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Posted Jun-13-24 at 6:38 PM By Dan Davis

VSCCA/VRG Thompson Motorsports Festival, June 20-22, Thompson Speedway, CT

This traditional vintage racing weekend is shared by two east coast vintage racing clubs at a very special race venue.

The legendary Thompson Speedway road race circuit hosted most of New England's sports car races in the early and mid-1950s and continues through today.  Many well-known racers competed there.  They include Roger Penske, Mark Donohue, John Fitch, Paul Newman and Bob Sharp.  Many of the race cars raced by these legends will be racing this weekend.

VMC member club vintage racers are invited to join VSCCA and VRG vintage racers for a weekend of vintage racing.                        Visit www.vscca.org or www.vrgonline.org for more information.

 

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Posted Jun-01-24 at 4:25 PM By Dan Davis

VSCDA June 14-16 Vintage Races at Blackhawk Farms, IL

VSCDA invites all vintage racers to join VSCDA vintage racers for a special extra liberal track time event.

The Fathers Day weekend vintage races have special fun events to involve the whole family, including the late afternoon Friday Ice Cream Social and a Saturday evening Racer and Family Dinner (register early for dinner tickets).

It's a full weekend of sprint races for all classes plus special feature races.  These include: V8 Challenge, Trans Am Over/Under Races, Spridget Challenge plus several special Endurance races.

Info: www.vscda.org, Race Chair contact: [email protected]

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Posted May-25-24 at 3:17 PM By Dan Davis

USRRC Tribute May 31-June 2 Big Field At Laps For Laguna

Lotus, Brabham, Porsche, Beach, Elva, Genie Under Two Liter Sports Racers will celebrate the 1963-1965 Under Two Liter years of the original United States Road Racing Championship.  Sixty years ago in the original Laguna USRRC race an Under Two Liter Elva finished first in the Under Two Liter Class and fourth overall behind two Chaparrals and a King Cobra. On May 3rd, 1964 there were 16 Under Two Liter cars in a USRRC field of 32 sports racers. 

For 2024, 23 Under Two Liter Sports Racers are entered for the vintage race weekend USRRC Tribute Saturday feature and weekend vintage races.

The vintage racing weekend organized by Laps For Laguna also has a full weekend of CSRG vintage and historic races

Info: USRRC Tribute, Mike Summers, 916-600-3742, email [email protected]

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Posted May-18-24 at 5:30 PM By Dan Davis

VSCCA Empire Cup Features '50s, '60s Sports Racers, May 31-June 1, Lime Rock Park, CT

The '50s "Modifieds" and '60s "Sports Racers" have a featured group.  There are seven track sessions or more for every race group over the two days with no sound limit.

The '50s and '60s Modifieds and Sports Racers early entries include Tojeiro Climax, several Lotus 23B Fords, Bobsey SR2-Ford, Ginetta G4, Jabro Crosley, Ginetta G12, Beach Mk4b and Chevron B16.  There is also a wide variety of pre-1972 production early entered sports cars including those from Alfa, MG, Triumph, Lotus, Porsche and Elva.

Entry is available at www.vscca.org

For info contact Race Chairman Charles Borden, 914-968-5700, email [email protected]

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Posted May-09-24 at 2:32 PM By Dan Davis

May 16-19 Big Vintage Racing Four Event Weekend.

RMVR is at High Plains Raceway near Denver, Colorado for Vintage Races and Drivers School.  www.rmvr.com

VARA's annual British Extravaganza vintage races are at Buttonwillow Raceway halfway between Sacramento and Los Angeles.  www.vararacing.com

VRG/VDCA Jefferson 500 Vintage Races and Drivers School are at Summit Point West Virginia near Washington D.C. www.vrgonline.org

SVRA Vintage Races with Speed Tour are at World Wide Raceway Illinois. www.svra.com.  

The full 2024 vintage racing schedule is updated every month in Victory Lane Magazine on this site. www.victorylane.com

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Posted Apr-29-24 at 4:03 PM By Dan Davis
Vintage Formula B Continental Series Feature May 31-June 2 with Laps for Laguna

History repeats. The SCCA pro-series for Formula B cars was created 55 years ago in 1969.  On May 3-4, 1969 a field of 53 Formula B cars arrived at Laguna Seca to challenge the original, fast, circuit with its double kinked front straight and be surprised by the super-tight over 90 degree final turn 9.  In the first qualifying session the fast pole time was turned on Lap 12 by Dan Davis in his high winged Lotus 41C, but on lap 13 he crashed on oil dumped by Ray France's Brabham.  Mike Eyerly in the final qualifying  session in his Brabham BT 18 eventually edged out John Milledge in his BT 21 Brabham for race pole.  The one hour race was a classic with Eyerly edging out Milledge for the win.  Ed Leslie, Titan Mk 3 was third, Dan Davis finished fourth in his now wingless Lotus 41C after an all night rebuild.  Cars in the race included Brabham, Lotus, Cooper, Titan, McLaren, Bourgeault, Chevron, Lola, LeGrand and Winkelmann.

