Historic Motor Sports Association Holds Successful Opening Weekend
MONTEREY, CA (MARCH 21, 2019) – If the Historic Motor Sports Association was ever allowed to pre-order the weather in order to kick off a season, the vintage race car association would have ordered exactly the clear and sunny skies that greeted the 2019 Spring Club season opener at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca last weekend.
HMSA President Cris Vandagriff said he was happy with the first event of 2019.
“This was such a great way to start the season,” Vandagriff said. “We had a lot of great cars and this event is always low key for us, but it’s invaluable in terms of letting everyone shake out the cobwebs and really prepare for another year of racing.”
One of the features of the 2019 Spring Club event at Laguna Seca was the large number of Formula Ford entries. They were racing in the Crossflow Cup over the weekend, but also prepared for the 50thanniversary of the Formula Ford in August.
Tiburon, Calif., racer Martin Lauber and his business partners agreed to host a party at the Revival Road shop near the track to introduce HMSA racers to the new Formula Ford racers on site, who battled for the Crossflow Cup honors.
“When I started talking to (HMSA President) Cris about hosting the party, I got my partners Greg Greneu and Marc Zurlinden and Kelly and Michelle from CarWeekConcierge.com to agree to have everyone gather because what Andrew Wait and the rest of the Formula Ford racers are doing is unique,” Lauber said. “We all know each other and racing is reasonably safer if you have a face that goes with the car on the track with you. It’s real hard to (race dangerously) next to someone if you shared a taco and a beer with them the night before.”
Lauber said HMSA was the perfect host for the Crossflow Cup challenge.
“HMSA events and the tracks they race at are great tracks,” Lauber said. “Cris attracts great people to operate the events and he gets the best tracks and that brings in a high caliber of cars and drivers. It was a wonderful way to be able to introduce the Crossflow Cup to other HMSA racers.”
Andrew Wait has been organizing the Formula Fords and the Crossflow Cup and working with HMSA for three years. He said he was pleased with the opening weekend overall.
“We had two groups of 30 cars each and 95 percent of it was green flag racing,” Wait said. “On top of that, we got to run Laguna Seca. This is one of the favorite events for vintage racers, especially in California because 90 percent of vintage racers never get to run Laguna Seca. The ability to run Laguna with such a classy and supportive organization was great. We loved it and it’s why this is our third year with HMSA.”
The 2019 schedule of events for the only sanctioning body in the world that requires period correct race cars can be found at www.hmsausa.comand features some of the longest-running events in the country.
About Historic Motor Sports Association
HMSA serves as the sanctioning body for premiere historic racing events such as the world famous Monterey Historic Automobile Races and remains the only organization to mandate the cars race as they were and not what they could have been (historically correct within time period the car originally raced).
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