One of my favorite events when I was young was the vintage event at Road America.  I remember some fantastic cars on-track as well as row upon row of beautiful automobiles in the paddock.  Living in central Ohio now, Mid-Ohio is my home track, and the Vintage Grand Prix is still one of my favorite events.

James Fuerstenberg shows classic Mini form off turn 1.

James Fuerstenberg shows classic Mini form off turn 1.

Each year, a different marque is chosen to highlight the show, and this year, the Mini Cooper was the featured marque.  These little hustlers are always fun to watch, and there were close to 30 of them at the event this year.  Surprisingly few of them showed the classic FWD form displayed by the 42 car here, and some were positively go-kart-like.

Where's the rest of it?Of course, the microscopic scale of these little cars is always entertaining, too — everything about these cars seems way too small to work at all, let alone work well as a race car.  Michael Pinney’s car shows off its compact powerplant here for an admiring observer.

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Wings & slicks

Wings & slicks

Even though the Minis were undeniably cute, I always love watching the big boys, like this fairly contemporary Indy car.  Being a vintage race, you generally see drivers being careful not to bend any of that precious machinery, but cars like this still manage to show some impressive speeds on Mid Ohio’s 2.4 miles, and the V8’s of the GT40’s, Lola can-am cars and stock cars are music to the ears.

I spy[clear]Of course, there were also no shortage of static displays, as well.  The hood of this Cheetah replica not only mirrored the perfect blue sky, it offered a glimpse of the heart beating beneath it, as well.  Below, a pair of driving gloves waits patiently on the steering column of a C1 ‘vette.

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