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~ 03/14/2003 ~
Go Watch Those MG's Race
There are many ways to appreciate your MG. And for a certain enthusiastic group it's through vintage racing. This is where "vintage" race car drivers (leaning toward the senior tour themselves), gather at vintage race events to enjoy their MG's at speed on the track, and there's plenty of socializing later as the engines are cooling off.
This is NOT racing as you see on TV. It's more a "gentlemen's/women's" racing. Not racing to win - but racing MG's for the sheer fun of it. MG's at SPEED! The thrill of a pass, drifting through a corner, giving another driver a thumbs-up! Tall tales after the races! MG camaraderie! Cars are generally restricted to "Period Original" of their year of manufacturer, and not modernized.
The size and type of vintage racing events vary significantly, from smaller local club events with 20 to 30 cars, to national events with 300 or more cars, and from race track venues to street races. As of now, there are over 110 vintage race events scheduled across the US and Canada for 2003, with some 50 different vintage race sanctioning groups. But you don't have to be a vintage racer to attend and enjoy them!
Most welcome spectators (except for a few closed club events), and for the most part they are very low-key, where you can walk around and see the cars up close, chat with the drivers, and maybe go raise an elbow with them after the checkered flag has dropped. And besides the wonderful MG's, you'll also find lots of other really neat vintage race cars at these events.
As of now, three race events are scheduled with "All MG" races in them ( * see below ). And the "MG Vintage Racers" have designated the VIR Gold Cup race in June as their yearly "Focus Event" all MG race for 2003. Over 46 MG entrants have already registered for it, and by race day 60 or more MG's are expected to be racing there! Pre-War MG's, T's, A's, B's Midgets & Specials.
In cooperation with MGA! Magazine, we have chosen what we consider the best vintage races for MG enthusiasts to consider attending in 2003, and would like to share that information with the MG and racing community. In our selection, we reflected on the quality of the event, the location, and the MG's expected to be there. Here's our choices:
List of Track Web Sites for More Information:
Race Sanctioning Organization Contact Information:
We hope that one of these races might get your rev's up, and you go to it. Possibly make it a club outing and enjoy it with others. For more information on the above events, contact the race track or the race sanctioning body of the event. And if you want to see a more complete schedule of all vintage race events, for something which might be closer to where you live, here are a few web sites which can provide additional information:
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Press Release, March 2003
Online Editor: Christopher Kintner
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