2016 Wednesday, October 19: CSRG Season Finale Vintage Races at Thunderhill, October 28-30. Includes Awards Dinner
This Thunderhill Park event winds up the 2016 CSRG vintage racing schedule of events on one of the best club racing circuits in the west. The circuit is located about 3 hours tow from the San Francisco Bay Area. That is northeast, just off Interstate 5 near Willows, California. A full schedule of CSRG classes is scheduled. CSRG’s 2017 schedule opens March 31-April 2 at Sonoma Raceway for the David Love Memorial Weekend of vintage races.
For more information visit: http://www.csrgracing.org/.
2016 Monday, October 17: The First Vintage Racing School of 2017 to Obtain a License is the January 14-15 University of VARA at Buttonwillow Raceway, California
Registration is now open. For those who intend to gain a license, students may attend in their own VARA-qualified vintage race car or may rent a race-prepared Toyota Long Beach Celebrity Race Car.
Buttonwillow Raceway is located just off Interstate 5 at Lost Hills exit about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. That is a 3 hour drive from either. The circuit is a club racing circuit, well-qualified for students.
For more information visit: http://www.vararacing.com/ or phone: 1 (800) 280-8272 (CA).
2016 Friday, October 14: CVAR Races at New Orleans Motorsports Park, NOLA, This Weekend Oct 13-16 with SVRA. NOLA Not Scheduled in 2017
CVAR and SVRA have a full schedule of vintage and historic races at NOLA plus New Orleans style celebrations this weekend. Louisiana has a great history of SCCA racing in the 1950s and 1960s as the oil boom brought many great cars to airport circuits across the state. There was also a great Saturday night party tradition of great Cajun and Creole food and dance music. This event is scheduled to go out in style as no immediate future vintage and historic races after 2016 are scheduled at NOLA.
CVAR will again race with SVRA Nov. 2-4 at The Circuit of the Americas, Austin Texas, for its final 2016 event. A full schedule of CVAR races is set for 2017.
For more information visit: http://www.corinthianvintagerace.com/.
2016 Wednesday, October 12: HSR Savannah Speed Classic October 27-30 Grand Prize of America Circuit, GA Opens Hilton Head Motoring Festival
Savannah was the site of the first Grand Prix of the United States, the Savannah Grand Prize Race, adding legend to this vintage and historic racing weekend. The race is held on the Grand Prize of America Circuit on Hutchinson Island across the Savannah river harbor from the historic district of the city.
The event has a full schedule of sprint races plus The Bob Woodman International Challenge, BRM Enduros, Classic RS Cup and a Global GT race. The accompanying festivities open with Thursday afternoon race cars tour to the City Market and an entrants party. There is a Friday HSR/ODC paddock party.
Every effort is being extended to hold the November 5-6 Hilton Head Concours, the second part of the Festival in spite of Hurricane Matthew. An update is due Monday, October 17.
For more information visit http://www.hsrrace.com.
2016 Tuesday, October 11: West Capital Raceway Alumni Association WCRA Hall of Fame BBQ & Inductions Plus All-American Vintage Oval Classic XI on October 20, 21, 22, 2016.
Placer County Fairgrounds & All-American Speedway - Roseville, CA
Midgets – Hardtops – Sprints – Super Modifieds – Roadsters
All Pre-1980 – Over 60 On-track Laps Over 2 Days
20th * Chili Feed and Vintage Racing Movie Night
21st *Swap meet – On-track Action Friday Night
22nd *WCRA Hall of Fame inductions – WCRA BBQ – Custom Car Show
Silent Auction – Market Place – Vendors
All Event Info: Bonnie Chisholm (707) 254-8775 – firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Monday, October 10: RMVR October Spooktacular Oct. 22-23 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, CO, Celebrates the Season with a Full Weekend of Vintage and Historic Races
There is a special Fun Race on Saturday complete with spooks! This special event has an entry fee of $250! The circuit is located near Fountain, CO, south of Denver. Added interest is the races are clockwise on Saturday and counterclockwise on Sunday. A special Thank You Workers Dinner is on Saturday evening at $15 which includes one dinner for purchases and one for a guest worker. For more information visit http://www.rmvr.org.
2016 Thursday, October 6: Vic Elford Lecture Oct. 8 at Blackhawk Museum Postponed
Due to transportation issues, Vic Elford's lecture scheduled for this Saturday, as part of the Blackhawk Music Speaker Series, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a later date to be determined. For more information visit http://www.blackhawkmuseum.org.
2016 Wednesday, October 5: Vic Elford Will Be the Guest Speaker on Saturday, October 8 at Blackhawk Museum Speaker Series 10:30am-12 noon in Danville, CA
He will recount his legendary wins and adventures plus behind the scenes stories at top racing teams. “Quick” Vic did it all. In an epic year of 1968, he won the Daytona 24 Hours, the Nurburgring 1000 and the Monte Carlo Rally. His Porsche drives in the early, fearsome, undeveloped Porsche 917 gained high respect from fellow racers. Autographed limited editions of his book “Vic Elford, Reflections of a Golden Era” will be available. Attendees may bring their own memorabilia for signing. Museum member admission is free. Guests are invited at $15 and children have free admission.
The museum is located at: Blackhawk Plaza, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA 94506. Phone: (925) 736-2280. E-mail: email@example.com
2016 Tuesday, October 4: VRG at the Glen Vintage Races, October 7-9 Attracts Top Vintage Car Field Including Over 35 Vintage and Historic Formula Fords Plus Small Sport Sedan Feature on Watkins Glen International Grand Prix Circuit
This is a very special vintage and historic auto racing weekend celebrating a full schedule of VRG classes for a fall weekend in the Finger Lakes Region of New York state.
It is also the final 2016 race for the Royale Formula Ford Championship. 2016 Royale Vintage Ford Races have been held at Virginia International Raceway, Summit Point, Lime Rock Park, New Jersey Lightning, and now Watkins Glen International.
