Sovren Vintage Racing

July 5, 2019 12:00 am

The PNW Historics attracts the largest field and sees the biggest turnout of club members, the most spectators, and all-in-all the highlight of the racing year in our area.

In addition to nearly 200 race cars on the track, the Historics also features a car corral with hundreds of special cars, a great vendors row, and special events like the famous Saturday afternoon salmon barbeque, a featured marque, and special guests.

July 5, 6, and 7 will see the 31st edition of this premier event. Traditionally the PNW Historics has been a benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. Last year they donated $25,000 to this very worthy local charity and this relationship will continue this year. All money raised for the charity comes from spectator admissions, sponsors, and souvenir sales.

Racers coming to the track for the first time this season will find welcome repaving of a major portion of the course, all the way from Turn 2b to 7. Pacific Raceways is continually being upgraded so there may be other welcome surprises too.

The event has featured many Special Guests over the years, from Dan Gurney to Phil Hill. Last year they were pleased to feature the legendary George Follmer. This year’s guest is still being selected at press time, and they hope to have a major announcement soon.

The celebrated marque this year is really a group of cars, IMSA racers. IMSA actually started out racing Formula Fords and Formula Vees, and of course they will have many of those popular cars on the track. In their 50-year history since those early days, IMSA has since offered just about every type of sports car racing. Probably most famous are their GTP cars, which were as close as we came to the fabled cars of the first Can-Am era. They also have raced or are racing prototype sports cars, Trans-Am type cars and modern production models from Ferrari, Corvette, and BMW. Thry expect to see all types of IMSA cars, from all eras, at the event this year, both on display and on the track.

Seat time is a big attraction of SOVREN races and the Historics are certainly no exception. As well as sharing time with feature cars and parade laps, every group is assured of a Friday practice and race session and two more races both Saturday and Sunday.

With both SOVREN and a separate charity group working to promote the event and put it on to the highest caliber, everyone, competitors, officials, and spectators alike, can expect another great Pacific Northwest Historics weekend to remember.

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