1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona Coupe - Jay Lliohan.
1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona Coupe - Jay Lliohan.

U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Watkins Glen 2015 – Report and Photos

The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix 2015 was held July 23-26 at famed Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s annual visit to the historic road course located in the Finger Lakes Region of western New York is one of the most popular events on the SVRA race schedule.

The SVRA U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Watkins Glen 2015 featured Alfa Romeo as Honored Marque. Alfas at the Glen 2015 saw a large number of this favorite Italian marque competing in their own race groups, in addition to a special race called the Nuvolari Cup. The SVRA Collier Cup Race for Vintage MGs was also an important part of this event, celebrating the 61st anniversary of the first Collier Brothers Memorial Trophy Race of the MGs.

The Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver featured cars on track throughout the weekend with qualifying sessions on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s race was run in July rather than the traditional September date due to the repaving project for the 3.67-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen circuit, in addition to racing on the 2.45-mile ‘short course’. The Grand Prix will return to its September date in 2016.

Similar to the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 races, photographer Michael DiPleco also documented the vintage racing action from the 2015 U.S. Vintage Grand Prix by SVRA. We split up Michael’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all 187 photographs.

U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Watkins Glen 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery

1963 Alfa Romeo TZ1, Joseph Colasacco.
1963 Alfa Romeo TZ1, Joseph Colasacco.
1960 Chaparral 1 Sports Racer- Jack Boxstrom.
1960 Chaparral 1 Sports Racer- Jack Boxstrom.
Donovon Motorcars Jag XKEs head up the esses.
Donovon Motorcars Jag XKEs head up the esses.
1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona Coupe - Jay Lliohan.
1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Daytona Coupe – Jay Lliohan.

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1967 Jaguar XKE- Art Hebert.
1967 Jaguar XKE- Art Hebert.
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL- Bill Gavin
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL- Bill Gavin
Jack Busch 1967 Jaguar XKE.
Jack Busch 1967 Jaguar XKE.
Eddie Claridge 1982 Theodore TY02.
Eddie Claridge 1982 Theodore TY02.

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    1. As every year for more than a decade now, I attended the Vintage GP at the Glen. I took 154 shots from different vantage points and was pleased with most of them. For some dumb reason (perhaps onsetting senility) I erased them all while tranferring them to my PC. Thanks to Michael DiPleco I can now revisit the vintage week-end. As a side line, for the first time in years I managed to secure lodging at the Seneca Lodge. Enjoying a margarita after the races at the beautiful rustic Lodge’s bar, I had the pleasure to make the acquaintance of Jennifer Revson, sister of the late Peter and Doug.

  1. Great pictures.

    Any idea why the Chevron feature race was run at 3/4 speed? Every entry led at some point. Was more of a parade rather then a race.