Vintage met ultra-modern for the third
time at the state-of-the-art Circuit
of The Americas, Nov. 4-8, when the
annual SVRA National Championships
concluded another successful vintage
racing season – one that brought the
biggest expansion of events and
sponsorship in the association’s history.
Despite storms during the weeks prior
to the event, only light precipitation fell
during the first days of racing. By
Sunday, the track was bathed in sunlight
as most of the 11 race groups took to
the track for their final championship
race in pursuit of a coveted Bell Racing
National Champions helmet.
The hundreds of vehicles in
attendance represented more than
50 years of fast-moving motorsports
history, ranging in vintage from a
1952 Devin MG Speedster to a 2008
Courage Oreca LMP1 prototype, and
as varied as a 1974 Fiat 124 Spider to
a ’97 Benetton B197 Formula 1 car.
Joining the cars were some equally
prominent drivers, such as FIA World
Endurance Championship driver/actor
Patrick Dempsey and 2005 Indy Lights
Champion Wade Cunningham.
For the fifth time this season,
ground-shaking Trans-Am shared the
bill with SVRA, presenting a contrast of
new and old for the many fans in
attendance, and ensuring an overload
of action on the track.
Meanwhile car auctions and a rock
concert entertained off-track.
But after finishing 2015 on another
memorable high, SVRA is already
looking forward to next year’s exciting
calendar of events, including the return
of auto racing to Amelia Island, Fla.,
after a hiatus of almost 50 years.
Scheduled for March 17-20, at
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport,
the SVRA Amelia Island Vintage Gran
Prix will be less than a week after the
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance,
something the concours founder and
chairman, Bill Warner, is excited about.
“[SVRA CEO] Tony Parella runs a
superb organization and brings to
Amelia Island a world class racing
event,” said Warner, an SVRA racer
since its inception. “It will be a perfect
addition to March on Amelia Island.”
The invitation-only event will take
place on a 2.4-mile road course at the
airport, which last hosted sports car
races in the 1960s. Additionally, one
runway will be devoted to vintage
aircraft, providing an appropriate and
spectacular backdrop to the racing.
The event will also introduce the
Gold Medallion program to the east
coast, in addition to the debut of SVRA
vintage motorcycle racing.
“I know the SVRA can produce a
worthy complement to The Amelia Island
Concours d’ Elegance,” said Parella. “This
will be a big treat for people who love
cars, planes, bikes and their history.”
Go to SVRA.com
for news bulletins,
membership info and
all regulation details.
A 1971 Tyrrell 003 (LEFT) shares the
bill with a 2005 Audi R8 LMP (TOP) in
an eclectic mix of old and new at COTA.
Amelia Island hosted racing in the 1960s
(BOTTOM) – and will again in 2016.
An amazing COTA finale, and an exciting new event for next season.
KEY East Coast Season West Coast Season
Feb. 5-7 DUEL IN THE DESERT with VARA
Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, Nev.
March 3-6 SPRING VINTAGE CLASSIC
Sebring International Raceway, Fla.
March 17-20 AMELIA ISLAND VINTAGE GRAN PRIX
Amelia Island, Fla.
March 19-20 WILLOW SPRINGS HISTORICS with VARA
Willow Springs International Raceway, Calif.
april 23-24 BRITISH EXTRAVAGANZA with VARA
Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Calif.
april 28 - May 1 SOUTHERN CALIF. HISTORIC SPORTS CAR FESTIVAL
Auto Club Speedway, Calif.
May 12-15 SPRING VINTAGE FESTIVAL
Road America, Wis.
June 2-5 SONOMA HISTORIC MOTORSPORTS FESTIVAL
Somona Raceway, Calif.
June 15-19 BRICKYARD VINTAGE RACING INVITATIONAL
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ind.
June 23-26 THE VINTAGE GRAND PRIX OF MID-OHIO
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio
July 7-10 PORTLAND VINTAGE RACING FESTIVAL
Portland International Raceway, Ore.
Sept. 8-11 U.S. VINTAGE GRAND PRIX
Watkins Glen International, N. Y.
Sept. 16-18 CORONADO SPEED FESTIVAL with SAN DIEGO FLEET WEEK
Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, Calif.
Sept. 22-25 HEACOCK CLASSIC GOLD CUP
Virginia International Raceway, Va.
Oct. 13-16 MARDI GRAS IN OCTOBER
NOLA Motorsports Park, La.
nOv. 2-6 U.S. VINTAGE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Circuit of the Americas, Texas
2016 Svra ScheDule
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