Vintage / Historic

SVRA - LLOYD, HEARN, & TREADWAY JOIN TALENTED INDY LEGENDS PRO-AM FIELD

Field Rapidly Filling For June 17 Brickyard Invitational Feature Race at IMS

Southlake, TX (May 2, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today revealed that with the entry of top competitors Alex Lloyd, Richie Hearn and Rick Treadway only six spots remain in its field of 33 for the June 17 Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am. That race is the Saturday feature of the Fathers’ Day Weekend Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We have had tremendous interest among Indy 500 veterans and that is such an honor,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella.  “The three drivers we are announcing today have amazing stories, and I think it is cool that Ricky can come back to IMS as a competitor on the 20th anniversary of his father’s Indy 500 win as an owner back in 1997.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.02.2017

SVRA - BOBBY UNSER NAMED BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL GRAND MARSHAL

“Uncle” Bobby Leads Unser Family Return to IMS June 16-18

Southlake, TX (April 25, 2016) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced one of the greatest icons in the history of motor racing will serve as grand marshal for its Father’s Day weekend (June 16-19) Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).  Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Unser will return to the scene of his most legendary triumphs from a sterling career. Joining “Uncle” Bobby will be his four-time Indianapolis 500 Champion brother, Al Unser, who will race in the event’s Saturday, June 17 Indy Legends Pro-Am. Bobby’s son Robby as well as nephews Johnny and two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr. have also entered in the Pro-Am. Robby won the A Production class of that race last year.

“All of us at the SVRA understand what the Unser name means to racing fans,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “We are honored by Bobby Unser’s continued support of the SVRA and I am humbled that the entire family have embraced the Brickyard Invitational as a kind of annual Unser family reunion at IMS.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 2:15 PM, 04.25.2017

SVRA - DISMORE, HALSMER, PAPIS JOIN TALENTED INDY LEGENDS PRO-AM FIELD

Daytona 24 Champs To Return To IMS For June 16-18 Brickyard Invitational

Southlake, TX (April 27, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced Mark Dismore, Max Papis and Pete Halsmer  – all former winners at the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona – will again be among the 33 Indy 500 veterans at the June 17 Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am. That race is the Saturday feature of the Fathers’ Day Weekend Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“As I get to know our Indy Legends, it is interesting to see how much they have in common. A lot of our drivers have driven in the 24 Hours of Daytona and in the case of these three, all of them have victories there,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella.  “I also find them to be true gentlemen who have embraced and enhanced our form of motorsport and certainly have a home with us at the SVRA.”

Dismore is the ultimate enthusiast for the Brickyard Invitational, calling it the highlight of his year and a chance to settle some unfinished business at the track. Halsmer has raced in other SVRA events, notably at the wheel of a 1960’s Lotus Cortina. Papis, with wife Tatiana, are the owners of Max Papis Innovations a business that markets Max’ signature steering wheels with a booth at the Brickyard Invitational.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.27.2017

SVRA - GEOFF BRABHAM, DAVY JONES RETURN TO SVRA BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

Both Le Mans 24 Champions Sign On To June 17 Indy Legends Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (April 18, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced the return of Geoff Brabham and Davy Jones, both overall winners at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to the Fathers’ Day Weekend Indy Legends Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The two are the latest additions to an already star-studded field for the fourth running of the Brickyard Invitational’s Saturday, June 17 feature race.

“Davy and Geoff are top-level champions, really amazing talents,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “The accomplishments of the drivers racing with us this year make me feel like we are pulling together a new International Race of Champions (IROC) field. It’s that good.”

The Pro-Am feature Brabham and Jones will compete in is a 45-minute race on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course. Other top drivers who have filed entries include four-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser and his son, Al Jr., who won the “500” twice. Still others include defending Indy Legends Pro-Am drivers Robby Unser (A Production) and Paul Tracy (B Production) as well as Willy T. Ribbs, Johnny Unser, Sarah Fisher, Davey Hamilton and Lyn St. James.

