Savannah Speed Classic Starts Tomorrow, October 22nd!
Way back in 1908, the unpaved streets of Savannah were filled with hundreds of thousands of spectators. Tell anyone that and they assume you’re talking about St. Patrick’s day, but what most don’t know is that Savannah was the birthplace of Grand Prix racing in America. People traveled by train and steamship to be apart of the occasion not to mention automotive giants such as Louis Chevrolet, Henry Ford, and the Vanderbilt family. Everyone wanted to witness history in the making.
From 1908 to 1911, four major automobile races were hosted in Savannah, with drivers from all over the world participating in “grand prix” style racing on a twenty-five mile racecourse laid out southwest of the city.
The four Savannah races included:
-Grand Prize Race of the Automobile Club of America (November 26, 1908) – Won by Louis Wagner in a FIAT
-American Grand Prize (November 12, 1910) – Won by David Bruce-Brown in a Benz
-Vanderbilt Cup Race (November 27, 1911) – Won by Ralph Mulford in a Lozier
-American Grand Prize (November 30,1911) – Won by David Bruce-Brown in a FIAT
After that almost 100 years went by before, in 2008, racing was finally brought back to the city of Savannah, by the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance.
This weekend will feature endless festivities dedicated to the Savannah's racing history and is the perfect destination for car aficionados and their families! Unlike other racing events, Savannah Speed Classic is dedicated to creating an experience that brings you up close and personal with the cars, crew, and track!
Here is a preview of events for this weekend:
-Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30pm: Pace Lap Party sponsored by Critz BMW and Hilton Head BMW at City Market.
-Friday-Sunday, October 23rd-25th all day: Savannah Speed Classic at the Grand Prize Track of America Road Course on Hutchinson Island.
– Historic Sports Car Racing
-Hot Laps at racing speed: Ride as the passenger with a professional driver at racing speeds around the 1.965 mile circuit with 10 turns!
– One of a kind exhibits- vintage racecars on display from 1911 to now.
– Food Truck Alley- Curbside Kitchen, Lowcountry Rocks Lobster, Divine Eatery, and more!!