Category Archives: Uncategorized

BACK FROM CSRG CHARITY CHALLENGE AT SONOMA RACEWAY LAST WEEKEND!

CSRG reported a really large number of cars registered for the races last weekend at Sonoma Raceway. We had great weather, and a lot of great cars, including the Can-Am Mini Challenge as special guests. There were Minis all over the track and paddock – it was quite a sight.

It was also great to catch up with friends, and a few of my previous guests here on Vintage Racing Podcast!

 

Just a fraction of the Minis in the paddock.
Lining up for the Can-Am Mini Challenge 2017 at Sonoma Raceway!
Talk about leading with your chin…
In the Veloce Motors West garages, CSRG Charity Challenge.

Tom Cotter’s Lifetime with Cars – New Episode!

You might think my next guest, as a writer, has spent his career observing and retelling the stories he’s sought out and heard over the years. But Tom Cotter’s lifetime with cars, so far, has been nothing if not totally involved and committed. I mean, just think of how you would spend 30 years without watching television – no doubt you’d be as immersed in your career or hobby as Tom.

He’s been not just a writer, though he’s on his 16th book, but a director of public relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway, owner of what became the largest motorsports marketing agency in the world, a judge at Amelia Island and many other venues, President of the group that tried to bring Formula 1 to the U.S. some years back, contributor and columnist for auto magazines, tour and event organizer, and star of Hagerty Insurance’s Barn Find Hunter, just to name a few of his accomplishments.

More than that, Tom’s been a car fanatic since his childhood, and in this episode, we learn about his 1939 Ford Woody wagon that he’s owned since he was 15 years old, and which serves as a useful tool, that he talks about when we discuss strategies for finding old cars. And that is what many listeners will know Tom Cotter for best; his Barn Find Road Trip book series, and his Barn Find Hunter video series.

In this episode, we talk about his books, including several biographies, his previous careers in the automotive and racing industry, where to find old cars, why people hoard cars, how to succeed in buying old cars, the future of car collecting and the driving experience, and I ask him what his toughest challenge has been to date, and his most rewarding.

As you listen to this episode, get on your computer and check out the links below, so you can enjoy some great photos and other interviews with a man with a set of unique perspectives about cars, car collecting, and racing. Thank you, Tom, and thanks to you listeners.

http://www.rrdc.org/member/tom-cotter/

https://retrogradeclassics.com/blogs/real-car-people/q-a-with-tom-cotter-lifetime-car-enthusiast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW-HlCaKoz4

 https://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/tom-cotter-president-of-the-group-bringing-formula-one-to-new-jersey-resigns/?mcubz=0

Please take the time to rate and review Vintage Racing Podcast. In December, I will have been bringing you these conversations for two years. Thank you for sending positive reviews and ratings my way! 

Greg Tatarian

 

CSRG 14th Annual Charity Challenge in September

Hi Listeners,

Summer is a challenging time for me to connect with new interview subjects; either I’m traveling for work, or my upcoming/potential guests are traveling to and from races. While I work on getting us hooked up with another great guest, here’s an announcement from past guest and CSRG President, Locke de Bretteville:

CSRG, the Classic Sports Racing Group, would like to invite your club to the 14th Annual Charity Challenge at Sonoma Raceway (https://www.charityracing.org/#home-section) on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

 CSRG is the oldest vintage race car club in the West (http://www.csrgracing.org/) & we are the second oldest one in the U.S. We put on five events per year & the Charity Challenge is our showcase event. Typically our race weekends have 200-250 vintage race cars divided into eight or nine Race Groups. Saturday each group will have a morning qualifying & an afternoon race. On Sunday we may have two races or simply a morning warm up & an afternoon race.

 The competing cars run the gamut from Production Sports Cars to F1, Formula Atlantic & Formula Ford to exotics like Maseratis, Ferraris & Alfas, as well as Endurance racers like Lola T290s, Chevron B16s, Can-Am like Lola T70s & McLaren M8s, etc.

 If you are interested & have at least 20-30 cars who want to attend, we can organize a car corral for you in either the paddock or at one of the turns. Since entrants get first choice on paddock space, we will not know what space is available until entries are firmed up a few days before the event. If you have a smaller group, let us know & we will try to put something together that will work for you. 

 Those clubs with a corral will be issued a pass at the gate & will be given directions to their corral. We ask that you provide a representative to coordinate with us & to organize the corral. 

 Half price tickets are available through the Sonoma Raceway site: http://www.sonomaraceway.com/events/classic-sports-racing-group-charity-challenge/ Please bear in mind that tickets go to full price on race weekend.

 Here are some bullet points to give you a better idea of what is on offer:

  • Full access to the paddock, garages & all spectator areas–this is intended to be an automotive immersion.
  • Three Lap, at speed track rides in one of the cars entered for the weekend in return for a donation to the Speedway Children’s Charities. Rides start at $75 Riders must wear pants, shoes, a long sleeve shirt & must be in good health.
  • Can-Am Austin Mini Challenge
  • A vintage plane gathering at Schelville Airport with shuttles
  • Grid walk for Spectators
  • Car Display outside Turn 11
  • Vintage Plane Flyover
  • Series Finale of the Crossflow Cup for Formula Fords

If you think you are interested, please let me know & I will put the process in motion.

You can reach Locke at: csrglocke@gmail.com

Let’s Hear From the Younger Vintage Racers: Kevin Corrigan

Vintage Racing Podcast listeners seem to share my goal of making  episodes interesting to a wide range of listeners, including professional mechanics and race car preparers, ex-professional racers, relatively uninformed spectators, current vintage racers, and vintage car lovers and collectors.

Some listeners have asked for more conversations with famous ex-racers or professional race prep shop operators, while others have asked for interviews with the regular folks who race vintage cars for fun, having never professionally raced, or maybe not even club raced during a car’s production era. I think that’s because we can appreciate and learn from the pros, but we can relate to the amateurs like ourselves.

One of the recurring themes of the conversations on Vintage Racing Podcast is how to keep vintage cars and vintage racing relevant to younger generations. With the rising costs of vintage race and street cars, parts, and preparation, and the rising costs of getting to the track and competing, coupled with the aging of professionals who maintain, rebuild and repair these cars, it’s reasonable to assume that vintage racing will have to include later cars, and in some cases, more acceptance of later modifications.

My guest this episode is Kevin Corrigan, from Michigan, near Detroit. Kevin was recommended to me by Rich, a member of AlfaBB.com, and Vintage Racing Podcast listener who shared suggestions for contemporary racers of vintage cars. Kevin could just as easily be club racing a spec-Miata or other late production car, but for a variety of reasons he shares, prefers to vintage race an Alfa Romeo GTV2000. Kevin works in the automotive industry, and although he may not be able to share decades of racing experience with listeners, he does share is his viewpoints and enthusiasm as a young participant in the sport, which I think is something that vintage race organizations need to encourage.

Also, please check out www.apexspeed.com.

Cheers,

Greg

Kevin Corrigan and son, prepping for a race!
Kevin’s son, mechanic in training.