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The Ultimate Guide for the Vintage Oval Racer and Enthusiasts.

April 2014 February 2014 Issue

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Victory Lane Magazine includes the most comprehensive resource for vintage club and organization news, event updates and special events. If you are involved in vintage oval race cars, you should subscribe to Victory Lane Magazine, because it is about the cars and you!

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2016 Wednesday, November 18: Thanksgiving Day and Weekend Vintage Oval Action on East and West Coast

On the far eastern shore is the Turkey Derby at historic Wall Stadium and organized by the track located in Wall Township, NJ. Opened in 1950, the iconic 1/3 mile, high-banked paved oval has been racing ever since. Modifieds, Stock Cars and Garden State Vintage Stock Car Club cars are on the docket.

For more information: (732) 681-6400.

On the West Coast, Nov. 25-26, the Walt James Classic, organized by WRA, will be held for vintage Sprints, Midgets, and Track Roadsters. Both the dirt and asphalt tracks will be open. This is held at Willow Springs Raceway in Lancaster, CA, northeast of Los Angeles. Also in the west, the contemporary Turkey Night GP National Midget race is now being held at the 1/5 mile dirt track in Ventura, northwest of Los Angeles. An adventurous soul could make both events.

For more information: (626) 358-2284 (Willow Springs and (805) 648-7223 (Ventura) or visit

2015 Friday, December 4: Eastern Museum of Motor Racing, December 4 – 5, Holiday Open House at York Springs PA –Racing History Celebration

Guests are invited to see the great exhibits visit the gift shop and attend a great racing history discussion each day.

Saturday, December 5 will be Glory Days – and Those Who Made It That Way , focusing on drag racing led by Darwin Doll.

Sunday, December 6 will be a discussion of Stock Car Racing in the 1950s at Williams Grove with guests LaRoy Felty, George Spec, Gene Goodling, and Davie Brown.

For more information, call: (717) 528-8279 (PA) or go to

2015 Thursday, December 3: Vintage Oval Racing Magazine is Now Part of Victory Lane Magazine

Victory Lane Magazine, monthly since 1986 is in full color and on newsstands. Oval content includes a Gordon White column, Vintage Oval Event News, vintage oval event reports, stories of vintage cars and their owner/divers, and a vintage oval racing schedule page. Clubs are invited to submit news and reports.

2014 Tuesday May 27: Jim Hall Drives One of the Chaparral Can-Am Cars During Party on the Patio, June 7, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Midland, TX

The Chaparral Gallery at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum houses all the Sports Racing Chaparrals, including the Indy winner. The cars are periodically driven by Jim Hall on the museum grounds, at surprising speed, during special events.

This event takes place June 7 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and includes a dinner, "Dessert and Coffee Talk" with Jim Hall, plus autograph and photo opportunities.

This free, ticketed event is for Fan Club members only. To join the Chaparral Fan Club, call Luanne Thornton, 432-683-4403, or email The deadline for this event is Friday, May 30.

2014 Friday April 25: The Vintage Racing Schedule Features 11 Road Racing Weekends and 43 Oval Shows or On-Track Events in Late April and May

Vintage road racing weekends usually attract between 150-600 vintage Sports, Formula, and Sports Racing cars from across 10 decades of racing, run on paved circuits ranging from 2-4 miles in length.

Vintage oval on-track sessions usually occur during contemporary racing events, but are occasionally all-vintage events. Entries can be display only, reunion parties, or on-track races/exhibitions. The numbers range from 6-50 cars, spanning from the 1920s through the 1990s.

Vintage Oval Racing Magazine is now a part of Victory Lane Magazine, which offers news, reports, and features from both vintage road and oval racing every month. Full event schedules are listed monthly in Victory Lane Magazine, along with extensive racing resources. For more information, call 650-321-1411. (CA)

2014 Thursday April 10: It is a Busy Months for Vintage Oval Racers, with 14 Events Across the U.S.

There is oval action on April 12 at the Athens Speedway Reunion in Georgia. Also on April 12, DAARA is on track at East Bay Raceway Park, Florida; GSVSCC has a vintage event at New Egypt Speedway, N.J.; STAR has Test & Tune sessions in New Hampshire at Lee Speedway, Monadnock Speedway, and Twin State Speedway; and WRA Kings of the West takes place at Thunderbowl Raceway, California.

May's vintage oval racing scene is even bigger, with some 35 events across the United State. All listings are available in the schedule page in Victory Lane Magazine, which has incorporated the former Vintage Oval Racing Magazine into its monthly content.

2014 Thursday April 3: Vintage Oval Racing Magazine is Now Part of Victory Lane Magazine

All subscribers will receive monthly issues of Victory Lane, which now includes the vintage oval racing schedule, Gordon White's "Historically Speaking" column, Jerry Day's Ranger Sprint Car series, features and event reports on vintage oval racing, cars for sale in the Car Gallery and more, all in full color on coated paper.

The vintage oval racing scene now receives coverage for a bigger audience, including a newsstand presence. There are more racing resources and readers than ever before.

