Falls's Arrival Signals Great Vintage Racing Events and Time To Organize for 2023
Even while enjoying some of the 25 or so vintage racing weekends on the 2022 schedule, todays parts shortages and shipping problems require action now for a successful vintage racing start to 2023.
We here at victorylanc.com have been doing a survey of key suppliers and the parts lead times and shortages are serious.
Check with the regional and national Vintage Resources monthly section early for info for 2023 refresh, rebuild race prep plans.
This issue the Vintage Resources Section is on pages 71 through 78.
Put In Bay Vintage Races Sept 20-23 South Bay island OH Feature MGs and Triumphs
The spirit of 1950s sports car racing is revived at this annual vintage racing event.
The 1.2 mile airport circuit will be the site of races for MGs, Triumphs, Lotus, Saabs, Minis, Abarths, Sprites, Elvas, Coopers, Fiats and the sports cars of the 1950s. The event includes a car show, parties and tours of one of the original through the town circuits. Spectators are invited. www.pibroadrace.com.
Seven Late September Vintage Racing Weekends Across North America
Four are the weekend of September 23-25: VRG is at Watkins Glen NY; RMVR is at Pueblo Motorsports Park CO; SOVREN races at Pacific Raceways WA; VARA returns to Buttonwillow CA.
The September 30-Oct 2 weekend includes: American Speed Festival with Vintage Indy M1 Concourse MI; CSRG at Sonoma Raceway CA; VSCCA Friday and Saturday at Lime Rock Park CT.
All the remaining 2022 vintage events schedules are in Victory Lane Magazine online every month at www.victorylane.com.
VDCA Peach State Historics Sept 17-18, Road Atlanta, Liberal Track Time
VDCA offers two days of vintage racing featuring liberal track time on one of North Americas legendary road racing circuits.
Friday late afternoon is registration, tech and load in.
Saturday morning is practice and qualifying for afternoon Fun Races followed by Group Feature Races. Special Saturday races also include a 1:00 pm British Car Race and a 4:30 Lucky Dawg Race. Drivers, crews and guests are treated to a Saturday late afternoon dinner at the track.
Early Sunday morning is the traditional one hour Enduro Feature. Sunday Sprint Races begin after lunch. Final All Comers Race offers even more track time. VDCA's theme of liberal track time is reflected in the extensive schedule of the event. Check the final schedule and entrant info at www.vintagedrive.com.
Women of Racing, Formula B Championship, Brass Era Cars, Celebrated Sept 15-18 VSCDA Vintage Races Road America, Spectators Invited
The VSCDA Ariens Art On Wheels is four days of vintage racing and festivities for VSCDA and guest racers on North Americas greatest road racing circuit. Thursday is load in, test and tune and the big evening welcome party for all at the Overflow on Elkhart Lake. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are filled with vintage practice, qualifying and races.
Special festivities and races during this vintage racing weekend include a Friday evening welcome reception with light meal, Saturday morning Coffee and Canvas, Saturday noon Brass Era Cars touring on track with guest riders. Saturday early afternoon is the Mike and Deb Korneli original road circuit re-enactment. Saturday afternoon is nine charity races with celebrity women guests waving the green flag for each. Included Saturday afternoon is the Feature Race celebrating the Formula B 55th Anniversary Continental Grand Prix 1967 Championship. There is a Saturday afternoon car show at the track. Saturday late afternoon is an at the track reception for celebrity women racers, vintage racers and crew honoring all women racers. Saturday evening is the big Women of Racing panel and banquet at Tufte Center.
Participation charity donations for the many special events benefit Women in Motorsports North America.
Full entrant and schedule: www.vscda.org. Phone 616-916-2650
Spectator info: www.roadamerica.com. Phone 800-365-7223
CVAR Drivers School and Brad Balles Vintage Races Sept 9-11 Eagles Canyon Raceway, TX
The annual fall vintage racing season opener for the Corinthian Vintage Auto Racers Club honors the club's Founder. it is held on one of the best vintage racing circuits in North America located just northwest of Fort Worth, Texas.
