The U.S. Vintage Grand Prix 2016 was held September 9-11 at famed Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s annual visit to the historic road course located in the Finger Lakes Region of western New York is one of the most popular events on the SVRA race schedule.
The freshly repaved Watkins Glen International hosted more than 400 vintage and historic race cars competing in 11 race groups, Corvette serving as Honored Marque. The SVRA Collier Cup Race for Vintage MGs was also an important part of this event, celebrating the 62nd anniversary of the first Collier Brothers Memorial Trophy Race of the MGs.
Notable and interesting entries at the SVRA U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Watkins Glen 2016 included the 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ1 and 1968 Alfa Romeo T33/2 Daytona of Jay Iliohan; 1958 Lister-Chevrolet ‘Knobbly’ and 1963 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe of Adam Lindemann; 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL of Bill Glavin; 1954 Lancia D50 of Peter Giddings; 1939 Lagonda V12 Le Mans Rep of Richard Morrison; 1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada of Chip Fudge; 1985 Porsche 962 ‘Jagermeister’ of Bill Hawe; 2005 Audi R8 LMP of Travis Engen and — of course — the many great Chevrolet Corvettes.
Another highlight of the race weekend was the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Tribute, which featured a selection of vintage race cars rumbling through the streets of Watkins Glen around the original 6.6-mile circuit. As part of the downtown Grand Prix Festival of Watkins Glen, the estimated 25,000 spectators also celebrated with music, fine food and wine from the region.
Similar to the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 races, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2016 U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, with photographer Michael DiPleco bringing shots of the vintage racing action from Watkins Glen. We split up Michael’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all 199 photographs.
U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Watkins Glen 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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