The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today confirmed it will join one of the top automotive events in the world, The Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance, on the Florida Island’s March calendar in 2016. The Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance, taking place March 11-13 will be quickly followed by the SVRA Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix March 17-20 for a full seven days of displaying or racing invaluable machines.
The Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix will introduce the SVRA’s Gold Medallion Program, which Earle helped develop, on the East Coast. The Gold Medallion Program supports the efforts of owners of racing cars with significant history, whose cars are restored and prepared to the specifications of their original era. Special run groups will be presented featured such machines.
“If people can escape winter weather for an entire week and enjoy both events it will be amazing,” Parella said. “We will go beyond the finest vintage racecars to include historic aircraft and motorcycles as well. These will be firsts for SVRA and I am really looking forward to it. It is an absolute honor to launch our Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix within a week of the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance.”
Part of Parella’s vision is to stage the SVRA races with the trappings of classic mid-twentieth century sports car racing, hay bales and all. Officials are expected to dress in period apparel.