VIR Gold Cup Historic Races No Longer Managed by SVRA

Alfa Romeo GTV at VIR Gold Cup Historic Races 2010After a two-year relationship, Virginia International Raceway (VIR) announced a mutual agreement to part ways with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) in hosting the Gold Cup Historic Races for 2011. The event, which had recently been sanctioned and managed by the SVRA in 2009 and 2010, will again be solely organized, promoted and produced by Virginia International Raceway in 2011.

VIR’s Gold Cup Historic Races & Car Show event will be held as previously scheduled on November 3-6, 2011 — a new date for the event. The SVRA will host their Historic Enduro 200 at Watkins Glen on the traditional Gold Cup weekend in June of next year.

“With a welcoming pig roast and traditional Black & White party extravaganza along with our live music, celebrity appearances and an expanded antique car show, VIR’s Gold Cup Historic Races in 2011 will be a ‘must do or see’ event on the national vintage race calendar in 2011” said Harvey Siegel co-owner of VIRginia International Raceway.

“As the third oldest permanent road racing facility in the United States, VIRginia International Raceway has been the setting for many important chapters in road racing history,” added Connie Nyholm, managing partner of VIR. “We continue to build this signature event to bring out the full flavor of what classic motorsport and vintage racing is all about.”

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[Source: VIR; photo credit: Al Wolford]

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  1. Here is SVRA’s statement on dropping events in 2011 like the one at VIR:

    Since the U.S. economy continues to struggle, SVRA has decided to drop a few unprofitable track dates for 2011. Our goal for 2011 and beyond is to focus our energies and resources on the events management believes are in the best long-term interests of SVRA’s financial stability.

    Events like the Gold Cup or BRIC/KIC are not really SVRA events; they are track-managed events where SVRA has little or no control over pricing, costs, parties, car classes or quality control. This improved schedule will assure that SVRA will be able to continue to provide Safe Fair Fun for its members