Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXIX
Watkins Glen is now behind us and it was a great weekend. Sun, 80’s and no rain of consequence. The turnout was surprisingly good given the change in event date. We had 5 Formula B’s, 10 Fords, 4 FVees and a Junior for Classics and a group of 21 Wings and Slicks cars. We ran the short course for the first time in many years and it was as quick as you might expect. Although reported to be hard on brakes during the NASCAR race yesterday, it was pretty easy on them for us. One touches the brakes only 4 times during a 2.45 mile lap. The track is currently undergoing a complete repaving and promises to be much smoother next year when SVRA returns to their traditional date in September. Do you remember that after the last repaving full course lap times dropped by several seconds?
Monoposto now heads to Western Michigan for VSCDA’s annual “Vintage Grand Prix au Grattan XXIX” event at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan. The weather is forecast to be hot and dry with highs in the mid 80’s and the only chance of rain being Friday morning. This is a fun and very busy two mile track with a long straight, a “jump”, a bowl and uphill esses. Virtually every corner is blind, off camber or both. If you have not been here before you are in for a treat. The locals say you are better off if you don’t brake while in the air off the jump but rather wait until you land. The photo above shows Tim Holland in his lovely 1968 Lotus 41b with four off in a good way, no black flag for that! Be aware that tire smoke is easily visible from the paddock for those who get on the brakes too early.
Your Monoposto party hosts this weekend will be Irish Racing. The festivities are planned for the end of the day on Saturday. Please stop by to share stories, secrets and to say thank you to Dan and Sharon.
Race safely and have fun.
President, Monoposto Racing