2014 Monday January 6 – Collectable Car Enthusiasts, Vintage Racing Enthusiasts, Racers and Officials are Invited to the January 15 – First 2014 Victory Lane Car Enthusiasts and Racers Lunch at Auto Vino in Menlo Park, California

Happy New Year! Put the date of January 15 on your Enthusiast Auto themed calendar. There are actually three different programs in consideration depending on which speaker’s final trip arrangements work out. That should be announced soon. As always, the program is followed by roundtable discussions of the program as well as any topic that attendees put forward. Recent programs have included: Review of 2013 Concours Season, Valve Trajectory of Vintage Race Cars; Upcoming 2014 Special Vintage Racing Features. The event is at AutoVino, an automotive lifestyle facility, located at 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park, CA near the Marsh Road intersection with 101. It is about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Lunch and Program is $20 by RSVP. Call Victory Lane Magazine Pam Shatraw at 650-321-1411. (CA)

2013 Friday December 27 – “Where They Raced” Is A New DVD Hosted By Author Harold Osmer About Hundreds of Southern California Oval and Road Racing Tracks

It is based on the books on this subject by Harold Osmer. It has received great reviews! 104 minutes, $24.95 visit

2013 Friday December 20 – Looking For Last Minute Racer Gifts? Check On-Line For Great Racer and Marque Books, DVDs, Posters and Calendars From These Publishers. Most Can Still Ship Overnight In Time For Christmas.

2013 Tuesday November 19: Offy Powered Champ/Indy Cars, Indy Car Teams, Offy Powered Car Drivers All Featured at The 2014 Amelia Island Concours and Vintage Car Happening March 6-9, 2014

This annual vintage and collector car concours always has many vintage racing cars and events. There will be a special judged concours class for Offy powered race cars on the Sunday concours field. Two big bench racing seminars are racing themed: The Speed Merchants with team owners John Mecon, Bobby Rahal, Jack Roush, Bob Tullius, and Alwin Springer; Great Offy Drivers with Parnelli Jones, Johnny Rutherford, Al Unser and Bobby Unser. McLaren Cars is the featured marque. The four day event has special parties, rallies, current and concept exotic car displays and rides, AFAS fine art exhibit, silent auction, RM Auction & Reception, Mercedes-Benz Special Banquet honoring driver Joachim Mass, special automobilia exhibits and the big Sunday concours with over 300 classic, performance, sports and racing cars all on the grounds of a beautiful seaside golf course. It all happens at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton. For more information visit:

2013 Tuesday November 12: Vintage Oval Racing Organizing Clubs, Tracks, etc., Please Send In 2014 Schedules To Vintage Oval Racing Magazine To Begin Listing In The December 2013 Issue

Certain high profile vintage events organized by groups such as Millers at Milwaukee, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Historic Champ/Indy Car Association are already available. It is the goal of VOR to list all 2014 vintage oval racing events in the schedule pages. Email or phone 650-321-1411 (CA), ship/mail to: Vintage Oval Racing Magazine, 2460 Park Blvd. #4, Palo Alto, CA 94306

2013 Thursday October 31: The Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase Took the Green Flag, to Applause from the Crowd, at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, Ahead of the MAVTV IndyCar World Championship at Auto Club Speedway

HCICA Cars from 1911-1986 took two photo-op laps, lined up and staggered in 2x2 formation. They then entertained the crow with laps at reasonable speed for about 20 minutes.

The cars arrived on Thursday and were lined up in the paddock in order of age. The cars were displayed Friday and Saturday in between on-track sessions. There were two 30-minute sessions on Friday.

The Racemaker Press Spirit of Frank Lockhart Award was presented to Brian Blain and his 1911 National Historic Champ/Indy Car. Brian made special efforts to bring this legendary car to the event.

The display of historic cars was enjoyed by those spectators holding paddock passes, track and IndyCar officials, and numerous celebrity drivers of the past.

It was a great show of “America’s Racing Heritage”™ and a fitting tribute to the history of America’s open wheel racing, which has led to IndyCar’s spectacular cars and entertaining racing of the present.

For more information about HCICA, contact Pam Shatraw or Dan Davis at 650-321-1411. (CA)

2013 Tuesday September 10: Promotion Of Vintage Oval Racing

An interesting program for IndyCar race ticket sales has been developed by Auto Club Speedway in connection with promoting a Historic Champ/Indy Car on-track showcase. A special paddock pass and admission ticket is $35 for the final IndyCar World Championship at Fontana, October 18-19. The HCICA Historic Champ/Indy Cars will be on-track twice Friday and on Saturday for the big Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase Feature before the big evening IndyCar season finale race. To purchase tickets online and save $20 go to

The special ticket will encourage spectators to visit the Historic Champ/Indy Cars and their drivers in the paddock. Putting spectators and historic cars and drivers together is a great promotion for vintage oval racing. Promotional cooperation between the staff of Auto Club Speedway and the organizers of the Historic Champ/IndyCar Showcase on-track exhibition is a model to expand.

There are many more developing large vintage oval racing events across North America. Spectator attendance and national media attention is important to keep the sport vital.

There are also many local small oval racing events on tracks with contemporary races that can benefit from similar ticket arrangements. We will get more vintage car owners and drivers the more that spectators see these legendary cars on-track, at reasonable speeds, making those great engine noises, and visiting the drivers in the paddock to learn how to get involved.

