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Victory Lane Magazine presents: Hot Vintage Racing News
2016 Tuesday, February 9: On Saturday, February 13, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum Will Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Start of the Can-Am Series, 1966-1974, with “A View of Winning a Championship” by George Follmer in a Program Co-Hosted by the Historic Can-Am Association, HCAA

This Saturday program is part of the regular Saturday Museum program series. It will be a big year in 2016 for enthusiasts of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series which featured the best drivers in the world, the top racing teams, auto manufacturers’ support, and the fastest, most powerful and innovative sports racing cars on great road racing circuits in front of the largest crowds. The great cars included those from McLaren, Chaparral, Lola, Porsche, Ferrari, McKee, Genie, Lotus-Ford, BRM, and more, and eventually up to 1,500 horsepower and speeds of up to 240 MPH.

This series will also be saluted with great Historic Can-Am Racing Features during big vintage racing weekends at original Can-Am circuits sanctioned by the Historic Can-Am Association. The circuits include: Road Atlanta, Mont-Tremblant, Road America, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

HCAA Information: Dan Davis, Chairman. (650) 321-1411 (CA).

Blackhawk Museum: http://www.blackhawkmuseum.org/ or Tim McGrane at (925) 736-2277 ext: 100

2016 Tuesday, February 9: New Date for CVAR Drivers School and Races: February 19-21 at Texas World Speedway

School students should check in early with President Herb Hilton by calling (936) 448-6879 for car eligibility and physical exam requirements. Rental cars may be available for those without eligible cars. Students get classroom and on-track instruction Friday leading to Saturday and Sunday novice races.

A full vintage racing schedule is set, offering a possible last ever chance to race on the historic track where legends once raced. It has hosted Can-Am, IMSA, Indy Cars and NASCAR from the late 1960s onwards for decades. It has been a favorite with CVAR members and racers both near and far since 1992. Come learn why! All VMC member club racers are invited to bring their cars and will receive great eligibility privileges.

For more information, visit CVAR’s website at: http://www.corinthianvintagerace.com

2016 Monday, February 1: VARA Duel in the Desert – Vintage Races with SVRA on February 5-7 at Spring Mountain Resort and Road Racing Circuit Features the Sport Sedans of T.A.B.S. and Formula Ford.

All the VARA classes will be in action on this spectacular road racing circuit near Las Vegas.

One of the fast growing vintage classes is the small sports sedans of the 1960s-1970s such as Lotus Cortina, Alfa GT, BMW 2002, Datsun 510 and Mazda RX-2. These raced in SCCA amateur races and in SCCA Pro Under Two Liter Trans-Am and 2.5 Challenge series.

For more information, call (800) 280-8272 or visit http://www.vararacing.com/.

2016 Friday, January 29: Last-minute Reminder: The 2016 August 18-21 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Request for Entry Closes Sunday, January 31

BMW is the featured marque, celebrating 100 years. The Can-Am 50th Anniversary is celebrated Saturday with two feature races: Can-Am/USRRC for early Can-Am cars and Can-Am for later cars. About 550 entries will be accepted in 15 race groups.

For entry, go to http://www.scrampracing.com/, or e-mail ardelle@mazdaraceway.com

2016 Friday, January 22: Thinking of Going Vintage Racing?

Vintage racing clubs organize vintage racing on-track schools, some with rental vintage cars available. The next school and vintage race weekend is February 19-21 at Texas World Speedway with CVAR. More information at www.corinthianvintagerace.com

VARA wrapped up its University of VARA vintage school, held on January 16th and 17th at Buttonwillow Raceway in Central California with 126 new vintage racers.

Upcoming schools include:

  • April 23 – 24 at Pikes Peak Raceway, CO with RMVR
  • April 28 – May 1 at Gingerman Raceway, MI with VSCDA
  • April 29 – May 1 at Pacific Raceway, WA with SOVREN
  • May 11 – 12 at Summit Point, WV with VRG
  • All vintage racing school schedules and all vintage racing weekends for the year are inside every issue of Victory Lane Magazine’s Schedule Pages.

    2016 Tuesday, January 19: Once Upon a Time: Race cars were the cutting edge of automotive technology and not mere spec racing cars, road racing circuits were magnificently spread out in a huge park-like setting creating a breathtaking challenge to drivers with high speed sweeping corners – big straights and no dumbed-down chicanes. The drivers were full of personality, brave and skilled in many forms of racing. Return to that Era with the Awesome Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Feature Races at the Magnificent Road America, July 14th – 17th

    The Historic Can-Am Association will Celebrate “When Excess was Barely Adequate” when over 80 of the big and fast 1,000 horsepower sports racers of the 1966-1974 road racing series originally driven by legends will be in high speed action on North America’s greatest road racing circuit during the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman Vintage Racing Weekend.

    Historic Can-Am cars will be featured in two big Saturday features, (1966-1967 cars and 1968-1974 cars) and on the big combined Sunday feature for 1966-1974 cars. There will be special Can-Am milestone car displays, big reunion of past participants, autograph sessions, and more. Also, over 500 other vintage and historic cars will be racing over the weekend.

    For more information, contact Dan Davis, HCAA Chairman at (650) 321-1411.

    2016 Friday, January 15: It Is a Can-Am Year! No Race Cars Were So Awesome, Innovative, Wild and Glorious Then and Now as the Great Can-Am Series Sports Racing Cars of 1966-1974, Ultimately Reaching Speeds Well Over 240mph with 1500hp.