This racing weekend is also the second of the two-race vintage IMSA RS/SCCA 2.5 Challenge Sedan Series. This has attracted great small sedans: Alfa GT, Mini Cooper, Datsun 510, BMW 2002, Yenko Corvair, Ford Pinto, Datsun B210. This is a fast growing field of significant cars.
2016 Monday October 3: The Long Beach Historic Can-Am Invitational Sanctioned by HMSA will be a Support Race During the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Indy Car Weekend April 7-10, 2017
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach through the streets of this California Resort Area is the most spectacular of all the Verizon IndyCar road races. It is a major entertainment happening with concerts, lifestyle expo, support races, Family Fun Zone all in an area with top accommodations and restaurants.
This is a very special opportunity for Historic Can-Am Cars of 1966-1974 to race in front of a huge crowd in a top event. It is sanctioned by HMSA who will select the invited period-authentic cars of Historic Can-Am Owner-Drivers.
Phone Chris Vandagriff (818) 249-3515.
2016 Thursday, September 29: 2017 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Season-long Major Racing Events Will Celebrate 60th Anniversary of 1957 Opening, Highlighted by Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 17-20
May 12-13: Exotic Sports Car Special Event
July 7-9: Motul FIM Superbike World Championship Geico US Round Featuring MotoAmerica
August 12-13: Pre-Reunion Vintage and Historic Races, opening Monterey Classic Car Week
August 17-20: Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion. More details soon.
September 21-24: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship
October 12-15: Pirelli World Challenge Season Finale plus International GT Challenge.
Single, multi-day tickets, hospitality packages, and camping spots go on sale December 7 (Superbike Dec. 14). Go to http://www.mazdaraceway.com/buy-tickets or call (831) 242-8200.
2016 Monday, September 26: VRG at the Glen Vintage and Historic Races Oct 7-9 Watkins Glen International Circuit Has Full Schedule for All VRG Classes Plus Final 2016 Formula Ford Chris Shoemaker Cup Race
This is a terrific opportunity to race in a friendly club atmosphere on one of North American’s legendary road racing circuits. The circuit’s new paving has been given excellent reviews by racers this year. The featured Royal Formula Ford Chris Shoemaker Cup is the last of the 2016 five race series and should attract a great field.
There will be an entrants cocktail party Saturday at 6pm followed by the event dinner at 7pm. Fee is $40.
2016 Friday, September 23: The Hilton Head Motoring Festival Opens October 27-30 with the HSR Savannah Speed Classic Vintage and Historic Races on the Grand Prize of America Circuit, Savannah GA
This is a highly regarded road racing circuit on Hutchinson Island across the harbor from Savannah. There are many collector car activities accompanying this event at the circuit and on the grounds of the nearby Westin Savannah Harbor Resort.
The second part of the Festival is the Hilton Head Concours on Hilton Head, South Carolina, November 5-6.
2016 Thursday, September 22: Vintage Road Racing Action September 27-October 2 in Connecticut, Texas, Nevada and California Starts Big Fall Season
VSCCA Fall Finale, a PreWar Celebration, September 30-October 1 at Lime Rock Park, CT expects a big turnout of Racing, Touring, and Street Pre-War Cars as part of the races for all classes.
CVAR Vintage Races September 30-October 2 at MRH near Houston, TX has races for all CVAR classes.
VARA Shootout at the Ranch, September 30-October 2 at Spring Mountain Resort and Circuit near Las Vegas, NV is at VARA racers’ favorite location.
RMVR Enduro Weekend on October 1-2 is at High Plains Raceway near Denver, CO.
CSRG Charity Challenge September 30-Oct 2 at Sonoma Raceway, CA has races for all CSRG classes and spectator on-track rides for charity donations.
2016 Wednesday September 21: The SOVREN Fall Finale Vintage and Historic Races September 24-25 Pacific Raceways Near Seattle, WA
This is the last chance for SOVREN owner-drivers to obtain 2016 racing participation points. Only the Maryhill Loops Hillclimb, Oct 1-2, is left after this for points. It is also another opportunity to race on one of the legendary road racing circuits in North America.
Ticket Info: http://sovrenracing.org/.
2016 Tuesday, September 20: Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races Presented by SVRA Plus Contemporary Trans-Am Series this Weekend September 23-25 at Virginia International Raceway. Spectator Invited
Over 250 vintage and historic cars of many types and marques will race in SVRA classes and groups. The event is held on the Historic Virginia International Raceway near Danville, VA. The long circuit has configurations up to 4.2 miles with the long straights, fast and slow turns with about 130 feet of elevation change. It is very scenic, set in park-like surroundings. Spectators have great viewing areas and full access to the paddock.
Ticket Info: http://www.virnow.com.
2016 Wednesday, September 14: The VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival Presented by Volvo Cars USA at Road America Vintage Races Saluting Swedish Racing Marques has a Big Entry of Over 300 Cars, September 15-18
The entire long weekend of vintage activities includes the Thursday evening and annual dinner of the Elkhart Lake Race Circuits Preservation Society with a program on the legendary 1950s Kiekhaefer Chrysler 300 race team.
Vintage racing starts Thursday with test-and-tune sessions. Friday starts the full schedule of VSCDA Cup Races, Enduros, Volvo Feature Races, Formula Jr. Feature Races. A special Gather on the Green Car Show Spectators Invited.
Event Info: http://www.vscda.org.
Spectator Tickets: http://www.www.roadamerica.com.
2016 Tuesday, September 13: New Would-Be Vintage and Historic Racers Best Car Choices for 2017 Vintage Racing Schools
Perhaps the best choice is the fully vintage racing prepared car bought from a friend just off the race track and the friend guarantees to help prepare you and the car for school. That doesn’t happen often, but it’s a great idea.
There is also the car that the would-be racer is preparing in the garage or having done at the local vintage race prep shop whose schedule guarantees it will be ready for some assisted on-track tune and test sessions before school. Then again it may not be ready or reliable. I just listened to the sad tale of a lost vintage license opportunity due to lack of preparation and an unreliable car.
