Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)

SVRA tight vintage running pic frm Ben Cissell clip at the Glen 

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) is the largest and one of the oldest Vintage Racing organization in the United States.  Originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association, it was founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III following the success of the Kendall Vintage Grand Prix events first held in 1976 as part of the annual 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race.  SVRA events take on the aura of rolling art shows that feature classic MGs, Triumphs, BMWs, Allards, Jaguars, and Lotuses as well as contemporary Camaros, Audis, Porsches and Corvettes competing in a safe, fair, and fun environment. SVRA’s competitors are men and women from a variety of backgrounds including professional racers, mechanics, race instructors, doctors, lawyers, corporate and financial service executives.

In September of 2012 SVRA was acquired by Texas businessman and Vintage Racer, Tony Parella.  Under Parella’s, leadership, the organization has embarked on an aggressive program to bring the sport of Vintage Racing to a new level of professionalism and prominence.  From 200MPH F-1 cars to the classic beauty of Bugattis and Ferraris, it’s all on the track with Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA).  They call the major tracks of the United States home – Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, Virginia International Raceway, Sebring, Road America Vintage racing at it’s best with one of the founding organizations of the sport.

There is something pure about seeing a racing Ferrari in action, or a Shelby GT350 blasting down a straightaway.  Yes, these cars look gorgeous standing still, even in a museum. However, rest assured that the like of Enzo Ferrari and Carroll Shelby would much rather see their creations raced as intended, and that is what the SVRA is all about.


Ben Cissell


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