    The details of each event’s Historic Can-Am Feature Race and Celebration are in final development. The dates are:

  • April 21-24 Road Atlanta
  • July 7-10 Circuit Mont-Tremblant
  • July 14-17 Road America
  • August 18-21 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • 2016 Thursday, December 14: The 2016 Amelia Island Concours Uniquely Salutes Racing History, The March 11-13 Event Will Feature 11 “Trophy Cars”

    Here are the significant competition cars with the famous trophies they won:

  • Borg-Warner Trophy: Indianapolis 500, 1970 Indy 500-winning PJ Colt #2
  • Wheeler-Schebler Trophy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 1909 Buick “Old #10”
  • Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual Trophy: Richard Petty Plymouth Superbird
  • Le Mans 24 Hour Trophy (1965): Ferrari 250 LM NART, Ferrari’s last Le Mans 24 Winner
  • Le Mans 24 Hour Trophy (1949): Ferrari 166MM
  • Stevens Trophy: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Cord 810 Speed Record Car, 1937
  • Race of Two Worlds: Monza, Italy, Watson/Offenhauser “Roadster,” 1957
  • Vanderbilt Cup: ALCO “Black Beast” (The Only Two-Time Vanderbilt Cup Winner), 1908 & 1909
  • The Maurice G. Bauer Trophy (Cannonball Run): 1973 246 Dino
  • The 1914 French GP Trophy: Mercedes GP
  • Alec Ulmann Trophy (Sebring): 1954 OSCA MT-4
  • Missing is the Famous Johnsons Wax Can-Am Series Unique Floating Trophy, which has not been located.

    2016 Tuesday, January 12: Dunlop Vintage Race Tires are Back! Place Season Order Now! Flash News from Phil Lamont from Vintage Tyres Ltd., North American Distributor

    It has taken longer than we liked to move production of Dunlop’s range of classic bias-ply racing tires; early production was allocated to England and Europe to meet the contractual requirements of FIA Appendix K.

    Limited numbers had been flown to Vintage Tyres Limited, the distributor of Dunlop Racing Tires in North America. Sea container quantities are now being allocated, but supplies of some sizes may be limited in 2016.

    Their warehouse in Canada is shipping to Roger Kraus Racing in California and SascoSports in Virginia. Place your orders early to avoid disappointment.

    For more information, call any of these three shops:

  • Vintage Tyres Limited at (902) 228-2335 or e-mail vintyre@gmail.com
  • SascoSports Inc. at (877) 377-7811 or e-mail dave@sascosports.com
  • Roger Kraus Racing at (800) 510-8223 or e-mail rogerkraus@live.com
  • 2016 Tuesday, January 12: An Important Reminder: The New Date for the CVAR February Driver’s School and Vintage Races is February 19-21 at Texas World Speedway

    This is the opening vintage racing weekend for Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing (CVAR). The Driving School for those wishing to go vintage racing is Friday with classroom and on-track sessions. Novice races are on Saturday and Sunday.

    There is a full vintage racing schedule on Saturday and Sunday for CVAR vintage racers and VMC Member Club license holders. This is the big third “Final” Vintage race at TWS as the circuit is under discussion for industrial development or to be purchased by a new racing organization.

    For more information, call Herb Hilton, CVAR President at (936) 448-6879.

    2016 Monday, December 11: Last Minute Call for the University of VARA Vintage Racing School Plus Test and Tune Sessions on January 16-17 at Buttonwillow Raceway in California

    This is the first vintage racing school of 2016 for those wishing to qualify for a vintage racing license. It also offers track time for licensed racers to check out their car and get seat time for the 2016 season.

    For more information, call VARA at (800) 280-8272 (CA) or visit www.vararacing.com.

    2016 Friday, January 8: Triumph Vintage Race Cars will be Featured at HMSA Spring Club Event April 9-10 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    This event is a unique and rare opportunity to participate in a vintage race on this historic circuit outside the famous big August 18-21 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion and preceding weekend Pre-Reunion.

    HMSA invites all VMC Member Club license holders to join HMSA members in this traditional vintage racing weekend. Triumphs have a special invitation. The event is known for safe, liberal track time for practice and sportsmanlike races.

    For more information, call VMC President Chris Vandergriff at (818) 249-3515 (CA) or visit www.hmsausa.com.

    2016 Tuesday, January 5: Formula Junior Historics North America – Nine Vintage Race Feature Schedule Includes May 20-22 with HMSA at Barber Motorsports Park

    This facility includes a world class road racing circuit in a park-like setting, conference and party facilities and a racing museum with one of the largest Lotus car collection plus a very large motorcycle collection. HMSA’s annual vintage race weekend takes full advantage of the location to make it a must-do for vintage racers.

    New to the FJHNA schedule is the two weekends of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix July 8-10 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (also known as PittRace) and July 16-17 through the streets of Schenley Park.

    The full nine vintage feature race schedule begins February 19-21 with CVAR at Texas World Speedway for the Third Final TWS Races and Drivers School.

    For more information, please visit www.fjhna.com.

    2016 Monday, January 4: What Will be Significant and Exciting Developments in Vintage Auto Racing for 2016?

    Victory Lane Magazine is already reporting on several new events at new circuits including those at Fernandina Beach Airport in Florida and MSR Houston. Numerous special features: BMW, Corvette, Can-Am, USRRC Seniors tour, Swedish cars, MGs, Triumphs, Jaguar, Ford, MGs, Triumphs, Jaguar, Ford, small sport sedans, Lotus, IMSA GT, Historic Trans-Am, Porsche, Indy Cars, Formula Ford, Formula V, Formula Junior, and more. The January issue is available with extensive news plus late 2015 vintage event reports.

    Contact us for more information at (650) 321-1411.

    2015 Wednesday, December 30: Happy Vintage New Year! Victory Lane Closed from Thursday, December 31, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016

    From December 31, 2015 to January 3, 2016, Victory Lane’s offices will be closed. We will open again on January 4, 2016 to begin celebrating a great vintage racing year full of events, features, and celebrations!

