2018 Heacock Classic Gold Cup


 

Sept. 22, 2018 -- Known for its beautifully landscaped grounds, the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is a favorite of both drivers and spectators. Its history dates back to the late fifties when upcoming racers like Carroll Shelby and John Yenko were the "Young Guns" competing on tracks around the country. In fact, Carroll won the first race held at VIR in the summer of 1957. Today, VIR holds public and private events in a Country Club-type setting, with one of the most anticipated events each year being the late summer Gold Cup race weekend. Highlights of this year’s Gold Cup were a classic car show, SVRA class racing, and the “American Racing Legends Charity Pro-Am,” benefitting IGNITE – the Autism Society of North Carolina. Here are some of the sights and sounds from this year’s Gold Cup.

 

Car Show/Pit Area/Action Around the Track
1977 Trans Am 'Bandit' 1962 Corvette 2006 Lotus Austin Powers Gold Member Jaguar Corvair Featured Marque Ferrari in the Pits Ford GT40 in the Pits Lotus in the Pits Mustang in the Pits Porsche in the Pits Trans Am Race Superbird on the Track Podium Winners for Trans Am Race

 

 

 

American Racing Legends

This year’s featured event, The American Racing Legends, was organized by renowned NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham, who also co-piloted one of the cars in the field of 18. He, along with other legendary NASCAR stars, such as Bill Elliott, Bobby Labonte, Todd Bodine, Ward Burton, Al Unser Jr., and Greg Biffle, were just a few of the drivers participating in the Pro-Amateur charitable event. This was a reunion of racing celebrities who obviously knew each well, as evidenced by all the good-spirted pre-race bantering. However, when the pace car pulled off the track, all joking was put aside, as the racers in the classic Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, Cobra, and Falcon got down to business. At the checkered flag, the team of Boris Said and Ray Evernham won the bragging rights, Bill Elliot’s team came in second, and Todd Bodine’s team placed third.

Ray Evernham with his Corvette on the Starting Grid Cars on the Starting Grid Mike Skinner's Corvette Johnny Benson's Camaro Greg Biffle's Mustang Bobby LaBonte's Cobra Bill Elliott's Mustang Boris Said (Roy Everham)'s Corvette Dorsey Schroeder's Falcon Ward Burton's Corvette Wally Dallenback's Mustang Todd Bodine's Corvette Race Cars on Pit Road Mike Skinner Bobby LaBonte Bill Elliott Greg Biffle Todd Bodine Ward Burton Boris Said and Ray Evernham Pre-Race Photo Podium Winners