2014 Friday March 7: Two Vintage Race Events on the West Coast in March
SVRA Historic Races, March 15-16 at Willow Springs International Raceway. This 1950s style road racing circuit, with fast straights and sweeping curves, is located about an hour north of Los Angeles.
HMSA Spring Club Event, March 22-23 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Early spring opportunity to race on the legendary Monterey circuit, which has played host to all the great pro and amateur race series since it opened in 1957.
2014 Thursday March 6: Victory Lane's Auto Enthusiasts and Racers Lunch on Wednesday, March 19 at AutoVino Features a Presentation and Discussion About The Chump Car World Series, a Low Cost Road Racing Series
Vintage racers Pam Shatraw and Wes McNay will discuss their experiences driving Chump Cars, cars which theoretically should cost under $500 to acquire which are made safe with modern equipment such as roll cages and fire extinguishers, but not fuel cells. Performance enhancement varies. Races are held at a number of well-known racing circuits. It promises to be an entertaining program.
This luncheon is held on the third Wednesday of every month at AutoVino, an auto lifestyle facility, located at 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park, California. Lunch and program is $20 by advance RSVP. Please call Pam Shatraw at Victory Lane Magazine, 650-321-1411.
2014 Friday February 28: It Will Be a Big Weekend for Vintage Road and Oval Races at the SVRA Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival, June 20-22, Auto Club Speedway
SVRA is expecting a big turnout of historic and vintage road racing, Formula, Sports Racing and Production cars to run on the IMSA road race circuit.
The Historic Champ/Indy Car Association expects race cars from over 10 decades of American oval racing to take part in exhibition races all weekend on the 2-mile oval.
For more information, contact Pam Shatraw, Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing, 650-321-1411.
2014 Wednesday February 26: CSRG Cancels Vintage Race Weekend, February 28-March 2 at Thunderhill Raceway
The event was cancelled due to light early entries and a forecast of rain eliminating the possibility of many last-minute entries. For more information, visit www.csrgracing.org.
2014 Tuesday February 18: Sebring International Raceway is the Focus of Vintage Racers in March With a Pair of Events
SVRA’s Spring Vintage Classic takes place at the legendary Sebring road racing circuit February 27-March 2, and is followed March 12-15 by HSR’s Vintage Races during The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring weekend.
For more information, visit www.svra.com, and www.hsrrace.com.
2014 Wednesday February 12: The Victory Lane Magazine Auto Enthusiasts and Racers Lunch at AutoVino on Wednesday, February 19, Will Feature a Screening and Discussion on the New Film 'Need for Speed'
The film will be released in theatres soon after a nationwide series of limited, local parties.
Due to the longer presentation, the film will begin around noon. Networking will start around 11:30 a.m.
The luncheon takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at AutoVino, an auto lifestyle facility located at 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park, California, near the Marsh Road exit off Highway 101.
The cost is $20 by advance reservation. RSVP to Pam Shatraw, 650-321-1411. (CA)
2014 Thursday, January 29 -
2014 Victory Lane Vintage Formula Vee Festival Races
The 2014 Victory Lane Vintage Formula Vee Festival Races will be held at vintage racing weekends organized by six vintage racing clubs. For the second year, Vintage Tyres Limited, the North American distributor and Canadian dealer for Dunlop Tyres will be a sponsor for each of the FV Festival races. A Dunlop FV Tyre will be awarded at each race by random drawing.
The 2014 schedule is:
April 11-13 – CVAR Mike Stephens Classic, Hallett, OK
May 15-19 (T) – VRG Jefferson 500, Summit Point, WV
July 4-6 – SOVREN Pacific NW Historics, Pacific Raceways, WA
September 6-7 – VARA Oktoberfest, Buttonwillow, CA
September 12-14 – VSCDA ELVF XXIX, Road America, WI
December 12-14 – VDCA Season Finale, Roebling Road, GA
North American Dunlop Racing Tyre Dealers:
- Vintage Tyres Limited
- Sasco Sports Inc.
- Roger Kraus Racing
- Britain West Motorsport
2014 Wednesday January 29 – Vintage Driver Team Prototype #50 in The IMSA Tudor United Sportscar Daytona 24
The Dinan Riley Prototype Car #50, Fifty Plus Racing team, ran in the top 10 of the P class most of the 24 hours. They were preliminary classified 9th in the P class at the finish. The car number 50 and name of the team were chosen as all the drivers are over 50 years of age. Among the team drivers were Frank Beck, noted vintage racer and Porsche car prep shop owner, David Hinton, President of HSR and owner of Heritage Motorsports, Can-Am winner Byron DeFoor, Jim Pace, and rock legend Brian Johnson.
2014 Tuesday January 21 – The Historic Can-Am Association, HCAA, Is Encouraging All Historic Can-Am Owner/Drivers To Enter The Three Major Historic Can-Am Feature Races At Major Vintage Race Weekends in 2014
The major events are:
May 15-18 – Steve Earle’s Sonoma Historics www.generalracing.com;
July 17-20 – The Official 2014 HCAA Historic Can-Am Feature Race and Reunion at Road America’s “The Hawk” Vintage and Historic Race. The target is over 30 cars. www.roadamerica.com;
August 14-17 – Historic Can-Am Feature Race supported by HCAA with Special Awards at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The target is over 30 cars. www.mazdaraceway.com
2014 Thursday January 16 – The Western US Vintage Racing Season Opens February 21-23 with the VARA/SVRA Spring Mountain Vintage Opener at Spring Mountain Raceway in Nevada
This joint club vintage racing weekend invites all Vintage Motorsport Council Member Club Vintage racers to enjoy early season vintage racing. All VMC member club vintage eligible cars are acceptable. The features are Formula Ford and the TABS 2.5 West Feature for Small Sport Sedans from the 2 liter Trans-Am Series of the 1960s, the 2.5 Challenge Cars, and SCCA B Sedans and IMSA early GT Sedans. More information can be found at www.vararacing.com or call 1-800-280-8272 (CA).
2014 Tuesday January 14 – VDCA Road Atlanta New Summer Date July 25-27, Changed From February
Mike Jackson, VDCA Race Director said, “This new date at one of the favorite vintage legacy road circuits is expected to attract both VDCA members and many license holders of VMC Member Clubs to enjoy VDCA hospitality and friendly competition. For several years now VDCA, with BOD member Ray Morgan's help, has been trying to get a more favorable date at Road Atlanta than the middle of February which we have had for some time now. There is now new ownership of the track (NASCAR) and with it new on-site management. Just this week they offered us this date change, and we have accepted it. For those of you who have already made plans for attending the event in Feb., I apologize for this late change in your plans. This date negotiation is the reason you had not yet seen an entry form on our website or a newsletter in your mailbox.”
Mike continued, “VDCA started conducting our event at Road Atlanta on the only date we could get based on a membership survey that indicated our members had a huge desire to race there. However, for the past 4 years, the number of entries has been declining at this event, and it was becoming clear that the membership does not feel this February date is acceptable. We hope we can attract enough entries for this new summer date to allow us to continue to go to Road Atlanta for many years to come. We need your support with this new date because the track is not an inexpensive place to rent and your entry fees are what allow it to happen.”
VDCA’s first event for 2014 will now be VIR on the 3-day weekend of April 11-13. For this event VDCA will have more race groups and just as much track time as usual since the pro formula car group is not on the schedule. VDCA invites all VMC Member Club vintage racers to come and bring along lots of your racing friends for this great event that offers wonderful weather and great food. Oh yeah, and good vintage racing too. Contact: 561-622-7554 (FL), www.vintagedrive.com.
2014 Monday January 13 – The Next Two Months Are Full of Vintage Racing Opportunities Across North America: 10 Weekends In February and March
The first weekend of full vintage racing by VMC Member Clubs begins February 13-16. HSR is at Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida, VDCA at Road Atlanta, GA has been changed from February to July 25-27, 2014.
The entire 2014 year schedule of vintage races, major concours, major rallies, special features is in the January issue of Victory Lane Magazine. Subscribe on-line with Pay-Pal or call 650-321-1411 for a 12 month annual subscription.
2014 Friday January 10 – UPDATE: The January 15 Victory Lane Auto Enthusiasts and Racers Lunch Program Will Be On Upcoming Great European Vintage And Historic Racing Weekends: Monaco Historics; Mille Miglia Revival; Silverstone Classic; Goodwood Revival and More!
