Great Automobiles of the Great American Designers
Thursday December 18, 2014
President Obama announced yesterday the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, a historic day that changes the tense relations with the island 90 miles off the Florida coast that have existed for over 50 years. No doubt, there are plenty of treasure-hunting car enthusiasts already on a plane to Havana hoping to bring back some automotive souvenirs.
Pre-revolution cars from the 1950s are prevalent on the streets and in the alleys of the Caribbean nation, as Cubans were forced to tirelessly try to keep them on the road indefinitely as taxis and daily transportation. Among the plentiful Fords and Chevrolets are a few rare luxury cars once owned by some of the capitalists that fled the island once Fidel Castro came to power.
Finding them is a favorite pastime of many visitors, including photographer Piotr Degler, who recently set out to discover a million-dollar Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe that was supposedly left to rot by the side of a road under a banana tree. (more…)
December 1, 2014, Southlake, Texas – SVRA has announced that Midwest Aston Martin dealership, Lake Forest Sportscars, will be the title sponsor for the Spring Vintage Festival, May 14-17, 2015 at Road America. The Lake Forest Sportscars Spring Vintage Festival will attract over 250 race cars, representing some of the greatest vintage racing marques in the world, and Heacock Classic Insurance will also once again be onsite with licensed agents ready to assist your insurance needs.
“What better group of prospects could you have than several hundred participants who are spending large sums of money on cars that can’t be driven on the street? Plus, as an added bonus, there are thousands of paying spectators who love cars. Since we are participants in vintage racing, this is a seamless expansion of our existing involvement,” said Rick Mancuso, President of Lake Forest Sportscars. “Add in the opportunity to sponsor at Road America, our favorite track in the world, and the package is irresistible!”
Lake Forest Sportscars will create a highly focused, Aston Martin lifestyle experience during the weekend that includes: centralized paddock for current Aston owners plus an on track touring in their Aston, new and pre-owned Aston display, on-site product presentation and technical staff, exquisite 5-star catering each day, exclusive Aston catered dinner and wine sampling at the track and in the pit area, on-site video recording, and availability of immediate demonstration rides in the local area.
“Bringing Lake Forest Sportscars, and the Aston Martin lifestyle experience, to a vintage race event provides tremendous value and impact,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “Integrating and focusing on a great racing marque and luxury brand during a vintage race weekend enhances the scale and relevance of our event, as well as allowing Rick and his team to meet and engage with customers. The demographics of our vintage community are a very good match for their marketing objectives.”
The Lake Forest Sportscars Spring Vintage Festival with SVRA kicks off the 2015 vintage racing season at Road America. The world class, 4.2-mile, 14-turn road circuit plays host to exciting, wheel-to-wheel vintage race action in 10 separate groups, including production, grand touring and sports cars. Road America is the ideal track for drivers of high performance sports racers, prototypes and formula cars to showcase their capabilities. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Saturday night party for drivers and crew at the Road America Center.
About SVRA: The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III, the SVRA has 2,000 members. It currently sanctions 18 events at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Road Atlanta, Pocono Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing organization recently hosted the second U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Join Heacock Classic Insurance and HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing, LTD.) at the legendary Daytona International Speedway for the Classic 24 Hour Race and Daytona Historics. Daytona in November always attracts a strong field of racers and this year will be no exception.
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.
Montgomery, Texas (more…)
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. (more…)