The Trans Am Memorial Day Classic on May 24-25 & 27, 2019, offers an exciting mix of the rumbling V8s from the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the historically significant racing machines of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA).
SVRA and International GT will fill in the schedule with additional races, including two Mustang Reunion feature races to commemorate the 55 years of the Mustang with one on Saturday at 4:25pm and another on Monday at 1:15pm following a pit lane fan walk.
With over 100 racers across the various SVRA categories, there will be an interesting mix of race cars from different eras that, in many cases, belong on display in a museum. On Saturday afternoon at 4:45, nearly all of the groups will race together in a 60-minute challenge that will include a pit stop.
GROUP 1: Recognized small displacement production sports cars and sedans. Examples: Sprite, Midget, Mini Cooper, Triumph Spitfire, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, MGA, Fiat-Abarth, Lotus 7. Select G and H-modifieds and D-Sports Racers, Formula Vee.
GROUP 2: Pre-1973 Formula cars conforming to the SVRA classic formula car regulations. Other cars may be accepted by invitation as appropriate. Examples: Lotus; Brabham, Caldwell, Titan, Crossle, Merlyn, Royale, Elva, Hawke.
GROUP 3: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1972. Examples: MGB, Triumph TR-3 and 4; Austin Healey 3000, Porsche 356, Elva Courier, Morgan, Daimler, Sunbeam Alpine, Volvo P1800.
GROUP 4: Limited produced sports cars, racing “specials” and GT cars built or in production prior to 1960. This group represents the “Golden Age” of sports car racing in the United States and Europe. Examples: Scarab, Devin, Maserati, Ferrari, Lotus, Jaguar XK120/140, C, D; Maserati, Lister, Allard, Elva; Porsche RSK Spyder, Cunningham and early small bore Sports Racers.
GROUP 5: Small bore World Sports Car Championship and prototypes as raced between 1960 and 1972. All 3 classes of Sports 2000 cars, SRF’s as well as WSR cars. Examples: Lotus 23, 30, 40, Porsche 904, 906, 907, 910; Elva Mk 7 &8, Lola 212, Lotus 11, 15, 17.
GROUP 6: Selected big-bore production sports cars and sedans through 1972. Examples: Corvette, Shelby GT-350, Cobra, Mustang, Camaro, Jaguar XKE, Barracuda, Cougar, Griffith, Porsche 911.
GROUP 7: World Championship of Sports Cars on slicks. Under 2 Liter sports cars as raced after 1972. Can Am cars as raced after 1967. Center-seat Can Am cars, SCCA ASR & BSR. Examples: McLaren, Porsche 908, 917, 956, 962; Lola, Chevron, Ferrari 312, 512, Alfa Romeo T33, Lancia, Matra.
GROUP 8: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1979, and later cars by invitation. Examples: Lotus Super 7, Datsun 240Z, BMW 2002, Sunbeam Tiger, Porsche 911, 914, Datsun 510, Escort, Alfa Romeo GTV.
GROUP 9: Wings and slicks formula cars complying with SVRA post-1973 formula car regulations. Examples: Formula 1 and Indy Lights, Formula 5000, Formula 2, Formula Atlantic & Formula B (1600cc); Formula Super Vee (1600cc, air & water cooled); Formula Continental and Formula 3 (1100cc).
GROUP 10: Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 1999. NASCAR Cup and Busch Series stock cars. Trans-Am and production-based contemporary as raced from 1999 to 5 years from today’s date. Examples: Chevrolet Dekon Monza, Porsche 911 RSR, Ferrari 348, Audi S4,
Chevrolet Corvette, DeTomaso Pantera and Dodge Viper.
GROUP 11: GTP/Group C, ALMS, PSCR, WSC, Grand Am prototype cars and SCCA P1 &P2 as raced from 1981 to 5 years from today’s date. Examples: Aston Martin AMR1, Intrepid, Audi R8, Ford Mustang Trans Am, Oldsmobile Aurora, Pontiac Grand Am, Porsche GT2 and Cup.
GROUP 12: Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 5 years prior to today’s date. These are Production-based cars such as Motorola Cup or any other stock / prepared racing series. Early IMSA GTO and GTU small bore cars will be accepted on an individual basis. Examples: Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang, Panoz, Datsun Z cars, Nissan ZX, and various BMW, Porsche and Ferrari models.
Porsche and Ferrari with Porsches GT3 Cup, Caymans and Boxters competing as Stuttgart Cup and Ferrari (Ferrari Challenge cars) as Maranello Cup.