What Are Vintage Race Cars?

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Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
The question of what is considered a "vintage" race car is tough to nail down. In the early days of vintage racing, there were cut-offs in terms of specific model years. There are also different sanctioning bodies for vintage racing, with some allowing newer race cars than others. Still, it's hard for some race fans to wrap their head around the concept that a 1997 Jordan F1 racecar could be considered vintage and run at the same event (although not at the same time) as a 1927 Bugatti T-35B. 

The reality is that as the history of racing grows, so too does the definition of what some might consider a "vintage" race car. It's not uncommon now for people in their 30s or even 20s to recognize cars at a vintage race weekend as something they remember from their childhood and that will likely continue. Have a look at a massive gallery of images below, to get an idea of what a typical field of vintage race cars may look like, as this was the field from the 2017 SVRA Spring race weekend at Road America.

If you like those photos and would like to see even more, we have two more galleries to look at, both here and here.