Wine Country Classic 2009 – Results and Photo Gallery

1975 Porsche 911 RSR James EdwardsThe 2009 Wine Country Classic Historic Car Races were held May 30-31 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

A very full field of 350 historic racecars – the most in the 23-year history of the Wine Country Classic – took part in the race weekend among 10 classes. The Morgan, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2009, was the featured car of the weekend.

One of the highlights of the race weekend was the reunion of the “Baby Doll” Morgans. Lew Spencer, a well-known Southern California Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) member, ordered these Morgan machines and named them Baby Dolls I-V. It was the ultimate Morgan racecar and a giant killer in racing circles in the 1960s, routinely beating small-block Corvettes, Porsches and Jaguars, among others, despite its smaller-displacement engines.

The winning tradition continued at Wine Country, as the Baby Doll IV 1959 Morgan +4 that won the 1962 SCCA C-Production National Championship was also victorious in Group 3 at the hands of Jeff Abramson.

Other race action saw Tom Price made it a clean sweep at Infineon Raceway, claiming his first win in Group 1 at the Wine Country Classic Historic Car Races. Price, who also won the qualifying race, started from the pole for the 10-lap main event and drove his 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 to the win in Group 1 (Pre-War Racing Cars & Sports Cars to 1952). He was followed by Danville’s Peter Giddings (1931 Alfa Romeo) and Medina, Washington’s Jon Shirley (1934 Alfa Romeo) to round out the top three.  It was Price’s first win at Infineon Raceway since 2003, when he won in Group 2 driving a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

Sports Car Digest was privileged to have photographer Dennis Gray on site to document this year’s racing action. We hope you enjoy his photos as much as we do. To see more of Dennis’ work, visit www.grayincolor.com.

2009 Wine Country Classic Historic Car Race Results and Picture Gallery (click picture for larger image)

Top-five main-event results Saturday from the Wine Country Classic Historic Car Races at Infineon Raceway. All races were contested on Infineon Raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Car and hometown in parentheses:

Group 1: Pre-War Racing Cars & Sports Cars to 1952 (10 laps)

1. Tom Price, 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, Larkspur, CA
2. Peter Giddings, 1931 Alfa Romeo Corto/Mille, Danville, CA
3. Jon Shirley, 1934 Alfa Romeo, Medina, WA
4. Jan Voboril, 1924 Ford T Barber-Warnock, Topanga, CA
5. David Duthu, 1925 Bugatti Type 35A, Seabrook, TX

Group 1 Winner Tom Price in his 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Group 1 Winner Tom Price in his 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
1925 Bugatti T35A David Duthu  and 1926 Bugatti T37A Jim Stranberg
1925 Bugatti T35A David Duthu and 1926 Bugatti T37A Jim Stranberg

1931 Alfa Romeo Corto/Mille Miglia Peter Giddings1929 Lagonda 2L Graham Wallis

1930 Morgan Super Aero, Larry Ayers1937 Morgan SS, J. Dale Barry

1939 BMW 328 John Fitzpatrick
1939 BMW 328 John Fitzpatrick
1934 Alfa Romeo P3 Jon Shirley and 1931 Alfa Romeo Corto/Mille Miglia Peter Giddings
1934 Alfa Romeo P3 Jon Shirley and 1931 Alfa Romeo Corto/Mille Miglia Peter Giddings

Group 2: 1948-1955 Sports Racing and Production Cars (10 laps)

1. Robert Manson, 1952 Schaghticoke Special, Redwood City, CA
2. Dave Olson, 1950 Jaguar XK120, Tiburon, CA
3. John Shirley, 1954 Austin Healey 100, Sonoma, CA
4. Leland Osborn, 1955 Crosley Special, San Miguel, CA
5. Bernard Juchli, 1955 Hageman Jaguar Special, Palo Alto, CA

1955 Hageman Jaguar Special Bernard Juchi
1955 Hageman Jaguar Special Bernard Juchi

1955 Morgan +4, Dick Jeffery and 1955 Cooper Bobtail, David Brown1954 Jaguar XK120, Brian Andrews

1955 Triumph TR2 David Nelson and 1955 Morgan +4 Dick Jeffery1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Luca Maciucescu

1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Luca Maciucescu
1953 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Luca Maciucescu

Group 3: 1956-1962 Production Cars (10 laps)

1. Jeff Abramson, 1959 Morgan +4, Danville, CA
2. Leonard Turnbeaugh, 1958 Porsche 356A, Markleeville, CA
3. Art Hebert, 1957 Porsche, San Rafael, CA
4. Scott Brown, 1957 MGA Mk 1, Redwood City, CA
5. Ed Lamantia, 1962 MGA Mk II, Redwood City, CA

Group 3 Winner Jeff Abramson driving his "Baby Doll" 1959 Morgan +4
Group 3 Winner Jeff Abramson driving his Baby Doll IV 1959 Morgan +4

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Paul Reinhart1961 Porsche Abarth  GTL Bill H. Lyon

1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Tom Price
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Tom Price

1959 Porsche 356 Don Tevini
1959 Porsche 356 Don Tevini

1956 Morgan 4/4 Tom Morgan and 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint, Lawrence B. Haile1962 Sabra GT Jacob Shalit

1956 Triumph TR3 Michael Paradise and 1961 Porsche Abarth GTL Bill H. Lyon1960 Porsche Abarth GTL Ransom Webster

1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Tom Price
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Tom Price

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  1. great photos of some spectacular cars! I haven’t attended the Wine Country race in a few years, but after seeing the photos I’ll have to put it back on the calendar for next year.

  2. This was my first year competing in the Wine Country Classic. Infineon Raceway and the GRL organization presents one of the best run vintage events I’ve been to. The was track and the surrounding Napa Valley was spectacualar. My family and friends had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back.

  3. This was my first year competing in the Wine Country Classic. Infineon Raceway and the GRL organization presents one of the best run vintage events I’ve been to. The track and the surrounding Napa Valley was spectacualar. My family and friends had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back.

  4. It was my first time competing in the event, it was amazing! Great photos! In Group 10 though you are missing 10a pictures (there were two run groups, your only showing 10b winners the early IMSA cars and not the 80s IMSA GTO/Trans Am ones 🙁 ), we had a separate start —

  5. Great photos Dennis, it must have been fun to take them and daunting to recognize and describe each.

  6. I usually attend the WCC but didnt’ this year. Wouldn’t you know it one of my favorite cars ever raced.. an Aston Martin GT4 Zagato. Very sorry I didn’t make it.

  7. Is Steve Ferron entering any of his Griffiths in any California races? My second question is is anyone entering any Griffith 400’s or 200’s in California? It seems that we see the Griffith’s racing only in the Continent or the UK.

    My best,
    Chuck