A good option for the upcoming VARA and CVAR schools is the availability of renting a guaranteed ready car available at both schools.
Info for VARA can be found at: http://www.vararacing.com.
Info for CVAR can be found at: http://www.corinthianvintagerace.com.
2016 Monday, September 12: Info for Spectators, Enthusiasts Who are Would-Be Vintage Racers: The Early 2017 Vintage Racing Schools are in January with VARA in California and CVAR in Texas
VARA’s University of VARA vintage racing school and pre-season test-and-tune weekend is January 14-15 at Buttonwillow Raceway about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Info can be found at: http://www.VARAracing.com, or by calling (800) 280-8272.
CVAR’s vintage racing school is February 24-26 at MSR-H Circuit near Houston, Texas. It is held with a full vintage racing weekend with sessions for novice racers completing the school.
Info can be found at: http://www.corinthianvintagerace.com.
2016 Wednesday, September 7: VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival Presented by Volvo Cars Vintage and Historic Races Sept. 15-18 at Road America Feature Volvo and SAAB Plus 300 Great Vintage and Historic Race Cars
This big spectator attracting vintage racing weekend at Road America is one of the best in North America as reported by both VSCDA racers and visiting vintage racers from other clubs.
This year the Scandinavian theme is attracting large numbers of Volvo and SAAB vintage racing cars. This event also has a good field of about two-dozen Pre-War racing cars. Almost every marque and type of sports and formula cars is represented in this large field.
Entrant info can be found at: http://vscda.org/, or by calling (616) 916-2650.
Spectator ticket info: http://www.roadamerica.com
2016 Wednesday, September 7: HSR Atlanta Fall Historics September 15-18 Road Atlanta Opens Four Events for Fall HSR Season
Road Atlanta, located north of Atlanta, Georgia, is a favorite vintage road racing circuit. Its 2.4 miles winds through valleys and over hills with 12 medium and fast turns. This world-class circuit has hosted all the great series.
HSR Atlanta Fall Historics have a full schedule of sprint races plus The Bob Woodman Tires International American Challenge and the BRM Chronographes Enduro Challenge. This is a good opportunity for both HSR and visiting racers to race on one of North America’s best road racing circuits.
Information can be found at: http://www.hsrrace.com.
2016 Wednesday, September 7: There is a Big Effort to Build Up the Annual SVRA Coronado Speed Festival, as a Major Attraction for Pre-War Car Owner/Drivers
There is currently an adequate entry for a grid but it is important to make a good showing to enhance the presentation and have a Pre-War race at this event each year.
Keeping this event on the Pre-War Sports and Racing Car Association schedule for 2017 along with the SVRA Sonoma Historics and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will help build other west coast Pre-War vintage racing opportunities.
Entry info can be found at: http://www.svra.com.
2016 Wednesday, September 7: VRG New Jersey Historics Sept. 16-18 with Formula Ford Feature
This vintage racing weekend opens VRG’s fall season of four races. VMC member club racers are invited to join VRG racers to race on one of the eastern United States’ vintage-friendly and unusual circuits. This vintage racing weekend is held on the Lightning Raceway named after the WWII P38 Lightning planes that were based there in that war.
The fall VRG season also includes Oct 7-9 at Watkins Glen, NY, Oct. 21-23 at the new Dominion Raceway, VA and the traditional Nov. 25-27 Turkey Bowl at Summit Point, NV.
Info can be found at: http://www.vrgonline.org or by calling (720) 722-3874.
2016 Tuesday, September 6: VDCA Hurricane in Savannah Sept. 10 – 11 at Roebling Road, GA
This two-day vintage and historic race weekend has liberal track time for entrants. Saturday has practice, qualifying and afternoon race plus an all-comers Hurricane in Savannah race. Sunday has a morning enduro plus sprint races for each group in the afternoon. Due to Labor Day holiday entries at $300 are accepted at the event on Friday with registration opening at 3pm. All VMC member club racers are invited to join VDCA member racers to open the fall vintage racing season in the south at this vintage friendly road racing circuit.
Info can be found at: http://www.vintagedrive.com or by calling (561) 622-7554.
2016, Wednesday, August 31: Historic TransAm Cars of 1966-1971 Celebrates its 50th Anniversary, September 9-11 at the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Presented by Jaguar, Sanctioned by SVRA, on the Watkins Glen International Circuit
A full schedule of vintage and historic races in SVRA classes plus the TransAm Feature will be in action on the traditional second weekend in September. The weekend is also a big vintage car happening with downtown Watkins Glen vintage car activities and a tour of the original thru-the-countryside and town original 1948 road race circuit.
Ticket info can be found at: http://www.theglen.com or by calling (866) 461-RACE (7223).
2016 Tuesday, August 30: Historic TransAm Cars of 1966-1972 and a Special “Tin Tops” 1950s Sedan Feature will Highlight Vintage and Historic Races with Over 350 Entrants September 1-5 at Lime Rock Historics 34.
The legendary Lime Rock Park Circuit opened in 1957 and has hosted great races ever since. The traditional Labor Day weekend attracts some of the best vintage and historic racing cars in the world. It is a big spectator event with race action Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. There are two big on-track Concours on Sunday, plus a late afternoon classic car auction. Enthusiast Car Corral and admission tickets are available at http://www.limerockhistorics.com.
2016 Monday, August 29: September Opens a Busy Vintage Racing Season With About a Quarter of All 2016 Vintage Race Events on the Fall and Early Winter Schedule
In September alone there are some 20 vintage road racing weekends and over a dozen one-day vintage oval racing on-track events. About three dozen vintage road racing weekends are on the schedule through mid-December. The same number of vintage oval racing events are scheduled through early December. The fall and early winter is also a busy rally, concours and auction time. At the same time, much of the action shifts to the warmer south as between season race prep and refresh time begins in the north by October.