    2015 Wednesday, December 30: The Tribute to the USRRC on April 9, 2016

    There will be the Round Table of Legends, Program, Cocktails, Dinner, Reunion, and USRRC Hall of Fame and special speakers.

    It will be at The Wally Parks NHRA Museum at Pomona, CA. The tickets are limited to 100 people. It is organized by Dave Wolin Inc. (events@tributetotheUSRRC.com).

    Tickets ($149.95 per ticket) and schedule information are all available at www.tributetotheUSRRC.com

    2015 Tuesday, December 29: Porsche vs. American Muscle Feature on June 17-19 at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Mosport Grand Prix Circuit with the VARAC Canadian Historic Grand Prix.

    A special 30-minute Saturday Showdown vintage race will feature the Flat 6s & 4s of Porsche production sports and GT cars against the V8-powered Corvettes, Mustang, Cobras, Tigers and other similar cars. This is just one highlight of three big days of vintage and historic racing plus a festival of collectable and street performance cars. There are six race groups for vintage cars plus a special one for 1973-1995 cars. Special salutes include Triumph, MG and MINIs. Let the games begin!

    For more information on this exciting event, visit VARAC’s website at http://varac.ca/chgp/2016-chgp/.

    2015 Monday, December 28: The Vintage Motorsport Council (VMC) Has Updated the Recommended Vintage Racing Flag Meanings. The Updated VMC Racing Flag Sheet is in the January Issue of Victory Lane Magazine, Now in the Mail to Subscribers and on Selected Newsstands.

    Copies of the updated VMC Vintage Racing Flag Info Sheets will be printed and sent to all VMC member clubs as coordinated by the VMC secretary. The new sheets’ costs of printing are underwritten by VMC’s Parish Safety Fund. The VMC member clubs will distribute these at the start of 2016 during their respective first vintage races.

    The VMC is an organization of 29 vintage racing clubs and organizations whose representatives meet twice a year to discuss matters to improve vintage racing.

    Vintage Motorsport Council (VMC) information at http://www.the-vmc.com/.

    2015 Wednesday, December 23: On Saturday, February 13, the Blackhawk Automotive Museum Will Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Start of the Can-Am Series, 1966-1974, with “A View of Winning a Championship” by George Follmer and “The Challenges of the Most Noted Private Entry from 1966-1972” by Lothar Motschenbacher in a Program Co-Hosted by the Historic Can-Am Association, HCAA

    This Saturday program is part of the regular Saturday Museum program series. It will be a big year in 2016 for enthusiasts of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series which featured the best drivers in the world, the top racing teams, auto manufacturers’ support, and the fastest, most powerful and innovative sports racing cars on great road racing circuits in front of the largest crowds. The great cars included those from McLaren, Chaparral, Lola, Porsche, Ferrari, McKee, Genie, Lotus-Ford, BRM, and more, and eventually up to 1,500 horsepower and speeds of up to 240 MPH.

    This series will also be saluted with great Historic Can-Am Racing Features during big vintage racing weekends at original Can-Am circuits sanctioned by the Historic Can-Am Association. The circuits include: Road Atlanta, Mont-Tremblant, Road America, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    HCAA Information: Dan Davis, Chairman. (650) 321-1411 (CA).

    Blackhawk Museum: http://www.blackhawkmuseum.org/ or Tim McGrane at (925) 736-2277 ext: 100

    2015 Tuesday, December 22: Historic TransAm Group 2016 Green Flag March 3-6 with SVRA Spring Vintage Classic at Sebring

    The year was 1966… a stamp was $0.05, gas was $0.32 a gallon, Star Trek warped into our living rooms, and Pony Cars were hot sellers in auto showrooms. In March of that year the inaugural Trans Am race for Pony Cars was run at Sebring. Wish you could go back in time?

    Well, you can (almost) as the Historic Trans Am Group returns to Sebring to begin a year-long celebration of the 50th year of North America’s premier road race series for production sports cars. Witness Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, and Javelins running fender-to-fender, once again pounding the pavement of the famed Sebring circuit as a field of 25+ original surviving cars takes the green flag.

    Coupled for the first time with contemporary Trans Am races, this even promises to be the greatest gathering of all things Trans Am ever. For the Historic Trans Am Group, it’s just the beginning. The group’s ambitious schedule includes four other events all held at tracks that hosted Trans Am back in the day. Who says you can’t go back?

    Historic TransAm 2016 Schedule:

    • March 3-6: Sebring International Raceway with SVRA at Sebring, FL
    • June 2-5: Sonoma Raceway with SVRA at Sonoma, CA
    • August 13-14: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Pre-Reunion at Monterey, CA
    • August 19-21: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion at Monterey, CA
    • September 1-5: Lime Rock Park with Lime Rock Historics at Lime Rock, CT
    • September 8-11: Watkins Glen International with SVRA at Watkins Glen, NY

    Updates, news and information available at http://www.historictransam.com

    2015 Monday, December 21: The Date Has Been Changed to February 19-21, 2016 for the CVAR Vintage Racing School and Races at Texas World Speedway

    The student session starts Friday morning with a classroom session. The students then join the Friday Test and Tune sessions on track as Group 5. Experienced vintage racers as instructors will give each student special attention for driver lines and skills. The students will continue Saturday and Sunday in special Group 5 novice races. For would-be students without suitable vintage race prepared cars, there are rental cars available.

    A racing physical is required and one must enter at at least 10 days before the event.

