Sportscar Vintage Racing Association-- SVRA
When you think of “Sports Cars” you may tend to think around Pontiac. But, that has not been the case in the real sportscar racing world– Pontiac has in fact been there. Most Pontiac fans will recall Firebirds and Trans Ams scooting around the track with the likes of Jags, Vettes, Porsches, and more in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) races in years past. Perhaps one day again with the new GTO, the Solstice, and maybe even a new Firebird (we can always hope). But, what do these older thoroughbreds do when they are too old (in years, not heart) to remain in SCCA competition? Well, they move to the SVRA– Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. This group of race enthusiasts has been growing as the fans learn to appreciate the sounds and sights of years gone by. Read what the SVRA has to say below:
“Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet. All great artists. All, when their names are stated, invoke imagery and passion. Today, their glorious works of art are kept in museums or locked in a collector’s private collection, and few people get to take in their beauty.
Porsche, Ferrari, Bugatti. All great car builders. Again, whose names, when stated, conjure memories, passion and excitement. But fortunately for car enthusiasts, all the works of these craftsmen are not locked in museums and the garages of private collectors; many can be seen racing hard as they used to at many of America’s premier race circuits.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association was founded over 20 years ago with the vision of keeping vintage race cars on race tracks where they belong, and can delight fans just as they did in their heyday.
And the vision has become a huge success. Today fans can watch many of the most significant race cars spanning five decades compete head-to-head on some of North America’s greatest race tracks, including Sebring, Elkhart Lake, Mid-Ohio, and Watkins Glen.
The response has been huge, from both a spectator and participant perspective. The sites, the sounds, the smells... all proof that at SVRA Some people collect art... we race it!
What is your all-time favorite race car? A production-based Ferrari 500 TR, with its sensual line and heart-stopping engine note? A signature light blue Bugatti T-37A, combining technology and art? Perhaps the pure magic of a Gulf-Porsche 917K?
All, and so many more, are participants in SVRA. Strolling the paddock can take hours, and is a truly overwhelming experience. And one not soon forgotten.
As mentioned, one of the greatest things about SVRA is the fact that the men and women who own and maintain these race cars have taken an incredible amount of time to learn their intricacies and nuances. Spreading this information to others who share a love of racing is a big reason why these folks got involved in SVRA in the first place, and they're always willing to fill up a passerby’s ears with their knowledge.
Knowledge is key to keeping these cars alive, and as a result, we are going to work to gather as much information as we can on the history of our racing participants; either background on a certain famous car or on a model on the whole. In addition, we will establish links for these cars so that you can find out even more about these tremendous cars.”
The photo here is one of the rarest of Vintage Sports Car Racers– a 1964 Lemans of owner and builder, Dennis Moser of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Thanks to Pontiac Registry.