All this activity is reported in Victory Lane Magazine each month. A full schedule is in every issue of Victory Lane Magazine.
2016 Friday, August 26: Labor Day Weekend Vintage Road Racing Events Include Those in Connecticut, Nebraska, Oregon and Minnesota.
The big Lime Rock Historics at Lime Rock Park, CT on Sept, 2-5 have attracted over 350 excellent vintage racing cars. This is a big spectator event. There is on-track practice Friday and Saturday, two Sunday Concours and Feature races on Monday.
RMVR Labor Day Grand Prix Sept. 3-4 at Hastings Motorsport Park, NE is an annual special vintage racing event with great races and hospitabilty for entrants.
SOVREN Columbia River Classic Sept. 3-4 at Portland International Raceway, OR is with the All-British Field Meets on one of the best road racing circuits in the West.
VSCR Jack Pine Sprints Sept. 3-4 at historic Bramerd International Raceway is in cooperation with the local SCCA region.
2016 Thursday, August 25: Pre-War Vintage Racing Cars Have a Special Invitation From Fellow Racer Peter Giddings to the SVRA Coronado Speed Festival to the September 16-18 at Naval Air Station North Island, CA
The Coronado Speed Festival is one of the annual vintage racing weekends that have attracted pre-war vintage racing owner/drivers along with the Sonoma Historics and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Peter and other members of the Pre-War Sports and Racing Car Association wish to build up Pre-War Car attendance for this very special vintage racing weekend as part of the revived effort to enhance pre-war car entry at vintage racing weekends that have traditionally attracted racers.
Call Peter Giddings at (925) 932-2171.
2016 Wednesday, August 24: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 18-21. Record crowd and 550 vintage racing cars celebrated the 100th anniversary of BMW
and the 50th Anniversary of Can-Am and Trans-Am
The 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca exceeded expectations once again as one of the premier vintage racing weekends in the world and an anchor event of the annual Monterey Classic Car Week.
A record four-day total of 70,525 spectators joined in the incredible celebration of motorsports history at the raceway where so much of it has been made for nearly 60 years.
A 60-minute show of the event is scheduled to air Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern on The Enthusiast Network (TEN). Already, there are many online individual experiences.
The 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, to be held during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration, has been set for Aug. 17-20. The featured marque and special programs will be announced in the coming months.
Sunday evening’s 2016 award ceremony showcased the best of the best of the 550 authentic and period-correct race cars which competed throughout the weekend on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile iconic road course. The following is a list of the award recipients:
Best Paddock Display: Presented to the best paddock display representative of the era.
Winner: Pre-War Alley
Stand 21 Award:
Awarded to the Most Period Authentic look.
Winner: Ed Archer (1915 Ford Model T in Group 1A)
Ken Miles Trophy:
Presented for the representation of a vintage car under 1500cc.
Winner: Don Martine (1950 MGTD Von Nuemann Special driving in Group 1B)
Can-Am Spirit Award:
Presented to the Can-Am competitor who showed the most persistence and performance all weekend.
Winner: Johan Woerheide (1966 John Surtees Championship Lola T70 Mk II in Group 5A)
Henry Ford Trophy
Presented to the most significant Ford-powered entry.
Winner: Lynn Park (1963 Shelby Cobra 289 in Group 6B)
The John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award
Presented to the most significant Chevrolet Corvette.
Winner: Jeni Yeakel-Swanson (1964 Chevrolet Corvette in Group 6B)
The Phil Remington Award
Presented to the mechanic who demonstrates exceptional skill.
Winner: Terry Forland (BMW)
Bonhams Cup Awards
Presented to participants in the featured morning races that best exemplify the spirit of the event.
Race 4A – Steve Walker (1973 BMW CSL), Race 4B – Bill Kirkwood (1961 Elva Courier MkII),
Race 5B – Richard Dean (1985 Ford Mustang),
Race 7A – Brian Blain (1967 McLaren M6A)
The Chairman’s Award
Presented to the entrant whose car has historical significance to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Winner: Jeffrey Abramson (1959 Morgan Baby Doll in Group 3A)
The Founders Trophy
Presented to the person who richly personifies historic racing.
Winner: Jim Alder (1952 Jaguar XK120 in Group 1B)
The Rolex Award for Excellence
Presented for Overall Excellence in each race category as determined by an independent panel of judges:
Saturday Race Recipients:
Rolex Race 1A – Craig Barto driving a 1931 Bugatti Type 51, Rolex Race 2A – David Swig driving a 1958 Scarab MkI,
Rolex Race 3A – Peter Smith driving a 1958 Austin Healey Sprite,
Rolex Race 4A – Jean Bernard Bouvet driving a 1979 Chevrolet Corvette,
Rolex Race 5A – Marc Devis driving a 1967 Lola T70,
Rolex Race 6A – Tim de Silva driving a 1978 Osella BMW PA8,
Rolex Race 7A – Emmett Murphy driving a 1972 McLaren M8F/P,
Rolex Race 8A – Terry Lawlor driving a 1967 Shelby Mustang .
Sunday Race Recipients:
Rolex Race 1B – Kevin Adair driving a 1959 Austin Healey 3000S,
Rolex Race 2B – Jacqulyn Mincheff driving a 1956 Lotus Eleven,
Rolex Race 3B – Bob Earl driving a 1972 Ferrari 312PB,
Rolex Race 4B – Craig Taylor driving a 1966 BMW 2002,
Rolex Race 5B – Bill Ockerlund riving a 1991 Chevrolet Duracell Camaro,
Rolex Race 6B – Sandra McNeil driving a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289
Rolex, Race 7B – Greg Thornton driving a 1976 Lotus 77
The Spirit of Monterey Award
Presented to the driver or entrant who excels in the spirit of the weekend
Winner: Jim Bartell for entering two incredible UOP Shadows
2016 Monday, August 22: Great Historic Can-Am Action was the Star at the August 18-21 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion the Last of the Can-Am 50th Anniversary 1966-2016 Celebrations and Features at Four Great Vintage Racing Weekends
Two Saturday feature race grids, 5A for 1966-1968 Can-Am/USRRC cars and 7A for 1969-1974 cars. Each group had 2 feature races: A Saturday morning pair and a late Saturday pair, each had outstanding Can-Am car examples of their Can-Am periods. In the Can-Am USRRC races, the actual 1966 Lola T70 driven by John Surtees caught everyone’s eye. In the Can-Am features for later cars, the two 1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am cars’ performance showed how they were driven to a 1-2 championship place by Jackie Oliver and George Follmer.
