When Vintage Doesn’t Mean Old…

This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

SVRAWe don’t talk much about vintage racing in The Freak Nation. Sometimes we talk about drivers who won’t go home when they’re not fast enough to compete anymore.

But the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association, the SVRA, was at Virginia International Raceway this weekend with great names and great cars in the field.

I mean great names like Boris Said, Willy T. Ribbs, Dorsey Schroeder, Max Papis, Al Unser, Jr., Greg Biffle and Ray Evernham. Yes, the championship winning crew chief was driving as an amateur turning times faster than nearly all the pros.

The field was full of Camaros, Corvettes and Mustangs. But the car that caught my eye was the 1964 Ford Falcon driven by Schroeder who won the TransAm title as a rookie in 1989.

And yes, there was some young blood in the field. Ward Burton’s son Jeb Burton left his VIR simulator long enough to win the ProAm Pole Friday. He had to share the Young Gun spotlight with Matt Brabham, someone else who is fast enough to be in the majors if the old farts would go home and stop buying seats that fill the fields.

Peace.

September 23, 2018

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