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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, August 18-21. Record crowd and 550 vintage racing cars celebrated the 100th anniversary of BMW and the 50th Anniversary of Can-Am and Trans-Am

The 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca exceeded expectations once again as one of the premier vintage racing weekends in the world and an anchor event of the annual Monterey Classic Car Week.

A record four-day total of 70,525 spectators joined in the incredible celebration of motorsports history at the raceway where so much of it has been made for nearly 60 years.

A 60-minute show of the event is scheduled to air Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern on The Enthusiast Network (TEN). Already, there are many online individual experiences.

The 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, to be held during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration, has been set for Aug. 17-20. The featured marque and special programs will be announced in the coming months.

Sunday evening’s 2016 award ceremony showcased the best of the best of the 550 authentic and period-correct race cars which competed throughout the weekend on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile iconic road course. The following is a list of the award recipients:

Best Paddock Display: Presented to the best paddock display representative of the era. Winner: Pre-War Alley

Stand 21 Award: Awarded to the Most Period Authentic look. Winner: Ed Archer (1915 Ford Model T in Group 1A)

Ken Miles Trophy: Presented for the representation of a vintage car under 1500cc. Winner: Don Martine (1950 MGTD Von Nuemann Special driving in Group 1B)

Can-Am Spirit Award: Presented to the competitor who showed the most persistence and performance all weekend. Winner: Johan Woerheide (1965 Lola T70 Mk II in Group 5A)

Henry Ford Trophy Presented to the most significant Ford-powered entry. Winner: Lynn Park (1963 Shelby Cobra 289 in Group 6B)

The John Fitch Corvette Excellence Award Presented to the most significant Chevrolet Corvette. Winner: Jeni Yeakel-Swanson (1964 Chevrolet Corvette in Group 6B)

The Phil Remington Award Presented to the mechanic who demonstrates exceptional skill. Winner: Terry Forland (BMW)

Bonhams Cup Awards Presented to participants in the featured morning races that best exemplify the spirit of the event. Race 4A – Steve Walker (1973 BMW CSL), Race 4B – Bill Kirkwood (1961 Elva Courier MkII), Race 5B – Richard Dean (1985 Ford Mustang), Race 7A – Brian Blain (1967 McLaren M6A)

The Chairman’s Award Presented to the entrant whose car has historical significance to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Winner: Jeffrey Abramson (1959 Morgan Baby Doll in Group 3A)

The Founders Trophy Presented to the person who richly personifies historic racing. Winner: Jim Adler (1952 Jaguar XK120 in Group 1B)

The Rolex Award for Excellence Presented for Overall Excellence in each race category as determined by an independent panel of judges:

Saturday Race Recipients: Rolex Race 1A – Craig Barto driving a 1931 Bugatti Type 51, Rolex Race 2A – David Swig driving a 1958 Scarab MkI, Rolex Race 3A – Peter Smith driving a 1958 Austin Healey Sprite, Rolex Race 4A – Jean Bernard Bouvet driving a 1979 Chevrolet Corvette, Rolex Race 5A – Marc Devis driving a 1967 Lola T70, Rolex Race 6A – Tim de Silva driving a 1978 Osella BMW PA8, Rolex Race 7A – Emmett Murphy driving a 1972 McLaren M8F/P, Rolex Race 8A – Terry Lawlor driving a 1967 Shelby Mustang .

Sunday Race Recipients: Rolex Race 1B – Kevin Adair driving a 1959 Austin Healey 3000S, Rolex Race 2B – Jacqulyn Mincheff driving a 1956 Lotus Eleven, Rolex Race 3B – Bob Earl driving a 1972 Ferrari 312PB, Rolex Race 4B – Craig Taylor driving a 1966 BMW 2002, Rolex Race 5B – Bill Ockerlund riving a 1991 Chevrolet Duracell Camaro, Rolex Race 6B – Sandra McNeil driving a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Rolex, Race 7B – Greg Thornton driving a 1976 Lotus 77

The Spirit of Monterey Award Presented to the driver or entrant who excels in the spirit of the weekend Winner: Jim Bartell for entering two incredible UOP Shadows