In recognition of the significance and crowd attraction of these great cars, five big awards were given to the Historic Can-Am cars and their owners. The Historic Can-Am Association Can-Am Spirit Award went to Johan Woerheide, owner/driver of the 1966 Can-Am Championship Surtees Lola T70. The Bonhams Cup for Can-Am Cars went to Brian Blain owner/driver of the 1967 Team McLaren M8A raced by Mark Donohue for Roger Penske in 1968. The Rolex Award for entrant or driver went to Jim Bartel owner and entrant of the UOP Shadow Tribute Team of the two 1974 Shadow DN4 Championship cars. The Rolex Aaward Race 5A recipient was Marc Devis with the 1967 John Surtees Lola T70, and the Rolex Award Race 7A was awarded to Emmett Murphy and his 1972 McLaren M8F/P.
There will be many photos and videos from many sources posted online due to the excitement of these great cars.
2016 Monday, August 15: The End of August Vintage Road Racing Weekend & Monday 26th-31st Includes Events in Oklahoma, California and Ohio
August 26-28 CVAR Thunder on The Cimarron Vintage races and racing drivers school is at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, OK.
August 27-28 VARA Rennsport Vintage and Historic Races are at Buttonwillow Raceway, CA.
August 29-31 Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion Races for vintage and historic cars is on South Bass Island at an airport circuit at the edge of Lake Erie, Ohio.
2016 Friday, August 12: Big Vintage Oval Events Include Today with ACOT and EMMR Williams Grove Speedway in PA. On Saturday BCRA is at Lakeport Speedway, CA and NEAR is at Sekonk Speedway, MA.
The weekend action includes ACOT and EMMR at Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, PA. There are about a dozen vintage oval events in the rest of August.
2016 Thursday, August 11: Only Original Automotive Posters, Signs, Art, Brochures, Race Programs, Badges, Pins, Books, Models, Photos and Collectables For Sale Make Automobilia Monterey August 16,17 a Must-Do Destination at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside for Enthusiasts Attending Monterey’s Classic Car Week.
The event is in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites, open Tuesday 10am to 6pm and Wednesday, 10am to 6pm. The Embassy Suites is on Canyon del Ray Blvd., Highway 218, at Del Monte Ave. just off Highway 1 in Seaside, just northeast of Monterey, CA.
Organizer Tony Singer is a noted expert and dealer in original racing and automotive-themed posters offered through VintageAutoPosters.com. He emphasizes that all 45+ vendors are offering only original and unique collectables. This makes this world famous show a top event in the world of automotive collectables.
2016 Wednesday, August 10: For Vintage Racers and Racing Enthusiasts, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the Star of the World’s Largest Classic, Vintage and Historic Gathering. The Monterey Classic Car Week Features 5 Concours, 5 Auctions, Along with Many Shows and Parties.
The races celebrate BMW’s 100th Anniversary with dozens of great racing BMWs in action. Also there are two Historic Can-Am Saturday races celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-1974 Series for unlimited sports racing cars. There will be a big grid of Historic Trans-Am cars on Saturday celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 beginning of the series, which continues to this day. Another special racing feature is the Sunday historic race for 1967-1984 Formula One Cars. A big important feature is the early Saturday afternoon race for Prewar Sports and Racing cars.
Overall there are 8 feature races Saturday afternoon and 7 feature races Sunday afternoon which attract the best vintage and historic racing cars of all types and eras from around the world.
2016 Tuesday, August 9: Three Vintage Racing Events at End of August: CVAR 26th-28th at Hallett, OK Which Includes a Vintage Racing School, VARA 27th-28th at Buttonwillow, CA and Put-In-Bay Races 29th-31st in OH.
The annual CVAR fall vintage racing school this year has moved to late summer along with the CVAR vintage race weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Central Oklahoma.
VARA Rennsport vintage and historic racing weekend on August 27th and 28th at Buttonwillow Raceway in Central California features Porsche and races for all VARA classes of vintage and historic cars.
Put-In-Bay Road Races Reunion August 29th-31st at the original location of 50s and 60s races on South Bass Island in Ohio celebrates with vintage races for pre-73 cars with laid-back racing on a smooth, safe airport course with “more fun than any other vintage racing”. It is races, a celebration and a party!
2016 Friday, August 5: Can-Am Winning Lola at 50th Celebrations!
The 1966 Can-Am series championship for drivers of unlimited sports racers was won by John Surtees driving a 1966 Team Surtees Lola T70 MK11 with its distinctive big white arrow on the nose of the red car. That historic Can-Am Lola will be raced by owner/driver Johan Woerheide in one of the 50th Anniversary of Can-Am features at the August 18th-21st Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Can-Am car has been raced at the earlier three 2016 Historic Can-Am 50th Celebration weekends: Road Atlanta, Mont Tremblant and Road America.
The 50th Anniversary celebrations and feature races for Monterey are on Saturday, August 20: USRRC – Can-Am at 4:00pm for 1963-1968 Can-Am and USRRC Cars and 5:00pm for 1969-1974 Can-Am cars. The 1966 first Can-Am season grew out of the 1963-1965 United States Road Racing Drivers Championship for drivers of either “over or under 2 liter sports racers.” In 1965, George Follmer driving a Lotus 23B powered by a 2-liter Porsche engine edged out the 1964 champion Jim Hall driving his Chaparral Chevy. The spectator interest and entry was so large that the Sports Car Club of America and the Canadian Auto Sports Club created the Can-Am Series for unlimited Sports Racers at great road racing circuits starting in 1966.