    Learn more at www.corinthianvintagerace.com/become-a-driver/

    2015, Friday, December 18: The April 8-10 HMSA Spring Club Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a Rare Opportunity to Race on this Legendary Circuit

    There are only three full vintage racing weekends held on this legendary circuit near Monterey, CA in 2016:

    • The HMSA Spring Club Event from April 8-10
    • Monterey Pre-Reunion August 13-14
    • Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 18-21

    HMSA does sanction other vintage mid-week events at this circuit.

    HMSA encourages entered cars to be historically correct based on the period of time that the car originally raced. Emphasis is on historic production cars through 1966, Sports Racing and Formula Cars through 1984. Other cars are considered by request.

    The Spring Event offers liberal track time, a welcoming atmosphere, special hospitality, welcoming evening dinner and special lunches.

    Full information may be obtained either by phone: (818) 249-3515, e-mail, or at www.HMSAusa.com

    2015 Thursday, December 17: The First Vintage Race Weekend in 2016 Honors Go to VARA’s Duel in the Desert February 5-7 at the Spring Mountain Circuit Near Las Vegas

    Spring Mountain Circuit at Motor Resort and Country Club has emerged as a first class road racing circuit. It has over 6 miles of paved road which can be set up for more than 50 ways. There is 125 feet of elevation change and a half mile straight.

    This is a joint event with SVRA and all VARA and SVRA classes will be racing. Features include the first race of the West Coast 2016 Vintage Formula Ford Series and the TABS (Trans-Am B- Sedan) 2016 inaugural feature race for small sport sedans. All VMC vintage member club racing license holders are invited.

    Full information may be obtained by phone at (800) 280-8272 (CA) or at www.vararacing.com

    2015 Wednesday, December 16: Want to Go Vintage Auto Road Racing? A Vintage Racing License is Required and Available Through Many Vintage Racing Clubs. The Next is January 16-17 at Buttonwillow Raceway, CA with VARA.

    About thirty vintage racing clubs and organizations hold vintage road races at circuits across North America. Many hold vintage racing schools for novices or vintage racing orientation sessions for experienced racers switching to vintage.

    The next available two-day school is the January 16-17 University of VARA at Buttonwillow Raceway just off Interstate 5, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

    Full information may be obtained by phone at (800) 280-8272 (CA) or at www.vararacing.com

    The next available event is in central Texas at Texas World Speedway from February 19 to February 21, organized by CVAR. You may get more information at (936) 448-6879, or at www.corinthianvintagerace.com

    Eastern and Midwest schools usually begin in April.

    2015 Friday, December 11: New Major Vintage and Historic Racing Events for 2016 Include the SVRA Amelia Island Gran Prix at Ferdinand Beach Airport March 17-20

    This vintage racing weekend is being held on the site of the SCCA races in 1961 to about 1968. On that first Golden Crown Prix weekend in 1961, the Sunday race feature was won by Roger Penske driving Brumos owned Porsche RS61.

    The SCCA Amelia Island Gran Prix will invite many of the 1960s vintage racing cars along with great vintage cars from later years. The event will be a festival with special events, parties, vintage aircraft and vintage motorcycle events.

    For more information, go to www.svra.com

    2015 Tuesday, December 8: New HSR Classic 12 Hours of Sebring, Pistons and Props, December 2016

    Inspired by the International success of the Daytona Classic 24, HSR has created this new annual International Endurance Festival.

    The big HSR Historic 12 Hour will be the centerpiece for a festival that will salute the entire history of Sebring. Events celebrating the aviation history of Hendricks Field at Sebring and all its planes and people will make this a very special festival. The event is presented by Allan Jay Automotive and will follow the individual race group format of the classic 24.

    The announcement was made jointly by David Hinton, HSR President and Wayne Estes, Sebring International Raceway President and General Manager at the December 2015 HSR Sebring Vintage race.

    Sebring’s aviation history dates back to 1942 as a training base for World War II’s B-17 Flying Fortress bomber planes. Automotive racing history dates back to 1950 when Alex Ulmann created the Sam Collier Six Hour Memorial Grand Prix on December 31, 1950. He then established the 12 Hour for 1952. The 12 Hour quickly became a top International road racing event. The current 3.14 mile circuit incorporates much of the original 5 mile circuit laid out on the original runways and access roads.

    For more information, go to www.hsrrace.com

    2015 Thursday, December 3: Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, December 4 – 5, Holiday Open House at York Springs PA –Racing History Celebration

    Guests are invited to see the great exhibits visit the gift shop and attend a great racing history discussion each day.

    Saturday, December 5 will be Glory Days – and Those Who Made It That Way , focusing on drag racing led by Darwin Doll.

    Sunday, December 6 will be a discussion of Stock Car Racing in the 1950s at Williams Grove with guests LaRoy Felty, George Spec, Gene Goodling, and Davie Brown.

    For more information, call: (717) 528-8279 (PA) or go to www.emmr.org

    2015 Tuesday, December 1: The January 16-17 University of VARA Vintage Racing School Plus Test and Tune Sessions at Buttonwillow Raceway Opens the 2016 Vintage Road Race Season

    A full vintage license program is available. Also, this traditional weekend offers half day introduction to vintage racing in a street or race car.

    For full details, call: (800) 280-8272 (CA) or go to www.vararacing.com

    2015 Tuesday, November 24: Early December Vintage Races at Sebring and Roebling Road Wrap Up the 2015 Vintage Road Racing Season

    All VMC Member Club Vintage license holders are invited to the last two vintage road races in 2015. The HSR Sebring Historics (December 3 -4) are at the legendary Sebring, Florida circuit.

    For more information, go to www.hsrrace.com, or call them at (727) 573-1340.

    The VDCA Season Finale is at Roebling Road near Savannah, Georgia.

    For more information, go to www.vintagedrive.com, or call them at (561) 622-7554 .

