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Rick Knoop's 1972 McLaren M8F with 8357cc.
Rick Knoop's 1972 McLaren M8F with 8357cc.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2014 – Report and Photos

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Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2014 – Race Results

Group 1, Pre-1927 Sports Touring Cars
1. Dick Jeffery, Hillsborough, Calif., 1937 Triumph Special
2. Robert F. Williams, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1952 Siata Diana
3. Ed Archer, Hayward, Calif., 1915 Ford Model T

Group 2, 1925-1941 Racing Cars
1. Charles McCabe, San Francisco, Calif., 1936 ERA R6B
2. Paddins Dowling, Sausalito, Calif., 1939 Maserati 4CL
3. Peter Giddings, Danville, Calif., 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-35

Group 3, 1946-1955 Sports Racing and Production Cars
1. Dyke Ridgley, Willamette, Ill., 1953 Jaguar C-Type
2. Rob Manson, Barcelona, Spain, 1952 Baldwin-Mercury Special
3. John Buddenbaum, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1949 Jaguar Parkinson Special

Group 4, 1956-1963 Formula Jr., F-2, F1 Cars
1. Carl Moore, Alamo, Calif., 1962 Lotus 22 Formula Junior
2. Jeff Abramson, Alamo, Calif., 1960 Cooper Formula One
3. Maurice McCaig, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1961 Cooper T-56 Formula Junior

Group 5, 1955-1960 Sports Racing Cars
1. Dyke Ridgley, Willamette, Ill., 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage
2. Frank Zucchi, Livermore, Calif., 1960 Piranha
3. David Swig, Sausalito, Calif., 1957 Monsterati Special

Group 6 and 13b, 1959-1966 Sports Racing Cars and 1964-1970 FIA Cars
1. Cameron Healy, Portland, Ore., 1970 Porsche 908/3
2. John Goodman, Seattle, Wash., 1972 Ferrari 312P Sparling
3. Michael Reischl, Kent, Wash., 1967 Chevron GT

Group 7, 1955-1962 Production GT Cars
1. Noel Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Brian Howlett, Hacienda Heights, Calif., 1961 Morgan +4
3. Bill H. Lyon, Newport Beach, Calif., 1961 Porsche 356 Abarth

Group 8, 1963-1973 Grand National Stock Cars
1. Ron Myska, Fairfield, Calif., 1969 Ford Talladega
2. Jim Hague, Santa Clara, Calif., 1972 Ford Torino
3. Linda Mountanos, Ukiah, Calif., 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle

Group 9, 1962-1967 Production/GT Cars over 2000cc
1. Jeff Abramson, Alamo, Calif., 1964 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Chris MacAllister, Indianapolis, Ind., 1964 Shelby Cobra 289
3. Don Lee, Portola Valley, Calif., 1965 Shelby Cobra 427

Group 10, 1962-1967 Production Cars under 2000cc
1. Dalmo de Vasconcelos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1965 Lotus Elan
2. Fred Della Noce, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1967 Alfa Romeo GTAm
3. Martin Lauber, Tiburon, Calif., 1967 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Group 11, 1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars
1. Jim Halsey, Los Angeles, Calif., 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302
2. Ken Epsman, Santa Clara, Calif., 1972 AMC Javelin
3. Jim Hague, Santa Clara, Calif., 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

Group 12, 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars
1. Spencer Trenery, Emeryville, Calif., 1970 McLaren M8C
2. Rick Knoop, Laguna Beach, Calif., 1972 McLaren M8F
3. Robert Ryan, Avila Beach, Calif., 1968 McLaren M6B

Group 13a, 1970-1979 IMSA GT and 1971-1979 FIA Cars
1. Randall Smith, Petaluma, Calif., 1971 Chevron B-19
2. Alex MacAllister, Indianapolis, Ind., 1971 Chevron B-19
3. Richard Harris, Incline Village, Calif., 1979 Porsche 935 J

Group 14, 1982-1991 Historic IMSA GTO/SCCA Trans-Am Cars
1. Mike Gagen, La Mesa, Calif., 1988 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Ken Epsman, Santa Clara, Calif., 1984 Pontiac Firebird
3. Chris Liebenberg, Boyertown, Penn., 1982 Ford Mustang

The Sonoma Historic Cup – “The Phil Hill Trophy” – Presented for Best Presentation and Performance Overall
Charles McCabe, San Francisco, Calif., 1936 ERA R6B

The Sonoma Historic Trophy, Post-1940 Category – Presented for Excellence in Presentation
Mike Eddy, Gardena, Calif., 1963 Ford Falcon

The Sonoma Historic Trophy, Post 1940 Category – Presented for Excellence in Presentation
Paddins Dowling, Sausalito, Calif., 1939 Maserati 4 CL

The Sonoma Historic Award – Presented for Presentation and Performance in Race Group
Group 1 – Jim Nix, Saratoga, Calif., 1926 Rajo Ford
Group 2 – Steve Walker, Amity, Ore., 1935 BMW 315/1
Group 3 – Timothy Barnes, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 1951 Jaguar XK120
Group 4 – Maurice McCaig, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1961 Cooper T-56 F-Jr.
Group 5 – Erickson Shirley, Vail, Colo., 1959 Lister-Chevrolet
Group 6 – Michael Reischl, Kent, Wash., 1967 Chevron GT
Group 7 – Ronald Cressey, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1959 Chevrolet Corvette
Group 8 – Trace Chalmers, Irvine, Calif., 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner
Group 9 – John Goodman, Seattle, Wash., 1964 Shelby Cobra
Group 10 – Fred Della Noce, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1967 Alfa Romeo GTAm
Group 11 – Greg Weirick, Malibu, Calif., 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
Group 12 – Fred Cziska, Petaluma, Calif., 1972 Shadow DN2
Group 13 – Alex McAllister, Indianapolis, Ind., 1971 Chevron B-19
Group 14 – Chris Liebenberg, Boyertown, Pa., 1982 Ford Mustang


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  1. In life, we strive to get better and improve no matter what the task. Dennis….you can stop now! Its not possible to take better pictures than these.

  2. Bill.
    Thanks. It helps that the cars and drivers put on such a great show. The drive Ken Epson put on Saturday taking his Dekon Monza from last to third then Sunday’s drive by Henry Schmitt in his 3.5 CSL BMW Batmobile from near last to fourth were both lessons on how to drive aggressively and quickly without bending any sheet metal. Fun to watch and great to shoot.

  3. Dennis,

    Great shots, but I believe the name is Ken Epsman and he owns several TransAm cars and he can drive them.

  4. Thanks Dennis for your great photographic coverage, especially of my personal favorites the Sports Racing cars. And great to see all your photographs of the North American built Sports Racing cars, and Formula cars. Cheers from Sweden, Graham…

  5. The reports and pix are a treasure for those of us that saw them originally, but must pick and choose opportunities to see the cars and drivers run these days. To that end I’d ask the Digest editors if they’d consider adding a schedule/calendar of vintage events and auctions a bit into the future so we ‘old guys’ might plan/try to attend more of those near enough. For now, keep up the ‘fine art’ you offer that we love.

  6. I think I finished fourth and second in class in group 13a – maybe Schmitt was next?