The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2014 was held May 16-18 at Sonoma Raceway Sears Point in Sonoma, California. Sunny and warm weather greeted the nearly 350 vintage and historic cars that competed in 14 groups on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course in Northern California’s wine country. This year’s Historics celebrated the Can-Am Series, which ran from 1966 to 1974, with a focus on the unique Shadow race cars that competed from 1970-1974.
From a 1929 Lagonda, a 1911 National 40, to a cadre of booming McLaren Can-Am cars from the ’60s and ‘70s, and the fan-favorite Trans-Am cars of the same era, an enthusiastic crowd was treated to close competition among many classic race cars from the last 100 years. Other notable entrants included the 1970 Gulf Porsche 917K; 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France; 1953 Jaguar C-Type; 1935 Alfa Romeo Tipo 8C-35; 1960 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage; 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight; 1974 BMW 3.5 CSL; 1976 Porsche 935 K3; 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA; 1928 Bugatti 35B; 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
The featured race at the 4th annual Sonoma Historics – 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars – was won by Spencer Trenery in a black 1970 McLaren M8C, followed by the 1972 McLaren M8F of Rick Knoop and the 1968 McLaren M6B of Robert Ryan. Fred Cziska’s 1972 Shadow DN2 and Dennis Losher’s 1971 Shadow MKII finished fifth and eighth, respectively.
Dyke Ridgley posted double-header victories, taking the victory in both Group 3 (1946-1955 Sports Racing and Production Cars) with his 1953 Jaguar C-Type and Group 5 (1955-1960 Sports Racing Cars) in his 1960 Maserati Type 61 Birdcage. Additional race winners included a 1970 Porsche 908/3 driven by Cameron Healy, a 1936 ERA R6B, raced by Charles McCabe, a 1962 Lotus 22 Formula Junior piloted by Carl Moore and a 1971 Chevron B-19 driven by Randall Smith.
“The weekend was successful once again,” said Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd. “We are very proud of the quality of our drivers. We had only one minor incident, but otherwise it was a good, clean, fun weekend for all the participants and fans. That’s what it’s supposed to be, and has always been.”
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Senior Photographer Dennis Gray also documented the 2014 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, offering the following images that highlight the quality field at this year’s event. We split up Dennis’ 180 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.
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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