They fire up with a snarl, these finely-tuned vintage race cars. The flag drops, and they thunder down the straightaway, and dive into the many challenging turns of Willow Springs Raceway, the home of VARA, the Vintage Auto Racing Association.
That’s right, the Society will benefit from this terrific event of vintage racing. Not only that, Society directors will speak at the Driver’s Meeting, set up a table with information about the programs and services offered by the Society, display NMCRS banners, and more. “We’ll get a lot of valuable awareness for our cause,” says NMCRS Marketing Director Cendra Cramp, “plus, we’ll receive generous donations to carry out our work.” Everybody wins.
How did this partnership come about? “There’s a retired Navy commander who races with us,” VARA General Manager Jeanette Bourke says. “In fact, many of our participants and spectators are connected with the military. So the time was right to bring VARA and NMCRS together to support sea service members and their families.”
What’s more, admission is free on March 25 and 26 for any service member, simply by showing a military ID. If you like cars, you don’t want to miss this.
At Willow Springs Raceway, you can stand right next to the hot pit lane to see and hear the cars and the drivers. You’re right there, close to the action.
These are meticulously maintained racing cars. Many have a lineage that goes back 60 years or more. They’re preserved, enjoyed, and raced vigorously on the VARA course.
With three race classifications, along with both open and closed wheel cars, you’ll see everything from little Triumph Spitfires all the way up to the big Can-Am race cars. Vintage racing car fans of every stripe will find something to like at this event.
VARA was founded in 1973, and it’s the largest vintage car racing member organization on the West Coast. “We’re definitely part of the military culture of this area,” Jeannette says, “and we like to give back when we can. It’s an honor for us to partner with NMCRS, show our support for our military, and support the great work the Society does.”
For more information, visit www.vararacing.com.