I have been a member of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) for 30 years. I have had a competition license since 1971 when I raced professionally with IMSA.
At Sebring, we had a standalone race weekend the March 1st weekend, and a support race for the Rolex 12 Hour on the March 15 weekend. I race a 1963 Z06 Corvette coupe (SWC) in Group 6, which includes Cobras, GT350 Mustangs, XK-E, Lotus 26R, 327 Corvettes and Sunbeam Tigers. I am not a fast guy, but I am honored to be invited to compete. These vintage races are about the cars, not the drivers, nor about winning. My car is reliable, and we are usually a mid pack runner. At Sebring, we qualified 27th of 36 cars in our race. These cars were further classified A Production, B Production etc, and we were able to improve our position to finish 17th OA and 1st in B Production in the Sprint race, and 19th OA and 1st in B Production in the Endurance race. In the Night Endurance race, we finished only 8th OA of 10, and 2nd in B Production but I lost my headlights on the 2nd lap. I don’t want to clog up your e-mail box, but I will be happy to provide pictures if anyone wants to see them.
We have been invited to participate in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 16 -18, 2013. We are honored to be selected to compete with so many valuable and historic cars. This will make the third time we have been invited, including 2005 and 2009. Corvette is the Featured Marque this year, as it is the 60th anniversary of the Marque, and my car is 50 years old.
For all who are interested in Motorsports, I hope you find this story interesting, and I hope to see you all at MontereyJ Here's a link to a Sports Car Digest article on" 12 hours of Sebring 2013
This video is of the SVRA cars. The black 58 Corvette is SVRA CEO Tony Parella, and I am at the 1 minute 9 second mark. Carrett adds: Of course you have my permission to post or distribute, or whatever, although I should warn you that NOBODY cares anything about racing. I know of two classmates, Dana Childress (whom I remember from first grade at St. Ann’s) was into road racing, I guess because his family had (at one time) a Bugatti Type 57SC. He drove it to spectate the Houston race around the Astrodome about 1964 or so. Also, Alwyn (Bucky) King drove a succession of neat cars, including a Corvette, Pontiac GTO, an XK-E, and a street 426 Hemi Belvedere back in the 60s. He and I went into the Air Force together about 8 days after graduation in 1958 (which is why we are still alive). I doubt that any of them are still into racing cars, and believe me, everyone else thinks that I am just a crazy old manJ
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