Preview and Fundraising Event for the Concours d’Elegance of Texas
Monday October 27, 2014
Join us for a preview for The Houston Classic Motorcar Weekend and special fundraising event for the Concours d’Elegance of Texas charities.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa
600 La Torretta Blvd.
There will also be an introduction of the Next Gen Education Program. This is an exciting program that utilizes the allure of automobiles to help inspire students, show them opportunity, and teach them to grow.
Heacock Classic is excited to see such an innovative program that is designed to impact the lives of all students, whatever their interests!
1929 was the final year of production for the Stearns-Knight Company from Cleveland, Ohio. They built high-priced, high-quality automobiles starting in 1901, and featured the patented Knight sleeve-valve engines as early as 1911. In 1925, the firm was purchased by John North Willys to be the ultra-luxury component of his Willys-Overland empire, but like many, was derailed by the effects of the Great Depression.
This lovely five-passenger Coupe was donated to the ACD Museum by Richard and Holly Anderson, and features a 255 ci inline six-cylinder engine producing 70 HP. With a 234” wheelbase, the car weighs approximately 4,000 pounds and cost $2,645 when new. The Knight in shining armor hood ornament remains one of the most collectible and notable available today.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has released a robust national schedule for the 2015 season, with 18 race events, five more chances to race than in 2014. SVRA’s schedule reflects significant growth in the Western U.S., with the addition of the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Sonoma Raceway, the Portland Vintage Racing Festival at Portland Int’l Raceway, and the Coronado Speed Festival on Coronado Island near San Diego. Two new significant SVRA events are also debuting in the Southeast, the Southern Classic at Road Atlanta and Mardi Gras in October at NOLA Motorsports Park near New Orleans. Heacock Classic is proud to be involved with Tony Parella and the SVRA in both the past and the future of National Championship Vintage Auto Racing in all 4 corners of the United States.
Along with Sonoma and Coronado, 2015’s SVRA Invitational events will include the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the U.S. Vintage National Championship at Circuit of The Americas near Austin, Texas. “This early release of our schedule is the result of some great collaboration with the tracks and other vintage racing organizations,” stated Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO. “They recognize that early date commitments make it easier, and more efficient, for us to work together with them to promote the event and its features. The early commitments put us in front of our entrants and fans in time be included in their early racing and vacation plans.”
2015’s first event will be held February 13-15, and is run with VARA at the Spring Mountain Raceway in Nevada. February’s next two events are run at a pair of iconic tracks, Road Atlanta and Sebring Int’l Raceway, building the season’s momentum. As part of a unique opportunity being offered by SVRA, any racer running both the Road Atlanta and Sebring events will have the opportunity to run a third non- invitational SVRA event for free. The base entry fee will be waved.
Feb. 13-15, Duel in the Desert with VARA at Spring Mountain Raceway, NV
Feb. 20-22, The Southern Classic at Road Atlanta, GA
Feb. 26-March 1, The Spring Vintage Classic at Sebring Int’l Raceway, FL
Mar. 28-29, Willow Springs Historics with VARA at Willow Springs Raceway, CA
Apr. 9-12, Miami Historics at Homestead-Miami Speedway, FL
Apr. 25-26, British Extravaganza with VARA at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, CA
May 14-17, SVRA Spring Vintage Festival at Road America, WI
May 28-31, Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Sonoma Raceway, CA.
June 10-14, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at Indianapolis Motors Speedway, IN
June 19-21, S. California Historic Sports Car Festival at Auto Club Speedway, CA
June 25-28, Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, OH
July 9-12, Portland Vintage Racing Festival at Portland Int’l Raceway, OR
Aug. 13-16, Pocono Mountain Historic Getaway at Pocono Raceway, PA
Sep. 10-13*, U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen Int’l, NY
*(If repaving is approved, date will be July 23-26)
Sep. 18-20, The Coronado Speed Festival at Coronado Island, CA
Sep. 24-27, Heacock Classic Gold Cup at Virginia Int’l Raceway, VA
Oct. 8-11, Mardi Gras in October at NOLA Motorsports Park, LA
Nov. 4-8, U.S. Vintage National Championship at Circuit of The Americas, TX
Heacock Classic Insurance is the founding sponsor of the SVRA, and has provided both the organizational and entrant insurance for the SVRA for over 3 decades. With full line personal collector car and race equipment policies, Heacock Classic is uniquely positioned to provide full-service protection to collectors, racers, and car clubs alike.