2013 Thursday August 22: The First Indy NOVI And The Last Jimmy Clark Indy Lotus Will Join The 30 Victory Lane Historic Champ/IndyCar Showcase Cars With The IndyCar World Championship Event, October 18-19, On The Two-Mile Oval At Southern California’s Auto Club Speedway. Special $35 Spectator Admission And Paddock Tickets Are Available Through Historic Champ/Indy Car Association. Call 650-321-1411

The spectacular gathering of Historic Champ/Indy Association (HCICA) Cars will be on-track each day of this Friday and Saturday final 2013 IndyCar racing event. The Historic Champ/IndyCar Association drivers and cars have excited open wheel racing fans on this big two-mile oval every year since first appearing at the speedway opening in 1997.

The scream of the centrifugally supercharged V8 NOVI, the roar of the big four cylinder Offy’s both normally aspirated and turbo charged, the thunder of Indy Cosworth V8s, the unique sounds of the Pre-War cars are all special. These engines are in cars that range in age from the 1920s to the mid 1980s.

This event salutes the great history of Southern California Oval Track Racing. It was the home of Miller racing engines and cars, Offenhauser Engines, Indy Roadsters from Kurtis, Watson, Epperly and others, Vel’s Parnelli Jones cars and teams, Gurney’s Eagles, Cosworth USA and many Indy racing teams in the 1920s.

HCICA sanction events are organized by Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing Info: HCICA Champ/Indy entrants or spectator special weekend $35 admission and paddock tickets. Call VLMM, Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Wednesday August 14: Historic Champ/Indy Car Owners Call Now To Reserve Limited Entry And Garage Space. The Excitement Is Growing For The Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase During the October 18-19 MAVTV IndyCar World Championship Weekend At Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California

Don’t wait for the formal entry to reach you in the upcoming Historic Champ/Indy Car Association Newsletter or the September Issue of Vintage Oval Racing Magazine. Limited garage space in the IndyCar paddock has been arranged and it will be assigned in order of intent to enter received by phone, fax or mailed. Regular and early press releases are planned to promote this event and early entries are needed.

Acceptable cars include any historic Indy 500 Car of any age, any CART, IRL or just obsolete IndyCar, Championship Trail Big Cars and non caged Sprint Cars through 1971.

Call Now! Pam Shatraw, HCICA Events Manager 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Monday August 12: The Just Completed, August 9-11, SVRA Race “The Rock” Summer Heat On The Road Circuit At Rockingham Together With VLMM’s Vintage Oval Cars On The One-Mile Oval Was Deemed An Interesting Vintage Opener For The Rockingham Facility

The variety of cars presented almost every type of vintage and historic racing era. All entrants enjoyed liberal track time and a friendly atmosphere. The Saturday night party with food, beverages, live music and dancing brought back the 1950s and 1960s racing tradition of party hard till late and go racing well next day!

The next SVRA race is the Gold Cup, September 26-29, at Virginia International Raceway.

The next VLMM race is the USRRC Seniors Tour Feature race for pre-1966 Sports Racing and GT/Production Sports Cars with HSR’s Atlanta Historics, September 19-22. 2013.

Thursday August 1: SVRA Race “The Rock” Vintage Road Racing And VLMM Vintage Oval Racing At Famous Rockingham Speedway, North Carolina, August 8-11.

This one-mile oval was the site of many great races. It now also has a combined oval and infield road circuit. This will be the first vintage visit to this track, which opened in 1974.

All Oval, Late Stocks, Modified, Champ/Indy and Sprint entries contact Pam Shatraw, HCICA and VLMM Events Manager 650-321-1411 (CA).

All SVRA late entries contact Kathy Swinford phone 817-521-5158

2013 Tuesday July 30: New Hampshire Motor Speedway Vintage Racing Celebration Begins Today, July 30, With Historic Oval Cars On-Track Tuesday, Wednesday And Thursday. The Three-Day VRG Road Racing Weekend Begins Friday, August 2 And Continues Through August 4.

This annual event invites families to come out and enjoy every type of vintage racing cars, both on-track and in the paddock open to spectators.

Spectator tickets phone 603-783-4931 or visit

2013 Tuesday July 30: Vintage Sprints, Modifieds, Super Modifieds, Midgets (1963-1984) Are Invited To 50th Reunion Canadian American Modified Racing Association August 15-17, State Line Speedway, Post Falls, Idaho

This big annual vintage and historic racing will be very special. The quarter-mile high banked asphalt oval was built in 1974. It has a long history of racing for many types of cars. The reunion should be a great gathering which is slated to be an annual event. Vintage entrants are promised a great time by West Coast Vintage Racers. Info call President Marvin Price 503-799-1397 (OR)

2013 Thursday July 25: The Extensive History Of Southern California Oval Racing Will Be Saluted During IndyCar MAVTV 500, Friday and Saturday Activities, October 18,19 By The Historic Champ/Indy Car Association With The Big Saturday On-Track Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase With Dozens Of Famous Historic Champ/Indy Cars

The Historic Champ/Indy Cars will be on-track twice on Friday for exhibition practice sessions. They will be on display for fans on Friday and Saturday. The Saturday Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Showcases will have cars on-track, at reasonable speeds to present the excitement of oval racing in the 1930s-1980s prior to the Saturday evening IndyCar race.

The range of cars with Southern California history will include: Miller Indy Cars, of the 1920s and 1930s cars of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s with Offenhauser engines, the Southern California built 1950s Indy Roadsters by A.J. Watson and Kurtis Kraft, The Gurney Indy Eagles and others. There will also be a salute to the many Southern California paved and dirt short ovals by some of the Historic Championship Trail Cars on-track. These pre 1971 cars gained National Championship points in Southern California in the 1950s and 1960s.