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 12:20 PM, 04.18.2017

SVRA - LAZIERS RETURN TO FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

2015 “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am Champ Bob Lazier and Son Jaques Back At IMS

Southlake, TX (April 11, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Bob Lazier, the 2015 winner of the “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am, will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the June 17 feature race of the Brickyard Invitational. Jaques Lazier has also entered the contest joining his father during the Father’s Day weekend event, June 16-18.  

“The Laziers are a class act and it’s special to have a father and son combination racing with us during our first Father’s Day weekend race meet,” said SVRA President and CEO Tony Parella. “I had to chuckle when I heard Bob say he had a few good laps in him after winning a couple of years ago. Both he and Jaques are pros and have been an important part of this event since the first one in 2014.”

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Volume 2017, Issue 4, Posted 10:32 AM, 04.11.2017

SVRA - JIMMY VASSER JOINS PAUL TRACY AT SVRA BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

 

Two Old Rivals and Indy Car Champions To Tackle June 17 Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (March 6, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that 1996 Indy Car Champion Jimmy Vasser has entered the “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am, joining his old rival and 2003 Indy Car Champion Paul Tracy in the feature event of the Brickyard Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tracy is a defending champion of the race, having won the B Production competition last year in co-driver Gary Moore’s 1965 Mustang GT 350.

Both Vasser and Tracy are among the major talents of the modern era of Indy car racing. Tracy is a seven-time starter in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of second in 2002 in a controversial result that still has bench-racers debating the outcome. Vasser competed in eight Indianapolis 500s, recording two fourths in 1994 and 2001 for his best showings.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 12:18 PM, 03.06.2017

SVRA - CAPITAL ONE SPARK BUSINESS BECOMES OFFICIAL BUSINESS CREDIT CARD PARTNER OF SVRA

Southlake, TX (February 28, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Capital One Spark Business is now the official business credit card partner of America’s premier vintage racing series.

 “I can tell you I have a Capital One Spark business card in my wallet and it has been a critical tool to keep the engine of my business running,” said Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “I am proud of the suite of products and services that SVRA has been putting together for our members and the support that our members have continued to provide our partners. We are building a community centered around members and organizations like Capital One Spark Business that support our shared goal of continuing to grow vintage racing.”

 Capital One Spark Business is the latest in a string of top business, consumer and automotive brands to partner with SVRA to provide members with best in class products and services. Other top brands partnering with America’s premier vintage racing organization include Jaguar, Land Rover, NetJets, Zenith Watch, Robert Talbott, Mazda, Hoosier Tire, TRITEC, Safecraft and National App.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:41 AM, 02.28.2017

SVRA - RACING RADIOS BECOMES SVRA’S OFFICIAL RADIO PROVIDER

Leading Motorsports Radio Communications Company Joins Strong Field of SVRA Sponsors

Southlake, TX (February 20, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that Racing Radios, America’s leading motorsports radio communication company, has become the latest sponsor of America’s premier vintage racing series. Racing Radios adds the SVRA to its impressive list of companies relying on it as their Official Two-Way Services Provider, which already includes Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, NASCAR Xfinity, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 1:51 PM, 02.20.2017

SVRA - SARAH FISHER JOINS ST. JAMES, BEATRIZ AT BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

Star Trio To Compete Together First Time Anywhere In June 17 Indy Legends Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (March 22, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Sarah Fisher will join Lyn St. James and Ana Beatriz for the first time in this year’s Fathers’ Day Weekend Indy Legends Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The trio is among the most talented and versatile drivers of Indianapolis 500 history and all will be together in competition for the first time anywhere in the Saturday, June 17 feature race.

