Joseph Rossi leads the pack in the 1964 Porsche 356 C
Joseph Rossi leads the pack in the 1964 Porsche 356 C

CSRG Thunderhill Season Finale 2015 – Report and Photos

The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) Season Finale was held October 30 to November 1, 2015 at the Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California.

Staged on the 15-turn, 3.0-mile full circuit at Thunderhill, CSRG’s 48th annual season finale was very close to perfect. With perfect weather and a healthy entry list, Race Director Tom Franges commented at the Saturday dinner, “We might make even make money on the event … at least until we have to pay for tonight’s dinner.” That’s significant because an aging base and the resistance of some members to travel to anything other than the “big events” makes finances problematic.

The featured Winkelmann Titan Formula Ford reunion was won by Ethan Shippert in a Titan Mk. 6, followed by Tom Kreger in another Mk. 6 and Eric Sidebotham in a Winkelmann WDF1. The race was presided over by principals from Titan Winkelmann, most notably Bob Winkelmann himself.

The race of the weekend was the Sunday afternoon race for Race Groups 4 and 5 with the top three finishers covered by just over a half second! Paul Adams’ Elva Mk. VI was the winner by 0.231 seconds over Mark Sange’s BMC Huffaker Junior with Ron Federspiel’s Crusader another 0.358 behind Sanges.

CSRG’s Thunderhill Season Finale has finally come of age. It’s the perfect blend of relaxed racing that mimics what it was like back in the 1950s and ’60s, as the competitiveness and intensity of the bigger events takes a back seat to camaraderie, reflection and food. This nice balance is exactly what one would expect from a club of motor heads.

Sports Car Digest documented the CSRG Thunderhill Season Finale 2015, with Senior Photographer Dennis Gray producing the following set of images from the season ending vintage car races in Willows, California. We split up the pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Dennis, visit HistoricMotorPrints.com/.

CSRG Thunderhill Season Finale 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery

1951 Jaguar XK120 OTS of Tim Barnes
1951 Jaguar XK120 OTS of Tim Barnes
1970 Ford Escort Mk I RS of Francois Castaign
1970 Ford Escort Mk I RS of Francois Castaing
1973 Titan Formula Ford of David Cooper
1973 Titan Formula Ford of David Cooper
1973 Chevron B23 of Francois Castaign
1973 Chevron B23 of Francois Castaing

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1971 BMW 2002 of Steve Walker
1971 BMW 2002 of Steve Walker
Locke de Bretteville emerges from the 1969 Palliser-Winkelmann WDB-2
Bruce Leeson emerges from the 1969 Lotus 69
The Alloy-Bodied 1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS of Dave Olson
Alloy-Bodied 1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS of Dave Olson
1973 Brabham BT40 of Jonathan Burke
1973 Brabham BT40 of Jonathan Burke

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