Story and photographs by John Sukowaty
Road America is a great place to spend some time all summer long in Wisconsin. Elkhart Lake is a great little town and the draw that Road America brings in for each race weekend can be seen throughout the small businesses that line the streets.
The weather this time of the year, however, is a gamble. When I showed up at Road America for the SVRA Spring Vintage Festival Weekend, it was a bit cold and rain was in the forecast. That did not stop the diehard fans from showing up all weekend long. Friday was a bit slow with mostly practice in the morning and round one of qualifying in the afternoon, but action picked up Saturday morning before the rain started.
On Saturday, round 2 of the qualifying was underway and even though rain was in the forecast for the afternoon, fans were starting to arrive. Just about as soon as the scheduled lunch break was over, the rain started. A steady rain would keep most of the drivers from going on the track during the last round of qualifying and slow them down during the feature races that finished out the afternoon. By 5 o’clock, group 10 and the IGT race was complete and that marked the end of activities for the day. Hopes of better weather on Sunday was the topic of conversation throughout the day.
Sunday started with a little fog above the track and wet spots from the little rain that finished up overnight. It did not take long for things to clear up and the sun to pop out from behind the clouds. Shortly after that the crowds started to hit the gates and find the perfect spots to watch the vintage cars race around the track. The second feature races were scheduled for all day Sunday and that was perfect for those that showed up. The Road America Badger Enduro for Historic GT/GTP race was 90 minutes long and gave the crowd plenty to cheer about. The race ended with the No.0 Porsche 911 driven by George F Balbach as the winner.
The rest of the day finished up with feature races for groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7b, and 8. Overall, it was nice to get back to the track for the season opener and get photos of some vintage racecars that make the trip each year. Below is a gallery of my best shots. Enjoy!
John Sukowaty is a contributor to Sports Car Illustrated. To contact John or view more of his work visit his website at www.racedayphotog.com
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