Road America: Legendary racers turn back the hands of time at Road America during Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival

Contact: John Ewert

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Sept. 4, 2013 – Vintage racers from across the U.S. will take to the track September 6-8 as Road America hosts the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association (VSCDA) Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival®. The annual celebration of vintage and historic sports cars attracts nearly 300 cars to the famed four-mile, 14-turn road course and the fan-friendly paddock is open to spectators for close-up views of amazing racing machines prepared to era-specifications all weekend.

Two special celebrations are also on the schedule for this year’s event, one for famous vintage racing groups and one for the Triumph marque which helped foster America’s postwar love of sports cars. The VSCDA will also be honoring Kas Kastner during the Triumph celebration. Kastner is well known for raising the competitive bar for Triumph after writing a series of manuals for prepping Triumph racecars and the celebration will culminate with a Kastner Cup race on Sunday.

The second celebration will be the 50th anniversary of Formula Vee. The Formula Vee class is expected to be one of the main attractions of the weekend and is a popular class with fans and racers due to the relatively low costs it takes to buy and maintain a Formula Vee racecar compared to other racing machines. Dan Fowler, 1965 Formula Vee national champion, will be in attendance. He was the first American to win the amateur championship of Europe while driving a Triumph TR2.

For the fourth year in a row VSCDA will hold its popular Cup races. The Kimberly, Sheldon, and Elkhart Lake Cup races will take place on Sunday. These Cup races are based on the original races that were held on the roads in and around Elkhart Lake from 1950 to 1952. The Cup races are sure to be close as grid positions are based solely on times and not classes.

On Saturday the very popular Street Course re-enactment leaves the track at 2:45 p.m. The Street Course re-enactment is a police-escorted tour of the original racecourse that was ran before Road America was established. Along with Watkins Glen, these roads are the only sets of roads to be listed as a National Historic Monument. For 22 years the re-enactment has attracted as many as 100 cars and when the cars are finished with the tour, they park on part of the original street course in the middle of downtown Elkhart Lake for spectators to view until 4:30 p.m.

Once the Street Course re-enactment ends the Gather on the Green event begins on the Osthoff resort’s back lawn. The Gather on the Green event is a car show featuring a wide variety of spectacular vehicles and motorcycles. Honored guest, Kas Kastner, will speak at a banquet held at the Osthoff at the conclusion of the Gather on the Green festivities.

Tickets to the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival can be purchased at the main gate which opens daily at 7 a.m. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Parking is also free and all races run rain or shine. For more information call 800-365-7223.