“We’ve been approaching Sarah about joining us since last year,” said SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “She was the sport’s most popular driver in the IRL days and I have to believe fans are going to be delighted that the SVRA can make it possible for these three great drivers to compete together for the first time in history.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 9:56 AM, 03.22.2017

SVRA - “UNSER COUSINS” RETURN TO SVRA BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

 

Robby, Johnny And “Cousin” Willy T. Ribbs Sign On To June 17 Indy Legends Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (March 15, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that once again there will be a full complement of Unsers entered in this year’s Fathers’ Day Weekend Indy Legends Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Robby and Johnny Unser join the previously announced Al Unser and Al Unser Jr. in the Saturday, June 17 feature race, and are bringing along their “adopted cousin,” Willy T. Ribbs, who made Speedway history as the first black driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Robby is the defending champion of the A Production class of the race, which he won last year with co-driver Andre Ahrle in the latter’s 1965 Shelby Cobra.

“It’s been a thrill getting to know the entire Unser family over the past few years,” says SVRA CEO Tony Parella. “I was always such a fan of Big Al and Bobby growing up, but to get to know them on a personal level and learn things I didn’t know, like the special relationship with Willy, is amazing. I couldn’t be more honored than to have great champions like these drivers embrace our sport and help us build it.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:32 AM, 03.16.2017

SVRA - AL UNSER TO RETURN TO RACING AT BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL

 

Four-Time Indy 500 Winner to Join Son Al Jr. in SVRA’s Indy Legends Charity Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (February 21, 2017) – Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser revealed today he plans to return to wheel-to-wheel competition at the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s (SVRA) “Indy Legends” Charity Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on June 17 – appropriately enough, Father’s Day Weekend. The three-time Indy car national champion will join his son, two-time Indy 500 champion Al Unser Jr., in the race to mark the first time since 1993 that they have competed together at the Speedway. Unser’s surprising return to competition comes at the 25th anniversary of the best finish by a father and son in “500” history when in 1992 Al Jr. won in what remains the race’s closest finish while dad Al brought his Menards entry home third.

“I guess I got tired of watching the kids have all the fun,” said Unser, who served as Brickyard Invitational grand marshal in 2015. “Seriously, Tony Parella and his SVRA team have created a first-class event and that’s why the entire Unser family has gotten behind it. We believe in what he is doing and I personally enjoy reconnecting with the great fans of the Indianapolis 500.”

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.21.2017

SVRA - FIRST-EVER VINTAGE RACING SEASON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Points-Based Endurance, Sprint Championships Set for 2017 Season

Southlake, TX (February, 16, 2017) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that for the first time ever America’s premier vintage racing organization will offer season-long championships for both their short sprint races and their endurance contests – commonly referred to as “enduros” – of a set distance or timed competition of up to 90 minutes in duration. Previously, the season-long SVRA points championship has been centered in the eastern United States.

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 2:06 PM, 02.16.2017

A New Unser Triumphant at Indy

The Unser family - Al, Al Jr., and Bobby - has taken nine victories on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's famed 2.5-mile oval. Today, Bobby's son Robbie joined the ranks of Unsers Victorious at Indy, this time on the 2.43-mile road course.

Unser joined Andre Ahrle in the seat of his 1965 Cobra CompR 427 sports car in today's running of the Indy Legends Celebrity Charity Vintage Pro/Am, staged by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association's Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational on the IMS 2.43-mile infield road course.

The Unser/Ahrle duo completed the 25-lap pro/am event ahead of the hard-charging 1965 Mustang GT350 combo of Gary Moore and Paul Tracy.

 

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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 4:44 PM, 06.18.2016

First Use of Checkered Flag

Auto racing historian and vintage race car owner Howard Kroplick has uncovered what is believed to be a photo of the first use of a checkered flag to signify the end of a race.

The photo was published in the October 14, 1906 edition of the New York Times, and it shows Louis Wagner winning the 1096 Vanderbilt Cup race in Long Island, N.Y.

Prior to 1906, a variety of flags were used to signify the beginning and end of the race, and it would be a few more years before the checkered flag was standardized as the flag shown to indicate the conclusion of a race.

