The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) opened its 49th race season at Sonoma Raceway with the David Love Memorial Vintage Car Road Races. For the 49th season more than 250 historic and vintage race cars, spanning Formula 1, prototype and production sports cars principally from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, as well as some gems from the 1930s. Names like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, MG and Corvette filled the paddock. For the spectator, this is a chance to do some time travel back to the 30’, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s to see the evolution of race car design and development.
This year’s race weekend featured the Triumph marque with prominence, the quintessential sports car that won at Le Mans and in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Triumph icon Kas Kastner, who was crucial to the marque’s success, was featured guest throughout the weekend.
The season opener is named in honor of David Love, a longtime Bay Area resident and CSRG co-founder, who passed away in 2013. Love was a racer like few others. He began racing in the 1950s with a series of Porsche, Morgan and even Formula Junior cars. He later purchased the car with which he was most often identified, a 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (s/n 0754TR), which he raced virtually uninterrupted across 250 event from the ’60s through the ’90s at West Coast vintage events.
Notable entrants at the CSRG David Love Memorial included Tom Price’s Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, the very same TR that Love raced for decades; Jeff O’Neill’s Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage; Thor Johnson’s BMW 3.5 liter CSL and Lotus 17; Ned Spieker’s Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta; Alberto Fernandez Garza’s BRM F1; Fred Cziska’s Shadow Mk III Can-Am; Nick Colonna’s McLaren M8C Can-Am and Devin SS; Chris Farrell’s March 821 F1; John Goodman’s Ferrari 312 P Sparling Special and Tyrrell F1; Jeffrey Abramson’s Ferrari 500 Mondial and Morgan Baby Doll IV; Marnix Dillenius’ Alfa Romeo TZ; Peter Giddings’ Alfa Romeo Monza and a great selection representing the featured marque, Triumph.
The CSRG will return to Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, for the 13th annual CSRG Charity Challenge, which benefits Speedway Children’s Charities. Love was instrumental in the growth of the organization, which has contributed more than $700,000 to the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.