Road America Camping Trip
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- July 19-21, 2002
The story for this article is easy. If you weren’t there you missed a real good time. We had more than two dozen club members camping out for the weekend at Plymouth Rock campground while enjoying the Brian Redmond Vintage International Challenge (a.k.a.vintage races). Most of us arived on Friday, some in time to watch some practice time at the track. Evening found us at Harvey’s in Elkhart Lake for dinner, and finishing just in time for the grand exit of the concours race cars heading back to the track before dark. Later back at the campground we could enjoy the company around the campfire and chat into the small hours of the morning.
Saturday was practice and qualifying time at the track, a good time to scope out your favorite race cars and drivers, tour the paddock, take pictures, collect autographs, and buy a few trinkets or a new book. Also a good time to do some serious carousing with old and new friends in the British Car Corral, or anywhere else around a couple thousand acres of America’s longest and fastest road racing circuit. Saturday evening was time for the group cookout at the campground, while a few adventuresome souls took in the sports car concours and the Mecum Classic Auto Auction in town. Seems like we never quite get away free. This time Curt Bork bought a very nice MGB V8 in what we will kindly refer to as “a funny shade of yellow”. A light sprinkle just after dark caused a few people to move their chairs under an awning for an hour or so, but then right back to the campfire for the balance of the evening.
Sunday was the perfect day for racing, clear and bright, with copious amounts of the appropiate race car noises and action on the track. One Lotus took an ender over the fence at turn 5 resulting in great damage to the car, minor injury to the driver, and one spectator with a cut in the leg from broken glass (not serious). Historic F1 cars ran in a featured Grand Prix race this year, with plenty of Can Am cars also running in good form. Sir Jack Brabham was serving as Grand Marshal while Brabham cars were the featured marque on display. The Monoposto Racing group was competing in groups 4 & 5 for their Vintage Racing Championship series.
Find lots of photos from the 2002 BRIC races at: