Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

The cars have been chosen ...375 of them, in fact, from a pool of over 500 seeking entry, and it is clear that this summer’s Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival will be as significant as ever in the line-up of vintage motorsport events held this year. The event takes place over the weekend of June 5-6, 2010, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, and continues the traditions that its organizer, Steve Earle of General Racing, Ltd., is credited with originating and shaping into the standard by which all other historic automobile racing is measured in this country. Known for founding the Monterey Historic Automobile Races over three decades ago, Steve Earle has moved the energy and focus of that event to Sonoma, and he is “gratified” by the quality and quantity of the entry applications. I'm excited to say that my 914/6GT was accepted as one of the entries.

Here I'm hustling the GT through turn 5 at the Monterey Historics last year. I also want to give a shout out to blog followers Jon Wactor and Hans Lapine that were likewise accepted with their GT's into Sonoma. Additionally blog follower Lance Smith got accepted in his beautiful '68 Chevelle.

Speaking about entries, they run the gamut between a 1914 Ford and a 1991 Roush Mustang and will be divided by age and engine size into 13 individual groups for competition on Infineon Raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. All of the groups will practice on Friday, with the seven "A" Groups taking to the Infineon racecourse on Saturday and the six "B" Groups on Sunday.

Also part of the event is the ,Charity Event at Sonoma Plaza -- Sonoma Plaza, a National Historic Landmark that is surrounded by a number of historical buildings, will be the setting for the Vintage Race Car Festival on Saturday evening, June 5. The event, which will benefit the Speedway Children’s Charities, will combine a wine and food tasting with the opportunity to view 30 vintage vehicles chosen from race cars participating in the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. The cars will parade from the track to Sonoma Plaza where they will be on public view from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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