolf Barnato Award, the highest honor in SCCA, in 2009.

Porterfield also helped with the operations of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and ran a U.S. distributor for British Ferodo brakes before opening his own brake company, Porterfield Enterprises.

Porterfield will always be remembered for his contributions to the industry as well as to the Corvette community. A funeral service for Porterfield is set for April 26th in Corona del Mar, California. For more information, visit CorvetteBlogger.com.