Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - 60 Years of Corvette Celebrated with Fine Cars, Wine and Food

General Racing, May 19 2013 - The fourth annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Sonoma Raceway celebrated the Corvette's 60th anniversary in fine fashion, as 32 Corvettes, among an entry of more than 350 historic cars in 15 groups, raced on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course in the heart of Northern California's wine country today. For more information:

Corvettes at Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2013
Three Corvettes came in first in their groups: Noel Park, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., in his 1958 Corvette; and Ross Thompson, of Phoenix, Ariz., took two wins, one in his 1964 Corvette and the other in a 1976 Corvette.

The paddock throughout the weekend was filled with a variety of collector Corvettes, including a 1956 Corvette SR2 and a 1994 Guldstrand Corvette GS90 Coupe.

1956 Corvette SR2 and a 1994 Guldstrand Corvette GS90 Coupe Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
From a 1925 Bugatti T-35C, a 1911 National 40, to a 1972 Gulf Mirage M6, Can-Am cars from the 1960s and ‘70s, and the fan-favorite Trans-Am cars of the same era, an enthusiastic crowd was treated to close competition among many classic race cars from the last 100 years at the 27th annual historic-car event organized by General Racing Ltd.

Honored guest Paul Reinhart, of Twain Harte, Calif., drove his stunning purple-and-orange 1957 Corvette to second place in his group, and received the prestigious Sonoma Historic Cup - "The Phil HIll Trophy" - from event organizer Steve Earle.

Paul Reinhart 957 Corvette 957 Corvette
Group winners included a 1964 Ginetta G-4, driven by Jeff Kline, a 1959 Morgan +4, raced by Jeff Abramson, David Swig in a 1957 Monsterati Special, Dan Luckow in a 1969 Mercury Cyclone, and Ken Epsman in a 1976 Dekon Monza, among others.

More than 1000 people per day visited the Wine Country Pavilion in the paddock area, enjoying wines, and local fare from Victor Scargle, executive chef at Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono in Yountville, Calif.

Wine Country Pavilion Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
"The weather was perfect for great racing today," said Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd., who has organized premier historic car events for four decades. “Sonoma Raceway is a terrific venue to showcase these valuable and significant cars that continue to be enjoyed, and we're extremely proud to have joined in Corvette's 60th anniversary celebration."

Complete official results will be posted on

Race Winners Today:
Group 1 – 1962-1967 Production/GT under 2000cc - Jeff Kline, Calabasas, Calif., 1964 Ginetta G-4
Group 2 – 1955-1962 Production/GT under 2000cc - Jeff Abramson, Alamo, Calif., 1959 Morgan +4
Group 3 – 1956-1963 Formula Cars (FJr, F2, F1) - Art Hebert, San Rafael, Calif., 1963 Lola MK5A F-Jr.
Group 4 – 1955-1960 Sports Racing Cars - David Swig, Sausalito, Calif., 1957 Monsterati Spl.
Group 5 – 1946-1955 Sports Racing & Production Cars - Rob Manson, Redwood City, Calif., 1952 Manning Spl.
Group 6 – 1963-1973 Grand National Stock - Dan Luckow, Bell Canyon, Calif., 1969 Mercury Cyclone
Group 7 – 1982-1991 Hist. IMSA GTO/SCCA – Peter Baljet, Duncan, B.C., 1990 Beretta
Group 8 – Pre-1941 Sports & Touring Cars & 1925-1941 Racing Cars - Paddins Dowling, Sausalito, Calif., 1939 Maserati 4 CL
Group 9 – 1955-1962 Production/GT over 2000cc - Noel Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 1958 Corvette
Group 10 – 1962-1966 Production/GT over 2000cc - Ross Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., 1964 Corvette
Group 11 – 1959-1966 Sports Racing Cars - Jeff Abramson, Alama, Calif., 1966 Lotus 23C
Group 12 – 1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars - Ken Epsman, Santa Clara, Calif., 1972 Javelin
Group 13 – 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars – Steve Cook, Yountville, Calif., 1968 McLaren M6B
Group 14 – 1973-1979 IMSA GT & 1964-1970 FIA Cars - Ross Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., 1976 Corvette
Group 15 – 1971-1982 FIA Sports Racing Cars - Chris MacAllister, Indianapolis, Ind., 1972 Gulf Mirage M6

2013 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Awards
The Sonoma Historic Cup - “The Phil Hill Trophy”
Presented for Best Presentation and Performance Overall
Winner: Paul Reinhart, Twain Harte, Calif., 1957 Corvette

1957 Corvette, Paul Reinhart Phil Hill Trophy Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
The Sonoma Historic Trophy, Pre-1940 Category
Presented for Excellence in Presentation
Winner: Peter Giddings, Danville, Calif., 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-35

The Sonoma Historic Trophy, Post 1940 Category
Presented for Excellence in Presentation
Winner: Larry Bowman, Redwood City, Calif., 1963 Grand Sport Corvette

1963 Grand Sport Corvette Sonoma Historic Trophy 2013
The Sonoma Historic Award
Presented for Presentation and Performance in Race Group
Group 1 – Martin Lauber, Tiburon, Calif., 1967 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT
Group 2 – Paul Christensen, Sparks, Nev., 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster
Group 3 – Phillip Ribbs, Santa Cruz, Calif., 1963 Lotus 27 F-Jr.
Group 4 – Frank Zucchi, Livermore, Calif., 1960 Piranha
Group 5 – David Zurlinden, Redwood City, Calif., 1953 Tatum GMC Spl.
Group 6 – Craig Conley, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 1971 Mercury Cyclone
Group 7 – Mike Haemmig, Nevada City, Calif., 1988 Corvette
Group 8 – John Kerr, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 1932 Miller-Schofield/Ford
Group 9 – Greg Johnson, Irvine, Calif., 1960 Corvette
Group 10 – Tom Dyer, Santa Fe, N.M., 1965 Sunbeam Tiger
Group 11 – Michael Malone, Puyallup, Wash., 1966 Elva MK8
Group 12 -  Bill Ockerlund, Holland, Mich., 1969 Camaro
Group 13 - Bob Lee, Rolling Hills, Calif., 1968 McLaren M6B
Group 14 – Ross Thompson, Phoenix, Ariz., 1976 Corvette
Group 15 – Keith Frieser, Puyallup, Wash., 1972 Lola 290

Photos by Randy Berg


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