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Story and Photographs by Mike Beckers
Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) wrapped up its 2012 season at Daytona International Speedway on November 9-11. The fans were not disappointed as over 100 race cars took part in both sprint and endurance races. The on-track action was very spirited, and since it was the last event of the season it looked like some drivers were not holding back one bit. As usual at an HSR event, the fields were diverse and the car preparation was exceptional.
One of the appeals of an HSR event is the diversity of cars entered. There is always “something for everyone”. If you are a fan of a particular manufacturer, you can be assured that you will see both older and newer cars, up close in the paddock and at speed on the track. For example, at Daytona Porsche fans were treated to 356’s, 914s, 911s, Carreras, Caymans and GT cars. Ford and Chevy fans saw Trans-Am cars from the sixties, USRRC GT cars and modern Mustangs, Camaros and Corvettes. Once again Cobra Automotive brought their screaming GT 350s, an entire squadron of them, and provided some spectacular action. Sports racing fans witnessed some fast Audi, Lola and other LMP cars. No one in attendance was disappointed.
The crowd was as varied as the cars, with young people checking out the varied technology and we older folks watching the race cars we “grew up with “ and reminiscing about racing duels that we witnessed in the past. There is nothing like the combination of beautiful cars, driven to their limits by determined drivers, the roar of internal combustion engines, the smell of burned hydrocarbons, and conversation with fellow enthusiasts. It makes for a perfect day. Or, if you will, an HSR event. If you haven’t attended an HSR, or other vintage event, do yourself a favor and plan on making the trip in 2013. By supporting these events we will make sure that we will be able to see these cars, up close and on the track, and not behind rope barriers in a museum.
As always hats off to the fine folks at HSR and Daytona International Speedway for their help and hospitality.