    2015 Thursday, November 19: The VRG Turkey Bowl Vintage Racing Weekend, November 27-29 Invites All VMC Member Club Race License Holders

    It is a special way to shape up after the big Thursday Thanksgiving feast. There are grids for 4 VRG classes plus a grid for contemporary prepared race cars and a grid for the Legends cars. The entry fee is a bargain at $250 including special holiday hospitality.

    For more information, go to www.vrgonline.org, or call them at (720) 722-3874.

    2015 Tuesday November 17: The exciting small sports sedans of the 1960s and early 1970s Under 2 Liter and 2.5 Challenge Trans Am Era will be featured at all 2016 VARA vintage races

    These are BMW 2002, Datsun 510, Lotus Cortina, Alfa GT, Mazda RX-2 and similar cars. The Trans-Am – B Sedan (TABs) Group has been organizing vintage features for these cars at western vintage races. The first 2016 TABs feature is with VARA’s High Desert Challenge March 19-20, 2015 at Willow Springs Raceway, north of Los Angeles.

    For more information, go to www.vararacing.com.

    2015 Friday, November 13: Help Your Fellow Racer!

    Victory Lane asks our fellow racers to help other racers by sending in their recommendations for highly recommended shops, anywhere from full restoration to race preparation.

    If you have a preferred shop for your vintage car, whether it is Corvette, MG, Porsche, Datsun, Alfa Romeo or even a Ferrari, do let us know. We would like to share this with our fellow racers. We’d love to put the information in our Sources section, car and driver tech, classified resources as a way of benefitting our community and local businesses in your area.

    You may e-mail us directly at editor@victorylane.com for your top recommendation.

    2015 Thursday, November 12: 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 18-21, Entry Requests Now Open; Including Two Historic Can-Am Categories Celebrating Can-Am’s 50th Anniversary

    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an original Can-Am circuit. There will be a Can-Am feature for cars in later livery and engines and a USRRC Can-Am feature for earlier prepared cars. Each grid is limited to 45 cars. Details and specifics will be available soon.

    The Historic Can-Am Association is involved in the promotion and accompanying special celebrations are to be announced.

    For entry request, go to www.mazdaraceway.com. HCCA info: Dan Davis, Chariman, (650) 321-1411.

    2015 Friday, November 6: HSR Classic 24 Hour Daytona During November 11-15. Race Weekend Draws Top National and International Entries

    A full schedule of HSR vintage races for all classes is topped by the Saturday 1PM – Sunday 1PM Classic 24. Over 250 cars and 350 drivers are divided into six classes. Each class is on the circuit 4 times for an hour in rotations of 6 hour segments – a total of 24 hours of racing.

    The cars include some of the great Le Mans and Sebring endurance cars: Ferrari, Porsche, Lola, Ford GT, Viper, Corvette, Audi, Nissan, Panoz, BMW and more! Drivers’ respective countries include the USA, Canada, France, England, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, and Germany. Many of the drivers are pas Le Mans and Sebring drivers themselves. This truly is one of the world’s most special vintage racing weekends.

    2015 Thursday, November 5: Two Vintage Racing Weekends Set for November 6 through November 8

    SVRA’s National Championship Vintage and Historic Races are at the Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas, with 450 selected great cars. More information @ www.svra.com

    VARA’s Big Bore Bash is at Willow Springs Raceway near Los Angeles, with racing for all classes plus special features for V8 powered cars. More information @ www.vararacing.com

    2015 Tuesday, September 8: Can-Am Tales and Stories, Sep. 12 at IMRRC During Watkins Glen Racing Festival

    A storytelling sessions from past participants takes place at 10:30 a.m. at the International Motor Racing Research Center, and will be moderated by Judy Stropus, formerly of Penske and Brumos teams.

    At 1:00 p.m., noted Can-Am author Pete Lyons will participate in an insider seminar along with past Can-Am driver Oscar Koveleski, former crew chief Jack Derren, Judy Stropus and others.

    All this, plus a Can-Am car display and films being shown at the festival, are part of the run-up to the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-1974 Can-Am series in 2016.

    2015 Thursday September 3: Vintage Racing Events Across the Country Over Labor Day Weekend

    The Lime Rock Historics take place at the legendary venue in Connecticut today through Monday. This year, the event salutes Mercedes-Benz.

    RMVR's Labor Day Weekend Grand Prix takes place at Motorsports Park Hastings, Nebraska.

    The SOVREN Columbia River Classic runs Saturday and Sunday at Portland International Raceway.

    2015 Tuesday August 11: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 13-16, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    The Monterey Auto Festival launched last weekend with the Pre-Historics and continues this coming weekend with the big Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

    There are also vintage races being held this weekend by VSCDA at Grattan Raceway in Michigan and by VRG at Palmer Motorsports Park in Massachusetts.

    A full schedule of vintage road and oval races can be found every month in Victory Lane Magazine.

    2015 Wednesday July 29: RMVR Race Against Kids Cancer, Aug. 1-2, High Plains Raceway, Colorado

    This event is a fundraising benefit race, with proceeds going to the Morgan Adams Foundation for pediatric cancer research. Donations come from vintage racers, associated sponsors, plus spectator rides. There is also a special Saturday night dinner.

    For more information, visit rmvr.com.

    2015 Thursday, July 2: SOVREN Pacific Northwest Historics, July 3-5 at Pacific Raceways, Features BMW

    Over 250 great vintage cars will be on hand at SOVREN's annual 4th of July holiday event, and spectators are invited. Pacific Raceways is located about 20 miles southeast of Seattle and is a traditional road racing circuit that has hosted all the great race series over the years.

    Vist sovrenracing.org for more information.

