Drag racing at Laguna Seca? No, they won’t be roaring through the Corkscrew, but a Nitro Revival featuring vintage drag racers and their cars are being added to the schedule for the track’s Spring Classic weekend, scheduled for May 18-20.
On the Saturday of the vintage racing weekend, vintage and restored nitromethane-powered drag cars will be featured, doing burnouts after being push-started by period-correct push vehicles. The day will end with a “Line of Fire” mass cacklefest. A track spokesman confirmed that the runs on the front straightaway will be the first time dragsters will have taken to the Laguna Seca track.
“Nitro Revival is a unique car show with unique vehicles that celebrate drag racing,” Steve Gibbs, Nitro Revival producer, was quoted in the track’s news release. “Laguna Seca is an iconic place with a facility that can accommodate the growth of Nitro Revival, and we are able to add a historical drag race element to their event. There is a lot of drag racing history on the Central Coast and Bay Area. Monterey also has a lot to offer as a destination.”
“Everyone who has an interest in motorsports, cars and moving entertainment will enjoy their experience at the Spring Classic that features Nitro Revival,” added Gill Campbell, the track’s senior vice president of events “There will be something to enjoy for all ages, from sports and Formula One race cars to historic motorcycles to the high-powered drag racers; it will be a sensory overload.”
In addition to the drag car display, the annual Spring Classic will feature some 200 historically correct sports and racing cars, and motorcycles, that will compete in 11 run groups on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course.
Put-in-Bay races moving to new date
Organizers have announced a revised date pattern for the 10th annual Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races and Reunion, staged to celebrate the motorsports heritage of South Bass Island, located in Lake Erie off shore from Sandusky, Ohio.
For 2018, the celebration takes place September 24-27 with racing scheduled for Tuesday the 25th and Wednesday the 26th. The program will feature the 60th anniversary of the Austin Healey “Bugeye” Sprite and the 70th anniversary of the Porsche 356. (Races previously were held in August.)
“Bugeye Sprites were highly represented in the original ’58 and later races at Put-in-Bay and a variety of Porsches were significant competitors at the original races,” reunion racing founder and race director Jack Woehrle was quoted in a news release. “Both marques represent their own brand of durability and competitiveness, so we think it’s quite fitting to honor them for our 10th annual event.”
The original Put-in-Bay races were held from 1952-59 and again in 1963. The reunion races are open to race-prepared pre-1973 production cars up to 3.0-liter of displacement, to sports racers up to 1.5 liters, and to vintage Formual Vee, Junior and Ford racers.
There also are car shows and other events on the program.
Put-in-Bay, now a summertime resort and recreation destination reached by a 15-mile boat or ferry trip, provided the harbor that housed Oliver Hazard Petty’s fleet as it battled the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
For details, visit the event website.
Silverstone to celebrate vehicle anniversaries
The Silverstone Classic vintage racing weekend, scheduled for July 20-22 at the historic British racing circuit, will feature a 50th anniversary celebration for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona,” the 70th anniversary of the Porsche 356, the Aston Martin DB1, and the Jaguar XK120, the 60th of the Aston Martin DB4; the 60th of the Austin Healey Sprite; and the 50th of the Jaguar XJ sedan.
In addition to vintage races, the event expects to feature more than 10,000 cars owned by members of more than 120 car clubs.
“Nowhere else will you get to see so many famous and legendary marques and models all lovingly maintained and displayed by their owners,” Nick Wigley, chief executive of Goose Live Events, the company behind the Silverstone Classic, was quoted in a news release. “The sheer scale of these amazing displays and incredible track parades is a landmark feature of the Silverstone Classic – a real celebration of motoring, auto design and memorabilia.”