Southern California has a great Champ/Indy Car history. The Miller engines originated there. They were later uprated into the famous Offenhauser engines that powered many Indy winners. Many famous drivers learned racing on the Southern California short ovals including Parnelli Jones. Teams from Dan Gurney’s All American Racers were a big force at Indy. The famous oval racers who gained fame in California Open Wheel racing included: Bill Vukovich, Joe Leonard, Johnny Parsons and Troy Rutman.

There will be a special MATV 500 ticket package available through the Historic Champ/Indy Car Association, Victory Lane Magazine and Vintage Oval Racing Magazine. For entry or special ticket info call Pam Shatraw, HCICA 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Tuesday July 16: The Wednesday July 17 Auto Enthusiast And Racer Lunch At Autovino Will Feature A Talk And Roundtable Discussion On The Popular Vintage Oval Racing Scene By Racer And Vintage Oval Racing Magazine Staff Member Dave Stewart

Dave will discuss the current vintage oval racing scene on small and large ovals including Indy. Dave has a long history in oval and road racing at both contemporary and vintage events, including Formula Car racing in Europe. He currently races a vintage East Coast Modified Stock Car on dirt and paved ovals in California.

The monthly lunch program is organized Victory Lane Magazine and the July program is presented by Vintage Oval Racing Magazine. The events are hosted by AutoVino at 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California, car and wine lifestyle facility located off Interstate 101 and Marsh Road. The lunch and program is $20 by advance registration. All enthusiasts invited. Call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Thursday July 11: SVRA Vintage Road Racers, HCICA Vintage Champ/Indy Cars and Sprints, VSCAR Vintage Stock Cars And Modifieds Will Celebrate The Great History Of Road Racing And Oval Racing In The Southeast, August 8-11, at Rockingham Speedway. Entries Due Now!

The facility has a one mile paved oval and a 1.6-mile road racing circuit. It is located about 70 miles east of the Charlotte N.C. Airport for those flying in. It has hosted many top level racing series on the 1.6 mile road racing circuit. SVRA will have a full schedule of vintage and historic road racing for all its classes in action each of the three days.

The Oval Exhibition Racing Cars. will be in two groups and each group is on the one mile oval twice each of the three days. Group 1 is Stocks and Modifieds. Group 2 is Champ/Indy and Sprints. The oval races are organized by Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing.

There will be a big celebration party Saturday evening hosted by SVRA.

Oval entries can be obtained on-line by clicking here additional info call Pam Shatraw at 650-321-1411 (CA).

SVRA road racing entries are obtained at . Info email phone 817-521-5158 (TX).

2013 Tuesday July 9: New Hampshire Vintage Racing Celebration, July 30 Through August 4, Starts With Oval Laps, Then VRG Weekend Road Races

Oval Days are Tuesday July 30-Thursday August 1. The vintage road racing takes over Friday August 2 and continues through Sunday August 4. Late entries are still being accepted for both groups. phone 603-783-4931 (NH).

2013 Monday July 8: Four Vintage Road And Oval Racing Events Across North America In The July 11-14 Period

The First Weekend of the two weekend Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the VRG vintage road races at the Pittsburgh International Racing Complex, July 20-21, the vintage road racing is through the roads of Schenley Park in the city.

Millers at Milwaukee on-track exhibition sessions of Historic Indy Roadster and earlier front-engine cars are on the Milwaukee Mile, July 12-13.

SVRA-East vintage road racing weekend is on the lightening circuit at Thunderbolt Raceway, July 11-14, in New Jersey.

An HMSA road racing weekend is at Canada’s Circuit Mont Tremblant, July 11-14.

2013 Wednesday July 3: The July 17 Victory Lane Racer And Enthusiast Lunch At AutoVino Will Feature “The Vintage Oval Racing Scene: A Talk And Questions” By Dave Stewart Of Vintage Oval Racing Magazine

There are several high profile vintage oval racing weekends and many vintage oval racing club events still remaining in 2013. Of the some 100 vintage oval car clubs in North America, there are about 35, involved in organizing nearly 300 vintage oval car events every year. Vintage Oval Racing Magazine has covered this scene every month for 14 years.

The higher profile vintage oval on-track events include those at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Milwaukee Mile, Auto Club Speedway and Rockingham Speedway. Others are in planning. The scene has opportunities for every type of vintage oval racing car to participate in on-track events across North America, including activities for Historic Midgets, Track Roadsters, Big Cars, Dirt Champ, Indy Roadsters, NASCAR Stocks, USAC Stocks, Local Stocks, Modified Stocks, Modifieds, Super Modifieds, Sprints and many others. All these cars become more collectable and more valuable each year.

It will be an interesting program, and attendees are invited to enter into a roundtable discussion on every aspect of vintage oval racing.

2013 Wednesday June 26: August 8-11 Race "The Rock" Summer Heat at Rockingham Speedway, Celebrate Oval and Road Racing History, all historic and vintage race cars invited to North Carolinia. For Entry Form Click Here

2013 Tuesday June 18: 23rd Annual Vintage Racing Celebration July 30 - August 4, 2013 At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

In an effort to avoid the rainy spring weather, the event has been shifted from its traditional May weekend to the warm, mid-summer sunshine. The event will add two more days this year to further increase track time.

