Celebration of Historic Racing, Wine Country Lifestyle at Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Sonoma Raceway will come alive with memorable racecars from Corvette, Ferrari, Lotus, Austin Healey and Bugatti, among others, at the 27th annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. In all, more than 400 historic racecars will grace the twisting road course during a weekend celebration of racing and wine country lifestyle.
Sonoma Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma (800-870-RACE).
12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.
Four-hundred racecars, some dating back as far back as Pre-World War I, will compete over the race weekend in 15 different groups. There will be qualifying on Saturday, with all main events set for Sunday.
CELEBRATION OF CORVETTE:
Sonoma will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the popular Corvette, created by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors in 1953. The weekend will feature 32 significant racing Corvettes covering four decades of the iconic brand's racing successes. Among the Corvettes representing the brand will be Paul Reinhart's 1957 Corvette; Vic Edelbrock's 1963 Corvette Sting Ray (the Sting Ray debuted in 1963); Edward Hugo's 1966 Corvette 427, Randy Peterson's 1969 Corvette L88, Larry Bowman's 1963 Grand Sport Corvette, as well as an array of other collector Corvettes from the 1950s through the '80s.
The second annual racing seminar will be held on Saturday, May 18. A panel of Corvette racers, historians and team managers will discuss Corvette's history from the early '50s up to the car's modern-day triumphs at the 24 Hours of LeMans and the American LeMans Series. Expected to participate in the seminar are current-day Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan, former Corvette Racing public relations representative, Rick Voegelin, Corvette racers Paul Reinhart, Bill Pollack, Tony DeLorenzo and Dick Guldstrand, among others.
ADAM CAROLLA RETURNS:
Comedian/actor Adam Carolla, who recently won the 2013 Pro/Celebrity Race as a professional and the 2012 Pro/Celebrity Race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as an amateur, will compete over race weekend in his 1971 Datsun 510. There is a special ticket package featuring Carolla: Saturday race ticket plus Q&A and autographs with Carolla for just $45.
Saturday, May 18: Qualifying (all groups), 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 19: Main Events (all groups), 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday Qualifying and Sunday Main Events
- Group 1 (1962 - 1967 Production/GT Cars under 2000cc)
- Group 2 (1955 - 1962 Cars Production/GT under 2000cc)
- Group 3 (1956 - 1963 Formula Cars (F-Jr., F-2, F-1))
- Group 4 (1955 - 1960 Sports Racing Cars)
- Group 5 (1946 - 1955 Sports Racing & Production Cars)
- Group 6 (1963 - 1973 Grand National Stock )
- Group 7 (1982 - 1991 Historic IMSA GTO/SCCA T-A)
- Group 8 (Pre-1941 Sports, Touring & Racing Cars)
- Group 9 (1955 - 1962 Cars Production/GT over 2000cc)
- Group 10 (1962 - 1966 Production/GT Cars over 2000cc)
- Group 11 (1959 - 1966 Sports Racing Cars)
- Group 12 (1966 - 1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars)
- Group 13 (1966 - 1974 Historic Can-Am Cars)
- Group 14 (1973 - 1979 IMSA GT & 1964-1970 FIA Cars)
- Group 15 (1971 - 1982 FIA Sports Racing Cars)
LOCAL CORVETTE DRIVERS:
Jeff Abramson (1964 Corvette, Alamo); Lawrence Bowman (1963 Grand Sport Corvette and 1969 Corvette L88, Redwood City); Damian Friary (1966 Corvette, Novato); Edward Hugo (1966 Corvette 427, Mill Valley); Bob Matkovich (1968 Corvette, Cupertino); Bruce Miller (1963 Corvette, Alamo); Richard Orme (1963 Corvette, Granite Bay); Bob Paterson (1957 Corvette, Redwood City); Dan Payne (1963 Corvette, Petaluma); Randy Peterson (1969 Corvette L88, Sonoma); Paul Reinhart (1957 Corvette, Twain Harte); Chris Springer (1969 Corvette, Los Gatos); Russ Uzes (1957 Corvette, Stinson Beach); Bob Webster (1965 Corvette, Placerville).
2012 LOCAL DRIVER RECAP:
Bay Area drivers posted six victories at the 2012 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. San Francisco's Danny Baker (1963 Lotus, Group 2, 1956-1963 Formula Cars) and Alamo's Jeff Abramson (1966 Lotus, Group 3, 1956-1963 Sports Racing Cars and 1959 Morgan, Group 5, 1955-1962 Production/GT Cars) continued their winning ways after taking home wins in 2011. Other Bay Area winners included Santa Clara's Jim Hague (1972 Ford Gran Torino, Group 4, 1963-1973 Grand National Stock Cars); Sausalito's Paddins Dowling (1939 Maserati, Group 8, 1925-1941 Racing Cars); and San Jose's Chad Raynal (1969 Camaro, Group 4, 1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars).
MORE THAN RACING:
- The weekend will also be highlighted by the Wine Country Pavilion, which will feature gourmet wine and food from area purveyors. Entry to the pavilion is included with your race-day ticket and you will be given a limited number of wine and food tastings. Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day.
- Race fans can also enjoy the Marin Sonoma Concours d' Elegance at the Marin Civic Center on Sunday, May 19, with the Wine Country Classics Flex Pass. The raceway has partnered with the Concours to offer admission to both events for just $45.
Local artist David Grandin (Pleasant Hill) created the artwork for this year's Sonoma Historics poster. This marks the 12th poster in the series dating back to 2002. Grandin will be on hand in the Wine Country Pavilion from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to sign copies of the poster. Cost for the poster is $10 with all proceeds going to Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.
HISTORIC RACE CAR FESTIVAL:
Following Saturday's on-track action, more than 30 historic racecars will drive from the raceway, around the Sonoma Plaza, and to Sebastiani Winery under a CHP escort at approximately 5 p.m. The festival will boast a sampling of food and wine. Tickets are $30 in advance/$35 at-event (800-870-RACE). All proceeds benefit Speedway Children's Charities.
Advance: $40, Saturday; $40, Sunday; $60, weekend pass. Youth (Ages 13-20): $20 day/$30 weekend. Children 12-and-under are FREE. Parking is FREE. Call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit racesonoma.com/historics or ticketmaster.com for more information.