Racers Helping Racers

Vintage Racing Quarterly, 2017

Track, pit and the Vintage Racing Services’ paddock are abuzz with excitement, camaraderie and friendly, good-spirited competition at SVRA-organized racing events. Sebring, Amelia Island, Indy, Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen are among the venues that test the mettle of the VRS crew and client drivers.

The Sebring Vintage Classic and the recently minted Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix hail winter-weary racers from the Northeast eager for sun and horsepower. Vintage Racing Services’ (VRS) crew, race drivers and cars emerge from a wintertime of tending to mechanical refinement, repair, maintenance, prep and even body fabrication to challenge their own skills, better their personal bests and most importantly, enjoy a grand time. The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio and the U.S Vintage Grand Prix are other favorites rounding out the VRS annual racing docket.

Alfa, Carbir, Corvette, Datsun, Ginetta, Lola, Porsche, Shelby, Swift and others have all chalked up miles under the purview of Vintage Racing Services. Variety is indeed the spice of their technical life!! Racing is a partnership that they facilitate from considered pairing of car and driver to coaching guidance, transport, tech inspection, service and trackside support along with race and rally car rental. “Enthusiasts helping enthusiasts is our posture and pleasure,” explains VRS trackside manager, Brian Rechtiene. “Safe, successful, intelligently competitive and fun miles are our mutual goal.”

Adventures and successes abound, and podium finishes are frequent rewards, including this year with Alex Heckert’s second and third places in his classes in his 1966 Corvette at Sebring. Jim Lenehan and Jim Montana in their Swift Sports 2000s clinched first and second in their group, respectively, at the Brickyard; Lenehan and his Porsche 914-6 scored third in his group. The tale of two Carbirs highlighted Mid-Ohio as one car arrived in good order and ready to go; the second underwent assembly and (near) completion at the track by Carbir Race Cars’ Brian Utt and team, however, racked up a DNS. VRS’ Kent Bain, Brian Rechtiene, Tim Ritchie and Keron Legerton are readily on hand for seamless coordination and encouragement.

Automotive Restorations Inc. and Vintage Racing Services, Stratford, Conn., have been committed to the art and craft of collector cars and their enjoyment since their founding by Kent Bain in 1978. Current generation principals Brian Oliver and Tony Christy share that vision. Their staff of over 30 highly skilled and passionate professionals dedicates their expertise to all facets of the automobile hobby for their clients who revel in vintage motoring recreation on country drive outings, rallies, concours and exhibit events and racetrack competitions. www.automotiverestorations.com.