It’s May at Summit Point and that means it’s time for the Annual Jefferson 500, hosted by Brian Redman. It’s been over 10 years since I raced in this event, but I still enjoy coming out to walk the paddock and take in the racing action. The Jefferson 500 always attracts some very neat and special race cars. The Jefferson 500 was started over 20 years ago when Summit Point’s founder Bill Scott got together with racing legend Brian Redman to bring vintage racing to Summit Point Motorsports Park. They sent out invitations to their racing friends and colleagues and the rest is history.
The Jefferson 500 brings out vintage sports cars from Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet, MG, Triumph, Morgan, Datsun, any many more. This year’s Grand Marshall was 24 Hours of LeMans winner in GT2 Class and TV commentator Justin Bell. Yes, the son of racing legend Derek Bell. Things kicked off this year with a race school on May 11 and 12, with open practice also on May 12. The racing got under way on Friday May13.
Mother Nature wasn’t entirely cooperative so the racers were faced with a wet track most of Friday. A lot of drivers ventured out onto the track, but some stayed in the paddock. The rain took a break Saturday for the first half of the day, so the morning races were run under dry conditions. One of the highlights for me was seeing the old OG Racing 911 back in action at the hands of long time racer and Summit Point legend Dave Coleman. Dave has had a storied career racing Porsches in SCCA, PCA, HSR and many other venues. Dave started 20th in his first sprint race since he didn’t qualify on Friday because of the wet conditions. Within just a few laps he was on point, after taking the lead from a very fast Lotus. He went on to finish 1st, but since grid positions for race two were based on fast lap from race 1, he started in the 2nd grid position. Dave took the lead quickly and went on to win his second race as well. Watching Dave wheel a race car around Summit Point is a treat since he’s been doing it since I was diapers playing with Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars in my playpen. I was lucky that the schedule allowed me to catch both of Dave’s races since I had to depart early to make it to my neighbor’s wedding back in Charlottesville. I’ll leave the rest of the results to the organizers so if you are interested, they can be found at http://www.vrgonline.org/events/. Enjoy the photos.
This week it is back down to VIR for NASA Mid Atlantic’s HyperFest and the Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge. I’ll report back on these events next week. See you at the track!