That first year both big V8-powered Sports Racers from Lola, McLaren, Chaparral, Genie and McKee were occasionally challenged by Lotus 23s with 2.7 liter Climax engines, Elvas with 2.5 and 3.0 liter Porsche engines and Brabham BT8 with Climax engines, Genie MK4s and others. It was a time for big power however, and big V8 Chevy power in the Lola T70 took John Surtees to the Championship.
2016 Thursday, August 4: The August 18-21 Long Weekend Starts with the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion for Four Days Starting Thursday The 18th, Then the VSCDA Grand Prix Au Grattan 3-day Event Starting Friday the 19th, Followed by the 2-day VRCBC Historics Starting Saturday the 20th
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. This is the weekend of the Monterey Auto festival which includes 5 concours, 5 major auctions and many car shows.
The VSCDA Grand Prix Au Grattan is of the most hospitable, fun vintage races in the US. It is held at Grattan Raceway just north of Grand Rapids, MI.
The VRCBC Historics are at Mission Raceway on the Rivers Edge Road Course next to the Eraser River in Southwest Canada, just across the border from the U.S.
2016 Tuesday, August 2: Pre-War Vintage and Historic Sports and Racing Cars Featured September 30-October 1 at VSCCA Fall Finale & Pre-War Festival at Lime Rock Park, CT
VSCCA is saluting the early history of racing in North America by organizing a Pre-War car festival complete with Feature Races, special on-track exhibition laps for non-racing owner/drivers, Pre-War racing and road car paddock, Pre-War car owners honored at a Thursday evening cocktail party, and Friday night banquet with a special award ceremony.
This festival is the result of a cooperation between VSCCA and the Pre-War Sports and Racing Car Association with sponsorship by Victory Lane Magazine.
2016 Monday, August 1: The September 3-4 Labor Day Weekend SOVREN Columbia River Classic Vintage and Historic Races is an Annual Big Vintage Weekend at Portland International Raceway Held with the All British Car Field Meet
There will be a big turnout of Jaguars, MGs, Austin Healeys, Triumphs, Lotus, Lolas, Aston Martins, Morgans and more cars originally from England.
The Portland International Raceway is a top pro-rated road racing circuit in the Northwest. It has hosted CART Indy Cars, IMSA, F5000 and other pro racing series. It opened in 1961 and is also a focal race location for the annual Rose Cup Festival. It is located on the north edge of Portland next to the Columbia River with nearby excellent food and lodging facilities.
2016 Friday, July 29: The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival and SVRA’s US Vintage Grand Prix Vintage and Historic Races September 8-11 are One of the Popular Vintage Car Weekends in North America
Many special events attract over 25,000 spectators including: The Friday tour of the old thru-the-town and countryside circuit of the 1940s with registered cars, a special street concours, rally tour, speakers at the International Research Center, street dance, car raffle. A limit of 650 cars can participate in the old circuit tour and concours and the “Stone Bridge” Driver Activities.
The SVRA US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International Circuit is the annual big vintage racing event that has over the years attracted great, legendary vintage racing cars and a big spectator crowd. For 2016, the honored marque is Corvette. A traditional feature is the Collier Cup for MGs which usually attracts over 100 cars. A special feature is the Historic Trans-Am Group race for 1966-1972 original V8-powered Trans-Am cars. All SVRA racing classes will have traditional sprint and enduro races. There is also a new Motostalgia Auction during the weekend.
2016 Tuesday, July 26: Vintage Road Racing in August Opens with the August 13-14 Pre-Reunion and is Followed by Three August 18-21 Events: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (CA), VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan at Grattan Raceway Park (MI), and VRCBC British Columbia Historics Mission Raceway Park in Western Canada
The 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion marque is BMW and special feature races are vintage Trans-Am, Historic Can-Am and Historic Can-Am/USRRC .
The VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan has a full schedule of racing for all VSCDA class plus special features including: Trans-Am B Series Sport Sedans, Sprite Midget feature, Canadian-American Production Sports Car Challenge and more.
VRCBC Historic Motor Races feature the Hagerty Formula Festival, a Westwood Reunion BBQ and races for all vintage classes.
2016 Monday, July 25: Lime Rock Historics and Festival Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-5: Legendary Vintage and Historic Races Friday, Saturday, and Monday, Race Car Concours Sunday, Vintage Car Show “Gathering of the Marques” Sunday, Gurnsey’s Auction Sunday Late Afternoon and More All in the Spectacular Lime Rock Park Set in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Connecticut
This annual vintage racing festival attracts legendary vintage racing cars selected by invitation of organizer Murray Smith. It attracts top vintage sports racing, production sports, formula and sedan cars to race on this challenging racing circuit. The entire Labor Day weekend festival has become a big attraction for racers, enthusiasts and spectators.
This year, there are several special features. This includes 1950s-1960s “Tin-Top” saloon race cars that produced such spirited action in their time. A big grid of 1958-1964 Formula Juniors which were the introduction to racing by Jackie Stewart, Denny Hulme, Jimmy Clark and other legends.
The historic Trans-Am group of owner-drivers with 1966-1971 original cars will have a feature race. All vintage and historic classes will be racing during the long weekend.
2016 Friday, July 22: A Vintage Auto Racing School is Being Held August 26-28 2016 at Hallett Road Racing Circuit Near Tulsa, OK Along with a Full Weekend of Vintage and Historic Racing
This is the only formal late summer vintage racing school held by a vintage racing club in North America.
This is also a full vintage racing weekend “Thunder on the Cimarron XIV”. There is a Formula Vee feature along with races for all CVAR groups. All VMC member club racers are invited.
