In its second year, the Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival on May 18-20 grew into its realized form as a vintage motorsports festival for racing of all types from the 1960s forward. More cars filled the run groups in the three-day vintage car race, the Historic Motorcycle exhibition and display blossomed to give two-wheel enthusiasts a thrill, and the added element of nitromethane on Saturday provided the missing ingredient to morph the vintage car race into a full-blown motorsports extravaganza.
A festival of vintage motorsports like no other is taking place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend with the Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival May 18-20.
It is a vintage car race, a historic motorcycle exhibition and display, a drag racing reunion, and a gathering of pre-1973 street rods and customs all rolled into one. Below is a hint at what fans will see when racing worlds collide at the iconic 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course.
What: The Spring Classic, showcasing Nitro Revival, is a thrilling vintage car race festival that celebrates motorsports May 18-20. Visitors will be treated with the sights, sounds and colors of historic stock cars, Can-Am, vintage motorcycles, and more, as well as Top Fuel dragsters igniting.
When: May 18-20
Entry List: Please click HERE for the current race entry list by group.
1966-1972 Trans-Am 2.5-Liter
1974-2007 Stock Cars
1967-1979 Formula Atlantic
1970-1984 Sports Cars 2-Liter
1990-2007 GTP/LMP/WSC/Daytona Prototype/IMSA GTO; 1973-1987 FIA
SCCA GT & IMSA RS
1965-1978 Formula B & 1965-1977 Formula C
1967-1980 Formula Ford
Sports Cars under 2.0 liters
Historic Motorcycles Exhibition Laps
Nitro Revival: On Saturday, Nitro Revival brings the sights and sounds of the early days of front-engine Top Fuel dragsters and other organized hot rod racing back to life with a large lineup of fully restored machines. It serves as a reunion for racers from that era and gives fans the experience of a drag racing museum come to life. The Saturday event will close with a “Line of Fire” mass fire-up that will have the cackling sounds of vintage drag cars echoing through the rolling hills of the Monterey Peninsula. The paddock will also include “Ace’s Hot Rod Hangout,” a corral for pre-1973 hot rods. For more information, visit NitroRevival.
Motorcycle Exhibitions: Adding to the thrills of the weekend is the large display of vintage motorcycles. In addition to the static display of rare bikes, there are special exhibition laps each day for fans to enjoy the sights and sounds of vintage bikes navigating the race track.
Fan Activities: There are family fun activities each day. Please click HERE for the schedule.
Click on the file for a glimpse at just some of the fan activities that will be occurring over the three days of the Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival. There will be fun entertainment for the entire family.
Momentum for the Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival May 18-20 is in full swing with a large contingent of drag racing personalities set to participate in the Nitro Revival activities. Among them are 32 members of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.
The Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca May 18-20 is a celebration of motorsports highlighting golden eras in various forms of racing from the 1960s through the 2000s. Fantastic reception to the inclusion of the Historic Motorcycle group at the inaugural event in 2017 led to an expanded presence with quintuple participation numbers expected among the classic two-wheelers this coming weekend.
The Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca May 18-20 is a celebration of motorsports highlighting golden eras in various forms of racing from the 1960s through the 2000s. Fantastic reception to the inclusion of the Historic Motorcycle group at the inaugural event in 2017 led to an expanded presence with quintuple participation numbers among the classic two-wheelers this coming weekend.
When the gates to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca open for the Spring Classic Showcasing Nitro Revival May 18-20, the sights and sounds of everything vintage will fill the senses. The second annual gathering will be the scene of more than 22 historic stock cars, 40 small bore Trans-Am cars, thundering Can-Am cars, and IMSA prototypes among the 178-plus race cars revving to life on the race track.
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits is a name that is synonymous with drag racing. The legendary Top Fuel Dragster driver and builder from Ocala, Fla., accumulated 144 wins, 17 championships, and numerous performance records in a career that dates back to 1950. Garlits will make a rare trip to the West Coast to be part of Nitro Revival at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca May 18-20.
The second annual Spring Classic on May 18-20 is shaping up to be a can’t-miss event for fans of vintage motorsports. Road racing on two and four wheels and drag racing will all be celebrated this year.
On Saturday, Nitro Revival brings the sights and sounds of the early days of front-engine Top Fuel dragsters and other organized hot rod racing back to life with a large lineup of fully restored machines.
It serves as a reunion for racers from that era and gives fans the experience of a drag racing museum come to life. Fuelers will do push starts with period-correct push start vehicles and burnouts. There will also be a large turnout of classic street rods and hot rods. The Saturday event will close with a “Line of Fire” mass fire-up that will have the cackling sounds of vintage drag cars echoing through the rolling hills of the scenic Monterey Peninsula.
The distinct cackle of Nitro Revival will be coming to the Monterey Peninsula during the second annual Spring Classic on May 18-20. The gathering of vintage and restored nitromethane-powered drag cars and legendary drag racing personalities will take place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during the iconic facility’s vintage racing event with feature activity occurring on Saturday, May 19. The Spring Classic celebrates motorsports eras from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.
There is so much to see and do when visiting Monterey, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
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