Historic cars at Irwindale Oct. 14

Irwindale, Calif. - - That's what all the "Big Cars" used to be called, simply "Champ Cars" … Short for Championship Cars. The name referred to the national championship circuit, home-grown racing that was the top rung on the ladder of rough...

Irwindale, Calif. - - That's what all the "Big Cars" used to be called, simply "Champ Cars" … Short for Championship Cars. The name referred to the national championship circuit, home-grown racing that was the top rung on the ladder of rough and tumble All-American open wheel racing, races that were contested at all the fabled racetracks like DuQuoin, Milwaukee, Langhorne, Phoenix, Terre Haute, Springfield, and Indianapolis.

Commemorating the USAC Silver Crown national event and Western States Sprint Car season-ender (and championship-decider) a number of vintage racing cars from the Historic Champ Car Association will take to the track for some pre-race parade laps to give the fans a glimpse back at some of the great racing cars of yesteryear.

For just a quick taste of the special cars that will take to the track TONIGHT how about: A 1911 Ford Roadster from the Santa Monica Road Races, a 1927 Track Roadster, a 1930 Miller, the 1933 Craeger Special, Rex Mays' 1935 Gilmore Special, a 1950 Offy, the Sam Hanks 1952 Kurtis Bardahl Special, a 1960 Watson Offy Roadster (originally driven by Rodger Ward), and the 1969 Hank Henry "J-Ram" Sprinter … a veritable living museum of open wheel racing, all on parade before the Silver Crown race!

Al of these cars, and more will be on display in the Chalet Village area of the race track both before and after their parade laps … This is a rare opportunity to see some of racing history's most important cars up-close and in actual operation in their natural surroundings … A race track.

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