Story and Photographs by Don Rucinski
In conjunction with the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival, the HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing, Ltd.), www.hsrrace.com/ put on a three day event at the Hutchinson Island Grand Prize Race Course this past weekend. Not even the threat of Hurricane Sandy, moving up the coast , could dampen the spirits of this group with 123 cars and a good array of Historic Moto Grand Prix Motorcycles on hand for the activities.
Friday was overcast and breezy as practice commenced for all classes and continued through the day. A 45 minute Enduro for Small Bore cars ran in the late afternoon. A couple of on-course mishaps occurred which narrowed the field as close competition was displayed on the 1.965 mile, 10 turn course that features fast straights and tight corners.
Saturday dawned cool and downright blustery as Sandy drew closer although it did not seem to effect the drivers as qualifying sessions for all classes kicked off and continued through the morning. The afternoon activities featured eight lap races for all classes interspersed with track time for the Historic Moto Grand Prix Motorcycles.
At the lunch break, a Celebrity Driver Panel convened in the HSR tent consisting of legendary drivers Hurley Haywood, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Brian Redman along with relative newcomers Tommy Milner (Team Corvette) and David Donahue, son of Mark Donahue, and driver in the Rolex Sports Car Series. Plenty of discussion and laughs as the drivers talked about such things as their favorite track, including the ones that no longer exist, their best and worst memories and back and forth kidding. It was a great experience for the fans to see these great drivers in a down to earth setting.
Sunday morning dawned cool and sunny as Sandy had passed by and was heading north with no ill effect on the event. Through the morning and afternoon the second round of feature races for all classes continued. The day's activities culminated with a one hour Enduro for Vintage and Classic GT followed by the same for Historic/GTP/WSC.
Despite the threat of bad weather, the event went off without a hitch. Plenty of racing for all and numerous displays and activities for the fans and drivers made for full weekend. To finish off the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival there is a Concours d' Elegance at Hilton Head Island on Saturday and Sunday, November 3-4. For more information on this event go to http://hhiconcours.com/.
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