John Goodman's Shelby Cobra FIA

CSRG Sonoma Season Opener 2014 – Report and Photos

The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) kicked off its 47th season at Sonoma Raceway Sears Point in Sonoma, California on April 4-6, 2014. The event featured testing on Friday, with vintage racing on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course on Saturday and Sunday. Each race group competed in three races each over the two days for a total of 24 races over the course of the weekend.

The 2014 CSRG season opener was held in honor of David Love, a longtime Bay Area resident and CSRG’s co-founder, who passed away in 2013. Love was instrumental in the growth of the organization, which has contributed more than $600,000 to the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, through its race weekends. He raced his Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in over 250 events before retiring in 2009.

Notable and interesting entrants at the 2014 CSRG Sonoma Raceway historic races included the 1954 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Scaglietti of Scott Drnek; John Goodman’s Ferrari Sparling 312P and Shelby Cobra FIA; Shadow Mk.III Can-Am of Fred Cziska; Tom Claridge’s 1965 Crossle C9S and Kurtis 500S; Jeffrey Abramson’s Cooper T53; Thor Johnson’s Lotus 17; William Jordanov’s Lola T160; Rick Carlile’s TVR Vixen SR; Don Hogue’s Lotus Europa Type 47 and the ex-Arciero Brothers 1962 Lotus 23 of Jim Roth.

Similar to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 races, Senior Photographer Dennis Gray also documented the 2014 CSRG Season Opener at the Sonoma Raceway Sears Point road course. 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 can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.

CSRG Sonoma Season Opener 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery

John Goodman's Ferrari Sparling 312P in turn two.

John Goodman’s Ferrari Sparling 312P in turn two.

Don Hogue's Lotus Europa Type 47.

Don Hogue’s Lotus Europa Type 47.

Tom Cotter over steers through turn two in the Mercury Cougar.

Tom Cotter oversteers through turn two in the Mercury Cougar.

Michael Malone's Lotus 26R in turn two.

Michael Malone’s Lotus 26R in turn two.

Rick Carlile's TVR Vixen SR in turn two.

Rick Carlile’s TVR Vixen SR in turn two.

Fred Cziska's Shadow Mk.111 in turn two. Dig the eyes.

Fred Cziska’s Shadow Mk.111 in turn two. Dig the eyes.

John Goodman's Ford Cobra.

John Goodman’s Shelby Cobra FIA.

Lola T160 driven by William Jordanov.

Lola T160 driven by William Jordanov.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you Dennis for including photographs of North American racing cars such as the F J s Bourgeault, Huffaker B M C , and the sports racer Dailu Mk 11, along with the Mercury Cougar saloon car, and the Le Grand Mk 3, these are cars we never see in Europe, so your great photographs and coverage of this event have a double meaning for those of us that live in Scandinavia / Northern Europe. It is great to be alightend as to how many fine racing cars were actually manufactured in North America.

  2. Chuck Pineda says

    Great photography especially that bright red TVR Vixen SR. Initially, I thought it was one of Jack Griffith’s Griffith 400, however, I’ve only seen those in the Continent. Was the TVR leading the 65-67 Corvette convertible or were they lapping the TVR?

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