Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams (part 5)

Grand Prix of Scottsdale: Meet the teams (part 5)

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s.

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Racers on the streets of Scottsdale | Photos courtesy of Grand Prix of Scottsdale

Editor’s note: This is the final in a five-day series featuring teams fielding Vintage Kart Mini Racers in the second annual Scottsdale Grand Prix, to be held November 4-6 on the streets of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona.

The streets of downtown Scottsdale will be transformed November 4-6 into a modern Great Gatsby-inspired version of the roaring ‘20s as Vintage Mini Races hit the streets in the second annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale.

The three-day event begins Friday evening with a display of the cars in team livery during the “Gatsby Under the Stars Gala.” The gala takes place on the Marshall Way Bridge and benefits Southwest Human Development, one of the racing weekend’s charity partners.

Gatsby lawn parties take place Saturday and Sunday with attendees  encouraged to dress in ‘20s-era attire as they sample local beer, wines, and food while enjoying music from the era, choreographed dance performances, and a special cigar bar with club seating.

Also Saturday is the Concours d’ Kids for children to compete in the Grand Prixni, a mini driving experience as well as various crafts and games.

The Grand Prix of Scottsdale officially begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, following the 2016 Vintage Victory Trophy presentation during the trackside Dine and Drive breakfast. Radio personality Dave Pratt will be master of ceremonies and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane is the pace car passenger for the main event.

Race winner gets the Vintage Victory trophy while second- and third-place finishing teams also getr awards, as does the person who posts the best individual lap.

The half-mile course begins near the bridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront and takes racers past local landmarks along Goldwater and across 5th avenue before completing the lap.

Restaurants and local businesses along the course are slated to offer race-day specials and multiple viewing areas are accessible along the course and near pit row at no cost.

Each team competing in the Grand Prix of Scottsdale may have up to six drivers in a Vintage Kart Company’s Arizona-built Vintage Mini Racer, which was inspired by cyclecars of the 1920s. Each mini racer features a 200cc engine capable of 30–35 miles per hour.

Teams competing in the 2016 Grand Prix of Scottsdale include:

AEI Fabrication, Car No. 11

AEI Fab is the precision metal fabricator that laser cuts, bends and forms all parts and assembles the actual Vintage Kart Company 'Vintage Mini Racers' driven in the Grand Prix of Scottsdale. Based in Mesa, AEI Fab specializes in cost-saving high-speed, precision laser cutting combined with efficient, full-service metal fabrication capabilities to create a cost-effective, turn-key solution for clientele in a wide range of industry sectors. AEI Fab counts many of the Fortune 2000 among its customers in industries including warehousing, trucking, shipping, logistics, semiconductor, solar and wind energy, construction, telecommunication, automotive and appliances. The company also proudly serves those that serve our country, calling the U.S. Air Force and NASA clients as well. AEI is known industry-wide for working closely with clientele throughout the entire product development and production process to ensure the utmost in cost-efficiencies and customer satisfaction. The AEI Fab teams mantra is: "What Can We Fab For You?"
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Russo and Steele, Car No. 88 and Car No. 89

Russo and Steele was created to provide a highly targeted alternative to the world of collector car auctions. Specializing in European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs, Russo and Steele was launched in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2001. Chief Executive Officer Drew Alcazar, along with his wife and partner Josephine had a very clear vision of what they wanted to deliver – a unique, highly personal and visceral experience in an intimate environment. Embracing decades of experience in collector car restoration and harboring a true passion for quality cars, Drew and Josephine developed an auction block that has never been created before or since, and the 'Auction in the Round' concept was born. This incredible auction innovation puts buyers, sellers and spectators right on the floor with the cars, providing an all access, high energy experience with no cars on stages and no separation with a ground level auction ‘arena’ and elevated platform seating 360 degrees around the stage. The 'Auction In The Round' innovation creates a virtual ‘boxing ring’ or ‘coliseum’ effect which funnels buyers to the epicenter of the action.
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International Color Services, Car No. 00

Leading the way for over 30 years in the pre-media and pre-press industry, ICS helps solve the imaging needs of many companies worldwide. ICS's image and photo editing teams can create one-of-a-kind images for use in catalogs, signage, website development, display graphics, multi media presentations and more. As with all aspects of technology, ICS stays in tune with changing trends and software updates in order to make clients jobs transition easily from the desktop to the internet or printing press. ICS offers a variety of pre-media and pre-press services including Image Retouching, Digital Color Correction, Image Clipping Paths, InDesign Document Processing, Ad Production Services, Digital HD Image Conversions, Doc to PDF Conversions, SWOP Certified Proofing Systems, Vector Line Art Services and Digital Image Storage / AIM Services.
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Money Radio, Car No. 20

MoneyRadio is the Valley radio leader in financial news and money talk on the radio dial at 1510AM and 99.3FM. MoneyRadio's programming spans a wide array of financial topics for a variety of demographics with shows such as Business for Breakfast with Mark Asher, The Small Business Advocate with Jim Blasingame, The Millenial Money Club, The Clark Howard Show, Stocks and Jocks with Louis Rukeyser, Bucket Strategy Investing, Mastering Money with best-selling author Steve Jurich. Look to MoneyRadio (1510AM or 99.3FM) for the most in-depth financial programming on the radio in the Valley of the Sun and a breadth of up-to-the-minute news on business, the economy, the Stock Market, politics and global affairs that may affect your money and investments.
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