2016 Monday, August 22: Great Historic Can-Am Action was the Star at the August 18-21 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion the Last of the Can-Am 50th Anniversary 1966-2016 Celebrations and Features at Four Great Vintage Racing Weekends

Two Saturday feature race grids, 5A for 1966-1968 Can-Am/USRRC cars and 7A for 1969-1974 cars. Each group had 2 feature races: A Saturday morning pair and a late Saturday pair, each had outstanding Can-Am car examples of their Can-Am periods. In the Can-Am USRRC races, the actual 1966 Lola T70 driven by John Surtees caught everyone’s eye. In the Can-Am features for later cars, the two 1974 Shadow DN4 Can-Am cars’ performance showed how they were driven to a 1-2 championship place by Jackie Oliver and George Follmer.

In recognition of the significance and crowd attraction of these great cars, five big awards were given to the Historic Can-Am cars and their owners. The Historic Can-Am Association Can-Am Spirit Award went to Johan Woerheide, owner/driver of the 1966 Can-Am Championship Surtees Lola T70. The Bonhams Cup for Can-Am Cars went to Brian Blain owner/driver of the 1967 Team McLaren M8A raced by Mark Donohue for Roger Penske in 1968. The Rolex Award for entrant or driver went to Jim Bartel owner and entrant of the UOP Shadow Tribute Team of the two 1974 Shadow DN4 Championship cars. The Rolex Aaward Race 5A recipient was Marc Devis with the 1967 John Surtees Lola T70, and the Rolex Award Race 7A was awarded to Emmett Murphy and his 1972 McLaren M8F/P.

There will be many photos and videos from many sources posted online due to the excitement of these great cars.

2016 Monday, August 15: The End of August Vintage Road Racing Weekend & Monday 26th-31st Includes Events in Oklahoma, California and Ohio

August 26-28 CVAR Thunder on The Cimarron Vintage races and racing drivers school is at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, OK.

Info: http://www.corinthianvintagerace.com.

August 27-28 VARA Rennsport Vintage and Historic Races are at Buttonwillow Raceway, CA.

Info: http://www.vararacing.com/#!blank-1/our98.

August 29-31 Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion Races for vintage and historic cars is on South Bass Island at an airport circuit at the edge of Lake Erie, Ohio.

Info: http://www.pibroadrace.com/.

2016 Friday, August 12: Big Vintage Oval Events Include Today with ACOT and EMMR Williams Grove Speedway in PA. On Saturday BCRA is at Lakeport Speedway, CA and NEAR is at Sekonk Speedway, MA.

The weekend action includes ACOT and EMMR at Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, PA. There are about a dozen vintage oval events in the rest of August.

2016 Thursday, August 11: Only Original Automotive Posters, Signs, Art, Brochures, Race Programs, Badges, Pins, Books, Models, Photos and Collectables For Sale Make Automobilia Monterey August 16,17 a Must-Do Destination at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Seaside for Enthusiasts Attending Monterey’s Classic Car Week.

The event is in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites, open Tuesday 10am to 6pm and Wednesday, 10am to 6pm. The Embassy Suites is on Canyon del Ray Blvd., Highway 218, at Del Monte Ave. just off Highway 1 in Seaside, just northeast of Monterey, CA.

Organizer Tony Singer is a noted expert and dealer in original racing and automotive-themed posters offered through VintageAutoPosters.com. He emphasizes that all 45+ vendors are offering only original and unique collectables. This makes this world famous show a top event in the world of automotive collectables.

Info: http://www.automobiliamonterey.com.

2016 Wednesday, August 10: For Vintage Racers and Racing Enthusiasts, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the Star of the World’s Largest Classic, Vintage and Historic Gathering. The Monterey Classic Car Week Features 5 Concours, 5 Auctions, Along with Many Shows and Parties.

The races celebrate BMW’s 100th Anniversary with dozens of great racing BMWs in action. Also there are two Historic Can-Am Saturday races celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-1974 Series for unlimited sports racing cars. There will be a big grid of Historic Trans-Am cars on Saturday celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1966 beginning of the series, which continues to this day. Another special racing feature is the Sunday historic race for 1967-1984 Formula One Cars. A big important feature is the early Saturday afternoon race for Prewar Sports and Racing cars.

