MG Vintage Racing “Focus Event” 2013 Awards

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The “MG Vintage Racers” (MGVR) celebrated their 18th “Focus Event” at VRG’s “Jefferson 500” at the Summit Point, West Virginia race track the weekend of May 17-19, where over 260 vintage race cars came to compete.

MGVR selects one vintage race each year which they designate as their “Focus Event” and encourage all MG racers to attend. They work with the sanctioning body to include “All MG Races”, plus hosting their own MGVR socials and awards at the event. This year’s Focus Event attracted 74 MG racers who came to race and meet up with old friends. In a way Focus Events have become like family reunions! Even sons and daughters of MG racers now race with the group! With 74 MGs competing, their had to be two separate “All MG” races. One for MG T’s and MGA’s, and one race for MGB’s and MG Midgets. Friendly dicing and MG camaraderie are strongly encouraged by MGVR. This included socials at “MGVR Central” in the paddock Thursday and Friday evenings, plus the following MGVR Awards presented at VRG’s banquet Saturday evening.

MGVR Awards Presented


Spirit Award (AKA “Big Copper Bucket”):

To John Burgess voted by his racing peers as having the best “MG Vintage Racing Spirit”

MGVR Sprit Award

Bill Parish Award:

To Dave Nicholas, as “Having the most fun without a concern for winning”.

Bill Parrish Award

Doff of the Cap Award:

To Joe Lightfoot as the MGB racer best “Preserving the original heritage of MGB racers”.

MGB-V8 Trophy:

To Les Gonda in an MGB-V8 as the “First Overall” in the MG race.

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MGVR’s 2014 Focus Event will be at Watkins Glen with SVRA next September, where the “60 Anniversary of the Collier Brothers Memorial Trophy Race” (for MGs) will be celebrated. When the 50th anniversary was celebrated there, 143 MGs showed up to race! Who knows how many MGs will show up next year! Plans are already underway for it!

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Last updated on May 26, 2013.