As mentioned in this space before the event, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association's (SVRA) official magazine, "Vintage Motorsport," awarded five prizes to racing automobiles as part of the inaugural U. S. Vintage Racing National Championship at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas last weekend. On Thursday, October 31, the magazine publicly announced the winners in a release.
According to "Vintage Motorsport," the winners are:
Best in Show - 1963 Lotus 27, Nick Grewal, Gilford, NH (4th in Formula Jr. feature race)
Best Pre-War - 1948 Talbot-Lago T26C, Denis Bigioni, Pickering, ONT (5th in Pre-War feature race)
Best Production Race Car - 1963 Elva Courier Mk III, Andrew "Bud" Byrnes, Sherman Oaks, CA
Best Open-Wheel Race Car - 1957 Cooper T43, Luca Maciucescu, Santa Fe, NM (2nd in Pre-War feature race)
Fan Favorite - 1969 Chevron B16, Gray Gregory, Houston, TX (3rd in Group 5 feature race; 1st in Vintage/Classic enduro).
The prizes were selected from a group of over 500 historic and vintage racing cars that appeared at Circuit of the Americas during the event and were awarded at the Texas BBQ Saturday evening that featured entertainment by the Edgar Winter Group.
The "Fan Favorite" category was voted on by both participants and spectators alike.
One winner of note was Andrew "Bud" Byrnes of Sherman Oaks, California, who picked up the trophy Saturday evening for "Best Production Race Car" for his 1963 Elva Courier Mk III. The selection of his award was decided on before an incident he was involved in earlier the same day.
Earlier that day, Mr. Byrnes had been air-lifted from COTA after an incident on-track. According to the release by "Vintage Motorsport": "Byrnes' 1963 Elva Courier had been bumped from behind during the Saturday afternoon enduro and after skidding an estimated 200 feet on the roll hoop, he was choppered out to a local hospital."
"Happily," notes the magazine, "he was treated and released and picked up his trophy with nothing more than a band-aid on his arm."
Mr. Byrnes received an especially warm welcome from attendees at Saturday night's banquet when he rose to pick up his trophy.
VM publisher Mike Silverman was on hand at the BBQ to present the awards.
For more information about SVRA, see the organization's website. The next U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship at Circuit of the Americas is scheduled for October 15-19, 2014.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is the author of several books and is an historical/vintage racing and Formula 1 enthusiast. She writes for both online and print outlets about motor racing in several series as well as about motorsport history. With a historic racer, she is currently working on a new book about the sport. See her ponderings on the sport and related topics at "Motor Sport Muse."