A full schedule of practice, qualifying and races is scheduled Friday through Sunday for the expected 150 drivers and their vintage racing cars. A special Saturday All British car race is an annual feature. Entrants, crews and guests may make a contribution for rides in Historic NASCARS, driven by local racing celebrities, benefiting local charities. They are organized each day by Sam LeComte's Concierge Motor Sports.
Ride info: https://conciergemotorsports.com/about-us/ Phone 469-496-1112.
SOVREN Columbia Classic Vintage Races & All British Field Meet Sept 10-11 Portland International Raceway, OR
This Labor Day weekend PIR hosts IndyCar, the following week it's SOVREN vintage racing featuring a variety of British cars. There will be extensive competition for the Brits by American Corvettes an Shelby GT 350s plus a Cobra or two, many German Porsches and perhaps an Italian Ferrari or Maserati.
The Sprite-Midget Challenge race is an annual, always exciting, Feature. The field of Formula Ford racers deliver close entertaining races. over 140 vintage racing cars will keep the action going. Spectators invited.
Thirty PreWar Bugattis Featured Sept 7-11 SVRA Vintage Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix
The Hilliard US Vintage Grand Prix races at The Glen circuit presented by SVRA Vintage expect over 300 vintage cars.
The Bugatti Features include 15 Bugattis racing during the weekend, plus 15 cars on display. All will be doing special expo laps. Many will be in the re-enactment drive on the original 1948 road circuit during the Friday downtown Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival. After the race weekend many Bugattis will participate in the Finger Lakes Rally.
Info: www.americanbugatticlub.org and www.theglen.com.
VDCA Hurricane in Savannah September 3-4 Roebling Road, GA
This is the opener for VDCAs three event fall vintage racing season. The celebration begins with Saturday morning practice sessions and afternoon Feature Races. The afternoon Features begin with a special British Car Feature. A Sunday morning Enduro is followed by afternoon Sprint Races for all groups. Roebling Road is a 2 mile road racing circuit located just west of Savannah.
Entry info: www.vintagedrive.com. Phone: 561-622-7554 (FL)
2022 VRG/VSCCA Lime Rock Historic Festival Racing Weekend and Concours Sept 2-5
Corvette is the Featured Marque with full participation of Chevrolet bringing many of the famous Corvette racing cars and concept cars, PreWar race cars are especially featured. Thursdays 17 mile vintage racing car parade through the area opens the festivities. Friday-Saturday and Monday are for practice and vintage races. Sunday is the Race Car Concours on the main straight and The Gathering of The Marques Show on the rest of the circuit. Vintage race cars from the 1930s through the 1990s will be racing.
2022 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Rushes Toward The Saturday August 21 Rolex Feature Races
Each day since Wednesday each of the 14 featured Race Groups has enjoyed a 25 minute race. Included are four different Le Mans car groups honoring the featured Le Mans 24 Hour race and its 100th year in 2023. The Special 14 Rolex races are Saturday starting at 8:15 am for the Formula Juniors and ending with the 5:05-5:30 pm Group 14 for IMSA, GTO, Trans Am race. Tickets are still available for the Saturday races.
Spectator tickets available at entry gate.
The Formula Junior International Class Cars of 1959-1963 Raced by Hulme, Clark, Hansgen, Stewart and Others Featured Pre-Reunion and Reunion, Laguna Seca 2022
Along with the many historic Le Mans 24 Hour racing cars on exhibition and racing there will be 36 of these important race cars. 36 Formula Juniors are entered including Lotus, Brabham, Elva, Cooper and Lola cars. They are on-track twice a day during the August 13-14 Pre-Reunion and once each day during the Reunion August 17-20. In 1960, '61, '62, '63 these cars were the professional support races for the big fall Laguna Seca professional Pacific Grand Prix Races for sports cars. The sports car races were won by Roger Penske, Dave McDonald, Stirling Moss - twice, Chuck Sargent. The F Jr races were won by Walt Hansgen - twice, Chuck Parsons and Ed Leslie.
Reunion & Pre-Reunion info: www.co.monterey.ca.us.
