Historic Group

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Historic Group

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition:

sports car
Noun: An automobile equipped for racing, especially an aerodynamically shaped one-passenger or two-passenger vehicle having a low center of gravity and steering and suspension designed for precise control at high speeds.

The Wikipedia further expounds:

A sports car is a car designed for sporting performance. While opinions differ as to the exact definition, most sports cars have two seats and two doors, and are designed to excel at a combination of acceleration, top speed, braking, and maneuverability. Great emphasis is often placed on handling—the ability of the car to remain in the control of the driver under challenging condition such as when the car’s tires begin to lose their grip on corners.

Do you have what it takes for the new Historic Group?

Ashley Averill

Ashley Averill, in the Ex-John Burnham Berkeley, trying not to frighten the Mingos feeding track side, Corner 7, at Pueblo. Photo Credit: Andy Gould

Shortly after the first automobile hit the road, a second appeared. It was created for the express purpose of racing the first. This has been going on for more than a century now. Things have changed a great deal in that time. Speeds have increased; in general, engine displacement has decreased. Drivers used to be fat and their tires were skinny, today, most drivers are skinny and their tires are fat. Fifty years ago, stock car racing actually used a car that began life in an automobile dealer’s inventory. Today, they are not even real silhouette racers and bear no resemblance in technical terms to what they are purported to represent.

Alfa Romeo

Ralph Veit, 212 Red Alfa Romeo, one of the Historic Group’s jewels leads 2006 Danny Collins Cup winner, Andy Keller, 912 White Porsche out of corner 7, in La Junta. Kent Baird, 712 Tan Abarth 1000 Coupe, nips at the Porsche’s heels. Photo Credit: Don Suiter

To a lesser extent, the sports car has suffered the same fate. Early on, the cars were run on their own merit, just as their factory’s engineers designed, and employees built them. People are, by nature, born to tinker; they cannot leave well enough alone. Even when the rules specifically prohibit tinkering, they will seek the unfair advantage and go to great lengths to get away with it.

Missing Man

The Historic Group gridded in Missing Man Formation to honor Ellis Cahn at the 2009 Trans-Am. Photo Credit: Don Suiter

Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing and the NEW Historic Group seek to return to the days of yesteryear when drivers drove their stock, standard, sports cars, fitted with some safety equipment, to the track. Unloaded spares, tools, supplies, lunch and refreshments; checked tire pressures, taped headlights and glass lenses, and took to the track for friendly competition with like minded individuals. No expensive modifications! No stripping of value! Close to stock vehicles, sliding about on the tires of the day. Now, those same cars, on today’s street tires, can reenact those times. Mastering the lost art of the four-wheel-drift again. Enjoying lower cost, higher value fun! With more smiles per dollar!

Cindy Hegy

Cindy Hegy, at the wheel of Dennis McIlree’s famous vLil’ Bird” AH Sprite at La Junta. One of RMVR’s early race prepared cars, restored to street spec and now an Historic Group participant. Photo Credit: Andy Gould

To be included in the Historic Group, your car need only be much as it was originally produced in terms of interior, engine, and appearance. Sport sedan/saloon cars are welcome as well! The list of cars in the Sports Car Club of America’s General Competition Rules (GCR) and Production Car Specifications (PCS) are eligible when preparation does not exceed the 1959 GCR/PCS for cars 1959 and older, 1967 GCR/PCS for cars 1960 through 1967.

B24 Liberator Bomber

Trisha Dudding, 933 Green Mini; Bob Miller, 613 White TR-3; Chris Trask, 101 Yellow Lotus Europa; Kent Baird, 712 Tan Abarth 1000 Coupe; part of RMVR’s eclectic Historic Group, exiting Corner 7, in La Junta. The La Junta Raceway is built on part of what was the La Junta Army Air Field. B-24 Liberator Bombers were based there for advanced training. This photo looks into the past to provide a glimpse of what it might have looked like as an early B-24 landed on the east-west runway at the AAF. Photo Credit: Don Suiter

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Preparation is basic. The ubiquitous safety equipment: rollbar, occupant restraints, fire extinguisher and the like are required. Good and proper mechanical function for safe operation. Low cost and durable street tires. If your vehicle is licensed for street operation you are NOT required to fit a safety fuel cell! Personal safety equipment is as required for any other class or car.

Jomar Climax

Ian Rainford’s 1957 Jomar Climax. Photo Credit: Andy Gould

If you or your friends and loved ones have such cars and the opportunity to participate in track sessions with low preparation and low operating costs appeals to you, contact RMVR Eligibility (Mark Robinson) at eligibility@rmvr.com, and/or the Historic Group (Ian Rainford & Bill Rosenbach) at historic-race-group@rmvr.com. For complete information on RMVR rules, and an application to submit a car for RMVR eligibility, see How to Apply for RMVR Car Eligibility, a detailed guide to RMVR’s eligibility process.

Cooper Monaco

Terry Hefty’s beautiful Cooper Monaco. Photo Credit: Andy Gould