Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Saturday June 2, 2018
The second annual SVRA US Vintage National Championship at the Circuit of the Americas last weekend dodged the weather bullet early Saturday morning, and presented 5 days of quality vintage racing in 13 different race groups. In addition, a feature group of authentic Trans-Am cars was featured – really fast drivers and authentic cars stretching their legs and their skills on the Texas-sized 3.4 mile long Formula 1 circuit.
SVRA is one of the oldest and largest vintage racing organizations in the United States. It was founded in 1978 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the initial 12 Hours of Sebring event in 1976. With an initial membership of 25 drivers and supporters, the SVRA has grown to become the premiere vintage racing organization in the country with over 2,000 active members.
There is something pure about seeing a racing Talbot-Lago in action, or a Shelby GT350 blasting down a straightway. Yes, these cars look gorgeous standing still, even in a museum. However, rest assured that the likes of Enzo Ferrari and Carroll Shelby would much rather see their creations raced as intended, and that is what the SVRA is all about.
The top drivers were awarded their Bell Helmet National Championship trophies on Saturday and Sunday:
Overall: William Gardner (Austin-Healey Sprite)
Formula Junior: Robert Hoemke (Cooper T59)
Overall: Dave Handy (Brabham BT29)
FF: Wade Cunningham (Titan Formula Ford)
Joel Weinberger (1962 Porsche 356B)
Dennis Olthoff (1962 GSM Dart)
Bill Treffert (1960 Corvette)
Gray Gregory (1969 Chevron B16)
Hobie Buppert (1969 Lola T70 MKIII)
Bob Caudle (1971 Corvette)
Peter Klutt (1969 Chevrolet Corvette)
Fritz Seidel (1973 Porsche 911 IROC)
Curt Vogt (1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302)
Overall: Lee Brahin (Ralt RT41 Sports Racer)
Overall: Cal Meeker (Lola T292)
Bill Able, (1966 Alfa-Romeo GTV)
Kyle Buxton (1977 March F2)
Gaston Kearby (1997 Lola T97/20)
Overall: Sean Ryan (2006 Ford Fusion)
GT: Bill Ockerlund (1991 Chevrolet Camaro)
GTP3: Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP)
GTP1: Craig Bennett (1974 UOP Shadow Can-Am)
TA2: Theo Bean (Nissan 300ZX-T IMSA GTO)
Luca Maciucescy (1957 Cooper T43)
Travis Engen (2005 Audi R8 LMP)
David Neidell (1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass)
Gray Gregory (1973 Chevron B26)
Randy Buck (1973 Chevron B26)
Travis Engen picked up his second helmet of the weekend driving his Audi R8 LMP to victory in the Hawk Performance Historic GT/GTP Enduro. Peter Klutt, who shared his Group 6 Corvette with Al Unser Jr. to win the Brickyard Invitational Pro-Am at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last June, scored again by winning the national championship from the pole.
In 2015, plan on attending one of 17 SVRA events around the country, including legendary tracks such as Sebring, Indy, Watkins Glen, Road America, and VIR. New events include Sonoma on May 28-31, Portland on July 9-12, and New Orleans on October 8-11. Once again, the National Championship event will be at COTA in Austin on November 4-8.
Full results from the 2014 event will be out soon, but in the meantime, visit www.svra.com for the latest coverage.
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