    2015 Tuesday June 23: Historic Indy Cars and Championship Trail Cars On Track as Support Races for IndyCar's MAVTV500, June 26-27, Auto Club Speedway

    The historic cars will run exhibition laps during the day on Friday, and on Saturday morning. The historic oval program is organized by SVRA as part of its 5-event historic oval program. The next event in the series will be Aug. 20-23 at Pocono. For oval entry information, contact Pam Shatraw, (65) 799-0826, pam@svra.com.

    2015 Tuesday May 26: Jaguar the Focus at Two Vintage Road Racing Events this Coming Weekend

    Jaguar will be the featured marque during the SVRA Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, May 28-31 at Sonoma Raceway in California. Nearly 400 vintage and historic race cars are entered in the event.

    VSCCA, meanwhile, runs with the Jaguar Club May 29-30 in Connecticut at Lime Rock Park.

    2015 Friday, May 23: 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Mar. 11-13 at Amelia Island, FL, to be Followed by SVRA Amelia Island Grand Prix, Mar. 17-20 at Municipal Airport in Fernardina Beach, FL

    Having just celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance has grown to become one of the top vintage auto events in the world. Newly added for 2016 is the SVRA Amelia Island Grand Prix at Fernardina Beach Municipal Airport, a site which hosted sports car races in the 1960s. SVRA will salute that racing history by offering an invitational vintage racing weekend.

    For more information, visit www.svra.com or www.ameliaconcours.org.

    2015 Wednesday, May 13: Four Vintage Events on the Calendar for May 15-17 Weekend

    VRG's Jefferson 500 takes place at Summit Point, West Virginia.

    SVRA offers its Spring Vintage Festival at Road America.

    The CVAR Marvelous May Races are happening at Eagles Canyon, Texas.

    HMSA's Barber Historics at Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama, features Lotus and celebrates George Follmer's 1965 USRRC Drivers Championship.

    2015 Thursday May 7: Entries Now Open for The Hawk International Challenge with Brian Redman at Road America

    Entries are now being accepted for the Historic Can-Am Feature and other races at Road America's The Hawk International Challenge with Brian Redman, which takes place July 17-19.

    To enter, visit: www.roadamerica.com.

    2015 Thursday April 16: There are Dozens of Vintage Oval Racing Events Scheduled for May

    Victory Lane Magazine has the complete schedule for vintage racing, both oval and road racing, in every monthly issue. Race reports, features on vintage cars and their drivers, historic racing stories, auction reports and much more. Only $39.95 per year. Call (650) 321-1411 to subscribe.

    2015 Wednesday April 15: Legendary Airplanes, Race Cars, and Exotics on Display at the Warbirds, Wings and Wheels Expo, May 9, Paso Robles, CA

    Spectators are invited to enter their unique performance car and join with the race cars and collector cars on display alongside the rare airplanes. Car show entry is $40. Spectators are also invited for free admission if they do not wish to enter a car.

    All of the Estrella Warbird Museum buildings are open to the public, along with the field display to enjoy. The museum is located at 4551 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles, California. For more information, call Dan and Carol Verstuyft, (805) 467-2640.

    2015 Friday April 10: Vintage and Historic BMWs, British Cars, Formula Fords all Featured at Late April Vintage Races

    Formula Fords will be featured at CVAR's Mike Stephens Classic, Apr. 17-19 at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma.

    HSR's the Mitty, Apr. 23-26 at Road Atlanta, features BMW.

    British cars are showcased at VARA's British Extravaganza, Apr. 25-26 at Buttonwillow Raceway in California.

    2015 Tuesday April 7: Would-Be Vintage Racers Invited to April Drivers Schools

    RMVR holds its Driving School Apr. 18-19 at Pikes Peak International Raceway near Colorado Springs. Joe Bunton, Chief Driving Instructor, (970) 420-8785.

    VSCDA's Drivers School is a part of its Spring Brake Vintage Races, Apr. 30-May 3 at GingerMan Raceway near South Haven, Michigan. (616) 916-2650.

    2015 Wednesday April 1: Race Cars Invited to South Boston Speedway, VA, on May 1-3 for Display and Laps

    The event takes place as part of the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival. Early Coupe, Sedan-Bodied, Steel-Bodied Late Model Stocks, Late Model Sportsman, Grand National and others are invited. The event with include fan/driver reunions and special activities.

    For entries, contact Garland Ricketts, (434) 572-7865, ovaleng@ntelos.net, or Butch Blanks, (434) 222-4307, butchblanks@comcast.net. Festival information is available at www.halifaxcountyheritagefestival.org.

    2015 Tuesday March 31: Trio of Road Racing Events on the Calendar for the Apr. 9-12 Weekend

    The SVRA Miami Historics run Apr. 9-12 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.

    CSRG hosts the David Love Memorial Races, Apr. 10-12 at Sonoma Raceway in California.

    VDCA's annual Wild Hare Run is set for Apr. 10-12 at Virginia International Raceway.

    2015 Friday March 6: Vintage Road Racing Season Revs Up in March with Three March Events

    HSR vintage racing grids will accompany the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Mar. 18-20, offering up examples of past racing cars. Also present, from the Chaparral Gallery, is the Chaparral 2 which won at Sebring in 1965.

    HMSA has a full vintage racing weekend, Mar. 21-22 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Chevron is the featured marque.

    VARA and SVRA hold the traditional High Desert Challenge, Mar. 28-29 at Willow Springs International Raceway. This is a very popular event with excellent weather in California's High Desert.

