Story by Jim Casey and photos/captions by Louis Galanos
The weather was nearly perfect for the 2009 running of the HSR Daytona Continental Historic Races, with lots of sun and a nice breeze the first two days. Clouds rolled in Sunday, but the weather stayed dry, and the rain tires were left in the garages.
The first major race of the weekend was the Vintage Enduro, dominated by a flock of Porsches, and won by Roger Johnson and Brady Refenning in their 1972 911ST, and featured a number of cars, including a 1959 Corvette, that came to Daytona from England for the weekend’s races.
The next major event was the International GT challenge, pitting cars from the US and the UK. This race was won by Farrell Preston in the lone E-type Jaguar in the event, a 1963 6 cylinder roadster. This race featured a number of Camaros and Mustangs brought over by the contingent of English racers.
Sunday’s races began with the GT Enduro, won by Eric Bretzel in his 3 liter 1972 Porsche 911, after a good battle with Alec Hammond and Chris Brighton in their 1967 Camaro, done in Sunoco livery. In this race the field was fleshed out by the addition of the Porsche Cayman Interseries cars, and the highest finisher among that group was Neil Gehani, who finished 6th overall.
Next was the Group 6 Enduro, won by George Robinson and Jack Baldwin in their Riley and Scott Mk. IIIC over Bill Adam and Andy Wallace in the Champion Audi R8.
The final feature race of the weekend was the Rolex Historic Enduro, won by Markku Biedermann in his ’03 Porsche RSR, closely followed by the ’89 Trans-Am Mustang of Richard Howe, which is a great example of how cars from different eras can race each other competitively, one of the great attractions of vintage racing.
2009 Daytona Continental Historics Photo Gallery (Photo credit: Louis Galanos)
[Source: Jim Casey; photo credit, Louis Galanos]