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Heartland Vintage Racing Announces Late Summer and Fall Events

Posted Jul-01-20 at 8:32 PM By celac

Courtesy of HVR / Jim Mcauley    Join HVR for the HVR Summer Showdown at Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, KS  8-9 August.All Midwest vintage racers are welcome to join HVR in partnership with NASA Central for the Summer Showdown.     HVR is also honored to partner with the Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival (LGGPR) organization to showcase vintage racing iron at the hallowed Lake Garnett Raceway in Garnett, KS 9-11 Oct.  Lake Garnett hosts an annual celebration of the legends of racing that braved the treacherous 1.7 mile circuit in the 50’s and 60’s, during American road racing’s heyday.  The LGGPR will feature four HVR Vintage Racing exhibitions per day, as well as the Hagerty Revival Showcase, benefitting the preservation of this historic piece of Americana. Please click Continue for complete report on the most recent HVR event and, for more information, visit HeartlandVintageRacing.com

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Sonoma Speed Festival Postponed to May 2021

Posted Jul-01-20 at 11:26 AM By celac

The Sonoma Speed Festival which debuted in 2019 to resounding acclamation has announced today that the 2020 event is postponed to May, 2021. The organizers noted that, after working through efforts to stage the event under the current conditions: "... they determined it would not be possible to hold the event this year and still provide the caliber of experience attendees enjoyed at the inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival in 2019. The event is primarily a social gathering, which is not something that can be comfortably and safely accomplished in the current environment." Please click continue for the full text of the press release 

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July 10-11 VSCCA 3rd White Mt Vintage GP Club Motorsports Circuit, NH

Posted Jun-29-20 at 4:36 PM By Dan Davis

This is the 2020 season opener and will be held under COVID-19 protocols with no spectators.  For max track time, there will be eight 25 minute sessions for each of two racing groups over the Friday and Saturday event.  This is a muffled event.

Check the web site for latest updates: www.vscca.org

Now Cancelled: July 9-12 HSR & Masters Finger Lakes Vintage Races At The Glen

Posted Jun-28-20 at 3:54 PM By Dan Davis

The vintage racing and historic racing weekend at New York’s Watkins Glen International road racing circuit had attracted entries from many states in the U.S.  Unfortunately, many of these states are on the COVID-19 quarantine list recently announced by the state of New York, thus preventing many racers from attending, making the event impossible.
For latest HSR events info visit: www.hsrrace.com

The July 10-12 CSRG David Love Vintage Races @ Sonoma Raceway Expects Great Cars

Posted Jun-24-20 at 2:50 PM By Dan Davis

This annual vintage racing weekend is one of the largest and most special on the west coast.  This year it is non-spectator, COVID-19 protocols to be in full compliance with local and state requirements.  This is the event rescheduled from the spring.
CSRG is a vintage racing club that emphasizes original, unusual and special sports, sports racing, GT sports sedans and formula cars from the prewar era through the 1990s.  Accordingly, this race attracts the best, special and most unique of interesting vintage racing cars.

For further info and to enter the event contact csrg: https://www.csrgracing.org/contact.html

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All HSR Groups and Classes Invited to The Glen July 9-12 Wine Festival Historic Races

Posted Jun-20-20 at 1:08 PM By celac

Watkins Glen International circuit is one of North America’s legendary road racing circuits.  For over 60 years has hosted the greatest drivers in the greatest series.  It is set near the town of Watkins Glen where modern U.S. road racing began on its streets and nearby roads in 1948.  This is also New York state’s Finger Lakes Wine County.  HSR members and VMC member club racers are invited.

Road America’s July 23-26 WeatherTech International Challenge Showcases 12 Sunday Races

Posted Jun-15-20 at 5:05 PM By celac

The WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman will present 12 Sunday Races Including a Historic Can-Am Feature and a Porsche Reunion Race.

Brian Redman, who drove in the original Can-Am Series, is the Annual Honorary Grand Marshal. The Featured Historic Can-Am Feature Race is Sunday 1:15 pm, Qualifying Race 3:10 pm Saturday. The big, fast, unlimited Sports Racers of the 1966-1974 North American road racing series, driven by the best drivers of the day, set lap records on every circuit.  The great 4 mile, 14 turn Road America circuit was a favorite for original series drivers and is a favorite for Historic Can-Am racers.   The All Porsche Feature, with every type of Porsche, is 2:00 pm Sunday.  Shadow is the featured marque.  Jackie Oliver won the 1974 Can-Am Drivers Championship in a Shadow DN4.  Shadow also competed in Formula One and F5000.  A special Shadow Parade is scheduled for 11:45 am Sunday.  There are Sunday Features for almost every marque and type of vintage and historic cars among the expected 300 vintage and Historic Production Sports, Formula and Sports Racing cars from the 1920s through the mid-1980s.

