SVRA Watkins Glen


Mid September weather in the Finger Lakes region of New York can be tricky and this year was no exception.  Watkins Glen provided a mix of damp, rain, cold and just a little sun to make the race weekend interesting.

Not to be deterred, Vintage Racing Services was ready with a hardy group of racers ready to race, rain or shine.  Jim Lenehan and his Swift DB2 Sports 2000 and Datsun 240Z was there with his lovely wife, Chris.  Watkins Glen regular, Bill Branson, was on hand with a Formula Ford for himself and one for friend, Bob Bruce as well as his beautifully turned out Porsche 911 and an Alfa Romeo Guilia shared by none other than world class mooch and vintage racing fixture, Bert Levy.  Also racing were VRS partners Brian Rechtiene with a GRD Formula B and Larry Neviaser with the Ginetta G16.


Rain was the order of the weekend and rain it did, on and off, most of the time making the choice of going on track at all much less the choice of tires tricky, indeed.  In spite of this, everyone logged lots of track time and enjoyed the camaraderie under the VRS tent.  Highlight of the event was Jim’s excellent 2nd place in the Swift in Group 7 despite a heavy downpour throughout the race.  Larry managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory during the Vintage Enduro by speeding in the pit lane.  The subsequent drive though penalty dropping him from 2nd to 4th at the finish.  Oh well.

Crew duties this weekend were handled perfectly by Brian, Harvey and John who once again handled their jobs with expertise and a smile.

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