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Volume 2014, Issue 5, Posted 2:42 PM, 05.19.2014

Celebration of Automobiles Image Gallery

IMS ANNOUNCES CELEBRATION OF AUTOMOBILES AWARD WINNERS
1937 Cord, 1927 Isotta Win Best of Show Honors at Fourth Annual Classic/Vintage Car Event

The 2014 Celebration of Automobiles featured many of the world’s finest classic/vintage automobiles on display Saturday, May 10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with a 1937 Cord winning the “Best of Show – American” award, and a 1927 Isotta honored as “Best of Show - Foreign.”

            Now in its fourth year after a highly successful debut in 2011 held in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500, the Celebration of Automobiles pays tribute to the rich heritage of automotive development at the track for more than a century.

            The 1937 Cord 812 S/C Phaeton that won the “Best of Show – American” award is owned by Larry Hurn of Olney, Ill. The 1927 Isotta voted as “Best of Show – Foreign,” was entered by Joseph and Margie Cassini of West Orange, N.J.

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Volume 2014, Issue 5, Posted 3:29 PM, 05.13.2014

Elvis' Stutz Blackhawk Centerpiece of CMS AutoFair Displays

CONCORD, N.C. (March 25, 2014) – [Track release] Elvis Presley’s 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III, one of his most famous vehicles and the last car he ever drove through the gates of Graceland, will be the centerpiece display in the Nationwide Insurance Classic Car Showcase Pavilion at the upcoming Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com, April 3-6.

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Volume 2014, Issue 3, Posted 6:33 PM, 03.25.2014

Denny Hamlin Takes the Pole for the 42nd Annual AAA 400 Set to Run Sunday.

Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE – RIS – Denny Hamlin takes the FedEx Toyota #11 to the Coors Light Pole for the AAA 400 at Dover. Denny Hamlin puts together a screaming speed of 159.299 MPH for the pole. At the track that Hamlin feels that’s tough to figure out has come out swinging today. Hamlin has already felt that this would be his most trying track during the chase may have just put those fears to rest. It would appear that Hamlin is trying to display that this chase is his to lose and that he is going to be out front each week.

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Volume 2012, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 09.29.2012

BRIAN REDMAN JOINS SIR STIRLING MOSS AND DEREK BELL FOR BAHAMAS SPEED WEEK REVIVAL

BRIAN REDMAN JOINS SIR STIRLING MOSS AND DEREK BELL FOR BAHAMAS SPEED WEEK REVIVAL 


NASSAU, Bahamas (June 12, 2012) - The organizers of the Second Annual Bahamas Speed Week Revival have announced that racing legend Brian Redman has accepted the position of Grand Marshal for the event scheduled for Nov. 24-Dec. 2, 2012. Redman, a multi-time racing champion in the U.S. and overseas, will join Patron Sir Stirling Moss and Event Ambassador Derek Bell, MBE, for the second running of the Revival. 

Bahamas Speed Week, a week-long celebration of racing, gala gatherings and parties, will build on the success of 2011 with the addition to the format of a Speed Week Concert and a Miss Speed Week Beauty Pageant, lining up alongside the now traditional Pictet Bank Gala Ball. Last year’s favorites, the 007 Island Tour, Arawak Cay Sprint and the Fort Charlotte Hillclimb, will continue, with announcements of other events to be made soon.

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Volume 2012, Issue 6, Posted 11:21 PM, 06.13.2012

Fabulous weather, Fine Cars, Wine and Food Highlight 2012 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

Fabulous weather, Fine Cars, Wine and Food Highlight 2012 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival


SONOMA, Calif.  - Under sunny and warm conditions at the third annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at the Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., more than 340 historic cars took the checkered flag in 15 groups of racing. Cars ranging from a 1911 National to a cadre of Can-Am cars from the 1960s and ‘70s, as well as the always-nostalgic Trans-Am cars of the same era, treated a strong, enthusiastic crowd to nose-to-tail, door-to-door competition at the 26th annual historic-car event organized by General Racing Ltd. in Sonoma.

