Report and photos by Dennis Gray
The Portland Historic Races 2011 were held July 8-10 at the 12-turn, 1.967 mile Portland International Raceway in Oregon. Produced and sanctioned by HMSA, the Portland Historics celebrated 100 years of Chevrolet racing history. Bow Tie aficionados were treated to an all-Chevrolet race Sunday, a race populated with Chevrolet cars and cars powered by Chevrolet engines.
The 2011 Portland Historic Races featured approximately 175 historic race cars, representing a wide variety of manufacturers. Notable entries included Cameron Healy’s 1953 Cooper-Porsche “Pooper” and 1965 Porsche 904 GTS, Nick Colonna’s beautiful Lola T70 Spyder, the Sparling-Ferrari Special of John Goodman, plus the rarely seen 1966 Plymouth Barracuda of Michael Ritz and 1964 Studebaker Daytona of Jeff Taylor.
Similar to previous races, the open paddock at the Portland Historics allowed spectators to walk right up to the cars, meet the owners and drivers and in many cases sit in the cars they had just seen racing on track. More then 700 collector cars, motorcycles, trucks and hot rods filled the grass infield at Portland International Raceway.
Portland Historic Races 2011 – Photo Gallery (click on image for larger picture and description)
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