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VRG/VCDA PVGP Historic Races 2006
at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex
Turners at Beaverun

Every year, I go through the same ritual of choosing from an endless sea of vintage racing events that I plan to attend for the season. And while the selection process is undoubtedly aided by my magazine assignments that dictate most of the outings, I’m always left with a handful of weekends I would like to fill (or is it to get away from working around the house). Of course, the Mitty, Zippo, Rolex and numerous other “standards” fill the dates very quickly, especially if the event’s hype promises some sort of “Reunion” or “Special Guest Appearance,” then sign me up, but more importantly, my years of experience covering all sorts of vintage racing gatherings has also taught me that there are many sleepers in the crowd. Surprisingly, the PVGP Historic Races at the BeaveRun Motorsports Complex was one of those “quiet ones” that rose immediately to the top of the heap as one of the best vintage auto race weekends I’ve attended in years this pasrt July 8–9.

Sanctioned by Vintage Racer Group (VRG) and partnered with invited participants, Vintage Driver’s Club of America (VDCA), I was actually “not” surprised at the organizational level of the event or even the colorful variety of racecars in attendance, but was simply blown away by the endless stream of great racing within “all” the groups throughout the weekend. Understandably, BeaveRun is no Watkins Glen or Road America with their volumes of history, but its shorter purpose–built race circuit is apparently the perfect arena that offers the ideal marriage of challenges and elevation changes for a healthy contingency of warriors fighting it out on the 1.53–mile of twisty blacktop.

With well over 150 contestants saturating the five racing groups, and “Turner Reunion” race group, contestants had several “fast” chances to strut their stuff. The following winners were recorded:
Saturday's Races
Race Gruop #1: Les Roub – 1957 Porsche 356
Race Group #2: Bill King – 1962 Ginetta G4
Race Group #3: Bob Bruce – 1980 Crossle 40F FF
Race Group #4: Sam Viviano – 1969 Camaro
Race Group #7: Gary Harrison – 1962 Lotus 22 FJ
Race Group #8 (Turner Reunion Race): Mike Muckle – 1965 Turner MkIII
Sunday's AM Races
Race Gruop #1: Les Roub – 1957 Porsche 356
Race Group #2: Maryo Lamothe – 1962 Mini Copper
Race Group #3: Bob Bruce – 1980 Crossle 40F FF
Race Group #4: Sam Viviano – 1969 Camaro
Race Group #7: Gary Harrison – 1962 Lotus 22 FJ
Sunjday's PM Races
Race Gruop #1: Les Roub – 1957 Porsche 356
Race Group #2: Maryo Lamothe – 1962 Mini Cooper
Race Group #3: Bob Bruce – 1980 Crossle 40F FF
Race Group #4: Robban Andersson – 1965 Cobra 427
Race Group #7: Garrett Van Camp – 1969 Lynx B FV

Bookended on the front side of the larger Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) 10–day festival of races, car shows and more, the BeaveRun event is not only your high–speed alternative to the PVGP contested through Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park, but as I discovered first hand, a driver’s event loaded with a plethora of seat time, tiring action that kept my camera’s motor drive on verge of overheating (and that’s a good thing), and a venue choice I highly recommend not be missed. Yep, pencil me in for next year’s PVGP Historic Races at BeaveRun.....Walter Pietrowicz

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