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    Thread: Photos from the Heacock Classic Gold Cup Vintage Race @ VIR

    1. Geriatric Member Obin Robinson's Avatar
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      11-06-2011 07:03 AM #1
      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:


      Simply awesome!


      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.

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      11-06-2011 08:48 AM #2
      I usually go to this. I get a couple of friends who always have a couple of entries to give me a drivers guest pass so I can park in the pit area. Its an absolutely phenomenal event. I miss it.

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      11-06-2011 09:10 AM #3
      I wanted to go (I'm currently nearby Richmond), but ended up going to Summit Point, WV for some extreme karting and a karting endurance race. I will be doing some more karting at VIR next weekend.

      Thanks for the pictures!

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      11-06-2011 10:59 AM #4
      Wish I could have made it. Had work

      That Superbird belongs to my neighbor! The Pantera beside it as well. Just a few of his awesome cars. I jelly.
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    5. 11-06-2011 11:07 AM #5
      Thanks for the pics
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      11-06-2011 12:05 PM #6
      I wanted to go, but kinda slept through it (had to work the night before). I will be going to their open house later this month. $25 for 20 mins on the track for charity, fun with a write off

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      11-06-2011 12:24 PM #7
      First time I have ever seen a superbird in red! Wow, that looks right to me.
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      11-06-2011 06:33 PM #8
      Here's a few more pics from the event:

      This is the straight right after the famed "oak tree turn" on the southern end of the track.


      This is right at the "oak tree turn."


      A slight off track excursion.


      These 2.0 litre race cars are always fun to watch.


      There were lots of great formula cars which sounded simply magical.












      Oops!


      Crunch!


      Both drivers were okay but the cars didn't fare so well.


      The excess kitty litter caused the GT40 and Lola T-70 to go off track during the following race.


      You can even see the kitty litter dust kicking up.








      More to come later!

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      11-06-2011 07:23 PM #9
      God...I really gotta make the trip down to VIR...

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