2016 Thursday, July 21: The 2016 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) Vintage Races and Festival Once Again Attracted Over 200,000 Spectators, Over 300 Racers and a Record Number of Participants in its Car Shows, Rallies, Gala, and Tours with Two Weekends of Vintage and Historic Racing and the Activities Between from July 8th through the 17th
The marque of the event was Jaguar. There were special racing grids for PreWar vintage racing cars and Formula Junior racing cars. The Festival opened with vintage racing at the nearby Pitt Race Road Racing Complex on the first weekend. The vintage and historic races on the July 15-17 weekend are the only thru-the-streets vintage and historic races held in North America. The Schenley Park location is great for viewing the largest vintage race spectator crowd in North America.
2016 Wednesday, July 20: Two Vintage Racing Weekends, July 29-31 Close Out July Vintage and Historic Road Racing Action: VRG/VDCA at Palmer Motorsports Park, MA and RMVR at High Plains Raceway, CO
VRG and VDCA vintage racing clubs are joining in organizing a big vintage and historic racing weekend at New England’s latest road racing circuit. Both clubs have a goal of liberal track time and welcoming all VMC member club racers with excellent hospitality. Info: VRG: http://www.vrgonline.org, VDCA: http://www.vintagedrive.com.
The RMVR Race Against Kids’ Cancer is an annual vintage and historic racing weekend that raises money for a very worthy cause. It is also a great vintage racing weekend on a challenging road racing circuit near Denver. VMC member club racers are invited. Info for RMVR: http://rmvr.com.
2016 Tuesday, July 19: The Historic Can-Am Association and Road America’s Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Sunday Feature Race During the Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Presented by Hawk Attracted 52 Historic Can-Am Cars, Over 480 Total Historic Racing Cars and Over 50,000 Spectators to North America’s Legendary Racing Circuit Which Held Original Can-Am Races
The 4.2 mile circuit challenged the drivers’ skill and the cars’ mechanical preparation for Thursday’s Test and Tune, Friday practice sessions, Saturdays practice and Prelim Feature and Sunday’s big Historic Can-Am Feature presented by Victory Lane Magazine, the weather was spectacular except for an early Sunday morning rain that was gone by 11am.
40 starters staged 2x2 in the hot pit area by 12:45pm. The Canadian and USA national anthems amped up the festival atmosphere. The cars rolled at 1pm behind the pace car.
The start was thunderous as they roared under the green for exciting laps of high action, brief yellow flag laps and about seven loud-fast-Historic Can-Am-awesome laps for drivers and fans led to big challenges for overall place and each class finish. First overall and first in the Unlimited Class was Dave Handy – 1974 Shadow DN-4, first in Big Block Class was Toby Bean – 1969 Lola T70 Mk111B, First in Small Block Class was Fritz-Seidel – Rawlson CR-11, first in Tube Frame Class was Ferrel Preston – McLaren M1B.
Full weekend report SOON for all race groups. All Historic Can-Am Association registered members will receive e-mail detailed Historic Can-Am report and Monterey update this week.
2016 Tuesday, July 12: Two Big Vintage Race Weekends Celebrate a Golden Age of Road Racing When “ The Only Rule Was There Are No Rules” and When Excess Was Barely Adequate
The 50th Anniversary of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) series will have big feature races of over 50 great unlimited vintage and historic Can-Am cars. July 14-17 at Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Vintage Races. There is a Saturday 2:30pm and Sunday 1pm Historic Can-Am feature.
August 18-21 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There is a feature for USRRC/Can-Am Cars and a Can-Am feature, both on Saturday.
Both events are sanctioned by the Historic Can-Am Association.
Historic Can-Am Association: www.historiccanam.com.
2016 Monday, July 11: This Weekend, July 14-17 Has Two of the Most Impressive Annual Vintage and Historic Racing Weekends: The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix with 200 Selected Race Cars Competing on the Roads of Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park in Front of 200,000 Spectators and Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Vintage and Historic Races with over 400 Great Historic Cars Competing on the World Class 4.2 Mile Road Racing Circuit Located in a 600-Acre Park
Pittsburgh’s featured marque is Jaguar and featured races include Formula Junior, Pre-War cars, BMW-Porsche Challenge plus all traditional PVGP classes.
Road America’s feature is the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-1974 Original Can-Am series with over 50 Historic Can-Am cars in a feature race on Saturday and Sunday. These great cars celebrate a racing series where “The Only Rule Was No Rule” and “When Excess Was Barely Adequate”. There are races for some 12 groups including F5000 and F1, big production cars, sports racers and all VMC vintage classes.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: www.pvgp.org.
Weathertech International Challenge: www.roadamerica.com
2016 Thursday, July 7: There Are Many Vintage Racing and Collector Auto Auctions During Monterey Auto Festival August 13-21, Rick Cole Auctions, with Smart Phone Bidding and 4-Day Cars on Offer Display at Monterey Marriott is the most Unique and Very Bidder-Friendly
Rick Cole started the vintage racing and collector auction movement accompanying the Monterey Historic Races and Pebble Beach Concours in 1986. The Rick Cole Monterey Auction held the last few years lets bidders view the cars in person or online and bid with a smart phone from anywhere until Saturday midnight. Registered bidders visiting the exhibition enjoy hosted food and bar to create a party atmosphere. Consignments and bidder resignation, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, phone (toll-free) @ (844) 474-2526, web @ www.rickcole.com.
2016 Wednesday, July 6: Many of Those Canadian Racing Officials Who Were Involved in Creating the Legendary Can-Am Series of 1966 Will Be Honored During the July 8-10 Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Feature Race Activities at Circuit Mont Tremblant, HMSA/HSR Sommet des Légendes
Circuit Mont Tremblant was the site of the very first Can-Am Race on September 11, 1966. Historic Can-Am Races are featured along with vintage races for all HSR and HMSA classes. Spectators are invited.
Info: Circuit: www.lecircuit.com, HSR: www.HSRrace.com, HMSA: www.HMSAusa.
