KEY East Coast Season West Coast Season
June 25-28 THE VINTAGE GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio
July 9-12 PORTLAND VINTAGE RACING FESTIVAL
Portland International Raceway, Ore.
July 23-26 GLENORA WINE CELLARS U.S. VINTAGE GRAND PRIX
Watkins Glen International, N. Y.
Aug. 20-23 POCONO VINTAGE FESTIVAL with INDYCAR
Pocono Raceway, Pa.
Sept. 18-20 CORONADO SPEED FESTIVAL with SAN DIEGO FLEET WEEK
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, Calif.
Sept. 24-27 HEACOCK CLASSIC GOLD CUP
Virginia International Raceway, Va.
Oct. 8-11 MARDI GRAS IN OCTOBER with CVAR
NOLA Motorsports Park, La.
nOv. 4-8 U.S. VINTAGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Circuit of The Americas, Texas
2015 SvRA ScHeDule
In the 21st century, the number of
Sports Car Club of America autocross
events held at airport/ex-airport venues
is still healthily into triple-digit figures.
The number of actual road races held
on airport courses? Well, that’s a
single-digit sum. Yet it wasn’t always
the case, and one of the most popular
airport venues in the 1960s was at
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Fla.
These days, Amelia Island is known to
car lovers worldwide as the venue for a
prestigious Concours d’Elegance, which
draws over 250 rare vehicles from
collections around the world to The Golf
Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Knowing the area’s
racing history, Tony Parella, CEO of the
Sportscar Vintage Racing Association,
spoke with Bill Warner, founder and
chairman of the Amelia Island Concours
(and an SVRA member since its
inception) about a combined event.
Thus, next March 17-20, just four
days after the Concours d’Elegance
ends, a three-day SVRA event will take
place on a 2.4-mile course using
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport,
creating a seven-day extravaganza in
paradise for all who love classic cars.
“It is an absolute honor to launch
our Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix
at Fernandina Airport within a week of
the prestigious Amelia Island Concours
d’ Elegance,” said Parella. “I am also in
awe of the accomplishments of the
Concours Foundation and its
tremendous charitable work.
“I know the SVRA can produce a
worthy complement to The Amelia
Island Concours d’ Elegance. More
importantly, this is going to be a big
treat for people who love cars, planes,
Hang on… Planes? Bikes?
Yes. One of the runways at the airport,
where racing luminaries such as Roger
Penske and Peter Gregg once competed,
will remain open for vintage aircraft to
be part of the show. And the SVRA, not
content with breaking new ground with
its venue, will add motorcycle racing to
its roster that weekend.
“I have raced with SVRA since its
inception in the late 1970s,” said Bill
Warner. “Tony Parella runs a superb
organization and brings a world class
racing event. It will be a perfect
addition to March on Amelia Island.”
Parella will focus the invitation-only
SVRA race events on racecars from
pre-war to about 1980, avoiding
heavily aero-dependent machines.
But if the car selection is exclusive,
the spectator viewing will be open to
all. Has a week in Florida in March
ever been so tempting?
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(LEFT and TOP) Racing at Fernandina
Beach is something that stretches
back more than 50 years. (ABOVE) The
chance to turn a visit to an SVRA event
into a week-long trip to also see Amelia
Island Concours should not be missed.
The cars alone are
enough to make
grown men weak at
the knees, but the
Invitational in June
at Indianapolis also
saw a quintet of
Unsers reunited –
Al, Bobby, Al Jr.,
Johnny and Robby.
If you love the heritage of the sport, watching great racing on airport
courses, and seeing in the spring in Florida, SVRA has an idea for you…