Monterey Classic Car Week 2022 August 12-21 Races, Concours, Shows, Tours, Rallies, Parties and Car Auctions
The Monterey Car Week opens with a Friday August 12 downtown Monterey race car show promoting the August 12-14 Pre-Reunion and August 17-20 Reunion vintage races at Laguna Seca. The week between the vintage races is filled with several dozen fascinating and varied classic car events. The Sunday August 21 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance tops out the week. The Pre-Reunion features 10 vintage race groups each on track twice both Saturday and Sunday.
The Rolex Motorsports Reunion salutes the Le Mans 24 Hour races and has 14 vintage race groups. Each race group is on track once each day Wednesday through Saturday. Admission ticket info at www.co.monterey.ca.us.
VSCDA Aug 12-14 Grand Prix Au Grattan Summer Vintage Racing Party
The 11th year of this annual salute to summer will feature a tribute to the entire racing staff. Races for all VSCDA classes through 1997 are scheduled. VMC Member Club racers are invited to join in the party. Features include Sprite Midget series, Trans Am B Sedan series, Formula Vee series.
The charity of the event is Disabled American Veterans with charity noon rides. An Enduro also raises funds for the charity.
Grattan Raceway Park is a 2 mile, 13 turn road racing circuit located near South Haven, Michigan.
Entrant Info: www.vscda.org.
RMVR's July 29-31 Race Against Kids' Cancer Invites Fans To Enjoy A Vintage Race Weekend With Free Admission At Denver's High Plains Raceway
This is the largest annual vintage racing weekend in the mountain states area. There will be a great variety of cars which fans can enjoy and take lunch time rides in a race car for charity contribution. The variety of cars is immense from the 1930s through 1980s. Vintage Formula Vee cars have special Veevergnugen racing features during the weekend.
Three Vintage Racing Weekends In Late July
The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix July 23-24 has vintage racing on the roads of Schenley Park. Annually watched by 100,000 spectators with free admission. Info: www.pvgp.org.
Waterford Hills vintage racing weekend July 23-24 is held on the 1.4 mile club circuit just northwest of Detroit.
Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing's annual Race Against Kids Cancer July 30-31 invites spectators to support the cause and enjoy the best of vintage racing at High Plains Raceway near Denver. Info: www.rmvr.com.
VSCDA Women Of Racing Vintage Races Sept 16-18 Road America New Podcast
The victorylane.com July 12 podcast on this site with VSCDA features Lyn St James, pioneering woman championship racer, talking about getting started and excelling in many types of auto racing including being awarded Indy 500 Rookie Of The Year in 1992. She has also just been inducted into the Automotive Hall Of Fame in Dearborn, MI. Lyn is being honored at the VSCDA vintage racing weekend at Road America Sept 16-18 saluting Women Of Racing.
Road America's International Challenge July 14-17 Features Dan Gurney's Eagles and 400 Vintage Race Cars
Over 30 of Dan Gurney's All American Racers built Eagles will be on display and on-track during the annual WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman. Eagles include winning F1, Indy, IMSA GTP and F5000 cars.
400 vintage racing cars of all types will compete in 12 race groups and will be on-track Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a downtown Elkhart Lake race car concours on Friday and a sports car concours on Saturday free to spectators. Over 50,000 spectators are expected over the three days for the races.
Pittsburgh GP, Two Vintage Race Weekends & Festival July 15-24 Salutes Porsche, Triumph, Spridgets
VRG Pittsburgh Historics at Pitt Race circuit opens the 10 day festival July 15-17. All vintage classes will be racing. Kastner Cup races for Triumphs are featured. This is followed by a week filled with dozens of car shows saluting almost every sports car marque with parties, banquets, rallies and special auto displays.
The big Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at Schenley Park July 23-24 attracts special vintage racing classes and 100,000 spectators. The All Porsche Marque race is Sunday. A special National HP Champion Donna Mae Mims Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget race is Saturday.
Then & Now Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Races and Auctions at victorylane.com
Ken Vendley's 2008 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Video Adventures plus Rick Carey's 2022 Grand Prix de Monaco Historique report and Monaco auctions results in July magazine online at victorylane.com.
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July Victory Lane Magazine Is Online With U.S. and Monaco Vintage Race Reports Plus Features
U.S. vintage race reports include those with VSCCA, CSRG, RMVR and SVRA Vintage. Rick Carey reports Monaco Grand Prix d'Historique and Monaco Auctions. There is much more to enjoy.