Attendees who have participated in European racing are invited to join in the discussion with such items as: which event; which car; shipping cars; FIA Licenses and how to obtain; obtaining local shop support as well as at-race support and more. The lunch and program is at AutoVino, 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California, near the Marsh Road intersection of Interstate 101. Lunch is $20. Please RSVP to Victory Lane Magazine, Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411. (CA)
2014 Monday January 6 – Collectable Car Enthusiasts, Vintage Racing Enthusiasts, Racers and Officials are Invited to the January 15 – First 2014 Victory Lane Car Enthusiasts and Racers Lunch at AutoVino in Menlo Park, California
Happy New Year! Put the date of January 15 on your Enthusiast Auto themed calendar. There are actually three different programs in consideration depending on which speaker’s final trip arrangements work out. That should be announced soon. As always, the program is followed by roundtable discussions of the program as well as any topic that attendees put forward. Recent programs have included: Review of 2013 Concours Season, Valve Trajectory of Vintage Race Cars; Upcoming 2014 Special Vintage Racing Features. The event is at AutoVino, an automotive lifestyle facility, located at 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park, CA near the Marsh Road intersection with 101. It is about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Lunch and Program is $20 by RSVP. Call Victory Lane Magazine Pam Shatraw at 650-321-1411. (CA)
2014 Thursday January 2 – The 2014 Vintage Road Racing Season Gets Underway January 11, 12 With The University of VARA Vintage Racing School and Test & Tune Weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway in California.
The vintage racing school may be taken in a vintage race prepared car, street car or a rental race car supplied by Fast Lane Inc. at the track. The school is taught by the professional staff of Danny McKeever’s Fast Lane Racing School. There will be lots of track time plus classroom analysis, ride along instructions, skid pad time, braking, cornering and race craft training. Buttonwillow is located between San Francisco and Los Angeles just off of Interstate 5. Advance registration is required. Phone 800-280-8272 or www.vararacing.com. (CA)
2013 Friday December 20 – Looking For Last Minute Racer Gifts? Check On-Line For Great Racer and Marque Books, DVDs, Posters and Calendars From These Publishers. Most Can Still Ship Overnight In Time For Christmas.
2013 Tuesday December 17 – The December Holiday Celebration Victory Lane Auto Enthusiast and Racers Lunch at AutoVino on the 18th Presents 2014 Vintage Special Features and Events
The coming year is full of special marque salutes from Maserati to Turner and much in between. Special Feature Races and Reunions include many marques and past series salutes from Historic Can-Am to Formula Vee. There are over three dozen such features at vintage races and events across North America. Victory Lane staff and special guests will preview these.
AutoVino, an auto lifestyle facility, is located at 205 Constitution Avenue in Menlo Park, California just off the intersection of Marsh Road and Interstate 101 in the San Francisco Bay area.
Bench racing begins at 11:30 am, Lunch at noon, program starts at 12:30 pm. Roundtable discussion is encouraged.
Fee is $20. Please RSVP to Victory Lane Magazine – Pam Shatraw, 650-321-1411. (CA)
2013 Friday December 13 – This Two Event Weekend December 14-15 Is The Last Vintage Race Weekend of 2013
CVAR is at Texas World Speedway with Saturday races counting for 2013 and Sunday races counting for 2014.
VDCA is at Roebling Road Raceway in Georgia for their season finale.
January 11-12 opens the 2014 season with The University of VARA at Buttonwillow Raceway with a Racing School plus test and tune sessions.
2013 Tuesday, December 10 – Maserati Is The Featured Marque For The 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca August 14-17.
The 100th anniversary of this famed Italian maker of winning race cars and elegant GT cars will be honored with many examples of their racing cars on track for this big weekend of vintage and historic racing. Maserati built winning cars in every type of racing from Pre-War sports car racing, Pre-War Grand Prix, Modern F-1, SCCA Championships, FIA World Manufacturers Championships, Le Mans, and the Indy 500. Maserati was founded in 1914 by the Maserati brothers. It is now part of the FIAT automotive empire. For more information visit www.mazdaraceway.com
2013 Thursday December 5 – Historic Can-Am Will Wow The Crowds in 2014 At Three Big Vintage Race Weekends: General Racing’s Sonoma Historics May 15-18, Road America’s The Hawk July 17-20 and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion August 14-17
The goal to increase Can-Am entries for the annual Can-Am grid is in General Racing’s entry packet for the May 15-18 Sonoma Historics at Sonoma Raceway. Historic Can-Am entries are due before or on January 1, 2014. The event is usually over subscribed so early entry is advised. Acceptance letters are planned to be sent on January 29, 2014.
The Historic Can-Am race is on the official Vintage Race Group List Released last week by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This circuit hosted some of the most exciting original 1966-1974 Can-Am races. These races attracted huge crowds for the spectacular Fall Can-Am Weekends. The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Weekend annually hosts over 500 vintage race cars in 15 or 16 race group features.
The Historic Can-Am cars have been appearing annually at the big Road America July vintage and historic race weekend since 1992. The Sunday feature race is equally exciting for both the large crowd of spectators attracted by these legendary, powerful, fast cars and for the vintage owner/drivers who challenge the long 4.2 mile road circuit. The Historic Can-Am Feature will salute McLaren Can-Am cars which were series champions from 1967-1971. This big vintage racing weekend annually attracts the largest grid of Historic Can-Am cars to the favorite road circuit of Historic Can-Am drivers.
2013 Wednesday December 4 – The December 18 Victory Lane Auto Enthusiasts and Racers Lunch at AutoVino Will Have A Special Program on2014 Special Vintage Racing Weekends and Features. It Is A Holiday Lunch and Vintage Vision Program
News and announcements are extended on: a major new vintage racing festival in the Southeast, more details on the SVRA Vintage Races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Circuit, and plans for the 2nd Annual SVRA Vintage weekend at the Circuit of The Americas, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Featuring Mini, Sonoma Historics, CSRG Charity Classic, Rolex Monterey Motorsport Classic and many more.
Historic Feature updates will be on F-5000, Sport Sedans, Formula Vee, Can-Am, Lotus Cortina Anniversary and more.
AutoVino is an auto-wine enthusiast lifestyle facility. It is located at 205 Constitution Avenue near March Road and Interstate 101 in Menlo Park, California. The regular monthly lunches and programs are held on the third Wednesday of each month. Please RSVP for this special Holiday Lunch and 2014 Vision Program. Lunch and Program is $20. Call Victory Lane Inc. Pam Shatraw at 650-321-1411. (CA)
2013 Tuesday, December 3 – HSR Sebring Historic Races December 5-8 Features Historic IMSA Reunion Race and Celebration, Historic Modern Prototype Race, 1 Hour Special Enduro and Full Schedule of Regular HSR Sprint and Enduro Races.
Sebring Race Circuit is the most legendary continuously active road racing circuit in North America. The old World War II air-field was the site of International road racing beginning in 1950 and continuing every year to the present. Huge crowds of spectators have witnessed great cars and great drivers. It has long hosted vintage and historic racing weekends several times each year. This December HSR vintage and historic racing weekend carries on the tradition. For more information visit www.hsrrace.com or call 404-298-5616.
2013 Tuesday November 26 – Historic Can-Am Will Wow The Crowds in 2014 At Two Big Vintage Race Weekends: Road America’s The Hawk July 17-20 and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion August 14-17
The Historic Can-Am race is on the official Vintage Race Group List Released today by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This circuit hosted some of the most exciting original 1966-1974 Can-Am races. These races attracted huge crowds for the spectacular Fall Can-Am Weekends. The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Weekend annually hosts over 500 vintage race cars in 15 or 16 race group features. The Historic Can-Am cars have been appearing annually at the big Road America vintage and historic race weekend since 1992. The Sunday feature race is equally exciting for both the large crowd of spectators attracted by these legendary, powerful, fast cars and for the vintage owner/drivers who challenge the long 4.2 mile road circuit. The Historic Can-Am Feature will salute McLaren Can-Am cars which were series champions from 1967-1971.
