ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Ford marketing retiree-turned-FordPerformance.com correspondent Bill Cook loves vintage race cars, so it was only fitting that he and his wife, Mary Lynn, took a “vacation” back in July to attend the Vintage Trans Am race weekend at Road America. But we’ll let him explain his racing weekend getaway this summer:
“Mary Lynn and I arrived at our VRBO home rental in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on the Wednesday before race weekend for four full days of vintage car racing (16 classes) at Road America over in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, (just 20 minutes away from our rental).
“We were joined by our daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter and great friends from Chicago. Weather was perfect on Thursday, but we were faced with an 80-90-percent chance of rain, with storms forecast all day on Friday. Incredibly, the weather was unsettled, but only a brief mist or two appeared the whole day. Saturday morning was okay, but the rains came in the afternoon, and conditions got rather nasty at times. Early rain on Sunday had stopped around 9:30 a.m., and the sun came out after lunch. No worries -- unlike some other forms of racing, these cars do run in the rain!
“Although I enjoy just about anything with a motor and tires, I was drawn to Road America this year for the Historic Vintage Trans AM cars. They only make it to this side of the country once every five years or so. I grew up following them and they are a key reason why I own both a vintage '70 Mustang Boss 302 (owned for 36 years) and a modern '13 Mustang Boss 302.
“That should explain the large number of Historic Trans Am cars that I photographed in my gallery, as walking around the historic Trans Am field prior to the race, as well as witnessing the Friday night race-car parade from Road America into downtown Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, gave me much to photograph. I hope you enjoy some of my selection below:”
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTO GALLERY / COURTESY BILL COOK