ELKHART LAKE, Wis., – May 4, 2021 - It has been 71 years since racers tore through the streets of this tiny village about 60 miles north of Milwaukee. Still, every spring, you would swear time stood still when the sounds of historic racecars from days gone by echo throughout the surrounding hillsides.
Racing came to Elkhart Lake in 1950, with cars competing against the backdrop of the countryside course. In 1953, auto racing was banned on open roads in Wisconsin, and as a result, the need for a real racetrack became apparent, and Road America was established, with the first event taking place in 1955. Clif Tufte designed the four-mile, 14-turn road course as an adaptation to the existing hillside commonly known in eastern Wisconsin as the Kettle Moraine – complete with corners and straightaways that have taken on names of their own, based mainly on their configuration but more often the intimidation level.
With radical elevation changes, tree-lined straights, and spring flowers blooming at every turn, Road America’s four spectacular miles are in a one-of-a-kind class with racers the world over. At the same time, photographers view it as a paradise for split-second shutters and scenic backgrounds.
Whatever your desire, from May 14-16, the SVRA Vintage Festival Weekend serves it up in classic form. Witness the power, pageantry, and picturesque landscapes of Road America, a track that is every bit as impressive as the cars that will compete.
Fans that enjoy grassroots racing of all types are encouraged to mingle in the pits, peek under the hoods and visit the paddock area for an up-close look at these rare vehicles, all while chatting with the men and women who dedicate their time to preserving the rich history of auto racing. This event also allows enthusiasts to watch many of their favorite vintage sports cars and formula cars as they race around the tricky 14-turn course offering an unprecedented side-by-side view of many different machines.
In light of recent schedule changes, F4 U.S. and FR Americas will also join the SVRA schedule for the weekend.
Gates will open to the public each day at 7 a.m. Admission is $45 for the 3-day weekend, $20 Friday, $25 Saturday, and $20 Sunday. A tentative schedule is available at www.roadamerica.com
Anyone 16-years-old and under are always FREE with a paying adult at the gate.
As part of its commitment to honoring America’s heroes, Road America will provide free admission to all active, reserve-duty military and veterans with ID during the SVRA Vintage Weekend at Road America.
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. Print your tickets to save time and enjoy a 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.
Races run rain or shine. For more information, call 800-365-RACE (7223) or visit www.roadamerica.com
For additional details on Road America’s Active Measures Against COVID-19, check out our webpage at www.roadamerica.com/safety
To plan your visit, check out Road America’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage at www.roadamerica.com/faq