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VIR Gold Cup Historic Races to Feature German Cars

Alton, Va. (May 15) – The 2006 edition of VIRginia International Raceway’s signature vintage racing event, the Gold Cup Invitational Historic Races, scheduled for the weekend of June 9–11, will honor the Cars of Germany.

German manufacturers have played a major role in the history of motorsport, and the names Mercedes–Benz, BMW and Porsche are all synonymous with racing excellence. Historic examples of each will be on hand for the weekend, along with a variety of vintage racing machinery running the gamut from MGs, Triumphs and Lotus to Ferraris, Maseratis and Alfa Romeos to the sports racers and fire–breathing American muscle cars of the 1960s and ’70s.

Off–track activities will include the fifth annual Gold Cup Car Show presented by Corsa Rossa, which will take place on Saturday, June 10, plus car corrals and parties.

“VIR’s rich legacy dates back to 1957,” said VIR co–owner Harvey Siegel, “and many of the cars that will appear in the Gold Cup Invitational Historic Races are just like the ones that raced here in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. We cherish our history, and in many respects the Gold Cup Invitational Historic Races is our most important event of the year. We hope that everyone will come out and help us celebrate the golden age of road racing at America’s most beautiful road racing facility.”

This year, for the first time, VIR has joined forces with the California–based Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA), which produces some of the best vintage and historic races in America, to organize and promote the Gold Cup Invitational Historic Races.

“VIR is a perfect setting for a vintage race,” said HMSA president Cris Vandagriff. “It is one of the most challenging road courses in the United Stares, if not the world, and the type of facility everyone should experience. We’re looking forward to working with the VIR staff to build the Gold Cup Invitational Historic Races into one of America’s premiere vintage events, and to introducing many of our members to this wonderful and historic venue.”

Advance three–day Super Tickets for the Gold Cup Invitational Historic Races will be priced at $30. At the gate, three–day Super Tickets will be priced at $40. Also, single–day tickets will be available for Friday ($10, gate only), Saturday ($15 advance/$20 gate) and Sunday ($15 advance/$20 gate). VIR is a family–friendly facility, where children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Spectator camping is available. Call 434–822–7700 x300 or x116 for advance ticket sales.

Enthusiasts who wish to enter the Gold Cup Car Show can enter their cars at no charge, and each car show entrant will be eligible for a free on–track parade lap during lunchtime on Saturday. Judging will be informal, with spectators voting for their favorite cars.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi–purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Va., and just north of historic Milton, N.C. In addition to its 3.27-mile natural–terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America’s first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery, a sales showroom for high–end collector and racing cars; Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8–mile paved karting circuit; The Lodge at VIR, a 27–room trackside hotel; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full–service restaurant located within the circa–1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

For more information on VIR, visit the track’s website at www.virclub.com or telephone 434–822–7700. For more information on the on HMSA, visit their website at www.hmsausa.com or telephone 818-249–3515. For further information on the Gold Cup Invitational Historic Races, a new website has been established for fans and participants at www.vir–goldcup.com.

John Gardner
Director, Public Relations
VIRginia International Raceway
1245 Pine Tree Road
Alton, VA 24520
Work: 434.822.7700 x112
Cell: 704.467.1424
Web: www.virclub.com