Sport Compact Car

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Sport Compact Car
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Final issue, March 2009 - Volume 23, No. 3
Former editors
  • Larry Saavedra (1996-2001)
  • Joey Leh
  • Brian Hatano (first editor of SCC), Larry Saavedra, Scott Oldham, Edward Loh, Joey Leh
PublisherSource Interlink Media
Year founded1988[1]
Final issue2009
CountryUnited States
Based inSouthern California

Sport Compact Car (or abbreviated as SCC) was an American car magazine that lasted from 1988 to 2009. Sport Compact Car focused on modifying and racing sport compacts, usually import model cars. This publication was known for having a more technical approach than most other typical import car magazines and for the substantial number of project cars they have developed. Sport Compact Car (SCC) was published monthly by Source Interlink, which acquired it from Primedia in 2007.

On November 21, 2008, Source Interlink closed "Sport Compact Car" after 20 years of continuous publication, amid a company-wide restructuring that resulted in the layoff of 115 employees.[2] The final issue of "Sport Compact Car" was the March, 2009 issue.

Ultimate Street Car Challenge[edit]

The Ultimate Street Car Challenge was an annual car comparison put on by Sport Compact Car magazine. The entrants were mostly tuned cars of Japanese origin (fitting with the focus of SCC) that are ostensibly voted in by readers but selected by the editors.

The point of the competition is to build a car that is reasonably comfortable and efficient, emissions-compliant, and reliable, while also being very fast on the drag strip or on a track. Competitors are judged on the following criteria, with most categories being worth 100 or 110 points (depending on the year) while the Gross Display of Horsepower is only worth 30 points.

  • Base price
  • Car Show
  • Engineering Panel
  • Driveability
  • Emissions
  • Fuel Economy
  • Grandma (or girlfriend in later years) test
  • Braking test
  • Dyno (Peak Power)
  • Dyno (Power Delivery)
  • Quarter Mile
  • 0-60 mph Acceleration
  • Road Course
  • Gross Display of Horsepower

The USCC ran from 2001 to 2008, when SCC was discontinued. It should not be confused with the Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational, which is an entirely different event.

2002 Ultimate Street Car Challenge Results


  1. ^ Sport Compact Car. Magazine Agent. Retrieved June 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Source Interlink kills Sport Compact Car, laying off 115 employees.autoblog, by Damon Lavrinc on Nov 21st 2008. Retrieved on 2009-07-06.

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