Longtime SCRAMP Volunteer Ed Magner Leaves Lasting Legacy


The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula is saddened by the passing of one of its longest serving volunteers, Mr. Ed Magner, who succumbed to health complications today, Aug 24. He was 84. 

With more than 50 years of dedicated service to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Monterey community, Magner was a pillar of the organization in its early formative years. He began volunteering at the facility in 1962, selling tickets at the Highway 68 entrance as a member of the 20/30 Club before becoming the SCRAMP admissions director in the mid-1960s. He was a five-time president of the SCRAMP Board of Directors, including in 1974 when the Federal Government turned the facility over to the County of Monterey. He continued his involvement with the organization until his retirement in 2016. 

Magner also was president of the Parks Foundation of Monterey County, an organization that helps ensure the quality of county parks, and was an active volunteer at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and a longtime member of the Monterey Lions Club.

“Ed was a mentor to me and his smile, wit and influence in the community allowed SCRAMP and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to flourish. There is no replacing what Ed accomplished for the many charitable organizations in Monterey. He did it for the love of the community. He often joked that he didn’t even care for motor racing all that much, and yet he volunteered thousands of hours because of the people and the organizations that benefitted,” said Gill Campbell, general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “He is going to be greatly missed.”

Magner leaves behind a legacy of volunteerism and loyalty that have been essential to the Monterey Peninsula community and the success of the iconic road course that hosts world-class motorsport events. Along with his service he brought joy and camaraderie to his peers.