VIR August 1957 SCCA National Races - Virginia International Raceway
August 1957 at Virginia International Raceway - VIR's first race - film from Ed Esser - Maserati 450S, D-type Jags, etc. For photos, entry list, results, etc. go to http://www.virhistory.com/vir/57-aug/index.htm
Maserati 300S Racer
By Miguel Caparros. In the 50's the great Formula 1 constructors would
derive their two seat Sports Cars directly from the Formula 1 cars. The
300S was based on the 250F that had a very long career from 1954 to 1960.
Only 26 250F's were built, most of them were raced by privateers. The 300S
began in 1955 and 28 examples were built through 1958. It is amazing the
performance extracted from these cars that had Dual Over Head Camshaft Hemi
head and only 3 liters, or 183 cubic inches. Power output varied from 245
to close to 300 horsepower from the 6
cylinder engine. I had both the good and bad fortune of having a few
Maserati's over the years. Maserati marched to a different drummer and like
many they had good times and really bad times. I also was exposed to their
construction techniques when I owned a Stanguellini Formula Junior that was
basically a 3/4 scale version of the 250F and it was to date the most
successful Formula Jr car of all time. The 300S sports car was not always
the fastest but it proved to be reliable enough to win more than its share
of races against the Mercedes 300SL and the Ferrari 250 V12 Monza. It was a
glorious time when the drivers were fat and the tires were skinny, and
there was a direct connection from the factory race cars to the ones that
were driven on the street. The 300s also begat a 350S with a monstrous V12
engine and my favorite of all the 450S with a 4.5 liter V8 that had a sound
that is unforgettable.
Virginia International Raceway - 1998 before renovation
Don Sanders driving and narrating (also with VIR co-developer Connie
Nyholm) - renovation was just starting - some trees had been cut down. One
lap starting at the crossover bridge. See http://www.virhistory.com for
more old VIR photos and history.
C6 Z06 at Virginia International Raceway (700hp)
700hp C6 Z06 at Virginia International Raceway. Passing some Vipers and
The car was built by LMR in Houston, Texas.
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Spec Miata Mayhem at Roebling
Nothing like the start of a Spec Miata race for crazy excitement. People
get shuffled out of order and it takes a few laps to sort things out. Make
sure you see the action at 2:20.
This is 5 laps from the Sarrc Invitational Challenge, the championship race
for the SCCA Southeast Division at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah, GA,
held October 9th, 2011.
Data by Traqmate
APR Motorsport VW DriverGear GTI guide to VIR, as told by Josh Hurley
Josh Hurley takes us for a lap around Virginia International Raceway in the
APR Motorsport VW DriverGear GTI, in the Continental Tire Sportscar
Challenge, and gives us insights into how to get around the track, and work
traffic to your advantage. For more info visit www.Goapr.com and