SVRA Opens Season This Weekend With SoCal Historic Sports Car Festival

Fontana, CA — With 110 drivers on the entry list as of our deadline, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s SoCal Historic Sports Car Festival will honor Southern California’s racing roots with vintage stock cars, sports cars, sports racers and formula cars of all eras competing on Auto Club Speedway’s 21-turn, 2.88-mile “roval” course.

Not just a featured Mustang at SoCal, Lance Smith’s ’66 will play a special role. Photo: SVRA

One of those drivers, Lance Smith, has offered to take a passenger for a very special lap Saturday in his red 1966 Ford Mustang.

That’s when 84-year-old Nancy Pinta — a former racer and current resident of the nearby Cypress Court senior living community — will climb into Smith’s Mustang as part of the Dreams Do Come True program founded by Cypress Court’s wellness director, Judy Lucous, in 2016.

Mustang is the event’s featured marque; special activities will include a Mustang Reunion and a 30-minute feature race on Sunday. Also, Hagerty’s Cars & Caffeine Car show on Saturday will showcase a variety of classic, vintage, exotic and collectible motorcycles and cars of interest.

And ahead of NASCAR’s return to Auto Club Speedway on March 1, the SoCal Historic Sports Car Festival will also include competition among roughly 10 vintage stock cars that originally raced in NASCAR’s various divisions. The class continues to gain popularity as stock cars become more readily available with NASCAR implementing its “Next Gen” car in 2021.

Get the full weekend schedule.