 

The event is fully open for spectators under the COVID-19 protocol in effect at race time.

Historic Can-Am Association Entrant info: Dan Davis 650-321-1411 or [email protected]

Other Road America Entrant info and spectator info: www.roadamerica.com

 

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Announces Cancellation of Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Posted Jun-13-20 at 4:16 PM By celac

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca's management announced that the 2020 edition of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion has been cancelled, placing the blame squarely on the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. They also announced that the event, which normally serves as the centerpiece of the fabled Monterey Car Week, is to be replaced this year with a “Driver Appreciation Weekend” scheduled for August 8 and 9. Further details and the full text of the press release are available after the jump.

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Updated June, July 2020 Vintage Road Race Events Schedule

Posted Jun-11-20 at 3:43 PM By Dan Davis

Check With Organizer For Changes Before Making Plans

June 18    HVR w/Mid-America Ford Shelby Club -  Hallett, OK
June 19-21 VSCDA Blackhawk Classic - Blackhawk Raceway, IL
June 19-21 SVRA Vintage and Radical Races  - Road America, WI
June 25-28 SVRA Vintage GP - Mid-Ohio Course, OH
July 3-5  SOVREN Pacific Northwest Historics - Pacific Raceway, WA
July 9-12 HSR Historic Races - Watkins Glen International, NY
July 10-11  VSCCA White Mtn Vintage GP - Tamworth, NH
July 10-12 CSRG David Love Races - Sonoma Raceway, CA
July 23-26  SVRA Speed Tour & Vintage Races - Portland, OR
July 23-26  Road America’s WeatherTech International Challenge With Brian Redman - Road America, WI
July 25-26. VSCCA Empire Cup  - Lime Rock Park, CT

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Monday 6 pm Victory Lane Magazine Podcast Delayed Due to Internet Problems

Posted Jun-09-20 at 10:34 PM By Dan Davis

Plans are to have a new episode of  the podcast on-air Thursday, June 11th with updates on several vintage event features.

VSCDA June 19-21 Blackhawk Classic Offers Three Days of Vintage Racing To Members & Guest Racers

Posted Jun-05-20 at 12:59 PM By Dan Davis

The event offers sprint races for all VSCDA classes, a Closed Wheel Enduro Saturday and Open Wheel Enduro on Sunday.  All VSCDA speciality races are on the schedule including FVee, TA/B Sedan and Sprite-Midget Features.  Blackhawk Raceway is a seven turn, two mile road racing circuit located near South Beloit, IL.
All COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing, will apply.  Regrettably this means no traditional Saturday evening banquet or Friday evening ice cream social.  Alternates are being developed.
Info: www.vscda.org or phone 616-916-2650

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Chris Pook & the History of The Long Beach GP by Gordon Kirby

Posted Jun-01-20 at 2:59 PM By Dan Davis

This superb new book from Racemaker Press is a great, timely read as IndyCar opens its season this coming Saturday.

The book relates how Mario Andretti won the 1984 CART Indy car Long Beach race, which started the event's financial and wider success after years of glamour but no profits with F.1.

The Long Beach Grand Prix through-the-streets races continues as a premier road racing event in todays IndyCar Series.  “So you really wanna race in my streets” was the early reaction in 1973 when Chris Pook proposed a plan of racing and city improvements that would follow.  That came from his watching the 1973 Monaco F.1 on ABC’s Wide World of Sports TV program. With the early help and guidance from Dan Gurney and many others in navigating state, city and racing politics and years of 24/7 effort it all came together.  The first race was a 1975 F5000 race won by Brian Redman followed by years of esthetically successful, but financially challenged, F.1 races.
 
This most entertaining and detailed book, with wonderful photos, presents the whole important saga from then until today.  It is a big 320 gloss pages book with some 170 photos for many enjoyable reading sessions.  It is available at Racemaker Press 617-773-6533, www.racemakerpress.com

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Annual Friends of Steve McQueen Boys Republic June 6-7 Car and Motorcycle Show Now Sept 5-6

Posted May-26-20 at 1:20 PM By Dan Davis

The weekend includes numerous activities leading to the Sunday judged car and motorcycle show.  There is an auction, movie screening, special Saturday evening reception and dinner and more.  The event began in 2008.
The event is a fund raiser for Boys Republic which McQueen gives credit for changing him from a challenged youth to a young adult with self-worth and goals.  It is a non-sectarian community for boys and girls from ages 13-17.
Info: Phone 909-628-1217

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, "Shifting Gears," Cancels Race Week & Promotes Smaller Driving Events

Posted May-22-20 at 6:00 PM By celac

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, announced major schedule changes on Thursday in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event is planning a full return in 2021 on July 16-25 with Corvette remaining as the Marque of the Year. Click below for the full text of the press release.

