Southlake, TX (January 3, 2013) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association announced an agreement with Classic Motorsports magazine to develop and promote a Driver’s School program designed specifically for Vintage racers. The format will consist of a two step process beginning with a one day High Performance Driving Event (HPDE) where enthusiasts, in their street cars, will learn the basics of high performance driving under the tutelage of experienced SVRA instructors These events will be held at selected SVRA race events (an East Coast schedule is included at the end of this release. The schedule for SVRA – West will be released shortly). Included in the $495 Registration is a one year subscription to Classic Motorsports and a one year General Membership in SVRA.
After successfully completing an HPDE event competitors can then enter a SVRA Drivers School in their Vintage race car or a “rent-a-racer,” provided by one of SVRA’s authorized race shops. These intensive three day schools will begin on Wednesday or Thursday of an event weekend and will include data, video and personal feedback coaching throughout the weekend. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be given a provisional SVRA competition license and may enter the Sunday feature race in their respective class. The fee for this program is $2900 and includes all pre-event instructional material, three days of personal instruction, race entry fee, a one year membership in SVRA, and a one year subscription to Classic Motorsport. In addition those drivers who have participated in a SVRA, HPDE event within 12 months of enrolling in a Drivers School will receive a $495 credit off the $2900 tuition.
SVRA President & CEO, Tony Parella, stated,”This is another step in establishing SVRA as the new standard in Vintage Racing and will make our sport more accessible. Having Classic Motorsports magazine as a partner in this exciting project is a natural extension of their “do-it-yourself” journalism that has made them so successful. Lastly, this program will provide easy access for new people to become involved in the sport of Vintage racing.”
Tim Suddard, publisher of Classic Motorsports commented, “We are thrilled with the aggressive, new ownership at SVRA. They think the way we do and will be great partners on this program. We are thrilled to be able to support these schools designed to bring new people into the sport of vintage racing. This is just what our sport needs.”
About SVRA: Founded in 1978, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (originally called the Southeast Vintage Racing Association) has conducted Vintage Racing events at legendary tracks in the East and Southeast area of the country, including Watkins Glen International, Sebring International Raceway, Virginia International Raceway, Road America, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Acquired by Texas businessman and Vintage Racer, Tony Parella, in September 2012, the organization has embarked on an aggressive program designed to bring the sport of Vintage Racing to a new level of professionalism and prominence. Among the key elements of this program are: the acquisition of the West Coast Vintage organization, Historic Sportscar Racing–West (HSR-West); the announcement of a set of simplified set of rules enforcement procedures; and an expansion of its East and West Coast race schedules to a record setting total of 17 events for the 2013 season. Additionally, the emergence of SVRA as Vintage Racing’s only national organization will give competitors an unrivaled opportunity to experience events on both coasts, as well as Vintage Racing’s first ever National Championship.
Further information on the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association can be found at www.svra.com , on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Classic Motorsports: Since its original launch in 1986 as a British Car magazine, Classic Motorsports has been oriented towards the enthusiast who truly enjoyed driving, collecting and celebrating the world’s finest classic sports cars; especially those that made the ’50s and ’60s so memorable.
Classic Motorsports was re-launched in 2002 by Motorsports Marketing, the founders of Grassroots Motorsports magazine, with the idea of focusing on “Enjoying, Driving, Collecting and Celebrating the Classic Sports Car.” The magazine covers the broad spectrum of sports cars from entry level cars like the Austin Healey Sprite to the mighty Ferraris. Each issue of Classic Motorsports features profiles on popular as well as unknown classics, along with comparison tests, useful technical articles, buying guides, personality pieces, and more. Project cars are a popular mainstay with magazine’s readers with plenty of “how-to” advice designed to help novice and expert enthusiasts alike. Vintage race reports, rally, and auction results are also featured in the pages of Classic Motorsports, making this magazine an indispensable resource the automotive enthusiast.
Classic motorsports is published bimonthly on high-quality stock with sharp photography and presented with insightful, informative and easy-to-understand writing that speaks to every enthusiast. A sample issue of Classic Motorsports can be obtained by contacting the magazine website, classicmotorsports.net. or by phone at (800) 520-8292.
SVRA/CLASSIC MOTORSPORTS HPDE AND DRIVER SCHOOLS SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 27 – MARCH 3, 2013 SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, SEBRING FL
APRIL 18-21, 2013 ROCKINGHAM RACEWAY, ROCKINGHAM NC – DRIVERS SCHOOL
JUNE 5- 9, 2013 WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL, WATKINS GLEN, NY – DRIVERS SCHOOL
JUNE 27-30, 2013 MID-OHIO SPORTSCAR COURSE, LEXINGTON, OH
JULY 11-14, 2013 NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK, MILLVILLE, NJ – DRIVERS SCHOOL
SEPTEMBER 26-29, 2013 VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, DANVILLE, VA