2016 Tuesday, July 5: July is a Big Month for Club-Organized Vintage Oval Races and Exhibitionists with About 20 Listed in the Schedule Pages of Victory Lane Magazines’s July Issue
July vintage and historic oval races start July 9 with BCRA Gerhart Classic at Madera, CA and STAR Vintage Races at Sekonk Speedway, MA. On Sunday, July 10, the Bay State Dedham Car Show is at Dedham, MA.
There are many vintage oval events all across North America. All the remaining months of 2016 are listed in the Victory Lane Magazine Schedule Pages.
2016 Friday, July 1: Have a Great U.S. Independence Day Monday, a Canada Day Today, or any special celebration event this weekend anywhere in the Vintage World. Victory Lane offices will close today at 4pm and re-open Tuesday, July 5 at 9:30am!
Contact us anytime. The office is open to share stories or request info.
2016 Thursday, July 30: The VDCA Hotlanta Historics July 9-10 at Road Atlanta has a full schedule of Saturday practice and qualifying races plus Saturday Races and the fun Midfield Madness race, Sunday is practice and afternoon sprint races for all classes. Load-in is only after 3pm Friday
As always, VDCA is noted for hospitality and liberal track time. This includes a big invite to all VMC member club vintage racers. There is always a big Saturday evening social for this event.
2016 Wednesday, June 29: The Opening Weekend of the Ten-Day Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and Festival is July 8-10 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex
This three-day vintage and historic racing weekend, Pitt Race, is held on a recently uprated road-racing circuit near Pittsburgh. These opening weekend vintage races include all classes of vintage production, sports racing, sedan and formula cars.
The entire festival starts with Pitt Race vintage race weekend. The following week is filled with vintage car related activities: parties, car shows, rallies, tours and more parties all for various charities.
The big Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix July 16-17 is run on the Schenley Park roads. It attracts over two hundred thousand spectators and a special invited entry of selected vintage racing cars. This race weekend attracts the largest spectator count in North America for a vintage race weekend. Info: www.pvgp.org.
2016 Tuesday, June 28: It’s a July Double for Vintage Racing in the Pacific Northwest: July 1-3 with SOVREN at Pacific Raceways on July 7-10 with SVRA at Portland International Raceway
This is SOVREN’s annual big spectator event. SVRA grew the spectator count at Portland last year and expects a large crowd this year.
Info: SOVREN: sovren.org, SVRA: www.svra.com.
2016 Monday, June 27: It Was “When Excess Was Barely Adequate” High Horsepower, High Wings, High Drama, Greatest Racing Drivers, Innovative and Fastest Racing Cars in the World: The 1966-1974 Can-Am Series Whose 50th Anniversary Will Next Be Celebrated July 7-10 at the HMSA-HSR Sommet des Legendes Mont Tremblant Circuit in Canada with a Historic Can-Am Feature Race
The first ever Can-Am race was held on the Mont Tremblant Circuit on September 11, 1966. It was won by John Surtees in a factory Lola T70 just ahead of Bruce McLaren driving the Team McLaren M1B. This Anniversary celebration will honor many of the CASC officials who were originally involved in creating the series with the SCCA.
This is a full vintage racing weekend with all HMSA and HSR classes in action. The next 50th Anniversary Can-Am Celebrations are July 14-17 at Road America and August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Info: www.HSRrace.com, www.HMSAUSA.com, www.historiccanam.com
2016 Monday, June 27: Formula 5000 Association Opens 2016 Racing Season at Indianapolis Speedway with SVRA June 19
The Formula 5000 Drivers Association’s first round of its 2016 racing season
at the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Race Invitational at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway on June 19, 2016 attracted an enthusiastic field.
Finishing first in F5000 Class A (pre-1972 cars) was Bruce Leeson driving a
1969 McLaren M10B. Leeson was challenged in the first 5 laps of the race
by Mark Harmer in his high-wing ex-David Hobbs Surtees TS-5, until Harmer
ran into fuel pump problems. Leeson also set a best lap time of 1:29 minutes
in the Friday morning qualifying session, just a second away from the poleseater
in a much newer car. Second in Class A was George Frey in another
McLaren, this one an older model M10A. Frey, who is a newcomer to the
F5000 group, had a flawless race and gained speed throughout the
weekend. Johnnie Crean took third place in his 1969 Gurney Eagle. Crean
also in his first event with the F5000 group was driving the Eagle that his
father John Crean and James Garner sponsored in the early 1970s under
the AIR Team and Davey Jordan drove. Crean posted the second best lap
time in Class A in the Sunday race.
Finishing first in F5000 Class B (1972-1976 cars) and first overall in the
group was Rick Parsons in his 1976 Lola T332c (ex-Brian Redman 1976
championship car). Parsons had a decisive race and dominated throughout
the weekend with the fastest car in the group. Second place in Class B went
to Jim Stengel in his 1973 McRae GM1. After struggling with fuel pick up
problems during practice, the car got sorted out and Stengel gained
confidence as the race progressed. John Obialero took third place in Class
B in a 1973 Lola T332. Obialero was very consistent throughout the weekend
with a reliable car after experiencing frequent engine failures in 2015.
Special mention also goes to Eric Haga, who brought his recently restored
1973 March 73A. The car, raced by Gus Hutchinson in 1973, has an
experimental engine developed by Hutchinson in the early 1970s with side
intake ports below the cylinder heads. Despite the usual reliability problems
of a car recently assembled and out of the race shop, the car looks fast in its
yellow livery and Haga put it through its paces quite smartly throughout the
weekend. Once fully sorted, this car will be very competitive and a pleasure
to watch on and off the race track.
The F5000 group now heads to Road America in July for its second round.
The U.S. Formula 5000 Drivers Association is a membership organization
established to promote the restoration, presentation, registration and racing
of historic Formula 5000 race cars. www.F5000Registry.com
Media: Seb Coppola 248-601-2800 SebCoppola@F5000Registry.com