The Vintage Racing Celebration will begin with three Oval Days (July 30-Aug. 1), which will feature track sessions with vintage Midget, Modified, Sprint, Indy and Stock Cars.

The Road Course Days will run more formalized races from Aug. 2-Aug. 4, and will feature auto races from the Vintage Racing Group and motorcycle races from the U.S. Classic Racing Association.

The Classic and Custom Car Show will be included in the weekend. Car owners will bring their cars Aug. 3 and 4 to compete in several different categories, including the coveted Best in Show prize. For more info call 603-783-4931 or visit (NH).

2013 Monday June 17: The June 21-23 Weekend Has The SVRA-West Southern California Historic Festival At Auto Club Speedway Fontana, CA, With Road Racing Cars On The Grand-Am Road Racing Circuit And HCICA Champ/Indy Cars On The Two-Mile Oval.

Road racing entrants call Ed Swart, SVRA-West 310-750-6933 (CA).

HCICA oval racing entrants call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Thursday June 13: Over 20 Historic Champ/Indy Cars Are Entered For The Sunday June 23, Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car On-Track Showcase Feature During The SVRA-West Vintage Racing Weekend At Auto Club Speedway

This Feature salutes the many great vintage oval racing teams, businesses, drivers and cars that were located in Southern California from the 1920s onward. These included Miller, Offenhauser, Watson, Dan Gurney and All American Racers, Parnelli Jones and his team.

On the big oval for practice Friday and Saturday will be examples of many of these Southern California racing legends plus those from across North America. The Sunday Feature will be exceptional, a feast for the eyes and ears. Historic Champ/Indy Car Info call Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing 650-321-1411

Also during this weekend is a full schedule of SVRA-West road racing on the Grand-Am road racing circuit. SVRA-West info call Ed Swart 310-750-6933 (CA).

2013 Tuesday June 4: The Historic Champ/Indy Car Association, (HCICA) Salutes Southern California Racing History With Great Historic Indy Cars On-Track, At-Speed Twice Each Day On The Auto Club Speedway Oval June 21, 22, 23, Spectators Invited, Car Entries Still Open

Miller Novis, Miller Fords, Watson Offy Roadsters, Lola Chevy, Eagle Offys, Kurtis Offy Roadsters, Kurtis Uprights, Studebaker Indy and many more historic Champ/Indy Cars will be on-track saluting the great history of Southern California’s contributions to racing. Southern California was the location for Harry Miller’s company that developed the Millers that dominated Indy in the 1920s From 1933 the famous Offy engines were built in Southern California. Dan Gurney’s Eagles that dominated Indy in the late 1960s and early 1970s were built in his Orange County facility.

Many of the Indy drivers gained their skills in the Midget racing in the 1950s at a dozen oval tracks in Southern California. Frank Kurtis built the first Indy Roadster in 1952 at his Southern California company. His Roadsters were the cars to have at Indy in the early to mid 1950s.

A.J. Watson improved the Indy Roadster idea and built multiple Indy winning Roadsters in the late 1950s and early 1960s in Southern California. The turbo Offy’s which were a winning ticket for the Indy 500 in the late 1960s and were developed in Southern California.

Examples of all this history will be on-track at one of North America’s great racing facilities, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, east of Los Angles. This HCICA Feature is organized by Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing.

Also, as part of the weekend, SVRA-West is organizing vintage road races all three days on the Auto Club Speedway, Grand-Am Road Racing Circuit. Historic Champ/Indy Car entries call Pam Shatraw, Events Manager 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Wednesday May 29: Historic Champ/Indy Cars Saluting Indy History And Parnelli Jones Were On Display And On-Track Several Times Leading Up To The Sunday Indy 500

Wednesday was display day but weather challenged the planned Thursday on-track activities. There were separate on-track sessions Friday for both front engine cars and mid-engine cars with no pace car. On Saturday there were limited paced laps led by Parnelli Jones in his #98 Indy winning Roadster followed by some 18 Roadsters.

The next on-track gathering for Historic Indy Cars will be June 21-23 on the big two-mile oval at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California sanctioned by the Historic Champ/Indy Car Association. This is during a long three day weekend of both oval and road racing. The road racing is organized by SVRA-West.

The Historic Champ/Indy Cars will be on-track twice each day Friday and Saturday in 20-minute sessions at reasonable speeds with no pace car. Sunday will be a morning practice and the Featured Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car showcase on-track for 25 minutes.

Spectator and road racing entries contact: Ed Swart, SVRA-West 310-750-6933 (CA) or

Historic Champ/Indy Car entries call Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing Pam Shatraw, Event Manager 650-321-1411 (CA). Entry Form available online at

2013 Thursday May 23: Historic Champ/Indy Car Association Owner-Drivers Have Three HCICA Vintage Exhibition Racing Events Currently Scheduled: June 21-22, Auto Club Speedway, CA; August 8-11, Rockingham Speedway, NC; October 17-19, Auto Club Speedway, CA.

The June 21-22 event on the Auto Club Speedway two-mile oval is during the SVRA-W vintage road racing weekend held on the infield Grand Am road racing circuit.

The August 8-11 event on the one-mile Rockingham Oval is during the SVRA Race The Rock vintage and historic road races held on the infield 1.6-mile road circuit.