    2015 Wednesday February 18: SVRA Southern Vintage Classic, Feb. 20-22 at Road Atlanta, Has Been Cancelled

    A Winter Storm Warning is in effect this for many eastern states, including Georgia. Due to the threat of more severe winter weather, SVRA had cancelled the Southern Vintage Classic, scheduled for Feb. 20-22 at Road Atlanta.The decision to cancel the event came after discussions with Road Atlanta staff. The area is already dealing with harsh winter conditions, with more forecast for the weekend.

    “It’s really a safety issue,“ said Tony Parella, President and CEO of SVRA. “There are safety concerns for the racers, the volunteers and staff. With a storm warning being issued for the whole region, expectations are for snow, high winds, and freezing temperatures.”

    Spectators who purchased tickets for the event will be given a full refund. SVRA Southern Vintage Classic entrants will be able to seek a refund, or can apply their entry fee to a future race. SVRA’s next event will be the Spring Vintage Classic, Feb. 26-Mar. 1 at Sebring.

    More information can be found at www.svra.com or by calling Kathy Swinford, 817-521-5158.

    2015 Thursday January 29: Get Started in Vintage Racing at an Early Season Vintage Racing Club School

    Clubs often offer introductions to vintage racing in your street car and full licensing in a fully-prepared vintage race car. Rentals are usually available.

    CVAR: Feb. 20-22, Texas World Speedway, (936) 448-6879
    VSCCA: Apr. 11-12, Pocono Raceway, Pennsylvania
    RMVR: Apr. 18-19, Pikes Peak International Raceway, Colorado, (303) 319-3062
    VSCDA: Apr. 30-May 1, GingerMan Raceway, Michigan, (616) 916-2650
    SOVREN: May 1, Pacific Raceways, Washington
    VRG: May 13-14, Summit Point, West Virginia

    2015 Tuesday January 6: HSR Historic Palm Beach Grand Prix, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, Palm Beach International Raceway, FL

    This weekend has a full schedule of HSR sprint and enduro races. A special 45-minute night race, with no pit stops required, is open to cars from all groups that have front and rear running lights.

    Palm Beach is a resort area with excellent shopping, dining, golf, beaches, and fun for all the family and crew.

    For information and registration, call (727) 573-1340 or visit www.hsrrace.com .

    2014 Wednesday December 31: Happy New Year from Victory Lane!

    We are counting on 2015 to be another vintage year.

    Victory's Lane offices will be closed until Monday, January 5.

    2014 Tuesday December 30: Last-Minute Entries Accepted for the University of VARA, Jan. 10-11, Buttonwillow Raceway, CA

    VARA's racing school for novice and advanced racers offers classes for both street cars and vintage race cars. Some space is still available.

    VARA is a long-time leader in vintage racing in Southern California. As a member-owned club, VARA's focus is on friendly competition and camaraderie. VARA invites both would-be vintage racers with no on-track experience and drivers with some experience (even in contemporary racing) to enter. Classes and track sessions are available for each level. Drivers may enter this introduction to vintage racing with a street car. Drivers who have vintage or contemporary cars can obtain a full vintage racing license.

    For more information, call 800-280-8272 or visit www.vararacing.com.

    2014 Wednesday December 24: Happy Holidays from Victory Lane

    May all of your holiday racing wishes come true in 2015. Here's wishing you a happy holiday from the staff and contributors of Victory Lane Magazine.

    Victory Lane's offices will be closed from December 24th through the 28th.

    2014 Wednesday December 17: VDCA Closes Out 2014 Road Racing Season at Roebling Road

    Celebrating the "true spirit of vintage racing," an enthusiastic group of just over 100 VDCA vintage racers gathered the weekend of Dec. 12-14 enjoyed one of the best events on the calendar – vigorous but sportsmanlike racing, liberal track times, and a great Saturday evening party and season-ending celebration. The food was VDCA's traditional Southern BBQ and baked oysters prepared on the spot.

    VDCA will open their 2015 season with the Wild Hare Run, Apr. 10-12 at Virginia International Raceway. Call 561-622-7554 for more information.

    2014 Wednesday December 3: VDCA Season Finale, Dec. 12-14, Roebling Road, GA

    VDCA tops off its season and offers up liberal track time, a holiday atmosphere, and its famous annual Pick Pickin' and Oyster Roast.

    This 3-day vintage racing and party weekend includes Friday practice sessions and the "infamous Bracket Challenge Team Race." Saturday consists of practice, qualifying, feature races including the Victory Lane Magazine Vintage Formula Vee Festival race. and topped off by a holiday feast. Sunday's calendar includes a morning enduro, and then sprint races in the afternoon.

    This event is the last vintage racing weekend in 2014, and all VMC racing license holders are invited to join in. For more information, call 561-622-7554 or visit www.vintagedrive.com.

    2014 Tuesday December 2: HSR Sebring Historic Races, Dec. 4-7, Sebring International Raceway, FL

    The event celebrates both the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and the end of HSR's season, and includes a year-end awards banquet.

    There schedule includes HSR RACELINK Sprint Races, the Hawk Performance Endurance Series presented by BRM, the Bob Woodman Tires International American Challence, Lotus Challenge presented by Wire Wheel, a special night race and a 4-hour enduro, all taking place at the legendary Sebring International Raceway.

    For more information, visit www.hsrrace.com or call 727-573-1340.

    2014 Wednesday November 26: Two Vintage Oval and One Vintage Road Racing Events Spark Action on Thanksgiving Weekend

    The WRA Walt James Classic happens on the oval Nov. 28-29 at Willow Springs International Raceway in California.

    GSVSCC has vintage oval races scheduled for Nov. 29 at Wall Stadium in New Jersey.

    VRG's annual Turkey Bowl, the club's traditional season-ending race, takes place at Summit Point in West Virginia.