Overall there are 8 feature races Saturday afternoon and 7 feature races Sunday afternoon which attract the best vintage and historic racing cars of all types and eras from around the world.

Info: http://www.mazdaraceway.com.

2016 Tuesday, August 9: Three Vintage Racing Events at End of August: CVAR 26th-28th at Hallett, OK Which Includes a Vintage Racing School, VARA 27th-28th at Buttonwillow, CA and Put-In-Bay Races 29th-31st in OH.

The annual CVAR fall vintage racing school this year has moved to late summer along with the CVAR vintage race weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Central Oklahoma.

Info: http://www.corinthianvintagerace.com.

VARA Rennsport vintage and historic racing weekend on August 27th and 28th at Buttonwillow Raceway in Central California features Porsche and races for all VARA classes of vintage and historic cars.

Info: http://www.vararacing.com.

Put-In-Bay Road Races Reunion August 29th-31st at the original location of 50s and 60s races on South Bass Island in Ohio celebrates with vintage races for pre-73 cars with laid-back racing on a smooth, safe airport course with “more fun than any other vintage racing”. It is races, a celebration and a party!

Info: http://www.pibroadrace.com.

2016 Friday, August 5: Can-Am Winning Lola at 50th Celebrations!

The 1966 Can-Am series championship for drivers of unlimited sports racers was won by John Surtees driving a 1966 Team Surtees Lola T70 MK11 with its distinctive big white arrow on the nose of the red car. That historic Can-Am Lola will be raced by owner/driver Johan Woerheide in one of the 50th Anniversary of Can-Am features at the August 18th-21st Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Can-Am car has been raced at the earlier three 2016 Historic Can-Am 50th Celebration weekends: Road Atlanta, Mont Tremblant and Road America.

The 50th Anniversary celebrations and feature races for Monterey are on Saturday, August 20: USRRC – Can-Am at 4:00pm for 1963-1968 Can-Am and USRRC Cars and 5:00pm for 1969-1974 Can-Am cars. The 1966 first Can-Am season grew out of the 1963-1965 United States Road Racing Drivers Championship for drivers of either “over or under 2 liter sports racers.” In 1965, George Follmer driving a Lotus 23B powered by a 2-liter Porsche engine edged out the 1964 champion Jim Hall driving his Chaparral Chevy. The spectator interest and entry was so large that the Sports Car Club of America and the Canadian Auto Sports Club created the Can-Am Series for unlimited Sports Racers at great road racing circuits starting in 1966.

That first year both big V8-powered Sports Racers from Lola, McLaren, Chaparral, Genie and McKee were occasionally challenged by Lotus 23s with 2.7 liter Climax engines, Elvas with 2.5 and 3.0 liter Porsche engines and Brabham BT8 with Climax engines, Genie MK4s and others. It was a time for big power however, and big V8 Chevy power in the Lola T70 took John Surtees to the Championship.

2016 Thursday, August 4: The August 18-21 Long Weekend Starts with the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion for Four Days Starting Thursday The 18th, Then the VSCDA Grand Prix Au Grattan 3-day Event Starting Friday the 19th, Followed by the 2-day VRCBC Historics Starting Saturday the 20th

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. This is the weekend of the Monterey Auto festival which includes 5 concours, 5 major auctions and many car shows.

Info: http://www.mazdaraceway.com.

The VSCDA Grand Prix Au Grattan is of the most hospitable, fun vintage races in the US. It is held at Grattan Raceway just north of Grand Rapids, MI.

Info: http://www.vscda.org.

The VRCBC Historics are at Mission Raceway on the Rivers Edge Road Course next to the Eraser River in Southwest Canada, just across the border from the U.S.

Info: http://www.vrcbc.ca.

2016 Tuesday, August 2: Pre-War Vintage and Historic Sports and Racing Cars Featured September 30-October 1 at VSCCA Fall Finale & Pre-War Festival at Lime Rock Park, CT

VSCCA is saluting the early history of racing in North America by organizing a Pre-War car festival complete with Feature Races, special on-track exhibition laps for non-racing owner/drivers, Pre-War racing and road car paddock, Pre-War car owners honored at a Thursday evening cocktail party, and Friday night banquet with a special award ceremony.