The October 17-19 event on the two-mile Auto Club Speedway Oval is during the contemporary IndyCar MATV 500 Season Final Championship race weekend. The IndyCar race is Saturday evening, October 19.

All vintage oval cars have multiple on-track sessions each day at reasonable speed, no pace car. These Historic Champ/Indy Car Association events are organized and promoted by Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing Inc. Early entries receive multiple benefits. Call VLMM Pam Shatraw Events Manager 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Monday May 13: The Official Indy 500 On-Track Activities Have Begun With Opening Practice Last Weekend. The Historic Indy Car Activities Begin Wednesday May 23.

The Indy website doesn’t have any info on the historic Indy Car gatherings and on-track sessions beginning Wednesday May 23. However, the Historic Indy Cars are on-track several times organized by the Speedway Museum on Thursday and Friday leading up to the Official Saturday May 25 Legends Day honoring 1963 winner Parnelli Jones.

On Saturday the historic cars will have laps from 9:30-10.15 at 10:25 Parnelli Jones, in his Roadster will lead 33 historic Roadsters in a few laps till 10:30. There is a Q&A session with Parnelli at the Pagoda Plaza stage at 11:15 followed by an autograph session.

2013 Wednesday May 8: Auto Enthusiasts, On-Track Participants, Vintage Racers, Concours Participants And Car Collectors Are Invited To The Monthly San Francisco Bay Area Auto Enthusiasts And Racers Lunch On May 15, For A Roundtable Discussion, “The Vintage Car Scene: Past, Present And Future.”

Members and representatives form Bay Area vintage racing clubs, marque clubs, restoration and race prep shops, concours and media will be present and discussing this interesting subject. All attendees are welcome to join in this roundtable discussion. It all happens at AutoVino, 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California. AutoVino is a auto lifestyle facility located near the intersection of Interstate 101 and Marsh Road.

These monthly lunches and gatherings happen the third Wednesday of each month. Bench racing starts at 11:30, lunch 12:00 noon. The program and discussion is from 12:30 to about 1:15. Tickets are $20 by advance RSVP. Call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Thursday May 2: The San Jose Country Club Concours d’ Elegance Is On Sunday May 5th

The event will take place on the first fairway of the golf course. Club members will show their interesting cars. A people’s choice and CHP Awards will be given. The concours is from 4pm-6pm followed by a barbeque from 6pm to 9pm. The event is opened to club members and their guests. The event fee is $40 per person. For more info contact
Jason Green at

2013 Wednesday May 1: There Are Many Vintage Racing Cars And Airplanes To See At The Estrella Warbirds Museum And Woodlands Auto Display In Paso Robles, California

The museum is located at 4251 Dry Creek and is open 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Sunday and on Monday holidays. The race cars on display include: Midgets, Sprints, Indy Cars, NASCAR Stock Cars and more.

For more info go to or call 805-227-0440 (CA).

2013 Tuesday April 30: Historic Champ/Indy Car Association Owner-Drivers Have Three HCICA Vintage Exhibition Racing Events Currently Scheduled: June 21-22, Auto Club Speedway, CA; August 8-11, Rockingham Speedway, NC; And October 17-19, Auto Club Speedway, CA

The June 21-22 event on the Auto Club Speedway two-mile oval is during the SVRA-W vintage road racing weekend held on the infield Grand Am road racing circuit.

The August 8-11 event on the one-mile Rockingham oval is during the SVRA “Race The Rock” vintage and historic road races held on the infield 1.6-mile road circuit.

The October 17-19 event on the two-mile Auto Club Speedway Oval is during the contemporary IndyCar MATV 500 Season Final Championship race weekend. The IndyCar race is Saturday evening, October 19.

2013 Tuesday April 23: The Month Of May Is Full Of Vintage Racing Opportunities Across North America. There Are 14 Vintage Road Racing Weekends And 47 One Day Or Evening Vintage Oval Races

The full year long schedule for vintage road racing is printed in each monthly issue of Victory Lane Magazine along with reports and news features. The full year long schedule for vintage oval racing is in each monthly issue of Vintage Oval Racing Magazine, plus features on history of oval racer, people, cars, events and vintage race reports.

2013 Tuesday April 16: 14th McPherson College C.A.R.S. Show May 4, 9 AM to 3 PM, Honors Carroll Shelby

This famous automotive restoration school in Kansas honors a man who excelled in SCCA racing of the 1950s, won LeMans in 1959 co driving with Roy Salvador, Raced F1, co-founded All American Racers with Dan Gurney, entered the Indy 500 with revolutionary turbine powered cars and of course created the Cobra!

The big show festivities open the night before with “An Evening With Automotive Restoration” dinner, speaker Corkey Coker, racer, rally driver and founder of Coker Tires. The big C.A.R.S. restoration celebration show has student themed builds of restored cars, restoration demonstrations, car displays, motorcycle displays and more. Info

2013 Friday April 12: The 2013 New Hampshire Vintage Racing Celebration Has Oval Car On-Track Exhibition July 30, 31, August 1 And VRG Vintage Road Racing August 2, 3, 4, At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

This vintage car oval on-track and vintage road racing event is celebrating its 23rd year. Spectators are invited.