2013 Friday November 22 – The 2013/2014 Concours Scene Discussion At The November 20 Victory Lane Enthusiasts and Racer Lunch Had Presentations and Discussions on the Palo Alto Concours, Hillsborough Concours, Marin Sonoma Concours, San Luis Obispo Concours, Pebble Beach Concours, Villa d’est Concours, and Amelia Island Concours
Most concours had excellent years in 2013. The 2014 schedules are being listed in the December issue of Victory Lane Magazine of special note the Marin-Sonoma Concours will skip a year in 2014. Also, the Palo Alto Concours is still finalizing a possible site. Hillsborough Concours will salute 100 years of Maserati and a 50th Anniversary of Mustang.
2013 Monday November 18: The November 20th Victory Lane Auto Enthusiasts and Racing Lunch at AutoVino Featuring the 2013 Concours Season Review and 2014 Preview will Have Presentations From Hillsborough, Palo Alto, Marin Sonoma, and Danville. There is a Video on 2013 Pebble Beach Concours to be Shown During Lunch.
The San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California Concours scene is one of the best in North America. The various concours each have developed a unique presentation and following. The classics remain the core of the concours along with modern road and street sports and performance cars. Vintage racing cars are a highlight at most of these concours and will be part of the post presentation roundtable discussion. These monthly lunches with interesting subjects are held on the third Wednesday of each month at AutoVino – 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA. This auto lifestyle facility has over 60 sports and exotic cars on display by members. The Woodside Vineyards Winery is on site. Please RSVP your intentions to attend this $20 function to Pam Shatraw at Victory Lane Magazine – 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Friday November 15: There Are Six Vintage Race Weekends Left in 2013, Including This Weekend's HSR Daytona Historic Races
The remainining schedule is as follows:
November 23-24: SVRA-West Palm Springs Revival, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, CA
November 29-December 1: VRG Turkey Bowl Vintage Races, Summit Point, WV
December 5-8: HSR Sebring Classic, Sebring International Raceway, FL
December 13-15: CVAR Vintage Fall Festival, Texas World Speedway
December 13-15: VDCA Season Finale, Roebling Road Raceway, GA.
2013 Tuesday November 12: The December 3rd Monthly Evening Meeting of The Western Automotive Journalist at The Basque Community Center in South San Francisco Will Feature Guest Speaker, Pete Brock.
Pete Brock is the noted World Manufacturers Championship Cobra Daytona Coupe Designer, GM Stylist involved with early original Corvette Stingray concepts as well as Bill Mitchell's SCCA National Championship Stingray Sports Racer. Brock will also be signing his new book, "Corvette Stingray - Genesis of an American Icon" which is for sale at the event. Brock Racing Enterprises info: www.bre2.net; Western Auto Journalists organization: www.waj.org or phone Jon Rosner at 925-288-1850 (CA).
2013 Thursday November 7: A Review of This Year’s Concours, Including Pebble Beach, and Preview of Features and Events for 2014 Concours Will Be On the Program for the Victory Lane Enthusiasts and Racers Lunch, November 20 at AutoVino
All auto enthusiasts, event participants and officials are invited to this luncheon, which takes place on the third Wednesday of every month. AutoVino is a Silicon Valley lifestyle club, with over 60 enthusiast-owned sports and exotic cars on display. Also on the premises is the Woodside Vineyards winery, which hosts regular wine tastings and corporate events. AutoVino is located at 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park, California, near the Marsh Road exit off Highway 101. Menlo Park is located about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose.
The cost is $20 and advance reservations for the lunch and program are recommended. Bench racing begins at 11:30 p.m., a catered lunch is served at noon, and the program runs from 12:30 p.m. until about 1:15 p.m. Those enthusiasts not pressed for time are invited to stay for a further roundtable discussion.
For reservations, call Pam Shatraw, 650-321-1411.
2013 Wednesday November 6: HSR Offers Two More Vintage Race Weekends in 2013, November 14-17 at Daytona and December 5-8 at Sebring
Brumos Porsche presents Daytona Historic Races, November 14-17 at Daytona International Speedway. Features include a Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Celebration, Mission Foods GT3 Cup, Trans-Am finale, and Bob Snodgrass Enduro. Sprint races in all classes are also scheduled.
The Sebring Historic Races, presented by Alan Jay Automotive Network, run December 5-8 at Sebring International Raceway. Features include IMSA Reunion, Historic/Modern Prototypes, and a special 4-hour Enduro. There is also a full schedule of regular sprint and endurance races.
For more information, call 404-298-5616 (FL) or visit www.hsrrace.com.
2013 Thursday October 31: The Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase Took the Green Flag, to Applause from the Crowd, at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, Ahead of the MAVTV IndyCar World Championship at Auto Club Speedway
HCICA Cars from 1911-1986 took two photo-op laps, lined up and staggered in 2x2 formation. They then entertained the crow with laps at reasonable speed for about 20 minutes.
The cars arrived on Thursday and were lined up in the paddock in order of age. The cars were displayed Friday and Saturday in between on-track sessions. There were two 30-minute sessions on Friday.
The Racemaker Press Spirit of Frank Lockhart Award was presented to Brian Blain and his 1911 National Historic Champ/Indy Car. Brian made special efforts to bring this legendary car to the event.
The display of historic cars was enjoyed by those spectators holding paddock passes, track and IndyCar officials, and numerous celebrity drivers of the past.
It was a great show of “America’s Racing Heritage”™ and a fitting tribute to the history of America’s open wheel racing, which has led to IndyCar’s spectacular cars and entertaining racing of the present.
For more information about HCICA, contact Pam Shatraw or Dan Davis at 650-321-1411. (CA)
2013 Thursday October 31: Thousands of Potential Vintage Racers Visited Victory Lane Magazine’s “How to Get Started in Vintage Racing” Booth During the SVRA U.S. Vintage National Championships, October 24-27 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin.
Despite a marginal weather forecast, this new event, with over 500 vintage and historic race cars, attracted an estimated 25,000 spectators on Saturday and Sunday. Spectators visiting the Victory Lane Magazine booth were complimentary and excited about this new attraction to Austin and the Texas Hill Country.
SVRA is a national vintage and historic racing organization which puts on and promotes over a dozen vintage racing weekends each year at great road racing circuits across North America.
2013, Thursday October 24: Taylor Race Engineering LLC Named Official Authorized Driveline Support Dealer for U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship, October 25-27, Circuit of the Americas, TX
Taylor Race Engineering will be trackside, offering parts for custom driveline needs, including Tilton, Hewland, Quartermaster, Quaife, Jerico and much more, including carrying some of their products. They will also have, on hand, Certified Service Technicians to help with any last-minute service and repairs that drivers may need. Stop by and discuss any aspect of vintage race car drivelines.
2013 Thursday October 10: The Gulf Coast Vintage Racing Association (GCVR) Holds Its First Vintage Races October 18-20 at the MSR Road Racing Circuit Near Houston
MSR is a motorsports country club type facility that provided South Texas enthusiasts a road racing circuit on which to enjoy their performance and racing cars.
MSR President James Rogerson, has responded to local vintage race car enthusiasts by creating a new vintage racing club with liberal eligibility rules. The focus is on track time, friendly atmosphere, and safe competition.
For more information, call 713-408-2624 (TX) or register at www.motorsportsreg.com.
2013 Tuesday October 8: The Victory Lane Magazine, AutoVino Racers and Enthusiasts Lunch Scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, Will Not Be Held
This event is postponed due to the staff organizing the Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase, October 17-20 during the MAVTV 500 Indy Car World Championship.
The next luncheon will be held Wednesday, November 20, with a soon-to-be announced special program on major vintage race weekends in 2014.
2013 Wednesday October 2: A Dozen Vintage Race Events are Scheduled Across North America in October, Beginning with Three This Coming Weekend
The VARA/SVRA-West Vintage Races happen October 4-6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, NV. The CSRG Charity Challenge takes place October 4-6 at Sonoma Raceway, CA. The RMVR Enduro runs October 5-6 at High Plains Raceway, CO.
2013 Friday September 27: Update and Clarification of Special $35 Saturday Grandstand Ticket and Paddock Pass for MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship with Supporting Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase, October 18-19, Auto Club Speedway, CA
The special $35 Victory Lane ticket for admission, grandstand seat and paddock pass, available online at www.autoclubspeedway.com/victorylane, is for Saturday only.
To add Friday admission and paddock pass at no extra charge, you must phone Historic Champ/Indy Car Association Event Chair and Victory Lane Magazine Co-Editor Pam Shatraw, 650-321-1411 (CA). You will be given weekend HCICA status.
