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SVRA to host pre-1920 racing exhibition

21 December 2017

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has announced that it is collaborating with Hagerty and Blain Motorsports Foundation to produce a new exhibition series of races dedicated to cars up to and through World War 1. The events are set to be staged at SVRA weekends at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International Raceway.

“These cars are important and deserve a showcase,” commented, Tony Parella, SVRA president and CEO. “Not only will these historic cars be stretching their legs on the track, but with the work of Brian Blain and his foundation along with Hagerty there will also be educational and informative displays of tools, spares, period clothing that capture the feel of life in 1920 and before. This is rich content that adds to our automobile-themed festivals at SVRA events.”

There will be 15-20 runners at the IMS Brickyard invitational, the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen and the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. The whole event will take place in period, with the drivers and supporters dressed appropriately, while only tools and equipment of the times will be used.

“Our long term vision is to create travelling road show that will extend beyond SVRA weekends and out to other automobile celebrations, such as Concours events,” said Brian Blain, president of the Blain Motorsports Foundation. “We believe that doing justice to these rare vehicles by giving them their own run group will attract spectator interest as well as sponsors. These cars and displays offer wonderful educational value to youngsters.”

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