This festival is the result of a cooperation between VSCCA and the Pre-War Sports and Racing Car Association with sponsorship by Victory Lane Magazine.

Info: http://www.vscca.org.

2016 Monday, August 1: The September 3-4 Labor Day Weekend SOVREN Columbia River Classic Vintage and Historic Races is an Annual Big Vintage Weekend at Portland International Raceway Held with the All British Car Field Meet

There will be a big turnout of Jaguars, MGs, Austin Healeys, Triumphs, Lotus, Lolas, Aston Martins, Morgans and more cars originally from England.

The Portland International Raceway is a top pro-rated road racing circuit in the Northwest. It has hosted CART Indy Cars, IMSA, F5000 and other pro racing series. It opened in 1961 and is also a focal race location for the annual Rose Cup Festival. It is located on the north edge of Portland next to the Columbia River with nearby excellent food and lodging facilities.

Info: http://sovrenracing.org.

2016 Friday, July 29: The Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival and SVRA’s US Vintage Grand Prix Vintage and Historic Races September 8-11 are One of the Popular Vintage Car Weekends in North America

Many special events attract over 25,000 spectators including: The Friday tour of the old thru-the-town and countryside circuit of the 1940s with registered cars, a special street concours, rally tour, speakers at the International Research Center, street dance, car raffle. A limit of 650 cars can participate in the old circuit tour and concours and the “Stone Bridge” Driver Activities.

Info: http://www.grandprixfestival.com.

The SVRA US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International Circuit is the annual big vintage racing event that has over the years attracted great, legendary vintage racing cars and a big spectator crowd. For 2016, the honored marque is Corvette. A traditional feature is the Collier Cup for MGs which usually attracts over 100 cars. A special feature is the Historic Trans-Am Group race for 1966-1972 original V8-powered Trans-Am cars. All SVRA racing classes will have traditional sprint and enduro races. There is also a new Motostalgia Auction during the weekend.

Info: http://svra.com.

Spectator tickets:

Info: http://www.theglen.com.

2016 Tuesday, July 26: Vintage Road Racing in August Opens with the August 13-14 Pre-Reunion and is Followed by Three August 18-21 Events: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (CA), VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan at Grattan Raceway Park (MI), and VRCBC British Columbia Historics Mission Raceway Park in Western Canada

The 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion marque is BMW and special feature races are vintage Trans-Am, Historic Can-Am and Historic Can-Am/USRRC .

Info: http://www.mazdaraceway.com.

The VSCDA Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan has a full schedule of racing for all VSCDA class plus special features including: Trans-Am B Series Sport Sedans, Sprite Midget feature, Canadian-American Production Sports Car Challenge and more.

Info: http://www.vscda.org.

VRCBC Historic Motor Races feature the Hagerty Formula Festival, a Westwood Reunion BBQ and races for all vintage classes.

Info: http://www.bchmr.ca/.

2016 Monday, July 25: Lime Rock Historics and Festival Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-5: Legendary Vintage and Historic Races Friday, Saturday, and Monday, Race Car Concours Sunday, Vintage Car Show “Gathering of the Marques” Sunday, Gurnsey’s Auction Sunday Late Afternoon and More All in the Spectacular Lime Rock Park Set in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Connecticut

This annual vintage racing festival attracts legendary vintage racing cars selected by invitation of organizer Murray Smith. It attracts top vintage sports racing, production sports, formula and sedan cars to race on this challenging racing circuit. The entire Labor Day weekend festival has become a big attraction for racers, enthusiasts and spectators.

This year, there are several special features. This includes 1950s-1960s “Tin-Top” saloon race cars that produced such spirited action in their time. A big grid of 1958-1964 Formula Juniors which were the introduction to racing by Jackie Stewart, Denny Hulme, Jimmy Clark and other legends.

The historic Trans-Am group of owner-drivers with 1966-1971 original cars will have a feature race. All vintage and historic classes will be racing during the long weekend.

Info: http://www.limerockhistorics.com.

2016 Friday, July 22: A Vintage Auto Racing School is Being Held August 26-28 2016 at Hallett Road Racing Circuit Near Tulsa, OK Along with a Full Weekend of Vintage and Historic Racing

This is the only formal late summer vintage racing school held by a vintage racing club in North America.

