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CVAR Mike Stephens Classic Aug 21-23 Hallett OK Features F Vee

Posted Aug-05-20 at 11:20 AM By Dan Davis

The Hallett Motor Racing circuit in central Oklahoma is one of the best club racing circuits in North America.  This annual vintage racing weekend is special for CVAR racers and attracts racers from RMVR and VSCDA to enjoy racing on this special circuit.  All CVAR classes will be racing, plus a vintage F Vee Feature.  All VMC member club racers are invited.  Friday is Test and Tune, Saturday and Sunday practice and races.  The FV Challenge race is Saturday after group races.

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First August Race RMVR Vintage Race Against Kids Cancer 1-2 At High Plains

Posted Jul-28-20 at 2:52 PM By Dan Davis

This vintage race raises funds for a designated charity.  It is usually Rocky Mountain Vintage racing’s largest vintage race of their season.  Other August vintage races include Heartland Vintage Racing August 8-9 at Heartland Park and Corinthian Vintage Auto Racing 22-23 at Hallett.  September opens with Society of Vintage Racers Association 4, 5, 6 at Portland and Lime Rock Historics 4-7.

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Vintage Racing Event Updates VRG-VDCA Jefferson 500, Put-In-Bay, Monaco, Waterford Hills

Posted Jul-27-20 at 9:48 AM By Dan Davis

The good news first - the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique will now be held in both 2021 and 2022.  The 2020 event was postponed to 2021 and many expected that to reset the  traditional every other year.  But not so.  In 2021 the event will open a month long motorsport past-future-present group of races.  Grand Prix de Historique April 23-25, E-Prix May 8 and FIA Monaco Grand Prix May 20-23.  The 2022 Grand Prix de Historique will be May 13-15.
More good news - the previously postponed or cancelled Waterford Hills Grand Prix will now be held in 2020 on September 24-25 on the Waterford Hills road racing circuit near Clarkston, Michigan.  Info: Joel Hershoren, Phone 248-623-0070.
Now the bad news.  Put-In-Bay Races, the traditional salute to racing in the late 1950s and 1960s, originally set for September 22-23, 2020 is postponed to 2021.  This event is usually held on the roads and airport runways of the original South Bay Island site, an island in Lake Erie.
More bad news.  The VRG-VDCA Jefferson 500 vintage races set for August 6-9, 2020 at Summit Point, West Virginia has been cancelled for this year.  Info: www.vrgonline.org or www.vintagedrive.com.

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Road America July 24-26 WeatherTech Vintage Event Friday, Saturday Evening Concours Now At Circuit

Posted Jul-20-20 at 4:41 PM By Dan Davis

There will be over 340 vintage race cars competing on Friday and Saturday.  On Friday late afternoon selected vintage and historic race cars, previously drove on public roads with police escort to the nearby town of Elkhart Lake for a street concours.  It typically attracts over 20,000 fans.  Similarly on Saturday is a local street car concours.
These will now be held on Friday and Saturday at the Road America circuit on the main front straight.  Race ticket holders can stay and enjoy each evening.  New spectators are invited to purchase, online only, tickets for the late afternoon 6 to 8 p.m. event.  Gates open at 4 p.m. for concours ticket holders.  
Info and race or concours tickets www.roadamerica.com. or call 800-365-7223

VSCCA Empire Cup Vintage Races July 24-25 Lime Rock Park

Posted Jul-16-20 at 9:50 PM By Dan Davis

VSCCA is building off the successful July 10-11 White Mountain Vintage Grand Prix at Tamworth, NH with COVID-19 protocols.  This annual event is for all VSCCA classes and salutes sports racing cars.  It is a non-spectator event.
Lime Rock Park is the “home” circuit for this New England based vintage car owners club.  Each year the club organizes over a dozen races, hillclimbs, rallies and shows.  It is the first ever such club organized in the U.S.

USRRC Tribute Feature Saturday July 11 Race, CSRG David Love Classic Sonoma Raceway

Posted Jul-10-20 at 6:24 PM By Dan Davis

This July 10-12 event is the first of two CSRG annual major races of the season.  It is run this year with no spectators and under COVID-19 protocols.
The USRRC 1963-1968, was SCCA’s first pro series.  The first few years for the Drivers’ Championship was competed in under and over 2 liter sports racing cars.  The over two liter cars included Chaparral, Lola T70, Lotus 30, Gene Mk8, McKee and Shelby King Cobra.  The under two liter cars included Elva Mk7, Lotus 23, LeGrand, Porsche and Merlyn.  The Manufacturers’ Championship, 1963-1965, included Corvette’s, Jaguar’s, Ferrari’s and Cobra’s.
The USRRC Tribute organization had planned numerous west coast feature races in 2020, but due to COVID-19 issues is on a limited schedule.

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Historic Can-Am Sunday Feature Race July 26 At First 2020 Major Vintage Race With Spectators

Posted Jul-07-20 at 4:50 PM By Dan Davis

Road America's July 24-26 WeatherTech International Challenge With Brian Redman expects a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators to enjoy a full schedule of vintage races with cars of all types.  Shadow Cars are the featured marque with six historic Can-Am types in the featured Sunday afternoon feature, along with McLaren's, McKee's, Lola's and a rare roadster Ford GT40 Can-Am car.  To honor Shadow's entry in the later 1977-1986 single seat 5 liter engine series, there are two of these types in the Sunday feature.  There are two Shadow F5000 cars in the big historic open wheel car race.

The 4 mile, 14 turn circuit set in 600 park like acres is one of the best road racing facilities in the world.  Its long straights, fast sweeping turns, a challenging curving, flowing thunder valley section, plus a tight turn 5 challenges drivers of all classes and provides excellent spectator viewing sites.

Info: www.roadamerica.com

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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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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

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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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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