2014 Grassroots Motorsports Walter Mitty Classic!

Posted on March 19th, 2014

2014 Walter Mitty Classic by Grassroots Motorsports

Formula cars have captured enthusiasts’ imaginations for decades, and these cutting-edge machines will be celebrated at Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty April 24-27, 2014. Get up close and personal: Spectators can walk the paddocks at The Mitty, see all these cars in glorious detail, watch teams working on them, and talk to their drivers. The Road Atlanta event’s grand marshal is a name long associated with single-seaters: three-time Formula 5000 champion Brian Redman.

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Featuring Formula Cars: For more than 35 years, Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty, and sanctioned by HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing), has brought some of the world’s most exciting race cars to historic Road Atlanta. The 2014 Mitty will showcase formula cars, from the early front-engined Formula Juniors to the turbocharged monsters that defined the ’80s Formula 1 scene. In between, fans will be treated to just about every kind of single-seater imaginable: Lola, Chevron, Williams, McLaren, Ferrari, Cooper, Lotus, OSCA, Ralt, March and more.

Amazing Access: At most big-time races, when the cars come off the track, they’re hidden away. That’s not how things operate at the Mitty. Want a close-up look of an Audi R8, a Porsche 911 RSR, a T-series Lola, or a McLaren Can-Am? Prepare to have your senses overwhelmed.

Meet Brian Redman: While Brian Redman achieved much success racing sports cars and endurance prototypes, his career began in single-seaters–Formula 2 cars, specifically, starting with a Cooper before being tapped by the Ferrari factory. He soon moved onto Formula 1 with the factory Cooper team. In only his second grand prix, he came from dead last to finish third behind Graham Hill and Denny Hulme. He eventually drove Formula 1 cars for Williams, McLaren, Shadow, BRM and Lotus.

Brian Redman

Experience Speedfest: Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty Presented by Hagerty is more than just a full slate of HSR historic racing. It’s an automotive festival. Club corrals fill the Road Atlanta infield. Free test drives are available. Vendors offer amazing finds. Hospitality is available for all. The Classic Motorsports staff is on hand to provide a behind-the-scenes look. And the grand marshal isn’t whisked from motorhome to motorhome, as he’ll be palling around with other race fans all weekend.

Take in the Spectacle: Not content with ruining just one major automotive event a year, the 2014 Concours d’LeMons schedule is showing us its Oddball, Mundane and truly Awful of the automotive world. On April 27, 2014, a patch of paddock (probably near the Dumpsters) at Road Atlanta during The Classic Motorsports Mitty vintage races will host crap cars from all over the southeast. Grassroots Motorsports Magazine and Hagerty Insurance have inexplicably sponsored this expansion of the Concours d’LeMons empire.

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