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Golden Gate Grand Prix

Alton, Va. (January 13) – VIRginia International Raceway is pleased to announce that the very popular Ferrari Challenge Series, along with the Shell Historic Challenge, has been added to VIR’s calendar of events for the 2007 season.

Vintage racing enthusiasts and San Francisco history buffs, thank you for wading through the rumors and speculation. This is an official update on the planning of the Golden Gate Grand Prix. The event has been postponed until early summer, 2008. The postponement was necessary to establish a strong working relationship with a sanctioning body and for further planning with the city of San Francisco and with potential corporate sponsors. The board of the Golden Gate Grand Prix Association is pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with Historic Motor Sports Association. HMSA will handle the planning and execution of the race itself and the GGGPA will focus on promotion and community/sponsor relations. Participant and car eligibility information is still being determined, so please check back here periodically or sign up below for automated email updates.

The original Guardsmen Cup Race was held in Golden Gate Park in 1952, 1953 & 1954. This new event will be designed as a tribute to the original, with pre–’60 sports cars in five groups competing in era and displacement specific races. The Golden Gate Grand Prix Association is the only vintage racing association affiliated with The Guardsmen in recreating this historic event and the only vintage racing association with a permit to conduct an actual race in Golden Gate Park.

The 2008 Golden Gate Grand Prix will be free to the public and proceeds from the concessions, entry fees and sponsorship will be donated to various San Francisco–based charities. The Golden Gate Grand Prix Association has filed for 501–(C)3 status and is a non–profit organization whose members are volunteers. For more information on HMSA visit: http://www.hmsausa.com