Vintage Racers Score June Wins With Prather Engines

WAKARUSA, Kan. (July 5, 2008) -- Prather Racing engines have not only been tearing up the track at SCCA events in 2008, as Bill Treffert and Scott Schmidt scored big wins in vintage competition in late June.

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Scott Schmidt takes the 50th Anniversary Sprite race win. (Image ran with the Bucyrus Telegraph story)

Treffert, driving a Prather-powered 1961 MGA Mk. II, dominated the 2D class at the 29th Annual VARAC International Vintage Festival at Mosport International Raceway in Canada June 21-22. After leading all sessions throughout the weekend, Treffert did it one better, and scored the overall win in the Vintage Production race, topping a host of Healeys, Lotuses, Elvas and MGs.

Schmidt, of Lawrence, Kan., had the 1275cc motor for his Mk. III Austin-Healey Sprite on the Prather Racing dyno shortly before heading to the June 27-29 SVRA event at Mid-Ohio. The event was special in that it featured the 50th Sprite Anniversary race, for cars in a variety of race trims. Schmidt finished fourth in the qualifying race and would line up for the big race sixth overall.

As was the case for much of the weekend, the weather was unpredictable and rain was in store for the 50th Anniversary race. Schmidt took the green fifth as the conditions depleted the field with car owners not wanting to subject their classic race cars to the conditions. By the end of lap one, Schmidt was out front overall. He was never challenged, driving a masterful race and winning by over 25 seconds. A special story in the Bucyrus Telegraph documented the feat.



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