1932 Packard Deluxe Eight Sport Phaeton
Thursday December 22, 2016
The SVRA returns to the Portland International Raceway on July 27-30 once again to celebrate a long history of motorsports at this iconic track.
More than half a century ago, the Portland International Raceway site was something quite different than a park: a city.
Built during World War II as housing for Kaiser shipyard workers, the city of Vanport was home to nearly 40,000 people at its peak, making it the second largest city in Oregon. But, built behind dikes, Vanport was washed away by a flood in 1948, never to be rebuilt.
The site, 640 acres of low-lying farmland, was America’s largest public housing project, and was built in less than 10 months. There was a library, post office, police station, several fire houses, an infirmary, stores, five elementary schools and a 750-seat movie theater. Vanport College, created after the war to support veterans headed to school on the G.I. Bill, moved after the flood to become Portland State University.
Left from the remains of Vanport was an intact street system, and little else, when acquired by the City of Portland in 1960. It was a time of growing interest in sports car and drag racing, and the Portland Jaycees saw that the abandoned roads of Vanport had the potential to become a road race course. In 1961 the first Rose Cup race was held as part of the Portland Rose Festival.
By 1965 the track was hosting all types of racing, including vintage races beginning in the 80’s. Today, the SVRA runs a full slate of classes and hosts hundreds of vintage race cars each year.
TRhere will be racing all weekend, and Saturday features a Car Show on the infield, and a lunchtime parade lap around the track.
Full details will be available soon at www.svra.com.
The 2017 version of the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Jaguar and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), will take place September 6-10, 2017 at the historic road course located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York.
“We are proud to work with world-class venues strategically selected on both coasts and in the middle of the country,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President and CEO. “This national platform provides access to essential markets for our sponsors and are conveniently located for our member race teams and our growing fan base.”
The popular Trans-Am Series will join SVRA on this early September weekend at Watkins Glen International. “The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Jaguar race weekend is an absolute favorite for fans of Watkins Glen International,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “We look forward to welcoming back the SVRA and its participants from around the country in 2017.”
From a temporary course in 1953 and the inaugural NASCAR race in 1956, the Glen became a true international circuit by welcoming F1 in 1961. By the 70’s, racing legends like Andretti, Donohue, McLaren, Stewart, and Hill had won races and made their mark at Watkins Glen. Today, the SVRA makes it possible for modern vintage competitors to make their own mark at The Glen as well. Visit www.svra.com for more details.
Join Heacock Classic Insurance for one of the premiere vintage racing events on the Eastern Seaboard. This SVRA race weekend is held at the 3.27 mile, historically significant Virginia International Raceway, located just outside of Danville Virginia. After some remarkably wet weather last year, the field is eager for some fast asphalt in 2017.
The track offers 17 turns, numerous elevation changes, long straights, and a park like setting, making this circuit a favorite Fall race destination for many SVRA drivers and teams. Plenty of track time and a friendly atmosphere make the Heacock Classic Gold Cup a premiere event, one that celebrates Ford Heacock founding the SVRA way back in 1989.
Our namesake event features the final Sprint and Hawk Performance Endurance races for the East Coast championships will take place on Saturday and Sunday and will include the SVRA Gold Cup Sprint Races. Season Champions will be announced at the Saturday night’s Black & White Awards Banquet held at the Gallery, overlooking the scenic North Paddock. The rolling hills provide some of the best spectator vantage points in all of racing, with plenty of free parking and room for all.
Some awards may not be announced if they are dependent on Sunday’s race results. In addition, the 2015 Driver of the Year, Amateur and Professional Mechanic of the year, Best Rookie and Most Improved Driver, and SVRA Hall of Fame Recipients will also be announced that evening.
Event sponsors, hard-working vendors, Banquet hosts, and part time pit crew – those Heacock guys will be everywhere at VIR! Sunday activities include the SVRA Heacock Gold Cup Races and the Trans Am Race Series 100 mile feature race. Whether you are a racer of a spectator, we hope you can join us on September 21-24 at VIR! For full details, visit www.svra.com.
This exciting event is on target for October 13-15, but is still pending the approval process of the US Navy. Visit www.svra.com for the latest details.