The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) kicks off its 48th season at Sonoma Raceway this weekend with the David Love Memorial Vintage Car Road Races, April 11-12.

Guests can expect nearly 200 historic and vintage race cars, spanning Formula 1, prototype and production sports cars principally from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, as well as some gems from the 1930s. Names like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, MG and Corvette will fill the paddock.

Among the featured groups will be Group 9, composed of late 1950s to early 1960s Sports and Sports Racing cars, including some of the most famous and valuable racing machines ever made. This popular group will include a 1960 Maserati Birdcage, Maserati 200 SI, 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, 1953 Jaguar C-Type, 1952 Jaguar XK120s and many more.

The season opener is named in honor of David Love, a longtime Bay Area resident and CSRG co-founder, who passed away in 2013. Love was a racer like few others. He began racing in the 1950s with a series of Porsches, Morgans and even Formula Junior. He later purchased the car with which he was most often identified, a 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa, which he raced virtually uninterrupted from the '60s through the '90s at West Coast vintage events.

The event will feature practice and qualifying on Saturday, with main events slated in each of the nine race groups for the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course on Sunday. Spectators will get full access to the cars and drivers in the paddock.

In addition to the on-track action, former Formula One driver, Howden Ganley, will be at the track throughout the weekend to sign his about-to-be-released book, The Road to Monaco, at Wine Country Motorsports in the main paddock.

For the spectator, this is a chance to do some time travel back to the '50s, '60s and early '70s to see the evolution of race car design and development in the wonderful environment of the Sonoma wine country. Fans can also enjoy excellent food, local craft beer and Sonoma Valley wines, which will be available for purchase. 

Gates open at 8 a.m. each day.  Admission is $25 per day or $40 for a weekend pass, which includes parking, as well as access to the paddock and all spectator areas. Children 12 and under, active and veteran military members, as well as high school and college students with appropriate identification, will be admitted FREE.

You may purchase your tickets at the gate.

CSRG returns to Sonoma Raceway, Oct. 2-4, for the 12th annual CSRG Charity Challenge, which benefits Speedway Children's Charities. For more information on the Classic Sports Racing Group, visit www.csrgracing.org.