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Races

Zero

Oh Happy Day

Number 0 Formula Ford in action going up the hill to the front straight.


It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World

It's A Man's Man's Man's World

Disclaimer:  Women are not only welcomed into it, many are quite successful, too.


I Drove All Night

I Drove All Night

The transport carrying this car drove all night from Texas to Wisconsin for the SCCA races at Road America.


If You Could Read My Mind

If You Could Read My Mind

We’ve never noticed race track beauty queens at any vintage races we’ve previously attended.  I’m sure if they were there, we’d have noticed.


Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Also racing in the prewar class was this Chevrolet powered sprint car.  Not much suspension on an old sprint car.

 


On the 4th of July

On the 4th of July

with a tear in your eye for the Fourth of July

for the patriots and the minutemen and the things you believe


King of the Road

King of the Road

The old MG Ts are kings of the road during Blackhawk Raceway’s prewar races.

 


Run So Far

Run So Far

We traditionally spend Fathers Day at Blackhawk Farms Raceway,  located on the Wisconsin – Illinois border near South Beloit.  The shorter two mile seven turn track is popular with the lower powered “prewar” MG T series cars, some of which actually get driven to the track, raced and then driven home.  No trailer queens, them.

 


Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

All good things must come to an end.


Trouble

Trouble

A Kohler two cycle racer required attention in the paddock.


Fame

Fame

The group 6 #0 black Camaro goes by the moniker Sylvester and is well known around the circuit.


Lying, Laughing, Loving, Crying

Lying, Laughing, Loving, Crying

Burt Levy hawked his books in the paddock.  His novels include The Last Open Road, Montezuma’s Ferrari, The Fabulous Trashwagon, Toly’s Ghost and The 200 MPH Steamroller.


All I Really Want To Do

is drive

All I Really Want To Do

The second driver of an enduro anxiously awaited the arrival of his ride in pit lane.  This was a two hour enduro race that required three pit stops and a driver change.

 


Give it Up

Give it Up

Give it up to the faster car . . . or you’ll get the blue flag if you’re lucky.

 

 

 


Take it to the Limit

Take it to the Limit

Our friend Mark took  his ’74 Saab Sonett to the limit out of Turn 3.


The Race is On

The Race is On

A Cheetah broke free to lead its session.


I Want to Break Free

I Want to Break Free

No passing on the starting lap.  A pace car leads each group one lap around the four mile fourteen turn track to begin each session.

 


This is the Life

This is the Life

We hunkered down on corner five at Road America and were once again treated to the sights, sounds and smells  of uniquely crafted sports cars and racers.  Screaming engines.  Aromatic high test racing fuel.  The smell of hot brake pads.  Thunderous flaming exhausts.  Who cares if there’s a bit of chill in the air. Life is good.


Friendship

Friendship

Friends of Triumph (FOT), a club for vintage Triumph racers, sponsored a car show for the featured marque (along with the vintage Formula V cars in the foreground).  Triumphs lined up behind the Vs, including our TR8, second from the left.  The same faces seem to show up throughout the years fostering treasured friendships.


Rare

Rare

The Triumph TR250K is one of a kind.  It was built as a prototype to compete with the Porsche 911 at the 1968 Sebring Races by Triumph Director of Motorsports Kas Kastner and designer Peter Brock.  It led the 911s for the first three hours, but then a failed mag wheel took out a brake caliper and the lack of replacement parts forced it to retire.

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John and son Charlie were amazed and fascinated by the car at Road America.


Road

Road

The pace car exits the Road America track just before the starting line to begin a group race at the Fall Vintage Race Festival near Elkhart Lake, WI.


Smile

Smile

 

A Bugeye Sprite seems to smile as he plays with a Porsche 914.


Bright

Bright

 

The bright sun reflected off the cars as a Shadow and a Donnybrooke Motorsports McLaren  raced out of Corner 3 and into the Moraine Sweep.

 


Clear

Clear

 

The track was clear as number 95, a 1962 Lotus 23B Sports Racer from Donnybrooke Motorsports — Home of World Ferrarri and GT Cars, raced down the straightaway.