Visit Heacock Classic for full details.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III, today the SVRA has over 2,000 members. Further information is available at the SVRA website, on Facebook, and on YouTube, featuring in-car racing videos of SVRA events.
The Lexington Motor Company was founded in 1909 in Lexington, Kentucky, but by 1910 had moved to the emerging industrial center of Connersville, Indiana. Assembled from components sourced from several manufacturers, Lexington produced popular cars in several body styles with both four and six-cylinder engines. Lexington placed first and second at the 1920 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and sales climbed to 6,000 cars in 1920 and an all-time high of 12,000 in 1921.
This example is one of about 20 known to exist today, and is displayed at the ACD Museum in Auburn, Indiana. The six-cylinder Continental engine produces 47 HP. By 1927, Lexington was in receivership, and it’s assets and factory were taken over by The Auburn Automobile Company and it’s President, E.L. Cord.
The second annual SVRA US Vintage National Championship at the Circuit of the Americas last weekend dodged the weather bullet early Saturday morning, and presented 5 days of quality vintage racing in 13 different race groups. In addition, a feature group of authentic Trans-Am cars was featured – really fast drivers and authentic cars stretching their legs and their skills on the Texas-sized 3.4 mile long Formula 1 circuit.
SVRA is one of the oldest and largest vintage racing organizations in the United States. It was founded in 1978 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the initial 12 Hours of Sebring event in 1976. With an initial membership of 25 drivers and supporters, the SVRA has grown to become the premiere vintage racing organization in the country with over 2,000 active members.
There is something pure about seeing a racing Talbot-Lago in action, or a Shelby GT350 blasting down a straightway. Yes, these cars look gorgeous standing still, even in a museum. However, rest assured that the likes of Enzo Ferrari and Carroll Shelby would much rather see their creations raced as intended, and that is what the SVRA is all about.
The top drivers were awarded their Bell Helmet National Championship trophies on Saturday and Sunday:
Overall: William Gardner (Austin-Healey Sprite)
Formula Junior: Robert Hoemke (Cooper T59)
Overall: Dave Handy (Brabham BT29)
FF: Wade Cunningham (Titan Formula Ford)
Joel Weinberger (1962 Porsche 356B)
Dennis Olthoff (1962 GSM Dart)
Bill Treffert (1960 Corvette)
Gray Gregory (1969 Chevron B16)
Hobie Buppert (1969 Lola T70 MKIII)
Bob Caudle (1971 Corvette)
Peter Klutt (1969 Chevrolet Corvette)
Fritz Seidel (1973 Porsche 911 IROC)
Curt Vogt (1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302)
Overall: Lee Brahin (Ralt RT41 Sports Racer)
Overall: Cal Meeker (Lola T292)
Bill Able, (1966 Alfa-Romeo GTV)
Kyle Buxton (1977 March F2)
Gaston Kearby (1997 Lola T97/20)
Overall: Sean Ryan (2006 Ford Fusion)
GT: Bill Ockerlund (1991 Chevrolet Camaro)
GTP3: Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP)
GTP1: Craig Bennett (1974 UOP Shadow Can-Am)
TA2: Theo Bean (Nissan 300ZX-T IMSA GTO)
Luca Maciucescy (1957 Cooper T43)
Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP)
David Neidell (1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass)
Gray Gregory (1973 Chevron B26)
Randy Buck (1973 Chevron B26)
Travis Engen picked up his second helmet of the weekend driving his Audi R8 LMP to victory in the Hawk Performance Historic GT/GTP Enduro. Peter Klutt, who shared his Group 6 Corvette with Al Unser Jr. to win the Brickyard Invitational Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last June, scored again by winning the national championship from the pole.
In 2015, plan on attending one of 17 SVRA events around the country, including legendary tracks such as Sebring, Indy, Watkins Glen, Road America, and VIR. New events include Sonoma on May 28-31, Portland on July 9-12, and New Orleans on October 8-11. Once again, the National Championship event will be at COTA in Austin on November 4-8.