This is also a full vintage racing weekend “Thunder on the Cimarron XIV”. There is a Formula Vee feature along with races for all CVAR groups. All VMC member club racers are invited.

Info: http://www.corinthianvintagerace.com.

2016 Thursday, July 21: The 2016 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) Vintage Races and Festival Once Again Attracted Over 200,000 Spectators, Over 300 Racers and a Record Number of Participants in its Car Shows, Rallies, Gala, and Tours with Two Weekends of Vintage and Historic Racing and the Activities Between from July 8th through the 17th

The marque of the event was Jaguar. There were special racing grids for PreWar vintage racing cars and Formula Junior racing cars. The Festival opened with vintage racing at the nearby Pitt Race Road Racing Complex on the first weekend. The vintage and historic races on the July 15-17 weekend are the only thru-the-streets vintage and historic races held in North America. The Schenley Park location is great for viewing the largest vintage race spectator crowd in North America.

Info: http://www.pvgp.org.

2016 Wednesday, July 20: Two Vintage Racing Weekends, July 29-31 Close Out July Vintage and Historic Road Racing Action: VRG/VDCA at Palmer Motorsports Park, MA and RMVR at High Plains Raceway, CO

VRG and VDCA vintage racing clubs are joining in organizing a big vintage and historic racing weekend at New England’s latest road racing circuit. Both clubs have a goal of liberal track time and welcoming all VMC member club racers with excellent hospitality. Info: VRG: http://www.vrgonline.org, VDCA: http://www.vintagedrive.com.

The RMVR Race Against Kids’ Cancer is an annual vintage and historic racing weekend that raises money for a very worthy cause. It is also a great vintage racing weekend on a challenging road racing circuit near Denver. VMC member club racers are invited. Info for RMVR: http://rmvr.com.

2016 Tuesday, July 19: The Historic Can-Am Association and Road America’s Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Sunday Feature Race During the Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Presented by Hawk Attracted 52 Historic Can-Am Cars, Over 480 Total Historic Racing Cars and Over 50,000 Spectators to North America’s Legendary Racing Circuit Which Held Original Can-Am Races

The 4.2 mile circuit challenged the drivers’ skill and the cars’ mechanical preparation for Thursday’s Test and Tune, Friday practice sessions, Saturdays practice and Prelim Feature and Sunday’s big Historic Can-Am Feature presented by Victory Lane Magazine, the weather was spectacular except for an early Sunday morning rain that was gone by 11am.

40 starters staged 2x2 in the hot pit area by 12:45pm. The Canadian and USA national anthems amped up the festival atmosphere. The cars rolled at 1pm behind the pace car.

The start was thunderous as they roared under the green for exciting laps of high action, brief yellow flag laps and about seven loud-fast-Historic Can-Am-awesome laps for drivers and fans led to big challenges for overall place and each class finish. First overall and first in the Unlimited Class was Dave Handy – 1974 Shadow DN-4, first in Big Block Class was Toby Bean – 1969 Lola T70 Mk111B, First in Small Block Class was Fritz-Seidel – Rawlson CR-11, first in Tube Frame Class was Ferrel Preston – McLaren M1B.

Full weekend report SOON for all race groups. All Historic Can-Am Association registered members will receive e-mail detailed Historic Can-Am report and Monterey update this week.

2016 Tuesday, July 12: Two Big Vintage Race Weekends Celebrate a Golden Age of Road Racing When “ The Only Rule Was There Are No Rules” and When Excess Was Barely Adequate

The 50th Anniversary of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) series will have big feature races of over 50 great unlimited vintage and historic Can-Am cars. July 14-17 at Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Vintage Races. There is a Saturday 2:30pm and Sunday 1pm Historic Can-Am feature.

August 18-21 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There is a feature for USRRC/Can-Am Cars and a Can-Am feature, both on Saturday.

Both events are sanctioned by the Historic Can-Am Association.


Historic Can-Am Association: www.historiccanam.com.

