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~ 09/01/2002 ~
COLLIER CUP MG RACE AT WATKINS GLEN 2002
Twenty-eight MGs raced for three days in nearly perfect September weather at Watkins Glen, NY, in SVRA's "Zippo US Vintage Grand Prix". At it, a featured race for the weekend was the 48th anniversary race of the "Collier Cup" race for MGs. All 28 MGs attending took the green, including two factory Sebring MGAs. This year's Collier Cup winner, as selected by the MG racers, was Mark Palmer in his red MGA. Mark is the first repeat winner of this prestigious award. Overall in the race, first place went to Jerry Richards in his MGB-GT, V-8 MG, followed by Steve Plater in his MGC, and then Mike Kusch in an MGB. George Shafer, piloting his well prepared MGTD, was the top finishing 'T' series MG, and was awarded the "T-Cup" trophy for 'T' series MGs. And a special award was presented to MGB racer Ginny Gibbons, recognizing her wonderful vintage racing spirit with her MGB. Ginny first watched MG's race at "Put In Bay" in 1952! The spirit lives!
MG vintage racing continues to grow in North America, and this race comes just a month after the MG Vintage Racers' "Focus Event" race at Hew Hampshire Speedway in VSCCA's event, where 35 MGs competed. Additional information on MG Vintage Racing can be viewed at the website "MGVR.com"
Press Release, September 2002
Online Editor: Christopher Kintner
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