Portland Historic Races news 2009-06-19

Welcome to the Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races, featuring racing by some of the most celebrated vintage cars in history. The event features an annual entry list of more than 200 prestigious historic racecars that have been restored as...

Welcome to the Baxter Auto Parts Portland Historic Races, featuring racing by some of the most celebrated vintage cars in history. The event features an annual entry list of more than 200 prestigious historic racecars that have been restored as they were when they originally raced decades ago. The cars are divided into groups according to make, age and horsepower, then raced at high speeds to their full potential, delighting enthusiasts just as they did in their heyday.

This year's event will highlight a field of 20 International Motorsports Association (IMSA) Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) cars; the sleek, aerodynamic IMSA GTP racecars will be part of a celebration of 40 years of IMSA. Local racecar champion Parker Johnstone of Wilsonville, who drives a 1988 Spice/Acura GTP/L, has been tapped as the race's Grand Marshal. Other racing legends scheduled to attend include Jim Busby and Rick Knoop, teammates who made motorsports history in 1984 when they drove their Lola T616 Mazda racecar to the first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win for a Japanese manufacturer; Tom Maloy, whose Eagle MKIII Toyota GTP platform helped cement the IMSA Manufacturing Championships for Dan Gurney in 1992; and Bruce Leven, who won a number of IMSA GTP races.

The Portland Historic Races is noted for its open paddock, allowing fans and media the opportunity to walk right up to the cars. The event also offers a visual 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 is a fundraiser for the Community Transitional School.

-credit: phr

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