Driver of the Year

1999 SVRA Driver of the Year: Kent Bain

Kent S. Bain – Stratford, CT Kent graduated with a B.E. in Industrial Design circa 1972 and worked as a product designer while racing in an Austin Healy. Cars were his passion and he restored cars for friends in his spare time. In 1978, he opened Automotive Restorations, Inc., then Vintage Racing Services, Inc. in 1983. Kent began vintage racing Continue Reading...
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1998 SRVA Driver of the Year: Henry Payne III

Henry Payne III | 1935 – 2008 Born in Highland Park, IL, but lived most of his life in Charleston, WV. Henry graduated from Yale University then received his masters from Princeton University. He was an avid Vintage racer, racing Porsche 908-10’s successfully. He was chosen SVRA “Driver of the Year” in 1998. Henry passed at home in June, 2008....
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1997 SVRA Driver of the Year: Herb Wetanson

Herb Wetanson – New York, NY Started racing in 1959, his first race in an Ace Bristol at Lime Rock with the Renegade Racing Club, won in the rain, on Michelin rain tires. Continued racing though the early 1960’s in various Spyder 500 Porsches. Herb then moved to faster Porsches, 904’s and 906’s competed in the Bridge Hampton Double 500, Continue Reading...
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1996 SVRA Driver of the Year: Tom Yeager

Tom Yeager – Naples, FL Tom attended a Sebring 12 hour race at age 19 and in 1963 started racing at Water Ford Hills, MI in a 1961 Lotus “7”. He qualified for the inagural ARRC race in 1964. Tom started racing as a Shelby Team driver in the first production GT 350R Mustang as well as an FIA Cobra. Continue Reading...
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1995 SVRA Driver of the Year: Patrick Ryan

Pat Ryan – Fletcher, NC Pat was born on March 7, 1946 in Cleveland, OH and was the son of an Air Force Colonel. He married Dorothy Mundy in 1966. Their daughter Colleen was born in 1967 and their son Sean was born in 1973. He entered the automobile business in 1967 and retired in 1990. He was a SCCA Continue Reading...
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1993 SVRA Driver of the Year: J.D. Evans

J.D. Evans – Ontario, Canada In the mid 1970’s, J.D. joined Ford Heacocks SVRA due to the encouragement by Stirling Moss to race his 300SL Gullwing. In the early 80’s, he acquired Charlie Gibson’s Costin bodied Lister and at the same time with the help and enthusiasm of Brian Lister and Udo Horn (fellow S.V.R.A. member) completed the restoration of Continue Reading...
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1992 SVRA Driver of the Year: Harry Gaunt

Harry Gaunt – Indianapolis, IN Harry was born in Muncie, IN in 1931, later enlisted in the USMC and was a part of the Korean War. He returned to Indiana in 1954 and bought the first Austin Healy in Indiana and joined the SCCA. He raced a 1956 Morgan +4 in SCCA and hill climbs, and from 1959 to 1961 Continue Reading...
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1991 SVRA Driver of the Year: David Kopf

David Kopf | 1927 – 2004 David was a master designer, machinist and inventor. He founded Kopf Instruments in 1958. David and Carol married in 1963. He had many hobbies including carousel horses and fairground organs. Racing cars were a second career starting in 1985. He drove vintage Porsches- notably a 1963 Porsche RS60- and later his own LeMans prototype. Continue Reading...
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1990 SVRA Driver of the Year: Robert Pass

Robert Pass – St Louis, MO Automotive enthusiast, vintage racer and entrepreneur Robert Pass has shifted gears – from shipping valuable cars to collecting, buying, selling and trading them. In 1970, Pass founded Passport Transport, Ltd., the first auto transportation company in the U.S. specializing in the enclosed shipment of antique, classic and race cars. Pass’s company developed special trailers Continue Reading...
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1989 SVRA Driver of the Year: David Whiteside

David Whiteside | Deceased 2001 An excellent driver, a respected Lotus car collector and a student of racing history, David believed in celebrating and preserving history. He enjoyed the social and organizational side SVRA and often played hilarious pranks in the paddock. David brought a rate spark of wit, intelligence, organizational skill, and enthusiasm to the formative years and was Continue Reading...
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1988 SVRA Driver of the Year: Fred Lieb

Fred Lieb – Joelton, TN Original SCCA National License number under 200. Raced 1300S Porsche, MKIII Elva, Turner 950S, Renault Dauphine, Legends on ¼ mile Dodge Dart NASCAR Grand American Series. – 1959 – Finished Sebring 12 Hour in Turner – 1958 – Sebring Crew Chief Elva MK III – 1956 & 1957 – Sebring Pit Steward Started Vintage Racing Continue Reading...
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1987 SVRA Driver of the Year: James (Jim) Williams

Jim Williams – Walhalla, SC “I began vintage racing with the 1985 Walter Mitty. Since then I have run in 23 Mitty’s and most of the SVRA and HSR events. I was named the SVRA ‘Driver of the Year’ in 1987; the 1991 HSR ‘Driver of the Year’ and received the 1995 Bob Fergus ‘Big Fun Award’ and the HSR Continue Reading...
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1986 SVRA Driver of the Year: Brian MacEachern

Brian MacEachern – Flat Rock, NC Brian MacEachern began his racing career as an apprentice race mechanic on the Ludwig Hiemrath 934/935 Porsche race team in 1977. In 1982 at the age of 22, he began SVRA vintage racing with his father Bill in their 1956 Lotus IX Le Mans. He has since competed in over 250 race weekends everywhere Continue Reading...
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1985 SVRA Driver of the Year: Robert Fergus

Robert Fergus | 1924 – 1999 – Driver of the Year – 1985 – Driver of the Decade – 2000 Bob began racing in a 1949 MGTC, a car he owned until his death in 1999. Bob enjoyed a successful racing career, winning many races and being invited to join the Road Racing Driver Club in 1954. Bob won his Continue Reading...
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1984 SVRA Driver of the Year: MILES COLLIER

Miles Collier – Naples, FL The inaugural Driver of the Year for SVRA’s most prestigious accolade. Miles is a respected connoisseur of automobiles, including Porsches. He established the Collier Collection Museum in Naples, Florida. Although no longer active in SVRA or vintage racing as a driver he still tours in vintage or historic cars. He produces a biennial symposium on Continue Reading...
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