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|The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, the third annual event under that title, returns to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., June 2-3, 2012, featuring 'Moments in Time: a Celebration of the History of Motorsports.' The program for the 26th annual historic-car event organized by General Racing Ltd. in Sonoma will focus on highlights of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s - the eras in which auto racing began to cement its international status as a world-class spectator sport. In addition, 400 historic race cars will compete and parade around the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course, including a number of significant cars, ranging from a 1911 National Indy 500 racer to a 1991 Roush IMSA GTO Mustang.The 'Moments in Time' timeline will then continue in 2013, as the fourth annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival will feature 'America's Sports Car,' the Chevrolet Corvette, as the premier marque. 'Our plan for the third annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival is to celebrate the important 'Moments in Time' from the sport and the cars that defined each era,' said Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd., who has organized premier historic car events for four decades. 'Our focus as always will be to bring the history of the sport to the attention of automotive enthusiasts, new and old, with the display of a number of important cars and the presence of personalities from specific events during those periods. This year these will include the winning driver of the 1952 Golden Gate Park Races, and the winning car from the 24 Hours of LeMans that same year. 'The theme will also focus on the emergence of 'GT' cars rather than 'Prototypes' as contenders for the 1962 FIA World Manufacturers Championship, the introduction of 'Group C' sports cars and the dominating Porsche 956 in 1982. 'It's a little known fact that the City of San Francisco and its world famous park was a gracious host in the early Fifties to a number of SCCA racing events, and we'd like to take people back to those 'amazing days' when a major U.S. city and a fledgling sports-car club joined together to entertain the public with exciting racing action.'The cars that are considered significant of each are would include:1952 – Allard J2-Cadillac (Golden Gate winner). Mercedes-Benz W194 (24 Hours of LeMans winner)1962 – Ferrari GTO (introduced that year), the birth of the Cobra, and the introduction of the Corvette Stingray1972 – Racing prototypes (Ferrari 312, Matra, e.g.) in the World Sports Car Championships1982 – Group C: the Porsche 956 introducedFifteen unique race groups will compete on Saturday and Sunday, while the weekend will also feature the popular Wine Country Pavilion with samplings of fine foods and wines from the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. The paddock will be open to spectators, allowing everyone an opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at the race cars and enjoy the various car corrals dotted throughout the raceway.The weekend's festivities will also include the Historic Race Car Festival in the Sonoma Plaza Saturday evening benefiting Speedway Children's Charities. Additional information may be found at www.sonomahistoric.com. Companies interested in supporting special events during the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival should contact General Racing Ltd. at 805-686-9292.Ticket information may be found at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1129796 href='http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1129796'>http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1129796 or by phone at 800-870-RACE (7223).About General Racing, Ltd.: General Racing Ltd. (founded by Steven Earle) was formed in 1970 to encourage the restoration, preservation and the use of historic sports and racing cars and envisioned an event that would unite former racing greats with enthusiastic amateurs who owned some of the rare motorcars that once graced road courses worldwide. Earle's vision forever changed the vintage racing landscape.In 1974, with the support of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance organizers, he launched the inaugural one-day Monterey (Calif.) Historic Automobile Races at Laguna Seca Raceway. It was a huge success and attracted a field of 66 cars. It also sparked the interest and vision for what would become the world's premier historic auto race. In 1975 it became a two-day affair and the climb to recognition around the world began.The success of the Monterey Historics spawned additional General Racing events, including the Portland (Ore.) Historic Automobile Races, the Coronado (Calif.) Speed Festival, special events at the Long Beach Grand Prix and the Kansas City Historic Grand Prix, as well as the Wine Country Classic, the forerunner to the current Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. In addition, General Racing assisted the organizational team from 2001-2008 at the Lime Rock Park (Conn.) Vintage Festival, held over Labor Day weekend.|
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