The Heacock Classic Gold Cup event (September 21-23) marked the final race of SVRA’s east coast season, and penultimate event leading into the season ending National Championships at COTA in November. Earlier in the week it was suspected that Virginia would be in the path of hurricane Florence. Eventually, after making landfall in North Carolina, it’s path proceeded south, then off to the west. Having avoided that potential disaster, the show went on as planned. And oh what a show it was!
The event boasted a roster of race activities that would be hard to beat anywhere. Top billing went to the American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am Feature Race. It listed a star-studded cast of racing greats: Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte, Greg Biffle, Al Unser Jr., Ward Burton, Ron Hornaday, Mike Skinner, Wally Dallenbach, Boris Said, Willy T. Ribbs, Ron Fellows, Dorsey Schroeder, Max Papis, Jeb Burton, Todd Bodine, Johnny Benson, Jack Sprague, Steve Park, and Ray Evernham. Chevrolet Corvair served as the featured marque for the Heacock Classic Gold Cup. The weekend delivered the largest collection of racing Corvairs ever assembled. The schedule also included races for the Trans-Am Series, International GT, Mazda Miata Heritage Cup, Vintage Motorcycles, along with the full array of racing groups in the SVRA paddock. And to top it off, the Hagerty Show & Shine at The Gallery was a delightful display of beautifully presented automobiles of all kinds.
It was great fun, and one of the best vintage/historic events I’ve ever attended. Enjoy the photos… TJ