This year’s theme was “Moments in Time: a Celebration of the History of Motorsports” and honored event Grand Marshal Bill Pollack, winner of the main event of the 1952 Golden Gate Park Road Races driving a Cadillac-Allard J2. Pollack’s G.M. duties included signing copies of his book, “Red Wheels and White Sidewalls: Confessions of an Allard Racer,” riding in a historic-car parade to the Sonoma Plaza from the track, waving the checkered flag for Group 9 (1946-1955 Sports Racing & Prod) in which the 1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special and 1949 Baldwin Special competed – cars that also raced in the Golden Gate Park Road Races. He also took part in a racing seminar discussing the early days of racing in California, and rode in Bruce McCaw’s 1952 Mercedes-Benz W194, the only Mercedes-Benz to date to win overall in the 24 Hours of LeMans.

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Volume 2012, Issue 6, Posted 10:06 PM, 06.08.2012

LEGENDARY CALIFORNIA DRIVERS FEATURED IN SEMINAR AT 2012 SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL

LEGENDARY CALIFORNIA DRIVERS FEATURED IN SEMINAR AT 2012 SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL

SONOMA, Calif. (May 27, 2012) - Five legendary California race-car drivers will be part of a seminar discussing the birth of the popularity of sports-car racing in California and the United States during the third annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway, June 2-3, 2012. This is the 26th annual historic-car event organized by General Racing Ltd. in Sonoma.

The seminar will follow the event’s theme, “Moments in Time: a Celebration of the History of Motorsports,” and will feature Grand Marshal Bill Pollack, winner of the main event at the 1952 Golden Gate Park Road Races in San Francisco; Don Dickey and Mick Marston, who competed at Golden Gate Park in the ‘50s; Dick Guldstrand, renowned Corvette driver and engineer; and British driver Peter Giddings, who moved to California following a successful European racing career.

 

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Volume 2012, Issue 5, Posted 2:03 PM, 05.27.2012

Bobby Unser always has time for racing fans

Presented with a 10-foot long print out of all the races he participated in during his long career, racing great Bobby Unser was speechless.

“I didn’t know I did so much?” Unser said. “I must have raced for 100 years to do all that.” But Unser was assured that the facts were facts.

Unser was guest of honor Feb. 25 at the 3rd annual Meadowdale, Motorsports & Memories Winter Banquet, sponsored by the Meadowdale International Raceway Preservation Society, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Schaumburg, IL. 

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 8:22 AM, 03.01.2012

"On the Road to Glory" - Fred Lorenzen

ELMHURST, IL – In his twilight years, Fred Lorenzen, NASCAR’s original “Golden Boy”, will be honored by his hometown with a more than three-month long exhibition of his racing career and life beginning Friday, Feb. 1, at the Elmhurst Historical Museum.

“On the Road to Glory” brings to light the story of Elmhurst native Lorenzen who become one of early NASCAR’s prominent drivers and a long-time fan favorite. When you hear the list of accomplishments achieved by Lorenzen, it’s hard to imagine that his story has remained under the radar:

  • Winner of the 1965 Daytona 500
  • First northerner to become a NASCAR star
  • First NASCAR driver to earn $100,000-plus in a single season
  • Named one of the Top 50 NASCAR drivers of all time
  • First NASCAR driver to complete the “Grand Slam” of stock car racing
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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 7:17 PM, 01.30.2013

DON KNOWLES RECEIVES RRDC'S 2011 BOB AKIN AWARD

DON KNOWLES RECEIVES RRDC'S 2011 BOB AKIN AWARD

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2012) - Five-time SCCA national champion Don Knowles was named the recipient of the 2011 Bob Akin Award by the Road Racing Drivers Club at a dinner prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

The RRDC is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Each recipient of this honor, considered the top award in motorsports for amateur, vintage/historic or semi-professional drivers, is selected by Akin's son Bobby, RRDC members Brian Redman and Archie Urciuoli, and approved by RRDC president Bobby Rahal.

The distinctive trophy was conceived by the RRDC in 2003 to honor the memory of longtime RRDC member and past president Bob Akin, who lost his life in a racing accident in 2002.

