My wife and I just got back from a very fun and relaxing week end at Road Atlanta. Unlike Nascar, this was for people who really enjoy old cars and racing. The competition was excellent considering the way vintage racing works. The historic races really take me back to when Trans Am and Can Am ruled the racing world. Innovation was the name of the came and a small guy could be competitive if he was a good wrench. However, it was also possible for a company like Ford to through lots of money and talent at developing a car and go win Le Mans!
All of this and more was present at Road Atlanta for the Walter Mitty. This was not our first historic race but is was our first Walter Mitty. It took decades of wanting to attend before the “calendar Gods” made it possible. If there are no scheduling issues next year we will be back.
Road Atlanta is a beautiful track with excellent viewing locations all around the track. Our camping location permitted us to step outside the motor home and watch from a great vantage point or we could set in the comfort of our dinette and have the same view. We spent most of our time outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather except for Friday qualifying because of the rain.
The track personnel, racers, crew members and the spectators were much more friendly than you will find at most sporting events, especially Nascar. We walked through the entire paddock more than once and every car we stopped at invited us in to hear about the history of the car from its crew or driver/owner.
It was a Ford weekend and we expected to see more of the Blue Oval cars and power plants than was represented. There were some excellent examples but we has just hoped for more especially in the vintage stock car ranks and authentic Trans Am examples.
I have included a few photos of the weekend but will bring you more on some of our favorite cars over the next week or two.
Thank you Road Atlanta and participants for an excellent and relaxing weekend. Our prayers go out to those drivers who were injured.