The 1999 West Michigan Grand Prix
We had a seat right in front of the pits. Here's the winner of the Trans-Am Series race Brian Simo. This Trans-Am race is like NASCAR except the drivers aren't famous and taken with airs and the course is the same roads we drive right through downtown..
|Peter Kitchak driving for Toad Hall (get the connection to ponds?) won the Speedvision GT World Challenge.|
|Will Turner of Turner Motor Sports won the Speedvision Touring World Challenge. He's the closest yellow car starting in the forth position.|
|They had open-wheel IROC type cars called the Barber Dodge Pro Series. These identically prepared cars are a little slower and smaller than CART or Indy cars but they can really corner well and challenge the driver's ability.|
There were 2 days of motorcycle road racing demonstrations. Both pros with white plates and amateurs with yellow plates competed together. Some bikes brought the crowd to a roar with half the straightaway high speed wheelies.
|i think this a Ferarri. This and other vintage cars ran a race Saturday and Sunday. There were many 60's muscle cars.||.|
|My favorite car was the 1966 Cobra with a Ford 427 V8. Can you say James Dean?|
|Mustangs, Camaros, Corvette, Austin-Healy, Jaguar, everybody was there.|
|This car is missing its front end. There were a lot of wrecks in the Trans-Am race.|
|After buying his car on the Internet, local hero Mike Farmer from Rockford (a suburb of Grand Rapids) finished a respectable 15th out of 30 cars in the Trans-Am race. Unfortunately he bought a Camaro and one of his sponsers was Ford. They gave him a Mustang to drive. Here a TV crew interviews him after the race.|
|The JumboTron, a portable TV, made the race fun to watch when the action was on the other side of the track. We sat right across from one of two screens.|