Competitor Rules

Standard Operating Procedures

Vintage racing is an amateur sport where competition is meant to be friendly and casual. However, all forms of motorsports are dangerous, therefore we have developed the following operating procedures to help you understand what action should be taken under certain circumstances. Your knowledge and application of this information is vital to running a safe event.

2024 Standard Operating Procedures  (PDF)

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Racing Flags

Most motor racing series have standardized the use of commonly used flags in order to inform and instruct drivers. SVRA separates flags into the following two categories: Informational and Command.

  • INFORMATIONAL flags used to inform drivers about the status of the race course.
  • COMMAND flags used to issue commands to a driver or all drivers on track.

Red Flag-Spin Off Procedure (PDF)
Read More about SVRA Racing Flags

Sprint Series

SVRA is dedicated to providing the best Vintage and Historic race cars in close competition at venues in which they originally competed. SVRA events give participants and fans huge variety and a great show. The SVRA schedule for East and West Coasts allows for great racing action on tracks such as Sebring, Watkins Glen, Sonoma Raceway, Willow Springs, Road America, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and The Circuit of the Americas, just to name a few.

SVRA Vintage and Historic racing features very competitive racing but with a mixture of skill, manners and common sense.

Variety is the key to the success of Vintage and Historic racing. At any given SVRA event, enthusiasts can follow a wide variety of machinery. From small-bore production cars like MG’s and Alfas, to Formula One, Nascar Cup cars and ground-pounding Mustangs and Corvettes, there is something for everyone.

SVRA events feature multiple Sprint Races over the course of an Event. In addition, some events will include one or two special races, which add to the Vintage and Historic racing experience.

Sprint Series Scoring System  (PDF)
Medallion and Victory Circle Guidelines (PDF)


Endurance Racing became the key to sportscar racing success in 1923 with the first running of the 24 Hours of LeMans. Proving the abilities and durability of car and driver, winning endurance races became the ultimate goal for any manufacturer or racer. Today, many of the original participants in the great endurance races of the 50’s through the 90’s can still be seen at an SVRA Vintage and Historic Event in the Hawk Performance Enduro Series races. Even though these cars no longer do a 24 Hour race, fans enjoy watching these great cars and their skillful Vintage drivers, duel each other for races of one, two or sometimes 3 hours in length. The Hawk Performance Enduro Series races feature the hallmark of sportscar racing—multi class competition mixed with cunning strategy.

Endurance Series Rules (PDF)
Endurance Series Scoring System  (PDF)
Medallion and Victory Circle Guidelines (PDF)

DOP / TOP Information

The Driver Orientation Program (DOP) / Track Orientation Program (TOP) is held during the Thursday Test Day of many SVRA events throughout the year. For this year, DOP /TOP is only available at many SVRA events in the East and Midwest.

Read More about DOP /TOP

Approved Driver Schools

All drivers must complete the road racing competition course at any of the below schools.

SVRA Approved Racing and High-Performance Driving Schools

Infraction & Penalty Guidelines

Infraction & Penalty Guidelines (PDF)