SVRA Kicks Off Racing Season At Mid-Ohio

  • 6/24/2017 8:11:36 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

LEXINGTON, OH-  For the 35th consecutive season the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has kicked off its season with the Sports Car Vintage Association. (SVRA).  Tony Parella who is president of the SVRA, says the series continues to grow. "Nationwide we have 2,600 licensed members.  This year we will have over 4,000 drivers.  Some of them are licensed through someone else other than us but actual licensed members are 2,600.

The SVRA races at 15 different circuits around the country.  Asked if Mid-Ohio is the most challenging Parella says the track is near the top.  "I don't know if it's the most challenging, but it's certainly one of them.  It's hard to be fast here.  You can drive the track and be fine, but to be really fast here you have to be perfect."

One of the local drivers competing in SVRA is Lexington's, Chris Ashcraft in Spec Miata.  "I built this car at a friend of mines shop about five years ago and I've been tinkering with it trying to make it better.  This is a neat series for us in SVRA in this generation Spec Miata.  Modifications are suspensions, sway bars, engine, it's not a street car anymore."

Of all the beautiful race vehicles on the track at Mid-Ohio, this weekend, the most unique may have been found in the Formula Junior series.  A car built from a drop tank to an F-86 Saber jet.  It's driver and owner Doug Elcomb, of Canada says it's one of a kind.  

"It's a home built that a couple of guys near Toronto, Canada built in 1961, so it has a BMCA series motor, one liter.  PF-600 gearbox, rear suspensions, and brakes, Austin Mini front end upside down.  Struts are standard.  But the unique feature of this mono car is they used an F-86 Saber drop tank. That is the structure.  The tank is the main structure there is no tube frame underneath."

The next event at Mid-Ohio come up July 7th through the 9th with Vintage Motorcycle Days.      


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