Elsewhere in vintage racing, HSR ready for fall events, Road America to salute MG
In case you didn’t get your fill of Nissan and Datsun racing cars at the recent Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the 21st NISMO Festival is scheduled for December 2 at Fuji Speedway in Japan.
“The annual fan appreciation event lets fans and customers experience the NISMO brand and the excitement of Nissan motorsports and NISMO,” the company said in its announcement. “Organized by Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd., the 21st annual festival will feature race car runs, exhibitions, driver talk shows and autograph sessions. NISMO and Nissan goods and race car parts will also be on sale.”
A special theme this year is Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s vision for how changes are being made in how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
Nismo is short for NISsan MOtorsports and is involved in both racing and in high-performance products for the street.
HSR sets fall schedule
Historic Sportscar Racing resumes September 20-23 with the Fall Historics at Road Atlanta.
In addition to the vintage racers, the new F3 Americas Championship will stage two 30-minute races. The SCCA series debuted in August and is designed to provide an affordable, competitive and technologically advanced open-wheel racing feeder series with F3-FIA specification Ligier Crawford JS F3 cars made in North Carolina and powered by turbocharged Honda Civic Type-R engines.
HSR’s fall schedule also includes the Savannah Speed Classic, October 25-28 on the Hutchinson Island circuit, the Classic Daytona 24-hours on November 7-11 and the Classic Sebring races November 28-December 2.
Road America to feature MG in 2019
The 2019 WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman will have a special MG “Focus Event,” the Road America racing circuit in Wisconsin has announced. The event, scheduled for July 18-21, will include All-MG Races and a special scenic drive for road rather than track-prepped MG vehicles on the Tuesday of race week.
Scotland celebrates vintage venue
The first Bo’ness Hill Climb was contested in 1932 on the Kinneil Estate near Falkirk, Scotland, and the 11th annual Bo’ness Revival Classic Show and Hill Climb earlier this month drew more than 300 vehicles for the car show and more than 100 for the race up the hill.
Featured marque was Jaguar with celebrations of 70 years of the XK and 50 years of the JX6.
The fastest run up the hill was done in 28.34 seconds by George Coghill in a Lola T70, competing in a special “Invited” class for 1974-83 racing cars.
The climb featured 14 classes, the earliest for cars produced before 1931. In that class, a Frazer Nash Supersports driven by Adam Smith did the hill in 41.72 seconds to edge out a Riley Brooklands driven by Derek Sweeney.
Donington sets 2019 date
Donington Park in England has announced May 3-5 as the dates for the 2019 Donington Historic Festival.