Porsches to Rule at Road America Vintage Event

Elkhart Lake, Wis., July 13, 2007 -- Porsche, one of the world's most prominent sports and race cars, will be the feature marque at Road America during the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman, July 19-22, 2007. Over 70 Porsches will participate.

Held annually at Road America, the International Challenge is one of the largest vintage gatherings in the United States with 60 classes of cars in ten race groups. In addition to Porsche, the race field varies from Mustangs to Maseratis, with many cars valued over $1 million. In conjunction with the International Challenge, the Milwaukee Region Porsche Club of America is hosting "Celebrate Porsche" activities with a car display, guest speakers and awards.

The club started in 1960 with 12 members. Today it has over 580 members who enjoy gathering at Road America's Porsche Park, a special parking and picnic area for Porsche owners who attend events at the track.

Also participating in the Celebrate Porsche gathering will be members of the Wisconsin 356 Porsche Club, an affiliate of the national 356 Registry. This club is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the Type 356 Porsche was produced from 1948 to 1965. The vintage weekend will also highlight an era of McKee-engineered racecars with a McKee reunion. In the early 1960s, McKee, a Chicago native, was one of the first racecar designers to move the engine from the front to the rear of the car. Over the next several years McKee gearboxes were used in many American V-8 powered specials of which about 50 were built. Bob McKee, still active in vintage racecar restoration, will be in attendance.

Another special feature is the Historic Grand Prix (HGP), a group of more than 50 owner-drivers of authentic vintage Formula One racing cars from the FIA 3-litre Formula that ran from 1966-1983. HGP focuses on the historically correct presentation and on-track performance of its cars. Former Formula One drivers include Mario Andretti, Bruce McLaren, Dennis Hulme, Dan Gurney and Giles Villeneuve.

The excitement continues off-track during the annual two-night Concours d'Elegance. Friday evening features race cars and starts with a 6:00 p.m. parade from the track to downtown Elkhart Lake. The cars then line the streets for judging and spectator viewing until 8:00 p.m. Sports cars are featured on Saturday, without a parade, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 cars are featured each night with judging and awards. The Concours d'Elegance is sponsored by Road and Track magazine and is free for spectators.

Fans will also have the opportunity to tour Road America in their own vehicles. Track touring is available, during the lunch hour, Friday through Sunday, for a fee of $75 per vehicle. Road America offers diverse racing venues, amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high- speed excitement to thousands of spectators each year.

Located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, it offers 628 grassy, rolling acres which include the 4.048 circuit and the .94 mile purpose-built paved and dirt supermoto/karting track. Daily ticket prices are $10 Thursday, $20 Friday, $40 Saturday, and $40 on Sunday. Parking and paddock access are free with ticket purchase. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult. Tickets may be ordered online at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800/365-7223.

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