US Vintage Grand Prix

Racing at the US Vintage Grand Prix
Photo | Terry Johnsen

The US Vintage Grand Prix remains one of the most popular vintage events in the country and SVRA continues its commitment to making this year’s vintage USGP weekend, the best one ever. In addition to some of the best vintage racing in the country, there are many special events being planned that will highlight the weekend and the iconic racing history of Watkins Glen.

Racers and fans flock to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Reenactment Tribute race, through the streets of Watkins Glen. The downtown Grand Prix Festival celebrations offers music, fine food, wine, cars, and grand motorsports traditions, making this unique event a must-do destination.

US Vintage Grand Prix Schedule

All SVRA race groups are scheduled to participate.

  • Thu 5 September – Practice
  • Fri 6 September – Qualifying
  • Sat 7 September – Qualifying and Racing
  • Sun 8 September – Racing

Racing is scheduled to commence on Saturday afternoon and then continuing through Sunday. Highlighted by the Collier Cup race, Governor’s Cup, and Trans-Am Series, the US Vintage Grand Prix will provide racing across all SVRA groups to offer something for every race fan.

SVRA Race Groups

Group 1 – Recognized small displacement production sports cars and sedans.
(E.g. Sprite, Midget, Mini Cooper, Triumph Spitfire, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, MGA, Fiat-Abarth, Lotus 7)
Group 2 – Pre-1973 Formula cars conforming to the SVRA classic formula car regulations.
(E.g. Lotus; Brabham, Caldwell, Titan, Crossle, Merlyn, Royale, Elva, Hawke)
Group 3 – Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1972.
(E.g. MGB, Triumph TR-3 and 4; Austin Healey 3000, Porsche 356, Elva Courier, Morgan, Daimler, Sunbeam Alpine, Volvo P1800)
Group 4 – Limited produced sports cars, racing “specials” and GT cars built or in production prior to 1960. This group represents the “Golden Age” of sports car racing in the United States and Europe.
(E.g. Scarab, Devin, Maserati, Ferrari, Lotus, Jaguar XK120/140, C, D; Maserati, Lister, Allard, Elva; Porsche RSK Spyder, Cunningham and early small bore Sports Racers)
Group 5 – Small bore World Sports Car Championship and prototypes as raced between 1960 and 1972. All 3 classes of Sports 2000 cars, SRF’s as well as WSR cars.
(E.g. Lotus 23, 30, 40, Porsche 904, 906, 907, 910; Elva Mk 7 &8, Lola 212, Lotus 11, 15, 17)
Group 6 – Selected big-bore production sports cars and sedans through 1972.
(E.g. Corvette, Shelby GT-350, Cobra, Mustang, Camaro, Jaguar XKE, Barracuda, Cougar, Griffith, Porsche 911)
Group 7 – World Championship of Makes sports cars on slicks. Under 2 Liter sports cars as raced after 1972. Can Am cars as raced after 1967. Center-seat Can Am cars, SCCA ASR & BSR.
(E.g. McLaren, Porsche 908, 917, 956, 962; Lola, Chevron, Ferrari 312, 512, Alfa Romeo T33, Lancia, Matra)
Group 8 – Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1979, and later cars by invitation.
(E.g. Lotus Super 7, Datsun 240Z, BMW 2002, Porsche 911, 914, Datsun 510, Escort, Alfa Romeo GTV)
Group 9 – Wings and slicks formula cars complying with SVRA post-1973 formula car regulations.
(E.g. Formula 1 and Indy Lights, Formula 5000, Formula 2, Formula Atlantic & Formula B (1600cc); Formula Super Vee (1600cc, air & water cooled); Formula Continental and Formula 3 (1100cc))
Group 10 – Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 1999. NASCAR Cup and Busch Series stock cars. Trans-Am and production-based contemporary as raced from 1999 to 5 years from today’s date.
(E.g. Chevrolet Dekon Monza, Porsche 911 RSR, Ferrari 348, Audi S4, Chevrolet Corvette, DeTomaso Pantera and Dodge Viper)
Group 11 – GTP/Group C, ALMS, PSCR, WSC, Grand Am prototype cars and SCCA P1 &P2 as raced from 1981 to 5 years from today’s date.
(E.g. Aston Martin AMR1, Intrepid, Audi R8, Ford Mustang Trans Am, Oldsmobile Aurora, Pontiac Grand Am, Porsche GT2 and Cup)
Group 12 – Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 5 years prior to today’s date. These are Production-based cars such as Motorola Cup or any other stock / prepared racing series. Early IMSA GTO and GTU small bore cars will be accepted on an individual basis.
(E.g. Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang, Panoz, Datsun Z cars, Nissan ZX, and various BMW, Porsche and Ferrari models)

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