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Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« on: April 20, 2014, 02:45:59 PM »
I was wondering what would be the most complete Trans Am event to attend?
 There is the Sonoma event on May 17, Rolex/Mazda event on Aug 14, and the Coronado event in September.
  We want to see the trans Am events with the most cars in attendance.
   Any advice or recommendations would be apprecitated.
       Victor
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 03:43:27 PM »
Based on past experience, you will find the the most cars at the Monterey Historics.  General Racing has not even updated their website with 2014 info with only 1 month to go for Sonoma.
Sonoma does not have all the other hoopla like auctions and concorso events like Monterey, but there are washrooms and grandstands for viewing close by the paddock - important for an old coot like me.

I have not been to Coronado, but perhaps Chad or Jon can comment for that event.

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2014, 04:20:10 PM »
Coronado Island is nice however I personally prefer the natural race track settings of Sears Point (Sonoma) and Laguna Seca.
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2014, 05:17:31 PM »
Can you get up-close to the cars at Sonoma, or do you have to have some VIP type thing to talk to the teams and see cars?

How about the same question for Monterey?

I don't want to go through the trouble only to realize I have to keep 50ft of distance at all times.  hahaha
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2014, 06:23:36 PM »
General admin tickets will get you into the paddock up and close for either Monterey or Sonoma.

Warning - bring a cc with room or lots of cash to Monterey if you want to take part in all the festivities.  Book your motel room early for either event - cheaper rates the farther you
are from the track.

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2014, 07:14:46 PM »
Thanks for the responses Any recommendations for views or seating? I can not find a schedule of races either. Robert, are you participating in any of the events or attending?
  The wife and I have been "going next year" for years, its time. My wife Robbie may have watched you race in Riverside as her family attended most events there during those years.
      Victor
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2014, 11:52:08 PM »
Victor, not sure yet about attending either event this year.  Have been to the Monterey Historics 9 or 10 times since 85 and probably 3 or 4 times to the Sonoma historics.  Did race at the 80 Laguna Seca T/A -
was scheduled to go to Riverside the following wknd. but a race accident at Laguna prevented that.

If you google  "events Monterey car week" and "Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion" you will find some info.  Sonoma has not listed their schedule yet but should be similar to 2013.
Note that there will be no T/A racing at Laguna on the Sunday from what I could find.

Note that you will pay extra for seats at Monterey over the pits and between turns 2 and 3 but they are free in the Sonoma grandstand next to the paddock.

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014, 02:54:07 AM »
ALso, do you think there will be any T/A related racing on Sunday at Sonoma? If I make it at all, I'd only be for sunday, or late on Saturday and Sunday.
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2014, 05:49:55 AM »
Just got this info from Chad -

Fri - T/A practise @ 10:30 AM and @ 2:50 PM - both 15 min. each

Sat - Q @ 2:50 pm - 25 min.

Sun - race @ 2:30 PM - 11 laps

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2014, 09:27:30 PM »
I've heard T/A is coming to COTA in Austin Tx this fall.....might google that too.

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2014, 12:14:19 AM »
According the the Historic Trans-Am schedule, they will be at the Monterey pre-historics, and also the COTA vintage nationals.

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2014, 05:50:11 PM »
I know they are not coming this year but does anyone know if they will be coming back out to the Midwest in the future?  I'd love to see them back at Road America again or perhaps Mid-Ohio.

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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2014, 04:26:55 PM »
I've heard there's going to be an 8 race schedule in 2016 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Trans-Am
series and I suspect Road America will be one of the venues. I have not heard what the plan is for 2015.
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2014, 06:57:10 AM »
Monterey will have the most cars, probably 45 or so. Sonoma will be close to that number. In Monterey, there will be some track time at the PreReunion the weekend prior, I suspect many cars will be at the Concours on the Avenue (Carmel) the Tuesday between, and then they will run Thursday practice, Friday practice, and 2 races on Saturday (nothing on Sunday).

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2014, 07:57:42 AM »
In Monterey, there will be some track time at the PreReunion the weekend prior

Can I get some more info on this statement? Such as what and where this is going on, what time, and most importantly, what do I have to do to be able to see this.

Thank you
Nick


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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2014, 04:25:23 PM »
Thank you very much, Jon.

Also, there appears not to be any information regarding costs for the pre-reunion. Any idea on what I need to do to attend?
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2014, 06:14:16 PM »
More info - "Pre-Reunion open to spectators" on the google.

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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2014, 11:11:48 PM »
Thank you Robert!
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2014, 08:07:13 PM »
My recommendation would be Laguna Seca as first choice. It can be quite hot in August, so especially in consideration of your spouse, consider the need for shade.

Minimum would be bring umbrellas for shade, next would be a shade structure for the top of hill above turn 1 area. Usually a team and driver's suite is setup at turns 2 and 3, so if you know a driver you might get those tickets. The pit row suites usually do not sell out for the historic races so that is another great option to get a fun and cool viewpoint. Check out the website for your options on tickets and packages.

Thanks to the generosity of friends, we usually end up at the Red Bull Energy (or Rolex suites) above Turn 1 as our "headquarters" for the weekend and you never know who might show up there (see photo). Those suites have great views of the whole track save the "Corkscrew side" if you can get access. On Sunday especially, the Corkscrew will have room to sit down under the shade trees, and of course is an unmatched place to see the cars fairly close and thundering down through this famous drop zone. Definitely spend time there. We spend a lot of time walking around the track, in the paddock, and at The Corkscrew.



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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2014, 12:05:13 AM »
Well, I missed the two events up north. . . . Again, but trying to make Coronado this weekend. does anyone know where I can find a schedule?  or the actual name of the track? 
  Thank you,
     Victor
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2014, 02:50:25 AM »
Victor, this Saturday through Sunday, Sept 20 - 21, is when the vintage races are scheduled. They are on the north end of Coronado Island and are held on part of the airplane runways right on the grounds of the navy base "Naval Air Station North Island". You drive over and extremely high bridge to get to Coronado Island from San Diego and then just follow the road up to the north end of the island. It's pretty straight forward but here are directions from the HMSA website. http://www.coronadospeedfest.com/new/directions.html
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2014, 02:10:05 PM »
 Thank you Jon, I was looking for the race times, and planning on shooting down for the TA events.
     VT
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2014, 07:28:00 PM »
Here's the schedule as shown on the HMSA website... http://www.coronadospeedfest.com/new/info.html
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« Reply #24 on: September 18, 2014, 09:06:33 PM »
Jon,
 That was exactly what I was hoping to find.
    Thank you,
       VT
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Re: Historic Trans Am Events 2014
« Reply #25 on: September 19, 2014, 03:45:30 AM »
You're welcome, Victor. Glad to be of help. I hope you're able to make it out there to see them run.
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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2014, 03:11:54 AM »
I got the link below sent to me regarding the HTA group running at the COTA event in Austin, TX.
Feedback said "Everyone had a great time and the track is awesome."
https://www.facebook.com/sportscarvintageracing
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