The May 31-June 2 Laps for Laguna with CSRG will feature the second race in the 2024 FB Continental Series, the second of six on the 2024 schedule held across the US.

Info: Darrell Le Blanc, 503-200-4687 (WA), [email protected]

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Posted Apr-22-24 at 5:58 PM By Dan Davis
Upcoming Vintage Drivers Schools at Club Races: May 3-4 Lime Rock, May 4-5 Gingerman

Entering a vintage racing school requires significant preparation for would be driver and an acceptable car.  However, there is an opportunity to attend and see what a school and vintage race event is all about.

VSCCA Spring Sprints at Lime rock Park in Western Connecticut are Friday and Saturday May 3-4.
Info: www.vscca.org

VSCDA Gingerman Vintage Races and School is at Gingerman Raceway near South Haven, Michigan.  School is Thursday and Friday, vintage races are Saturday and Sunday. 
Info: www.vscda.org

The February 2024 special issue of Victory Lane Magazine is all about Getting Started in Vintage Racing.  The issue is available in the Archives on this site.

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Posted Apr-19-24 at 1:43 PM By Dan Davis
Vintage Indy Long Beach, Vintage Race & School Eagles Canyon This Weekend April 19-21

During the NTT IndyCar Series racing weekend the vintage Indy cars organized by HMSA are on the track all three days. There is practice on Friday, practice and races on Saturday and a Sunday race.

In Texas each CVAR  seven vintage race group will enjoy four 10 minute test and tune sessions on Friday, three 12 minute sessions on Saturday plus a 40 minute Small Bore Enduro and two Sunday 20 minute points races. The fun Blue Flag Enduro with inverted start ends the day.

The full schedule of this year's vintage races plus race reports and more is in each monthly Victory Lane Magazine at www.victorylane.com

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Posted Apr-16-24 at 5:35 PM By Dan Davis
Sir Jackie Stewart, 3 Time FIA F1 World Driver Champion, Honored RRDC Banquet Thursday Evening April 18 Starting Indy Car Long Beach Weekend

The RRDC Evening with Sir Jackie Stewart is presented by Firestone.  Stewarts international fame was achieved with 99 F1 starts, 27 wins and the 1969, '71, '73 World Driver Championships.  His first F1 win was in 1965 at Monza.  It all started early in 1964 at Goodwood where he excelled in a F3 test.  He went on to win the 1964 British F3 Championship driving for Ken Terrell. 

The very same year of 1964 he drove his first ever US race winning the August 15-16 Marlboro 12 Hour with co-driver Mike Beckworth in a Ford Lotus Factory Team Ford Lotus Cortina.  His US achievements included the 1966 Indy 500 Rookie of The Year, almost winning while leading with 8 laps to go when the engine failed.  He won numerous Can-Am Series races in 1970-1971.

In his later years he founded Race Against Dementia supported this year by the Road Racing Drivers Club Banquet.

Info: www.raceagainstdementia.com

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Posted Apr-14-24 at 6:19 PM By Dan Davis
VSCCA Spring Sprints & New Drivers School May 3,4 Lime Rock Park, CT

It's a celebration!  This is a Friday and Saturday season opener for Vintage racing in New England.  VSCCA is the first vintage race car and vintage racing club organized in the US.  They organize vintage races, hillclimbs, rallies and socials.  Entries for this event emphasize pre-1960 cars but for this event will accept guest VMC Club license holders for cars through the early 1970s to celebrate the opener.  A special Preservation Class of PreWar and selected others with only helmets required does controlled exhibition laps on Saturday.  

The New Drivers School require early registration, acceptable car and full racing apparel.

Info: www.vscca.org

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Posted Apr-10-24 at 8:00 PM By Dan Davis
VSCDA Gingerman Spring Brake & Drivers School May 2-5

The vintage racing season opens in the midwest with this traditional VSCDA vintage racing weekend at Gingerman Raceway near South Haven, Michigan.  The school is Thursday and Friday with registration required now.  The vintage races for all VSCDA classes are Saturday and Sunday with registration open now.

Info: www.vscda.org. Phone 616-916-2650

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Posted Mar-24-24 at 5:54 PM By Dan Davis
Sports Racing Cars of 1960s Featured SOVREN Spring Sprints April 26-28 Pacific Raceways

The 2024 SOVREN season opening vintage racing weekend will celebrate the great history of these cars and their drivers in the west.  Vintage Feature Marques will include Lotus, Elva, Genie, King Cobra, Lola, McLaren, Merlyn, Cooper, Bobsy, Porsche, Brabham and more.

