Grand Prix racing was born in Savannah, GA and, every October, the popular and exciting sport celebrates its birthplace with the Savannah Speed Classic: three days of professional and amateur drivers taking classic cars from the 50’s through the 90’s, like Austin Healey, Lotus, Jaguar, BMW, and Porsche, to the limits of their power on a professional racecourse.
Held on Hutchinson Island, just across the Savannah River and overlooking the historic district of River Street, the Grand Prize of America road course is a 1.965 mile, professional racetrack first used in 1997 for the Indy Lights Dixie Crystals Grand Prix. Various professional drivers have said that cars can reach up to 190 miles per hour at the end of the straights – now that’s some speed!
Best of all, the Savannah Speed Classic lets you get out of the stands and down onto the course in a number of ways!
With the Car Club Corral, your club can bring their classic or souped-up autos to the infield of the Grand Prize of America Road Course for special pricing, parking, and track access – but first come/first served, because space is limited.
18 or older and want to know what it’s like to be on the course? Take a Hot Lap Ride with a professional driver around the Grand Prize of America Road Course, in either a manufacturer performance vehicle or a race car, at racing speeds! Or maybe you’d rather get your own wheels out on the track. Well, guess what: you can! Touring laps are offered each day at lunch time and can be purchased by drivers 18 years of age or older with a valid driver’s license! Tear it up!
Race car drivers aren’t the only ones who have fun on the track, however. The pit stop area is always a hotbed of activity and you can be down in it because access to the pit/paddock area is included with your Savannah Speed Classic ticket! See the cars participating in the Savannah Speed Classic up close while rubbing elbows with the crew and drivers during the event. So cool!
Savannah Speed Classic
October 23 – 25, 2015
For more information and tickets: www.hhiconcours.com
Savannah Speed Classic Lodging
After a day of classic race cars on Hutchinson Island, what better way to unwind than in one of Savannah Villas’ comfortable, vacation rentals? Located in the Landmark historic District of Savannah, Savannah Villas vacation rentals feature modern amenities and homey touches that you simply will not find elsewhere, plus we can accommodate families and large groups – stay at Savannah Villas Vacation rentals!