Brabham BT18 in rain

HMSA Spring Club Event 2012 – Report and Photos

Report and photos by Dennis Gray

Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) held its Spring Club Event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on March 17-18, 2012. The March club event featured approximately 50 historic race cars circling the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course in Monterey, California.

HMSA events feature historic production cars built through 1966 and purpose-built Formula, Sports Racing and IMSA cars built through 1984. According to the HMSA website, club event weekends are, “semi-competitive with nothing to be won except great experiences, plenty of track time and the camaraderie of fellow members.” Additionally, “Run groups are arranged by speed potential and age of the cars entered for a particular event. Although wheel-to-wheel racing is common, drivers are encouraged to respect the historic value of the machines.”

Similar to the 2011 event, the race weekend (and car count) was hampered by poor weather, with heavy, near hail-like rainy conditions on Saturday and Sunday. While upwards of 150 historic race cars were registered for the event, the near-monsoon conditions kept a fair amount of them on the trailers for the weekend.

Although the rainy conditions kept many cars on the sidelines for the 2012 HMSA Spring Club Event, several entrants did brave the weather. Notable entrants included the Costin-bodied Lister Jaguar of Erickson Shirley; Fred della Noce’s Alfa Romeo GTAm; Porsche 911 RSR IROC of Chip Connor; Nick Colonna’s Lister Chevrolet; the always-sideways Jaguar XK120 of Bill Rooklidge; plus an interesting selection of H-Modified entrants like Arthur Cook’s 1959 Deutsch Bonnet and the Nardi Crosley of Don Baldocchi.

HMSA Spring Club Event 2012 – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)

 

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  1. Congratulations on a fantastic set of photos so evocative of a great weekend, albeit under inclement weather conditions. The British cars particularly rose to the occasion, enjoying the weather of their native land. I must confess, however, that the weekend was the first time I’ve had to whisk hail off the seat of my racecar. But Sunday afternoon’s conditions were glorious (clear sky and dry track at Laguna Seca), the organization was simply top-drawer (thanks to Cris and his team), and the sodden racers and crews could not have been more fraternal. Who could ask for anything more? Except for a great set of photos, of course.