2013 Friday September 13: Promotion Of Vintage Oval Racing
An interesting program for IndyCar race ticket sales has been developed by Auto Club Speedway in connection with promoting a Historic Champ/Indy Car on-track showcase.
A special paddock pass and admission ticket is $35 for the final IndyCar World Championship at Fontana, October 18-19. The HCICA Historic Champ/Indy Cars will be on-track twice Friday and on Saturday for the big Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase Feature before the big evening IndyCar season finale race. To purchase tickets online and save $20 go to www.autoclubspeedway.com/victorylane
The special ticket will encourage spectators to visit the Historic Champ/Indy Cars and their drivers in the paddock. Putting spectators and historic cars and drivers together is a great promotion for vintage oval racing. Promotional cooperation between the staff of Auto Club Speedway and the organizers of the Historic Champ/IndyCar Showcase on-track exhibition is a model to expand.
There are many more developing large vintage oval racing events across North America. Spectator attendance and national media attention is important to keep the sport vital.
There are also many local small oval racing events on tracks with contemporary races that can benefit from similar ticket arrangements. We will get more vintage car owners and drivers the more that spectators see these legendary cars on-track, at reasonable speeds, making those great engine noises, and visiting the drivers in the paddock to learn how to get involved.
2013 Thursday September 12: Be A Racing Movie/TV Star! A Pilot For A Vintage Racing TV Series Is Being Filmed At CVAR’s October 11-13, Thunder On The Cimarron Vintage Race, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Oklahoma. All VMC Member Club Vintage Racers Are Invited!
The Hallett Circuit is one of the best vintage club races in North America. CVAR prides itself on being the most friendly group that welcomes new vintage racers from other clubs. They are extending a special invitation to all vintage racers to enjoy a weekend of liberal track time, a great party, Southwestern hospitality and a chance to be a TV star!
2013 Wednesday September 11: The Regular Third Wednesday September 18, Victory Lane Auto Enthusiast And Racers Lunch At AutoVino, Menlo Park, California, In A Program Change, Will Feature “Monterey 2013 Moments” A Video And Talk By Ken Vendley On A Trip Through The Events Of Monterey Auto Festival Week, August 10-18, 2013.
Ken begins this video with the Pre-Reunion Vintage Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 9-10 and continues on to the Tuesday Concours on the Avenue; the Wednesday airplane-car-party at the Jet Center; The Quail; Little Car Show; etc, then previews and auction results for most of the five auctions; Pebble Beach Tour and Concours and more. If you were there you can enjoy what you might not have seen. If you were not there it is a fascinating trip through the greatest vintage car concentration in the world.
Audience participation on their own experiences is encouraged in a roundtable discussion after the video program.
The Victory Lane Auto Enthusiasts and Racers Lunches Are Held On The Third Wednesday Of Each Month January through November, December is an evening Holiday Party! It all happens at AutoVino, the exotic and vintage car display and Woodside Vineyards Winery facility, 205 Constitution Avenue, Menlo Park, California. Lunch and Program is $20 by advance reservation, $25 at the door.
All advance phone reservation attendees will receive a collectable racing poster from a past vintage racing event. Advance phone reservations call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Friday September 6: Vintage Races October 11-13, At Wild Horse Motorsports Park Near Phoenix, Arizona Celebrate Bob Bondurant’s 80th Birthday Celebration. Spectators Invited! Tickets Include Open Paddock
This new event is at Wild Horse Motorsports Park (formerly the Firebird International Raceway) in Chandler, Arizona on October 11-13, 2013. Registration is now open to all vintage racers. The organizer, Marlin Motorsports, is expecting big crowds of auto enthusiasts from near and far for this weekend of racing, community and birthday celebrations.
Race Day guests will be treated to great vintage racing action on the track for three straight days. An admission ticket includes pit access, so they’ll get opportunities to get up close and personal with the teams of their favorite vehicles. Vintage race participants will have something special in store as well. Bob Bondurant getting behind the wheel and racing right alongside in several races.
Bob is the guest of honor at Saturday night’s Bob Bondurant Birthday Banquet. Bobs many achievements include club and international races and championships. His 1965 Cobra season resulted in a FIA GT Manufactures Championship for Shelby America.
During this historical racing event, filmmakers will once again take this opportunity to get it recorded for this history books. Racers and spectators will participate in these parade laps until the director says, “cut”!
Off the track these is a line-up of venders to offer their services to spectators and racers. Food merchandise and a lot of good music to help keep one going all weekend long! Not to mention that within blocks of the track there are restaurants, a shopping mall, attractions and a brand new casino!
Info Marlin Motorsports Phone 626-358-3092 or email@example.com
2013 Thursday September 5: The SVRA Glenora Wine Cellars US Vintage Grand Prix, September 5-8, At Watkins Glen International, Features Historic Trans-Am And All SVRA Vintage And Historic Racing Classes. Spectators Are Invited To This Annual Event
This weekend of vintage racing and vintage auto activities includes not only over 300 vintage cars on the legendary road racing circuit, but also a Saturday Concours and Street Festival in the town of Watkins Glen. The original road circuit of the late 1940s ran through the town and on the adjacent country roads. That circuit can still be driven, but only at the speed limit. Watkins Glen is located at the southern end of Seneca Lake on the Finger Lakes located in Western New York State near Corning.
For ticket info www.theglen.com/Tickets-Events/Events/2013/US-Vintage-Grand-Prix.aspx. Weekend tickets are as low as $45.
2013 Wednesday September 4: CVAR Fall Drivers School And Vintage Races, September 6-8, At Texas World Speedway Opens The Fall Vintage And Historic Racing Season In The Southwest
This traditional vintage and historic racing circuit weekend is held on a road racing circuit and oval that has hosted great pro and amateur races. That includes Indy Cars on the two-mile oval and Can-Am Cars on the three-mile road circuit. It is located just four miles Southeast of College Station, where Texas A&M University is located. Spectators are invited with tickets available at the gate. Tickets include paddock pass.
Famous racing marques to be racing include: Corvette, Lotus, McLaren, Lola, MG, Healey, Jaguar, Triumph, Porsche, Kurtis and more.
Info phone 214-263-2805 (TX) or www.corinthianvintagerace.com
2013 Tuesday September 3: VARA Oktoberfest Vintage Races, September 7-8, At Buttonwillow Raceway Park, CA, Features An All German Vintage Car Race, A Victory Lane F-Vee Festival Race, And A TABS Two Five West Challenge For Sport Sedans With German BMW’s vs. Italian Alfas vs. Japanese Datsun 510s, Vs British Lotus Cortinas!
All VARA classes will also be in action: Sports Racers, Formula Cars, Production Sports Cars, Pony Cars, Stock Cars. There is a big traditional, German themed, Saturday night party for entrants. Spectators are invited to watch Saturday practice plus qualifying races and Sunday Features. Info www.vararacing.com or call 800-280-8272 (CA).
2013 Friday August 30: The Elkhart Lake Historic Race Circuits Preservation Society’s 2013 Fall Dinner Social Takes Place Thursday, September 5
Indy winner Bobby Rahal will be the speaker. The society celebrates the original circuit, which ran on county roads and through the town of Elkhart Lake.
Dinner and program are $30. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626-893-7665. (WI)
2013 Thursday August 29: The Victory Lane Auto Enthusiast And Racers Lunch, September 10, At AutoVino, Menlo Park, California, Will Feature A Roundtable Discussion Of Opportunities And Challenges In Vintage Race Car Collecting And Racing
Recent auctions at the Monterey Auto Festival Week set very high prices for many vintage racing cars that are also desired entries in major vintage racing events. Many legendary 1950s racing Ferraris sold for about $10 million. Other racing cars in the $4 million range included D Jag, Alfa Romeo 6C, Gurney Eagle, Porsche 550 and several more Ferraris. There were significant race cars in the $1 million range, but there were also many vintage racing cars or eligible racing cars in the $20,000-$90,000 range.
Auction prices generally reflect what is happening in dealer and private party sales.
Should vintage racers sell now, trade sideways, trade up or down? Will these prices hold, go up or go down? What are the coming desirable racing cars in terms of value and event acceptance? Several experts will be joining the lunch attendees to enjoy an interesting look into the future.
