Morgan Cars Featured Marque at Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, Sept. 17-19
Elkhart Lake, Wisc., Sept. 13, 2004 -- Road America will host the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival Sept. 17-19, with Morgan the featured marque and a Morgan Reunion to be held during the fall vintage car race. More than 250 vintage cars will be on track over the course of the weekend, competing in nine classes.
Tickets are $10 Friday and $15 for Saturday or Sunday and includes access to the paddock, where the teams set up for the weekend. Parking and children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Tickets are available online, www.roadamerica.com, by phone, 1.800.365.7223, and at the gate.
One of Morgan's early successes was a hand-built, three-wheel car, called a trike. Five of the rare trikes are entered in the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival, along with other Morgans from 16 states, Canada and England.
The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) is sending a photographer to film the rare cars. Gates open at 7:00 a.m. each day and race cars are on track at 8:00 a.m. each day. Friday all classes will have practice sessions.
Saturday's schedule includes a guided tour of one of the original street courses at a cost of $10. The tour will end at the start-finish in Elkhart Lake, in time for the Saturday Farmer's Market. A one- hour enduro will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday spectators may drive their own car on the track in a touring session for $50 from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Touring is $50. Participants should be at the track no later than 10:30 to allow time for a tech inspection and briefing before going on track.
The Morgan cars will have a parade lap at 12:50 p.m. and a Morgan-only race at 1:00 p.m.
Road America's store, the 4-Mile Merchant, will be open and selling the track's new book, Road America: Celebrating 50 Years of Road Racing. Written by automotive historian Tom Schultz, the new book covers the series that have raced at the track over its first 50 years.
The track's birthday will be celebrated during 2005 race weekends. Season Tickets for $200 also will be available at the 4-Mile Merchant.
The Season Ticket includes paddock entrance, parking and children 12 and under are free with an adult holding a Season Ticket. Road America 's first race was a Sports Car Club of America national race in September, 1955.