    2014 Tuesday November 18: Shelby GT350 Mustang Named Feature Marque for Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 13-16, 2015, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the GT350. The Shelby modified Mustang was immediately classified as an SCCA Production Sports Car for road racing. And the rest is history.

    Ford Motor Company is providing a special historical paddock display. There will also be a race group for 1965-1972 Shelby GT350 Mustangs.

    In addition to their regular race groups, RMMR will be offering groups for historic Formula 1 and historic Formula 5000. Over 550 historic, period-correct cars will race in 15 groups over the weekend.

    For more information, visit www.mazdaraceway.com.

    2014 Monday November 17: Pro Driver Andy Wallace Teams with Doug Smith in 2005 IMSA ALMS Audi Prototype LMP1 for Overall and Class E Win at HSR Daytona Classic 24

    Six groups of vintage and historic cars contested the 24-hour event this past weekend, starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and continuing until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Class winners and final results will be available soon.

    2014 Tuesday November 11: HSR Daytona Historics, Nov. 13-15, Daytona International Speedway, FL, Includes the Classic 24 at Daytona

    Spectators are invited for this very special event, the first Vintage 24-hour race which has been scheduled in North America. It is unique in that it is, essentially, a relay between vintage cars with original 24-hour race history – the cars racing in six groups, with each car on the track an hour at a time and four hours overall. The Classic 24 enduro runs from 1:00 p.m. on Saturday until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    Friday and Saturday morning are filled with short races for all HSR classes, along with The Hawk Performance Enduro Series.

    For spectators tickets, visit www.hsrtickets.com.

    2014 Tuesday November 4: Mike Martin, Author of a New Book on the 1963-1968 USRRC Series, Gives a Presentation on Sat., Nov. 8, at the International Motor Racing Research Center, Watkins Glen, N.Y.

    This was SCCA's first pro series and led to the creation of Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula B, Formula 5000, etc. Martin's new book has chapters covering every year of the series, with race reports on every race from that series, detailed tables of results and extensive photos.

    Enthusiasts and fans are invited to this free program, which is a part of the IMRRC's monthly Conversation Series. It takes place at 1:00 p.m.

    Information on the series, and the Center, is available at www.racingarchives.org.

    Information on purchasing the USRRC book is from the author, email: grimheel62@comcast.net.

    2014 Tuesday October 28: Vintage Races in California and Florida On the Schedule for the First Weekend in November

    CSRG is running at Thunderhill Raceway Park, located northeast of San Francisco. It is the club's season finale and includes a Saturday night awards banquet.

    The traditional VARA Big Bore Bash at Willow Springs International Raceway, north of Los Angeles, is a celebration of vintage cars with big horsepower. This event will include A/B Production Sports Cars, Trans-Am, Stock Cars, Formula Cars, and Sports Racing cars. There are races for all of VARA's classes.

    VDCA's Palm Beach Classic takes place with SCCA at Palm Beach International Raceway, and comes with the club's traditional promise of "great cars, great competition, great food, great racing." VDCA welcomes all VMC member club licensed racers to join them for a special weekend in South Florida.

    2014 Tuesday October 14: 2nd Annual SVRA U.S. Vintage National Championship Held Oct. 10-12 at Circuit of the Americas, Austin, TX

    Two days of vintage and historic racing resulted in 27 winners of the coveted SVRA National Championship Bell helmets, with their custom paint signature. The real story is that of over 400 enthusiastic vintage racers having a great time one of North America's best new road racing circuits. A full-detailed report, and results for all 400 racers, will be in the December issue of Victory Lane Magazine.

    2014 Wednesday October 8: Hilton Head Motoring Festival Opens with the HSR Savannah Speed Classic, Oct 24-26, and Concludes with Hilton Head Concours, Nov. 2

    HSR's historic auto races take place on the Grand Prize of America Road Race Circuit across from Savannah on Hutchinson Island. Jaguar is featured marque. There are many special activities for entrants and spectators on the opening weekend. For more information, call 727-573-1340 or visit HSR.

    Many special parties and events lead up to the Concours on Hilton Head Island. During the Concours weekend, there are Automotive Innovations on display, a Wheels-Wings-Hulls exhibition, a Maserati 100th Anniversary display and the Sunday concours at the Port Royal Golf Club. For spectator information on both the races and concours, visit www.hhiconcours.com.

    2014 Friday October 3: SVRA U.S. Vintage National Championship, October 10-12, Circuit of the Americas, TX

    Over 12 groups of vintage race cars, spanning 10 decades of history, will be in action on the newest road racing circuit in North America, located near Austin.

    Over 500 cars are entered, including familiar Production and Sports Cars from Corvette, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche, MG, Healey, Datsun, BMW, Shelby and more. There will also be exotica Formula and Sports Racing cars from Lotus, McLaren, Lola, McKee, Titan, Autodynamics, Audi, BMW and others. A special feature will Trans-Am cars from the 1966-1972 period: Camaro, Mustang, Barracuda, Cougar, Javelin, Challenger, and other Pony Cars of immense horsepower and speed.

    There are 3-day tickets available for $59. Friday only, $15. Saturday or Sunday, $30. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available at circuitoftheamericas.com.

    2014 Wednesday October 1: CVAR Invites Racers to Join Them for Thunder on the Cimarron, Oct. 10-12, Hallett, OK

    Hallett Motor Racing Circuit is a 1.8-mile, 10-turn course set in the rolling hills about 25 miles west of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's one of the best road racing circuits in the Southwest. This traditional CVAR event offers liberal track time and the club's trademark hospitality. All VMC member club licenses are accepted.

    For club information, contact Herb Hilton, president, 936-448-6879. For entry information, contact Merl Hansen, email: flagger95@clear.net, or visit CVAR's website, which also has video of laps around Hallett.

     

     


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