Bench racing begins at 11:30, lunch 12:00-12:30. The program begins at 12:30 and concludes about 1:15, and attendees are invited to continue their visit as desired.
AutoVino is located at 205 Constitution Ave., Menlo Park, California, near the Marsh Road and Interstate 101 intersection. Lunch is $20 by advance RSVP: Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Wednesday August 28: The 50th Anniversary Of The United States Road Racing Championship 1963-1968, Will Be Celebrated By A USRRC Seniors Tour Feature Race Presented By Victory Lane Magazine During The HSR Atlanta Historics, September 19-22, At Road Atlanta
The United States Road Racing Championship was the first SCCA professional road racing series. There was a USRRC Drivers Championship gained in driving Sports Racing Cars in over and under two-liter classes. There was also a USRRC Manufactures Championship for GT/Production Sports Cars. Great racing teams, great drivers, great auto manufactures, great racing car builders all participated.
Driver Champions included: Bob Holbert, George Folmer, Jim Hall, Charlie Parson’s and Mark Donohue. Shelby’s Cobras won the Manufactures Championship against Corvette, Jaguar and Ferrari challenges for the first three years.
The USRRC Seniors Tour Celebrates the first three years when Sports Racing and GT/Production Cars often raced together at great circuits including Road America, Watkins Glen, Riverside, Atlanta Raceway and Laguna Seca.
All Vintage Sports Racing Cars and GT Production Cars built before 1967 are eligible for the USRRC Seniors Tour Feature Awards are made for each of the types in over two-liter and under two-liter classes. There are numerous special awards and a special celebration podium to add to the festivities.
Early USRRC 30 minute Feature entries will receive driver and car names on the USRRC Seniors Tour shirt celebrating this big 50th anniversary. This Feature is organized by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing. Call Pam Shatraw, VLMM Events Manager 650-321-1411 (CA). All USRRC entries must also be entered afterword or before with HSR Atlanta Historics at www.hsrrace.com, HSR info 404-298-5616 (GA).
2013 Tuesday August 27: A Victory Lane Magazine Vintage Formula Vee Festival Race Celebrating Formula Vee’s 50th Anniversary Will Be Featured As Part Of VSCDA’s Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, September 6-8, Road America, WI. Spectators Will See Over 300 Great Vintage Cars In A Dozen Races.
This is an opportunity for spectators to enjoy early fall weather at Road America while watching vintage racing cars of every type at one of North America’s greatest road racing circuits.
In addition to Formula Vee, Special Features include The Triumph Kastner Cup Race, for this great British marque, and the Trans-Am B Sedan Race for cars such as Alfa GT, Datsun 510, BMW 2002, Lotus Cortina, Volvo and more. For spectator tickets, visit www.roadamerica.com
2013 Monday August 26: Spectators And Entrants Are Set To Enjoy The 31st Lime Rock Park Historic Festival, Labor Day Weekend, August 30-September 2
Vintage races Friday, Saturday and Monday with a concours on Sunday.
Special Marque salutes include: Aston Martin, Cunningham Reunion, Porsche 911, Lotus Elan and Trans-Am.
Tickets: www.limerock.com or phone 860-435-5000
2013 Thursday August 22: The First Indy NOVI And The Last Jimmy Clark Indy Lotus Will Join The 30 Victory Lane Historic Champ/IndyCar Showcase Cars With The IndyCar World Championship Event, October 18-19, On The Two-Mile Oval At Southern California’s Auto Club Speedway. Special $35 Spectator Admission And Paddock Tickets Are Available Through Historic Champ/Indy Car Association. Call 650-321-1411
The spectacular gathering of Historic Champ/Indy Association (HCICA) Cars will be on-track each day of this Friday and Saturday final 2013 IndyCar racing event.
The Historic Champ/IndyCar Association drivers and cars have excited open wheel racing fans on this big two-mile oval every year since first appearing at the speedway opening in 1997.
The scream of the centrifugally supercharged V8 NOVI, the roar of the big four cylinder Offy’s both normally aspirated and turbo charged, the thunder of Indy Cosworth V8s, the unique sounds of the Pre-War cars are all special. These engines are in cars that range in age from the 1920s to the mid 1980s.
This event salutes the great history of Southern California Oval Track Racing. It was the home of Miller racing engines and cars, Offenhauser Engines, Indy Roadsters from Kurtis, Watson, Epperly and others, Vel’s Parnelli Jones cars and teams, Gurney’s Eagles, Cosworth USA and many Indy racing teams in the 1920s.
HCICA sanction events are organized by Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing Info: HCICA Champ/Indy entrants or spectator special weekend $35 admission and paddock tickets. Call VLMM, Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Wednesday August 21: The Historic Grand Prix Group, Who Organizes Vintage And Historic F.1 Features In North America Has Been Purchased By Masters UK
The full details and 2014 schedule will soon be available.
2013 Monday August 19: Corvette Thunder And Record Ferrari Auction Price Shake Up Monterey Auto Festival Week
Corvette celebrated its position as marque of the year at the 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this last weekend with surprise Saturday laps of its 2014 Corvette Stingray C7R competition car driven by Tommy Milner. The car was in chequerboard black and white paint that somewhat disguised the lines modified from the production road car.
The special Corvette display in the paddock at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca presented the history of Corvette racing from the 1950s to present including the Daytona 24 overall winner and LeMans class winners.
The entire Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion 16 race schedule spread over Saturday and Sunday consisted of 550 plus rare, unusual, exotic and authentic invited vintage racing cars from the 100 plus years of auto racing. Observers noted the stunning presentation of the paddock with only race cars and support trailers permitted. The on-track action was spirited and in some cars almost too spirited which provided intense fan excitement. Of special note was the Saturday Pre-War race with three-way, multiple lead change for the honor of crossing start/finish first, in a 1939 Maserati 4CL Grand Prix Car. Saturday’s 3A race finished with a proper Corvette win by Tony Garmey driving a 1962 Corvette edged out Rob Waltons 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.
The featured USRRC race was a salute to the 1963-1968 first SCCA pro-series but with a couple of 1969 cars thrown in. One of which, a 1969 McLaren 6B was first to the chequer.
Our full report with details of all 16 feature races will be in the next issue of Victory Lane Magazine. Full results are also available at www.mazdaraceway.com
In other Monterey Auto Festival early news, the RM Auction crowd was stunned by the 27.5 million dollar sale of the 275 GTB/4 Ferrari NART Spyder more then 50% over estimates. The total auction sales were way up in particular car prices and in total auction dollars.
Much of the entire race, concour, auction action will be the subject of the entrant, fan, expert roundtable discussion at the August Victory Lane Enthusiast and Racers Lunch at AutoVino Menlo Park, California, Wednesday August 21st. For $20 ticket reservations call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Thursday August 15: Historic Champ/Indy Car Owners Call Now To Reserve Limited Entry And Garage Space. The Excitement Is Growing For The Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase During the October 18-19 MAVTV IndyCar World Championship Weekend At Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California
Don’t wait for the formal entry to reach you in the upcoming Historic Champ/Indy Car Association Newsletter or the September Issue of Vintage Oval Racing Magazine. Limited garage space in the IndyCar paddock has been arranged and it will be assigned in order of intent to enter received by phone, fax or mailed. Regular and early press releases are planned to promote this event and early entries are needed.
Acceptable cars include any historic Indy 500 Car of any age, any CART, IRL or just obsolete IndyCar, Championship Trail Big Cars and non caged Sprint Cars through 1971.
Call Now! Pam Shatraw, HCICA Events Manager 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Wednesday August 14: This Weekend, August 17, 18 Corvette’s 60th Anniversary Is Celebrated On-Track, At-Speed In The 2013 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Vintage And Historic Races
There are special vintage Corvettes of every type racing in this weekend’s action in the different vintage and historic race groups on each of Saturday’s and Sunday’s program. In addition a special Corvette racing history display will include: 1967 LeMans L88 Corvette, which is this years poster image; 1960 Cunningham LeMans Corvette; 1968 Owens Corning Corvette; 1989 Corvette Challenge Car; 2001 Corvette C5R; 2011 C6R LeMans Corvette; plus the new 2014 Corvette Stingray street car.
There are many other rare, historic race cars among the 550 cars, accepted by invitation, that will be racing over the two days. The admission includes an open paddock. The car owners always enjoy telling spectators about their cars.
