FERNLEY, Nev. – Feb. 12, 2007 – The Reno Historic Races will honor the H-Modified racing class, the longest-lived internationally sanctioned racing class in existence, at this year’s event. The fourth annual Reno Historic Races will take place May 4 through 6 at the Reno-Fernley Raceway, located at 1855 Hwy 95A, 30 minutes east of Reno.
The Reno Historic Races delivers an exciting blend of historic production and special purpose-built racecars. The world-class historic cars are divided into groups according to make, age and horsepower. A typical representation includes racecars from prestigious manufacturers such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche and Corvette that were raced in great series such as Formula One, Can-Am, and Winston Cup stock cars. One of the more notable features of the event is its “open paddock,” which allows spectators the opportunity to walk right up to the valued vehicles and interact with the driver and crew.
Out of an entry list of more than 100 esteemed historic racecars will be a score of H-Mod cars. Better known today as the D/SR class, these smaller, lighter, and lower displacement cars originally came from Italian and French factories in the early 1950s to meet the demand for increased sophistication in handling and style for racecars. Enthusiasts caught on, and quickly built even more limited production specials that used available production running components in highly innovative and modified lightweight bodies. H-Mod cars have made significant contributions to motor sports in terms of technological innovation and driver development.
The Reno Historic Races is pleased to have as its special guest Reno resident Tony Settember, one of only a handful of American drivers to have ever participated in Formula One racing. Settember competed in seven grand prix during his racing career: his best result was second place in the non-tile 1963 Austrian Grand Prix on the Zeltweg aerodrome, behind Jack Brabham. In addition to Settember’s European exploits, he competed in what is regarded as the highest level of sports car racing in North America: the Can-Am Series and the United States Road Racing Championship, driving a Webster, a Genie, and a Lola. Settember will be signing autographs at the event.
The Reno Historic Races run daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for the three-day event. Tickets are available at the Reno-Fernley Raceway; at the National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake St. in Reno; and at Dynamic Motorsports, 9728 S. Virginia St. #C in Reno.
The event is a fundraiser for The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), located in downtown Reno. The National Automobile Museum is an internationally recognized museum and a nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect and preserve the automobile for future generations, and to tell the story of the impact of the automobile on American society. The 105,000 square foot museum features changing exhibits, four period street scenes, and more than 200 antique, vintage, classic and special interest vehicles ranging from 1892 to present.
The Reno Historic Races are produced and sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA). Established in 1977, HMSA is an organization specializing in race events that feature historic cars through 1972. HMSA emphasizes the preservation and proper use of historic racecars.
For more information about the Reno Historic Races, call 818-249-3515 or visit www.renohistorics.com.