INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ford marketing retiree Bill Cook first visited the SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational back in 2015, and promised himself he’d have to return. He made it back for the 4th Annual invitational held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over this past June 16-18 weekend, and was glad he did. With more than 500 ultra-rare and ultra-fast vintage race cars participating, many driven by legendary drivers, this SVRA event is a must-see for any race enthusiast.
This year’s Invitational saw the return of the Indy Legends ProAm Charity race, pairing 33 veteran Indy 500 drivers with amateur racing partners driving Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs in a 45-minute race on the IMS road course. Since debuting in 2014, the Indy Legends ProAm Charity race has raised over $100,000 for local charities. The Indy Legends Oval Race Car Exhibition & Concours offered three exhibition runs on the 2.5-mile oval for pre-war Indy cars as well as roadsters and rear-engine racers of pre-1970 vintage. They run together in a pure-exhibition, managed-speed format.
The event concluded with the running of a Trans Am Series race, presented by Pirelli, and a Mazda MX-5 Cup race, another new addition to this weekend of road racing. The Saturday night driver and crew party under the stars included a concert by The Guess Who, followed by a spectacular fireworks show. But for Cook, the fireworks were all in the pits or on the track in the form of great vintage Ford race cars. Even though it was hot and humid with storms in the forecast for the day he attended, the rains never came, allowing Bill to get some fine photos, which he agreed to share with us in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY BILL COOK