Ticket info www.mazdaraceway.com
2013 Tuesday August 13: As National Vintage Racing Focus Is On The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Many Vintage Racers Are Already Planning And Preparing For One Of The Five Labor Day Weekend Vintage Racing Events, August 30-September 2.
The Lime Rock Vintage Festival at Lime Rock Park hosts races Friday Saturday and Monday, with a Sunday concours in Connecticut.
SOVREN’s annual Columbia River Classic is at Portland’s Delta Park on Portland International Raceway Oregon.
HVR/RMVR Showboat Grand Prix is at Motorsports Park, Hastings Nebraska.
VSCR with SCCR is at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.
VDCA Sebring Vintage Grids with Central Florida Region SCCA is at Sebring, Florida.
2013 Monday August 12: The Just Completed, August 9-11, SVRA Race “The Rock” Summer Heat On The Road Circuit At Rockingham Together With VLMM’s Vintage Oval Cars On The One-Mile Oval Was Deemed An Interesting Vintage Opener For The Rockingham Facility
The variety of cars presented almost every type of vintage and historic racing era. All entrants enjoyed liberal track time and a friendly atmosphere. The Saturday night party with food, beverages, live music and dancing brought back the 1950s and 1960s racing tradition of party hard till late and go racing well next day!
The next SVRA race is the Gold Cup, September 26-29, at Virginia International Raceway.
The next VLMM race is the USRRC Seniors Tour Feature race for pre-1966 Sports Racing and GT/Production Sports Cars with HSR’s Atlanta Historics, September 19-22.
Thursday August 8: VSCDA Celebrates Summer Vintage Racing Season, August 16-18, With The Grand Prix Au Grattan At Grattan Raceway Park In Michigan
VSCDA is one of the oldest and largest vintage racing clubs in North America. The club, and this event, are known for a friendly welcome to visiting vintage racers. The road racing circuit is interesting and challenging, and this event is one of VSCDA members’ favorites.
In addition to group races for all VSCDA classes there are several special feature races. These include Formula Vee Series Race sponsored by DPS, Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Feature Race, North American Formula Junior Race, Jeff Porasik and Wells Fargo Advisors Enduro Race.
There are also special events including track rides for charity and a Friday evening paddock crawl.
All Vintage Motorsports Council Member Club vintage racing licenses are accepted.
2013 Wednesday August 7: Update For The Wednesday August 21 Victory Lane Enthusiast And Racers Lunch And Program At AutoVino
As noted on the Tuesday August 6 news item here, several Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion entrants will be presenting their adventures. Ken Vendley international concours and events reporter will be reporting, with photos, his adventures at the entire 10 day Monterey Auto Festival of concours, shows, auctions and races. Pete Dorlguzzi, Vice President of Heacock Classic Collector Car Insurance will be giving an update on the need and details for race car in-paddock, towing and spares insurance. Trailer fires to and from events have become too often this year. Trailer design, maintenance, brake types, tire type-age-inflation, heat and fire sensors plus trailer fire suppression systems are important for avoiding rare, irreplaceable race cars loss, which none of us wish to see. An anonymous national concours judge will be giving special insight from the big week’s activities. More to come on this big international vintage event updated program.
2013 Tuesday August 6: The August 21 Monthly Victory Lane Auto Enthusiast And Racers Lunch At AutoVino Will Review The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion And Monterey Auto Festival Auction And Results With Analysis, Comments Of Auctions, Concours, Parties, The Vintage Races By Attending Participants Reporters And Photographers
In addition to the program presentation lunch attendees are invited to participate in a roundtable discussion of their experiences during the festival. The Monterey Auto Festival is the largest one-week surrounded by two weekends concentrations of vintage and historic automobile activities of any such event in the world! It grows each year. The last event count was over nine concours and shows, including the world famous Pebble Beach Concours plus five auctions, numerous marque and private parties and the most prestigious vintage racing combination of weekends in North America, the August 10-11 Pre-Reunion and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
The monthly special lunches at AutoVino are on the third Wednesday of each month. Some 60 exotic and unique cars are on display by their owners at the facility. The winery of Woodside Vineyards is on-site and wine is available for lunch. AutoVino is located at 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California. It is near the Marsh Road exit of interstate 101 about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Lunch is $20 by advance reservation, $25 at the door call Dan or Pam 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Monday August 5: The Featured Vintage And Historic Corvettes Will Be In Three Saturday Race Groups And Two Sunday Race Groups At The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 15-18, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The legendary vintage and historic Corvettes range from the 1955 types to the early 2000 types. There are Corvettes that won SCCA Club Races and Corvettes that have won great races like LeMans, Daytona and Sebring. The field also includes the rare and unique Grand Sport Corvettes. A large display will include special prototype Corvettes, concept Corvettes and the new 2014 Corvette Stingray. Over 500 other vintage race cars will be racing in the 16 feature races.
Info and tickets www.mazdaraceway.com or phone 800-327-7322 (CA).
2013 Thursday August 1: SVRA Race “The Rock” Vintage Road Racing And VLMM Vintage Oval Racing At Famous Rockingham Speedway, North Carolina, August 8-11.
This one-mile oval was the site of many great races. It now also has a combined oval and infield road circuit. This will be the first vintage visit to this track, which opened in 1974.
All Oval, Late Stocks, Modified, Champ/Indy and Sprint entries contact Pam Shatraw, HCICA and VLMM Events Manager 650-321-1411 (CA).
All SVRA late entries contact Kathy Swinford phone 817-521-5158
2013 Tuesday July 30: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Vintage Racing Celebration Begins Today, July 30, With Historic Oval Cars On-Track Tuesday, Wednesday And Thursday. The Three-Day VRG Road Racing Weekend Begins Friday, August 2 And Continues Through August 4.
This annual event invites families to come out and enjoy every type of vintage racing cars, both on-track and in the paddock open to spectators.
Spectator tickets phone 603-783-4931 or visit www.nhms.com
2013 Thursday July 25: The Extensive History Of Southern California Oval Racing Will Be Saluted During IndyCar MAVTV 500, Friday and Saturday Activities, October 18,19 By The Historic Champ/Indy Car Association With The Big Saturday On-Track Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase With Dozens Of Famous Historic Champ/Indy Cars
The Historic Champ/Indy Cars will be on-track twice on Friday for exhibition practice sessions. They will be on display for fans on Friday and Saturday. The Saturday Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Showcases will have cars on-track, at reasonable speeds to present the excitement of oval racing in the 1930s-1980s prior to the Saturday evening IndyCar race.
The range of cars with Southern California history will include: Miller Indy Cars, of the 1920s and 1930s cars of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with Offenhauser engines, the Southern California built 1950s Indy Roadsters by A.J. Watson and Kurtis Kraft, The Gurney Indy Eagles and others. There will also be a salute to the many Southern California paved and dirt short ovals by some of the Historic Championship Trail Cars on-track. These pre 1971 cars gained National Championship points in Southern California in the 1950s and 1960s.
Southern California has a great Champ/Indy Car history. The Miller engines originated there. They were later uprated into the famous Offenhauser engines that powered many Indy winners. Many famous drivers learned racing on the Southern California short ovals including Parnelli Jones. Teams from Dan Gurney’s All American Racers were a big force at Indy. The famous oval racers who gained fame in California Open Wheel racing included: Bill Vukovich, Joe Leonard, Johnny Parsons and Troy Rutman.
There will be a special MATV 500 ticket package available through the Historic Champ/Indy Car Association, Victory Lane Magazine and Vintage Oval Racing Magazine. For entry or special ticket info call Pam Shatraw, HCICA 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Wednesday July 24: Waterford Hills Vintage Races, July 26-28, Oakland County Sportsman Club Vintage Racing Circuit In Clarkston, Michigan Just North Of Detroit, Michigan www.waterfordhills.com Phone 248-623-0070
This annual vintage racing event is one of the most enjoyable for vintage racers and fans in the upper Midwest.
The event attracts a wide variety of vintage racing cars from the rich history of North American and International Racing.
Spectators are welcome to enjoy the open paddock and talk to the entrants. Excellent viewing areas of the road racing circuit are available. For maps, directions and event info, click on the “fans” tab at www.waterfordhills.com
2013 Tuesday July 23: The Hawk Annual Vintage And Historic Racing Weekend, July 18-21, At Road America Once Again Attracted Nearly 500 Entrants To North Americas Legendary And Longest, 4.2 Miles, Road Racing Circuit, Which Is Located A Hours Drive North Of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Near Elkhart Lake
Corvette was the featured marque with record entries from 1954 models to 2004 factory C5Rs.
