If you love automobile racing, and pay respectful attention to the founding heritage of the sport, you’ve simply got to get familiar with the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. The SVRA, founded into 1978, is the United States’ largest and most influential organization that focuses solely on the preservation and enthusiastic use of competition cars of the past, maintaining records of literally thousands of such cars in its databases. SVRA is additionally in the event business, and to that end, it’s just announced its 2022 schedule, which comprises an ambitious 17-event lineup of vintage races, led by a return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway back on its traditional Father’s Day date.
This image of SVRA member Tom Malloy’s vintage Formula 5000 Eagle-Chevrolet from 1975 gives you an inkling of the kind of very serious, yet magical, wheeled archives that get properly wrung out at an SVRA happening. The series performs at some impressive venues besides Indy, with 2022 stops also slated for Auto Club Speedway in California, Sebring, Charlotte, Road Atlanta, Road America, Laguna Seca and Sonoma, with the 2022 season finale set for the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas, current home of the U.S. Grand Prix for Formula 1. With its coterie of generally well-heeled participants and fans, SVRA is also a strong sponsor platform, whose welter of partnerships including significant backing from Mazda, Pirelli, Sunoco and WeatherTech, among a raft of others. If you like race cars from the past, an SVRA outing is very prudent.