The VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival
September 14-16, 2018
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Sports car racing became popular in the United States shortly after WWII. Some of the early races were held on the public roads of villages such as Watkins Glen in New York and Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. After racing on the streets was banned in the early 1950’s, a 4 mile long race track called Road America was designed and built just south of Elkhart Lake. Today, the track configuration remains virtually the same as it did in 1955 when the first race was run at Road America. The self-proclaimed “America’s National Park of Speed” will feature the VSCDA Fall Vintage Race Weekend on September 14-16 and harken back to the early days of racing.
The three-day event will showcase nearly 250 vintage and historic race cars. Everything from the weekend’s feature marques, the Austin Healy Sprite and MG Midget, to the big bore cars from the 60’s and 70’s, along with older formula race cars will all take to the track to compete in a multitude of races. I like to refer to them as museum pieces at speed. There will also be a special 70th-anniversary display of Jaguar XK cars in the paddock, which is fan friendly and open for close up viewing. On Saturday evening, many of these same cars will leave the track and follow the historic route of the original 1950’s era road course in Elkhart Lake. Of course, the trip to Elkhart Lake would not be complete without a stop at Siebkin’s Resort. The tavern is a favorite hangout for race drivers and spectators.
I will be racing a vintage Lynx B Formula Vee that weekend, along with my son Brian, who has quickly become a very competitive driver as well, and who will also be racing in a Lynx B Formula Vee. The competition has always been fierce and competitive, just like when these cars were originally raced. Let us know if you are interested in joining us at the track, you are in for a treat if you’ve never been to an event like this before. – Bill Styczynski