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Vintage Road Racing's Next Event: May 22-24 SOVREN & SCCA At Pacific Raceways in Washington

Posted May-20-20 at 11:56 PM By Dan Davis

This event is scheduled to be followed by others in June including: RMVR June 13-14 at La Junta, CO and VSCDA June 19-21 at Blackhawk Farms Raceway, IL.

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Historic & Virtual Indy 500 Busy Week May 18-24

Posted May-18-20 at 7:19 PM By Dan Davis

A Sunday 2 p.m. (ET) Back Home Again replay of the 2019 Indy 500 caps a week of special activities virtually on-track and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
There is a virtual Friday Carb Day, virtual Saturday Legends Day leading to the 2019 replay.  The Museum has many activities including history presentations and a virtual tour of the Museum.  The actual 500 is August 23rd.  

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The International Formula Junior Historic Racers Association Has Cancelled the 2020 Lurani Trophy.

Posted May-16-20 at 5:06 PM By Dan Davis

The Trophy Formula Junior Series has always been composed of international vintage races who’s schedules and attendance is currently in flux.  Many FJHRA races will be held around the world.  But with travel event restrictions a true championship could not be awarded.  Many North American Historic Formula Junior racers were part of this series when it was featured with over 50 Formula Juniors at Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. For further information please see:  www.formulajunior.com

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Race Registration Continues through June 23 for Road America’s  WeatherTech International Challenge 

Posted May-13-20 at 4:51 PM By Dan Davis

Entrant registration for Road America’s July 24-26 WeatherTech International Challenge With Brian Redman will continue through June 23. There are classes and race groups for almost every vintage and historic race car in the typical 400 car entry.  Early registration will assist in creating publicity for your cars class and group.

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SVRA Postpones June 17-21, 2020 Brickyard Invitational

Posted May-12-20 at 9:24 PM By Dan Davis

The SpeedTour multi-race series event is expected to be rescheduled at a later date on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road racing circuit.

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VARA GM Jeanette Bourke Featured on Victory Lane Podcast

Posted May-11-20 at 1:41 PM By Celac

Jeanette Bourke, VARA's general manager, is the first featured guest on the Victory Lane Podcast. She will present VARA's unique approach to hosting a race event under the current health regulations. Listen to the podcast on the Victory Lane website –new episodes launch every Monday at 6 PM Pacific.

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2020 IndyCar Series set to Open June 6

Posted May-08-20 at 1:34 PM By Dan Davis

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series races will open June 6 for a one day event at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth, Texas without spectators.  Which of the spectacular series cars will be the best future vintage racing collectable?

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Le Mans 1984, A Club Racers Story of Racing In The 1984 LeMans 24 Hour Race

Posted May-05-20 at 1:54 AM By Dan Davis

Bill Wolff's tale is told in an exciting and compelling 16 page feature article in the May issue of Victory Lane Magazine.  Don’t miss it. There are also three vintage event reports, eight other features, plus auction reports, event schedules and more.

Call to subscribe: 650-321-1411 (CA)

VARA May 16-17 British Extravaganza Vintage Races On With Special COVID-19 Procedures and Rules

Posted May-01-20 at 8:29 PM By Dan Davis

The club has developed extensive protocols for driver, staff and worker safety: social distancing, paddock spacing, no gatherings, face masks, etc.  A creative Saturday party with everyone in their own paddock includes hamburger, hot dog BBQ meal pickup and "take to one’s paddock”  is scheduled.  Entries requested ASAP.

Contact Jeanette  at 800-280-8272 or email [email protected].

"Keeping Racing Fitness Very Important During This Short Vintage Racing Pause,” says Dr. Jim Malone

Posted Apr-30-20 at 1:59 PM By Dan Davis

It is well known that on-track performance and safety requires both the car and driver be in top condition.  Regular fast muscle twitch exercises and power exercises are required for optimum driver fitness.  There are many sources and books for racer fitness programs, including a fitness article in the Car and Driver Tech section of the May issue of Victory Lane Magazine.

USRRC Tribute Group Successful Feature March 7 With HMSA Laguna

Posted Apr-28-20 at 3:27 PM By Dan Davis

The USRRC Tribute group had an enthusiastic turnout for their Saturday March 7 feature during the HMSA Spring Club Event on the legendary Laguna Seca circuit.

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