The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) kicked off its 47th season at Sonoma Raceway with the David Love Memorial Vintage Races taking place on April 5th and 6th. Over 150 vintage and historic race cars graced the road course over the weekend.
Fans got to see a collection of Formula 1 cars, prototype and production sports cars from the 1950s to1970s. The season opener was held in honor of David Love, a longtime Bay Area resident and CSRG’s co-founder, who passed away in 2013. David Love was instrumental in the growth of the organization, which has so far contributed more than $600,000 to the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, through its race weekends and events.
The event featured testing on Friday, with vintage racing on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course on Saturday and Sunday. Each race group competed in three races each over the two days for a total of 24 races over the course of the weekend.
Notable entrants at the 2014 CSRG Sonoma Raceway historic races included the 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Scaglietti of Scott Drnek; John Goodman’s Ferrari Sparling 312P and Shelby Cobra FIA; Shadow Mk.III Can-Am of Fred Cziska; Tom Claridge’s 1965 Crossle C9S and Kurtis 500S; Jeffrey Abramson’s Cooper T53; Thor Johnson’s Lotus 17; William Jordanov’s Lola T160; Rick Carlile’s TVR Vixen SR; Don Hogue’s Lotus Europa Type 47 and the ex-Arciero Brothers 1962 Lotus 23 of Jim Roth.