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Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix

Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix June 2010
The 2010 Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio consisted of three Enduros, a Trans-Am feature, and all 10 SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) classes. Datsun/Nissan was the featured marque and the famed Datsun/Nissan driver John Morton was the Grand Marshal.

In addition to the vintage racing along the 15-turn, 2.4-mile track, there were numerous Car Club Corrals and the 12th Annual British Car Showdown and a Concours d'Elegance.

Datsun / Nissan
Datsun and Nissan has earned over 80 SCCA racing titles during its career in the sport, a win at LeMans and four consecutive wins at Daytona, as well as off-road victories in the Safari Rally. These iconic cars have been piloted by legendary drivers such as Bob Sharp, Paul Newman, Walt Mass, Frank Leary and John Morton. In honor of this company's accomplishments, the GP at Mid-Ohio featured a special Datsun/Nissan exclusive race with over a dozen cars from the company's past, ranging from the tiny Fairlady 'roadsters' and Bluebird sedans, to the revolutionary 240Z and its successors.

John Morton
John Morton has had an extensive career as a racer. He won the SCCA C Production championship in a 240Z in the early part of the 1970s, later racing in Formula 5000, Can-Am, IMSA, and CART. In his more recent professional races, he raced Porsches in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans series in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Currently, most of his racing is now done in vintage competition.

Mid Ohio Vintage Grand Prix
With over ten groups of cars circling the track, there was plenty of race action all weekend long. Most of the groups were well seeded, with over a dozen cars in nearly all groups.

Though this is a vintage event, several modern cars were present, including the Audi R8 and a Cadillac LeMans prototype car. Though extremely fast, these modern cars were not able to keep pace with David Nikolas's March 817 Can-Am racer. The CanAm car was powered by a 407 cubic-inch Chevrolet small block engine fitted with a Lucas Fuel injection system. In period competition, the car claimed two first place finishes, four pole positions and two fastest race laps.

Another fast group was the Group 9 open-wheel cars (Wings and slicks formula cars complying with SVRA post-1973 formula car regulations), led by Shelby Merson in a Lola T97/20 Indy Lights car. The loudest group was the Group 6 big-bore production sports cars and sedans produced through 1972. 19 cars lined up on the starting grid for the 8 lap race, many of cars being Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs, and even a pair of GT40s. Peter Klutt in a 1969 Corvette was first to cross the finish line, followed closely by John Farano in a 1974 Corvette.

Group 1 was nearly an all-British car race, occupied by several MGs, Austin-Healeys, Triumphs, and Lotus's. The fastest car in the group was a Lotus Seven driven by Simon Wilson-Taylor. Group 3 also had several Lotus 7s and MGs. Other popular cars in this group were Datsuns and Porsches.

Conclusion
Both on the track and in the in-field, there were plenty of vintage cars to behold. On the track, the cars were driven pretty aggressively, with close races, and even some off-the-course action.

Galleries

1952 Frazer Nash LeMans  
1952 MG TD  
1953 MG TD  
1957 MG MGA  
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Mark I  
1959 Lotus Seven  
1959 MG MGA  
1962 Triumph Spitfire MKI  
1965 Beach MK4  
1966 Austin-Healey Sprite MK III  
1966 Datsun Fairlady 1600  
1966 MG Midget MkII  
1967 MG Midget MKIII  
1967 Triumph Spitfire  
1968 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA Jr.  
1970 Datsun 1200  
1970 Ginetta G15  
1974 Ginetta G15  

1968 Alexis MK14  
1968 Brabham BT21  
1968 Brabham BT23C  
1968 Brabham BT29  
1969 Brabham BT29  
1970 Chevron B17B  
1971 Brabham BT35  
1972 Crossle 20F  
1977 Zink Z10  
1978 Crossle 32F  
1980 Crossle 40F  

1959 Elva Courier MKII  
1959 Porsche 356A  
1961 Porsche 356B  
1962 Lotus Super Seven  
1962 MG MGB  
1962 Morgan Plus Four  
1964 Porsche 356  
1965 MG MGB MKI  
1965 Turner Mark III  
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI  
1966 Sunbeam Alpine  
1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mark IA  
1967 Datsun 2000  
1968 Datsun 2000  
1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto 1600  
1969 Datsun 2000  
1970 Porsche 914/4  
1971 Datsun 510  
1971 Porsche 914/4  

1957 Lotus Eleven  
1958 Jaguar XK150  
1959 Aston Martin DB4 GT  
1962 Dolphin Porsche Porphin  
1962 Lotus 23B  
1963 Bobsy SR2  
1963 Lotus 23B  
1963 Merlyn MK6A  
1967 Porsche 910  

1964 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1964 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Racer  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1965 Shelby Cobra 427  
1966 Ford GT40  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1967 Chevrolet Camaro  
1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1967 Ford GT40  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1970 Chevrolet Camaro  
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302  
1971 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1971 Porsche 914/6  
1972 Porsche 911  
1974 Chevrolet Corvette C3  

1962 MG MGA 1600  
1964 Ginetta G4  
1968 Datsun 510  
1969 Datsun 510  
1969 Porsche 911  
1969 Porsche 911S  
1969 Triumph TR6  
1969 TVR Tuscan  
1970 Porsche 914/6  
1971 Alfa Romeo GTV Veloce 1750  
1971 Datsun 240Z  
1971 Datsun 510  
1971 Ford Pinto  
1971 Porsche 911  
1972 BMW 2002  
1972 Mazda RX3  
1972 MG MGB GT  
1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera  
1974 BMW 2002  
1974 MG MGB MKIII  
1985 Porsche 944  
1994 Oldsmobile Achieva  
1996 Nissan 200SX  

1979 March 79B  
1979 March 79V Formula Super Vee  
1997 Lola T97/20  
2001 Lola T97/20  

1972 Porsche 914/6  
1973 Porsche 911 RSR  
1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0  
1981 March 817 Can Am  
1983 Nissan 280ZX  
1985 Argo JM19C  
1987 Spice SE87C  
1990 Chevrolet Corvette C4  
1992 Porsche 911 Carrera  
2000 Audi S4  
2000 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra  
2002 Cadillac Le Mans  
2004 Audi R8  

1960 Porsche 356B  
1961 Elva Courier  
1961 Lotus Seven  
1961 MG MGA 1600 MKI  
1962 Lotus Super Seven  
1964 Porsche 356  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1967 Ginetta G4  
1969 Datsun 510  
1970 Porsche 914/6  

1976 Chevron B36  
1981 Tiga SC81  
1983 Tiga SC83  
1985 Lola T598  
1985 Lola T86/90  
1985 Ralt RT5  
1985 Swift DB2  
1986 Swift DB2  
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