2022 SVRA Mission Foods Sonoma Speedtour

2022 SVRA Mission Foods Sonoma Speedtour

Photos and words by Dennis Gray

A week after running WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway, the SVRA drivers, crews, and cars set up camp 150 miles North at Sonoma Raceway, known to Old Timers as Sears Point. Sonoma Raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course features more than 16 stories of elevation changes, sweeping turns, and a challenging carousel.  Primarily known as a NASCAR track, Sonoma is a popular track with vintage drivers.

SVRA brought thirteen vintage groups of over two hundred cars to Sonoma, including the crowd favorite Historic Trans-Am. Below is a list of SVRA groups with a couple of images from each group. 

Group 1 Consists of small-bore sports cars like Triumph Spitfires and Mini Cooper S cars. 

1961 Austin Mini Cooper S
Donald Racine – 1961 Austin Mini Cooper S
1962 Triumph Spitfire 4
Thomas Turner – 1962 Triumph Spitfire 4

Group 2 Consists of smaller formula cars like Lola T-342 or Brabham BT21B cars.

1984 Swift DB1
Mark Smith – 1984 Swift DB1
1970 Chevron B17b
Travis Engen – 1970 Chevron B17b

Group 3 comprises Porsche 356s, 914/4, and MGB/GT cars.

1966 MG B GT
Scott Brown – 1966 MG B GT
1969 Datsun Factory lightweight roadster
Michael Sweeney Sr – 1969 Datsun Factory lightweight roadster

Group 4 A Jaguar XK120, Porsche Abarth GTL, Ferrari TR61, and a 1958 Corvette.

1960 Porsche Abarth GTL
Ranson Webster – 1960 Porsche Abarth GTL
1961 Ferrari TR61
Robert Davis – 1961 Ferrari TR61

Group 5 comprised Ramleth Geir’s Lotus 23B and other small-bore sports racers.

1994 Toyota WSR
JOHN ADAMS – 1994 Toyota WSR
1987 Renault Sports Racer
Harris Koenig – 1987 Renault Sports Racer

Group 6 is populated by Chevrolet Corvettes, Ford Mustangs, and an E Type Jaguar.

1969 Chevrolet Corvette
John Anderson – 1969 Chevrolet Corvette
1966 Shelby GT 350
Nick DeVitis – 1966 Shelby GT 350

Group 7 three cars. McLaren M1C, Mk-1 and an M12. Only the McLaren M12 of Ian Wood’s actually ran. Note this car is for sale.

Vintage racecar at 2022 Sonoma Speedtour

Group 8 found BMW 2002s, Datsun 510s, and Porsche 911s, among others in this group.

1971 Porsche 911T
Wes Wigginton – 1971 Porsche 911T
1971 Datsun 240Z
Wayne Blasman – 1971 Datsun 240Z

Group 9 is larger Formula cars. Swift 014 Atlantic, Mazda Pro Formula, and others.

1983 Ralt RT-5
Allen Johnsen – 1983 Ralt RT-5
1992 Ralt RT40
Stuart Crow – 1992 Ralt RT40

Group 10 Chevrolet Lumina, Porsche 911, Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet Corvette, etc.

 1987 Chevrolet Camaro
Walter Brown – 1987 Chevrolet Camaro
1976 Porsche 935 K3
Ranson Webster – 1976 Porsche 935 K3

Group 11 one car. Travis Engen’s quick, fast, beautiful Audi LMP GTP2.

1976 Porsche 935 K3
Ranson Webster – 1976 Porsche 935 K3

Group 12 Ford Mustang, BMW E30 M3 EVO 3 and nine Porsche 911s.

1972 Porsche 911
Allen Wilt – 1972 Porsche 911
2013 Ford Mustang
J.R. Smith – 2013 Ford Mustang

HTA Historic Trans-Am Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Boss 302 Mustang, Dodge Challenger, and a rare Tunnel Port 302 Mustang.

1967 Ford Mustang
Ryan Turri – 1967 Ford Mustang
1968 Ford Mustang Trans Am
Nick DeVitis – 1968 Ford Mustang Trans Am

Each group produced exciting close racing. Maybe not Group 11 with “only” the Audi LMP GTP2. The Audi was combined with another group with similar speed. Stand out for excitement was Group 10, populated with the 935 Porsche, Chevrolet Camaros, a Dodge Viper, and the like. These guys, led by Scott Borchetta’s 2020 Ford Mustang, were loud, fast, and almost violent in attacking the course. Good fun. 

HTA or Historic Trans-Am, while not relatively as fast or loud as Group 10, still produced good racing. The sounds, smells, and ground shaking produced by these cars took me back to my earlier days of watching Trans-Am. All in all, good fun. 

Enjoy the gallery of images from the SVRA 2022 Mission Foods Sonoma Speedtour. Please leave any questions or comments in the comment box if you have any questions or comments.

2022 SVRA Mission Foods Sonoma Speedtour Photo Gallery

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  1. Dennis, Thanks for adding the information on vintage groups. I also enjoy the new format of linking the narrative on the races with the images (pics). My favorite pics are the Ryan Turri mustang leading the conga line and Edward Hugo viper with the great background.

  2. Thanks for including my Toyota WSR photo… Super shot! (Too bad my clutch went south half a lap from a podium)