Out on the false grid anticipating their first run of the day. (Two reborn Cheetahs originally built 1962 – 1966 to compete with Shelby’s Cobras.)
The pit crew is always busy. This Group 44 Jaguar prototype gets a cleaning after its initial inspection and prep work.
Corner workers use flags to communicate track conditions and instructions to drivers. Prewar MGs saw a lot of this blue with yellow diagonal stripe flag in the Handicap Scramble race which consisted of cars mostly 20, 30, and almost 40 years newer. This flag warns of a car coming up fast from behind.
An Alfa Romeo sports 5 pointed star Daytona type wheels.
The sun broke through by mid morning and continued to shine for a perfect Fathers Day weekend.
Spectators made a fashion statement on the raceway’s observation tower as they found shelter from an early morning rain shower.
Many Blackhawk racers set up camp next to their cars on their paddock for the weekend.
A Lotus 7 blurs the countryside as it screams around Blackhawk Farms Raceway on Fathers Day.
The Star Spangled Banner commands a moment of reverence and remembrance.
A quiet moment, then a raucous music of engines and the races began.
An MGA and a Datsun roadster arrive on the grid and await the beginning of their race.
We spotted this 2013 Morgan trike as we pulled into the Road America paddock early near Corner Five. The Brit looked right at home here. Although obviously technically advanced, the 2013 version looks very close to those racing from 1910 to 1953. Its reintroduction to the production line bespeaks longevity.
We were shocked from our state of contentment and our comfortable chairs when a Porsche suddenly took flight directly in front of us. Apparently tagged by another car, the Porsche became airborne, smashed into the concrete barrier and slid down the track flinging parts and debris after it as it disappeared under the Sargento bridge. John grabbed his camera and snapped this shot from the other side of the bridge. Thanks to modern safety equipment and a competent safety crew the driver, in the green and black race suit, walked away. The Porsche was destroyed.
Ted tends to a damaged Hewland transmission on Donnybrooke Motorsports’ Brabham formula racer and finds fifth gear once again for its owner/driver.
The Canadian-American Challenge allowed unlimited engine size and unrestricted aerodynamics. By the end of its run in 1986 some cars claimed 1500 horsepower. Aerodynamic wings, ground effects, effective turbochargers and aerospace materials were developed and became fair game, but the cars were required to have two seats, enclosed wheels and basic safety equipment. Son Ted, Donnybrooke Motors general manager/mechanic, tended the company’s McLaren M1B No. 22 at Road America for its driver/owner.
Cragar became a major manufacturer of custom wheels in the 1960s, and its website boasts that it is “synonymous with speed, performance, good times and adventure.”
That description also applies to the #22 McLaren thundering past its sign at Road America during its HAWK Vintage Races.
Can-Am racers no. 22 and 14 paired on the starting grid at Road America concentrate on their quest for the Canadian-American Challenge Cup just as the original professional racers did from 1966 – 1986.
The British Sunbeam Alpine became the Sunbeam Tiger in 1964 when it followed the lead of Caroll Shelby’s AC Cobra and stuffed a Ford V8 under the bonnet (hood) of its British roadster. This zany Tiger race car seems to have stuffed its namesake into its boot (trunk) as well.
An Elva smokes a front tire as it locks up the front wheel braking into corner one.
The excitement continues in the small bore production group as a Triumph Spitfire wields through a corner ahead of a Big Healey and Jaguar 120. (Scott, its driver, has been known to occasionally comment on our blog.)
Early MGs and Bugattis predominate the prewar race group. The drivers have their hands full as they battle skinny tires on large wire rims, buckboard-like suspensions, large steering wheels with worm gear mechanicals and cable operated mechanical brakes.
An MG T series driver sits motionless in a bit of shade from the tech barn at Blackhawk Farms to escape the hot sun for a few minutes before staging on the grid prior to his race.
The white Firestone tire, headlamp and Ford script provide contrast with the optional color of this Model T. (“You can have any color you want, as long as it’s black.”)
After dinner we attended the “Gathering on the Green,” a car show on the grounds of the Osthoff Hotel in Elkhart Lake which featured selected classic autos, a live band and an open outdoor bar.
We found the hood ornaments from Pierce Arrow, Packard and Nash Amrican particularly interesting.