The trophy was designed by Steuben Glass in Corning, N.Y., and is given to a driver who best exemplifies the extraordinary qualities and characteristics that Akin represented, including a passion for motorsports and automobiles, a high level of sportsmanship and fair play, and who has contributed to the sport of motor racing.

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Volume 2011, Issue 10, Posted 4:21 PM, 01.28.2012

SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL

SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL


Amanda McLaren is Honorary Starter for Historic F1 and Can-Am races at Second Annual Motorsports Festival
With McLaren the featured marque at the Second Annual Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bruce McLaren's only child, daughter Amanda, was on hand to be the Honorary Starter for the 1966-1974 Historic F1 and 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am race groups on Sunday, waving both the green and checkered flags. Each class showcased a number of McLarens, including the 1977 McLaren M23 that Danny Baker drove to victory in the F1 group, as well as Scott Drnek's fourth-place 1970 McLaren M14, along with three other McLarens.

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 8:06 PM, 06.06.2011

Fine Cars, Fine Wine Highlight Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

Fine Cars, Fine Wine Highlight Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

McLaren Featured Marque od Racw Weekend

SONOMA, Calif. – The 2nd annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival roars into Infineon Raceway, June 4-5, highlighted by 400 historic racecars gracing the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.
 
From a 1915 Ford Racer to a 1991 Riley & Scott Trans-Am Camaro, nearly every marque produced and raced worldwide during the last 70 years will be featured on track in 13 different racing classes.  Four-hundred entries, some coming from as far away as St. Croix, Australia, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand, will compete in a series of "time capsule" historic races each day.

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 11:37 AM, 05.30.2011

MORE THAN 250 HISTORIC CARS FROM CALIFORNIA ENTERED IN SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL JUNE 4-5

MORE THAN 250 HISTORIC CARS FROM CALIFORNIA ENTERED IN SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA
HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL JUNE 4-5


SONOMA, Calif. (May 5, 2011) - Of the 400 historic cars entered in the Second Annual Sonoma Historic Motorsport Festival, June 4-5, at Infineon Raceway, more than 250 hail from the State of California, a hot bed for collectors of exotic street cars and significant race cars. The event features the McLaren marque, which was a dominant force in the Can-Am, Indy 500 and Formula 1 racing series in the '60s and '70s.

While nearly 190 of the entries list Northern California as home, the remaining are from the Los Angeles and Central California areas. Included in the San Francisco-based cars are a 1934 Bugatti T-59, owned and driven by Charles McCabe, a 1977 McLaren M23 and a 1963 Lotus 27 Formula Junior driven by Danny Baker, and Len Auerbach's 1938 Aston Martin.

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Volume 2011, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 PM, 05.07.2011

COALITION FORMED TO SAVE THE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

COALITION FORMED TO SAVE THE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS
National Landmark Needs Salt Replenishment Program

Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2011) - A number of prominent organizations have formed the “Save the Salt Coalition” to protect the Bonneville Salt Flats (BSF) from continued deterioration due to salt brine removal from potash mining.  The Coalition is now working with government officials, mine operators and others to develop a permanent program to replenish the salt.

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Volume 2011, Issue 4, Posted 3:07 PM, 04.24.2011

RACE DRIVER TO BE REUNITED WITH HIS 1967 L88 CORVETTE

RACE DRIVER TO BE REUNITED WITH HIS 1967 L88 CORVETTE

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., April 5, 2011 — RIS -When Terry Michaelis, president of Pro Team Corvette Sales in Napoleon, Ohio, called Tony DeLorenzo, Corvette Hall of Fame racer, and told him that he bought the L88 Corvette that DeLorenzo raced for Detroit’s Hanley Dawson Chevrolet in 1967, all DeLorenzo could say at first was, “Wow!”

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Volume 2011, Issue 2, Posted 2:03 PM, 04.05.2011

The Henry Ford Promotes Christian Overland to Executive Vice President

The Henry Ford Promotes Christian Overland to Executive Vice President

(Dearborn, MI – February 25, 2011) — Christian Overland, Vice President of Collections and Experience Design for The Henry Ford, was named Executive Vice President, it was announced by Patricia Mooradian, president of the organization. 