2016 Monday, July 11: This Weekend, July 14-17 Has Two of the Most Impressive Annual Vintage and Historic Racing Weekends: The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix with 200 Selected Race Cars Competing on the Roads of Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park in Front of 200,000 Spectators and Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge with Brian Redman Vintage and Historic Races with over 400 Great Historic Cars Competing on the World Class 4.2 Mile Road Racing Circuit Located in a 600-Acre Park

Pittsburgh’s featured marque is Jaguar and featured races include Formula Junior, Pre-War cars, BMW-Porsche Challenge plus all traditional PVGP classes.

Road America’s feature is the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-1974 Original Can-Am series with over 50 Historic Can-Am cars in a feature race on Saturday and Sunday. These great cars celebrate a racing series where “The Only Rule Was No Rule” and “When Excess Was Barely Adequate”. There are races for some 12 groups including F5000 and F1, big production cars, sports racers and all VMC vintage classes.


Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: www.pvgp.org.

Weathertech International Challenge: www.roadamerica.com

2016 Thursday, July 7: There Are Many Vintage Racing and Collector Auto Auctions During Monterey Auto Festival August 13-21, Rick Cole Auctions, with Smart Phone Bidding and 4-Day Cars on Offer Display at Monterey Marriott is the most Unique and Very Bidder-Friendly

Rick Cole started the vintage racing and collector auction movement accompanying the Monterey Historic Races and Pebble Beach Concours in 1986. The Rick Cole Monterey Auction held the last few years lets bidders view the cars in person or online and bid with a smart phone from anywhere until Saturday midnight. Registered bidders visiting the exhibition enjoy hosted food and bar to create a party atmosphere. Consignments and bidder resignation, contact: terryprice@rickrole.com or rickcole@rickcole.com, phone (toll-free) @ (844) 474-2526, web @ www.rickcole.com.

2016 Wednesday, July 6: Many of Those Canadian Racing Officials Who Were Involved in Creating the Legendary Can-Am Series of 1966 Will Be Honored During the July 8-10 Historic Can-Am 50th Anniversary Celebrations and Feature Race Activities at Circuit Mont Tremblant, HMSA/HSR Sommet des Légendes

Circuit Mont Tremblant was the site of the very first Can-Am Race on September 11, 1966. Historic Can-Am Races are featured along with vintage races for all HSR and HMSA classes. Spectators are invited.

Info: Circuit: www.lecircuit.com, HSR: www.HSRrace.com, HMSA: www.HMSAusa.

2016 Tuesday, July 5: July is a Big Month for Club-Organized Vintage Oval Races and Exhibitionists with About 20 Listed in the Schedule Pages of Victory Lane Magazines’s July Issue

July vintage and historic oval races start July 9 with BCRA Gerhart Classic at Madera, CA and STAR Vintage Races at Sekonk Speedway, MA. On Sunday, July 10, the Bay State Dedham Car Show is at Dedham, MA.

There are many vintage oval events all across North America. All the remaining months of 2016 are listed in the Victory Lane Magazine Schedule Pages.

2016 Friday, July 1: Have a Great U.S. Independence Day Monday, a Canada Day Today, or any special celebration event this weekend anywhere in the Vintage World. Victory Lane offices will close today at 4pm and re-open Tuesday, July 5 at 9:30am!

Contact us anytime. The office is open to share stories or request info.

2016 Thursday, July 30: The VDCA Hotlanta Historics July 9-10 at Road Atlanta has a full schedule of Saturday practice and qualifying races plus Saturday Races and the fun Midfield Madness race, Sunday is practice and afternoon sprint races for all classes. Load-in is only after 3pm Friday

As always, VDCA is noted for hospitality and liberal track time. This includes a big invite to all VMC member club vintage racers. There is always a big Saturday evening social for this event.

Info: www.vintagedrive.com.

2016 Wednesday, June 29: The Opening Weekend of the Ten-Day Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and Festival is July 8-10 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex

This three-day vintage and historic racing weekend, Pitt Race, is held on a recently uprated road-racing circuit near Pittsburgh. These opening weekend vintage races include all classes of vintage production, sports racing, sedan and formula cars.

The entire festival starts with Pitt Race vintage race weekend. The following week is filled with vintage car related activities: parties, car shows, rallies, tours and more parties all for various charities.

