The Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty returns to the 12-turn, 2.54 mile Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia on April 27–29, 2012. Sanctioned by HSR, vintage racing will again headline the 36th annual Mitty.
In addition to four days of racing action on the historic Road Atlanta track, the many off-track activities will include car corrals for different makes, after-hour parties, car club gatherings and much more.
Triumph is the featured marque for the 2012 Mitty and former Triumph Team Manager Kas Kastner of California will serve as Grand Marshal. In addition to being the successful leader of Triumph and British Leyland racing in the United States, Kastner also managed the Nissan GTP car program. Other Triumph celebrities in attendance will include Group 44′s Bob Tullius and longtime U.S. Triumph and British Leyland Advertising Director Michael Cook, author of “Triumph in America” and “Triumph Spitfire.”
Among the featured Triumphs will be cars of every model and year imaginable, everything from street cars to race cars. Also on display and on track will be the legendary Triumph 250K race car designed by Kastner.
The 2012 Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty will include HSR-sanctioned races for IMSA Camel GT, SCCA Trans-Am, Cam, Formula 1, CART and NASCAR Winston Cup cars. The feature race of the weekend is the Triumph-only Kastner Cup race, brought by the Friends of Triumph vintage racing group. There will also be races for other vintage sports cars, the modern Porsche Cayman series and the featured professional competition, the always-exciting Mazda MX-5 Cup.
This year’s Mitty is a British extravaganza with a number of off-track activities in the infield, with the Vintage Triumph Register regional event as the largest. The event features a Le Mans Start Race, a Spectators Choice Car Show and an awards party Saturday night. The Saturday night party will also celebrate the 50th birthday of the Triumph Spitfire and MGB. In addition to the Vintage Triumph Register, more than 40 car clubs, including those from MG, Jaguar, Mazda, Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Lotus and Fiat-Lancia, will be on display in the infield.
The Mitty was founded by a group of Atlanta-area racing aficionados in 1978 who wanted a place to compete with their cars. The print magazine Classic Motorsports is not only the lead sponsor of the event, but they are also directly involved in planning and getting all of the details right for classic sports car and racing enthusiasts. The event now stands as the oldest and largest historic car event on the East Coast.
For more information, visit themitty.com.
[Source: Mitty; photo credit: David Ferguson]