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Century-old competition cars to get their own exhibition racing series

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Millers at Milwaukee. Photo by Jim Donnelly.

The definition of a sports car typically centers on little European roadsters built in the middle few decades of the Twentieth Century. It typically leaves out those big, primitive racing machines built prior to World War I even though both fundamentally focus on driver-oriented, no-frills motoring. To bring the latter into the former’s fold, in a way, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association has scheduled a series of exhibition races for pre-1920 race cars.

According to an SVRA press release, the series will coincide with three of the SVRA’s 2018 events: the IMS Brickyard Invitational, the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix at The Glen, and the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Organizers of the series are looking for 15-20 cars per race. Eventually, they intend to expand the schedule beyond the SVRA calendar and to concours events.

“We believe that doing justice to these rare vehicles by giving them their own run group will attract spectator interest,” said Brian Blain, whose Blain Motorsport Foundation has partnered with Hagerty and the SVRA to produce the series.

In addition to giving the cars a chance to stretch their legs, the series will also take on a Goodwood Revival vibe, with drivers in period attire and paddocks – open to spectators – decked out in period-correct tools, equipment, and accessories.

In total, the SVRA’s 2018 schedule includes 13 events from February to November. While the SVRA’s class structure does not include anything specifically for pre-World War I cars, other vintage race events, such as the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, do have classes for early cars.

For more information on the SVRA and the pre-1920 race series, visit