Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - One More Lap For Old Time's Sake

Sonoma Raceway, May 26 2013 - Good thing history has a way of repeating itself. The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival repeated for its 27th time at the Sonoma Raceway May 18-19 2013. Held the same weekend as the Marin Concours d'Elegance, the related events provide a stunning one-two knockout punch for the car lover.

This year's Festival Honored Guest was renowned racing legend Paul Reinhart. Paul was one of the early pioneers of Corvette racing in the 50s and 60s. He agreed to come out of retirement as part of the Corvette 60th Anniversary feature at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.

1957 Corvette

Reinhart's original 1957 Corvette went through several rough hands over the years and was eventually totaled. He acquired what was left and put back together with a lot of donor parts. The restored purple and orange car lit up the pits like a beacon. Introduced by Rick Voegelin during the Racer's Panel, Paul told several tales of woe and go in those early days - shared with a standing room only crowd in the Drivers' Lounge.

Paul ran in Group 9 - '55-'62 over 2000cc; a field heavy with other classic 'Vettes. After pushing hard in second and third Saturday, he ran out of gas on the last lap. No such trouble on Sunday - Paul finished 2nd in the group. Event master Steve Earle later presented Paul with "The Phil Hill Trophy" in recognition of Best Presentation and Performance Overall.

1957 Corvette

This is reported to be Paul Reinhart's last race. Seeming 10 years younger than his stated age of 84, we will forgive him if the urge strikes again and he wants to repeat himself. 

by Randy Berg

Related: Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - Corvette Legends; Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance - Wine Country Classics; Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - Race Winners; Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - Historic Awards; Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - Classic Cars; Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - 60 Years of Corvette Celebrated with Fine Cars, Wine and Food; Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - Racer's Panel; Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - Racers Ready

 

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