In vintage racing, more than any other form of racing, it is the cars that are the stars. In most forms of professional motor racing, the drivers are the ones who receive the following. Sure, in sports cars, there are fans who will follow a certain make, but it is the drivers that eventually seep into your consciousness. I have been a fan of Allan McNish since his 1998 victory with Porsche at Le Mans, but I continue to support his efforts, even now that he will be competing against Porsche next year in the Audis. Vintage racing, however, has none of this.
Vintage racing, to the spectators, is more akin to a very quickly moving and very loud car show than a motorsport event. To the competitors, surely some of them at least, the racing is as exciting as or more so than anything modern professional racing has to offer. Either way, the rumble and buzz of the engines, the historic environment, and the eclectic mix of automotive competitors combine to provide an altogether unique experience.
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I was not fortunate enough to have been alive in the 1960s to witness Porsche’s fiberglass flyers, and I was never able to hear the roar of a 2.0 liter 910 at full chat, or the rev-happiness of the Fuhrmann four-cam engine in a 718 RSK. With the glory that is a vintage event, you get the opportunities that you never had. Even if you did experience these cars when they were new, you can relive your youth by pressing your face to the fence as they scream past.
If you have the opportunity, please attend a vintage racing event in your area, as it will surely be a bunch of fun. Check with the SVRA or VARA for events in your area.
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