ELKHART LAKE, Wis., - In an effort to stay aligned with the tradition of the event, while ensuring that both fans and competitors are safe during these uncertain times, Road America has decided to host its popular racecar and sports car Concours d’Elegance events on the grounds at the expansive, 640-acre outdoor facility, while encouraging everyone to comply with local guidelines; such as social distancing, hand washing or using hand sanitizer stations, and wearing cloth face coverings when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
Both Concours d’Elegance events will be held on the front straight of the 4-mile, 14-turn road course, allowing fans to mingle amongst hundreds of the world’s rarest racing machines on the very surface where history has been made for 65 years.
The racecar Concours d’Elegance will take place on Friday, July 24, and the sports car Concours d’Elegance will be held on Saturday, July 25. Registration remains open for the sports car concours.
Fans are welcome to attend for only $10 per car each evening, with proceeds for each Concours d’Elegance being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County and Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County.
Each Concours d’Elegance begins at 6 p.m., and ends at 8 p.m., with the Main Gate opening at 4 p.m. Fans with race day tickets for Friday or Saturday also receive access.
Concours d’Elegance only tickets will be limited and must be purchased online, in advance of the event, and printed at home to allow for easy entry at the Main Gate.
Fans will be entertained with live music, and concessions will be available at both concours events which are widely known as a can’t miss spectacle for enthusiasts of all ages. The Paddock Shop will also be open where fans can purchase event posters, shirts, books and apparel.
Enthusiasts wishing to make a full night of the event will have a special opportunity to enjoy a Concours d’Elegance dinner in a Road America VIP suite for $65.
Anyone wishing to make additional individual donations or purchase Concours dinner tickets may do so at www.roadamerica.com/concours
Brimming with rarity and unprecedented access, both Concours d’Elegance events are guaranteed to be filled with rare racecars from every era of the sport, and exclusive access to priceless racing machinery. Seeing owners giving little kids seat time in the race and sports cars is part of the fun. In short, events like this, having the young ones exposed to the cars, and the sensations surrounding the event are critical to continuing the heritage of vintage racing.
Additionally, fans will have the unique opportunity to experience the iconic UOP Shadow as it has never been before, with a display of rare race-ready Shadow cars as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration.
UOP Shadow enthusiasts may also take part in a special UOP Shadow tribute dinner on Saturday evening in the Tufte Center which includes meeting team members from the UOP Shadow’s dominant era and a special live video message from Jackie Oliver.
For those unaware, Shadows were developed at a company founded by Don Nichols in 1969 called Advanced Vehicle Systems. They were originally designed by Trevor Harris and entered under the Shadow Racing Inc. banner. The first Shadow, the Mk.I, was entered in the Can-Am series with George Follmer and Vic Elford behind the wheel. The Mk.1 featured an innovative design, using very small wheels for low drag and although the car was quick, it was not the most reliable car in the field. New designs piloted by Jackie Oliver and Brian Redman saw impressive results in the early ’70s before embarking into Formula 1 and before the Can-Am Series being shortened in 1974. Since its retirement from competition, some Shadows remain and continue the legacy at vintage events such as the WeatherTech® International Challenge with Brian Redman as a testament to their impressive design and performance from the glorious Can-Am era.
Widely known as one of the largest vintage racecar gatherings in the United States, featuring several classes of cars racing in multiple groups, the WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman will run July 23-26, will include a Historic Can-Am race, plus a racer’s reunion, races for club and pro series-vintage, including F1 and F5000, historic and contemporary racers; track touring, parade laps and a vendor marketplace making the 2020 WeatherTech International Challenge with Brian Redman an event that everyone of all ages can enjoy.
Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
Online: Visit www.roadamerica.com Tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week. For ease of entry, fans are encouraged print tickets at home to save time and enjoy a quick and contactless experience at the gates.
Phone: Call 800-365-RACE or 920-892-4576 between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.
In-Person: Visit the Road America Ticket Office at the Road America Administration Building off of State Highway 67 (Gate 6) between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday.
Gates open at 7 a.m. and races run rain or shine. For more information, call 800-365-RACE (7223) or visit www.roadamerica.com
Anyone 16-years-old and under are always FREE with a paying adult at the gate.
We encourage everyone to follow safe practices at Road America, such as social distancing (maintaining six feet from others), frequent hand washing, or using one of the many new sanitizer stations located throughout the facility. Cloth face coverings are also recommended in areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain. For additional details on Road America’s Active Measures Against COVID-19, check out our webpage at www.roadamerica.com/safety