MG Vintage Racers Celebrate 30th Anniversary in 2011

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In 1981 vintage racing was just beginning to grow in North America as a few MG vintage racing enthusiasts banded together to establish the MG Vintage Racers’ Newsletter. Starting with 40 MG racers, MGVR now has over 250 MG racers in North America. It became the glue that bonded them together, and over the years MGVR worked with vintage racing organizations to promote MG vintage racing at many different racing venues. It has been most successful in promoting and supporting MG vintage racing from coast to coast.

In 2011 MGVR will celebrate its 30th anniversary at Lime Rock Park’s “Vintage Festival” in Connecticut on Labor Day weekend in September. This event is not just a race, but truly a four day “Festival” for vintage car enthusiasts, with MG being featured! It will have vintage races of course, but compliment that with a spectacular car show on Sunday, lots of vendors and displays, various food opportunities both at the track and nearby, a number of car corrals of various marques, auto flea market, and so much more! There may be MG car corrals, and there are plans to have street MGs do some “Parade Laps” one day during the lunch break.

Between 60 to 80 vintage racing MGs, from Pre-War MGs to MGB-GT V8’s will be racing, as part of about 300 vintage and historic race cars competing during the weekend. You can’t even get to see this many great cars in a museum, never mind up close and in action! The sights and sounds will amaze you! Cars from England, Italy, Germany, US, France, and more! The MG racers will be set up in their own paddock area.

They invite you to come visit them and check out their valiant steeds. MGs have been racing at Lime Rock since it opened in 1957, and MGVR’s theme with be “MGs and Lime Rock Park – Historic Together”. MGVR will have a display on this historic relationship in the MG paddock area. Area lodging books up early for big events like this, so if you plan to come, book a room early, or possibly consider camping at the track or bring a RV. The general schedule will be:

  • Friday practice and qualifying;
  • Saturday practice and group races; 
  • Sunday – no racing – just a fabulous car show on the track itself (and MGVR is trying to get an “MG Class in it”); 
  • Monday feature races. Races will also include “All MG Races”.

This race weekend is supported by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA). For additional information, here are some contacts:

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Last updated on December 11, 2010.

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