SVRA Vintage Festival Weekend 2021 Road America Raceway | Classic Car Chat


SVRA Vintage Festival Weekend 2021
Road America Raceway, WI
May 15
By Chris Mulvihill

Road America opened their 2021 racing season on May 15 with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) Spring Vintage Festival.  Attracting over 220 entrants, this annual event also featured Miata Series and Formula 4 (F4) Series races.  There were 16 SVRA groups with the F4, Porsche and Miata entrants placed into 4 special groups.  Racing groups are determined by a number of factors which focus on engine size/bore, car model production numbers and year produced. To race in SVRA sanctioned groups the car must have been raced 5 years prior to race day.

This 1997 V10 powered F1 car-once driven by Ralf Schumacher screams toward turn 1 while emitting sparks from it's skid plate.

Founded in 1978, the SVRA is the largest vintage racing organization in the United States.  The organization is focused on holding safe, fair and fun racing events at legendary race tracks around the country.  The Road America event was the 6th race of a 17 race schedule that covers 13 states.

Going into turn 14, five drivers vie for position. The F4 group had 26 participants.

Launched in 2014, the F4 series was designed to offer young drivers an affordable way to transition into open wheel racing.  All cars are equipped with a 160 HP Honda Civic-R engine which powers a 1,254 LBS Ligier Automotive constructed chassis.  These drivers hale from all over the world with aspirations of someday driving a Formula 1 machine.

During Group 8 practice a 1972 Datsun 510 leads a 1976 BMW 2002 into turn 5.

Having visited a number of road racing tracks around the country, Road America is one of my favorite.  Opened in 1955, the first race was won by F1 World Champion Phil Hill.  This 4.048 mile racetrack has been driven by some of the greatest racers in the world.  The track history, extremely friendly staff and beautiful WI countryside make for a most enjoyable day.

About the Author | Chris Mulvihill

Chris founded in 2007. His passion for cars began as a young boy walking the service area of his grandfather’s Oldsmobile dealership. After graduating from Indiana University, his automobile knowledge expanded to the factory side as a Ford Motor Company Field Manager based in Los Angeles. During his time on the West Coast he began attending vintage car events where he established deep rooted friendships in the classic car industry. His interests are in the history of the cars, restoration and maximizing driving enjoyment.

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