Report and photos by Dennis Gray
The 10th annual Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) Charity Challenge was held October 4-6, 2013 at the 12-turn, 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway Sears Point in Sonoma, California. This year’s event featured a strong field of more than 200 historic race cars, with pre-war, sports racing and formula as well as production and GT entrants running in eight race groups.
The 2013 CSRG Charity Challenge featured Nifty Fifties Sports Cars: Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus, and other famous names, and included several well-known American Specials from the Golden Era of U.S. sports car racing. Notable and interesting cars included the Ferrari 250 GTO (4757GT) of Tom Price; Fred Cziska’s Shadow Mk III Can-Am; 1971 Shadow MkII Can-Am of Dennis Losher; Alfa Romeo TZ of Marnix Dillenius; Osella PA3/5 driven by four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion, Eddie Lawson; Stan Anderes in his ex-Works 1956 Lotus Eleven; Wesley Abendroth’s 1965 Fiberfab Centurion Stingray Special; 1964 AC Cobra and 1971 Ferrari 312 P Sparling Special driven by John Goodman and Tom Claridge’s Kurtis 500S; among others.
CSRG founding member David Love, well-known for actively vintage racing his Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (0754TR), passed away on the Friday of the event from his battle with Parkinson’s disease. While his passing put a somber note on the event, the long-time vintage racer and enthusiast was remembered fondly throughout the weekend. His 250 TR was displayed in the paddock with Tom Price’s Ferrari 250 GTO.
A highlight of the event are the charity rides on Saturday and Sunday. For a $75-$450 donation, depending upon the car chosen, fans were able to take a three-lap ride around the road course in one of some 30 different participating race cars, including the Ferrari 250 GTO, Jaguar C-Type and two Shadow Can-Am cars. Proceeds from the race weekend benefited the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway. CSRG has contributed more than $500,000 to Sonoma County youth organizations through Speedway Children’s Charities since 2002.
Similar to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 races, Senior Photographer Dennis Gray also documented the 2013 CSRG Charity Challenge. We split up Dennis’ pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.