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VSCCA White Mountain Vintage Grand Prix July 8-9 Club Motorsports Circuit Tamworth, NH
This spectacular 2.5 mile, 18 turn circuit winds through the hills, meadows and forest in the Sandwich Range of the White Mountain area in Eastern-mid New Hampshire.
VSCCA drivers regard this as one of the most interesting and challenging circuits on the schedule.
The early entry list has a variety of VSCCA type cars: MG, Austin Healey, Bugatti, Lotus, Turner, Elva, Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Sunbeam, Fiat and Triumph. All VMC member club vintage racers are invited to join the fun.
Late entry info: www.vscca.org. or call Activities Chairman, Mark O'Day 603-918-7834 (CT)
SOVREN's Pacific Northwest Historics Independence Weekend July 1-3 Pacific Raceways Salutes Lotus and Racing History
This celebration with great racing cars, many great vintage races, open paddock for spectators all make this annual Fourth of July weekend a major vintage racing event. The legendary 2.5 mile road racing circuit set in a scenic fir forest with terrific spectator viewing has hosted all the great series: USRRC, F5000, Continental FB, SCCA Nationals, Trans Am, USAC Indy Cars. They were driven by Gurney, Brabham, Andretti, Follmer, Hobbs, Miles, Hall, Donohue, Unser, Hill and other legends. There have been hundreds of club races with cars including Abarth, AC Ace, Ace Bristol, Allards, Corvette, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Triumph, MG, Morgan, Lotus, Cobra, Elva, Lola, Ferrari, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Cooper and more.
All this history will be saluted on-track by 200 vintage racers. The honored marque is Lotus with dozens of these famous cars racing in many classes. The famous Lotus 19 that Dan Gurney drove to victory in the 1962 Pacific Northwest Historics will be on display and in exhibition laps.
Entry and spectator info: www.sovrenracing.org.
VRG/VSCCA Thompson Raceway Vintage Motorsports Festival June 24-25 Entry Still Open
This is a great opportunity to race where the greats raced including: Carroll Shelby, Briggs Cunningham, Mario Andretti, Denise McCluggage, Bob Tullius, Paul O'Shea, Bob Holbert, Bob Sharp, Oscar Koveleski and so many more. Vintage racers will be on a legendary road racing circuit, located in the northeastern corner of Connecticut, that was opened in 1952 incorporating part of the 1940 oval. There is much excitement with a late and growing entry for this unmuffled event.
VRG types of cars will be four grid groups. VSCCA types of cars will race in two grid groups. All VMC member club racers are invited. There is a Friday evening BBQ for all entrants and guests.
VSCCA Race Co-Chairman: Steve Morici 760-662-1112 or [email protected]. or Phil Roettjer VSCCA Race Co-Chairman [email protected].
VRG Co-Race Chairman John Jeffrey 617-510-2694 [email protected].
VRG Co-Chairman Mark Gunsalus 508-272-1323 pr [email protected].
New Racing Books and Father's Day Discounts at RACEMAKER Press
All new and catalogued books are included: three book order 20% off, two book order 15% off, one book order 10% off. Discounts effective through June 26, 2022. Here is a sample of dozens of great books available.
Just out is Boost! by Gordon Kirby about Roger Bailey's 52 years with top teams as racing mechanic, engine builder, crew chief, tech inspector and also co-founder of Indy Lights.
Also just released is the new edition of Dirt Tracks to Glory by Sylvia Williamson with inside stories of racers, tracks and race promotors in the wild and early days of Saturday night oval racing.
Rick Mears, Thanks, new edition by Gordon Kirby updates the previous edition. There are many stories on the legendary racing career of four time Indy 500 winner and most successful oval racer of his era. It is told in an absorbing and entertaining way.
Lost In Time: Formula 5000 in North America by John Zimmerman was recently released about the American Formula 5000 pro series of 1968-1976. It is complete with stories of all the great drivers, teams and cars who were part of the series. There are detailed race results of each event in every year of the series.
Info & order: www.racemaker.com. Phone 1-617-723-6533