1999 Vintage Racing Events to Attend
The great joy in owning
a British sports car is driving it. It feels alive and driving it
makes you feel alive. And there's that great heritage we share and
the joy of sharing it with others (it is a comfort to know there
are other lunatics who feel as you do!) What better way to enjoy
your automotive passion than to drive your car to the vintage races.
I have been vintage racing a 1964 MGB for going on seven years now.
I have gained tremendous pleasure from belonging to two organizations
that put on great events. They have a wonderfully open membership
that owns astounding cars and they like to drive the snot out of
As a teen, I loved these
cars and went to the races as a spectator. In those days, you might
occasionally get into the paddock, and maybe someone would even
talk to you. The variety of cars was limited but the competition
Today, vintage races
are held virtually every weekend day from mid-April thru mid-October,
at four very different racetracks, all no farther than a pleasant
three-hour drive. The variety of cars you'll see is far greater
than in the old days, the paddocks are usually open to spectators
and you can't shut the owners up about their cars! At some events,
you can even participate by working corners or in timing and scoring.
If you help out, often there is free admission, free lunches and
sometimes free rides in the race cars during touring session!
And usually, there is
a beautiful drive to and from the track down empty country roads.
Think of it: a driving adventure on the way to a life adventure,
where you will meet like-minded people (who will probably admire
your car), lots of great race cars, the smell of burning Castrol
--doesn't that sound about right?
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