September 10, 2013

The inaugural United States Vintage Racing National Championship will be held at the home of the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX in Austin, Texas, Oct. 25-27, 2013. Additionally, the organizations advised that entries are coming in quickly for the unique series featuring hundreds of historically significant vintage racing cars from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

The first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship will feature approximately 500 vintage race cars that will compete in 12 classes with a national champion crowned in each class. Each race will be run on the full 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit. Qualifying sessions will take place on Friday (Oct. 25) and Saturday (Oct. 26), with racing set for both Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 27).

“Vintage racing is gaining popularity with motorsports fans, we look forward to hosting vintage race fans from around the world during the inaugural U.S. Vintage National Championship,” Circuit Executive Vice President Bruce Knox said. “SVRA is a world-class organization that enjoys a successful history conducting vintage races at premier venues. Spectators will see some of the top historicrace cars in the world, including the Maserati 250F that was piloted by tworacing legends, Sir Stirling Moss and Juan Manual Fangio.”

SVRA President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Parella said, “We are extremely excited to host the first-ever U.S. Vintage National Championship at Circuit of The Americas. This is one of the top racing venues in the world, and it is an honor for SVRA to be part of a 2013 schedule that includes Formula 1, MotoGP™, World Endurance Championship, V8 Supercars, American Le Mans and GRAND-AM Road Racing. We believe competing at America’s new home for World Championship racing will elevate vintage racing in the United States.

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1953 Maserati 250F Formula One car, serial number 2501. Owned and driven by Peter Giddings of Danville, CA.
Formula one Racing cars of the 1950’s regularly competed for many years unlike their modern counterparts that are raced for a singleseason. Peter Giddings Maserati 250F was the first 250F race car, hence itsserial number 2501, was built and test driven in 1953. Subsequently, it wasdisplayed at the Paris Auto show in October of 1954, and immediately after the show, had its competition debut at the Spanish Grand Prix. This event was particularly auspicious as it also marked the first race for Maserati’s new driver, the legendary Sterling Moss. The car was updated by the factory in 1955, and continued as the primary team car in both the ‘55 and ‘56 seasons. In 1956, Moss again drove #2501 at the German Grand Prix finishing 2nd at the challenging Nurmburgring circuit, followed by a first place finish at the Australian GP in December. 1957 marked the last year of factory team status for #2501 when it was driven by European racing legends Jean Behra, Harry Schell, Hans Herman, and then F1 superstar Juan Manuel Fangio.

During its remarkable career #2501 raced in a total of 40 Formula One Grand Prix, including 5 appearances at the Monoco GP. Since being acquired by Giddings in 1986, #2501 has competed in over 150 historic racing events throughout the world.


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