HMSA Spring Club Event 2011 – Report and Photo Gallery

Report and photos by Dennis Gray

The Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) held its Spring Club Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on March 19-20, 2011.

HMSA events feature historic production cars built through 1966 and purpose-built Formula, Sports Racing and IMSA cars built through 1984. The March club event featured more than 50 vintage race cars circling the 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca road course in Monterey, California. The race weekend and the car count was hampered by poor weather, with dreary, overcast skies on Saturday and heavy rain on Sunday.

In addition to the “Cars of Interest” below, the field included many notable cars: Thor Johnson’s Porsche 910; the Maserati 200Si of Ned Spieker; Brent Backman’s 1957 Lister Jaguar; Peter Read’s Lola T294; 1954 Huffaker Special of Lou Pavesi, plus pairs of nicely turned out (and dry) Gullwings and Shelby GT350s.

HMSA Spring Club Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 2011 – Cars of Interest

Morgan 4/4 - Tom Morgan
Tom Morgan, #3 1956 Morgan 4/4 - Tom acquired a red 1959 MG A roadster in 1983 and campaigned it as a vintage race car for over 20 years, developing it from a street-legal production car to a full-race competitor while keeping true to vintage racing’s spirit and authenticity. In early 2000, Tom got a call from one of his ‘fans’ in the Morgan Owners Group telling him about a ‘vintage-race-ready’ 1956 Morgan 4/4 for sale by the widow of the previous owner. 'I've got to buy it,' he told his wife Beverly, 'It has my name on it.' Tom took some time to get the Morgan ready for competition, but he's been driving the right-hand roadster in vintage race events for several years. At the 2009 Wine Country Classic featuring Morgan as the honored marque (celebrating 100 years of the Morgan Car Company), Tom led the all-Morgan race for several laps and wife Beverly drove the race car in the all-Morgan parade at lunchtime. Tom is the driver and mechanic for his vintage race car, while wife Beverly is his pit boss. Beverly has also performed the National Anthem over 200 times at events.
Advanced Fire and Safety Services Truck
Advanced Fire and Rescue Services - These are the guys supporting many West Coast events with their rescue trucks. Advanced Fire and Rescue Services was established in 1989 and is based out of Southern California. They perform a variety of medical and rescue services to multiple industries, but especially to the auto racing and motorsports industry. Advanced Fire and Rescue Services supports approximately 300 events a year, including NASCAR, NHRA, HMSA, HSR West and VARA races. Services provided to these groups include fire rescue, auto extraction, emergency medical technicians and on-track towing services. For more, visit www.advancedfire.com.

HMSA Spring Club Event at Laguna Seca 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

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  1. Thanks for getting wet to grab some great images for us Dennis! The photos of several Lotus 23s brought back memories of Laguna Secca races from the 70’s (I liked them then and I like them now) and the shots of the Lola T294 in the rain are excellent.

  2. Paul.
    I have always lusted for a Gull Wing and after this weekend’s rain fest they make even more sense. Hope to see you in Portland, July 8-10 for HMSA’s Portland Historics.

  3. Wonderful race cars that don’t look old to my eyes. But only two of them had wings!
    Exceptional photography. Excellent captions.
    Thanks, Dennis and SCD.

  4. Dennis,

    Some really great images here, despite the poor weather conditions. Great to see so many Elvas out and on track as well.

    Cheers!

    Will Silk

  5. Hey Dennis-

    As usual, beautiful shots (and reporting)!

    I do really like the shot of my E with one wheel up!

    I passed the link on to the Jaguar Lovers website for their enjoyment too.

    Cheers-
    Cove Britton
    1964 Jaguar E-type