The oval celebration invites all classes of vintage and historic oval racing cars. For oval entries call 603-783-4931 or visit

All VRG vintage road racing classes will be in action for a full long weekend of vintage road racing practices, qualifying and feature races. For VRG entries visit

2013 Thursday April 11: A Full Weekend Of Vintage Oval Exhibition Sessions For Almost Every Type Of Historic Oval Car, August 9-11, On Rockingham Speedway’s One-Mile Oval Is Being Organized By Victory Lane Motorsport Marketing, VLMM, To Accompany The SVRA Vintage Road Races.

VLMM has been organizing vintage oval exhibition showcases on-track at reasonable speed with no pace car since 1997. The tracks have included Auto Club (California) Speedway, Michigan Speedway, Darlington Speedway and others for vintage cars including Midgets, Sprints, Big Cars, Track Roadsters, Modifieds, Stocks, Champ/Indy etc. They even helped organize the race of two worlds, Indy vs. F1 to open the Rockingham UK Oval. VLMM plans to accept almost all types of oval race cars, depending on entry counts and final weekend time schedules.

The weekend will be a festive celebration with special events and a big Saturday night party. Full details will be available soon. VLMM Pam Shatraw, Events Manager, Dan Davis, Chairman, 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Monday April 8: Belleville Vintage Nationals, July 27-28, 2013

CVOR invites open wheel vintage racers for two days of on-track time on the 100-year–old ½ mile clay oval! The Belleville Vintage Nationals is open to all vintage pre-1980 open wheel cars including caged and non-caged Midgets, Sprinters, Champ Cars, Modifieds, Super Modifieds, Roadsters and Jalopies.

For this program, fendered Stock Cars or Winged Cars are not accepted. The $45 per car advanced entry fee includes three pit passes (good for both days) lunch and admission to the High Banks Hall of Fame National Midget Racing Museum, swap meet and auto show.

Any additional information please visit or contact Gary Huibregtse (CVOR) 970-221-9273,

2013 Thursday April 4: A Program Of Vintage Midget Auto Racing, Saturday May 11, At St. Johns Pennsylvania’s Mountain Speedway Will Include A Tribute To Racing Legend Ken Brenn

The event is presented by Robert Noll in cooperation with Atlantic Coast Old Timers (ACOT) and the Vintage Division of ATQMRA, Pit gate opens 10 AM, Grandstands open at 12 noon with free Grandstand admission. The first on-track event is 12:30 PM. Info contact Robert Noll 610-395-5490 (PA).

2013 Wednesday March 27: Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase Is The Oval Feature During The June 21-23 SVRA-West Southern California Sports Car Festival At Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California.

The Historic Champ/Indy Car Association expects over 30 vintage and historic cars out on-track for exhibition practice two times on each day, Friday and Saturday plus the big showcase on Sunday. The cars will range from Pre-World War II Cars, The 1940s Uprights, the Roadsters of the 1950s and early 1960s, the mid-engine late 1960s cars and right up through the historic cars of the 1970s and 1980s, the HCICA event is organized by Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing, VLMM.

Fans are invited to visit the cars in the infield garages and talk to the owner/drivers. It is always a treat to have the children’s photos sitting in a real car.

The entire weekend will also be full of vintage road racing on the Grand Am road racing circuit. Over 150 vintage road racing cars will be in action all three days with feature races on Sunday.

For info call Pam Shatraw, VLMM 650-321-1411 (CA).

2013 Thursday March 14: Victory Lane Historic Champ/Indy Car Showcase On The Two-Mile Oval Is The Feature At The SVRA-West Southern California Sports Car Festival, June 21-23 At Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California

The Historic Champ/Indy Car Association, HCICA, cars range from early in the 1900s through the 1980s. They will be on the oval twice each day Friday and Saturday for practice and once on Sunday for the Showcase Feature. Full weekend hospitality for driver and crews are provided. Entry forms are available in the March Issue of Vintage Oval Racing Magazine and will be mailed to all HCICA registered car owners.

SVRA-West is the host club whose road racing members will be racing on the Auto Club Speedway GrandAm road racing circuit during the weekend. The entire event is a salute to the great oval and road racing history in Southern California. Southern California early in the 1900s had point-to-point races, road races, board track races and later great races at Riverside. The area was home to the legendary Miller Cars. It was when the Indy Roadsters From Kurtis, Watson and others were developed to dominate the Indy 500 for a decade.

The road racing history included the development of the Scarabs, Old’ Yeller and the Chaparral 1 and many specials. Many examples of the huge Southern California racing history will be on-track during this weekend. Spectators are invited to enjoy the entire weekend.

For HCICA info call Pam Shatraw 650-321-1411 (CA) and SVRA-West 310-750-6933 (CA).

2013 Wednesday March 13: Thoughts On Returning From The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance And Automotive Happening:

Sam Posey, The Honorary Grand Marshall well deserves the title Automotive Renaissance Man with wins and participation at every level of racing plus writer, race car designer, TV commentator, artist, architect; The three sold out seminars on the Corvette Stingray and History, Porsche 911 and GT40 Saga were riveting and help make this concours unique; The Miller Champ/Indy Car Display of some 30 cars was a trip into a great time in American Oval Racing; Racing Cars from almost all decades of the sport and their enthusiastic owners not only enlivened the excitement on the field but also talked vintage racing to interested spectators; The classics were over the top and well represented by the 1936 Dusenberg SJN receiving Best of Concours d’Elegance; Likewise the 1968 Ford GT40 Mk2 was a superb choice for the Best of Show Concours d’Sport.

