We realize not everyone is willing or able to just go out and buy a race car when beginning their vintage racing adventure. Nor is it always advisable to do so. You may not yet know for sure what type of car you really want to race. Or you may not even be totally convinced you will really enjoy the sport (Wrong!You’ll love it! We promise.)
To help you get started, RMVR provides several avenues if you don’t wish to buy a race car first thing.
Participate in our Precision Driving School
As part of our annual spring Drivers’ School there is a Precision Driving School curriculum structured to accommodate using your normal street car. It need not be race prepared, only safety checked. You’ll still learn all the basics of racing with lots of track time and professional instruction. It’s a great way to see if you want to take the next step and buy a race car.
Apply for a car scholarship
Currently RMVR offers three race cars as “Scholarships”. You must apply and be accepted for each program. If you are interested in driving one of these cars in RMVR’s 2015 Drivers’ School, please apply early! The cars are a Formula Ford, a Formula Vee and a Triumph Spitfire.
- Formula Ford Arrive & Drive Program: The RMVR Formula Ford (FF) Race Group is making a vintage Winkelmann Formula Ford available to an individual interested in racing a Formula Ford with RMVR. This program is a collective volunteer effort on the part of the Formula Ford drivers, and will include all routine maintenance, tires, car storage, fuel for the weekend and transportation of the car to/from the track. Trackside support (mechanical and moral) is also a part of the Arrive & Drive Program. The car is available for the spring RMVR Drivers’ School weekend and all regular RMVR events. Preference will be given to applicants who wish to do the RMVR School plus two subsequent events during the year with the intent of getting an RMVR Competition License and to those who wish to race a FF with RMVR on an ongoing basis, but want to first “try one on.” Please download the Formula Ford Scholarship Flyer in order to apply.
- Bill Temple Memorial Drivers’ School Scholarship: Through an extremely generous offer by Belinda Temple, the Vee Drivers Group has established the Bill Temple Memorial Scholarship. Bill’s RCA Formula Vee #18 will be provided for the annual Drivers’ School along with all supplies and mechanical support—free of charge to an interested and qualified student each year. If a scholarship recipient needs an advisor for the weekend, one will be provided. The Drivers’ School entry fee, successful medical examination, and personal safety gear will be the responsibility of the student. The scholarship recipient will be selected by a group of RMVR Vee drivers. Priority for selection will be based on hours of service to RMVR and the likelihood of the student becoming a regular driver. For further information or to apply for this Scholarship, contact Bill Fleming at email@example.com.
- Ray Jones Memorial Drivers’ School Scholarship: As our second Scholarship, the Historic and Small Bore Race Groups support the Ray Jones Memorial Drivers’ School Scholarship. The former Ray Jones 1964 #92 Triumph Spitfire, “Abby,” was donated by Janine Jones in 2010. It is prepared with donations from the Historic Drivers Group, and cared for by Bill Fleming and Tony Peak. The scholarship provides free use of “Abby” for the annual Drivers’ School. The two race groups provide support for the car including fuel and supplies. Tony and Bill will prepare the car to fit the selected driver. The Drivers’ School entry fee, successful medical examination, and personal safety gear will be the responsibility of the student. The scholarship winner will be selected from applications received by March 1 of each year. Considerations for selection include history of membership and volunteer work with RMVR, and likelihood of entering a car with the club as a regular racer. For further information, contact Bill Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org, Bill Rosenbach at wgrosenbach@juno. com, or Tony Peak at email@example.com.
Find an RMVR mentor
Another avenue to get in a race car before buying one for yourself is to participate in the RMVR Mentor program. In this program, an existing racer loans a race car to you for the RMVR Drivers’ School and mentors you through that process. The mentor, in addition to helping a friend, receives future race entry benefits, but most importantly it’s a way to get friends introduced to racing. So don’t feel shy about approaching an existing RMVR racer about the possibility of being your mentor.
The mentored student (you) gets an entry into the Drivers’ School; a two year membership in RMVR; a one year subscription to Victory Lane Magazine; and an introduction to corner worker marshalling for a coupe of events. All for only $350!
The car’s owner and mentor needs to formally initiate the process naming you as his/her protégé. Learn more about this exciting program: How to Mentor a New Driver.
Attend a Race School outside RMVR
Finally, if you don’t have a race car and aren’t able to take advantage of one of the programs listed above, there are numerous racing schools (e. g. Mike Pettiford’s Go4IT, Bonderrant, Skip Barber, etc.) offering excellent instruction in many different types of cars. Successful completion of any of these schools will serve in lieu of our required Spring Drivers’ School in order to qualify for a full RMVR Competition License.
If there’s will, there’s a way even if you don’t currently own a race car.