"Bucolic Virginia International Raceway was a delightful backdrop for this past weekend’s annual Heacock Insurance Gold Cup SVRA race meet that is fast becoming a top-drawer attraction on the annual American vintage racing calendar. In addition to five first-class professional championship road course configurations, visitors will find, among other things, a go-kart track, autocross course, skid pad, lodge-style hotels and an 1834 plantation mansion that lives on today as a charming but elegant restaurant and pub.
Make no mistake, the place is a driver’s course, challenging and well maintained. The SVRA show used the 3.27-mile, 18-turn “full course,” with its elevation ranging from 130 feet to 40 meters. For some big-name drivers like Al Unser Jr. and Willy T. Ribbs this was their first trip to Alton, Virginia. Several NASCAR stars had only known the track as a deserted facility during a hiatus of nearly 30 years until it was fully refurbished to open again in 2007." Continue Reading