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It is hard to imagine, but SVRA’s vintage "Collier Cup" race for MGs at Watkins Glen will celebrate its 25th running this September at the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, as some vintage events are now becoming vintage themselves! It was initiated by SVRA in 1985 along with the support of the MG Vintage Racers and with the blessings of Miles C. Collier, to carry on the early pioneering MG racing spirit of Sam and Miles Collier, both of whom passed away in the early 1950’s. There were only eight MGs in that first Collier Cup race, but vintage racing and MG participation were growing. Bob Colaizzi racing a MGTD was the first winner. Over the years, the vintage Collier Cup grew in importance, with larger fields of MGs. In 1994 there were 60 MGs racing in it, and in 2004 an incredible record breaking turnout of 143 racing MGs! Today, MG is the largest single marque group involved in vintage racing, and a large turnout of MGs is expected for this year’s historic event. The vintage "Collier Cup" is a spirit award determined by a vote of the drivers in the race who select a MG racer from their own, who best demonstrates the "Spirit of MG Vintage Racing". In addition, the following awards have been added to the race over the years by various other sponsors, making the race even more prestigious: "Denver Cornett Jr. Trophy" – first MG overall; "T Cup" – first MG 'T'; "Bucher-Decker Trophy" – for the first MGA; and the “Bill Glanville Memorial Cup” – first MG Midget.
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25th Running of the MG "Collier Cup"
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