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Volume 2011, Issue 2, Posted 11:48 PM, 02.25.2011

Wendell Scott: A Race Story

February is traditionally Black History month in the U.S.  During the month TV networks vie to highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans.  This year ESPN takes a turn from not only focusing on blacks in the traditional stick and ball sports, but is spotlighting Wendell Scott, the first black man to compete at NASCAR’s top level.

Hours after the running of the 53rd annual Daytona 500, ESPN, in conjunction with the NASCAR Media Group, will be debuting “Wendell Scott: A Race Story,” at 9 p.m. ET, Sunday, Feb. 20.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 7:45 PM, 02.14.2011

Bobby Rahal reflects on past and future

Bobby Rahal, winner of the 1986 Indianapolis 500 and winning car owner of the 2004 500, hasn’t been getting much seat time lately, but he has been at the wheel of numerous racing and social endeavors.

Recently, Rahal was guest of honor at the 2nd annual winter banquet of the Meadowdale International Raceway Preservation Association, near the former 3.27-mile sports car course which operated from 1958 to 1968 in Carpenterville, IL.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 7:40 PM, 02.14.2011

The ghosts of Roby Speedway

The ghosts of race tracks long gone still roar through the minds of many race fans. Across the U.S., enthusiasts can still recall the whine of engines at such venues as Illinois’ Meadowdale International Raceway, Pennsylvania’s Langhorne Speedway, Georgia’s Augusta International Raceway, dozens of smaller bullrings, such as Kansas’ 77 Speedway, Illinois’ O’Hare Stadium and Santa Fe Speedway and even Chicago’s International Amphitheater.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 10:26 PM, 01.30.2011

SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL TO FEATURE MCLAREN

  SECOND ANNUAL SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL TO FEATURE MCLAREN

SONOMA, Calif.  - The second annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, to be held at Infineon Raceway on June 4-5, 2011, will feature the iconic McLaren marque, announced Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd.

“McLaren, like Ferrari and Porsche and other great names in motorsports, created the bloodlines that we worship today in historic automobile racing,” said Earle, who for four decades has devoted his life to organizing historic car racing events and is the originator of the Wine Country Classic that preceded the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival for 24 years, as well as the Monterey Historic Automobile Races.

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Volume 2011, Issue 1, Posted 7:59 PM, 02.15.2011

Good Ol’ Boys, Good Ol’ Cars at Darlington

By Bernie Biernacki

     More than 130 vintage racing cars filled the pit area Sept. 24-26 at Darlington Raceway for the 3rd annual Historic Racing Festival.
     Joining the race cars were NASCAR “Good Ol’ Boys” Harry Gant, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Johnny Allen, Rex White, “Big” Bud Moore, Leonard Wood, Jim VanDiver, Charlie Glotzbach, Waddell Wilson, Cotton Owens, and Ray Fox.
     The cars took to the track in six classes, ranging from historics, midgets and sprints, 1950-1969  stocks, dirt and asphalt Champ cars, 1970 to 2006 stocks, and modifieds.

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Volume 2010, Issue 10, Posted 11:06 AM, 10.02.2010

Old memories shift into gear at Meadowdale raceway

By Bernie Biernacki

     Despite persistent rain showers, a hearty band of racing enthusiasts celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 18, what was once the center of sports car racing in Illinois - Meadowdale International Raceway.
     Situated in the western hills of the Fox River Valley in Carpentersville, 40 miles  northwest of Chicago, Meadowdale hosted races from 1958 to 1969.

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 9:28 AM, 09.24.2010

World's Most Famous Car Visits New York

The Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond - Sean Connery - in Goldfinger and Thunderball to make only U.S. appearance in advance of its October auction sale

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Volume 2010, Issue 9, Posted 10:57 AM, 09.04.2010