1932 Packard Deluxe Eight Sport Phaeton
Thursday December 22, 2016
The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival – a Gold Medallion event – returns to Sonoma Raceway on June 1-4, 2017. Over 400 racers will take center stage for this invitational event. The Gold Medallion Program salutes race cars prepared to the rules of the era in which they were originally raced. This year SVRA will feature the Sensational ‘60s, saluting the the design, technology, and social developments that culminated in many of the racing series and icons that are celebrated today.
The challenging Sonoma Raceway facility is located in Sonoma, California. The 12-turn course opened in 1968 and features elevation changes, fast sweeping turns, and the challenging carousel. This event offers a wide variety of pre and post-race activities. The track’s proximity to Sonoma and Napa wine regions makes it a popular destination for competitors and race fans alike.
Some of the world’s finest racing machines will take to the track, some of which date as far back as Pre-WWI. Last year, over 40 million dollars was the estimated cumulative value of the Pre-War group 1 cars. An incredible collection of race cars, including Bugatti, Lotus, Corvette, Ferrari, Jaguar, and Alfa Romeo, will test the twists and turns of this world-class road course.
On Saturday night, a select group of historic race cars depart the raceway under a full CHP escort and head to the beautiful town of Sonoma. The cars take a ceremonial lap around the Town Square before settling into the Plaza for public viewing. Saturday’s car show will be another great chance for fans to enjoy the street and performance cars from local car clubs, as well as show off their rides. These activities, and many more, round out a jam-packed weekend of racing. Visit www.svra.com for full details.
This brand new event is an opportunity for open wheel racers from around the world to experience what it is like to race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The SVRA Open Wheel World Challenge pays homage to the 50th anniversary of Formula Ford racing and all of the great drivers who started their racing careers in them.
This inaugural event could be the largest gathering of open wheel competition cars ever assembled. In addition to Formula Ford, any open wheel car, including Formula One, Formula 5000, Indy cars, Indy Lights, Formula Vee, and Formula Junior is invited. Specific race groups will be established that combine cars of similar speed and will focus on rules for Monoposto, FIA, and SCCA race cars. The open wheel weekend also serves as a precursor to the Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, happening the very next weekend, so it’s a great way for open wheel racers to get a ton of track time on a legendary track.
Visit www.svra.com for full details.
World-class vintage racing returns for a third time to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for SVRA’s Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational. Vintage race cars will take center stage on the famous road course during the weekend, offering drivers and the fans the widest variety of vintage motor racing cars available anywhere. Bobby Unser is the 2017 Grand Marshal.
The Indy Legends ProAm Charity race returns, pairing 33 veteran Indy 500 drivers with amateur racing partners driving Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs in a 45-minute race on the IMS road course. Since debuting in 2014, the Indy Legends ProAm Charity race has raised over $100,000 for local charities.
The Historic Trans-Am Group will be bringing significant, period-prepared Historic Trans-Am cars from around the country to showcase the rich history of the series. The contemporary Trans Am Series will also be running their grids as a part of this weekend.
The Motostalgia Collector Car Auction will take place Saturday night in the pavilion located at the base of the IMS Pagoda. Saturday night’s driver and crew party under the stars includes a live concert by The Guess Who, followed by a spectacular fireworks display to cap the evening festivities. Admission to the dinner is by race credential, and dinner tickets can be purchased for extra crews and guests. The concert and fireworks display are open to all weekend ticket holders at no extra charge.
Visit www.svra.com for complete details
2017 will mark the 35th consecutive year that the SVRA visits the historic Mid-Ohio facility. Many racers will make the choice to run the weekends at Indy, then head to Ohio for more laps at the Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio. Significant, period-prepared Historic Trans-Am cars from around the country will share the weekend racing along with the contemporary Trans-Am Series.
Like all SVRA events this race is a great family event. Children 12 years old and under are always admitted for free, and your admission covers entry to all spectator areas, with full paddock access and parking. Guests can stroll the paddock to see the cars up close and chat with the drivers. Fans and entrants can shop the vendors row offering all types of racing clothing, photos and memorabilia – oh, and great insurance quotes, too!
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has hosted every major amateur and professional race series in the United States. Mid-Ohio’s park like setting and challenging, 2.4-mile,15-turn configuration make it a favorite with both fans and competitors.
Join Heacock Classic at Mid-Ohio for the Vintage Grand Prix. Full details at www.svra.com
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.