The big Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix July 16-17 is run on the Schenley Park roads. It attracts over two hundred thousand spectators and a special invited entry of selected vintage racing cars. This race weekend attracts the largest spectator count in North America for a vintage race weekend.

Info: www.pvgp.org.

2016 Tuesday, June 28: It’s a July Double for Vintage Racing in the Pacific Northwest: July 1-3 with SOVREN at Pacific Raceways on July 7-10 with SVRA at Portland International Raceway

This is SOVREN’s annual big spectator event. SVRA grew the spectator count at Portland last year and expects a large crowd this year.

Info: SOVREN: sovren.org, SVRA: www.svra.com.

2016 Monday, June 27: It Was “When Excess Was Barely Adequate” High Horsepower, High Wings, High Drama, Greatest Racing Drivers, Innovative and Fastest Racing Cars in the World: The 1966-1974 Can-Am Series Whose 50th Anniversary Will Next Be Celebrated July 7-10 at the HMSA-HSR Sommet des Legendes Mont Tremblant Circuit in Canada with a Historic Can-Am Feature Race

The first ever Can-Am race was held on the Mont Tremblant Circuit on September 11, 1966. It was won by John Surtees in a factory Lola T70 just ahead of Bruce McLaren driving the Team McLaren M1B. This Anniversary celebration will honor many of the CASC officials who were originally involved in creating the series with the SCCA.

This is a full vintage racing weekend with all HMSA and HSR classes in action. The next 50th Anniversary Can-Am Celebrations are July 14-17 at Road America and August 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Info: www.HSRrace.com, www.HMSAUSA.com, www.historiccanam.com

2016 Monday, June 27: Formula 5000 Association Opens 2016 Racing Season at Indianapolis Speedway with SVRA June 19

The Formula 5000 Drivers Association’s first round of its 2016 racing season at the SVRA Brickyard Vintage Race Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 19, 2016 attracted an enthusiastic field.

Finishing first in F5000 Class A (pre-1972 cars) was Bruce Leeson driving a 1969 McLaren M10B. Leeson was challenged in the first 5 laps of the race by Mark Harmer in his high-wing ex-David Hobbs Surtees TS-5, until Harmer ran into fuel pump problems. Leeson also set a best lap time of 1:29 minutes in the Friday morning qualifying session, just a second away from the poleseater in a much newer car. Second in Class A was George Frey in another McLaren, this one an older model M10A. Frey, who is a newcomer to the F5000 group, had a flawless race and gained speed throughout the weekend. Johnnie Crean took third place in his 1969 Gurney Eagle. Crean also in his first event with the F5000 group was driving the Eagle that his father John Crean and James Garner sponsored in the early 1970s under the AIR Team and Davey Jordan drove. Crean posted the second best lap time in Class A in the Sunday race.

Finishing first in F5000 Class B (1972-1976 cars) and first overall in the group was Rick Parsons in his 1976 Lola T332c (ex-Brian Redman 1976 championship car). Parsons had a decisive race and dominated throughout the weekend with the fastest car in the group. Second place in Class B went to Jim Stengel in his 1973 McRae GM1. After struggling with fuel pick up problems during practice, the car got sorted out and Stengel gained confidence as the race progressed. John Obialero took third place in Class B in a 1973 Lola T332. Obialero was very consistent throughout the weekend with a reliable car after experiencing frequent engine failures in 2015. Special mention also goes to Eric Haga, who brought his recently restored 1973 March 73A. The car, raced by Gus Hutchinson in 1973, has an experimental engine developed by Hutchinson in the early 1970s with side intake ports below the cylinder heads. Despite the usual reliability problems of a car recently assembled and out of the race shop, the car looks fast in its yellow livery and Haga put it through its paces quite smartly throughout the weekend. Once fully sorted, this car will be very competitive and a pleasure to watch on and off the race track.

The F5000 group now heads to Road America in July for its second round. The U.S. Formula 5000 Drivers Association is a membership organization established to promote the restoration, presentation, registration and racing of historic Formula 5000 race cars. www.F5000Registry.com

Media: Seb Coppola 248-601-2800 SebCoppola@F5000Registry.com

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Historic Can-Am official website


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Historic Camp/Indy Car Association Website


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