Yesterday my wife and myself went to the vintage races at Virginia International Raceway. VIR is about 3 and a half hours away from Virginia Beach so we were not able to stay the entire weekend and decided to just check out saturday.
This was the first time we have been to VIR. The facility is very different from Watkins Glen. The biggest difference we noticed is that the fans can get A LOT closer to the cars and the action compared to WGI. There is also a lot more to do so that family members not interested in racing can race go-karts, visit a spa, go to a pub, or even shoot trap and skeet on the shotgun range. It is definitely a different experience and a lot more 'relaxed' than Watkins Glen International.
The Heacock Classic Gold Cup features car shows as well as racing events. There were some exceedingly rare vehicles present. Here's just a few of the photos we took:
We absolutely loved this classic Ford racer.
This Crosley was immaculate inside and out.
One of the first things I noticed was the Ford wrench. That's one of Ford's great contributions to aerospace and it started with the kit that came with these cars:
Only two of these Breese-Paris racers are left in the world and one man owns both of them. This vehicle is a hundred years old.
We also decided to take the Kia for a few parade laps around VIR. With some careful negotiating we were able to get the car up to fairly high speed and it was a lot of fun.
After the lunch break the racing continued.
I took a moment to talk to the owner of a meticulously maintained Mercedes 190. This car was flawless and lovingly cared for as well.
I haven't seen a 3.0 CS in at least a decade if not more.
It's also been a while since I have seen a Superbird.
More pics to come later. Enjoy these for now.