The Historic Can-Am feature presented by Victory Lane Magazine had unlimited Group 7 cars form every year of the 1966-74 original Canadian American Challenge Cup Series. This was the greatest and last series of unlimited innovation with “nearly no rules, only four tires, two doors, two seats and go racing.” The ultimate Can-Am Cars, the ’74 Shadow DN4 driven by Craig Bennet finished first overall and won the Big Block class. He was closely pursued by Jim Pace in the ex Oscar Koveleski ’68 Auto World McLaren M8B who won the Small Block Class. The dice for Tube Frame honors was contested by Tom Simpson in the ’66 McKee MK6 and Norm Cowdrey in his ex Paul Newman “Winning Movie” ’67 Wedge McKee 7/10 who finished in that order. In the special awards ceremony the class awards were presented to the past original Can-Am participants were awarded champagne. The big Can-Am Celebration Cup was presented to Dave Ritter for the sportsman like drives in his Lola T70. The Denny Hulme Award was given to Norm Cowdrey for long time support of the Historic Can-Am Association. A new Indomitable Award sponsored by Lilo Zircon, A.C. D’Augustine and David Jacobs was presented to Robert Ryan in his McLaren M6B who consistently made the effort to race in all HCAA Can-Am Feature Races.
All eleven groups had impressive racing grids. Test and tune on track sessions opened on Thursday. Friday and Saturday were morning practice days with a Friday afternoon qualifying session and Saturday afternoon qualifying races. The Sunday races were the features for all eleven-race groups. A full event report and photos will be in Victory Lane Magazine, the Vintage Racers Favorite Magazine.
The festive weekend included a big Thursday night party hosted by Road America for over 1,000 racers and crews and guests at the Road America Center.
The celebration opened on Wednesday evening with a press party at Can-Am, F5000 and Indy Car racer, David Hobbs Honda dealership in Milwaukee.
Also Wednesday evening was the Historic Circuit Preservation Society Banquet. The program was Can-Am Tales: Past and Present, a panel discussion moderated by HCAA and Victory Lane Magazine Chairman Dan Davis. The Past and Original participants were Ike Smith former crew chief, George Drolsom, seven year Can-Am driver, Bob McKee, Can-Am car builder. The present was Tom Simpson twenty-year Road America vintage Can-Am driver, over 130 attendees enjoyed the dinner and program.
Friday evening was the big Nationwide Race Car Concours, with cars parading from the track to downtown Elkhart Lake and exhibiting in downtown before a crowd of 10,000. Saturday evening was the downtown car show with a similar crowd.
The weekend started with challenging 90° plus temperatures but finished with Saturday and Sunday of mid 70° days before a near record crowd of spectators.
2013 Wednesday July 17: The 57th Annual Hillsborough Concours Featuring Aston Martin As Featured Marque Set For July 21
Aston Martin is the featured marques at the 57th Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance on Sunday July 12 at the Crystal Springs Golf Course, Burlingame CA. Corvette 60th and Porsche 911 50th anniversary are being honored. Special displays are the Fabulous 57s, Bond Beauties, Zagato Coachwork, Vintage British Motorcycles and “Weird & Wonderful” arcane cars. The Concours is hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $20.00 general admission children 12 & under free with paying adult.
For more information call 650-619-6186 or visit www.hillsboroughconcours.org.
2013 Tuesday July 16: The Wednesday July 17 Auto Enthusiast And Racer Lunch At Autovino Will Feature A Talk And Roundtable Discussion On The Popular Vintage Oval Racing Scene By Racer And Vintage Oval Racing Magazine Staff Member Dave Stewart
Dave will discuss the current vintage oval racing scene on small and large ovals including Indy. Dave has a long history in oval and road racing at both contemporary and vintage events, including Formula Car racing in Europe. He currently races a vintage East Coast Modified Stock Car on dirt and paved ovals in California.
The monthly lunch program is organized Victory Lane Magazine and the July program is presented by Vintage Oval Racing Magazine. The events are hosted by AutoVino at 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California, car and wine lifestyle facility located off Interstate 101 and Marsh Road. The lunch and program is $20 by advance registration. All enthusiasts invited. Call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).
2013 Monday July 15: Two Extraordinary Vintage Racing Weekends Are Being Held This Coming Weekend, July 18-28: The Hawk Vintage Races At America’s Greatest Road Race Circuit, The 4.2-Mile Road America In Wisconsin And The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, North America’s Only Through The Streets Vintage Races.
The Hawk vintage and historic road races annually attract about 500 vintage race cars of all types. This year the featured marque is Corvette and the Sunday Feature salutes “Chevy Power” in the Historic Can-Am Race with 30 high horsepower, unlimited rules, Sports Racers of the 1966-1974 series. All types of vintage racing cars will be in action in numerous group races on Sunday. There is also two downtown Concours d’Elegance shows, one on Friday one on Saturday. www.roadamerica.com
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix through Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park is a vintage treat on true roads through the park just as many North American road races were in the late 1940s and 1950s. The specially selected cars reflect typical racing and Sports Cars of that era. The admission for viewing on the surrounding hills and park vistas is free. The races attract the largest spectator crowd for any one weekend of vintage racing. The PVGP festivities opened last weekend with vintage races at nearby Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The many special parties and banquets during the week leading to the race all raise money for local charities. This is one of the important vintage road races on the vintage racing schedule. The marque of the year is Mustang and the event is presented by Shop n’ Save.
2013 Thursday July 11: SVRA Vintage Road Racers, HCICA Vintage Champ/Indy Cars and Sprints, VSCAR Vintage Stock Cars And Modifieds Will Celebrate The Great History Of Road Racing And Oval Racing In The Southeast, August 8-11, at Rockingham Speedway. Entries Due Now!
The facility has a one mile paved oval and a 1.6-mile road racing circuit. It is located about 70 miles east of the Charlotte N.C. Airport for those flying in. It has hosted many top level racing series on the 1.6 mile road racing circuit.
SVRA will have a full schedule of vintage and historic road racing for all its classes in action each of the three days.
The Oval Exhibition Racing Cars. will be in two groups and each group is on the one mile oval twice each of the three days. Group 1 is Stocks and Modifieds. Group 2 is Champ/Indy and Sprints. The oval races are organized by Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing.
There will be a big celebration party Saturday evening hosted by SVRA.
Oval entries can be obtained on-line by clicking here additional info call Pam Shatraw at 650-321-1411 (CA).
SVRA road racing entries are obtained at www.svra.com . Info email Kathy@svra.com phone 817-521-5158 (TX).
2013 Wednesday July 10: The United States Road Racing Championship Of 1963-1968, 50th Anniversary Will Be Celebrated With A USRRC Seniors Tour Feature At The HSR Atlanta Historic Races, September 19-22
All original participating drivers crews and officials are invited for a reunion. The USRRC Sunday Feature will have both GT/Production and Sports Racing Cars of the USRRC era. Great GT cars include Ferraris, Jaguars, Corvettes, Lotus, Porsche, Austin Healey, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo and more. Sports Racing Cars in over and under classes include McLaren, Lola, Elva, Lotus, Merlin, McKee, Brabham, Cooper and more.
The weekend is also full of group races for all HSR Classes. Over 250 cars are expected for spectator excitement at legendary Road Atlanta located about an hours drive north of Atlanta, Georgia.
Entry info, USRRC Seniors Tour Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).
Entry info and spectators: HSR www.hsrrace.com phone 404-298-5616
2013 Tuesday July 9: New Hampshire Vintage Racing Celebration, July 30 Through August 4, Starts With Oval Laps, Then VRG Weekend Road Races
Oval Days are Tuesday July 30-Thursday August 1. The vintage road racing takes over Friday August 2 and continues through Sunday August 4. Late entries are still being accepted for both groups. www.nhms.com phone 603-783-4931 (NH).
2013 Monday July 8: Four Vintage Road And Oval Racing Events Across North America In The July 11-14 Period
The First Weekend of the two weekend Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the VRG vintage road races at the Pittsburgh International Racing Complex, July 20-21, the vintage road racing is through the roads of Schenley Park in the city.
