Our Mike Matune is trackside at one of the most anticipated events on this year’s
vintage racing calendar.
The inaugural Brickyard Vintage Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway drew a field of over 700 cars to contest three days of racing around both IMS’s road and oval courses. Rick Mooney’s ‘68 Corvette negotiates Turn 9 with the “Pagoda” in the background. The event was well received by spectators and competitors alike. This year’s race hopefully signals the birth of another major event on the historic racing calendar.
Chris MacAllister’s 289 FIA Cobra is a Shelby team car that appeared at major venues: Targa Florio, Spa and the Nurburgring with Dan Gurney, Jerry Grant and Innes Ireland sharing the driving. Shelby and his Cobra Team would come close to wrestling the championship away from Ferrari in 1964, but politics entered the fray and the last race of the year was canceled leaving Ferrari’s thin margin in the Championship to stand. It would all come good for the Californians the next year!
it out in vintage races throughout the country.
Words & photos: M. M. "Mike" Matune, Jr.
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