This annual season opener will include all SOVREN classes: Production Sports, Formula Cars, Sports Sedans and Sports Racing Cars.  It also offers Friday Orientation for novice vintage racers and would-be vintage racers, plus Test and Tune sessions for all entries.  

Pacific Raceways is a legendary circuit that has hosted great amateur and pro sports car races since 1960.  The goal for this event is a good time with liberal track time and off-track hospitality for SOVREN members and visiting vintage racers.  Entries are open.  Enter Now!

Info: www.sovrenracing.org

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Posted Mar-18-24 at 8:51 PM By Dan Davis
Revitalized Formula Junior Historic North America Association, FJHNA, Feature Success at CVAR Hallett

The Historic Formula Junior Series 2024 opening feature attracted 17 of the legendary 1959-1963 race cars.  FJHNA Race Chairman Tom O'Grady reported that cars came from the East Coast, Midwest and Rocky Mountain areas as well as the Southwest.  The next FJHNA features will be in the fall at Lime Rock Historics and the Velocity Invitational.  Look for full Hallett report in the April issue of Victory Lane Magazine online here April 1, 2024.

The featured races were held during the March 15-17 CVAR Vintage races held in the spring each year at Hallett Motor Sports Raceway in Oklahoma

FJHNA info:  Mitch McCullough, 310-944-4576 MA, [email protected].

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Posted Mar-15-24 at 1:19 PM By Dan Davis
SCCA Pro All Formula B Continental Series 55th Anniversary 1969-2024 Celebrations

Six vintage Formula B feature race celebrations across the US open March 15-17 at Sonoma Raceway with CSRG.

This is followed with Formula B Features on vintage racing weekends at Laguna Seca, Indianapolis, Road America, Circuit of The Americas and Thunderhill Raceway Park.

Learn about Formula B racing in an article by Pearce Raeder on pages 40-42 in the March issue of Victory Lane Magazine on this site.  Just click, no fee, no password!

Info: Darrell LeBlanc 503-200-4687, [email protected]
        Marc Giroux 607-368-0241, [email protected]

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Posted Mar-05-24 at 6:57 PM By Dan Davis
Vintage Race Weekends March 8-10 In Texas & Florida

SVRA Vintage makes it first visit to Eagles Canyon Raceway in North Texas with a Drivers School and vintage races.

HSR vintage races are on the legendary Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

The following weekend March 15-17 there are vintage race weekends at Sonoma Raceway, CA, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit OK, and Willow Springs International Raceway, CA.

The full schedule and event details for the rest of the year are in the accompanying Victory Lane Magazine in flip page format, no password, no fee required, just click on.

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Posted Feb-07-24 at 7:16 PM By Dan Davis
Nine Vintage Auto Events in March Include 5 All Vintage Race Weekends

The latest schedule pages in Victory Lane Magazine are updated for North American and International vintage races and events in 2024.  Visit the schedule on pages 34 & 35 of the February issue on this site, www.victorylane.com.  No password, no fee required.

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Posted Jan-29-24 at 2:36 PM By Dan Davis
USRRC Tribute For Sports Racing Cars March 15-17 With CSRG, Sonoma Raceway

The SCCA pro United States Road Racing Championship of 1963-1968 attracted great Sports Racing Cars, Production Sports Cars, teams and drivers.  The Drivers Championship in both over and under 2 Liter cars included Jim Hall, Bob Holbert, George Follmer, Mark Donohue and Charlie Parsons.  The cars included King Cobra, Chaparral, Elva 7, Lotus 23, Lola T70-160-163, McLaren 1A-1B-6A.

The USRRC Tribute four race series opener is followed by three races with CSRG: May 31-June 2 Laguna Seca; September 13-15 Sonoma Raceway; November 1-2 Thunderhill Raceway Park.

The USRRC Sports Racers will also be one of the twelve featured groups at the August 14-17 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca.

USRRC Tribute Info: Mike Summers organizer, 916-600-3742 (CA)

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Posted Jan-23-24 at 5:47 PM By Dan Davis
Formula Junior 2024, 3 Event Season Opens March 15-17, Hallett

Historic 1959-1963 Formula Junior cars were once driven by the legends of racing including: Clark, Stewart, Bandini, Spence, Siffert, Parnell, Surtees, Von Trips, Hall, Revson, Penske, Miles, Pabst and Mc Cluggage. Vintage racers will drive famous FJr cars from Lotus, Lola, Elva, Bandini and Stanguellini.

This vintage racing weekend at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit near Tulsa, Oklahoma is organized by CVAR.