Millers at Milwaukee on-track exhibition sessions of Historic Indy Roadster and earlier front-engine cars are on the Milwaukee Mile, July 12-13.
SVRA-East vintage road racing weekend is on the lightening circuit at Thunderbolt Raceway, July 11-14, in New Jersey.
An HMSA road racing weekend is at Canada’s Circuit Mont Tremblant, July 11-14.
2013 Wednesday July 3: The Most Exciting Moment At Of Any Vintage Race Weekend Is The Start Of Historic Can-Am Feature Race At Road America Every July, With Over 30 Unlimited, 1966-1974, Group 7, 600 to 1,000 HP Sports Racing Cars. This Year It Takes Place Sunday July 21
Road America’s “The Hawk” has the largest vintage race entry in North America and a huge spectator attendance. Every year, leading up to the 50th Can-Am Anniversary in 2016, the Featured Sunday race is for Historic Can-Am Cars. This year there are over 30 cars representing such champion makes and types as Porsche 917, Shadow DN4, McLaren 8F, Lola T70, McLaren M6, plus contenders form McKee, Matich, BRM, Lola 165, McLaren M8E, Lola 160, Lola T70 MK IIIB, Gurneys McLeagle, McLaren M1 and Ferrari 512. The Feature theme salutes “Chevy Power” to honor engines that powered Can-Am Championship Cars in seven of the nine series years.
Corvette is the Feature marque for the entire “The Hawk” vintage and historic racing weekend, which takes place July 18-21. Over 50 Corvettes in various classes are expected to attend and show off the long racing history of “America’s Sports Car” from the 1950s until today.
Almost every type of vintage and historic type and marquee of car racing over the three-day weekend in 12 different race groups with features for each group on Sunday. Practice and qualifying is on Friday and Saturday.
The weekend festival also includes concours and car shows in the nearby town of Elkhart Lake. There are tours of the original course through the country and town of the original road circuit of the early 1950s.
Spectator tickets and info www.roadamerica.com
2013 Wednesday July 3: The July 17 Victory Lane Racer And Enthusiast Lunch At AutoVino Will Feature “The Vintage Oval Racing Scene: A Talk And Questions” By Dave Stewart Of Vintage Oval Racing Magazine
There are several high profile vintage oval racing weekends and many vintage oval racing club events still remaining in 2013. Of the some 100 vintage oval car clubs in North America, there are about 35, involved in organizing nearly 300 vintage oval car events every year. Vintage Oval Racing Magazine has covered this scene every month for 14 years.
The higher profile vintage oval on-track events include those at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Milwaukee Mile, Auto Club Speedway and Rockingham Speedway. Others are in planning. The scene has opportunities for every type of vintage oval racing car to participate in on-track events across North America, including activities for Historic Midgets, Track Roadsters, Big Cars, Dirt Champ, Indy Roadsters, NASCAR Stocks, USAC Stocks, Local Stocks, Modified Stocks, Modifieds, Super Modifieds, Sprints and many others. All these cars become more collectable and more valuable each year.
It will be an interesting program, and attendees are invited to enter into a roundtable discussion on every aspect of vintage oval racing.
2013 Tuesday July 2: SVRA National Championship, October 25-27, At Circuit Of The Americas
The first SVRA U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship is organized by SVRA, a national vintage racing organization. This event will feature approximately 500 vintage race cars that will compete in 12 classes with a national champion crowned in each class. Each race will be run on the full 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit. Qualifying sessions will take place on Friday (Oct. 25) and Saturday (Oct. 26), with racing set for both Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 27).
“Vintage racing is gaining popularity with motorsports fans, we look forward to hosting vintage racers and race fans from around the world,” Circuit Executive Vice President Bruce Knox said. “SVRA is a world-class organization that enjoys a successful history conducting vintage races at premier venues. Spectators will see some of the top historic race cars in the world.”
SVRA President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Parella said, “We are extremely excited to host the first-ever SVRA U.S. Vintage National Championship at Circuit of The Americas. This is one of the top racing venues in the world, and it is an honor for SVRA to be part of a 2013 schedule that includes Formula 1, MotoGP™, World Endurance Championship, V8 Supercars, American Le Mans and GRAND-AM Road Racing. We believe competing at America’s new home for World Championship racing will elevate vintage racing in the United States.
SVRA has invited both SVRA member racers and racers from all North American vintage racing clubs and organization to request entries over the last fw months. SVRA is now in the process of accepting qualifying cars and drivers from the many “requests for entry” that have been received.
2013 Monday July 1: Mike Yager With Bloomington Gold Owner, Guy Larsen and Founder, David Burroughs Accept Bloomington Gold Great Hall Induction Awards At Ceremony
Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks, was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Great Hall. Yager accepted this honor among family and friends within the Corvette Community during the June 28 Induction Ceremony at Bloomington Gold in Champaign, Ill.
“If I were to list the people who contributed to my journey over the last 40 years – whether directly or indirectly – many of those names will also appear among those inducted into the Great Hall. It is such an honor to be recognized among people who have impacted the Corvette hobby so tremendously. People whom I admire and respect,” Yager said.
The Great Hall was established in 2010 to honor 50 of the most influential people and Corvettes over a five year period as chosen by the Great Hall Selection Panel. In 2015, at the conclusion of The Great Hall, it is Bloomington Gold’s goal to bring together the exclusive list of 50 Pioneers and 50 of the world’s Premier Corvettes together.
Yager was recognized as a marketing pioneer within the Corvette industry. Yager leveraged his Corvette passion into a fledgling busines. Within ten years, Yager efforts became a sophisticated marketing machine within the Corvette world – Mid America Motorworks. That leadership position continues four decades later.
Today, Mid America Motorworks mails more than 4.5 million Corvette and Volkswagen catalogs every year to customers worldwide and has become the world’s largest supplier and manufacturer of aftermarket parts and accessories for Corvettes and Air-Cooled VWs.
For more info call 309-888-4477 (IL).
2013 Thursday June 27: Beginning In 1963, It Had The Greatest Sports Racers, The Greatest GT/Production Sports Cars Racing On The Greatest Road Racing Circuits. The United States Road Racing Championship’s 50th Anniversary Is To Be Celebrated In 2013 With The USRRC Seniors Tour At Two Big Vintage Racing Weekends:
July 5-7, with SOVREN at Pacific Raceways and September 19-22, with HSR at Road Atlanta
The Pro USRRC Series was announced by SCCA in 1962 for the 1963 season. It excited the biggest teams, greatest drivers and top manufacturers. The series had a Drivers Championship, 1963-1968 for points gained in Sports Racing Cars and a Manufacturers Championship in 1963, 1964 and 1965 for GT/Production Sports Cars. The USRRC Seniors Tour 50th Anniversary Features salute the 1963-1965 period when both classes were together in USRRC races.
Typical USRRC Seniors Tour vintage Over 2 Liter Sports Racers include McLaren MK1 & MK2, Lola T70, Lotus 30, various McKees, Cooper Monacos, Lotus 19s, Brabham BT8, BMC Genies, Under 2 Liter Sports Racers include Porsche, Spyders, Lotus 23, Genie, Elva MK 7 & 8, LeGrand, Crossle, Merlyn etc.
The GT Production Over 2 Liter class has Jaguar E-Type, Corvettes, Mustangs, Ferrari, Cobra, Shelby GT350, Austin Healy’s, Triumphs, Porsche and others. The Under 2 Liter GT Production cars class includes Porsche 356, Austin Healey Sprites, Abarth GT, Lotus Cortina, Alfa GT, Ginetta, Lotus Elan, and more.
The upcoming July 5-7 annual USRRC Seniors Tour Feature on the largest vintage and historic racing weekend in the Northwest, the SOVREN Pacific Northwest Historics. This event has attracted as many as 300 entrants and the USRRC Seniors Tour Feature has started about 40 cars.
The Fall September 19-22, USRRC Seniors Tour 50th Anniversary Celebration Feature is at Road Atlanta, one of North Americas legendary road racing circuits. It is with HSR’s Atlanta Historics, this will be one of the largest vintage races in the Southeast in 2013.
The USRRC Seniors Tour Features are sponsored by Victory Lane Magazine and organized by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing. Contact Pam Shatraw or Dan Davis, phone 650-321-1411.