This is a show where entrants, celebrities, enthusiasts, racers, car enthusiasts, automotive industry luminaries, racing industry participants, event organizers all come together for three days of a unofficial convention to enjoy great cars, great entertainment and a great happening.

2013 Tuesday February 12: The Growing Opportunity To Experience “Driving Your Car On A Race Track” At The Increasing Number Of “Track Days” At Road Racing Circuits Across North America Is The Feature Presentation By David Ray, Founder Of Hooked-On-Driving At The February 20, Victory Lane AutoVino “Car Enthusiasts And Racers Lunch” In Menlo Park, California

Hooked On Driving is a leading organization in the new motorsports movement that lets owners of performance street cars experience them on-track in a safe, controlled speed, non-competitive environment. The sessions begin with a short performance driving chalk-talk, then on-track with a personalized riding coach. Next are a series of the non-racing track sessions by groups of similar cars and driver skills.

Hooked-On Driving operates over 120 one or two day events at more then 25 road racing circuits across North America.

The monthly Victory Lane AutoVino Car Enthusiast and Racers Lunches are held on the third Wednesday of each month at AutoVino, a car and wine lifestyle club, 205 Constitution Drive in Menlo Park, California. This is near Marsh Road exit off Interstate 101.

The gathering starts at 11:30 for bench racing and wine tasting, lunch is at 12 noon and the program is typically 12:30 to 1:15. The fee is $20 by advance reservation. RSVP Pam Shatraw, Victory Lane Motorsports Marketing 650-321-1411 or email

2013 Tuesday February 12: February’s Monthly Meeting Of The Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving And Chowder Society, Held at Sardis In New York, Featured A Presentation On Vintage Racing By Tony Parella, New Owner Of SVRA, One Of The largest Vintage Racing Organizations.

In addition to a talk about vintage auto racing across North America, Mr. Parella announced a big end of year vintage auto race weekend and festival at the exciting Circuit of The Americas, near Austin, Texas. This upcoming SVRA race weekend could be an instant classic. It is expected to draw well over 700 vintage racers from across North America. The event is also a cooperative event with Texas based, CVAR, the vintage racing club, which holds races throughout the southwest. SVRA has been aggressively expanding its vintage racing schedule, under new ownership, including purchase of HSR-West located in Southern California.

The schedule now includes 15 vintage racing weekends, both east and west. These include events at some of North America’s greatest road racing circuits like Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Mid Ohio Sports Car Course and VIRginia International Raceway. There are over 28 vintage racing clubs across North America, which organizes over 160 vintage road racing weekends each year. There is also an active vintage oval scene.

The Sports Car Driving And Chowder Society was established in 1957 and attracts leaders in the automotive industry, racers and car enthusiasts to its meetings on the second Tuesday of each month.

For vintage road racing info: SVRA


For vintage oval racing visit

2013 Monday February 11: Historic Indy Cars Will Have Multiple On-Track Sessions During the May 22-26 Indy 500 Week At The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Entry Application Due by March 7, 2013

Eligible cars must have Indy 500 history between 1911 and 1987.

The on-track sessions include Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the 500. There is a display day on Wednesday.

Info Ellen Bireley, Director; Hall of Fame Museum phone 317-492-6747 or Fax 317-492-6449 (IN).

2013 Tuesday February 5: Urgent Notice To Racers And Motorsport Sanctioning Bodies From SFI: Non Flame Resistant Racing Suits Being Sold

Mike Hurst, Technical Manager SFI Foundation, Inc., has issued an important safety notice. It has been brought to the attention of the SFI Foundation that certain driver protective suits being manufactured and distributed into the marketplace present a unique and serious threat to the safety of the drivers.

These suits incorporate an outer layer of material that is neither flame nor heat resistant, and will melt at relatively low temperatures. These suits are commonly identified by the nature of their graphics, which are achieved by a process called dye sublimation. Rather than using more traditional graphic methods such as patches attached to, or embroidery sewn into the suit, this process provides for complex and vivid graphics, which are actually imbedded directly into the outer material layer.

Dye sublimation is currently being used on synthetic materials (e.g. Nylon, Cordura, and Polyester) that have little or no fire or heat resistant properties. Dye sublimated synthetic driver suits have been distributed for use in motorsport disciplines in which the sanctioning bodies have no minimum standards for driver protective clothing.

Currently there are no participants in the SFI Specification 3.2A programs using approved materials incorporating the dye sublimation process. Nylon Cordura, or Polyester driver suit layers or panels, with or without dye sublimation, are not certified or identified by the manufacturer as meeting SFI Spec 3.2A, or any other accepted industry wide standard.

Should technical inspectors or scrutineers observe a driver suit which incorporates the dye sublimation graphic process and / or Nylon, Cordura or Polyester panels or layers, the driver should be made aware of the potential danger of wearing such a suit in competition, and should be directed to contact the manufacturer immediately.

Please note that Racewear Manufacturing/Awesome Racewear has previously manufactured and sold dye-sublimated race suits that fully met SFI Spec 3.2A, and the certification of those suits remain valid. Info: SFI, 15708 Pomerado Road, Suit N208, Poway, CA 92064. Call 858-451-8868 or fax 858-451-9268 or visit





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