Mid-Season Update - Vintage at
Mid-Ohio and the KIC, SCCA Racing at a New Track in Colorado
July 30, 2009 - By Kent Prather
Vintage Round 2 - Mid-Ohio SVRA, June 25-28
Mid-Ohio was a smaller event than usual. However, the
track was as fun as I remember and we camped in the grass near fellow
friends and racers. The Moss Motors/Prather Racing MGA qualified on the
pole by four seconds in Group 3 but had a flat tire during the Saturday
qualifying race. Started 14th on Sunday for the feature and finished
third. Not bad!
Bob Bramlage found out how hard it is to drive two
different types of racecars on the same weekend, but did a great job. His
'69 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am blew the clutch on Saturday, but we replaced
it and he had a great race on Sunday. His new, and very beautiful, Ginetta
G4 had some teething, but was enjoyable. His Sunday race was rained
out--bummer. All in all, a very good weekend!
SCCA Double National - High Plains Raceway, July
July 4th Weekend at the brand-new High Plains Raceway
in Byers, Colo. Just a quick report.
The track is awesome with lots of fast corners and
elevation changes. Of course, apparently it rains every day between 3 and
5 p.m. in the summer, which it did. Poured! Then the sun comes out for a
beautiful evening. I was able to win both National races in the GT-Lite
Moss Motors/Prather Racing Mazda Miata and take the Midwest Division point
lead and qualify for the SCCA Super Sweep by winning "Saturday's" race
(which actually was postponed to Sunday).
John Steflik's Spark Wraps/Prather Racing FP Miata
won on Saturday and Bob Bramlage's Prather Racing Miata won on Sunday.
Vintage Round 3 - Road America Kohler
International Challenge with Brian Redman, July 16-19
Everyone should try to get to the KIC event at Road
America. The cars in the paddock and the spec area don't stop coming. Ford
put up a magnificent display this year showing the real, vintage GT-40
along with some new Ford GTs. Ford is still obviously making money and
spending it in a very impressive way! The Formula 5000s were breath-taking
and in force as well.
The Moss Motors/Prather Racing MGA qualified on the
pole and won the Saturday race. Unfortunately, the number two cylinder
closed up the plug causing a three-cylinder first lap and the end of the
Sunday race. I'll check it out after the Runoffs.
Bill Treffert carried on to win 3EP with his Prather
Racing-powered MGA. Scott Schmidt had a very impressive weekend topped
with a win in 3FP in his Prather-powered Sprite.
Bob Bramlage enjoyed the Ginetta and ran an
impressive 2:39 in it. This was great fun and we'll be back again next
year. With the help of all of our good friends and British Car Club
buddies who can come out, we'll make this an even bigger affair!