Grab your camera, walking shoes and sunglasses for a month of classic car events on the track and on the lawn. Activity starts on the weekend of June 6-7-8 when the Sports Car Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) invades the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a first-ever event at the Brickyard.
Event officials expect 800 entries. The main event is the Indy Legends Pro-Am race that features semi-retired professional racers with armature racers. Watch for Al Unser, Jr., Willy T. Ribbs, Lynn St. James, Johnny Parsons, Jr., Dick Simon, Robby Unser and Spike Gelhausen among the Indy 500 veterans. They will be competing in 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs with an engine displacement limit of 355 cubic inches. Parnelli Jones will pace the field as part of his duties as Brickyard Invitational Grand Marshal. Details at www.svra.com/events/brickyard-vintage-racing-invitational/.
If your interest leans more toward a static display of classic cars then you will want to be at Ault Park in Cincinnati, Ohio for the annual Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, June 8th.
The featured theme is Art of the Automobile: Great American Design. Also featured will be the 100th anniversary of Maserati and Mustangs 50th anniversary. A class for Microcars plus thirteen more classes of antique, classic, exotic cars and motorcycles. For more info, go to: www.ohioconcours.com.
The SVRA leaves Indy and heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for a weekend of racing on June 27-28-29. The highlight of this year’s event will be the CanAm Mini Challenge celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Mini. Currently over 90 cars from the United States, Canada, Mexico and England have filed entries for the event. Though the focus of the weekend will be on racing, activities for bench racers will include lunchtime parade laps of Mid-Ohio, an infield car show, a barbecue sponsored by the Ohio Mini Owners and the opportunity to watch three solid days of vintage racing. More details at: www.svra.com/events/32nd-annual-mid-ohio-vintage-grand-prix/.