Entry is open for FJr and all CVAR racers at www.corinthinianvintageautoracing.com.  
FJr info:  Tom O'Grady, 281-253-8881 (TX)

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Posted Jan-16-24 at 1:34 PM By Dan Davis
2024 Put-In-Bay Sports Car Races, Sept 17-19 Celebrates 50s & 60s, Porsche Featured

The original Put-In-Bay Sports Car Races began in the 1950s through the town and eventually on the airport accompanied by parties and celebrations.

That spirit of celebrating the joy of racing unique sports cars continues.  There is vintage racing on the original airport, through the streets circuit touring, exhibition laps, car shows and social events.

Pre-1991, under 3 liter production sports cars, up to 2 liter sports cars, vintage Formula Junior - Formula Vee - Formula Ford are all invited.  The event celebrates "Sports Car Racing The Way It Was . . . And Still Can Be!"

Info: www.pibroadrace.com or call 734-502-2465, 412-400-9151. 

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Posted Jan-06-24 at 1:50 PM By Dan Davis
2024 First US Vintage Races, VDCA Feb 10-11 Roebling Road GA

VDCA invites all vintage racing license holders to enjoy a weekend of vintage racing with cool cars and fun people. 
VDCA is noted for scheduling max track time in a well organized event with legendary camaraderie and hospitality.

Register and info now at www.vdca.motorsportsreg.com

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Posted Dec-23-23 at 4:19 PM By Dan Davis
There's Gifts for Vintage Racers in the 2024 Events Schedules

A time to celebrate!  Many vintage racing clubs and special feature groups have released their 2024 schedule to Victory Lane Magazine.  Features already announced by clubs, circuits and special groups include those for Healey's, Minis, Sprigets, Formula Junior, Japanese Cars, 50th Anniversary of Vintage Racing at Laguna, USRRC Tribute, Formula B Continental Cars, British Cars, Formula 5000 Cars, Vintage Indy Cars and Litchfield Cup.  There are many more to come soon.

Happy Holiday from all the Victory Lane Magazine staff and many contributors.  

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Posted Dec-14-23 at 5:33 PM By Dan Davis
The Del Monte Trophy Group at Velocity Invitational Nov 10-12, 2023  Video Online

Vintage racing cars of The Del Monte Trophy Group from the Pebble Beach Road Races of 1950-1956 were a special race group for this annual major vintage and historic weekend at Sonoma Raceway.  The Velocity Invitational weekend featured eight vintage racing groups of period authentic, period correct cars, McLaren cars were the featured marque with great cars from US owners and the UK factory collection. 

The video features the Del Monte Trophy Group.  Full event report in the January issue of Victory Lane Magazine on this site.

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Posted Dec-08-23 at 8:37 PM By Dan Davis
Chris Springer, McLaren M8F Can-Am Car, Sonoma and Laguna Vintage Races 2023, Video Onsite

Historic Can-Am cars were featured during the Velocity Invitational Vintage Races November 10-12 at Sonoma Raceway, the Pre-Reunion August 12-14 and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca August 16-20. These events are world famous for featuring vintage and historic race cars of significant history and period correct preparation.  The M8F is the type of McLaren that Peter Revson raced to the 1971 Canadian American Cup Series Championship. 

Chris Springer acquired, restored and race prepped this example beginning in September 2023.  Laguna Seca was the first race in the M8F car achieving third place in the feature and an Award of Excellence.

For video information call Dan Davis of Victory Lane Magazine 650-465-3258 (CA)
For Chris Springer Restorations call 408-857-2088 (CA)

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Posted Dec-02-23 at 2:02 PM By Dan Davis
December Victory Lane Magazine Online, HSR, VSCCA, CSRG, VDCA, Tasman Cup Vintage Racing Reports

2024 vintage racing feature news includes info on Formula B, Formula Junior, Minis, and Healey's.  A photo story on Sunbeam sports cars in the 1960s will provide surprises.  

2023 winners and losers in the auction market are reviewed in the monthly auction column. There is much more about the vintage racing scene.

Click on the cover image, no password, no fee required!

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Posted Nov-24-23 at 5:05 PM By Dan Davis
2023 Last Vintage Races: HSR at Sebring, VDCA at Roebling Road

Th HSR Sebring Classic 12, Nov 29-Dec 3 has sprint races, short enduros and the 12 Hour Enduro.  The event attracts entries from North America and abroad.
Info: www.hsrrace.com

The VDCA Season Finale vintage race Dec 8-10, also known as the world-famous Oyster Shucking and Pig Pulling Party and Races, is a fitting fun holiday vintage racing experience.  There are numerous Group and Fun Races in a party atmosphere.  Then there is the Saturday evening party!
Info: www.vintagedrive.com

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