Photos: HMSA Historic GTP at the Long Beach Grand Prix

Nick Lish

Photos: HMSA Historic GTP at the Long Beach Grand Prix

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Photos: HMSA Historic GTP at the Long Beach Grand Prix

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The moving history group at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach delivered the perfect complement once again this year as HMSA assembled a smattering of IMSA GT, GTP, and Historic Group C cars to stretch their legs on the streets of Long Beach. Perhaps one could argue they even stole the show at certain points throughout the weekend…

Paddocked in their usual spot in the convention center, fans were given an up-close view of the cars and and the added bonus of photo opportunities with factory Porsche driver Patrick Long and McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.

The real fun, though, was seeing the cars in their natural habitat on track. On more that one occasion a fan within earshot would shout out just how amazing the group of cars sounded. Enjoy the sights and look for a full writeup (with more photos) in the July/Aug issue of Vintage Motorsport.

Patrick Long (1988 Porsche 962C) paces Zak Brown (1989 Jaguar XJR10) through Turn 9 during Saturday’s practice/qualifying session.

Jim Torres (1986 Porsche 962) navigates the fountain complex during Saturday evening’s race.

Zak Brown blasting towards start/finish in his 1989 Jaguar XJR10 during Sunday morning’s race.

A Mazda duo rounds the fountain with Rob Warkocji (1990 Mazda 787 pacing Taz Harvey (1989 Mazda 767B).

Elated father and son capture a moment to remember inside the 1989 Mazda 787.

Martin Lauber (1979 Porsche 935) blasting out of Turn 6 and onto Pine Ave with a rear-view full of Mazdas.

Marshall Pruett captured this great sight of Filipe Albuquerque, Max Papas, and Ricky Taylor on Sunday’s pre-grid. Albuquerque and Taylor stuck around after Saturday’s race just to watch these cars on Sunday.

Cat ready to pounce… Zak Brown’s Jaguar XJR10 sits on the loading dock outside the convention center before Friday’s morning practice session.

Tom Long finished P2 in the 1992 Mazda RX&92-P during Saturday’s race.

Cal Meeker (1987 Spice Camel Light) looked quick in Friday’s practice before a mechanical unfortunately ended his weekend.

Jerome Rodela prepares for battle on Sunday in the iconic 1991 Eagle Toyota MKIII.

Tom Long (1992 Mazda RX792-P) and Jerome Rodela (1991 Eagle Toyota MKIII) round the hairpin during the final race on Sunday.

Mom captures a future racer beside Patrick Long in Tom Malloy’s Leyton House 1988 Porsche 962C.

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