A weekend of milestones!

The marquee event on the Vintage Racer Group (VRG) racing calendar is the Jefferson 500. This special race meeting took place on the twists and turns of Summit Point Motorsports Park in beautiful West Virginia, May 15-19. The 2019 running of the event was particularly noteworthy because of two significant milestones being celebrated, for it represents the 25th anniversary of the Jefferson 500 and the 50th anniversary of Summit Point Motorsports Park. And best of all, the Grand Marshal was none other that racing legend Brain Redman, co-founder of the Jefferson 500.

The previous year was a complete washout due to a week of torrential rainfall that completely flooded the track, along with the surrounding community. The cancellation was a difficult, but unavoidable decision for VRG to make, and equally devastating for their competitors because this is such a favorite event for everyone. The heightened anticipation and excitement for the 2019 Jefferson 500, highlighted by the milestones being celebrated, was rewarded by warm and sunny weather throughout the weekend. Over 250 entries made their way to Summit Point to support this special event and make up for lost time.

Here are few photos from the event…enjoy!

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On the grid with Tomas R. LaCosta (#15) in his 1967 Titan Mk IV FF, and the rest of the Formula Ford Challenge Series competitors.

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Jim Hanna (#18) in his 1986 Swift DB-2, the “Philly Special”, Group 6 – Sports 2000.

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It’s always a pleasure to chat with racing legend, Brian Redman (from the VRG Banquet). I’d like to extend a special than you to Bill Stoler, Photographer Extraordinaire, for the photograph!


I love the classic look of this 1968 Lotus 51-c belonging to William Barlett (#34), Group 7 – Formula Ford Challenge Series.


Joe Liles (#206) 1970 BMW 2002, and Dave Edsinger (#18) 1966 Yenko Stinger Coupe, Group 1 – IMSA/SCCA2.5.

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