Small Engines, Big Plans: H-Modified Racing Club Will Be on the Move in 2022

Kurt Marquardts 1959 Jabro Saab powered by a 2-stroke, 3-cylinder Saab engine. Photo: Bill Stoler

Twenty-twenty-two could well be a banner year for the H-Modified Racing Club, whose vintage cars and drivers already are making travel plans to attend a wide array of events in New England, Northern California and the Midwest.

* While it’s not a “focus event” for the club, the VSCCA Spring Sprints at Lime Rock are a great opportunity to brush away the off-season cobwebs and run at a track that’s ideal for our diminutive racers: Seven turns with some great elevation changes along its 1.5-mile length.Te 2022 event is scheduled for the first weekend of May, Friday and Saturday the 6th and 7th.

* Ten weeks later, it’s Thompson Vintage Motorsport Festival. The revitalized Thompson, Connecticut, track is perhaps the East Coast cradle of HMOD racing, our cars racing there even before the SCCA recognized the class in 1953. In 2022 the VSCCA, VGR, and the H-Modified Racing Club are joining forces to featuring HMODs at the Thompson Vintage Motorsport Festival. Registration won’t be up until January, but three cars have already committed — and more are sure to attend. The Festival runs June 24-25..

* This year will be the 40th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, with a multitude of events running from July 15-24. (The Schenley Park races are scheduled for July 23-24.) The park offers an exciting, tight, road course — ideally suited to the sure-footed handling of HMODs and other small-bore racers. It’s been some time since HMODs have graced the streets of Schenley Park, so 2022 would be an ideal year to make the trek.

* This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion included a special Del Monte Trophy race group in recognition of the 70th Anniversary of the Pebble Beach Road Races. Four HMODs turned out for the 2021 event, and it’s hoped the Del Monte Trophy Race Group will be a feature of the 2022 Rolex, scheduled for August 18-22.

* The 2022 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races are scheduled for Sept. 20-23 on Ohio’s South Bass Island where small-bore sports cars raced through the PIB village streets from 1952 to 1959 (and one last time in 1963). Now held on the island’s airport, the races are part of an all-island event that should be on every vintage racer’s bucket list. Five HMODs made the trip in 2021, and it’s hoped an even bigger group will be there in 2022.

Keep an eye out for more HMOD racing opportunities. With the resurgence of the class, it’s likely that other groupings will come together for 2022. (And if you know of any, let us know.)

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