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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 .
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.
VRCBC Historic Motor Races feature the Hagerty Formula Festival, a Westwood Reunion BBQ and races for all vintage classes.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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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