Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races to include special guests George Follmer and Tony Adamowicz
PORTLAND, Ore. - April 11, 2007 - The Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races is pleased to welcome special guests Tony Adamowicz and George Follmer to the 31st annual event, taking place July 6 through 8 at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N Victory Blvd. The event will highlight the classic Porsche sports car as the featured marque, along with a grid of historic Trans-Am cars.
In 1968, Adamowicz won the under-2-liter Trans-Am championship in a Porsche 911 that started out as a shell from the New York City impound. At the time, Porsche considered the 911 to be only a Rally car and a Hill Club car in Europe; Adamowicz quickly changed that mindset. He followed his Trans-Am championship by winning the 1969 Formula-5000 Series championship in a Chevy-powered Eagle. He played a vital role in the legendary battles between Ferrari and Porsche in the 1970s, and is one of the few drivers living today who drove both the 240 mph Porsche 917K, and its archrival, the Ferrari 512M at LeMans. Adamowicz also drove a Dodge Challenger for Dodge in the 1970 Trans-Am series, which will be driven at this summer's event by Ken Epsman of Santa Clara, Calif.
Joining Adamowicz is George Follmer, one of the most versatile drivers in the world, having competed in virtually every form of auto racing, and winning at most. Follmer is the only professional racing driver from the United States who has competed in Indy Cars, NASCAR, Formula 1, the World Endurance Championship, Can-Am, Trans-Am and IMSA. With this flexibility, his skills, and his record, Follmer is considered by most people associated with motor sports as representing the epitome of his profession.
With an entry list of more than 200 prestigious historic cars, the Portland Historic Races delivers an exciting blend of historic production and special purpose-built racecars, featuring racing by some of the most celebrated vintage cars in history. The racecars are divided into groups according to make, age and horsepower. A typical representation includes Aston Martin, Brabham, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lotus, Lola, Maserati, MG, Shelby and Triumph, among many others.
One of the more notable and popular features of the Portland Historic Races is its "open paddock," which allows spectators the opportunity to walk right up to the valued vehicles and interact with the driver and crew. The event also presents a display of more than 700 collector cars and hot rods; an upscale food and wine chalet; a kid zone; an autocross; and a vendor midway.
The Portland Historic Races run daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost $40 for all three days; $10 for Friday; or $25 for Saturday or Sunday. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at www.portlandhistorics.com and at the gate. Advance discount tickets are available at all Baxter Auto Parts locations.
The event is a fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Association (CCA), a not-for-profit organization based in Portland that works to positively impact the care and quality of life for seriously ill children and teens with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses throughout Oregon and the United States. This is the sixth year the racing event has associated itself with CCA.
The Portland Historic Races are produced and sanctioned by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA). Established in 1977, HMSA is an organization specializing in race events that feature historic cars through 1972. HMSA emphasizes the preservation and proper use of historic racecars.