Portland Historic Races celebrates Women in Motorsports as a special feature at this summer’s event
There have been many notable women drivers in the elite history of motorsports racing, from Helle Nice in the 1920s to Janet Guthrie in the 1970s to Danica Patrick today. In celebration of their skill and resolute determination, the Portland Historic Races has named “Women in Motorsports” as a featured race of this summer’s 32nd annual event. The Portland Historic Races will take place July 11th through 13th at Portland International Raceway.
The Portland Historic Races features an annual entry list of more than 200 prestigious historic race cars, ranging from Alfa Romeo to Zink Formula Vee, all of which have been restored to the way they were when they originally raced decades ago. The cars are divided into groups according to make, age and horsepower, then raced at high speeds to their full potential, delighting enthusiasts just as they did in their heyday. One of these groups will be comprised solely of female drivers; the Portland Historic Races typically features at least a dozen women behind the wheel.
The 2008 Portland Historic Races will also highlight the historic stock cars from the famous NASCAR series with a field of nearly two-dozen historic stock cars. At most racing events, the public wouldn’t dream of seeing the race cars up close. However, the Portland Historic Races features an open paddock, allowing fans the opportunity to walk right up to the cars, some of which are the most historic and valuable sports and racing cars in the world. Interaction with the drivers and crews is highly encouraged.
The Portland Historic Races also presents a visual display of more than 700 collector cars and hot rods; an upscale food and wine chalet; a kid zone; an autocross; and a vendor midway.
Tickets are on sale now for this year’s 32nd annual Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races, July 11 through 13 at Portland International Raceway. The event, which features high-speed racing by 250 prestigious vintage cars, runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $40 for all three days; $10 for Friday; or $25 for Saturday or Sunday. Children under 12 are admitted for free. Advance discount tickets are available at all Baxter Auto Parts locations.
The event is produced and sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA). Established in 1977, HMSA is an organization specializing in race events that feature historic cars through 1972. HMSA emphasizes the preservation and proper use of historic racecars. The association is also the sanctioning body for the world-renowned Monterey Historic Automobile Races.