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at Lime Rock Park
MGA 50th Anniversary

Celebrating MGA's 50th Anniversary!

The Vintage Sports Car Club of America ended up their racing season at Lime Rock Park, Ct. on October 7-8. For this event, they featured MG, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the MGA (1955-2005). In addition to their regular race classes, they added a special one time "All MG Class". 39 MGs turned out for the event, including a '34 K-1, '34 PA, '39 TB, a MGC, and a bunch of MG T's and MGA's, with MG entrants coming from as far away as Minnesota.

The event drew over 120 vintage race cars strutting their stuff, including Bugatti, Allard, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Lotus, Jaguar, etc., with the oldest being a 1924 Bugatti T-30 Grand Prix car.

There was lots of good racing on Friday, but Saturday would be a wash out, as torrential rains moved in, and for safety reasons, the day's races were canceled.

In the Friday "All MG" race - with all models of MGs - Jim Holdy of Ontario, Canada, in his '59 MGA Twin Cam was the first to reach the finish line, in the largest field of MGs ever to race at Lime Rock Park. Jim later commented "Finishing 1st in the all MG race of Friday on the slick track was a thrill for me in more ways that one!".

For Friday evening, the VSCCA hosted a dinner at the nearby historic White Hart Inn. A wonderful evening of camaraderie and good food was complimented by live jazz music. At it, Tim Coyne of NAMGAR - in keeping with the MGA's 50th anniversary - presented a NAMGAR award to the oldest MGA which showed up to race. It went to John Syvarth of NY who was racing a '56 MGA. Complimenting that, the VSCCA presented an award to the "Oldest MGA Race Driver" there. It went to Tom Baumgardner of Ohio - who incidentally bought his MGA on E-Bay! He is 70 and still races! Both recipients wer e also presented Moss Motors gift certificates.

Dave Ash - who raced his MGA Twin Cam at Sebring in the 50's - was to be the weekend's honored guest but due to health problems was not able make it. Luckily, Mike Eaton brought Dave's Sebring MGA to the race.

Steve Schults from NJ, racing his MGA, summed up the event: "The weekend was wet, but we still had a great time at the track. Racing with friends on Friday was as good as it gets. There was an interesting collection of pre-war MG's and the assortment of MGAs that arrived to run in this event was a site to behold!"......Greg Prehodka

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