The cars have been chosen – 375 of them, in fact, from a pool of over 500 seeking entry – and it is clear that this summer’s Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
will be as significant as ever in the line-up of vintage motorsport events
held this year. The event takes place over the weekend of June 5-6, 2010, at Infineon Raceway
in Sonoma, California, and continues the traditions that its organizer, Steve Earle of General Racing, Ltd.
, is credited with originating and shaping into the standard by which all other historic automobile racing
is measured in this country. Known for founding the Monterey Historic Automobile Races
over three decades ago, Earle has moved the energy and focus of that event to Sonoma, and he is “gratified” by the quality and quantity of the entry applications.
“I wish that it were possible for us to accept everyone, but our entry numbers are commensurate with the amount of Paddock area we have,” said Earle, a traditionalist when it comes to putting the quality of the participant experience first among priorities. “The cars are the stars and when they aren’t racing they are easily accessible in this area for the fans that come for that up close and personal experience of inspecting engines, talking with owners or otherwise learning more about the sport and the restoration and maintenance of vintage cars.”
According to Earle, the entries run the gamut between a 1914 Ford and a 1991 Roush Mustang and will be divided by age and engine size into 13 individual groups for competition on Infineon Raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. All of the groups will practice on Friday, with the seven "A" Groups taking to the Infineon racecourse
on Saturday and the six "B" Groups on Sunday. (Registration and Tech Inspection will take place on Thursday.)
While some historic automobiles leave their garages only for Concours d’Elegance events
, the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
is for treasured racing cars that are restored and maintained by owners who enjoy the opportunity to run them on the track. In addition to their racing cars, participants may also bring their period cars in which they will drive to and from the track on a daily basis, adding not only another dimension to their personal enjoyment of the event but also giving passersby the pleasure of seeing rare vehicles traveling the scenic roads of Wine Country. Continua leyendo "375 Cars at the 2010 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival"