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2016 Walter Mitty Historic Races at Road Atlanta

There were several races where the field contained 40+- cars!
There were several races where the field contained 40+- cars!

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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!

The Ford GT 40 has to be one of my favorite cars of all time and there were three examples on hand. Two in my favorite Gulf colors.
The Ford GT 40 has to be one of my favorite cars of all time and there were three examples on hand. Two in my favorite Gulf colors.

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.

Our camper and camping spot.
Our camper and camping spot.

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.

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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.

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I love the little Lotus and someday hope to drive one of these little guys.
I love the little Lotus and someday hope to drive one of these little guys.

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.

Competition was good all weekend.
Competition was good all weekend.
Is it an engine or art?
Is it an engine or art?
This Bud Moore Cougar tribute was beautiful. This is the driver and entire pit crew.
This Bud Moore Cougar tribute was beautiful. This is the driver and entire pit crew.

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Now this is classic vintage!
Now this is classic vintage!
Few remember or know about the Cheetah and seeing one is extremely rare. Here is a fine example that had a bad weekend. More on that in following reports.
Few remember or know about the Cheetah and seeing one is extremely rare. Here is a fine example that had a bad weekend. More on that in following reports.
The spectator parking areas were there own car show.
The spectator parking areas were there own car show.
There are numerous great viewing and camping locations at Road Atlanta.
There are numerous great viewing and camping locations at Road Atlanta.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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